Pakistan sends crores annually to separatists through hawala channel to create unrest in Kashmir Valley: Report
Even as Jammu and Kashmir has been on the edge after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen 'commander' Burhan Wani, it has emerged that the unrest in the region is being orchestrated by Pakistan.
Srinagar: Even as Jammu and Kashmir has been on the edge after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen 'commander' Burhan Wani, it has emerged yet again that the unrest in the region is being orchestrated by Pakistan.
As per a report in India Today, an Intelligence Bureau report has said that every year almost Rs 100 crore is being channeled from Pakistan to Kashmir through hawala route to foment trouble in the Valley.
The funds reportedly go straight to separatists. The separatists then distribute it among young men so that they can take part in protest rallies against security forces.
The report further said that stone-pelters are also being funded by the separatists.
On the other hand, terrorists are also supposedly taking part in protest rallies and are targeting police and paramilitary men.
The media house quoted IB sources as saying that terror networks of Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed are used by Pakistan's ISI for illicit fund transfers.
ISI officials are said to have recently met Salahuddin, Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammed commander Abdul Rauf in PoK.
At the same time, IB officials have recorded intercepts of conversations between militants from across the LoC and troublemakers in J&K, as per the report.
Terrorists, as per IB sources, were reportedly caught on as many as 30 to 40 intercepts ordering insurgents to target security forces during demonstrations.
The report said that surveillance was being intensified on demonstrations by authorities after IB inputs.
Meanwhile, normal life in Kashmir was paralysed for the sixth consecutive day on Thursday due to curfew-like restrictions and separatist-sponsored strike in the wake of killing of Wani and the ensuing violence that has left 35 persons dead.
Restrictions on the movement of the people in parts of Srinagar, some areas in north Kashmir and four districts of south Kashmir, which were imposed on Saturday morning, continued to remain in force today.
Officials said the restrictions were imposed to maintain law and order in the Valley, as per PTI.
On the other hand, the strike, called by the separatist groups, also affected normal life in the Valley.
The separatist groups had yesterday extended the strike call till Friday after a spate of fresh killings in the Valley.
Shops, private offices, business establishments and petrol pumps continued to remain shut, while government offices and banks witnessed thin attendance, the officials said.
Public transport was completely off the roads for the sixth consecutive day, while private cars and auto-rickshaws were seen plying at few places in the areas where there were no restrictions, they said.
(With Agency inputs)