Posts Tagged ‘Kashmir’

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India freezes funds of jihadi ‘financial brain’

June 29, 2014

The equivalent of $100,000 in terrorist funds which was originally seized from Kashmiri jihadist Nasir Safi Mir is being frozen under court order in India. Law enforcement and media accounts have referred to Mir as a “financial brain” behind militant Islamist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. The court order could help pave the way for additional asset freezes as newly elected prime minister Narendra Modi looks to crack down on illicit money, hawala, and terrorist financing.

By PTI on May 28:

Court orders freezing of terror funds of JK operative

New Delhi: In perhaps first such action against terror funds channelled into the country, a special anti-money laundering court here has ordered freezing of Rs 55 lakh cash of fugitive terrorist Nasir Safi Mir, who is said to be the financial brain behind terror and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.

The seizure of the cash, under money laundering laws, was made by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) earlier this year in what is widely seen as the first major case of terror funding being successfully nailed in the country.

The Adjudicating Authority of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), a judicial body to decide on strict enforcement cases, has also asked the Special Cell of the Delhi Police to hand over the cash to the ED.

The Special Cell has been custodian of this cash since 2006 when Kashmir-based Mir was arrested by it in a special operation.

Mir, who managed to procure bail in 2008 on health grounds from Delhi High Court, later fled from Nepal allegedly using a fake passport and, according to security agencies, he is at present based in a Gulf country.

“In consideration of the overwhelming evidence produced, the provisional attachment order issued by the complainant (ED) is hereby confirmed and the Special Cell of Delhi Police, police station Special Cell, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi is directed to hand over the aforementioned attached amount to the Director of Directorate of Enforcement or to any other person authorised by him, to do so, on his behalf,” the court of K Raamamoorthy said in a recent order.

Besides the Rs 55 lakh in cash, arms and ammunition were also seized from Mir at the time of his arrest.

Mir was subjected to extensive interrogation by central security agencies during which he is claimed to have spoken about his links with the separatist groups and banned terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen…

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Heroin is funding Hizbul Mujahideen

February 11, 2014

A Kuwaiti drug kingpin has been orchestrating an international operation to send narcotics through Kashmir into India.  A Pakistan-based “launch commander” of the jihadist organization Hizbul Mujahideen is a key middleman and beneficiary of the drug profits.  Khurshid Alam, a high-ranking police officer in Kashmir, has been arrested along with two other policemen for their involvement in the drug smuggling scheme.

CNN-IBN has the report:

PTI news service has additional details here.  Thanks to El Grillo for alerting Money Jihad to the story.

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Islamic terrorists pump money into real estate

November 13, 2013

Officials in India report that 14 million rupees (about 225,000 USD) of terror money has been seized.  The money was intended for investment in the real estate market in Bangalore.  Rediff News reports that “all the money” came from charity and extortion carried out by terrorist groups.  The seizure was the result of an investigation into a bombing at a political rally late last month.

Real estate purchases have been a tactic used by terrorist groups and their financiers in both the UAE (see here and here) and KenyaRediff points out that this isn’t the first time that terrorists in India have dabbled in real estate either.  This is a trend worth keeping an eye on…

NIA seizes terror money worth Rs 1.4 crore in Bangalore

The National Investigation Agency has seized Rs 1.4 crore, believed to be terror money, in Bangalore. The agency sources told Rediff.com that the money was sourced through modules in North East and was sent to Bangalore.

It is said that the money was part of a major transaction made during the planning of the Patna blasts of October 27.

The money was found following the interrogation of several suspects by the NIA and is believed to have reached Bangalore a few days back. It was sent to Bangalore to be housed safely.

The NIA sources said that the money could have been in transit to other parts of Karnataka where it was to be kept in a safe house and used for future operations by terror groups.

The NIA has been probing links between Islamic terror and North Eastern terror groups for some time now. This is a possible link to the same, sources in the agency felt.

Unholy terrorist-builder nexus

More details regarding the seizure of terror money from Bangalore have emerged and it is now learnt that the money was being invested into real estate. The money was transferred to Bangalore from Manipur by a terror group.

The money was received by a businessman in Bangalore called Shanti Meital who in turn was to pump the same into real estate.

All this money is collected by terror groups through extortions and charities. They then invest in real estate and rake in the profits later.

Sources in the NIA said that this is a major racket in the country today and all terror groups are indulging in the same.

“There have been several instances where Indian Mujahideen operatives have also parked money in real estate. Riyaz Bhatkal is an example of this. He was in a deal with a Mumbai-based businessman and was constructing apartments in Mangalore worth Rs 10 crore,” the source pointed out.

