February 2003 News

APHC Activist Admits Taking Money From Pak Mission

18 February 2003
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: The woman activist of the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC), who was recently arrested by the Delhi Police for getting Rs three lakh from Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner here, had planned to funnel the money to various militant outfits for orchestrating their nefarious activities, Parliament was told today. Replying to a question, Minister of State for Home Harin Pathak told the Lok Sabha that the activist, during the course of interrogation, revealed that an office bearer of the Kashmir Awareness Bureau had also received the money from the same source for funding terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country. Giving details of the incident, Mr Pathak said a raid was conducted at the premises of the bureau at Malviya Nagar in South Delhi and several incriminating documents were seized. The bureau office bearer was also arrested, and on the basis of his disclosure, Rs two lakh was recovered from his residence. In a reference to hawala transaction, the minister said the slush money was received through various illegal activities like under-voicing, smuggling, drug trafficking and commission from foreign contracts. He said the intelligence in regard to hawala operations was collected and developed on a continuing basis and those found indulging in such activities were proceeded against under the foreign exchange management act, 1999. On February six, the special cell sleuths nabbed the woman activist who was carrying a bag containing Rs three lakh received from the Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner who was later asked by the Government to go back to his country.


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