Srinagar: Police on Saturday foiled the hurriedly called press conference of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who later in a live video message on social media challenged an Indian news channel to prove its allegations that he had amassed huge wealth through illegal means in Kashmir.
After police did not allow media persons to enter the Nigeen residence of Mirwaiz, he took to Facebook and Twitter to make his statements.
“Inclusive dialogue among all stakeholders will be conducive way forward for Kashmir’s resolution. However, to subvert this possibility, political strategists have now advised the pre-eminent political class in India to embark upon intricate mind games,” he said.
He said the NIA has been roped in to frame the pro-freedom leadership through fabricated charges into a legal tangle.
“India media is being utilized to facilitate that process further,” he said.
He alleged that the CNN IBN channel has since Friday launched a tirade of defamatory broadcasts against him. “Even members of my family are being dragged into this vortex of lies and preposterous allegations,” he said.
“To tarnish my image, false, malicious and virulent propaganda imputing dishonest and underhand dealings to me is being deliberately spread.”
He said that in 1970, the Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid was formed by his late father to restore the mosque to its glory as public donations were not enough for this purpose.
“To meet the needful resources, around 200 shops were built in the vicinity of the mosque,” he said.
“All the financial records are strictly maintained and audited every year and every penny is accounted for. To suggest that any money from the Auqaf is being used by my person or to support stone pelting or damaging schools is most ridiculous,” he said.
He also said that he has no role in the income from the rentals of the shops owned by the Islamia High School in Anantnag.
“Mirwaiz Rasool Shah R.A. under aegis of Anjuman Nusratul Islam in 1899 took the first big step in the field of education and literacy for the people of Kashmir by setting up a chain of schools across the valley. These schools which I as the President of the Anjuman head are being run by a team of selfless and dedicated board of members, which mostly cater to poor segment of society where hundreds of orphans and children of the martyrs get free education,” he said.
He said that claims that he owns property in Ali Masjid, Nawab Bazaar and Nishat areas as baseless.
“As for my assets and income, I live in a house built by my father in 1978 with my mother. My father in 1980 had built a line of 17 shops in Rajouri Kadal. A building atop the shops was rented out by him to the J&K Bank. Rentals from both the bank and the shops are shared by his children after his death in 1990. In 1992, I built six shops in Lal Bazaar area the rentals from which go to my bank account,” he said.