Pakistan Funding Kashmir Terror: Study
28 August 2004
The Times of India
Jammu: Pakistan has been funding terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir by pumping in about Rs 500 million ($10.8 million) annually, a four-year-long official study says. The human cost has been some 3,000 people killed and several more maimed every year, a government release on Sunday quoted the study as saying. The study also indicated how Pakistan was sending money through couriers to militant outfits in Kashmir, which has been grappling with secessionist violence for the past 15 years. More than 40,000 people have died and tens of thousands of Indian troops have been committed to fight militancy, which has its own record of ebbs and flows during the period. Since 1999, the state police and other wings of security forces have seized Rs.20 million in Indian currency, Rs 30 million of Pakistani currency and $100,000 from the hideouts and possession of killed terrorists in the past two years alone. For instance, Rs 9.7 million was recovered from Saif-ul-Islam, chief commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, after a gun battle April 2, 2003 at Natipora, Srinagar. Police have also registered many cases relating to money laundering in the state and in New Delhi. According to the police and security forces, Pakistan has reportedly released funds for separatist groups owing allegiance to Syed Ali Shah Geelani. These funds were suspended for some time following differences between different factions of the separatist Hurriyat Conference. According to the report, the flow of funds from Pakistan is also undertaken through a number of clandestine channels including 'hawala' transactions.