The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday claimed that Kashmir separatist leader Masarat Alam, who was arrested last month in a case of terror funding, has confessed that Hurriyat leaders received funds from Pakistan to foment trouble in the Valley. According to the agency, former chief of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was among those Alam named.
“Masarat Alam, the so-called poster boy of stone pelters and violent agitations in Kashmir Valley, during his custodial interrogation, revealed that Pakistan-based agents route funds through hawala operators, which were transferred to separatist leaders, including Syed Shah Geelani, Chairman APHC(G),” an NIA statement said.
“Alam also revealed that there are rifts in the Hurriyat conference regarding collection and use of funds,” the NIA statement said.
The central investigating agency is already probing Geelani in connection with a terror funding case involving Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) co-founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. It has questioned Geelani’s sons on multiple occasions but never arrested or chargesheeted any of them so far.
In an FIR filed on May 30, 2017, the NIA had alleged that Kashmiri separatists were receiving funds from Pakistan, including from Saeed and Salahuddin, to foment trouble in the Valley. So far, 13 people have been…