Hafiz Saeed, Salahuddin and Pak Embassy Officials Fomented Violence in Kashmir: NIA

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NIA claims that it has not just relied on the disclosures made by the accused in custody but has also found additional documentary evidence against the Pakistani officials.

New Delhi: A 1200-page chargesheet by the National Investigation Agency with 232 pages of witness testimony and other documentary evidence has blamed Pakistan for the spate of stone pelting, arson and violence in Kashmir.

The chargesheet has not just indicted Syed Salahuddin and Hafiz Saeed for funding terror in Kashmir, but also said that Pakistan High Commission officials were involved in the conspiracy.

"The accused in custody accepted that Pakistan High Commission officials gave them money to carry out stone pelting in Kashmir," a source in the know of the chargesheet told CNN-News18.

NIA claims that it has not just relied on the disclosures made by the accused in custody but has also found additional documentary evidence against the Pakistani officials. NIA officials said they decided not to name them since they have diplomatic immunity and can't be prosecuted.

On the evidence against Saeed, NIA said there is enough evidence to prove that Saeed and Salahuddin were not just arranging funds in Pakistan but were also part of the planning of how it should be routed to Kashmir, through whom.

"Both documentary and oral evidence were gathered by NIA to show that it was in the knowledge of Salahuddin and Syed about how the money was routed and where it was being used," a NIA official said.

Other than Saeed and Salahuddin, 10 people have been named by NIA in its chargesheet. They include Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh, son-in-law of Syed Ali Shah Geelani; spokesperson of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq-led moderate Hurriyat Conference Shahid- ul-Islam; spokesperson of the Geelani-led faction of the Hurriyat Ayaz Akbar; separatists Nayeem Khan, Bashir Bhat alias Peer Saifullah and Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal.

Noted businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali, former JKLF chief Bitta Karate and photo journalist Kamran Yousuf and Javed Ahmed Bhat have also been named by NIA.

NIA has also accused the second rung of separatist leaders of fomenting violence in Kashmir after receiving money from Pakistan. Businessman Zahur Watali has been charged with routing funds. "Several fake companies were created to route money from Pakistan via the Dubai route. These companies would show fraudulent transactions to justify the routing of money from Pakistan to Dubai and from Dubai to Kashmir,” an official elaborated.

The court is due to take cognizance of the chargesheet on the 30th of this month.