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Tony Ashai denies ISI links, says never endorsed Kashmir militancy; threathens to sue in US ‘those lying’ about him

“Through my work I have met many celebrities including Imran Khan, Shahrukh Khan and many others. Other than my design work we have never engaged in any other business.”

Srinagar: After a massive tirade launched against him by selective media channels and journalists on social media, Tony Ashai, a Kashmir-born architect living in US has threatened to sue them in California courts if they don’t apologise within 48 hours.

He also dismissed allegations levelling him of being an agent of Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in a string of tweets.

 

“This is the last statement I am putting out here about some Indian Media accusing me of being an ISI agent, JKLF member and instigating violence in Kashmir.

“I have never met anyone in Pakistan Army or ISI in my life and no am not working for any agency.”

“I have never advocated armed rebellion against India or any other country or Individual. In fact am against it. I support people of Kashmir in their struggle to get justice particularly since Aug 5, 2019 after Modi Gov illegally annexed it.”

“I have never been a member of JKLF but I have met some JKLF people in Los Angeles in early 90s and never since then. I have never received any funds from JKLF or any agency for my education, business or activism for justice for Kashmiris. A complete lie.”

“Through my work I have met many celebrities including Imran Khan, Shahrukh Khan and many others. Other than my design work we have never engaged in any other business.”

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

“Now let it be known that if these media journalists do not retract their false stories about me and apologize unconditionally within 48 hours, I will be filing Law Suites against these individuals and journalists in California Courts to prove them wrong (sic),” he wrote in a series of tweets.

Calling Shahrukh Khan an Indian patriot, Ashai told Zee News also said, “I am sure he (Khan) had no clue about my activism for Kashmir. May I also add, I have never met a more patriotic Indian than SRK.”

Calling Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his friend, Ashai said that he knows him for 20 years. He also said that he knows Shah Rukh Khan through work in Dubai, adding that they have never discussed anything political.

He stated, “Yes I have known Imran Khan for the last 20 years and he is my friend before he became PM. I have also know SRK through my work in Dubai and we have never discussed anything political.”

Born in Kashmir, Ashai went to US back in the 80s to pursue his degree in Architecture. 

He is a noted Californian architect who has designed houses of the who-is-who of the world including some of the famous names from Hollywood and Bollywood.

He also teamed up with Dubai-based Orion Holdings, a private-owned residential and commercial property group, to design projects in Jumeirah Village Circle and Dubai Silicon Oasis in UAE.

His company Ashai Design Corporation has done large scale projects in India, Pakistan, and Dubai. In California, Ashai lives with his wife, daughter, and son.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asked Bollywood to “renounce its links with Pakistan’s spy agency ISI after pictures of several film stars posing with known anti-India activists abroad, surfaced on social media.”

On Wednesday, BJP vice president Baijayant Panda, more popularly known as Jay Panda, created a flutter on social media by asking some unnamed Bollywood personalities to come clean on their alleged links with the ISI.

“Came across shocking threads documenting personal & business links of some Bollywood personalities with certain Pakistanis & NRIs with undeniable track record encouraging violence in J&K, who have verifiable links to ISI & Pak army. I urge patriotic Bollywoodies to renounce them (sic),” Jay Panda wrote on Twitter.

The BJP leader from Odisha did not name anyone but his tweet followed a Twitter thread by a Al iskandar and tweets from one Twitter handle @TheSkandar.

In a barrage of tweets, Al iskandar claimed that there’s a link between Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and Tony Ashai, who he claimed has allegedly been instigating the Kashmiri youth to take up arms against government forces.