Kashmiri businessman claims he was instrumental in ensuring presence of Nawaz Sharif in PM Narendra Modi swearing-in ceremony: Report
Watali claimed that the offer of acting as mediator was a ploy by the Hurriyat to “legitimise itself”. The businessman also claimed that he had accompanied People’s Conference (PC) patriarch Abdul Gani Lone during a visit for treatment to the US. During the visit Lone allegedly met former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. During that meeting, Lone allegedly told Bhutto that his first choice would be an independent Kashmir but if left with no options, would prefer to go with India, Watali told NIA, the IE report says.
It has been learnt that Watali had business interests in Pakistan and some Gulf countries. He also revealed that he arranged meetings of Hurriyat leaders at his residence in New Delhi to initiate dialogue between the Centre and separatist leaders on a number of occasions, the report says.