Farooq calls for IT probe against Geelani, separatists11 September 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah today demanded a probe into 'collections made by hard-line Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other separatists in the name of youths killed in last year’s summer unrest’’ in the Kashmir Valley and rebuilding the gutted Charar-e-Sharief shrine in Budgam district. 'The Income Tax Department should conduct investigation into the huge money collected by Geelani and other separatist leaders in the name of over 100 civilians killed in last year’s summer unrest and rebuilding the Charar-e-Sharief shrine,' he told reporters on the sidelines of a function of Under-19 Women T20 knock out cricket tournament final at GGM Science College here this afternoon. 'When the Charar-e-Sharief shrine in Budgam was burnt, Geelani had called upon the people not to accept the Government money for its construction. But where is Rs 3 crore collected by him? He has not given any account about it. Where the money has gone? Geelani must be held accountable by the Income Tax Department and other concerned agencies,' Dr Abdullah, who also happened to be the president of ruling National Conference, said in a hard hitting attack on the hardliner separatist. 'What is he telling people? When youth were killed last summer, money was also collected. Where the money has gone? This is a matter of investigation and must be investigated to find out the truth,' he asserted. It may be mentioned here that over 100 civilians were killed in police and CRPF action against the protesters in the Kashmir Valley during last summer’s unrest. Alleging that the separatists were getting money from undisclosed sources including the hawala funds, Dr Abdullah said the authorities had failed to dig out these. 'We all know that they (separatists) are getting money from all over. Hawala money is coming. We are unable to trace all those Hawala people to this day. Money is coming. It is flowing like anything,' he said, adding that the authorities must go to the sources of hawala money and its recipients as it was being used to fuel trouble in the Kashmir Valley. The NC leader and the Union Minister said the hawala money has been used for fueling last year’s summer unrest and other form of protests in the Kashmir Valley by the separatists. 'The investigating agencies should go into roots of the hawala scam’’, he added. Recently, the Enforcement Directorate had deputed its teams to the Kashmir Valley for a detailed investigation into the hawala money. Asserting that separatists have no future as Kashmir is not going to go anywhere, the NC president, however, called for creating a space for them. 'This State (J&K) is not going to go anywhere. They (separatists) want a space. We (politicians) should create that space for them to function within national politics,' the Union Minister said. Dr Abdullah advocated continuation of Indo-Pak dialogue despite Delhi blast saying it was after long efforts that Indo-Pak dialogue has come on the track and it should not be hampered. 'I hope that the dialogue will not derail in the backdrop of Wednesday’s Delhi blast,’’ he said. He said India and Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministers have held talks recently in New Delhi and 'I hope the dialogue would continue in future too’’. Replying to a question on detention of a number of youth in Kishtwar in connection with terror email sent to media houses in which Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HuJI) had claimed responsibility for the blast, Farooq said nothing concrete has emerged so far about those behind the blast outside the Delhi High Court that killed 13 persons and injured over 80- He said the agencies were engaged in investigations of the blast from all angles but nothing concrete or conclusive has emerged so far. He called upon the people of Kishtwar to cooperate with the investigating agencies to nail the terror email sender. 'Nobody knows anything so far. Who did it, how he did it? No one knows,' he added but hoped that the investigators would work out the blast shortly.. 'We have to see all aspects. It is not a small thing. It is a matter related to the country and the national security. We all shall co-operate with the security and investigating agencies so that such strikes didn’t recur in future’’, Dr Abdullah said. 'Everybody from here should cooperate as people across the country are cooperating so that those who did this are caught,' he added. To another question on PDP describing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah led coalition Government as 'most corrupt’, Dr Abdullah charged the PDP leadership with bearing black goggles behind which they were unable to see the truth. On senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani’s proposed Rath Yatra Against Corruption, Farooq said 'he (Mr Advani) had earlier undertook a similar yatra for construction of a temple at the Ram Janmabhoomi. Till today, the temple has not been constructed. God knows what is this yatra all about.' Mr Advani has recently announced to undertake Rath Yatra against increasing corruption in the country. The dates for the yatra and its timings are being finalized. Abdullah refused to answer any question related to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. 'I am not going to say anything on this'. 'The hanging of Afzal Guru is a political issue and the President of India will decide it. I am not going to offer any comments’’, he said. Guru is on death row and the Union Home Ministry had recently recommended to President Pratibha Patil to reject his clemency petition. He also declined to comment on Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh’s comments that Anna Hazare was an RSS mask. Dr Abdullah announced that tenders for construction of an international stadium at Bajalata in Nagrota would be floated before October 1 and the stadium would be constructed within 18 months.