SRINAGAR — Jailed Tehreek-i-Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmad Shah has ridiculed the National Investigation Agency’s recent claim that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Waheed Parra paid money to him, his family said on Thursday.
In a telephonic conversation with his wife from Tihar, Shah has expressed anger and anguish over the news and has denied the allegation of taking Rs Five Crore from Parra.
He, according to a handout released by his family, has said that such “ridiculous statements” are nothing but an attempt at his character assassination.
He has said that while the other Hurriyat leaders also continue to be lodged in Tihar over “false accusations of receiving money from Pakistan”, the NIA was contradicting its previous claims.
He has said that had the Government of India any evidence to prove the charges, his case would not have lingered in the court for four years without even framing of charges.
“They are well aware that the charges stand no ground in the court. Fabricated charge sheets of thousands of pages cannot be proven. The delaying tactics of the state are well known.”
On the recent warm-up between Pakistan and India, he said, “We encourage a fruitful dialogue between Kashmir, India, and Pakistan and support any steps taken to solve the dispute peacefully.”