The source added that they have several more builders under the scanner who have been parking terror funds in their businesses.

The NIA will seek the help of the local police and other agencies in order to bust this financial nexus between builders and terrorists.

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Canadian auditors: Game over for Islamic charity

September 29, 2013

It’s final.  ISNA’s tax-exempt status has been revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency after an efficient and pointed audit that revealed ISNA sent nearly $300,000 to a terrorist organization in Kashmir.  Language from auditors and tax professionals is normally guarded, nuanced, and measured.  Read with that understanding of their profession in mind, the public announcement by CRA of their findings is scathing.  An excerpt follows.  Thanks to the reliable Gisele for sending this in:

…Our analysis of the information obtained during the course of the audit has led the CRA to believe that the Organization had entered into a funding arrangement with the Kashmiri Canadian Council/Kashmiri Relief Fund of Canada (KCC/KRFC), non-qualified donees under the Act, with the ultimate goal of sending the raised funds to a Pakistan-based non-governmental organization named the Relief Organization for Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM) without maintaining direction and control. Under the arrangement, KCC/KRFC raised funds for “relief work” in Kashmir, and the Organization supplied official donation receipts to the donors and disbursed over $281,696 to ROKM, either directly, or via KCC/KRFC.

Our research indicates that ROKM is the charitable arm of Jamaat-e-Islami, a political organization that actively contests the legitimacy of India’s governance over the state of Jammu and Kashmir, including reportedly through the activities of its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen. Hizbul Mujahideen is listed as a terrorist entity by the Council of the European Union and is declared a banned terrorist organization by the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967.

Given the commonalities in directorship between ROKM and Jamaat-e-Islami, concerns exist that the Organization’s resources may have been used to support the political efforts of Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing, Hizbul Mujahideen.”

The Government of Canada has made it clear that it will not tolerate the abuse of the registration system for charities to provide any means of support to terrorism. Canada’s public policy recognizes that the tax advantages of charitable registration should not be extended to organizations whose resources may have been made available, knowingly or unknowingly, to a terrorist entity, whether such financing is direct or indirect through organizations that claim to have nominally “charitable,” social, or cultural aims…

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Front charity JKART funds Hizbul Mujahideen

August 21, 2013

The Jammu & Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust is helping to finance the terrorist organization Hizbul Mujahideen through the traditional Islamic money transfer system of hawala and through cash couriers.

Indian officials are investigating; Rediff has the story (h/t to @creepingsharia for sending in related news):

…The National Investigation Agency is investigating ten cases related to funding of terrorist groups. They have found that in all Rs 600 crore has been pumped in for terror operations since the last two years through donations and relief funds. The organisation which has topped this list is the Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Fund Trust.

NIA officials told rediff.com that during investigations they found the organisation alone had pumped in Rs 95 crore [approx. 16 million USD]. The money was being collected under the pretext of relief work in the valley. The NIA has learnt that the group is headed by two Pakistani nationals Mahboob Haq and Masroor Dar, who subscribe to the Hizbul Mujahideen.

The NIA says the group has been working in the valley since the past 10 years and has collected huge sums of money which has been diverted to Pakistan based militant groups.

The money is either handed over in person to terrorists who infiltrate into the valley or is transferred through a hawala channel. Apart from providing finances, the JKART has also helped terrorists infiltrate into India. In the past 10 years they have helped over 1,000 terrorists to come into the valley.

An intercepted conversation between Dar and Syed Salahuddin blew the lid off the JKART’s activities. The NIA also took into custody an operative by the name of Shafi Shah, a resident of Bandipore in Kashmir. During interrogation the NIA learnt about its funding and other organisations that helped fund the operations…

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Audit reveals ISNA funded militants

August 5, 2013

The Canadian affiliate of the Islamic Society of North America has come under the scrutiny of Canada Revenue Agency for violating rules governing ISNA’s tax-exempt status by failing to demonstrate that its overseas philanthropy is genuine.  The CRA found that ISNA’s only “evidence” to justify how its money was spent in Kashmir is a doctored photograph.

Hizbul Mujahideen, a terrorist group in Kashmir and the recipient of ISNA’s largesse, has a wide-ranging revenue strategy including zakat and hawala from Pakistan, animal skin smuggling, and counterfeiting.  Its ability to access Western relief money through North American charities suggests an even broader international reach than previously understood.

ISNA’s U.S. affiliate was previously named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial against the Holy Land Foundation for funding Hamas.  ISNA-USA claims that it is a legally separate entity from ISNA Canada despite maintaining an ISNA-Canada representative, Dr. Mohamed Bekkari, on its executive council.

