Srinagar: Money sent to Srinagar accounts of Firdaus Shah and Nabla Begum; ED alleges money was used for terrorist activities. ED to approach Italy on money transfers for terror funding; Money sent to 2 Srinagar accounts by Pak nationals via Italy.
Less than three weeks before the Uri attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad, the ED sought details on six men from PoK living in Italy for funding terror activities through Hurriyat separatists in Kashmir. The chargesheet submitted by the ED before the district court in Srinagar on August 24 and August 30.
The chargesheet says an Italian remittance firm, Madina Trading, at Corso Garibaldi in Brescia, Italy, has been used by two Hurriyat separatists, Firdous Ahmad Shah and Yar Mohammad Khan, to accept money from the PoK-based men. Shah and Khan have been shown as accused in a money laundering case and charged with raising funds for terrorist activities, holding proceeds of terrorism and waging and attempting war against India in the ED chargesheet.
The charges put the role of Kashmiri separatists in the unrest under the scanner as Shah is the chief of Democratic Political Movement and member of Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s hardline Hurriyat Conference. Also, the same firm, Madina Trading, was used to create a voice over internet protocol account with software firm Callphonex for the 26/11 attackers in 2008.