Terror funding: Arrested Kashmiri tycoon Zahoor Watali has properties worth crores in Dubai, Britain, says NIA

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the terror funding case has reportedly identified assets worth crores of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali.

As per NIA, Watali has properties worth crores in Britain and Dubai.

Watali was arrested by the NIA slueths on the charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone-pelting in Kashmir. He is said to be close to hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

As per report, the NIA in its investigation also found out that Watali met Pakistan High Commissioner in a reported bid to incite further unrest in the Valley.

Earlier on August 16, the NIA conducted searches at a dozen locations in Jammu and Kashmir, including the house of Watali.

An NIA spokesperson said in New Delhi that officials searched the premises belonging to the family, relatives and aides of Zahoor Watali – an influential Kashmiri businessman known to be friends with Pakistani leaders and separatists as well as mainstream politicians in Kashmir.

Former Pakistan-administered Kashmir Prime Minister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhary had attended the marriage ceremony of Watali’s son at the businessman’s residence in the posh Srinagar neighbourhood of Baagaat. His business empire is reportedly spread in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Dubai.

The central probe agency had arrested seven persons on July 24 in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest.

The NIA had alleged that money was being raised to fund separatist and terror activities in J&K.

The agency had claimed that the accused were waging war against the country and were involved in various offences punishable under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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