Terror funding case: ED looks at role of Pakistan High Commission in disbursing funds

Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali’s property in Gurgaon, which was raided by the ED. (PTI)

Days after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached a Gurgaon property worth over Rs 1 crore belonging to Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in connection with its money laundering probe into allegations of terror funding through Hurriyat leaders, the agency is likely to attach more properties worth Rs 6 crore in the days to come.

The agency, in its probe, has found that Kashmiri separatists have allegedly received at least Rs 7 crore from across the border to fund unrest in India. Identifying the money as proceeds of crime, ED has alleged that the funds were disbursed by conduits and the Pakistan High Commission in India. The agency has claimed this was substantiated through a document seized during searches at the residence of Ghulam Mohammad Bhatt, who worked as the cashier-cum-accountant with Watali.

The Pakistan High Commission could not be reached for comment despite attempts by The Indian Express.

An SMS sent to a number identified by a High Commission official as that of the spokesperson did not elicit any response.

The ED case is based on a chargesheet filed by the NIA as part of its probe against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) chief Syed Salahuddin, who, the agency has alleged, have been funding unrest in Kashmir through Hurriyat Conference leaders.

NIA had on Tuesday called Mirwaiz Umar…

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