In a crackdown on people involved in terror funding, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today arrested seven prominent Kashmiri separatists including Syed Ali Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah. The other six people arrested are Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah and Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal. These people have been charged with receiving funds from Pakistan and using it for promoting terrorist activities and giving money to stone pelters in the Kashmir Valley. It may be recalled that Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani supports the merger of Kashmir with Pakistan.
One of the members, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, was arrested from Delhi and the remaining 6 were arrested from Srinagar. Those arrested from Srinagar will be taken to Delhi for further interrogation. It may be recalled that Kashmiri separatists have been receiving terror funding from Pakistan since several years now, but this is the first time that top leaders of the Hurriyat Conference have been detained for promoting terror in the state. Their involvement is evident as earlier another member of Hurriyat, Nayeem Khan, had confessed during a sting operation that Hurriyat leaders were regularly receiving money from Pakistan to fund terror activities. Khan was later suspended by Hurriyat.