NIA notices to mosque, school linked to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

The Hurriyat said although the NIA has an office in Srinagar, it has deliberately asked the Masjid and school officials to come to Delhi to “further harass and trouble them”.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published:July 10, 2017 2:55 am
Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, Islamia School, NIA, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, NIA notices to school, indian express news Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (File)

The NIA has sent notices to Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid and the Islamia School, both old Valley institutions of religion and education and both linked to the family of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The notices have been sent days after separatist leaders were questioned on alleged terror funding from Pakistan. The Mirwaiz presides over the Friday prayers at the mosque in Srinagar and the Islamia School was founded by his family over a century ago.

The NIA’s notices, asking for an appearance at its office in New Delhi, have been sent to Mohammad Hussain Khan, who manages the accounts of the Auqaf of Jamia Masjid, and Mohammad Ibraheem Shah, the general secretary of the Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam that runs the institution. The Mirwaiz has said the move was a sign of persecution by the state. “Now the NIA sends notice to #IslamiaSchool & JamaMasjid, exposes level of persecution State can go to against those it can’t defeat politically!” he tweeted.

“Both, the Anjuman Nusratul Islam and Auqaf Jamia Masjid, are apolitical educational and social organisations which have a great history of serving the people of the state selflessly for decades,” a Hurriyat statement said. “Subjecting its members to harassment and intimidation for the sole reason of being part of institutions headed by the Mirwaiz, to put pressure on the Mirwaiz is deplorable,” it added. The Hurriyat said although the NIA has an office in Srinagar, it has deliberately asked the Masjid and school officials to come to Delhi to “further harass and trouble them”.

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    Jul 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    Shut down this mosque. It is being used not for genuine prayers, but to spread hate and violence in the area. This community's religious leaders are mostly crime oriented one's, the seperatists. They gather stones in mosques and compound. Even knives etc are collected there. For peace in kashmir, first act on these dubious places, where anti-national activities take place, all in the name of religion and prayers. People can pray at homes any number of times. It is not compulsory to go to mosques only.
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    Damodar Biswal
    Jul 10, 2017 at 11:59 am
    Why Indian Express is publishing the views of separatist sympathisers?The writings show that he intends to write more in favour of the Mirza than giving news to the readers.I would appreciate if Indian Express stops publishing the news reported by Mr.Masood.
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    Kvl shanta
    Jul 10, 2017 at 10:08 am
    All the sites belong to ancient Hindus, not invaders who occupied the land forcefully.so it is natural to get back which is jeniune.if it not a fact recent evacuation of pundits is an example.killing raping making good locals as refugees in their own country is it a false story.so much hue n cry for recent turmoil started by stone pellets as if it is genuine cause.one has to protect its land against troublemakers dia is doing the same.
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