Terrorist Funding In Kashmir Comes From Pakistan, Dubai And London: Separatist Leader

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| August 4 , 2017 , 12:05 IST

Although several sources have confirmed that terrorist funding for activities in the Kashmir valley come from Pakistan, recent interrogation of an arrested separatist Shahid Ul Islam has revealed that Hurriyat leaders receive funds from Dubai and London as well.

A key aide of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the leader of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat, Shahid also acted as the spokesman for the separatist conglomerate. Shahid was arrested in late July by the NIA in its first major crackdown on funding of separatists. During raids, old photographs of Shahid with Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin were found and a list of 150 terrorists in Kashmir was also recovered.

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In the interrogations of Shahid following his arrest, he confessed that Hurriyat leaders received funds from outfits in Pakistan, Dubai and London, a government official told NDTV. A senior police officer added that investigators are working on identifying the channels used to get the funding.

According to senior officials, the list of terrorists recovered from Shahid demonstrated that the line dividing separatists and terrorists wasn't as wide as previously believed. The document stated that the Lashkar-e-Toiba has 82 active terrorists in Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahideen has 64, Jaish-e-Mohammed has 10 and Al-Badr has 2.

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"We have some credible leads to work on... It is a wide investigation and will take some time," said the official.

The officials are also looking for proof connecting separatists leaders and terrorists.

"We have analysed lot of phone calls we have ample technical and documentary evidence against people we have arrested and are questioning," a top NIA official said.

While the officials conceded that statements made by the accused during custodial interrogations may have limited value in the court of trial as they could have been made under duress, the information extracted from the arrested is invaluable to help further build the case.