Accusing the Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah of having been in touch with the Pakistan’s Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday filed a chargesheet against the separatist leader in connection the terror funding case. The chargesheet said Shah received donations in cash from Pakistan to promote terror activities in the Valley.

“Shabir Shah admitted that he talks to Hafiz Saeed over the phone on the issue of Kashmir. He recently spoke to Saeed in January 2017,” ED said in its chargesheet. “Shabir Shah was talking to global terrorist and Pak-based JuD chief Hafiz Saeed on phone and the most recently he did so was in January this year,” added the statement.

The chargesheet was filed before the Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma and it also names hawala dealer Mohammad Aslam Wani, who along with Shah is in judicial custody. According to ED, the 700-page chargesheet was made after statements by 19 eyewitnesses and it says Shah spoke to Hafiz Saeed in January this year. The website IP address of Shabir Shah’s Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party is registered in Peshawar, the ED’s chargesheet further said. Shah was arrested on July 25 on charges of money laundering and also for funding terror activities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, in a major crackdown, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested seven separatist leaders from Srinagar for their involvement in terror funding case from across the border in Pakistan. Also in June, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) seized over Rs 1 crore during nearly two dozen raids conducted at various locations in Srinagar, Delhi, and Haryana.

NIA had also initiated a preliminary inquiry against Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and his close aide and Hurriyat provincial President Nayeem Khan after he in a TV sting operation confessed that Hurriyat leaders have been receiving funds from Pakistan for subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley.

First Published | 23 September 2017 11:45 PM
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