Rs 6-7 cr supplied to militants, others through cross-LoC route28 August 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: The hawala money supplied by Pakistan for the militant commanders and separatists through cross-LoC trade route of Uri-Muzaffarabad has been worked out around Rs 6-7 crore. Some weapons had also been smuggled under the cover of trade items from the same route. Interrogation of the arrested persons and investigations by the Intelligence agencies have revealed that Firdous Ahmed Dar son of Abdul Rashid Dar R-o Sangam, Bijbehara, Anantnag, was not the only conduit but nearly half a dozen persons had received hawala money and weapons through the cross-LoC route, which had been supplied by Pakistani agencies and some militant commanders for distribution among militant cadre and separatists in the Kashmir Valley and other parts of the State. Official sources told the Excelsior that Firdous Ahmed Dar, who has been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) after being freed from Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC), Jammu, was not the only conduit involved in receiving money and weapons through the cross-LoC trade route but there were nearly half a dozen other persons, who were also recipient of similar consignments from across the Line of Control (LoC). Police and Intelligence agencies were engaged in busting entire module working for militants and separatists through cross-LoC trade route, sources said, adding the investigations so far have revealed that bundles of cash and weapons had been smuggled in trucks from Muzaffarabad to Uri, concealed under the items imported by the traders from across the LoC. Sending excess amount of goods from across the LoC as compared to the exports had generated some of the money. However, this strategy was confined to only a couple of traders. Sources said the traders were aware that goods imported by them from across the LoC carried bundles of cash and weapons, in some cases, which were taken away by the conduits. The traders, however, didnít sound the police due to fear of the militants. According to sources, cash worth Rs 6-7 crore had come from Pakistan through the trade route. However, exact number of weapons smuggled under garb of the trade was being ascertained, they said. Sources said the cash received by the conduits had been distributed among the militant commanders and the separatists according to directions received by them from across the LoC. The commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen and separatists affiliated to hard-line Hurriyat Conference were major beneficiaries of the cash sent by Pakistan through the cross-LoC route. Firdous Ahmed Dar along had admitted having received Rs 1.5 crore through cross-LoC route of Uri-Muzaffarabad. Of this amount, he had distributed Rs 30 lakh to Aiyaz Akbar, the spokesman of hardline Hurriyat Conference and a trusted lieutenant of its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in three equal installments of Rs 10 lakh each. Sources said the disclosures about receipt of funds and weapons by the militants and the separatists through cross-LoC hawala route came at a time when the Governments of India and Pakistan have approved a slew of measures to strengthen trade on two routes of Uri-Muzaffarabad in Kashmir and Poonch-Rawlakote in Jammu. The External Affairs Ministers of the two countries in their meeting at New Delhi recently had approved increase in number of days from two to four for cross-LoC trade on the two routes every week. The State Government had also issued an ordinance yesterday approving exemption of Value Added Tax (TAX) on the items on both the cross-LoC trade routes. Sources said further investigations in the receipt of cash and weapons from the trade route are being conducted by the Intelligence agencies and some more clues were expected.