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Abdullahs’ eroded state autonomy: Sajad Lone

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Srinagar, Apr 15: Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Monday said that NC and Congress are the real architects of diluting Article 370.

“It is time NC ends this theatre of projecting the Abdullahs’ as the safeguards of our special status when they have been the chief architects in eroding J&K’s special status so as to hold on to power. All previous erosions have taken place either during the Congress rule or NC rule. Having weakened our special status between 1954-1996, the NC-Cong duo are now busy projecting themselves as the protectors of our special identity”

Reiterating that Article 370 is a special set of guarantees extended to the state of J&K to become part of the Indian Union, Sajad said that only reversing erosions can bring peace to the valley.

 

“Rather than launching frequent assaults on the special identity of J&K, the government should explore non-military measures to arrest the trend of growing alienation among the people of the state. The only non-military measures that can bring a semblance of peace in the valley is to reverse the erosions taken place during Congress & NC governments. If Delhi is serious in addressing the growing alienation in the valley, it has to look at a systemic and gradual reversal of all past erosions so as to bring Article 370 back to its original pristine form,” he said

Addressing party workers in Kangan, Sajad said that Omar Abdullah, as foreign minister of the BJP government between 1999-2002, travelled across the world capitals to put forward the BJP government’s view point on Kashmir.

“The BJP government’s manifesto and ideology today and in 1999 was the same. They believed in abrogation of article 370 then and they believe in it now. The question that we want to put to Omar Abdullah is that he was the Junior foreign minister. His job specifically at that time was to be the poster boy of that regime. May we remind him it was the time when human rights violations were at its peak. Let him tell the people—what all did he advocate when he went to foreign capitals as the poster boy of that BJP regime. One we know that he stressed that there were no human rights violations in Kashmir. Second let him tell us that did he advocate abrogation of Article 370 when he went to foreign capitals—that was the official policy at that time. This person who wants us to believe that he is the sole warrior against the BJP turns out to be an ex warrior of the BJP and will be a warrior in the future as well”, he added.

Sajad said that the NC is panicked by the impending rejection by the people and has gone into an overdrive in terms of theatrics.

“They are bending their back backwards promising the elusive moon to the people of Kashmir. Their political thuggery and political monkeying has no space in the new generation. Change is a reality. Changelessness is curse. And the curse has to go. Change is visible on the dawn and this parliament election will herald the onset of change. The era of lies n deceit has to end”, he added.


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Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP

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Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.

According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.

“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.

 

Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.

“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.

Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)

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Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.

In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.

“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.

 

He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.

He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.

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Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.

Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.

Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.

 

He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.

“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.

He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.

“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.

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