Geelani suspends National Front from Hurriyat Conference

After initial reluctance, the three separatists fell in line and were questioned separately by the team of NIA, which named them in its Preliminary Enquiry (PE) on Friday.

NIA officials will also verify and test the sting operation which showed some Hurriyat leaders talking about taking money from Hafiz Saeed and other individuals.

We summoned all constituent members including Nayeem Ahmad Khan to facilitate him to keep his view point before executive body, however police authorities did not allow leaders to hold a meeting at his residence in Hyderpora.

Senior hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday suspended Nayeem Khan's National Front from the Hurriyat, even as Khan told media that the sting operation by a news channel was "doctored and fake".

The spokesman said Khan was also called to the meeting to explain his position.

The Enforcement Directorate, which investigates economic offenses, said it would join the NIA investigation into funding from Pakistan through hawala channels - a cross-border illegal cash transfer system run by money brokers.

Violence in the Kashmir valley peaked after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July. Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, he alleged that the media group had used his statements out of context to "defame the Kashmir struggle".

The NIA alleged that the Hurriyat Conference may have been funding trouble, including violent activities like stone pelting and burning of schools and government buildings, in the Kashmir Valley by distributing the money it gets from Pakistan. JKLF chief Yasin Malik, who joined the Hurriyat in 2016, said, "They try to prove I'm receiving funds from Pakistan".

Prior, the NIA has researched the affirmed store's exchange through "Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Fund Trust" in Kashmir. In August previous year, the NIA had summoned and quizzed some separatist leaders in Kashmir.

  • Salvatore Jensen