Srinagar, July 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the lawyer of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has denounced the allegations by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) against his client terming them as an exercise to malign the JKLF chief.

The NIA in a so-called report alleged that Muhammad Yasin Malik amassed properties worth millions of rupees through cross-LOC trade and other means. Denying the allegations, Malik’s lawyer Raja Tufail told a media outlet that “They have tried to dig up every evidence and to stick various properties on him, but have failed. You visit his house and you will know.” The lawyer slammed the bid to malign him.

The NIA alleged that Muhammad Yasin Malik got Rs 15 lakh from a businessman, Zahoor Watali on April 7, 2015, and that some of the money was used to fuel uprising in the Valley in 2016.

Rejecting the allegation, Tufail said, “In this whole transaction, Yasin Malik was just a witness. Watali gave money to someone and Malik was a witness. The transaction happened in the presence of a lawyer. Malik told this to the NIA.”

On one of the properties listed by the NIA, a mall at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Tufail said, “As far as that mall is concerned, they have questioned almost the entire Srinagar and haven’t got a single document to support their narrative. He doesn’t have any property in Srinagar. He had land in Kokernag. He sold that land to give money to his sister’s son to run his business.”

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