Crackdown on terror-related properties in the valley continues with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attaching lands and properties belonging to members of terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen. The agency has attached 9 kanals of land belonging to Hizbul operator Ghulam Nabi Khan alias Amir Khan and 3 kanals of land owned by Zafar Ullah Khan, Hizbul Financial Chief. Both the terrorists operate from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The attached properties are in Pahalgam, J&K. Sources in the agency say, both the Hizbul terrorists are major financiers for the terrorist organisation in the valley. During the investigation, the agency came across certain land deals of the terrorists. Properties of both the terrorists which include around 12 kanals of land have been attached under various provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act. This is not the first time that the agency has attached properties of terrorists in the valley. ED had attached one immovable property of accused Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, located in Gurugram, having a value of Rs 1.03 crore under provisions of PMLA.
The agency has a list of 24 properties linked to Srinagar based businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali and Hafiz Saeed. Zahoor Watali has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the terror funding case. These properties are spread across J&K and other parts of the country. According to NIA sources, a prominent businessman like Watali has been the conduit for separatists based in the valley. NIA and ED have shared their findings with each other. In fact, NIA has taken the help of ED officers while probing the terror funding case. ED suspects a substantial part of the money has come through Hafiz Saeed led Hizbul Mujahideen for terror activities in India. Sources in the agency say that this is an ongoing investigation and more arrests and attachment are likely to take place.