The noose around the necks of the Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir appears to be tightening. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing terror funding in Kashmir, has reportedly discovered that some prominent Separatists might have been directly involved in terrorist activity.
According to NDTV, Shahid-ul-Islam, a top aide of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has given the NIA a list of 150 terrorists in Kashmir Valley.
At the same time, it has been revealed through Islam that funding for terrorist activities in India also came from London and Dubai besides Pakistan.
Islam is one of the seven Separatists who were arrested by NIA in connection with terror funding in the Valley, a first of a kind operation.
The NIA has found photographs showing Islam with Hizbul Mujahideen founder and global terrorist Syed Salahuddin.
Another picture shows Islam with two armed men, who the NIA suspects could be terrorists.
Why London and Dubai?
Both London and Dubai have a large Pakistani diaspora.
The Pakistani authorities are able to exert their influence on the diaspora in UK and help them organize frequent anti-India and pro-Kashmir demonstrations.
— Syed Ali (@Ali_answers) September 21, 2016
The anti-India sentiment in these demonstrations and the lies spread by Pakistanis directly instigate activities against Indian security force personnel and civilians in India.
On the other hand, Dubai is home to some legit businesses of India’s most wanted man Dawood Ibrahim. While Ibrahim remains a free man in Pakistan – like other terrorists such as Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar – he continues to remain influential in the terror circles.
In January unconfirmed media reports had said that the UAE government had seized Ibrahim’s properties in the country, which are worth Rs.15,000 crore.
What is the NIA probing exactly?
Reports say that the NIA is investigating a “hawala racket relating to the annual Haj pilgrimage”.
It is believed that some travel agents diverted part of the money paid by Haj pilgrims to Separatists for funding of terror operations. They did so with help from their aides in Saudi Arabia.
The Hindu reports that the travel agents charged around Rs.2 lakh per pilgrim. They then used the government’s subsidy scheme for tickets.
Since the pilgrims have to pay for their food and accommodation, the agents offered a package deal. The aides of the agent in Saudi Arabia took care of the food and stay of the pilgrims, but the agents did not use the entire amount paid by the pilgrims.
The money saved this way and through the subsidy scheme was then diverted to Separatists.
How else is NIA tightening the noose around the necks of Separatists?
The NIA has also discovered a link between the trade routes between India and Pakistan and terror funding. Goods from Pakistan are undervalued and sold at higher prices resulting in surplus profits, which is then used for terrorist and other Separatist activities.
According to CNN-News18, six Separatist leaders in Kashmir are using benami properties to route funds received from Pakistan for terrorist activities.
The NIA has arrested the following Separatists: Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam and Aiyaz Akbar Khaney and Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Fantoosh Geelani, the son-in-law of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.