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Mirwaiz rebukes PDP member who ‘deceitfully’ called on him

Srinagar, Apr 23: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday reprimanded a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member who had deceitfully called on him at his residence.

In a statement, an APHC spokesman strongly condemned the “deceitful manner in which a certain Mr Nazir Yatoo who later turned out to be associated with PDP, came to meet Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his residence.”

“The said person had called Mirwaiz Sahib a few day back seeking to meet him in connection with his brother’s enforced disappearance and in connection with reopening of the Asiya Neelofar case.”

“When the said came to meet Mirwaiz today, Mirwaiz was surprised to learn that he was a PDP member and had brought some members of media along with him. Mirwaiz reprimanded him for lying to him and politely asked him to leave.”

Meanwhile, Nazir Ahmed Itoo told news agency CNS that he has a lot of respect for Mirwaiz and met him in personal capacity. “I never invited media as I have no control on it. I am thankful to Mirwaiz Sahab for talking to me for 15 minutes in a cordial manner,” he said.

Itoo said that he had sought time from Mirwaiz a couple of days ago. I raised a couple of issues including re-opening of Asiya and Neelofar rape and murder case and student protests. I requested him to engage into a dialogue for sake of people of Kashmir who have been suffering day in and day out. I had no party agenda but met Mirwaiz Sahab in personal capacity,” he said.

He refuted the allegations that he had invited the media. “How is it possible for media to enter into the room where we were present? Media was outside and in fact I didn’t know about it,” Itoo said adding that he requested Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to make an appeal to students to concentrate on studies.