The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will get Z-plus security after threats to his life. At present Mirwzia has Z security cover status.
Sources said that the decision has been taken by the security agencies after increasing threats to his life.
Reports said that intelligence agencies intercepted some calls in May this year, when Mirwaiz’s name and some of his close associates were mentioned. Sources also said that the security agencies had visited Mirwaiz’s Nigeen, Mirwaiz’s Srinagar-based residence in June to assess the security set-up there.
Shahid ul Islam, spokesman of Hurriyat conference(M), told jantakareporter.com,” The Z- plus security for Mirwaiz saab is only on papers so far. We have not received any Z-plus security yet. Security agencies had visited Mirwaiz Umar Saab’ Nigeen residence in June and taken stock of security. There were some reports of life threats to Mirwaiz.”
Reports also indicated that the top security officials had already received the copy of the orders to implement the decision of Z – plus security for Mirwaiz.
Mirwaiz’s father, Molvi Mohamad Farooq, and Bilal Gani Lone’s father were assassinated in 90’s in Srinagar by unknown gunmen. Professor Abdul Gani Bhat too had lost his brother in similar circumstances.
Another separatist leader Dr. Qazi Nisar was also assassinated in his home town in Anantnag. Aside from that, there have several unsuccessful assassination attempts to other separatist leaders in Kashmir.
Among those who currently enjoy the Z-plus security cover include Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, PDP president and MP, Mehbooba Mufti, Natioanl Conference president, Dr. Farooq Abdullah and former chief minister Omar Abdullah.