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Srinagar, July 4: Abid Raza Ansari, the legislator from Zadibal Constituency of Srinagar city, who distanced himself from PDP Wednesday leveled grave allegations against Mehbooba Mufti and her ‘loyalists’ claiming that at least 14 PDP legislators are mulling to leave the party.
“I am in touch with at least 14 PDP legislators who are dissatisfied and mulling to leave the party. Third Front can’t be ruled out,” Ansari said.
Ansari while targeting Naeem Akhtar, Pirzada Mansoor, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra and Sartaj Madni said the party that was established by late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed offering his blood was ruined by her ‘incapable’ daughter and other members.
Abid Raza Ansari, as per news agency CNS, said Mehbooba Mufti and her loyalists humiliated every MLA from time to time.
“Mehbooba groomed Naeem Akhtar who ruled the roost. Akhtar who was not elected by people interfered in every constituency and didn’t allow Ministers and legislators to function smoothly. Akhtar indulged in corruption and bought 250 kanals of land in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district. The matter needs to be investigated. He along with Pirzada Mansoor, Sartaj Madni, Farooq Andrabi misguided Mehbooba Mufti,” alleged Ansari adding that every PDP legislator faced humiliation at the hands of either Nayeem Akhtar or Pirzada Mansoor.
He said it was mandatory for every PDP legislator to inform or meet Pirzada Mansoor first before meeting Mehbooba Mufti. “Mehbooba rarely had time for any MLA. It was Mansoor who was calling shots directing PDP legislators what to do and what not to do. Many MLA’s faced humiliation when Mehbooba didn’t lend ear to their grievances and instead asked them to consult Pirzada Mansoor,” he said adding the biggest humiliation was that elected representatives were ruled by a defeated candidate.
“One day a team of 11 MLA’s went to meet Mehbooba Mufti. I was part of that team and we all had multiple grievances. Instead of addressing our grievances, she insulted us and accused us of hatching a conspiracy to dethrone her. Her immaturity befuddled us all,” Ansar said.
In a scathing attack on Sartaj Mandni, the disgruntled legislator said he violated all the norms to adjust his son in a department. “Madni is a contractor who only knows how to maximize profits.”
Ansari alleged that Mehbooba Mufti gave too much importance to some of her loyalists. “A quota of 250 seats were given to Waheed-ur- Rehman Parra and he adjusted his nears and dears in Jammu Kashmir Bank, Jammu Kashmir Police, Youth Service and Sports and other departments,” Ansari alleged.
Ansari claimed that nobody was taken into confidence when Tasaduq Mufti was launched by Mehbooba Mufti. “We did not even know that Mufti Sayeed had a son. Mehbooba is no match to her father. Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was a great leader who respected every party worker.”
Ansari alleged that Mehbooba’s loyalists encouraged corruption in every department. “Vice Chairmen were nominated through corrupt means and most of them were defeated candidates. A simple doctor was appointed as Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation. He was sent to JK House in New Delhi and in his place, another relative of Mehbooba was assigned the job of Commissioner SMC. Without tender, the contract for Government Medical College Dooru Ananatnag was assigned to a sycophant. Smart City project was kept in abeyance because Mehbooba’s loyalists didn’t find any person who could fill up their coffers to their content,” Ansari alleged and said that a transfer industry was created to mint money from top officials.
Ansari said that a hardworking doctor at SKIMS was removed as Director to pave way for a person who was close to PDP lobby. “The remote of SKIMS is with one Dr Wani who is in London. Mehbooba wanted him to bring here but later changed mind,” he said.
He challenged Mehbooba Mufti to show a single point in Agenda of Alliance that was implemented in letter and spirit. “During PDP-BJP rule, the economy of Kashmir suffered extensively,” Ansari said. (CNS)

CNS Kashmir is the most credible and largest circulated news agency of Jammu Kashmir. CNS came into being in 1995 with an avowed objective to report objectively, impartially without any bias.


Non-NC governments in J&K weakened State’s Special Status: Omar



Beerwah, Jan 16 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that state’s special status was tampered with whenever NC remains away from the power corridors of the state.

While speaking to a gathering of party workers at a one day party convention in Beerwah constituency he said that non-NC governments in J&K have proved detrimental to the special status of state. “The basic structure of the state was entirely obliterated by the opportunistic forces that got a field day because of our absence. From 1953 to 1974, 37 amendments were made to the state constitution making a pale shadow of what it used to be before 1953,” he said.

Omar said the very identity of our state is facing an onslaught from all sides and the severity of the situation demands a strong mandated government of National Conference that will put up a strong front for safeguarding our special position. “Prime Minister Narender Modi insulted Late Mufti Syed in an open public platform. This would have impossible in a scenario if PDP had the numbers to run the government on its own. We have never seen such a thing happening in other states, where a sitting chief minister was publically humiliated,” he said adding that primary reason for that was a fractured mandate compounded with the fact that other alliance partners are always bound by central whip of party, which severely affects the working and maneuverability of government.


