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Funding of terrorist activities in J&K: NIA tightens noose around Hurriyat leaders

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New Delhi: The NIA is continuing its investigation into the alleged role and involvement of Hurriyat leaders of Jammu and Kashmir with Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Amir of Jammat-ud-Dawahin and the raising, receiving and collecting funds domestically and abroad through various illegal channels, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Earlier on 30 May 2017, the NIA had registered an FIR under Sections 120B, 121, & 121A of IPC and Sections 13,16,17,18,20,38,39 & 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 on the basis of credible information received by the Central Government that Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Amir of Jammat-ud-Dawah and the secessionist and separatist leaders, including the members and cadres of the Hurriyat Conference, were acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Dukhtarane Millat, Lashkar-e-Toiba(LeT) and other terrorist organisations, associations and gangs for raising, receiving and collecting funds domestically and abroad through various illegal channels, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir through the funds so collected.

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The charge against the Hurriyat leades and cadres is that they have entered into a larger criminal conspiracy for causing disruption in the Kashmir valley by way of pelting stones on the security forces, systematically burning of schools, damage to public property and waging war against India.

Terror funding: NIA raids premises of Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir

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Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency today raided 14 premises, including the residence of Hurriyat leaders and businessmen in the Kashmir Valley, in connection with terror funding.

According to officials, the searches and raids that started early this morning were in connection with reports of funds being received from Pakistan by terror groups and Hurriyat leaders for carrying out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley.

It is learnt the raids were conducted in the same connection at many other places across the country, including Punjab and Delhi to bust the money route, especially the hawala channels that are being used to fund terrorist activities and keep Kashmir valley in turmoil.

Kashmir talks: Hurriyat leaders turn down CM’s invitation; snub Opposition leaders

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Opposition MPs were greeted by slogans
Opposition MPs were greeted by slogans

Srinagar: Opposition leaders, who landed here today as part of the All Party Delegation of MPs to hold talks with the stakeholders on the volatile situation in Kashmir valley, were snubbed by the Hurriyat leaders as they refused to hold a dialogue with them.

The All Party Delegation is in the State on a two-day visit to talk to the stakeholders and find a solution to the violent protests that have erupted in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

The Opposition leaders were all out for engaging the Hurriyat leaders and drawing them in a dialogue. The snub by the Hurriyat leaders is being seen as a huge loss of face for the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had written a letter yesterday inviting the separatist leaders for a dialogue with the All Party Delegation.

The separatists, according to available reports have described the J&K Chief Minister’s invitation as “deceitful” and said it cannot be an alternative to a “transparent agenda-based dialogue to address the core issue”.

On the first day of their 2-day visit to J&K, the All Party Delegation, led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met more than 2-dozen delegations representing different sections of society to find a common solution to the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Geelani
Geelani

After the Hurriyat leaders were conspicuous by the absence, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and RJD’s Jay Prakash Narayan went to meet the separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, undergoing house arrest at his residence. Here the Opposition leaders were received by slogan shouting Geelani supporters. The gate to his residence also remained shut. When this group went to meet JKLF chief Yaseen Malik, now under detention at BSF camp in Humhama, he told the MPs that he would only talk to them in Delhi.

Mirwaiz

In the meanwhile, AIMIM leader Assadudin Owaisi, ended up exchanging greetings with moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Chashma Shahi sub-jail. After him, the other Opposition leaders, who who had earlier made a failed attempt to meet Geelani met the Mirwaiz, with whom they spent about quarter of an hour. The AIMIM leader also briefly met detained leader Shabir Shah and offered ‘namaz’ with him.

Former Hurriyat Chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat also refused to get drawn into talks with the Opposition MPs on the Kashmir issue.

Prakash Javadekar’s presence at “Pakistan Day” event comes under attack

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, speaking recently in Lok Sabha had described the attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab as an “accumulation of an asymmetric war”. He said: “When conventional war fails as it had failed in ’65 and ’71, the enemy resorted to thousand cuts in trying to bleed India. These are small attacks of weak forces on a stronger force when the weak forces know they cannot defeat the stronger force.”.

India's Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar and Pakistan´s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit at the "Pakistan Day" function at the High Commissione of Pakistan in New Delhi on 23 March 2016
India’s Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar and Pakistan´s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit at the “Pakistan Day” function at the High Commissione of Pakistan in New Delhi on 23 March 2016

In this backdrop when the Defence Minister spoke of Pakistan as an enemy that has resorted to small attacks after successive defeats in full-fledged wars, eyebrows are being raised in India and the Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar has come under attack as he was present on behalf of the Modi-led NDA Government at the Pakistan Day function held this evening at the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi. This event was also attended by separatist leaders from Kashmir.

India had called off talks with Pakistan in the last week of August 2015 after their High Commissioner in New Delhi had met with separatist leaders from Kashmir defying a warning from India.

Announcing the cancellation of talks, India’s External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin had told media that Pakistan’s High Commissioner in New Delhi had been specifically warned that the talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries, would be jeopardized if he met with the Hurriyat Conference leaders from Kashmir.

Within days of the secret meeting in Bangkok last December between the NSA chiefs of India and Pakistan to break ice and open the doors for talks between the two countries, the Air Force base in Pathankot was attacked by terrorists receiving command from Pakistan.

The main opposition Congress has lashed out at the Modi Government for its Pakistan policy. The Congress is particularly critical of the bonhomie being shown repeatedly by top leaders in the NDA Government during one-on-one meetings with those from the Pakistani side. A Congress leader said this is in sharp contrast with the stand taken by India’s Defence Minister in Parliament.

A cross-section of people, who were contacted in different parts of India, also were unanimous in pointing out that the Indian Government should have boycotted the Pakistan Day event especially since it coincides with the the 23 March 2003 Nadimarg massacre when two dozen Kashmiri Pandits were killed by terrorists in Nadimarg village in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir. March 23 is also the Martyrdom Day to commemorate the hanging of great freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on 23 March 1931 by the British.