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Disgraced Indian poster boy Parra charge-sheeted in militant-politician nexus case

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday filed a charge sheet against senior PDP leader Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra and former Indian poster-boy in a case related to the alleged nexus between politicians and militant groups, officials said.

They said that Parra has been charge-sheeted by the Criminal Investigation (Kashmir) wing of the Jammu and Kashmir’s CID under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act dealing with waging war against the country and threatening peace.

The charge sheet was submitted before the competent court which has taken cognisance of the document.

Parra has been in judicial custody since his arrest earlier this year by the CIK, a branch of CID mandated to probe cases under the UAPA and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The CIK had filed a case last year against unknown politicians and others based on “reliable and confidential sources” who said some political functionaries were misusing their power and helping militants. It was alleged that these politicians, under a criminal conspiracy, had established clandestine connections and relations with different Pakistan-supported terrorist and secessionist organisations operating in Jammu and Kashmir for a number of reasons.

It was also alleged in the case that the conspiracy was hatched for furthering the politicians’ clout among the local populace, countering the influence of rival political parties and their members, protecting their own financial and business interests and with medium-term motives of winning the trust of “the Pakistani establishment, dealing with subversion in Kashmir, including those in the United Jihad Council”.

These politicians have allegedly supported terrorists and secessionists, directly and sometimes through middlemen, by way of paying money and organising select physical attacks through terrorist elements, it was alleged.

They also facilitated the movements of terrorists and the transportation of their arms and ammunition.

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