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July 09, 2019 | Anil Gupta

A recent report of the Home Ministry has made public a fact that was known to many but did not get the due visibility in the media and hence remained confined to a few. Ever since, Amit Shah has occupied the all- important chair of the Union Home Minister, the ministry has got a new fillip because of his perceived image of Sardar Patel 2.0. During his recent maiden visit to Kashmir, he minced no words in reiterating the zero tolerance policy of his government towards terror and militants . In the three-pronged strategy he enunciated to the security forces, strict action against terror funding and security forces to ensure that law of the land prevails were the other two prongs. Ever since, his all-important maiden visit and subsequent rousing speeches in the two houses of the Parliament while replying to the debate of extension of President’s Rule in J&K, the media’s ears now remain glued to the North Block. The media eagerly awaits for the next move of the government viz a viz J&K. Thus, the recent report of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revealing that hard line separatist leaders received funds from abroad and utilised them for personal gains- from amassing properties to paying for foreign education of their kin, has not only hogged the limelight in media but also raised a public outcry that the black deeds of these leaders should reach every household in Kashmir.
Tightening its noose around those who were involved in terror funding, terror financing, money laundering and hawala operations, National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the first time under the directions of previous Modi government had arrested many separatist leaders, businessmen, hawala operators and close relatives of the Hurriyat leadership and put them through sustained interrogation to track the sources and origin of terror funding in Kashmir. NIA was successful in not only tracking the trail of terror funding but also revealed the beneficiaries and how terror was being sustained in the Valley apart from allowing the leaders in Kashmir lead a luxurious life. The regional parties who were heading the governments in Kashmir turned a blind eye to this malpractice because of their vested interest in continuation of militancy in the state. How else can they explain cases of money laundering and hawala operations which were lingering on for decades together despite the registration of the cases? This, in fact has been the misfortune of Kashmir because the regional mainstream parties owe their political survival to separatist and extremist forces operating in the Valley.
During their interrogation, the separatist leaders confessed that Pakistan was the main source of terror funding with the specific purpose of fuelling separatist sentiments among the people of Kashmir. Cross-LOC trade was one of the major sources of hawala operations and terror financing. During interrogation, Asiya Andrabi of Duktaran-e-Milat admitted that she had been receiving funds and donations from Pakistan and other foreign sources for organising protests by Muslim girls and women in the valley. She has used part of this money to finance education of her son in Malaysia while major portion of expenses are borne by Zahoor Watali a businessman arrested for terror funding. Watali is one of the main hawala conduits who received funds from Pakistan, ISI, UAE and had floated various shell companies to disguise foreign remittances for further transfer to separatist leaders and stone pelters in the valley. Masrat Alam, the has confessed that funds were being distributed among various Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Shah Gilani.
Shabbir Shah, another separatist leader, confessed that his hotel in Pahalgam and other businesses are financed through funds received from Pakistan. Yasin Malik, who brought together the various factions of Hurriyat under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), which became for issuing “bandh rosters” in Kashmir affecting the lives of common Kashmiris, confessed before the agencies that funds were received from big business houses in Kashmir and other “sources” as well to sustain the bandh calls disrupting economic activities in Kashmir which also indirectly affected the trading community of Jammu.
These funds were used to fuel unrest in the Kashmir valley and organise violent agitations and anti-India activities which resulted in large scale violence leading to numerous injuries and deaths of innocent civilians and security forces personnel. The funds were also used to pay stone pelters, Friday protestors, those tasked to torch schools and government buildings particularly Panchayat Ghar and the over ground workers. Pakistan has also entrusted Hurriyat the responsibility of financing “Home-Grown” terror groups from the funds received by them. Thus apart from promoting and sustaining terror in Kashmir, these leaders were also involved in the killings of Kashmiris, closure of educational institutions and encouraging local youth to join the terror ranks. Among all this they also indulged in luxurious life for self and financing foreign education of their wards. (To Be Continued)


(The author is a Jammu based political commentator, columnist, security and strategic analyst. He can be contacted at anil5457@gmail.com)

