NIA summons Salahuddin’s son

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Saturday that it had issued summons to Shakeel Yousuf, the eldest son of the globally wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin, in connection with a 2011 terror-funding case.

An official said that Mr. Yousuf did not show up for questioning on Saturday, a day after he was served the summons.

Mr. Yousuf works as a medical assistant at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar. He appeared before the agency when he was issued summons in March.

An NIA team has been camping in Srinagar for the past three days. The investigation in another terror-funding case involving Hurriyat leaders has picked up after it was briefly suspended when the Centre announced a suspension of operations in Jammu & Kashmir for the month of Ramzan.

There are multiple cases that the agency is probing in the Kashmir Valley.

The particular case where Mr. Yousuf has been summoned pertains to 2011. The case, which was registered by the NIA in April 2011, pertains to the transfer of money from Pakistan to Kashmir using hawala channels in Delhi. The NIA believes the funds were used to fund terrorism and secessionist activities.

In November 2017, the NIA had arrested Syed Shahid Yousuf, another son of Salahuddin. Shahid, who was working in the Agriculture Department of the J&K Government, is currently in the Tihar jail.

The NIA has alleged that Shahid was receiving funds via a U.S.-based international wire transfer company from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, another accused in the case who is absconding and known to be based in Saudi Arabia.

Charge sheets filed

The NIA has so far filed three charge sheets against seven people, including G.M. Bhat, a close aide of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Two of the accused — Mohammed Maqbool Pandit and Bhat — are absconding. They have an Interpol Red Corner notice issued against them.

Shahid’s father — who heads the Hizbul Mujahideen and the United Jehad Council (a conglomerate of terrorist outfits operating in the Kashmir Valley) — was in June 2017 declared a specially designated global terrorist by the U.S. Department of State.

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