Hardening its stand against Pakistan, India Thursday indefinitely suspended cross-LoC trade at two points along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir effective Friday, following reports that it was being "misused" by elements from across the border to smuggle weapons, narcotics and fake currency.
Mirwaiz appeared before the National Investigation Agency for the second consecutive day on Tuesday for questioning in connection with a case related to funding of terror groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to NIA officials, Mirwaiz was asked to appear before the agency on March 11 and March 18, but he expressed his inability to join the investigation in Delhi, maintaining that he fears for his security in view of “conditions of hostility”.
Responding to NIA's third summon in the past one month, Mirwaiz agreed to come to Delhi for the investigation. He had refused two summons, earlier, citing safety concerns and asked to be examined in Srinagar.
Signalling a new faultline, this is the first time religious leaders in Jammu and Kashmir across the Shia-Sunni, Salafi-Sufi divide have come together against what they call the government’s crackdown.
In the weeks following the Pulwama attack, there has been a clamp down on separatist leadership in the Valley. On February 26, teams of the NIA conducted raids spread over nine hours at the homes of leaders across Srinagar.