Srinagar/March, 13 : An hour after Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq thanked United Ulema Council (UMC), Kashmir trading body and civil society for their support against NIA summon to him (Mirwaiz) and appealed them to withdraw the strike call for March 16, Mutahida Ulema Council (MUC) on Wednesday withdrew the shutdown call issued for Saturday.
Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, who heads the Mutahida Ulema Council (MUC), said that the MUC has withdrawn Saturday’s shutdown call.
“In view of the request made by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to revoke the shutdown called on Saturday, we have decided to withdraw the shutdown call. There will be no shutdown on Saturday,” said Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam.
Earlier morning on Wednesday Mirwaiz had requested the MUC to withdraw the shutdown call for Saturday.
On Tuesday, the MUC had appealed people to observe a complete shutdown on 16th March (Saturday) in view of summoning of Mirwaiz to New Delhi by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
On March 9, the NIA sent a notice to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asking him to appear in person before the agency’s court in New Delhi on March 11 in connection with a case filed into alleged funding of militancy in Kashmir.
The Mirwaiz, however, refused to fly to New Delhi citing “hostile security atmosphere”.