Thanks to Gisele for sending in links on the subject including this article from The Star, which serves as yet another example of zakat-financed terrorism:

Star Investigation: Federal audit raises concern that Canadian charity funded terror

Ottawa fears several thousands of dollars went to supporting the Hizbul Mujahideen — a militant group that seeks the secession of Kashmir from India.

By: Jesse McLean Investigative News reporter, Published on Thu Jul 25 2013

Money raised by an Islamic charity created to help Canada’s poor and needy instead went overseas, potentially into the hands of violent militants, a government audit has found.

The federal charity watchdog is now threatening to revoke the charity status of Mississauga’s ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) Development Foundation.

A Canada Revenue Agency audit revealed the foundation shipped more than $280,000 to a Pakistan-based agency, cash the government fears went to supporting the Hizbul Mujahideen — a militant group that seeks the secession of Kashmir from India.

The foundation “facilitated the transfer of resources that may have been used to support the efforts of a political organization . . . and its armed wing,” the CRA said in a letter to the charity outlining its findings, obtained by the Star.

“Canada’s commitment to combating terrorism extends to preventing organizations with ties to terrorism from benefiting from the tax advantages of charitable registration,” the CRA letter said…

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Hizbul’s role in counterfeiting confirmed

June 3, 2013

Men with mustaches and misdeeds

Once a relatively poor terrorist organization that relied on a monthly grant of $5,000 from Pakistan’s ISI spy service, the Kashmir-based terrorist organization Hizbul Mujahideen has moved on to three more lucrative methods of financing itself:  1) receiving zakat donations transmitted through hawala from charitable fronts sponsored by Pakistan, 2) engaging in the profitable animal skin trade, and 3) flooding India with counterfeit money, devaluing the rupee, and enriching themselves in the process.

From India Today on May 24 (h/t El Grillo):

Hizbul Mujahideen circulating fake currency in India, reveals NIA investigation

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has established a clear link between Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir-based terror outfits pooling their resources to circulate fake Indian currency and using it to fund jihadi activities in India.

In a case related to smuggling of counterfeit currency, the NIA’s probe has revealed the role of Hizbul Mujahideen, which operates from J&K, in circulating fake currency.

Completing the investigation in the case registered in 2011, the NIA filed a final supplementary chargesheet in a Jammu court last month. The document exposes Hizbul hand in using fake currency to finance its terror activities.

The chargesheet states that “Fake Indian currency is being used being used by terrorist organisations to damage the economy of India and finance terrorist activities of their cadre operating in India”.

While the chargesheet stops short of naming Pakistan, sources said the trail of counterfeit currency from the neighbour country in West Bengal and then in India has been well-established.

“Through the Bangladesh border, it (fake Indian currency) was being pumped into India from West Bengal. It was being funnelled via Delhi to terror groups like Hizbul Mujahideen,” an officer from NIA said.

Sources said selling of fake currency in return for genuine currency gives huge returns, which can be used by terror organisations…

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Front group finance: recommended reading

May 23, 2013
  • Are tea party groups subjected to greater scrutiny than Islamic charities? A nonprofit consultant says yes (h/t creeping)… more>>
  • How Saudi charitable fronts pump millions of dollars via hawala into Kashmir to transform it into a valley of Wahhabism… more>>
  • Islamic charities have exploited America to fund Chechen jihadists since 9/11… more>>
  • No longer confined to the blogosphere, the Associated Press reports on the legal battle between a Christian publisher and a terror-linked Muslim syndicate… more>>
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Rivers of fake money flow into India

April 19, 2013

A flood of counterfeit notes from Dubai, Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir, Nepal, Bangladesh, and to some extent from Sri Lanka have left Indians swimming in a pool of devalued rupees.

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The fake Indian currency note crisis is benefiting terrorist organizations such as Hizbul Mujahideen and Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Gang with backing from the Pakistani ISI spy service.  Profits from counterfeiting help militants buy weapons.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/made-in-pakistan-fake-money-floods-india/1/123103.html

There seems to be a new story from Indian media every two weeks or so documenting the surging problem.  Here’s the latest from the Times of India, which illustrates both the J&K and Bangladeshi points of ingress for bogus bills, and the jihadist beneficiaries:

NIA files charges against 3 for raising terror funds for Hizbul Mujahideen

TNN Apr 12, 2013

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed charge sheet against three more persons, including a Bangladeshi national, for allegedly raising terror fund for the banned outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) through circulation of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in Jammu & Kashmir.

