Quickly after India’s suspension on the LOC trade with Pakistan, smuggling of goods, terror funds and drugs along with arms and fake currency were cited. Following this, the Indian Security Agency has identified 10 Pakistan-based militants who are involved in illegal activities with the active participation of ISI.
The Central Government will look again into the matter of the resuming trade but only after putting strict rules in place. It was also discovered that the 10 militants were originally from Jammu and Kashmir who crossed over to Pakistan in the ’90s and joined terrorist organisations after which the establishment of trading firms was started by them.
These militants have also been involved in illegal trade and were operating businesses ranging from almonds, dry dates, dry fruits to mangoes as a part of modus operandi for sending money to fuel unrest in Jammu and Kashmir for the intelligence agency of Pakistan. The militants have been identified as Bashrat Ahmed Bhat, Shabbir Illahi, Showkat Ahmad Bhat, Noor Mohammad Ganai, Imtiyaz Ahmed Khan, Amir, Sayeed Ajay Ahmed Shah, Mehrajuddin Bhat and Nazir Ahmed Bhat.
A senior official who chose to anonymous told DNA that, “The 10 Pakistan-based militants were involved in funnelling illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency into the Valley misusing the recently suspended cross LoC trade routes.” It was also found that Basharat Ahmed Bhat was originally residing in Budgam, but is now living in Rawalpindi and a trading company called AL Nasir.