October 2005 News

India to monitor Kashmiri groups' quake funds

14 October 2005
The Daily Times
Iftikhar Gilani

New Delhi: The moderate faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) opened three bank accounts to receive donations for the quake victims on Friday, as the Indian government decided to monitor the earthquake relief funds launched by pro-freedom groups in Jammu and Kashmir to keep tabs on their sources of funding.Two bank accounts were opened in the US and Saudi Arabia, while the third was opened in Srinagar. Senior government officials are concerned that separatist groups - from Syed Ali Geelani's hard line faction of the Hurriyat to the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) - have all managed to contribute to relief efforts despite a clamp down on their sources of funding.The moderate APHC faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has so far dispatched seven trucks containing rice, flour, pulses, cooking oil, sugar, warm clothes and blankets to the affected areas. These convoys were the first to reach some villages cut off from the rest of the world.


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