Hurriyat leaders were caught on camera admitting Pakistan’s funding behind the violence in Kashmir
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested three prominent Hurriyat leaders, including separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law, for allegedly receiving money from Pakistani sources such as Lashkar-e-Taiba to stir violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
The three leaders who were detained are Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, and Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal.
The other Hurriyat leaders – Naeem Khan, Bitte Karate and Javed Gazi Baba have been questioned at the NIA headquarters before.
According to a report, some Hurriyat leaders were caught on camera admitting Pakistan’s funding behind the violence in Kashmir. The money was routed through hawala, an NIA official reported.
The report also revealed that Pakistan had identified small businessmen in Saudi Arabia to send in the funds. They would indulge in over-invoicing to send in funds to the benami accounts held by separatists.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had on Friday registered a case against Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and members of Hurriyat Conference, Hizbul Mujahideen and Dukhtaren-e-Millat, under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The ED is now expected to investigate the flow of funds through hawala and other illegal domestic and international channels for funding separatist and terror activities in the valley.
Earlier, Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh demanded that the Hurriyat Conference should be declared as terrorist organisation and separatist leaders be immediately jailed under the Public Safety Act of Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh further said that Hurriyat leaders should not be allowed to live in comfort while under house arrest and instead be locked up in central prisons on terrorism charges.