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Hurriyat in quandary over Pak funds

Hurriyat in quandary over Pak funds

Author: Press Trust of India
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: December 26, 2001

Curbing of funding by some groups in Pakistan of Hurriyat Conference has worsened the growing infighting within the amalgam with some of the leaders making frantic calls to Islamabad for the release of funds, intelligence sources said today.

They said that some of the "moderate leaders" of the 23-party conglomerate had made frantic calls to their party workers across the border asking them to impress upon the "authorities" to release funds immediately.

However, under the ISI's new gameplan, some of the militant outfits have been asked to rein in Hurriyat leaders by publicly asking them for the accounts of funds allegedly misused by them. In this context, Al-Barq had issued statements to the vernacular press in Kashmir alleging that Hurriyat Conference leader Abdul Gani Lone owed the organisation nearly Rs 4.5 crore.

Hurriyat insiders said that now some of the moderate leaders were getting in touch with representatives across the border to clear the allegations and ensure free flow of funds from there (Pakistan).

Hurriyat insiders said some of the hardliners within the amalgam had also recommended blocking of funds to the moderate leadership in the conglomerate while doubting their sincerity towards the 'Kashmir cause'.

Piqued by this, the moderate leadership within the amalgam was now conveying to "deciding authorities" that funds used by hardline leaders were being used to enhance their own public image rather than helping poor and needy Kashmiris.

The moderate leadership, for instance, has objected to construction of a mosque in north Kashmir, which they claim, has been built by a Hurriyat leader with money that was meant for needy Kashmiri people.

Much to the worry of the APHC, some overseas organisations other than those in Pakistan have also started asking for records from Hurriyat leaders about utilization of money meant for disbursement among needy persons, insiders said, adding none of them had been able to give a clear picture.
 


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