`Jamaat leaders amassing huge wealth in the name of Jehad'
LONDON: Huge funds have been raised abroad in the name of Kashmir in the past decade and channelled to militant and political leaders on both sides of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, a top militant leader has said.
"The Jamaat-e-Islami, main constituent of the Hurriyat Conference, along with its militant wing Hizbul Mujaheedin have collected huge amount of money in US and Europe, mainly UK and Saudi Arabia," leader of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Party Hashim Qureshi has said.
In his just-published book from Pakistan Kashmir: Unveiling the Truth. Qureshi has charged that though the money was collected for relief work in Kashmir most of it went into clandestine accounts of Jamaat leaders as well as other militant leaders of Pak-occupied Kashmir and Kashmir.
The book portrays in graphic details vain efforts by Pakistan's ISI to involve the author and some other Kashmiri leaders in exile here to lure youth from the Kashmir Valley for terrorist camps in Pakistan after which he fled Pakistan.
"Get us some young people for training from the Valley so that they could be made to fight India on their return," Qureshi quotes top ISI directors as telling him.
"I told them you yourself are an occupying force... And you want to give us arms to fight India. Such a struggle can only serve your objectives, we will not be party to struggle which uses our young people as gun fodder."
The ISI subsequently picked up self-styled JKLF chairman Amanullah Khan, "a man who hated Kashmiris" to run the terror campaign in Jammu and Kashmir, he says.
Qureshi says that the Jamaat even while getting funds from Pakistan had also raised finances abroad through its front organisations, namely two main organisations run by Ghulam Nabi Fai in US and Ayub Thakur in UK.
"These Jamaat organisations run full page advertisements in papers with large circulation among Muslims in these countries. These advertisements are placed specially during the holy month of Ramazan to help the need in Kashmir," he says.
The funds that come in from of donations to the public relief trust run by the Jamaat, he alleges, is spent on "lavish lifestyles led by some Jamaat and other militant leaders" while the younger generation is "fed to the lions."
Qureshi alleges that while supreme commander of Hizbul Mohammad Yusuf alias Syed Salhuddin "lives in a palatial house in Muzzaffarabd with foreign cars at his disposal, Hurriyat chief Sayed Ali Shah Geelani collected Rs. 10 crore in the name of Charar-e-Sharif"
He said Jamaat and other militant leaders also ran fund raising campaigns during the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, most of which has been siphoned away by Hurriyat leaders, militant commanders and PoK leaders such as Amanullah Khan and former PoK puppet president Sardar Qayyum Khan, he alleges.
Qureshi says these slush funds, still being channeled through Pakistani and Kashmiri traders in the Gulf, are being used keep alive sufferings of the people of Kashmir, particularly the youth, through ISI-backed militancy.
The book also portrays vividly two other incidents, Qureshi's hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1970 and murder of Indian diplomat Mahtre in United Kingdom.
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