Further intensifying its ongoing investigation into the alleged cross-border funding of pro-Pakistan separatists for stoking unrest in the Kashmir Valley, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Tuesday questioned hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s two sons, Naeem and Naseem.
According to IANS, the NIA officials claimed that the Geelani brothers arrived at its headquarters round 11 am after evading the counter-terror agency’s earlier summons.
The NIA had issued summons to Naeem, a doctor who was once based in Pakistan, on July 27 and August 1. He failed to appear because he was hospitalised in Srinagar.
Geelani’s younger son Naseem, who works at an agricultural university in Srinagar, was summoned to appear before NIA on August 2.
He also did not come, saying the notice should be served through Vice Chancellor of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Agriculture Science so that he was permitted to take leave.
The NIA has so far arrested eight separatist leaders in connection with its probe into terror funding from Pakistan and militant groups based there.
The arrested separatists include Shabir Shah and Altaf Ahmad Shah, who is Geelani’s son-in-law.
They have been booked on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India.