New Delhi: A common link has been found between Hurriyat Leader Firdaus Ahmad Shah and 26/11 attack conspirators, reported newspaper Indian Express.
The newspaper, while quoting unnamed sources from Enforcement Directorate, reported that Shah allegedly received funds from Italy via Western Union Money Transfer agent ‘Madina Trading' in Brescia, Italy, from a sender identified as Javed Iqbal. Iqbal is a Pakistan National, who was charge-sheeted as one of the 35 wanted accused in the 26/11 attack by the Mumbai Police.
In the 26/11 case, Iqbal is alleged to have wired funds for setting up an account with New Jersey-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider Callphonex. Calls between the 26/11 gunmen and their Pakistan-based controllers during the attack were routed through this VoIP account.
However, the Italian police have since learnt that Iqbal's case could be one of the stolen identities as he has also used another money transfer agency in Pakistan.
ED in its chargesheet has charged Shah, Chairman of the Democratic Political Movement, with using money sent from Italy for terror financing. The chargesheet also names Shah's close confidant, Yar Mohammed Khan, sources said.
According to the ED, Shah received more than Rs 3 crore from Italy between 2007 and 2010, which was allegedly used for terror funding. There are 300 instances of money transfers from Italy identified by the ED, sources said.
“They received money from Italy through Western Union Money Transfer. The agent, Madina Trading, and sender, Javed Iqbal, have also cropped up during investigations and are part of the ED chargesheet,” a source confirmed.