Omar said, “Coalition governments in J&K has proved detrimental to state’s interests and that the need of the hour is to have a strong nucleus to carry forward the agenda of peace, development and reconciliation.”

Among others Political Adviser to Omar Abdullah Tanvir Sadiq, Prof Abdul Majeed Mattoo, Muhammad Ibrahim Mir, Mirwaiz Central Kashmir Molvi Lateefullah, and Muhammad Amin Banday were also present on the occasion.

Omar asserted that National Conference is the only party with a clear road map to address internal and external dimensions of J&K.

Later Omar Abdullah visited many areas of the constituency amidst heavy snowfall. He made stopovers at various places where people apprised him about the issues concerning the constituency. He gave them a patient hearing and promised all possible help.

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Governor’s statement on Operation All Out far from reality: Joint Hurriyat



Srinagar, Jan 16:Joint Hurriyat  comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has termed the recent assertions of Governor Satya Pal Malik that “there was nothing like Operation All-Out” as far from reality and truth and stated that Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat have time and again claimed that anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir were being carried out under “Operation All-Out.”

The leadership in a statement issued  asked, “If it isn’t Operation All Out then what term would Governor like to give to daily cordon and search operations (CASO) conducted in South, North and Central Kashmir even in such harsh winter when youth are chased and killed while homes are blown up, booking any Kashmiri including youth activists leaders under draconian PSAs and shifting them to jails in and outside the state, confining resistance leaders to homes or jails arbitrarily at will and curbing their space and to connect with people especially those that are killed. Even Kashmiri students studying outside are harassed and targeted”.

Joint Hurriyat said that there are footprints of Indian army and other forces in every nook and corner of the Valley and genuine dissent and people’s voice regarding their sentiment is muzzled forcibly while every peaceful political space and activity is barred or foiled by the state through its military might.


They said that resistance leadership is confined to their homes for months and years together and that the “ultimate repression” is on full display across Kashmir, especially since past three years. “In fact, an all-out assault has been launched on all fronts including the judiciary to quell people’s aspirations and challenge our very existence as a nation,” they said.

“Militarization of the valley and unbridled powers given to forces under black laws especially AFSPA is the main reason behind the worst form of state aggression in Kashmir,” the leaders said.

The leadership said that Rajnath Singh and General Bipin Rawats claim that 200 armed youth are active in Kashmir; seven lakh Indian soldiers are present here. “What justification is there to keep over seven lakh forces in Kashmir to fight this minuscule number, except exert control over people by force?”

Joint Hurriyat said as per the figures available with the resistance camp, 2018 witnessed worst ever rights violations in Kashmir in recent past as 355 armed youth and 161 civilians were killed. “If this isn’t that operation all-out, then what is it?” they asked.

The leadership said that in last year, 4524 civilians especially youth were injured with lethal pellets while as the eyesight of 724 youth was snatched as pellets ruptured their eyes. “How can GoI justify this all?” the leadership questioned.

It said that the GoI’s targeting of the state subject law and article 35-A in a series of petitions lodged in Supreme Court in a bid to change the disputed status of the State is another form of this operation.

Meanwhile, the leadership said that as the hearing in 35-A is slated for January in the Supreme Court, the JRL is in constant touch with various sections of society that includes civil society, traders, academics religious groups, political parties, employees and other sections and a joint program will be announced as the date for hearing is announced.

The leadership said that entire Kashmir in unison will fight every single bid aimed at changing the disputed nature and the demography of the Muslim majority state

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To protect JK’s identity, we have to remain united: Farooq Abdullah



Srinagar, Jan 16: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday asserted that the choice of the people in the forth coming elections will decide their future.

While addressing a meet of party functionaries, workers at Barthana, Batamallo he said, “The state is faced with a critical situation. We are caught between devil and deep sea. And at this time the choice of the people will act as a pointer towards their future,” adding, “We have to show unity amongst ourselves to illustrate how passionate we are about our identity,” he said.

Asserting that there is no substitute to democracy and that in a democracy each life matters, he said, “People are yearning for development and peace. I am sure that with Omar in the forefront of the government, the state will be bequeathed with much needed peace and stability,” adding that safeguarding the interests of the state and its people forms the core of National Conference.


Dr Farooq also paid obeisance at the shrine of Shah Wali Sahab (RA). He prayed for peace and prosperity of the state.

General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, senior leader Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Central Secretary Irfan Ahmad Shah, District president Peer Afaq, Provincial Secretary Showkat Mir and Advisor to Dr Farooq Mushtaq Guroo were also present on the occasion.

Dr Farooq while addressing the workers, who had gathered there braving the chill and incessant snowfall said, “Sher-e-Kashmir always wanted India and Pakistan to live in bonhomie, and that they always wanted all the traditional road connections to be resumed for the benefit of divided families,” adding that National Conference has always been the votary of peace between India and Pakistan.

Dr Farooq sought support of people for ex MLA Batamaloo Irfan Shah. “Service and sacrifice has been the motto of our party and I believe the Irfan shah including our other party functionaries will continue to work for the people keeping in view with the legacy of the party and its founding members,” he said.

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