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In an investigation against the sponsors of terror in India, the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has attached property which could be indirectly linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed. Shockingly the property in question happens to be in Gurugram.
The agency said that they had attached a property worth Rs 1.03 crore of Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, a financial conduit, in the matter of terror financing by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
According to a report which appeared in India Today, the attached property is just a few miles away from the national capital in Gurugram.
The attachment is part of agency’s investigation against Srinagar-based businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Hafiz Saeed, Yusuf Shah, and others. The Print has headlined its report suggesting that Hafiz Saaed is infact the defacto owner of the Gurugram property.
The ED initiated the investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) based on the chargesheet filed by National Investigation Agency (NIA). An India Today report suggests, this chargesheet was filed against Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Mohd Yusuf Shah alias Salahuddin, Aftab Ahmad Shah alias Shahid-Ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Fantoosh, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate , Mohammad Akbar Khanday, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peet Saifullah, Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmad Bhat under IPC sections 120B, 121 & 121A, 1860 read with section 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.
“The accused Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali is found to be involved as a financial conduit for Hurriyat leaders. The NIA investigation also revealed that the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) instigates the general public, especially the youth, to conduct strikes and issue directives to the masses to hold anti-India protests, demonstrations, and processions through press releases, newspapers and social media,” said the agency.
The probe agency during the course of investigation found that they instigate the masses for violence, particularly throwing stones at security forces at encounter sites.
An officer said, “This is done wilfully to create circumstances arousing disaffection among the people of Jammu and Kashmir towards the Indian government.”
It was also revealed during the investigations that Hurriyat leaders are receiving funds through conduits and that too from Pakistan High Commission directly. A document seized during the search from the house of Ghulam Mohammed Bhatt, who worked as the cashier-cum-accountant with Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali revealed this.
“The document shows that Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali was receiving money from Hafiz Saeed, the ISI, Pakistan High Commission at New Delhi and also from a source based in Dubai,” added the office.
“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,” said the ED document.
Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali along with other nine accused are in judicial custody at Central Jail, Tihar, New Delhi in the case investigated by NIA.
The ED is all set to attach 24 other properties linked to Srinagar based businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali and Hafiz Saeed. These properties are situated in Jammu & Kashmir and some other states of India.