New Delhi, Sep 23, 2017: Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah has reportedly confessed to Enforcement Directorate that he was in direct touch with terrorist Hafiz Saeed and also have links with hawala operators in Pakistan who were laundering money to fund militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
The ED filed the charge sheet against Shah, a suspected hawala operator in connection with a 2005 money laundering case filed against him for alleged terror financing.
In its chargesheet, ED said “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.”
It also added that Shah received funds from Pakistan terror outfits to promote terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir and others parts of India.
Shabir Shah further admitted he has no source of income of his own and as such he does not file any ITR regarding his income, ED claimed.
The final report, filed before Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma, also named the alleged hawala dealer Mohammed Alsam Wani, who is in judicial custody along with Shah.
Shah was arrested from Srinagar on July 25 on charges of money laundering.
Shah was arrested by the ED a day after several Hurriyat leaders were taken into custody of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in a case of alleged terror funding in the Valley to fuel unrest.
Investigating agencies like the NIA have cracked down on Hurriyat leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law — Altaf Ahmed Shah, also known as Altaf Fantoosh — and six other Kashmiri separatists.
Wani had then claimed that he had given Rs 2.25 crore to Shah, following which the ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the duo. The agency had arrested Wani on August 6.