Will US, UK deport wanted kashmiris to India?
10 June 2002
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Reiteration of joint efforts by United States, UK and India against terrorism notwithstanding , Delhi is unlikely to have a set of Kashmiri separatist leaders deported to India from the US, Britain and Canada in the immediate future. The Government of India is keen on deportation of at least six Kashmiri expatriates, particularly Dr Ayub Thakur and Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai. India has extradition treaties with the US, the UK and Canada. Hence, all the more reason for New Delhi’s renewed contact with the relevant authorities in these three countries for the hassle-free passage of the wanted Kashmir expatriates into India. Most of these ‘wanted’ persons, especially Dr Ayub and Dr Fai have been charged by New Delhi with surreptitiously funding and aiding groups of ultras in Kashmir. Dr Ayub based in the UK is the president of World Islamic Kashmir- American Council (KAC). Intelligence sleuths in Britain and America have not returned New Delhi’s evidence vis-a-vis the involvement of Dr Ayub Thakur and Dr Ghulam Nabi and several other Kashmiri expatriates in the‘ politically motivated’ exercise of raising huge amounts of money, in recent years for anti-India expression and activity in Kashmir. One report which was officially handed over to British Foreign Secretary Mr Jack Straw during his visit to New Delhi the other day clearly suggested that more than five million pounds were raised every year in Britain for aiding ultras in Jammu and Kashmir. Even Mr Nazir Ahmed Gilani chairman of UK based Council for Human Rights, though considered by some Indian intelligence analysts as lesser evil, has maintained contact with a set of anti- India separatists in Kashmir. The Analysts maintained that Dr Ayub and Dr Fai are by no means ordinary persons, if one were to take into account their clout even outside the US and UK.Both of them have been reported to be in possession of more than one passport. Existence of contact through exchange of letters between a group of Kashmiri separatists and some agile anti-India operatives and organisations in the US and the UK is already known. As the means of communication, officials admit, have undergone a big change over the years, the problem of exercising an effective control over those in touch with one or more than one foreign source is by no means easy. Significantly, however, one of the letters purported to have originated from Dr Ayub clearly suggested the involvement of a set of Kashmiri expatriates in raising money for jehadis in Kashmir. The letter containing the abbreviation ‘ FHDTFT’ confirmed the flow of material aid into Kashmir from across the border. Dr Ayub’s message was: Financial help dispatched through foreign travellers (FHDTFT).