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Hurriyat insider nails brass for terror funding, to turn approver

Author: Bharti Jain, TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: September 7, 2017
URL:   http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/hurriyat-insider-nails-brass-for-terror-funding-to-turn-approver/articleshow/60401004.cms

Even as top Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik plan to stage a sit-in protest at the NIA headquarters here on September 9 and court arrest in J&K terror-funding probe, the investigation agency has achieved a breakthrough by getting one of the arrested accused in the case to record a confessional statement before a magistrate nailing the alleged role of the Hurriyat brass in channelising money sourced from Pakistan into subversive activities in J&K.

The statement has been recorded under Section 164 of CrPC, making it admissible in court. According to sources, the Hurriyat `insider' who agreed to turn `approver' has revealed how top Kashmiri separatists allegedly further agenda of Pakistan-based forces to keep the militancy fires burning in Kashmir.

The modus operandi includes receiving funds from Pakistani sources, including ISI, and routing them through Kashmiris having business interests in the Gulf.

The funds are channelised into Kashmir by the hawala route or through bank accounts of Kashmiri businessmen, before they reach Hurriyat.

The Hurriyat leaders, in turn, pass them on to terror commanders operating in J&K through trusted conduits. Not all of these funds reach the intended beneficiaries and a portion is allegedly pocketed by the Hurriyat brass, which NIA says explains the prime properties and real estate amassed by them over the years.

NIA says it has a strong case against the Hurriyat brass supported not only by the confessional statement of an arrested accused nailing their terror funding link but also electronic trail of their communication confirming disbursal of terror funds to stone-pelters through trustedconduits.

NIA has, so far, arrested eight Hurriyat men in the J&K terror funding case. It first arrested seven in July - Altaf Ahmad Shah 'Funtoosh' Geelani, son in law of Syed Ali Shah Geelani; Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Geelani's close aide and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman; Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, former Hizbul Mujahideen militant who organises stone pelting/processions allegedly on instructions of Geelani; Peer Saifullah, key Tehreek-e-Hurriyat member often seen at Geelani's residence; Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesperson of moderate Hurriyat faction led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq; Nayeem Khan, a close aide of Shabir Shah who was later arrested by ED; and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias 'Bitta Karate', a former JKLF militant. The eighth arrest - that of prominent Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali - was made last month. NIA recovered a diary during raids at Watali's premises that reportedly records payments of alleged terror funds to top Hurriyat leaders
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