Pakistan offering scholarships and favors to Kashmiri students; reports NIA

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New Delhi: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet in the terror-funding case against separatist leaders and their Pakistan-backed sponsors. In it, the NIA has claimed that Pakistan is offering scholarships to Kashmiri students. Pakistan’s terror favour of this sort is readying a Kashmiri generation inclined towards it.

Most importantly the majority of youth on student visa were relatives of active terrorists in J&K.

“During the course of investigation, it was ascertained that students who were proceeding to Pakistan on student visas were either relative of ex-militants or linked to families of active terrorists who had indulged in various anti-national activities and had migrated to Pakistan or they were known to Hurriyat leaders,” read the NIA charge sheet running into several thousand pages.

Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani reportedly recommended the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi for visa applications of Kashmiri students. These revelations will supposedly tighten the noose against Kashmiri separatist leaders.

In its charge sheet filed on January 18, the NIA revealed about militants who fled to Pakistan. It contained that the Hurriyat leaders based in Pakistan and Pakistan administered Kashmir helped with admission matters. Scholarships for MBBS and engineering seats under by the Pakistan government came as yet another revelation by the NIA.

“This shows a triangular nexus wherein the terrorists, the Hurriyat and the Pakistan establishment are the three vertices and they are ostensibly patronizing the Kashmir students in order to prepare a generation of doctors and technocrats in Kashmir who will have leanings towards Pakistan,” the NIA said in the charge sheet.

Evidence found against terrorist groups

NIA also seized a document from the house of Nayeem Khan. It had his recommendation for a student for admission in a “standard medical college”. She asked the favour because “her family has remained committed to the freedom struggle through thick and thin”.

They also seized a similar document from the house of Shahid-Ul-Islam. The document revealed the Hurriyat leaders sending recommendations to the Pakistan High Commission visa issuance.

Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin, seven Kashmiri separatist leaders and three others were named. Hurriyat leaders included Aftab Hilali alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah.

Shah is the son-in-law of Geelani and has a strong voting of J&K merger with Pakistan. Hilali, on the other hand, is a close aide of moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.