by Farooq Ganderbali
The government of India is tightening the noose around Kashmiri separatist leaders and their sympathisers, who are involved in terror funding, money laundering and other anti-national activities. On Friday, the Center set-up a multi-disciplinary monitoring group to ensure synergised and concerted action against militancy financing and militancy-related activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
The multi-disciplinary terror monitoring group (MDTMG) will have representatives from the Jammu and Kashmir police, intelligence bureau, central bureau of investigation (CBI), national investigation agency (NIA), and the income tax department. It will also take action against hardcore sympathisers among government employees, including teachers, who are providing covert or overt support to terror activities.
The latest action by the Center bears significance as it has come at a time when the General Elections are round the corner and despite that the GoI has started offensives against terrorists involved in subversive activities in the state. The NIA and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing terror funding cases have recovered heaps of evidence to suggest that funds had come in from abroad and were being used by the separatists to fuel tensions in the Valley.
The ED has attached a Srinagar-based property linked to separatist leader Shabir Shah in connection with a 14-year-old militancy funding and money-laundering case against him and others. The property is located in posh Effandi Bagh area in Rawalpora, Srinagar, and the central probe agency issued a provisional order to attach the asset under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The action is part of a multi-agency crackdown launched by the government against separatists and terror operatives functioning from Kashmir Valley.
Shah, currently in judicial custody, is involved in carrying out illicit activities along with his accomplice Mohammad Aslam Wani, who is an activist of banned terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad. Shah was using Wani as a carrier for collecting hawala money sent by his Pakistan-based sympathisers through hawala operators.
The ED probe has revealed that Shah was in touch with Hafeez Sayeed, chief of banned outfit Jamat-ud-Dawa based in Pakistan and he had been receiving money for carrying out separatist activities in J&K and has acquired various properties through a maze of dubious transactions. There are clear evidences that separatist leaders like Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah and others received billions of rupees for subversion from Pakistan and other countries in the last two decades.
While a part of this money was utilised for terrorists, stone pelting and other ant-national activities, these separatist leaders also made a fortune for themselves and their families. For them prolonging terrorism, stone-pelting and anti-national activities is a goldmine while it has shattered thousands of families in Kashmir. Common people in Kashmir are happy with the Center’s crackdown on separatists and they want it should be taken to logical conclusion so that these proxies of Pakistan don’t create trouble in Kashmir further.
by Farooq Ganderbali