The National Investigation Agency said in its chargesheet that the role of the Pakistan high commission in fuelling the unrest is complicit. The 12,000 plus page chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency, details the role played by the High Commission.
What is most ironic is that a lot of the planning took place in New Delhi where the Pakistan High Commission is based. Through 2016-17, the High Commission organised several functions.
For each of these functions, the Hurriyat leaders were invited the NIA says. It was during these functions that the Hurriyat was given directions on how to go about the unrest. Apart from details on how to go about the unrest, funds too were passed on, the NIA says.
Details of these meetings came to light following the seizure of documents from one Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a close aide of Zahoor Watali. The NIA names Watali as the primary mover of money. A businessman from Kashmir, Watali was involved in cross-border trade and also played the middleman to receive funds were channelised through Saudi Arabia.
There were also several instances when the Hurriyat leaders got the funds directly from the Pakistan High Commission. An NIA officer part of the probe said that there was gross misuse of office by the High Commission officials.
It may be recalled an official in the Commission, Mebhoob Akthar was declared persona non grata after he caught receiving sensitive documents pertaining to national security. The official was expelled to Pakistan, but the NIA chargesheet does not name him as he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.