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J-K separatists may be receiving funds from Pakistan: govt

The government said the separatists were in touch with militants leaders in PoK and Pakistan.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2017 20:33 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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A masked villager holds a wooden stick and stones during a protest following the funeral procession of Akeel Ahmed Bhat, a teenage boy in Haal village, south of Srinagar, Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP)

Some key Kashmiri separatists are in touch with militant leaders based in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and are believed to be receiving funds from across the border, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said inputs indicate existence of nexus or collusion of disruptive elements sponsored by the neighbouring country and separatists in Kashmir.

“Some of the key separatist leaders have been noted being in touch with militant leaders based in Pakistan/PoK. They have also been believed to be receiving instructions and financial support from Pakistani establishment for adverse activities in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said in a written reply to a question.

Ahir said necessary action is taken against such elements in accordance with the provisions of law.

“There is a well established institutional mechanism to effectively deal with illegal activities on the India-Pakistan border or Line of Control,” he said.

The minister said a cell to check terror funding and fake currency has been set up in the National Investigation Agency to investigate such cases.

“Five cases pertaining to funding of separatists and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir have been registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA),” he said.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 20:33 IST