July 2019 News

Terror Funding: NGOs In Kashmir On Radar Of Security Agencies

14 July 2019
Brighter Kashmir

New Delhi: The union home ministry is investigating some non governmental organisations working on Kashmir who are believed to have 'backed' the protesters accused of involvement in stone pelting incidents, reports said on Sunday. As part of the ministry's hard approach, the ministry is probing the NGOs, including those working on the issues of human rights in Kashmir, as part of its wider approach to handle the Kashmir problem. The approach 'visualizes a clinical attack on the support bases of militancy' in Kashmir in order to bring about 'irreversible change' in the political situation, reports said. Official said by targeting the Hurriyat Conference and foreign networks involved in funding various kinds of activities, there might be a turnaround in the situation. This is part of a new policy to curb militancy in Kashmir that has seen a renewed vigour after Amit Shah took over as the union home minister According to reports, the home ministry has devised a step-by-step strategy aimed at systematically tackling the problems in Kashmir. 'The first target will remain the separatists and their funding networks, which have kept alive militancy in the Valley and organized anti-India activities. 'These are well-funded operations that have repeatedly tried to derail central government initiatives in trying to control militancy in the valley. It is from involvement in such activity that stone-pelters move over to weaponised training,' reports said. The third target will be the cross border terrorists who take advantage of border porosity to enter India and join the ranks of militants. According to officials, there has been some success from the recent no-nonsense approach to militancy which includes the Balakot strike on Pakistan-based terror camp. Reports have said that terror camps in Muzaffarabad have moved west, closer to the border with Afghanistan. Reports said the understanding is that the relentless attack on militant bases and on terror funding will also contribute to stopping border incursions into India and with the oxygen supply cut off to local militancy, it will be brutally hit. The programme has become more intense with the realisation that terrorism, as the Pulwama attack showed, is homegrown even though backed and bankrolled by foreign sponsors. The Al Qaeda is becoming increasingly interested in the Kashmir issue and hardcore IS cadres have found their way into the valley.