October 2017 News

Terror Funding: KTMF Prez Returns To Kashmir After Questioning By NIA In Delhi

1 October 2017
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) Mohammad Yasin Khan today returned to the valley after being questioned by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the national capital since September 25 in terror funding case. A KTMF spokesperson here this evening said that Mr Khan, who is also the chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), returned to Kashmir valley today. He said after completion of five days of marathon questioning, Mr Khan flew back to Kashmir. Meanwhile, Mr Khan thanked the entire business community of Kashmir for being with him in the testing times. 'I am thankful to each and every institution of business fraternity, and people affiliated with it for their support. I am equally thankful to people of Kashmir as a whole, who equally stood by me,' Mr Khan said.The NIA has so far arrested more than a dozen separatist leaders and businessmen in connection with terror funding from Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The arrests followed raids at the residence of over a dozen separatist leaders, including spokesman of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference, sons of hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, his son-in-law and National Front chief Nayeem Ahmad Khan, who allegedly admitted during a sting operation that separatists were receiving money from abroad for terror and stone pelting activities. Khan, was later expelled from the hardline Hurriyat. The NIA also questioned Kashmir Bar Association president Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoum who was though later given a clean chit. Two youths, including a photo-journalist, were also arrested in connection with funding stone pelting, evoking massive protests from media organisations here.