NIA Holds Hurriyat Responsible for Supporting Militancy in Kashmir

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NEW DELHI - The National Investigation Agency (NIA), in its latest supplementary chargesheet filed in a militancy funding case has alleged that the Pakistan High Commission had organized a function and meeting where it invited Hurriyat leaders and gave them instructions on how to use funds in illegal activities,’ media reports said on Saturday.

"These funds are being raised out of illegal benefits drawn from the Line of Control (LoC) trade and the same are routed by the buyers of the imported goods in New Delhi by using Hawala channels and through shell companies to the concerned in Kashmir," the NIA said in its chargesheet.

"A part of the benefits drawn out of the imports and export of the Kashmiri handloom goods is also becoming part of the funds accumulated by the Hurriyat leaders."

NIA filed a second supplementary chargesheet in the funding case under new Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, as well as the founder and President of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Shah, Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi, All Party Hurriyat Conference General Secretary Masarat Alam and former legislator Rashid Engineer.

The agency charged them of allegedly receiving funds from Pakistan to carry out ‘militant activities and stone pelting’ in 2010 and 2016.

The NIA said that the funds were also being routed from the Middle East by family members and supporters of Kashmiri residents in the form of loans.

It also pointed out that the hoteliers in the Kashmir Valley were receiving foreign remittances in the name of bookings and a part of these amounts were going to the Hurriyat leaders and their cadres.

In the charge sheet it has been mentioned that the Hurriyat leaders hail anti-India acts of killed militants as gallants, attend their funerals and deliver hate speeches against government of India and motivate the youth of Kashmir to join militancy for the freedom of Kashmir by way of an armed struggle and funds were being raised from Pakistani supporters in the name of helping the youth injured during the counter-action of the security forces.

The Hurriyat leaders were supporting the families of active as well as militants, who died during encounters, by arranging for the higher studies of their wards in Pakistan thereby impressing upon the youth of Kashmir to get actively involved in the efforts to wage war against India.

Asiya had key role in cinemas'' closure in Valley: NIA

Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi had played a major role in closure of cinemas in Kashmir Valley, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said in a charge-sheet filed in the terror funding case.

Andrabi is charged in terror funding and other secession activities since 1987, it said.

"Andrabi started protests and raised slogans against display of pictures of women without burkha in cinema halls. Dukhtaran-e-Millat splashed black ink on pictures of women without burkha," NIA said.

Other militant groups supported her and announced through pamphlets that those who didn''t obey the order would be punished with bullets, the NIA added.

By January 1990, all 15 operational cinema halls were shut in Kashmir.

Andrabi''s husband Ashiq Hussain Faktoo alias Mohammed Qasim is serving life-term in J&K jail for killing H.N. Wanchoo, a Kashmiri Pandit, the agency said.

On October 4, the NIA filed a second supplementary charge-sheet in the terror funding case under the new Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against J&K Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, founder chief of the J&K Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Shah, Asiya Andrabi, Hurriyat Conference (G) General Secretary Masarat Alam and former legislator Engineer Rashid.

Andrabi had caught public attention in May 2015, when she criticised Bollywood superstar Salman Khan for advocating re-opening of cinemas. She had called Salman Khan an Indian agent helping cultural aggression of Kashmir by India and asserted that re-opening of cinemas would be opposed at all costs by her group.

Salman Khan had advocated re-opening of cinemas in the Valley, stating everyone watched movies on television and through pirated CDs, which could be checked with the Valley getting its cinemas back.

Andrabi was arrested on June 4 in connection with the terror funding case, which the NIA had registered in May 2017 after violence erupted in the Valley.

The agency militant  activities and stone pelting in 2016.


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