Pak adopts innovative ways to pump ‘Hawala money’ in Kashmir

Pardeep Singh Bali
Even when the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing funds transaction in over a dozen bank accounts that are suspected to used to fuel unrest in the Kashmir, agencies have exposed ‘notorious’ Pakistan for using innovative ways to pump ‘Hawala Money’ to keep the pot boiling in valley.
As per inputs from agencies, Pakistan has now resorted to new policy of activating sympathizers from across the globe to start moving money into accounts controlled by the separatists.
“Knowing that Indian agencies are keeping vigilant eye on the flow of money in Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistan and its sponsored people have now resorted to innovative ways,” said senior official, adding, “The money is now transported to India and subsequently to Jammu and Kashmir through different ways.”
Senior official further said that now the sympathizers are using stitched clothes, cylinders, toys and medical equipments to move money.
“In Jammu and Kashmir only, more than five cases in this regard have been registered. Since the NIA has taken this mission to stop flow of hawala money in Kashmir, the operators involved in this transaction have been frustrated,” said official. An input revealed that several lakhs of rupees have been smuggled in Jammu and Kashmir in gas cylinders. Money is stitched to salwar kameez donned by women to deflect the attention.
“There have been instances when the money has moved in through a Hawala channel to Delhi and then the same is collected by a point man.” In April, Jammu and Kashmir BJP had raised concern over reported flow of Hawala money from Gulf countries into the Valley.
There are several terrorist training camps in PoK of various outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul Mijahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad which are used for training and subsequently for infiltrating trained militants into Jammu and Kashmir.
Pertinently, a three-member NIA team, headed by a Deputy Inspector General (DIG), has been probing “suspicious” funds transaction in over a dozen bank accounts in Jammu and Kashmir that are suspected to have been used to fuel unrest in the valley, an official said on Monday. “We suspect that the inflow of suspicious amounts was made from Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists,” the official said.
He added that JuD chief Hafiz Saeed had recently announced relief for Kashmiri people. “As the JuD and other Pakistan-based organisations are under investigation, direct funds were not made.
The funds reached to the specific persons through different transactions in several bank accounts,” he asserted. Meanwhile, political experts maintained that more strict approach has to be made to control the flow of money in Kashmir, as this will aggravate the situation in Kashmir valley.

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