Jammu & Kashmir: NIA nabs seven Hurriyat leaders for terror funding

Srinagar/New Delhi, July 24:  The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday nabbed seven Kashmiri separatists including Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah over the charges of allegedly receiving funds from Pakistan to fuel terror activities and stone-pelting protests in the Kashmir Valley.

Arrested Kashmiri separatists has been identified as Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah and Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal.

Altaf Ahmad Shah advocates Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan, and Islam is a close aide of moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Akbar is the spokesperson for the Hurriyat.

Speaking to IANS police official said Karate was arrested from Delhi, while others from Srinagar.

On Monday evening, all arrested persons were brought to Delhi and will appear before court yesterday.

The Geelani-led Hurriyat sacked Nayeem Khan after he confessed in a TV sting operation that Hurriyat leaders had been receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities in the Kashmir Valley.

The NIA had interrogated the arrested hurriyat leaders after the May 2017 expose. Shah was questioned earlier in Delhi for nearly two weeks.

The NIA carried out raids in Srinagar, Jammu, Delhi and Haryana and reportedly recovered  incriminating evidence against those who are indulged in the financial activities.

Since decades, India has accused Pakistan for providing financial help and training to terrorist with a aim to end Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, Islamabad says it provides only political and diplomatic support.

Wefornews Bureau

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