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Terror funding: ED attaches property of Watali, conduit of Lashkar-e-Taiba

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 12 2019 2:55PM
Terror funding: ED attaches property of Watali, conduit of Lashkar-e-Taiba
New Delhi, Mar.12 (HS): Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached property worth Rs. 1.03 crore belonging to Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in the ongoing investigations in the case against Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (Founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-Ud-Dawa), Mohd. Yusuf Shah @ Salahuddin (Head of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen) and others. It is worthwhile to mention here that ED initiated investigation under PMLA based on charge sheet filed by National Investigation Agency (NIA) against Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Mohd. Yusuf Shah @ Salahuddin, Aftab Ahmad Shah @ Shahid-Ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah @ Fantoosh, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar @ Bitta Karate , Mohammad Akbar Khanday, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat @ Peet Saifullah, Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmad Bhat under Section 120B, 121 $@$# 121A of IPC, 1860 read with Section 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 $@$# 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967. Accused Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali has been found to be involved in fund raising and as a financial conduit for Hurriyat Leaders. NIA investigation also revealed that the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and other secessionists instigate the general public, especially the youth, to observe strikes and issue directives to the masses to hold anti-India protests, demonstrations and processions through press releases, newspapers and social media. The secessionists instigate the masses to resort to violence especially stone-pelting on the security forces at encounter sites and also after the dispersal of Friday prayers. This is done willfully to create such circumstances which will arouse disaffection among the people of Jammu $@$# Kashmir towards the Government of India. During investigations it was revealed that the Hurriyat leaders are receiving funds from Pakistan through conduits and also from the Pakistan High Commission directly. It was substantiated by incriminating document seized during search from the house of Ghulam Mohd. Bhatt, who worked as the cashier-cum-accountant with Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali. The document shows that Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali was receiving money from Hafiz Saeed (Head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa), from the ISI, from the Pakistan High Commission at New Delhi and also from a source based in Dubai. Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali was remitting the same to the Hurriyat leaders, separatists and stone-pelters of Jammu $@$# Kashmir. The said document has been maintained in regular course of his business and is signed by Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali himself. This document clearly shows that Hurriyat leaders were receiving funds from Pakistan through the officials of Pakistan High Commission and through Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali. The signature of Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali has also been verified and as per the expert report, his signature on the questioned document matches with his specimen handwriting as well as his admitted handwriting. The Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali along with other nine accused are under Judicial Custody at Central Jail, Tihar, New Delhi in the case investigated by NIA. Ongoing investigations conducted by ED has resulted in quantification of proceeds of crime to the tune of Rs. 7 Crore (approx.) . One immovable property of accused Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, located in Gurugram, having a value of Rs. 1.03 Crore has been attached provisionally under PMLA. However, this revelation may put lights on the role of Mirwaiz Umar Farook who had been called by NIA to its Delhi headquaters but he did not turn up. NIA sources also revealed that Umar would be interrogated for terror funding angle. Hindusthan Samachar/Pramod
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