Srinagar, May 20: Naeem Khan, the chairman of Jammu Kashmir National Front (JKNF), on Saturday, has been suspended by the Hurriyat Conference after a TV channel alleged showed him accepting money from Pakistani people to fan unrest in the valley. Naeem also confessed to his involvement in the act and will remain suspended until further inquiries are conducted, reported Hindustan Times.
He was suspended by . Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
The chief of JKNF, earlier today, had told reporters in the capital that the sting operation was fake and doctored. He had, in a press conference, alleged that media used his statements in an incorrect manner to defame Kashmir struggle. He also stated that the money is generated at the grass root level to support victims of the conflict.
“Separatists get money from Pakistan, ” Khan was seen saying in the video. In the sting operation, Tehreek-E-Hurriyat leader Gazi Javed Baba and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar were also seen. Yasin Malik, another separatist, filed a police complaint against a woman journalist who had barged into her room asking questions about the sting operation. Malik said that she has lost the ethics of journalism as it does not teach an individual to invade someone’s privacy.
The NIA (National Investigation Agency) on Thursday arrived in Srinagar to question separatists regarding the sting operation conducted by the Delhi-based TV channel. It has inputs that the separatists even received money from the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to disrupt peace in the valley.
NIA had said that the money received was for stone pelting and destroying government edifice.