Kupwara: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday attached the property of Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in Kupwara district. He is a Kashmiri businessman and was involved in a terror funding case.
Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali was arrested by NIA in 2017 under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in a case pertaining to the terrorist and secessionist activities that disturbed the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
An NIA official said the action was taken on the orders by Special NIA Court, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi, dated May 31.
According the NIA, Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali along with others were the fund raisers and financial conduits of terrorism. NIA’s chargesheet the investigation revealed that the secessionists were mobilizing funds from all possible sources to fuel unrest and support the ongoing secessionist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. These secessionists were funded by Pakistan based terror organizations and local donations.
During NIA’s investigation, it was found that Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, was receiving funds from Hafiz Saeed, head of Jamat-ud-Dawa. These funds were given to Hurriyat leaders, separatists and stone pelters in Jammu and Kashmir.
Last year the NIA court had framed charges against Watali and others under IPC and UAPA.