Enforcement Directorate (ED) under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) attached property worth Rs 1.03 crore of Zahoor AS Watali, a Kashmiri businessman, in the matter of terror financing by Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, Mohd. Yusuf Shah, head of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, and others, officials said on Tuesday.
Watali was found to be involved in fundraising and as a financial conduit for Hurriyat leaders.
As per an official statement, 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.”
In its charge sheet, the NIA alleged that Watali received money from the, Pakistan High Commission here and from a source in Dubai.