New Delhi: Lambasting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for trying to create instability in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed on Monday alleged he was encouraging the separatists in the valley by writing to Asiya Andrabi and appreciating her endeavour in raking up the Kashmir issue.
Terming the move as a shameful step, Shakeel Ahmed said, it has been decided in the Shimla Agreement that any issues between both countries would be resolved bilaterally and encouraging separatists of our nation by a foreign prime minister is not appropriate.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, besides lauding separatist leader Asiya Andrabi, assured her that Pakistan will continue raising this issue on all ‘international’ forum.
Moreover, Pakistan pledged to continue its moral and political support to the people of Kashmir in “their struggle for the right of self-determination that has been acknowledged by the United Nations.”
Nawaz Sharif also accused India of doing a volte-face on its promise to the international community that Kashmir would be given the right to choose its political future.
Recently, top Hurriyat leaders have accepted in a video that they have taken funds from Pakistan to cause unrest in Kashmir valley (a sting operation done by India Today)
NIA has filed cases against these leaders. 21 sites have been raided in Kashmir and Delhi
June 03, 2017: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed FIR against the top Hurriyat leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and LeT Chief Hafeez Syed.
Geelani’s name was also found under the Preliminary Enquiry.
The FIR was lodged after the Hurriyat leaders were seen on a video affirming that they have been funded by Pakistan to cause unrest in the Kashmir Valley (sting operation carried out by India Today). The organization holds strong separatist ideologies.
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Along with the FIR, an investigation was also carried out. A total of 21 sites were raided. 14 locations were raided in Kashmir, which included the residences of Bitta Karate, Javed Baba Gazi, and Naeem Khan. These leaders have always created unrest and chaos in Kashmir to meet their ultimate goal of separation.
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Furthermore, 7 more locations were raided in Delhi and Haryana. Investigating agencies say they have reports of businessmen from Delhi and Haryana supporting this fund transfer and are directly involved in sending money to separatists in Kashmir. The businessmen are identified.
Cash worth Rs 1 crore was recovered by the NIA from a raid in Delhi and Srinagar. NIA reveals that the hawala operators operate starting from Chandni Chowk and Ballimaran in Delhi to Srinagar.
Hurriyat’s main source of funding is through hawala and cross-border trade. The three Hurriyat leaders had agreed to receive funds from Pakistan through different channels.
Bitta Karate also confessed on the video by India Today that he has killed a few Kashmiri Pandits, which angered the Pandits. Shouting slogans of ‘we want justice’, the Kashmiri Pandits are urging J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to take a strong action.
Many arrests are expected to follow after due investigations by the NIA.
Police said four other persons were injured in the firing incident.
At least 45 people, including 43 civilian protesters and two policemen, have been killed in the spiralling violence that began in the Valley after a Hizbul commander was killed along with two of his associates in a gunfight with the security forces on July 7.
Authorities have snapped all mobile Internet connectivity and also suspended calling facility on mobile phones across the Valley.
Limited mobile phone connectivity is, however, available to subscribers on postpaid mobile phones provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
No vernacular or English language newspaper has been published in the Valley for the last three days.
Amitabh Mattoo, the advisor to the state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, told media that the decision to ban publication of newspapers was not taken at the instance of the Chief Minister.
Mattoo said the decision was taken at “the local level and heads would soon roll for taking such a harsh decision”.
In a related development, the state government on Monday shifted Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Badgam, Fayaz Ahmad as sources said he had been transferred for stopping the printing of some local newspapers whose establishments are situated in Badgam district.
Mufti has convened an all-party meeting in summer capital Srinagar on July 21 to discuss the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley.
Opposition National Conference, Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist and others have been invited to the meeting.
Addressing a meeting of senior bureaucrats in summer capital Srinagar on Monday, Mehbooba Mufti stressed the importance of opening educational institutions as soon as possible to protect the future of students.
Schools, colleges and universities have been closed by the authorities until July 25 because of the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley.
Meanwhile, the separatists including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have announced an extension of the protest shutdown till Friday.
Security has been further tightened in the Valley as Pakistan government has announced to observe a “Black Day” on Tuesday to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir. (IANS)