Hurriyat terror fundings: Watali says he tried negotiating Kargil conflict
Zahoor Watali continues to make startling claims. Earlier he had claimed that he had got Nawaz Sharif to attend the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Now he says that he offered to negotiate the Kargil conflict.
A prominent Srinagar businessman Zahoor Watali was arrested in the terror funding case.
He said he was closely associated with Hurriyat leader Abdul Ghani Lone. I carried a letter on his behalf to the then prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif in which an offer to mediate the Kargil crisis was mentioned, he said.
He further said that he had accompanied Lone to the US where he met with Benazir Bhutto. At that meeting Lone told Bhutto that his first choice would be an independent Kashmir, but if there was no option then Kashmir should be with India.
Watali is the 8th person to be arrested in the Kashmir terror funding case. He will now be questioned along with the others arrested. There is enough material on hand to suggest that he had played a key role in the funding. He was close to ISI officials and several politicians in Pakistan. He would also pick up money from the high commission and remit it into the accounts of separatists for a commission of 9 per cent, sources also informed.
Earlier he had claimed that he got Nawaz Sharif to attend Narendra Modi's swearing in as Prime Minster. This is a clear diversionary tactic used by Watali who was arrested by the NIA in the terror funding case.
He takes the names of politicians and speaks about how well connected he is. He baffled the NIA when he said that he was instrumental in bringing former Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif to India for Narendra Modi's swearing in as PM in 2014.