After targeting top Militants, agencies working on plan to choke terror funding in Kashmir
After targeting the top leadership of Militant groups in Kashmir, security agencies have drawn a blueprint to choke funding.
According to recent assessments, even tho ugh the leadership of groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen has been eliminated, the finances keep flowing ensuring militant activities and recruitment doesn’t stop.
Despite the crackdown, the JeM cadre on the ground have enough money to fund activities, according to intelligence reports.
Several businessmen, part of a terror financing ring, are also under radar. Drugs and hawala route continue to be key means to funding, an official in the security establishment said.
The money flow has ensured that support mechanism for terrorists is still strong.
A strategy to choke these funds is being devised to ensure the support mechanism for on the ground cadre can be crushed, accordig to security sources.
Momentum of operations in the Valley need to continue but it’s crucial to end this support system. Cutting off finances of groups is a must for this, an official said talking about the new strategy.
Agencies are hopeful of exploiting the differences over use of funds acquired through illegal means including financing by Pakistan that have created some cracks within the Kashmiri separatist group Hurriyat Conference, according to an investigation being carried by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The NIA has been probing a terror funding ring in Kashmir that has links to Pakistan and Dubai over the last two years.
Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam had recently told his interrogators that rifts within the group have triggered differences between top leadership regarding collection and use of funds.
NIA has claimed that during his custodial interrogation, Masarat Alam revealed that Pakistan-based agents route the funds through hawala operators which were transferred to the separatist leaders including Syed Shah Gilani, chairman of Hurriyat Conference.
The National Investigation Agency registered a case on May 30, 2017, against terrorists belonging to Jammat ud Dawah, Duktaran-e-Millat , Lashkar-e-Taiba , Hizb-ul Mujahideen and other separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir to probe terror funding and a larger conspiracy for causing disruption in Kashmir and for waging a war against India.