Srinagar, April 8: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has expressed deep anguish and concern over the defacement of a Gurdwara located in the Leh area of Ladakh division of Jammu & Kashmir. The Committee has urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to intervene and get the matter solved within shortest possible time.
In a statement issued here, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that some elements who want to divide people in the name of religion have defaced the Gurdwara Pathar Sahib located at an altitude of 12,000 feet in Leh. Raina said that the outer structure of the Gurdwara has been defaced by these divisive elements.
“Symbols associated with Sikhism have been replaced by symbols denoting Hindu religion and Buddhism. This action tantamount to interference in religious matters of Sikhs and the members of the community would not keep quiet over this issue. The people at helm should take the matter seriously and solve it as well,” said Raina.
The APSCC Chairman said that nobody has any right whatsoever to change the nomenclature of a religious place belonging to some other religion. He said that there is a strong resentment over this move and if the issue is not solved then the things may go out of control.
“The Gurdwara Pathar Sahib has historical importance as it is linked with the travelogues of Guru Nanak Ji. Guru Nanak Dev Ji via Kashmir went to Leh Ladakh to Tibet and Mansarovar and other adjacent areas. Despite this historical importance the divisive elements have started to change the status of the Gurdwara Pathar Sahib,” said Raina.
The APSCC Chairman said that the old writings have been removed from the Gurdwara by the army unit located near the Gurdwara. He said the situation that has arisen may lead to another Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid like issue adding that Sikhs would not act as mute spectators to the whole issue.
“I appeal Governor Satya Pal Malik and Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat to intervene in the matter and order the army men to restore the original status of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib. This would send a strong signal to the people who are hell bent to destroy the secular fabric,” said Raina.
Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark
‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’
Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.
During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.
“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.
Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”
PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir
Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.
In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.
Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.
Two engineers of PDD suspended in B’pora for dereliction of duty
Bandipora, April 22: An Assistant Engineer (AE) and a Junior Engineer (JE) of Power Development Department (PDD) were on Monday suspended for dereliction of duty and putting general public to inconvenience in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, official sources said this afternoon.
They said the engineers were suspended after they failed to adhere to the orders of Deputy Commissioner’s office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience in Ahstengoo village of Bandipora.
They said the inhabitants of village Ashtangoo staged a protest and blocked Bandipora-Sopore Road today against PDD for not replacing the power transformer. However, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza directed both the engineers telephonically to reach on spot and sort-out the issue with the agitators who had blocked the road.
However, the engineers did not adhere to the orders of this office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience. Later it was also found that the concerned JE was absent from duties without any leave as confirmed from the Executive Engineer.