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Terror funding: ED attaches J&K businessman Zahoor Ahmmad Watali's assets

Enforcement Directorate. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

PTI Srinagar Mar 12, 2019, 10.47 AM (IST)

The ED has attached assets worth Rs 1.03 crore belonging to businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali in a money laundering case related to funding of terror organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Monday.

They said the agency has issued a provisional order for attachment of assets of Watali under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The immovable property is located in Gurgaon and is worth Rs 1.03 crore.

Official sources said Watali allegedly held this property for terror outfits operating in the Kashmir Valley.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) case is based on a charge sheet filed by the NIA as part of its probe against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed.

The official sources, quoting the ED order, said J&K-based Watali "has been found to be involved in fundraising and as a financial conduit of Hurriyat leaders".

They said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe revealed that the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and other secessionists instigate the public, especially youths, to observe strikes and issue directives to the masses to hold anti-India protests, demonstrations and processions through press releases, newspapers and social media.

"This is done willfully to create such circumstances which will arouse disaffection among the people of Jammu and Kashmir towards the Government of India," they said quoting the ED order.

Watali, Hafiz Saeed, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and nine others have been accused by the NIA of "conspiring to wage war against the government" and fomenting trouble in the Kashmir Valley.

In its charge sheet, the NIA has alleged that Watali received money from ISI of Pakistan, the Pakistan High Commission here and from a source in Dubai.