On Tuesday, the Enforcement Directorate said that it has seized assets amounted Rs. 6 crores belonging to a Kashmiri businessman, named Zahoor Ahmad Watali, in a case of terror funding and separatist activists in Jammu and Kashmir.
The investigating agency reported that Mr. Watali and Hurriyat leaders were getting funds from Pakistan via conduits and also ‘directly’ from Pakistan High Commission in India. It continued that a provisional order under Prevention of Money Laundering Act has been issued for attachment of lands in Narbal, Sozeith Goripora, and Budgam areas of Kashmir, which belongs to the businessman and his family members.
The case filed to the Enforcement Directorate is based on a charge sheet filed by NIA (National Investigation Agency) as a part of its investigation against LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) Chief Hafiz Saeed.
It further said in a statement that “Watali has been found to be involved in fund-raising and as a financial conduit of Hurriyat leader. The probe revealed that the Hurriyat leaders have received funds from Pakistan through conduits and also from the Pakistan High Commission ‘directly’.”
“This was substantiated by an incriminating document seized from the house of his cashier during the search,” it added.
It also said, “The document clearly indicates that Watali was receiving money from Hafiz Saeed (LeT and Jamaat-Ud-Dawa chief), from ISI, from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi and also from a source based in Dubai. Watali was remitting the same to the Hurriyat leaders, separatists, and stone-pelters of Jammu and Kashmir. The said document has been maintained in the regular course of his business and is signed by Watali,”
The ED said that the document indicates that the Hurriyat leaders were getting funds from Pakistan via the officials of the Pakistan High Commission and also through Zahoor Watali. It further said that his signature “has been verified” and according to the expert report, his signature on the stated document matches with his specimen handwriting and his admitted handwriting as well.