May 2017 News

Hit By India Today Expose, Hurriyat Gags Members From Speaking Over Fears Of Losing Perception Battle

22 May 2017
India Today

Srinagar: Two days after Naeem Khan was suspended from the Hurriyat Conference after he admitted on camera that Pakistan was funding violence in the Kashmir Valley, the Hurriyat has now issued gag orders on all its members. The Hurriyat has asked all its members to refrain from talking to national media after the India Today aired a special investigation report where Hurriyat's Provincial President (Geelani faction) Naeem Khan was caught on camera admitting that neighbour Pakistan is funding the violence in Kashmir. The gag order by the Hurriyat comes in the wake of separatists fearing that they may lose the perception battle in Kashmir following the India Today expose. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has launched a probe into the the flow of funds for stone-pelters in Kashmir, and asked India Today to provide the CDs containing the visuals of the sting operation and other details about the report. A team headed by an ADG rank officer, two SPs and a DSP are in the Valley to probe the funding trail following the admission of Naeem Khan on India Today. Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani suspended Naeem Khan and his National Front from Hurriyat Conference. Khan, on his part, has alleged that the sting video was 'doctored'. A spokesperson of the separatist group said, 'Using his special powers (according to Hurriyat constitution), Geelani suspended the National Front from the basic membership of the Hurriyat Conference until the clarification of all the related issues comes to the fore.'