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Shehla Rashid Dismisses Estranged Father’s Allegations Of Corruption

Abdul Rashid Shora claimed that Shela Rashid took a bribe amounting to Rupees three crores to join politics in J&K.

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Shehla Rashid Dismisses Estranged Father’s Allegations Of Corruption
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Shehla Rashid Dismisses Estranged Father’s Allegations Of Corruption

Abdul Rashid Shora, the estranged father of former student leader Shehla Rashid, on Monday levelled serious allegations against her, demanding that a probe be initiated into her NGOs and also accused her of having taken a huge bribe for joining politics in the Kashmir Valley, a charge denied by her.

Shehla termed her father's statement "absolutely disgusting and baseless" and claimed that he resorted to making such comments after a court barred him entry into their Srinagar house on November 17 in response to a complaint filed by the family against him under domestic violence.

Releasing a three-page letter addressed to the Director General of Police at a press conference in Jammu, Shora claimed that he is facing a threat to his life from Shehla, her security guard, sister and her mother.

"She had taken Rupees three crore to join politics in Kashmir from former MLA Engineer Rashid and businessman Zahoor Watali (both of whom were arrested last year by the National Investigation Agency for their alleged involvement in terror funding case)," Shora claimed.

Shehla, a former JNU student leader, joined politics and became a founding member of JK Political Movement floated by IAS topper turned politician Shah Faesal. However, she later announced her "dissociation with the electoral mainstream in Kashmir" last year.

Shora has also demanded a probe into the NGOs, being run by Shehla, and the bank accounts of his daughters and their mother. However, in response Shehla tweeted, "Many of you must have come across a video of my biological father making wild allegations against me and my mum and sis. To keep it short and straight, he's a wife-beater and an abusive, depraved man. We finally decided to act against him, and this stunt is a reaction to that."

"My mother has tolerated abuse, violence and mental torture all her life. She has kept quiet for the sake of respect for the family…now that we have started speaking up against his physical and mental abuse, he has started abusing us too," Shehla said, requesting everyone to ignore Shora’s claims.

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