Hurriyat terror financier Zahoor Watali arrested in Srinagar

The National Investigation Agency today arrested Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in connection with the funding of terrorists and separatist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The arrest comes after the agency conducted extensive raids across 12 locations in Srinagar and parts of North Kashmir in connection with the case. Multiple locations in Srinagar, Handwara, Kupwara and Baramulla belonging to the relatives and employees of Watali were raided. The raids unearthed highly incriminating material pertaining to the receipt of funds by Zahoor Watali from foreign sources, and their further distribution to the terrorists and separatists in the Valley for anti-India activities. Earlier, on 3rd June, 2017, the NIA had searched Zahoor Watali’s house in Srinagar and seized incriminating documents pertaining to several financial transactions and land deals. The property documents seized revealed massive cash transactions- both sales and purchases.


In May, India Today had done a major expose in which several top Kashmiri separatists were caught on camera confessing to receiving funds from Pakistan. The money was used by separatists, including Hurriyat leaders, to foment unrest in Kashmir. Caught on camera were Hurriyat’s provincial President (Geelani Faction) Naeem Khan, Tehreek-E-Hurriyat’s leader Gazi Javed Baba and JKLF Chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar (Bitta Karate). After the sting was aired, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) swung into action, Naeem Khan, Bitta Karate and 5 other separatists were arrested for taking hawala money from Pakistani sources.

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