Srinagar: Tightening the grip on terror funding in Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will file a chargesheet against several Kashmiri separatist leaders including Yasin Malik of the JKLF on Wednesday.

On April 4, 2019, Malik was arrested for creating unrest in Kashmir during the separatist agitations in 2010 and 2016 that followed after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. The killing of Burhan Wani saw a cycle of unrest and clashes in the valley that continued for months and saw close to about 100 people being killed.

The NIA in 2017, arrested several separatists belonging to the Hurriyat Conference for their role in terror funding. The agency also arrested Zahoor Watali, a Srinagar businessman.

Prominent separatist leaders arrested by the NIA include Shabir Shah, Naeem Khan, Masarat Alam, Asiya Andrabi, Aftab Hilali alias Shahid ul Islam and Altaf Shah alias Fantoosh.

Yasin Malik was part of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), which led agitations in Kashmir. The chargesheet accuses Malik of having links with Hafiz Muhammad Sayeed, who has been declared a global terrorist for his role in Mumbai attacks and terrorism in Kashmir.

The NIA chargesheet says Malik had visited the camps of the LeT in Muree in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and addressed the LeT cadres there. The chargesheet also cites an email by Malik in which he had e-mailed the reports of LeT, TuM and Kashmir Conference to one Parvez Ahmed.

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