February 2003 News

Pak denies its high commission gave money to Hurriyat leaders

7 February 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

New Delhi: Pakistan on Friday rejected allegations that its High Commission in New Delhi had given money to the two Hurriyat leaders arrested by Delhi police for funding militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir and dismissed it as a 'vicious propaganda'A Pakistan High Commission press release said the mission had lodged a strong protest with the External Affairs Ministry for what it called an 'uncalled for and lamentable propaganda campaign.'The release said the incident would further vitiate the already tense Indo-Pak relations.Delhi Police on Thursday arrested the two Hurriyat leaders, including its Delhi-based spokesman Shabir Ahmed Dar, for allegedly receiving funds from Pakistan High Commission.The second arrested person Anjum Zamrooda Habib, leader of Muslim Khawateen Markaz, a constituent of Hurriyat Conference, revealed during interrogation that she had received the money from Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Jaleel Abbas Gilani and was referred to him by Hurriyat Chairman Abdul Gani Bhat and Dar.She revealed that Dar was also frequenting Pakistan High Commission for receiving money for a militant outfit in the state, police said.


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