May 2006 News

Mirwaiz's close friend charged with aiding militants

18 May 2006
The Daily Times
Iftikhar Gilani

New Delhi: Delhi police have slapped charges of funding and supplying weapons to militants on a Dubai-based Kashmiri businessman close to Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The charges were filed in a court on the same day moderate Mirwaiz was pleading his friend’s release in order to make the talks with the Indian prime minister successful. No wonder if Mirwaiz may himself find in the dock as police told the court while filing the charge sheet that its investigations are still not complete and it may have to interrogate some more people linked with the case. The case had been listed for arguments in a Delhi court on Wednesday but was deferred until May 27. Mirwaiz and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) chief Syed Salahuddin figure in the confession of the 36-year old Nasir Mir, who was arrested with arms and “hawala” money in February, as among those for whom he worked. In a startling disclosure, Nasir has also reportedly confessed that slain HM commander Abdul Majid Dar was his partner in his exchange companies through which the money was routed to the militants. It was Nasir who had reportedly escorted Dar from Pakistan to Dubai and then brought him to Srinagar where he had announced a unilateral cease-fire on July 24, 2000 and later held talks with the central government. He was gunned down in March 2003 by militants in Sopore town in the valley. The charges on Nasir include Sections from 120 to 123 of IPC was also under the Explosive Act and the Unlawful Activities Act on the basis of the alleged recoveries from him which included two kilograms of explosive RDX, one ABCG timer, one detonator, one pistol, six rounds of ammunition and cash. Besides naming Mirwaiz, Nasir is alleged to have admitted that he had met Salahuddin, who is hiding in Pakistan, through an ISI agent whom he identified as Saifullah. Delhi Police nabbed Nasir with a consignment of explosives delivered to him by one Latif on the directions of Salahuddin. “He was supposed to deliver the consignment to Zahoor of HM, who, however, did not turn up to collect it,” the charge sheet against Nasir stated. In the confession statement, Nasir is believed to have told police that he came in contact with a Jamat-e-Islami (JI) activist Ghulam Mohammad Sofi and Ayub Thakur, who in turn introduced him to Ghulam Nabi Nausheri, deputy chief of JI and its point man in Islamabad. “Nausheri directed me to go to Dubai and with the help of the ISI I opened two money exchanges in Dibai—Rima Exchange and Cash Express Exchange,” the confession said. Police claimed that Nasir Mir had gone to Defence Colony in a car owned by Tariq Bukhari, a prominent exporter of apple juice company Phil Industries based in South Extension. Zahoor, who was to take the delivery from him, however, did not turn up and while Nasir was in the process of going back, the police nabbed him. Police has also informed the court that a central intelligence agency had provided a tip-off on the activities and movements of Nasir in Delhi. The police report says it had questioned Phil’s Altaf Bukhari and another businessman, who both hail from the Kashmir valley, but let them off.”Bukhari said he lent the company car to Nasir as he knew him as a friend and trusted him,” police said.


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