Pak Funding Kashmir Unrest Through Hawala: Report

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New Delhi: The Kashmir Valley has been on the edge since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘poster boy’ Burhan Wani last Friday. Over 35 people have been killed and 1400 injured in the violence that followed Wani’s killing.

Earlier this week, a mob stormed a police station in Damhal Hanji Pora in Kulgam and allegedly took away around 70 semi-automatic and automatic weapons. Security experts pointed out that most of the snatched weapons end up in the hands of terrorists who use them to target security forces.

Incidents such as these have alarmed the security establishment. Sources say that the unrest in the region is being orchestrated by Pakistan.

PAKISTAN SENDING MONEY TO SEPARATISTS TO CREATE TROUBLE

According an Intelligence Bureau report, every year almost Rs 100 crore is being funnelled from Pakistan to Kashmir through hawala channel to create trouble in the state. The funds go straight to separatists who distribute it among young men to take part in protest rallies against security forces. Stone pelters are also being funded by the separatists.

Intelligence Agencies report says that trained terrorists are also taking part in protest rallies targeting police and paramilitary men.

Here are the latest developments in the story

  • The ISI is using the terror networks of Hizbul supreme commander Syed Salahuddin and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed for illicit fund transfers, the IB sources said.
  • ISI officials recently held a meeting with Salahuddin, Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammed commander Abdul Rauf in PoK, intelligence sources added.
  • They, intelligence sources said, appointed four new commanders to fan trouble in the valley.
  • IB sleuths recorded intercepts of conversations between militants from across the LoC and troublemakers in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Terrorists were caught on as many as 30 to 40 intercepts ordering insurgents under their command to target security forces during demonstrations, IB sources said.
  • After IB inputs, surveillance is being intensified on demonstrations, authorities said.
  • High-resolution cameras have been deployed to film militants lobbying hand-grenades at troops during protests, security officials said.
  • Twitter has blocked Saeed’s handle, @HafizSaeedLive, for posting inflammable comments and images after Wani’s killing.
  • PAK ARMY CHIEF CALLS WANI’S KILLING BRUTAL
  • Meanwhile, Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif condemned the “brutal killings” of youths in Kashmir, joining the rhetorics of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government on the issue.
  • “Condemning Indian brutal killings of innocent Kashmiri youth, Chief of Army Staff (Gen Sharif) reiterated that the world needs to recognise the aspirations of Kashmiri people, their struggle for freedom and help resolve the long standing dispute for lasting amity in Kashmir and enduring peace in the region,” said an army statement.
  • Earlier, Prime Minister Sharif convened a special Cabinet meeting in Lahore to discuss the “deteriorating situation” in Kashmir and chalk out “future course of action” on the issue.
  • India had asked Pakistan to refrain from interfering in its internal affairs after Sharif issued a statement expressing “shock” at the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.

(inputs from India Today)

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