NIA bares Pak high com­mis­sion’s ter­ror role Shah seeks ac­tion plan to counter ter­ror, smug­gling

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New Delhi: The Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) filed a sup­ple­men­tary chargeshee­t be­fore a Delhi court on Fri­day against Jammu Kash­mir Lib­er­a­tion Front chief Yasin Ma­lik and four other Kash­miri sep­a­ratists for al­legedly con­spir­ing to wage a war against the cen­tral gov­ern­ment by car­ry­ing out ter­ror­ist and se­ces­sion­ist ac­tiv­i­ties.

The chargeshee­t, run­ning into 3,000 pages, claimed that Pak­istan’s high com­mis­sion sup­ported the sep­a­ratists through trans­fer of funds via fi­nan­cial con­duits to cre­ate unrest in the Val­ley.

The NIA claimed in­crim­i­nat­ing chats and emails were re­cov­ered from the email ac

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counts of Ma­lik and Shabir Shah, which showed de­tails of re­ceipt of funds from Pak­istan and other coun­tries.

Be­sides Ma­lik, the agency has named banned Dukhtaran-e-Mil­lat chief Asiya An­drabi; J&K Demo­cratic Free­dom Party founder Shabir Shah; J&K Mus­lim League chair­man Masarat Alam, and Ab­dul Rashid Sheikh, exMLA and chief of Awami It­te­had Party, as ac­cused.

The NIA claimed the five ac­cused hatched a con­spir­acy by col­lab­o­rat­ing to “form var­i­ous protest cal­en­dars and acThe

home min­istry has handed over to the NIA the case re­lat­ing to mul­ti­ple re­cov­er­ies of arms and am­mu­ni­tion in Pun­jab late last month, sus­pected to have been de­liv­ered by drones sent from Pak­istan. An NIA of­fi­cer con­firmed the agency has re-reg­is­tered the case orig­i­nally filed by Pun­jab po­lice. “An NIA team reached Am­rit­sar on Thurs­day for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” the of­fi­cer told TOI. Pun­jab po­lice had ear­lier claimed that weapons were sent from across the western bor­der via drones launched by Pak­istan’s ISI and state-spon­sored ‘ji­hadi’ and pro-Khal­is­tan ter­ror out­fits work­ing un­der its com­mand.

tion plans in or­der to launch vi­o­lent ag­i­ta­tion”, sys­tem­atic bandhs and large-scale eco­nomic shut­down in or­der to crip­ple the ad­min­is­tra­tive ma­chin­ery and to cre­ate dis­af­fec­tion to­wards the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Hur­riyat lead­ers, ter­ror­ists and stone-pel­ters are car­ry­ing out ter­ror at­tacks and or­ches­trat­ing... other sub­ver­sive and se­ces­sion­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in J&K as part of a wellplanne­d crim­i­nal con­spir­acy hatched with the ac­tive sup­port, con­nivance and fund­ing from Pak­istani agen­cies and ter­ror or­gan­i­sa­tions to achie

ve their ne­far­i­ous ob­jec­tive of se­cur­ing se­ces­sion of J&K,” the chargeshee­t said.

The agency claimed to have gath­ered proof against Masarat Alam. It said in­ves­ti­ga­tions had es­tab­lished Asiya An­drabi’s nexus with dif­fer­ent mil­i­tant and ter­ror out­fits and with hawala con­duit Za­hoor Watali. The NIA claimed to have re­cov­ered text mes­sages, chats, emails, What­sApp logs and videos that al­legedly in­di­cated the nexus be­tween those chargeshee­ted ear­lier and the five ac­cused.

Full re­port on www.toi.in New Delhi: Union home min­is­ter Amit Shah on Fri­day re­it­er­ated the Modi gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy of “zero tol­er­ance” to­ward ter­ror­ism and smug­gling of weapons, nar­cotics and cat­tle into In­dia from across the bor­ders, and asked the heads of var­i­ous bor­der guard­ing forces to sub­mit a de­tailed ac­tion plan to counter these chal­lenges.

Shah, while chair­ing a meet­ing to re­view bor­der se­cu­rity, also stressed on the need to en­sure proper fa­cil­i­ties for hous­ing, health and train­ing of bor­der per­son­nel. “We must keep in mind that 130 crore coun­try­men are safe be­cause of these per­son­nel,” he said.

The re­view was at­tended by the home sec­re­tary, se­nior

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home min­istry of­fi­cials, and di­rec­tors-gen­eral of Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force, Sashas­tra Seema Bal, Indo-Ti­betan Bor­der Po­lice and As­sam Ri­fles.

The meet­ing is be­lieved to have dis­cussed is­sues like rise in in­fil­tra­tion in J&K fol­low­ing the ab­ro­ga­tion of Ar­ti­cle 370; il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion from Bangladesh; as well as smug­gling of nar­cotics (on the western bor­der) and cat­tle (on the eastern bor­der).

Yasin Ma­lik

Amit Shah

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