Srinagar, Mar 22 : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today arrested jailed human rights activist Khurram Parvez who is the Program Coordinator of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies (JKCCS) and Chairperson of Philippines based NGO Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD).
The NIA accused Khurram of collecting funds that were used for funding militancy in Kashmir.
“Investigations revealed that Khurram Parvez has been collecting funds under the garb of fighting for Human Rights, from various international entities/ persons based abroad and channelizing those funds for funding terror activities in the Kashmir valley,” the statement said.
His arrest comes two days after journalist Iran Mehraj who had worked in the JKCCS as researcher.
“He, along with his associates, were also propagating secessionist agenda through his various NGOs. Khurram Parvez has already been chargesheeted in another NIA case. He was formally arrested upon production in this case today,” the statement said.
“The case relates to the terror funding of proscribed terrorist organisations, such as Lashkar-e-Toiba( LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, by certain NGOs, Trusts and societies based in the Valley,” it said.
“Investigations have revealed that Khurram Parvez and his associates raised funds to support individuals who were involved in pelting stones at security forces personnel and also motivated others to extend similar support. These trusts and societies, which have been under investigation, have utilised the funds raised by them to publish anti-national and incriminating material to cause hatred and disaffection towards Government of India,” the statement added.
Khurram was arrested under similar charges by the NIA in November 2021 and is since then lodged in jail.