The custodial interrogation of JKLF chairman Yasin Malik by NIA in April and that of JKDFP chief Shabir Shah, prime organiser of stone-pelting protests of 2016 Masarat Alam and Dukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi earlier this month has allegedly corroborated how terror funds were routed by Pakistan-based sources via hawala route to Kashmiri separatists, who then used them to fuel unrest and organise violent agitations in the Valley.
NIA sources told TOI that Malik, interrogated by NIA sleuths here in April, revealed that he was instrumental in bringing together the disparate factions of Hurriyat Conference to form the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) that spearheaded the violent agitations of 2016 in Kashmir Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani. JRL had then issued ‘protest calendars’ leading to economic shutdown for over four months. Many civilians and security forces were killed or injured in these protests. Read more