NIA Nails Hurriyat's Links With The ISI4 August 2011
Srinagar: The ISI's hand in funding anti-India activities has already been exposed with the arrest of Dr Gulam Nabi Fai in the United States and now there is more evidence of its attempt to bankroll unrest in Kashmir. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) says it has evidence of ISI's links with the Hurriyat Conference. There is a money trail that shows how the ISI is using intermediaries and the hawala network to fund the separatists in Kashmir. The All Party Hurriyat Conference is the face of the separatist movement in Jammu & Kashmir. They might not have stood in an election ever, but Hurriyat leaders have still been a powerful voice of dissent in the Valley and, the group's close links with Pakistan have long been under suspicion. In its chargesheet, the NIA has clearly spelt out that Hurriyat Conference has been receiving money from a Lashkar agent through the Hawala route. Among the four charge-sheeted by the NIA is Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, legal advisor of Hurriyat, and a close aide of Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The NIA claims that from 2008 to 2011, more than Rs 4.5 crore was transferred from Pakistan into Hurriyat hands using the hawala route. The money had been facilitated by a Hizbul Mujahideen handler based in Pakistan, Maqbool Pandit. Islamabad based Maqbool would make frequent calls to Delhi and Srinagar from the number 00923335000846. The calls would be made two Delhi numbers - 9958355916 & 7428470829. Maqbool also made calls to two numbers in Srinagar - 9796394258 & 9622431733. According to NIA, these numbers belonged to either Hurriyat leaders or Hawala agents in Delhi and when these numbers were tapped, the NIA found that they were used to make Hawala transactions. During one such conversation on January 20 this year, Hurriyat leader Ghulam Mohammed Bhat allegedly called on the number 966548948415 to make a hawala transaction of Rs 20 lakh and when the Hurriyat leader reached Delhi two days later to take delivery of the amount, he was nabbed by the police. But when Headlines Today spoke to Hurriyat leaders in Srinagar they were quick to refute these allegations. Former president of Hurriyat Conference Maulvi Abbas Ansari said, 'These claims are baseless. We have never received money through such channels. Some agencies are bent upon proving that we receive money through Hawala.' Hurriyat leaders may claim innocence, but the NIA is armed with irrefutable evidence that firmly links the group with terrorist organisations across the border. NIA has not named senior leader Syed Shah Geelani as an accused in their charge-sheet yet, but is probing his role. Dangerous agenda ISI's vicious agenda doesn't stop at sponsoring Hurriyat's activities in Kashmir. The NIA has found that Pakistan's intelligence agency is also dumping crores of counterfeit Indian currency into the Kashmir valley. ISI is helping Hizbul commander Syed Salauddin's henchmen to smuggle these fake notes via Bangladesh. These fake notes are then used to sponsor terrorist activities in the valley. Jammu's Kot Bhalwal's jail that once housed Maulana Masood Azhar has now reportedly become the hub of these illegal activities. Hizbul terrorists named by NIA in its charge-sheet include Mushtaq Ahmed Bhat and Shafqat Moiuddin. According to sources, the charge-sheet says that both these terrorists have been using fake currency to buy weapons and bombs.