Posts Tagged ‘Kerala’


India: hawala is 30 percent of terror revenues

April 12, 2013

Hawala, the traditional Islamic system of transferring money and debts, is essentially outlawed in India.  However, the practice, which is difficult to trace and lends itself well to illicit financial activity, is still commonplace.  A recent article in the news website asserts that 10 percent of all such hawala transactions in India go toward funding terrorism, and that 30 percent of terrorists’ money comes from hawala.  Much of it is transferred from the Gulf (including Dubai) to Kerala, a hotspot for terror finance.

Time to revisit hawala policy?  Money Jihad thinks so.

H/t to Bob Connors.

Crores being pumped into India by ISI to finance terror

Apr. 1, 2013

In almost every hawala deal, 10 per cent of the amount goes towards terror funding, reports Vicky Nanjappa  

A sharp rise in the number of terror financing cases in 2012 in India is an indicator to how well terror groups have channelized their resources.

According to the Financial Intelligence Unit, in 2009, the number of terror financing cases was recorded at 200 but rose to 1,400 cases in 2012.

The FIU report states that the Inter-Services Intelligence in Pakistan manages to raise Rs 1,800 crore annually to fund terrorist activities especially against India. Today, the Intelligence units say that the amount has shot up to Rs 2,400 crore, as the intensity of their programme against India too is expected to see a rise.

In the past, the ISI adopted to circulating fake Indian currency, ensuring that a certain amount of money through hawala transactions, extortions and drug trade was handed over to them.

As per the latest FIU report, there have been 1,444 cases of terror financing last year. In 2011 the figures were 428 cases and in 2010 it was 316.

Sources in the Intelligence Bureau say that out of the 1,444 cases, almost 65 per cent are related to fake currency.

Last year, around 3,20,000 fake notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations were found, while the year before that around 2,50,000 notes were found.

Sources say that while fake currency accounted for a major chunk of terror financing, hawala transactions accounted for at least 30 per cent. In almost every hawala deal, 10 per cent of the amount goes towards terror funding. The biggest hawala transactions have been from the Gulf to Kerala. Proof of such transactions being used for terror related activities was found during the 2006 train bombings in which an amount of Rs 4.5 lakh was exchanged to carry out the attack.

The Indian Mujahideen in particular has a dedicated network through which it collects money in Delhi. The money is wired from Gulf to Kerala and then to New Delhi…


Zakat to Kerala spreads terror throughout India

December 23, 2011

Charities and other non-governmental entities are falling under increased suspicion in India for funding terrorism.  The article below mentions donations from Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, so it is obviously referring to Islamic zakat that is being transferred to India to fund the activities of militant jihadist groups there (probably including the Indian Mujahideen or the Student Islamic Movement of India).

For American readers, note that “under scanner” in the article means “under scrutiny” and naxals are Marxist guerrillas.  From Rediff News (h/t to Twitter user @naveenks):

Govt puts NGOs under scanner for terror financing

Non Governmental Organisations will have to watch their transactions in the coming days as the government has proposed to put them under the scanner owing to a huge security risk.

The government believes that some NGOs in the country have been aiding terror groups with funds and hence it is important that a watch be kept over these organisations. Senior government officials pointed out that the task ahead is tough.

We believe that a large number of NGOs in the country have been sympathetic towards the cause of terrorists, and also the naxals and are indirectly raising funds for them,” said an official.

Intelligence agencies would be looking into states such as Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and West Bengal where it has been found that terror groups and Naxals are using NGOs as a mean to raise funds for their operations.

Kerala, where the inflow of money from foreign countries is high, tops the list.

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Gulf-funded Kerala becomes terror hotspot

April 26, 2011

Kerala state in India is an importer and exporter of terrorism, and we have Gulf petro-dollars to thank for it, according to Balbir Punj, a senior member of India’s parliament.  Hawala is technically illegal in India, but hawala by nature is hard to detect, and zakat and cash smuggling are methods of transferring the money, too.  Is any region of the world safe from the sharia bucks influx?
From Express Buzz on Apr. 25:

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: Rajya Sabha MP and noted columnist Balbir Punj on Sunday blamed the opportunistic politics indulged in by the ”so-called” secular political parties for the growth of terrorism in Kerala.

He was delivering the 14th monthly lecture of the Vichara Vedi, Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram, on ‘Why Kerala a Hot-Spot of Terrorism’ at the Press Club here.
The senior BJP leader said Kerala has emerged an “exporter and importer” of Islamic terrorism.
Referring to the Keralite links to terrorism in Kashmir and elsewhere, Punj called it significant that the culprits were apprehended not by the Kerala police, but by the police and security agencies outside the state. Competitive communalism practised by the ‘so-called’ secular parties and their interference in terror-related cases have helped foment terrorism in the state. He cited as an example the unanimous decision taken by the LDF and the UDF urging the Tamil Nadu Government to release Abdul Nasser Madhani from the Coimbatore jail. The influx of large amounts of money from the Gulf region into Kerala was another factor in the growth of terrorism, he said.
But the nature of terrorism in Kerala was such that it cannot be seen in isolation, he said. “Islamic terror is global terror. You cannot look at Kerala in isolation. This has to be seen in totality of the situation,” Punj said.
He traced the roots of Islamic fundamentalism in India to Shah Waliullah, an 18th century theologist who proclaimed that Islam was in danger in India.
“For centuries, Hindus and Muslims had lived in peace. Shah Waliullah suggested that Islam was in danger and the remedy was, Islam can survive only if Muslims maintain physical, ideological and emotional distance from the Hindus,” he said.

The British also made clever use of this frustration on the part of the Muslim clerics to keep the Hindus and Muslims divided to achieve their ends.