June 2002 News

Advani: Pak funds ultras via mission

26 June 2002
The Statesman

New Delhi: Pakistan has been funding terrorist groups operating in this country through its High Commission in New Delhi, the home ministry today told the parliamentary consultative committee attached to it. The committee, presided over by Mr. LK Advani, was told that Islamabad is spending crores of rupees to fund terrorist and secessionist activities in India. The channel of funding "is through smugglers, mercenaries, the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi, hawala operators and charitable organisations". Mr Advani said the government has information that over 3,000 Al- Qaida men have crossed over to Pakistan from their earlier bases. Replying to clarifications on the ground situation along the border, the home minister said: "Infiltration has come down but it has not totally stopped." Pakistan is remunerating the terrorist cadre, maintaining infrastructure, supplying weaponry and logistics and providing maintenance to families of the slain terrorists, the home minister said. It provides finance to sympathisers to create safe havens for terrorists and funds expatriate Kashmiri organisations to articulate its view point in international forums. Mr Advani said the multi-agency approach and implementation of Pota had helped in the detection of funding channels to terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir. According to a report presented to the Committee, one Mehrajuddin has confessed that he handled transactions of Rs 18 lakh through his account in State Bank of India at Khaniyar since August 1995. Most of these funds had arrived from Saudi Arabis through one Riyadh-based Mohd Latif. The money was channelled through Prof Ramzan Sofi of Srinagar. Mehrajuddin was arrested recently. Several such cases of hawala transactions and funding through couriers have been detected over the past few months. Security agencies busted a fake currency racket and arrested four person including Samsada Begum, senior manager of the State Cooperative Bank in Ganderbal, Srinagar, earlier this month. Initially, Rs '5,53,500 was recovered. Her statements led to recovery of 50 packets of fake currency notes. Terrorist group's, including Jaish-e-Mohammad, Al Badr, Lashkar-e-Taiyaba, Hizbul Mujahideen and other groups have been found advertising their account numbers in banks to solicit donations from people. CCS discusses border situation: The. Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today discussed the situation along the border, including infiltration and deployment and also, the statements by the Pakistan President, General Pervez Musharraf. The CCS was chaired by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee Others who attended were the home minister, Mr L K Advani, the defence minister, Mr George Fernandes, the foreign minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, the finance minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, the National Security Adviser, Mr Brajesh .Mishra, and others. The situation along the border and the denial by President Musharraf to Newsweek that he had never agreed to stop infiltration were on the agenda.

 

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