The charge sheet against the three accused Badal Sheikh and Fayaz Ahmed (both Indians) and Shafiq-ul (Bangladeshi) was filed in the NIA Special Court in Jammu under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code and the central anti-terror Act on Wednesday.

The Court subsequently issued a non-bailable warrant against absconding Shafiq-ul who was key point person of the Indian accused for supplying FICN through a trans-border cattle smuggler – Badal Sheikh — of West Bengal’s Malda district.

Earlier, the probe agency had filed charge sheet against five persons in the case, alleging that the accused used to procure and supply high quality FICN from Bangladesh and smuggle it into Jammu & Kashmir for raising funds for the terror group.

The five who were charge sheeted earlier include two HM members – Mubarak Ahmed Bhat and Shafaqat Mohiudding Kuchey – and Badal Sheikh.

The NIA in its charge sheet claimed that HM operatives had first contacted Badal who, in turn, approached the Bangladeshi national for procurement of FICN.

“Fayaz Ahmed Rather – a notorious FICN smuggler – started getting high quality fake Indian currency notes from Malda and circulate it in Jammu & Kashmir,” said the NIA.

It’s interesting to note the cattle rustling connection in this story.  The black market in cows, which are revered and illegal to export from India, is a growing area for illicit trade along the border of India and Bangladesh.

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A profile of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s paymasters

February 5, 2013
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Lashkar-e-Taiba logo

In addition to expatriate donors such as Tahawwur Rana, charity funneled through its Jamaat-ud-Dawa front group, private donors from rich Arabs in the Gulf, zakat collections in Kashmiri mosques, and hawala, the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (meaning Army of the Pure) relies on state sponsorship from the Pakistan’s ISI spy service.

The Encyclopedia of Modern Worldwide Extremists and Extremist Groups says that LeT “was founded in 1987 with funding provided by Saudi Islamist Osama bin laden.  Both financial and material support for the Lashkar-e-Taiba has also come from the Pakistan security forces Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).”

In his book Obama’s War, investigative journalist Bob Woodward says LeT “was created and continues to be supported by the Pakistani ISI.”

Asia Times provided these details last year about LeT’s financing:

…LeT runs a number of training centers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwah province, Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The objective is to have an office and a center in every district of Pakistan. LeT spends about US$330 on each trainee for its Daura-e-Aam (basic) course and about $1,700 per trainee in the advanced three-month course, with running costs in excess of $5 million a year.

The army and the ISI make contributions at training camps, with Pakistan’s Herald Magazine reporting in June 2006 that ISI payoffs have reached as much as $50,000-60,000 every month. The other key source of LeT money is Islamic charities across the world, particularly those based in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) . Inside Pakistan, LeT acts primarily as a Dawa group promoting a radical interpretation of Islam, much on the lines of its Wahhabi patrons in the Gulf.

These links brings LeT an enormous amount of petro-dollars through donations to madrassas and mosques in Punjab. In 2008, the US estimated these funds at over $100 million a year. Some Pakistani business houses in Punjab also support the group by giving money and food…

If the estimate is accurate that Lashkar-e-Taiba receives over $100 million a year, that would place LeT it in the top tier of the best financed terrorist organizations in the world above al-Shabaab and closing in on Hamas.

LeT’s stated objective is:

[U]niting Indian administered Kashmir (IAK) with Pakistan under a radical interpretation of Islamic law. LeT’s broader objectives include to establish an Islamic Caliphate across the Indian subcontinent, and to reclaim all ‘occupied Muslim lands’ in southern Spain and the Balkans. To this end, LeT intends to pursue the ‘liberation’, not only of Muslim-majority Kashmir, but of all India’s Muslim population, even in areas where they do not form a majority. LeT has declared that democracy is antithetical to Islamic law and that LeT’s jihad requires it to work toward turning Pakistan itself into a purely Islamic state.

All previous Money Jihad coverage of LeT can be found here.

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Pakistani “charity” funds terror training camps

December 28, 2012

Pakistan-occupied Kashmir hosts rallies to enlist support for Lashkar-e-Taiba training camps.  Current and former government officials from Pakistan are involved.  Money for the camps is passed through Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an Islamic charity.  Local residents say the jihadist militants now live in luxury from the proceeds.  From HalalPorkShop via Patria Judía:

See prior Money Jihad coverage of Jamaat-ud-Dawa here.  This is another illustration of how zakat funds terrorism against “infidel” nations like India.  The 26/11 terrorist attacks against Mumbai were financed through these Kashmir jihadist activities.

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