Posts Tagged ‘Hizbul Mujahideen’


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…


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.


NIA: terrorists get fivefold pay raise

December 18, 2013

Money Jihad has previously covered the Islamic terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen’s growing revenue sources in India, which include counterfeiting, donations from front charities, hawala, and illicit trade in animal hides.  Now we have some indication of how the money raised is being spent:  India’s National Investigation Agency has revealed in court documents that Hizbul Mujahideen operatives are being paid five times as much today as they were being paid in the 1990s.

From Press Trust of India via the Times of India on Dec. 3:

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen pays salary to active cadres: NIA to court

NEW DELHI: Terror outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen pays monthly salary to members associated with it and their “remuneration” has surged around five folds in 2011 compared to what was paid to them in 1990s, the NIA has said in its chargesheet filed before a Delhi court.

In its chargesheet filed against Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and nine other members of the banned outfit for allegedly receiving funds of about Rs 80 crore from Pakistan for carrying out terror activities across India, the NIA said active HM caders receive monthly funds on regular basis.

“Investigation has revealed that each active cadre of HM receives monthly funds on regular basis for his association with the said outfit. This monthly remuneration has increased from Rs 2,000-3,000 per month in 1990s to Rs 10,000-12,000 per month in 2011,” the probe agency said.

It also said that the terror outfit had developed a set-up for distribution of funds to its sympathisers and others and also provides money to its cadres for contesting court cases.

“Investigation has revealed that HM developed an excellent set-up for distribution of funds to sympathisers, runners, over ground workers and underground workers, also a mechanism to systematically and regularly fund to next of kins of its cadres killed/injured terrorists is in place,” it said…


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 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…


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…


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…


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.

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.

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.


Punjab animal skin trade finances terrorists

February 7, 2013

Pakistani jihadists are using money from leather sales to sponsor plots against India, according to the Hindustan Times on Jan. 26:

‘Pak terror group sold animal skin to fund anti-India ops’

The interrogation of alleged Hizbul Mujahideen spy Faroquee Ahmed Gulam Hasan Naiku, 37, has brought to the light the fund raising methods adopted by the Pakistan-based terror group for its anti-India operations.

Naiku claimed that a substantial portion of Hizbul’s fund is generated from the sale of skin of livestock, collected by volunteers at village fairs.

Sources in the criminal intelligence unit of the police, which arrested Naiku on Tuesday, said the Jammu and Kashmir resident had made over six trips to Pakistan prior to 2008. “He had even travelled by the Samjhauta Express on one occasion,” a source said.

Naiku said his Hizbul handler took him to training camps for ‘mujahids’  (terrorists), which are allegedly run across Pakistan with full knowledge of the government…

…Naiku, sources said, was taken to the stalls put up by the terror group in village fairs in the Punjab province.

“The Hizbul volunteers would collect donations from people in general. They would collect the skin of goats, sheeps and cows, which were then sold to leather industries and the proceeds would be used in funding terror in India,” the source said…

No estimates of Hizbul Mujahideen’s revenues from the sales are provided in the article, but a separate report in December revealed that Jamaat-ud-Dawa (a front charity for Lashkar-e-Taiba) and Jaish Muhammad made roughly $800,000 from animal skin sales during the festival of Eid al-Adha in 2012.  (To put that amount in perspective, the 9/11 terror attacks cost $400,000 to $500,000 to carry out.)  During the festival, “Muslims sacrifice animals to please God and donate the hides to charity,” and jihadist front charities and their sympathizers join in the mix.


Hizbul Mujahideen enriched by Pak hawala

January 13, 2012

Indian television is reporting that over 80 crore (800 million) rupees from a Rawalpindi entity known as the Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust has been transferred through hawala to the terrorist organization Hizbul Mujahideen.  Pakistan’s spy agency, the ISI, is thought to be ultimately behind the transfer.  Money Jihad covered a similar revelation last year that the ISI was using Delhi as a hawala hub to finance the Hizbul Mujahideen.


Lashkar-e-Taiba scores millions through hawala

August 12, 2011

Millions of rupees have been transferred by the traditional Islamic method of hawala by Kashmiri militants to jihad groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen between 2008 and 2011, according to charges filed in an Indian court.  Pakistan’s spy agency ISI was implicated in a separate hawala plot on behalf of Hizbul Mujahideen earlier this year.  This latest finding comes from the Kashmir Observer:

Srinagar, Aug 03, KONS: The National Investigating Agency has filed a charge sheet against four separatist leaders of Kashmir in connection with an alleged hawala reacket involving crores of rupees even as investigation against the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, is being speeded up.

According to the local news agency, Kashmir News Service, the 40-page charge sheet has been filed in a New Delhi court against the Hurriyat (G) legal advisor, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat; Peoples League leader, Muhammad Siddiq Ganai, and Ghulam Jeelani Leelo and Farooq Ahmad Dagga. Syed Ali Geelani is also being questioned in connection with the case.

Quoting New Delhi-based NIA sources, KNS said Rs 4,57,40,000. had allegedly been sent from Pakistan and Pak-administered Kashmir to militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen and some separatist leaders through various conduits between 2008 and 2011. A prominent Hizb activist based in PaK, Muhammad Maqbool Pandit, has allegedly played a key role in the operation. He is believed to have developed contacts in New Delhi and several other Indian cities, the report circulated by KNS said.

The report, quoting NIA officials, said Ghulam Muhammad Bhat was a member of Jama’at-e-Islami and he had joined Geelani’s Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in 2003.

Reports said Jameela Khan wife of Ghulam Muhammad Bhat arrested had been taken into custody near Udhampur in 2007 when she was traveling in a TATA Sumo and a sum of Rs 46,89,500 had allegedly been seized which she had concealed in a CNG cylinder. The money was reportedly meant for Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Meanwhile, Geelani has denied the allegation saying these aimed at maligning him and the people’s movement.

Though widespread, hawala is essentially illegal in India.


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.