‘Pak terror group sold animal skin to fund anti-India ops’

  • Debasish Panigrahi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jan 26, 2013 02:11 IST

The interrogation of alleged Hizbul Mujahideen spy Faroquee Ahmed Gulam Hasan Naiku, 37, has brought to the light the fund raising methods adopted by the Pakistan-based terror group for its anti-India operations.

Naiku claimed that a substantial portion of Hizbul’s fund is generated from the sale of skin of livestock, collected by volunteers at village fairs.

Sources in the criminal intelligence unit of the police, which arrested Naiku on Tuesday, said the Jammu and Kashmir resident had made over six trips to Pakistan prior to 2008. “He had even travelled by the Samjhauta Express on one occasion,” a source said.

Naiku said his Hizbul handler took him to training camps for ‘mujahids’  (terrorists), which are allegedly run across Pakistan with full knowledge of the government.

The handler also introduced him to a high-ranking official in the Pakistan army, who is in charge of the Hizbul’s anti-India operations.

Sources, however, refused to disclose the identity of the official saying that he may have used a fake identity while meeting the Kashmiri operative.

Naiku, sources said, was taken to the stalls put up by the terror group in village fairs in the Punjab province.

“The Hizbul volunteers would collect donations from people in general. They would collect the skin of goats, sheeps and cows, which were then sold to leather industries and the proceeds would be used in funding terror in India,” the source said.

The group would also send consignments of dry fruits, originating from Kandahar and Kabul, to India via Pakistan under the border trade agreement.

Their operatives in India, masquerading as dry fruit importers, would receive the consignments and the proceeds from the sale would be used to fund terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

“Naiku too operated as a dry fruit merchant in Navi Mumbai,” the source added.

 

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