In­dia’s NIA quizzes sep­a­ratist’s two sons over ‘ter­ror fund­ing’

NIA says it found that most of Gee­lani’s wealth is in the name of his two sons

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New Delhi, In­dia - In­dia’s Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency of­fi­cials on Tues­day grilled two sons of Hur­riyat chair­man Syed Ali Shah Gee­lani in connection with ‘ter­ror fund­ing’ to cause un­rest in the state of Jammu and Kash­mir.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cials are scru­ti­n­is­ing the wealth de­tails of Gee­lani’s sons, Naeem and Naseem, as part of its probe into a money trail to ex­pose how Pak­istan sent cash to sep­a­ratists for stok­ing un­rest in the Kash­mir Val­ley.

Of­fi­cials said the Gee­lani broth­ers ar­rived at the NIA head­quar­ters in New Delhi around 9.30am af­ter miss­ing to re­port as per the agency’s ear­lier sum­mons.

“When they ar­rived at the NIA head­quar­ters, they were given slips to fill in their prop­erty de­tails be­fore their ques­tion­ing be­gan. They were also asked to bring doc­u­ments of the prop­er­ties that they own,” an NIA offi- cial said.

The of­fi­cial said the agency found that most of the wealth that the se­nior Gee­lani has ac­cu­mu­lated over the years is in the name of his two sons.

“The prop­erty de­tails fur­nished by the Gee­la­nis will be cor­rob­o­rated with the NIA’s find­ings in its on­go­ing probe into ter­ror fund­ing from Pak­istan and mil­i­tant groups based there,” the of­fi­cial said.

It is for the first time in the last three decades of Kash­mir mil­i­tancy that Gee­lani’s sons were ques­tioned over the links with the sep­a­ratist cam­paign in the state.

The NIA had is­sued sum­mons to Naeem, a sur­geon who was once based in Pak­istan, on July 27 and Au­gust 1.

The doc­tor, who is seen as Gee­lani’s nat­u­ral heir ap­par­ent, failed to ap­pear be­cause he was hos­pi­talised in Srinagar, the cap­i­tal of the north­ern In­dian state.

Gee­lani’s younger son Naseem, who works at an agri­cul­tural univer­sity in Srinagar, was sum­moned to ap­pear be­fore the NIA on Au­gust 2.

He also did not come say­ing the no­tice should be served through the Vice Chan­cel­lor of Sher-e-Kash­mir Univer­sity of Agri­cul­tural Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy so that he was per­mit­ted to take leave.

Naseem was ear­lier this year made life-long pa­tron of Unique Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute, spread over nearly 1.6 hectares of land do­nated by peo­ple of Gee­lani’s home­town of So­pore.

The in­sti­tute is run by the Falah-e-Mil­lat Ed­u­ca­tional So­ci­ety that was formed by Gee­lani more than a decade ago.

In­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials said the Gee­lani broth­ers were play­ing a key role in the Hur­riyat’s de­ci­sion mak­ing and run­ning its fi­nan­cial af­fairs.

The NIA has ar­rested eight sep­a­ratist lead­ers in connection with its probe into ter­ror fund­ing from Pak­istan and that in­clude Gee­lani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah.

They have been booked on charges of crim­i­nal con­spir­acy and wag­ing war against In­dia.

The NIA al­leges that sep­a­ratist lead­ers were re­ceiv­ing money from mil­i­tant lead­ers in Pak­istan in­clud­ing Hafiz Saeed, who heads the Pak­istan-based Ja­maat-ud-Dawa and banned outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

It is for the first time in the last three decades of Kash­mir mil­i­tancy that Hur­riyat chair­man Syed Ali Shah Gee­lani’s (in the in­set) sons have been ques­tioned by the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency over their links with the sep­a­ratist cam­paign in the north­ern In­dian state of Jammu and Kash­mir

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