NIA, FATF action forcing Hurriyat to look for new pastures: Brig Gupta

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 4: Lambasting separatist Hurriyat Conference for misleading the people that the organisation is starved of funds, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State spokesperson and security analyst, Brig (retd) Anil Gupta today said that the National Investigating Agency (NIA) has exposed the conglomerate leadership after making startling revelations about the source where from it received funding.
In a statement issued here, today he said that none other than the top Kashmiri separatist leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani has confessed that the Hurriyat is starved of funds. Earlier, tightening its noose on the terror support network in the Valley, NIA had arrested many top leaders of the separatist amalgamation Hurriyat whose sustained interrogation has made sterling revelations regarding the sources of their funding and the role of Hurriyat in terror financing in the Valley, stated Brig. (retd) Anil Gupta, a security analyst and State spokesperson BJP.
Interestingly, Pakistani terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed is one of the 13 accused charge-sheeted by the NIA so far which also includes Pak based chief of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), seven separatists and a few Hawala operators. The same Hafiz Saeed has also been once again charge-sheeted by Pakistan under the pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which is contemplating putting Pakistan in black list from October onwards for its failure to act against money laundering and terror funding, revealed Brig Gupta.
Pakistan which was the main source of funding the Hurriyat as confessed before the NIA by under arrest Hurriyat leaders, has also temporarily suspended aid to Hurriyat because of the FATF threat, stated Brig Gupta. The investigation by NIA revealed that this money was being used by the Hurriyat leaders to fuel unrest and terrorist activities in Kashmir and also for personal expenditure including financing of luxurious lives of their wards in foreign lands, rued Brig Gupta.
He said Hurriyat also used to collect funds from business community as well as certain other sources as revealed by Yasin Malik during his interrogation.
With its sources of funds having dried due to double-attack by NIA and Pakistan, Hurriyat is in desperate need of cash as are the various terrorist outfits. Brig Gupta cautioned the JK police and the banks in the Valley against rise in the instances of bank looting and cases of heist particularly at the ATMs.
Drawing attention of JK Police and the Governor’s administration, Brig Gupta said, “the recent spurt in the movement of drugs from the IB sector to Kashmir needs to be viewed with suspicion from many angles.


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