Kashmir terror funding case: NIA files chargesheet against Hafiz Saeed, 11 others

Kashmir terror funding case: NIA files chargesheet against Hafiz Saeed, 11 others

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed charges under stringent anti-terror laws against seven jailed Kashmiri separatist leaders for allegedly conspiring with Pakistan-based terrorist leaders Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin to wage war against India to secede Jammu and Kashmir.

National Investigation Agency's (NIA) chargesheet against Kashmiri separatists has made a massive allegation against Pakistani embassy officials.

Besides Saeed, Salahuddin and Watali, the agency has also named hardline pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh, Bashir Ahmad Bhat and photo journalist Kamran Yusuf, who has been identified along with Javed Ahmad Bhat as a stone pelter. While the masterminds Saeed and Salahuddin remain out of reach of the investigators as they are in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, the 10 accused arrested by NIA include 7 Separatist, 1 Businessman and 2 stonepelters who are now in Tihar Jail.

Noted businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali was also arrested by the NIA in the case, which was registered after the valley was rocked by violent protests after Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with security forces in 2016.

NIA Chargesheet of over 12000 pages deciphers the terror funding in Kashmir Valley.

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At a press conference shortly after the NIA filed the chargesheet, Malik said arresting separatists was the government's tactic to have them hold a dialogue with the administration. In the present case, none of the accused were granted bail since their arrest. The investigating agency has also chargesheeted the accused under sections 120B of IPC (criminal conspiracy) and various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

An NIA official said that over 80 witnesses had testified before the agency.

The NIA has claimed that several letterheads of terrorist outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba were recovered from the premises of the accused.

These companies would make fraudulent transactions and route money which eventually funded terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. "All these funds are then pumped by them into fuelling mass violence and terrorist activities so as to cause damage to public property, disrupt the essential services throwing normal life into chaos with an intention to threaten the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India".

While three of them have been formally arrested, the fourth was detained and subsequently let off after he said he would turn approver, the officials had said, declining to divulge their names.

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