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    ‘Almonds trade across LoC funds terror’


    ‘Almonds trade across LoC funds terror'

    New Delhi, December 21

    After clothes and ‘dupattas', California almonds have emerged as the latest commodity to be used to fund terrorist activities, the Investigation Agency has said.

    An agreement for cross-LoC trade agreement between and Pakistan allows exchange of products grown in both sides of and — including California almonds (Badam giri) — a product grown in parts of Pakistan- occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

    The agency is currently going through documents related to sale of California almonds: NIA claims the sale money was eventually used to fund terrorist organisations in the state.

    The NIA claimed it has received credible information of large-scale money transfer from Pakistan to India through import of ‘badam giri' through the trade facilitation centers at Salamabad in Kashmir region's North Kashmir's Baramulla district and Chakan-da-bagh in Jammu's Poonch.

    “This is in gross violation of the State policy of prohibition on trade in ‘third-party origin goods' through this mechanism and information indicated that these funds are being used for fomenting terrorism and separatism in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the NIA said.

    The NIA has already registered a case and has even conducted search operations at trade facilitation centres at Salamabad and Chakan-da-bagh. —  PTI

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