United Jehad Council (UJC) chairman Syed Salahuddin's son, who is a doctor with a leading hospital in Srinagar, on Friday debunked former RA&W chief AS Dulat's disclosure on his admission in a medical college and the role played by his father based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
"Dulat's allegations are distortions of the true story floated to malign my father's image," Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Salahuddin's son told the Hindustan Times.
He clarified saying, neither his father called up anyone nor his family members met former chief minister Farooq Abdullah ever for his college admission.
Salahuddin's son claimed he was selected through a common entrance test held for MBBS in 2000. During counselling, he was admitted to a Jammu-based Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences and Hospital.
"My ranking was 92 in the merit list. In first two months of my college in Jammu I was frequented by men from security agencies like IB, sometimes carrying pistol," he said.
He claimed he stopped attending classes and laboratory work. "On the pretext of security investigations, threat and harassment reached to the extent that I stopped my studies and was ready to abdicate my seat," said the doctor.
He claimed his family approached both the Board of Professional Entrance Examination and the local court for migration to Srinagar from Jammu but failed.
"As a last resort, my family approached the government for migration but never met Farooq Abdullah in person ever. Later, I was migrated to Srinagar medical college. A copy of that order is lying with me," said Salahuddin's son, who is a heart surgeon.
"The favour was done because of the security concerns," he added.
Dulat, in an interview to a Delhi-based news channel on Thursday, claimed Salahuddin called up an IB officer in Srinagar to secure a medical seat for his son. He claimed the then CM Abdullah obliged him.
"There is not an iota of truth in these allegations that my father called up anyone in the government. If Dulat thought Salahuddin could be lured in return to favours, then the story of our family would have been different," he said. He accused Dulat of being ill informed. "He (dulat) has run out of his mind," he said.
Meanwhile, the Hizbul Mujahideen also termed Dulat's disclosures "lie taller than Himalayas."
"Salahudin had never contacted any official of government, non-governmental or security agency," said Saleem Hashmi, a spokesperson of the Muzaffarabad-based outfit.
"The remarks are unfounded and that they have been made with a motive of creating doubts in the minds of common people vis-à-vis the freedom struggle of Kashmiris."
The Hizb alleged that "Indian intelligence agencies and policymakers can go to any extent to weaken the freedom struggle."