Despite Pakistan’s efforts to manipulate global civil society and human rights organizations to indirectly support the separatist movement in India, financial pathways and other digital evidence have undermined its designs.
One notable case is that of Khurram Parvez, who worked for almost two decades as a Pakistani carrier through his organization, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), recruiting and financing local Kashmiris.
After combing through a pile of suspicious evidence, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Khurram Parvez on November 22, 2021, the agency responsible for investigating terrorist activity in India. His home and JKCCS office were searched during the day after his arrest. Srinagar.
Recoveries include anti-India propaganda material, details of the Indian military, sensitive positions, strategic assets, and visiting cards of leaders of Pak-based terrorist organizations, including Hizbul Mujahideen (HM).
The seizures further highlight the role that Pervez has played over the years in recruiting Indian operative / overground workers (OGWs) for Pak-based terrorist groups. The NIA is also investigating the involvement of these operatives in spying on military installations and identifying possible locations for attacks in India. Some of these operatives were tasked with recruiting more collaborators in various Indian states, including Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Bihar and Delhi.
Investigations have revealed the widespread use of a number of so-called non-governmental organizations (NGOs / trusts) to raise funds in India and abroad in the name of charitable activities, and the same is being used to carry out separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Working under the guise of human rights champion in Jammu and Kashmir, Pervez hunted down ignorant Kashmiri youth and pushed them into destructive anti-India activities by providing financial incentives through these shady NGOs.
Several front organizations were also involved in the Modus Operandi, most of them operating in violation of land laws. JKCCS is not registered under the FCRA (Foreign Channel Regulations Act) of India. This lack of regulatory oversight has facilitated access to funds from abroad to assist in terrorist activities.
A number of fake NGOs were opened under JKCCS which were used as additional means to receive foreign funds and manage black money. An organization called the Kashmiri Women’s Initiative for Peace and Disarmament (KWIPD) did not even exist on the ground.
Similarly, the Asia Jilani Trust was mostly used to receive dubious funds as grants. Money laundering activities are carried out through these organizations on the pretext of fake scholarships. Pervez’s wife Samina is also alleged to have helped fund the terrorists through her organization Action Aid International.
Financial irregularities have also been found in the transactions of JKCCS with other companies. Sensing the financial impropriety of JKCCS, a number of European funding agencies have even stopped trading with it.
Another effective channel for managing unaccounted foreign money to fuel separatism in India was through publishing and media outlets, including reports such as The Informative Miss, Unhard Voices, Structure of Violence, and A Quest for Justice.
Following Pervez’s arrest, Pakistani authorities have appealed to international human rights groups for his release. Pakistan’s support for Pervez is understandable because he made his fortune for the benefit of innocent Kashmiri youth by luring them into militancy, including killing them in clashes with security forces at the behest of Pakistani agencies and reporting on human rights violations by his Pakistani handlers. To target India in the international arena.
Considering the huge amount of data collected from digital devices during the operation, the NIA is expected to take time to complete the investigation. A number of new revelations from Indian actors indicating internal support for Parvez and his NGO cannot be ruled out.
However, Pervez’s case clearly emphasizes the need for further scrutiny of the effectiveness of NGOs and media houses, especially those that are improving despite the lack of an effective revenue model.
This is probably due to the existence of NGOs like JKCCS which continue to upset innocent Kashmiri youth on a humanitarian pretext of ‘human rights’ and it is difficult to achieve lasting and lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
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