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The NIA reportedly revealed that the hardliner separatists’ leaders in Jammu and Kashmir received funds from abroad and utilised them for personal gains. According to the reports, they used the money for their properties and foreign education of their children.
The agency interrogated the Hurriyat Conference leaders and those of other organisations. They confessed to receiving funds from Pakistan to heat up the separatist sentiments among the people in Kashmir.
In a statement issued on Sunday, NIA claimed that they interrogated Duktaran-e-Milat leader Asiya Andrabi and asked about educational expenses of her son in Malaysia.
NIA claimed, “During interrogation, Asiya Andrabi admitted that she had been collecting funds and donations from foreign sources and Duktaran-e-Milat had been organising protests by Muslim women in valley.”
The NIA, reportedly, had already approached relevant authorities for providing evidence related to certain bank accounts which were used by Asiya’s son while he was in university.
Also, Shabbir Shah had a tough time when he was asked about his businesses, including a hotel in Pahalgam which is allegedly funded by Pakistani sources.
Regarding Shabbir Shah, NIA said, “During the custodial interrogation, Shabbir Shah was confronted with evidence related to the transfer of money by Pakistan based agents and representatives of APHC (All Party Hurriyat Conference). Further, he was confronted about his investments in hotels and businesses in Pahalgam, properties in Jammu, Srinagar and Anantnag.”
The NIA registered a case in May, 2017 against terrorists belonging to Jammat ud Dawah, Duktaran-e-Milat, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and other separatist leaders. They were alleged to have raised, received and collected funds to heat up separatist activities in the valley.
So far, 13 chargesheets have been filed by NIA which includes Hafiz Saeed, Syed Salahuddin, seven separatist leaders, two hawala conduits and some stone-pelters.
The statement said that Watali is one of the main hawala conduits who used to collect funds from Pakistan, ISI, and UAE. Also, he had floated various shell companies to disguise remittances for further transfer to separatist leaders and stone-pelters in the valley.
However, the evidence related to funding of these separatists through Pakistan, a UAE based businessman, ISI, High Commission of Pakistan in Delhi has been collected and presented to NIA special court in the charge sheets.
The agency arrested Yasin Malik (leader of JKLF), Asiya Andrabi (leader of Duktaran-e-Milat), separatist leader Shabir Shah of JKDFP and Masrat Alam of Muslim League.
Malik told the agency that he formed Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) being involved in bringing together factions of Hurriyat Conference. JRL issued “Protest Calendars” which lead to economic shut down for four months in the valley in the year 2016. He also admitted to collecting funds from business communities and other sources.
“Evidence regarding many of Shah’s benami properties is being collected. He was confronted with some of his personal staff and associates who have provided vital information regarding the sources fund raising and investment details,” the statement said.
NIA said, “Masarat Alam, “the poster boy of stone pelters and violent agitations in Kashmir valley”, has told investigators that Pakistan based agents route the funds through hawala operators which were transferred to the separatist leaders including Syed Shah Gilani Chairman.”