Kashmir Terror Funds : Hawala funds: NIA focuses on Geelani’s role in hawala money row
SRINAGAR, Aug 16 : The National Investigation Agency’s questioning of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s sons – Nayeem and Naseem – focussed mainly on their father’s role in funding of terror and civil unrest in Jammu & Kashmir, sources said.
A top official said during their questioning last week, the two brothers were asked largely about their father’s role in the funding of stone pelters/militants, letters received by him from terror organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, controversial orders allegedly issued by him for protests and burning of schools/government buildings in the valley.
The official said the separatists arrested earlier have revealed enough to link Geelani to the stone-pelters and other subversive activities.
He said the agency’s next step is to question Syed Ali Shah Geelani himself and initiate the process of attaching the bank accounts and properties of suspects.
Asked when the senior Geelani could be summoned for questioning, the NIA official merely said, “soon.”
Nayeem and Naseem were also asked about former or active terrorists who used to often visit their father apart from his links in Pak-occupied Kashmir and the Pakistan High Commission.
NIA has already arrested seven separatists including Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah ‘Funtoosh’ and all of them are learnt to have told the sleuths during the interrogation how funding of terrorists and stone-pelters was managed from Geelani’s house.
Sources said Geelani’s sons were confronted with the answers given by seven other arrested separatists and the documents recovered during the raids.
The anti-terror probe agency has been collecting documents besides technical and scientific evidence for the past eight months to uncover the activities of pro-Pakistan Hurriyat leaders in the Valley.
The testimonies of some hawala dealers and traders at trade facilitation centres at Salamabad and Chakkan-da-Bagh and others have already pointed to their links with separatists and fuelling civil unrest in the state.
The National Investigation Agency has alleged that the separatists were getting funds from terror outfits including Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed for carrying out subversive activities in the valley, including stone pelting, assisting terrorists, burning schools and government buildings and attacking security forces