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.
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…