January 2017 News

Demonetisation Has Had No Effect On Unrest In Kashmir, PDP Tells Centre

18 January 2017
The Wire

New Delhi: The PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir has said that demonetisation did not have an impact on the unrest in the Valley, contradicting union defence minister Manohar Parrikar's claim that the note ban had ended stone-pelting in Kashmir. Greater Kashmir reported that in a recent reply written by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to BJP MLA Sat Paul Sharma, she said, 'No such reports have been received so far.' The MLA had sought information on the state of unrest in the Valley post demonetisation. According to Greater Kashmir, Mehbooba said that according to information from the CID headquarters, hawala channels are used to fund terror and violence in the state. The report adds that since 2001, 173 cases of hawala funds being used to finance terror or unrest have been registered. But according to the New Indian Express, Mehboob also said no such cases were registered during the unrest. On November 14, Parrikar had said, 'Rs 500 note was given for stone-throwing and Rs 1000 note for something else. The PM has brought the terror funding to zero,' But the state government has debunked this claim. Kashmir had witnessed unrest for over four months after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July 2016. The state had been shutdown under a protest calendar and large parts of the state had remained under curfew for extended periods of time.