Srinagar: Independent legislator from North Kashmirs Langate constituency, Engineer Rashid on Saturday made sensational disclosures and said that even he was approached, with an offer of huge funding, by the so called Indian business tycoons who have now proved to be under cover journalists carrying the so called sting operations of Kashmiri leaders.
Rashid however said that he plainly refused the offer because of his principles even though he didn’t doubt the so called Indian businessmen then.
He said that he had forgotten the issue but recalled it only after it was disclosed that some people have carried a sting on some leaders and that is why he wanted to share the story with the people.
Challenging Indian news channel to make the conversation with him public, Er. Rashid told a press conference: Just days before commencing of Budget Session of the state Assembly in Jammu this year our party spokesman Inam-u-Nabi introduced one Muzaffar Ahmad Matoo, a resident of Baramulla, to me saying he has sought time for an important meet with the representatives of business tycoons in Delhi who wanted to discuss many issues of mutual interest.
He offered free air tickets and accommodation in Delhi. However on my refusal to visit Delhi, Mr. Muzafar requested that the said persons will visit Srinagar and want to meet many people including myself. It was in the first week of March 2017 when at the request of middle man Mr. Muzaffar, I along with Inam-u-Nabi visited Hotel Sarover at around 05:00 PM to meet the unknown guests, Rashid said.
One of the so called corporate representatives introduced himself as Jamsheed, the representative of anti-BJP corporate lobby. Muzaffar in his introduction introduced them as representatives of business tycoons. Mr. Jamsheed offered huge financial assistance for our party and in return wanted us to hold protests against demonetization, continuous LOC shelling, refusal by New Delhi to hold talks with Pakistan, unabated human rights violations in Kashmir and attacks by Gaw Rakshaks in different parts of India. However on my persistent answer that I follow the voice of my conscience and dont believe in accepting money for raising genuine issues, the so called representatives of corporates, who also claimed to be sponsoring various teams in IPL, tried to persuade me to help them in exchanging a huge sum comprising old currency notes, which was again rejected by me.
Er. Rashid challenged management of the TV channel to play those audio and video recordings if it truly believes in investigative journalism. He said this has been proven now as more of an immoral operation, aimed at defaming Kashmiris and their indigenous movement.
Er. Rashid also displayed text messages of the middle man, requesting time for the appointment. He also released the phone numbers of the undercover journalists and challenged the TV channel to prove him wrong or otherwise should not abuse and defame Kashmiris by trying to prove as if every Kashmiri is an agent and making money out of the ongoing mass resistance.
He also condemned the behaviour of a journalist who, ignoring all ethics and moral codes of journalism, entered Yasin Maliks bedroom just to provoke him and fabricate a story. Independent MLA accused New Delhi based media of humiliating, defaming and abusing Kashmiris as a tool to gain TRP. (CNS)
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