Abdul Hamid Khan (politician)

Abdul Hamid Khan is the chairman of the Balawaristan National Front (Hameed group) (BNF-H), a sub-nationalist organisation.[1][2] Balawaristan National Front (Hameed group) was founded in 1995 by Abdul Hamid. In 1999, Abdul Hameed Khan left Pakistan.[3] He spent 20 years living in countries such as India and Belgium.[1] However, after spending 20 years living abroad, Abdul Hamid unconditionally surrendered to Pakistani security officials on 8 February 2019.[4] His organisation, BNF-H was banned by National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) on 26 February 2019.[5]

Self-imposed exileEdit

In 1999, Abdul Hamid Khan went to Nepal and later shifted to India. According to Pakistani officials, Abdul Hamid was recruited by Research & Analysis Wing (RAW). In India he met Col Arjun and Joshi. During his stay in India, he lived at luxury apartment in New Delhi. Later on, Abdul Hamid family including three sons were shifted to India and were admitted to various schools and colleges at Dehradun, where huge investment was made by RAW for 11 years (1999 to 2007 and 2015 to 2018). Abdul Hamid was provided with all kinds of Indian ID documents and was facilitated to run business.[1][2][6][7]

According to Pakistani officials, Abdul Hamid Khan was shifted to Brussels in 2007 so that he could appear at international forums and take part in anti-Pakistani activities. One of his actions was to send letters to the international financial institutions to make the case that no funds should be provided to Pakistan for building six proposed dams in Gilgit-Baltistan or places like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Kohistan and Chitral districts that the BNF-H claims to be historically part of Gilgit-Baltistan.[1]

SurrenderEdit

Abdul Hamid Khan unconditionally surrendered on 8 February 2019. Later on, the head of BNF-H student wing, Sher Nadir Shahi, also surrendered to the Pakistani security forces on 29 March 2019. Shahi was accused of trying to recruit people in Gilgit-Baltistan to join BNF-H. Abdul Hameed Khan was also the mentor of Sher Nadir Shahi.[1]

Following their surrender Pakistani security forces conducted a major intelligence-based operation in May 2019. The operation busted the local chapter of BNF-H. In the operation, 14 more member of BNF-H were arrested. BNF-H members possessed huge cache of arms which was also captured by the security forces during the operation.[2][8][7]

Pakistan security officials claim that Abdul Hameed Khan and Sher Nadir Shahi had links with Indian intelligence agencies Research & Analysis Wing (RAW). Furthermore, security officials disclosed that BNF-H had made long-term plans to sow chaos in Gilgit-Baltistan at the behest of RAW by brainwashing the people through secessionist and anti-state propaganda and also to conduct terrorist attacks against the state.[1] According to Pakistani officials, RAW invested heavily in Abdul Hamid Khan, providing him with more than one billion Indian rupees. Out of the one billion Indian rupees, 700 million rupees were sent to Pakistan through different channels. The money was used to finance anti-Pakistani activities.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "The curious case of BNF-H". The News. 26 May 2019. Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "RAW network busted in GB". The Nation. 21 May 2019. Archived from the original on 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ "RAW-funded anti-CPEC plan foiled in Gilgit, claim police". Dawn News. 19 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Pakistan security forces say they busted subversive network in Gilgit". Times of India. 21 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Proscribed Organizations". National Counter Terrorism Authority. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Agencies bust RAW network in Gilgit-Baltistan". Business Recorder. 21 May 2019. Archived from the original on 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b "RAW plot to sow anarchy in Gilgit-Baltistan busted". Express Tribune. 21 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Security forces unearth Indian agency RAW's network in Gilgit Baltistan". Geo News. 21 May 2019.