NIA will 'fully choke' terrorists of foreign funding: Rajnath

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NIA will 'fully choke' terrorists of foreign funding: Rajnath

"High-quality fake currency contributes to the rise of terrorism", Singh said here after inaugurating the new headquarters of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The National Investigation Agency's crackdown on the flow of funds to Kashmir from neighbouring Pakistan has a dealt a lethal blow to the activities of terrorist and separatist groups in the region, said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday. "By sending terrorists to India, Pakistan has nefarious plans to divide and make our country weak", he said. The agency has so far arrested 10 people, including Altaf Shah alias Fantoosh, son-in-law of pro-Pakistani separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and influential businessman Zahoor Watali.

"Everyday, 5-6 militants are neutralized in Jammu and Kashmir due to the sustained efforts of the Army, paramilitary forces and other security agencies".

Earlier, Director General CISF - O P Singh said that "We (CISF) are working towards nurturing our core underlying qualities like discipline, turnout, physical fitness and tactical soundness that render us the vital edge in our functioning". In 95 per cent of its cases, the accused get conviction, he said. Delivering the inaugural address, NIA chief Sharad Kumar said since its inception, the agency had handled 166 cases covering a range of terrorism- related challenges which involved investigative eff-orts in 26 states and Union territories.

The Home Minister also hailed the NIA's role in curbing the menace of fake currency which acted as oxygen for "militancy".

Singh also claimed that India has taken remarkable steps to highlight the menace of terrorism in the worldwide forums. He lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing the worldwide community on board on the issue of terrorism. While appreciating the role of the NIA in probing terror cases, the minister claimed it was a challenging task as almost 95 per cent of its cases were resulting in conviction. He said terrorism acted as a hindrance to development.

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