Terror-funding case: Pak HC’s role not established, rules Delhi HC

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Staff report

Islamabad

A Delhi High Court (HC) division bench on Friday ruled that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) lacks evidence to establish the role of Pakistan High Commission in the funding of separatist activities in Kashmir.

The court further noted that the separatist organisation, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) was not a banned outfit under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

The case was registered after the uprising in the Valley following the killing of Burhan Muzaffar Wani in July 2016, which saw a clampdown on protesters by the Indian authorities in the Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), a move which was condemned by both mainstream politicians and separatists.

Nine separatist leaders, including Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Gillani’s son-in-law Altaf Fantosh, his former personal assistant Peer Saifullah and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front leader Farooq Ahmad Dar, have been in judicial custody in Tihar Jail since 17 August 2016.

They were arrested after multiple raids in Jammu and Kashmir and outside the Valley.

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