New Delhi, Sep 14: Six days after the passing away of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, his protege, the notorious Masarat Alam was appointed his successor. Masarat Alam Bhat, who is in jail was appointed as the chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference.
The APHC also appointed Shabir Ahmad Shah and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar as vice chairmen. One of the key reasons behind appointed Alam as chairman is that he is a hardliner. He started off as a stone pelter and was later groomed by Geelani. He is said to have a good clout among the youth and could instigate violence in the Valley.
However the BJP led government in the Centre has a zero tolerance policy towards separatism and this has left these outfits redundant.
New Delhi, Sept 8: A petition seeking to stop funding for Jammu and Kashmir separatists has been filed in the Supreme Court. While asking the petitioner to mention the matter at 2 pm, Justice Anil Dave said that he too feels the same. “All sitting here also feel the same,” Justice Dave said.
Justice Dave directed the petitioner to get the same numbered and make a mention at 2 pm for urgent hearing. The petitioner, Advocate M L Sharma will argue the matter before the Bench at 2 pm.
In a bid to send out a strict message to Kashmiri separatist leaders, the Union government has decided to stop all facilities that have been extended to them, including security, travel and medical services.
The Centre is also considering revoking the passports of separatist leaders such as Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others.
Kashmiri separatist, Syed Ali Shah Geelani was issued a passport by the Indian government. Read more: Terror funding: ED files chargesheet against separatist leader Geelani’s aides There was no doubt that Geelani would be issued with a passport and the Indian government had no grounds to deny him one either.
While a major debate rages on whether the passport issued to Geelani was necessary or not, Home Ministry officials tells OneIndia that there were no grounds to reject it. However the official also informed that there were other ways in dealing with Geelani and the first among them was to make him politically irrelevant. Geelani needs to be politically irrelevant: Rejecting a passport would have served no purpose the official informed. His application was valid and there were no grounds to reject it. The official also added that rejection of a passport does not serve any purpose. Instead it would have given him a talking point. Read more:
Pakistan and the separatists have upped the ante and are showing no signs of cowing down which has left a lot of uncertainty in the Valley. The very fact that these separatists can go on and on is a lot to do with the fact that they have no dearth of resources and a minimum transaction made into their accounts would involve anything between Rs 25 to Rs 30 million.
Home Ministry officials and Intelligence Bureau officers say that these separatists are the ones who are blocking all forms of negotiations and the best way to curb them is to freeze their funds and also track down their resources.
In the year 2011 an operative by the name Hira Lal was arrested for circulating money through a hawala transaction. He was picked up from a hotel in Srinagar where he was found to be in possession of fake currency. During his interrogation he told the police that had been tasked to hand over funds to Kashmiri separatists and he had passed on Rs 30 million to the Lone brothers. He also said that the money to be paid off to the separatists was provided to him by the Pakistan’s High Commission.