The recent National Investigation Agency (NIA) crackdown on terror funding in Kashmir, has revealedsome shocking facts. Kashmiri Separatists are not only receiving funds from Pakistan, leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) also received funds from Terror outfits in London and Dubai.
This important information has been conveyed by Shahid-ul-Islam, right hand of ofMirwaiz Umar Farooq, and one of the seven separatists arrested by NIA. Islam is also known as the Spokesperson of the Kashmiri Separatists.
NIA arrested Islam in late July and has also seized a list of 150 terrorists in the Valley from Islam.
The agency said that during the searches, they found many credible evidences like old photographs of Islam with Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. In another picture recovered, he is seen with other armed men, holding an AK-47 assault rifle.
It is also revealed that Separatists were using the annual Haj pilgrimage as a tool to raise funds to destabilize Kashmir. NIA is also focussing on a hawala racket relating to the annual Haj pilgrimage. It is also observed that few travel agents who used to send Indians to the Haj pilgrimage seem to be hand-in-glove with the Separatist’s local contacts in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Money collected from these pilgrims is then diverted potentially for terror and separatist activities in Kashmir.
This is how Separatist Syndicate used Haj Pilgrimage for Terror Funding
Haj Travel agents charge around Rs 2 lakh per pilgrim and purchase tickets as per the subsidy scheme of the government. Around Rs 1.5 lakh cash given by the pilgrims is pocketed by them and transferred to separatists. The pilgrims were taken care of during their pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia by associates of the separatists in Pakistan.
The separatists were also using benami properties to acquire funds via Pakistan. Six separatists were using benami properties and proxies to acquire funds, while leading the separatist movement in the Valley. A direct link has been established between Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hurriyat leaders in a dossier prepared by the NIA.
NIA has questioned several separatist leaders for raising and transferring funds via hawala to fund terror activities in Kashmir. Earlier houses of at least eight hawala dealers and traders from New Delhi were also raided. Further, two places in Sonepat were also being searched by the NIA teams in connection with this case.
Apart from Islam, the anti-terror probe agency had also arrested six other Kashmiri separatist leaders including Hurriyat (Geelani) chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah aka Altaf Funtoosh, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, MehrajKalwal, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate.
We hope this strong action from Modi Government will break the backbone of Terror Funding in Kashmir.