by Farooq Ganderbali
As National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing terror funding to Kashmiri separatists and terror organisations, has once again asked so-called chairman of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to present himself before its New Delhi office on April 8, the separatist camp is in jittery. On the previous two occasions, Mirwaiz had made excuse of “security concern” in Delhi and avoided presenting himself before the probe agency.
However, in the fresh summons, the NIA has stated the security concerns raised by the separatist leader will be taken care of, thus leaving no chance of escape for him now. The anti-terror probe agency is investigating a case related to terror funding in Kashmir through hawala channels. The agency carried out a series of raids on separatists, including the Mirwaiz in February. The agency claimed to have recovered several incriminating documents, including letterheads of different terrorist organisations as well as high-end communication systems, during the raids.
The probe agency had registered a case on 30 May 2017 against separatist leaders, including unidentified members of the Hurriyat Conference, who have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other outfits and gangs.
This is for the first time in the last three decades that noose has been tightened around the Pakistani stooges active in Kashmir. These Pak stooges have filled their coffers by preaching sedition and separation and during all these years they remained close to the people, who have been in power in Pakistan. The Government of India on many occasions offered them to come forward for talks and tried to persuade them to give up confrontation but their bosses sitting across the Line of Control never gave them permission for it.
The investigations carried out by the NIA after 2016 unrest have revealed how much money separatists have got through Hawala channels to fuel unrest and fund the terror groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir. These so-called leaders have turned Kashmir into a graveyard by selling dreams and illusions to people. Mirwaiz has to face the NIA questioning and tell the investigators how he played into the hands of the enemies of the country and helped the anti-national elements.
Action against these separatists was overdue as they had started believing that the Kashmir is their fiefdom and the people sitting in Delhi would always keep on appeasing them. Now the law has taken its own course and it’s a welcome step, which could go a long way in restoring normalcy in J&K once for all. Time has come for these separatists to give the account of the huge wealth they have amassed during all these years. Everyone is aware about the fact that these people have no known sources of income. So how come they have built palatial houses and are living like monarchs.
by Farooq Ganderbali