MHA seeks ED report in Hurriyat connection with 26/11 funds

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 21, 2015 04:54 IST

The Union home ministry on Monday sought a report from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on its claim about a common link between the money received by Firdous Ahmad Shah, a member of Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s hardline Hurriyat Conference, and financiers of the 26/11 attack.

“We have sought a report from the ED on the issue,” a senior home ministry official said. “We may also ascertain whether any other member of Hurriyat also received funds from the same source,” the official added.

The ED, which recently filed its first charge sheet in a money laundering case in the Kashmir Valley, has alleged that Shah, chairman of Democratic Political Movement, received over Rs 3 crore between 2007 and 2010.

The money was received allegedly from ‘Madina Trading’ in Brescia, Italy, and the sender was said to be Javed Iqbal, a resident of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

The name of Madina Trading had cropped up during the investigation of 26/11 Mumbai attacks when it was found that a payment sent by Javed Iqbal was wired to Callphonex via Western Union Money Transfer.

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