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SOURCE: Times Now

In a sensational admission of sorts, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the Pakistan hand behind protests against abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). A confession statement of alleged Hizbul Mujahideen operative, Irfan Mir, accessed by Times Now shows that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), paid Mir to start an NGO in the Valley to campaign for Article 370. It is also learnt that Mir was allegedly paid Rs 1.5 lakh for organising a seminar to defend Article 370 in Pulwama.

According to the documents accessed by Times Now, Hizbul Mujahideen operative Irfan Mir told the NIA that he met Pakistan PM Imran Khan and was paid Rs 1.5 lakh to organise a seminar to defend Article 370. 

Massive protests had broken out in the Valley after the Central government decided to abrogate Article 370 and revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Besides the political leadership in the state which vociferously attacked the government over the decision, mobs were allegedly mobilised to protest against the move. The NIA is also probing if the public outrage was incited by such elements during the protests.

Pakistan had reacted sharply to the development and its PM Imran Khan had made several attempts to raise the matter on various international platforms including the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In fact, while addressing the UNSC in New York, Khan had also issued a nuclear threat over the abrogation of Article 370, which resulted in the bifurcation of the state into two union territories – one with a legislative council and another, without one. 

Khan’s repeated attempts to raise the matter on the international platforms, however, received a muted response from the international community, including its allies such as China.