Hurriyat under probe over Pakistan money to fund Kashmir unrest

Hurriyat under probe over Pakistan money to fund Kashmir unrest

Carla Harmon
May 20, 2017

Khan has been summoned by the Syed Ali Shah Geelani faction to clarify on his statement over the revelations he made to "India Today" Group, where he allegedly confessed to accepting money from Pakistan and how the Hurriyat was spending it to create the unrest in the Valley.

"Using his special powers (according to Hurriyat constitution), Geelani today suspended the National Front from the basic membership of the Hurriyat Conference until the clarification of all the related issues comes to the fore", a spokesman of the separatist group said here.

He also lashed out at the news channel who had earlier said that Khan is underground after the alleged sting operation.

The speakers said that it was need of the hour to approach the UN Human Rights Council to pressurize India to stop state terrorism in occupied Kashmir and resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

After initial reluctance, the three separatists fell in line and were questioned separately by the team of NIA, which named them in its Preliminary Enquiry (PE) on Friday.

On being asked about getting funds from Pakistan, Khan refused to answer the question but said that a movement needs money and people are supporting and funding it.

"The video is doctored, simulated and a collage of bits and pieces".

The sting operation, which also featured Tehreek-E-Hurriyat leader Gazi Javed Baba and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar, showed Khan saying that all "separatists get funds from Pakistan". It does not have a shred of credibility.

They are desperate to defame our righteous movement, said Geelani and added that it is a deliberate attempt to mislead worldwide community and a part of their frivolous game to involve Pakistan.

Prior, the NIA has researched the affirmed store's exchange through "Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Fund Trust" in Kashmir.

"We suspect the money was distributed in the Valley for various violent activities like stone pelting and torching of schools and government buildings", said a senior NIA official, insisting to not be identified since he was not authorised to speak on the matter.

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