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Valley needs Back to Village 2.0 -I

July 09, 2019 | Anil Gupta

A recent report of the Home Ministry has made public a fact that was known to many but did not get the due visibility in the media and hence remained confined to a few. Ever since, Amit Shah has occupied the all- important chair of the Union Home Minister, the ministry has got a new fillip because of his perceived image of Sardar Patel 2.0. During his recent maiden visit to Kashmir, he minced no words in reiterating the zero tolerance policy of his government towards terror and militants . In the three-pronged strategy he enunciated to the security forces, strict action against terror funding and security forces to ensure that law of the land prevails were the other two prongs. Ever since, his all-important maiden visit and subsequent rousing speeches in the two houses of the Parliament while replying to the debate of extension of President’s Rule in J&K, the media’s ears now remain glued to the North Block. The media eagerly awaits for the next move of the government viz a viz J&K. Thus, the recent report of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revealing that hard line separatist leaders received funds from abroad and utilised them for personal gains- from amassing properties to paying for foreign education of their kin, has not only hogged the limelight in media but also raised a public outcry that the black deeds of these leaders should reach every household in Kashmir.
Tightening its noose around those who were involved in terror funding, terror financing, money laundering and hawala operations, National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the first time under the directions of previous Modi government had arrested many separatist leaders, businessmen, hawala operators and close relatives of the Hurriyat leadership and put them through sustained interrogation to track the sources and origin of terror funding in Kashmir. NIA was successful in not only tracking the trail of terror funding but also revealed the beneficiaries and how terror was being sustained in the Valley apart from allowing the leaders in Kashmir lead a luxurious life. The regional parties who were heading the governments in Kashmir turned a blind eye to this malpractice because of their vested interest in continuation of militancy in the state. How else can they explain cases of money laundering and hawala operations which were lingering on for decades together despite the registration of the cases? This, in fact has been the misfortune of Kashmir because the regional mainstream parties owe their political survival to separatist and extremist forces operating in the Valley.
During their interrogation, the separatist leaders confessed that Pakistan was the main source of terror funding with the specific purpose of fuelling separatist sentiments among the people of Kashmir. Cross-LOC trade was one of the major sources of hawala operations and terror financing. During interrogation, Asiya Andrabi of Duktaran-e-Milat admitted that she had been receiving funds and donations from Pakistan and other foreign sources for organising protests by Muslim girls and women in the valley. She has used part of this money to finance education of her son in Malaysia while major portion of expenses are borne by Zahoor Watali a businessman arrested for terror funding. Watali is one of the main hawala conduits who received funds from Pakistan, ISI, UAE and had floated various shell companies to disguise foreign remittances for further transfer to separatist leaders and stone pelters in the valley. Masrat Alam, the has confessed that funds were being distributed among various Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Shah Gilani.
Shabbir Shah, another separatist leader, confessed that his hotel in Pahalgam and other businesses are financed through funds received from Pakistan. Yasin Malik, who brought together the various factions of Hurriyat under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), which became for issuing “bandh rosters” in Kashmir affecting the lives of common Kashmiris, confessed before the agencies that funds were received from big business houses in Kashmir and other “sources” as well to sustain the bandh calls disrupting economic activities in Kashmir which also indirectly affected the trading community of Jammu.
These funds were used to fuel unrest in the Kashmir valley and organise violent agitations and anti-India activities which resulted in large scale violence leading to numerous injuries and deaths of innocent civilians and security forces personnel. The funds were also used to pay stone pelters, Friday protestors, those tasked to torch schools and government buildings particularly Panchayat Ghar and the over ground workers. Pakistan has also entrusted Hurriyat the responsibility of financing “Home-Grown” terror groups from the funds received by them. Thus apart from promoting and sustaining terror in Kashmir, these leaders were also involved in the killings of Kashmiris, closure of educational institutions and encouraging local youth to join the terror ranks. Among all this they also indulged in luxurious life for self and financing foreign education of their wards. (To Be Continued)


(The author is a Jammu based political commentator, columnist, security and strategic analyst. He can be contacted at anil5457@gmail.com)


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