New Delhi, June 17:Investigations into the Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case has revealed that Zahoor Ahamad Shah Watali is one of the main hawala conduits who used to generate and receive funds from Pakistan, ISI, UAE and had floated various shell companies to disguise foreign remittances for further transfer to separatist leaders and stone pelters in the valley.
These funds were used to fuel unrest in the Kashmir valley and organise violent agitations and anti-India activities which resulted in large scale violence leading to numerous injuries and deaths of civilians and security forces.
New Delhi: Rs 200 crore was pumped into the Kashmir Valley between 2016 and 2017 to fuel the unrest and also aide terrorists. Out of this the Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief Hafiz Saeed alone funded Rs 12 crore.
The National Investigation Agency said in its chargesheet that the role of the Pakistan high commission in fuelling the unrest is complicit. The 12,000 plus page chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency, details the role played by the High Commission.
Hafiz Saeed was the mastermind and ably backed by Syed Salahuddin. Together they came up with a plan of funding the unrest and terrorism in the Kashmir Valley which was on the boil since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani.
The arrest of Salim Khan and his subsequent interrogation has given the UP ATS a lot of information which also includes on how the ISI planned the unrest in Kashmir. Khan a Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative was arrested in Mumbai last week and then taken to UP as he wanted in several cases there.
The Enforcement Directorate filed a chargesheet in a money laundering case against terror groups and separatists operating in Kashmir and Pakistan. The ED named the likes of Hafiz Saeed, the chief of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, it did not take the names of any separatist leader. Read more
As the National Investigation Agency probes into funding of separatists in the Valley, it would be interesting to revisit a 2006 probe. The probe was relating to Nasir Shafi Mir who is accused of funding several Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir.
The name of Nasir Shafi Mir is back on the table as the National Investigation Agency probes the funding to the Hurriyat Conference to create unrest in the Valley. Mir a double agent is considered to be the financial brain behind funding the unrest in Kashmir.
Mir was arrested in 2006, but managed a sensational escape after he jumped parole. The details of this escape are not only sensational, but murky as well. During the probe in 2009, the name of a former Union Cabinet Minister had cropped up. The minister had taken up the case with the government regarding Mir’s release after Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq had put this as one of the pre-conditions for entering into a dialogue.
The National Investigation Agency on the hot pursuit of a double agent who may have been the link between Pakistan and the separatists. Nasir Shafi Mir who was once roped in by Indian agencies to be a go in between for the Hizbul Mujahideen also worked for the ISI.
The Pakistan Army was hit badly after India pounded posts across the Line of Control which were helping terrorists infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir. The operation was the need of the hour considering Pakistan was stepping up infiltrations in a bid to further the unrest in the Valley.