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Friday, 25 September 2020 4.31 PM IST

New document exposes ISI's Salahuddin terror link ahead of Pakistan's FATF review

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan is up for review in October for the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and mounting evidence is coming to light of Islamabad's continuing financial support to terror outfits.


A new document accessed by security agencies confirms links of a terror proxy with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). This matter is likely to muddy the waters even further with the country's Grey Listing to be up at the upcoming FATF Plenary session.


One of the key terror outfits used by Pakistan to foment terrorism in India is Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), headed by Mohammad Yusuf Shah also known as Syed Salahuddin. Salahuddin is also the head of the United Jihad Council (UJC), an umbrella organization of terror outfits such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).


Acting on the instructions of his Pakistani masters, Salahuddin has been instrumental in carrying out anti-India propaganda and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Salahuddin has himself admitted to Pakistan's role in funding terrorist and secessionist activities in the Union Territory of J&K.
In an interview in June 2012, Salahuddin had admitted that he was fighting Pakistan's war in Kashmir, even threatening to take the war to Pakistan if it withdrew support to him. He had also announced that "the Mujahideen struggle serves as a defence line for Pakistan".

Salahuddin, Pakistan supporting terror acts in J&K.. The arrest of Salahuddin's sons Syed Shakeel Yousuf and Syed Shahid Yousuf and the recent killing of two of his close associates Riyaz Naikoo and Adil Ahmed by Indian security forces (6 May 2020) seems to have rattled Salahuddin, making him increasingly desperate.
Salahuddin supports terrorist activities on Indian soil through a number of proxy NGOs and charities supported by Pakistan's ISI and other Pakistan-based entities.
Most prominent of these is the Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust (JKART). The JKART is used by Salahuddin to find recruits by offering them financial incentives and promising to take care of their family members once "martyred". JKART's head office is in Rawalpindi with branches in Islamabad, Muzaffarabad (PoJK), among others.


Most prominent of these is the Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust (JKART). The JKART is used by Salahuddin to find recruits by offering them financial incentives and promising to take care of their family members once "martyred". JKART's head office is in Rawalpindi with branches in Islamabad, Muzaffarabad (PoJK), among others.

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