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Aslam Wani, hawala dealer and associate of separatist leader Shabir Shah arrested

Continuing with its crackdown on terror in the Kashmir valley, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today arrested Mohammad Aslam Wani. It is alleged that Wani is a hawala operator and he used to transfer money for terrorism and also for creating law and order problems in the Kashmir Valley. Wani is also said to be close to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah. Wani was arrested today in connection with a money laundering case that was filed against Shah around 12 years back. Wani was produced before a Delhi court, post which he was sent to custody till August 14. It may be recalled that multiple summons had already been issued by ED, but Wani never appeared before the investigative agency. After repeated summons went unanswered, the Delhi court issued an arrest warrant in his name.

Wani will now be questioned about his involvement in the money laundering case. It may be recalled that Shabir Shah has already been arrested from Srinagar on July 25. Shah is also being interrogated by the ED. Officials from the ED said that all separatist leaders who have been arrested used to take money from Pakistan and were using the funds to create unrest in the Kashmir Valley. Young people were given Rs 500 per day to throw stones at security forces deployed in the Kashmir Valley. The stone pelting has become synonymous with Kashmir in recent times, something that is an unfortunate development.

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