NIA to probe funding of Geelani, Naeem Khan and other Hurriyat leaders

By Staff Reporter

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a preliminary enquiry against top leaders of Kashmiri separatist group Hurriyat Conference, SAS Geelani, Naeem Khan and others.

NIA is of the suspicion that funds to the Hurriyat was coming in from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba’s (LeT) Hafiz Saeed to fuel the restlessness and violence in Kashmir, and the enquiry will look into the matter. same reason, enquiry was registered.

NIA will call Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Naeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar aka Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba for questioning on the matter.

NIA believes that money from LeT was sent to separatists to carry out violent activities in Kashmir and damage government properties. The suspicion is that money was routed through Hawala, method of money laundering across borders that is illegal in India.

Moreover, NIA thinks that agents who launder money to valley are based in Delhi’s Chandani Chowk and Ballimaran.

NIA officials will also verify and test the sting operation which showed some Hurriyat leaders talking about taking money from Hafiz Saeed and other individuals.

Apart from the Hurriyat, Jammu-Kashmir Liberation Front, Islamic Students Front, Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Jamiat ul-Mujahideen are also on the government’s radar.