Former JNU student leader Shehla Rashid on Thursday admitted that her tweets about alleged harassment by the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir were based on hearsay. During a media briefing, the 'activist' was exposed as the media questioned about proof of her claims about the statements she made where she alleged that Indian Army was harassing people of Kashmiri. She also dared the Indian Army to conduct an inquiry on what she had claimed in her tweets.
"I have said whatever I have said based on authentic conversation with people who have absolutely no reason to lie. One of the largest armies in the world has reacted to my statement. Let the Indian Army conduct an inquiry and if people are found guilty then the Indian Army should give us an assurance that guilty will be punished."I stand by my statement. There are gross human rights violation happening, there are medical emergencies, people don't have ambulances...
"No there is no rumour mongering. Since the army has issued a statement let Army initiate an inquiry... I will depose before them. I will give the evidence when the Indian Army constitutes an inquiry, I will give the evidence then," she said, going on to fume at the media asking her for her fatal fake news which was called out by the Indian Army.
On August 19, soon after Rashid made her claims about Kashmir, the Indian Army in a statement tore apart her claims."Allegations levelled by Shehla Rashid are baseless and rejected. Such unverified and fake news is spread by inimical elements and organisations to incite unsuspecting population," the Army stated. Rashid had alleged that the Army had tortured Kashmiris and even harrassed them by destroying their food supply.
Rashid was given the platform to amplify her position on Kashmir by the Opposition on Thursday. Several Opposition parties, including the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the DMK, protested to demand the release of political leaders under detention in Jammu and Kashmir.Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja, SP leader Ramgopal Yadav, Loktantrik Janata Dal's Sharad Yadav, RJD's Manoj Jha and TMC's Dinesh Trivedi were also present.