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Hawala case confronts Yasin Malik after 16 years
ED summons Mushtaq Dar, his wife
11/2/2016 11:05:15 PM
Early Times Report
Srinagar, Nov 2: The 16-year-old Hawala case has began to haunt the JKLF Chief Yasin Malik once again with his close aide and his wife being summoned by the Enforcement Directorate here over the issue.
Malik in his statement issued on Wednesday condemned the government action, saying the case is still before a court but despite this the "enforcement department is trying to intimidate and terrorize him and his family."
The story goes back to March 24, 2002 when Jammu Police recovered $100,000 (Rs 48 lakh) neatly stitched on to the salwar of a young Kashmiri woman at a check-post on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
It was reported at that time that Intelligence officials in Srinagar believed the consignment was part of the funds Malik had raised during his trip to the US in July-September last year. But the funds could not be channelled to Kashmir in the wake of 9/11.
Reports had claimed then that Altaf Qadri, a PoK-based JKLF leader known for his proximity to Malik, got the money in Pakistan through hawala channels. Qadri had the money delivered in Kathmandu to Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, a former district commander of JKLF. Dar used his fiancee Shameema alias Shazia Begum as a cover and the plan worked during their travel from Kathmandu to Jammu. Police had said that the JKLF planned to host a meeting of the Hurriyat's parallel election commission - with members from India and Pakistan - in the US before the assembly elections due in September-October. It needed funds to finance the trip of the Indian members to the US.
However, the JKLF chief must be cursing his stars as the case has surfaced again after 16 long years.
Malik while expressing his frustration said in Wednesday's statement:"Summoning a political leader with his wife and asking him to submit details of his property, property of his family members and other documents and that too when the case is pending before a court is nothing but act of terrorizing a political activist which is highly condemnable."
Pertinently, Yasin Malik was arrested by Police on March 25, 2002, on charges relating to hawala transfers. He was booked under the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO). The arrest took place following the March 24, 2002, arrest of Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, a JKLF activist, by Udhampur Police at Kud, along with a woman, Shazia Begum, for carrying USD 100,000 to be delivered to Yasin Malik.
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