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Hawala worsens Kashmir conflict

February 6, 2011

Hawala is fanning the flames of unrest and jihad in Kashmir.  The Islamic-based money transfer system is allowing money from Pakistan’s ISI spy agency to pass through Delhi, India, to Hizbul Mujahideen operatives in Jammu and Kashmir.  It should be of no surprise that a major jihadist group is being funded in the traditional Islamic manner of hawala.  The Times of India also reports that three hawaladars have already been arrested recently and that one more will be:

JAN 28 – NEW DELHI: After the arrests of three hawala conduits last Sunday, the special cell, earlier this week, arrested another person, Mohammad Siddique, from Jammu & Kashmir who is suspected of having links with Hizbul Mujahideen. Sources said the hawala dealers, who were carrying Rs 21 lakh hawala money when nabbed, have made a chilling revelation that this money was being sent to Jammu & Kashmir via Delhi by the ISI for stone-pelters, to deliberately create unrest in the valley. The money is being routed to Jammu & Kashmir from Pakistan through a Delhi-based hawala dealer, who is yet to be arrested.

During interrogation in Delhi, the three hawala operatives have disclosed that “the money is delivered to several leaders in Jammu & Kashmir to further give it to local politicians to stage violent protests and create law and order problems. Also, terrorist organizations are being delivered money through a Delhi-based hawala dealer.

The accused have also disclosed that money is being sent every two months through hawala. “As per their disclosure, approximately Rs 20 lakh is sent every month, over one crore every year. This money is given to conduits here in Delhi by the Delhi-based dealer and then it goes to Jammu & Kashmir,” said the officer.

On Sunday, a joint team of Srinagar police and Delhi Police’s special cell had arrested advocate Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Farooq Ahmad Dagga and Ghulam Jeelani Leelu in Srinagar and recovered Rs 21 lakh from them which they smuggled from Delhi. Officials said they have identified the Delhi-based hawala dealer and he would be arrested soon. “ISI sends money through hawala dealers based in Pakistan to Delhi. Some money is also sent by crossing the border,” said the source.

Bhat, an active member of the hardline Hurriyat group headed by Syed Ali Geelani, had earlier been arrested by the police in Udhampur district of Jammu region in 2008. Rs 55 lakh, concealed in a cooking gas cylinder, had then been seized from him. The accused have been booked under sections 120 B, unlawful activities and several other sections.

Officials said that last year during unrest in valley from June to September, stone pelters were hired using money sent by ISI. Police had even arrested a Hurriyat leader, Masarat Alam, who was alleged to be main person behind the agitation, protest calendars, and stone pelting cartels that claimed almost 110 lives in valley.

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