Srinagar, Jun 13: Authorities have decided to make additional deployment of security personnel in sensitive places on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, with police and civil administration have been directed to monitor the situation closely on the festival in Kashmir.
Sources told Kashmir News Service that the government has directed police and district civil administration officers to be available at their district headquarters to monitor the situation on Eid-ul-Fitr.
Sources said the government has directed these officers not to leave the headquarters, without the prior permission of the designated authorities.
This step according to sources has been taken to keep proper vigil on the situation.
One of the top Police officials said that adequate security arrangements will be made across the state to avoid any law and order problem.
“The activities of all those youth who had been arrested, released on the charges of stone pelting in the past are being properly monitored,” the police official said.
“There will be additional deployment of security forces in various place in Srinagar, Sopore, Tral, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and other places that witness frequent protests,” the official maintained.
A senior official said police was committed to ensure peaceful upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.
“We are well prepared to deal with any situation and nobody will be allowed to disturb law and order,” he said.
Meanwhile sources said that the government was unlikely to release political prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr.
Hurriyat leaders have demanded the release of all the political prisoners before the Eid.
A senior police official wishing anonymity said that police was yet to take any decision over releasing of any political prisoners. “Moreover it was outside the domain of police to release any prisoner on its own. No such decision has been taken since we have to adhere the court orders before releasing any prisoner,” he said.
When asked police had released some political prisoners and stone pelters before the Eid in the previous years, he replied, “There is nothing such and they would have been released as per the court orders. Before Eid if any prisoner is released, it will be on the court orders,” the official maintained.
Release all prisoners before Eid: Hurriyat (M)
Srinagar, Jun 13: Demanding the immediate release of thousands of political prisoners lodged in various jails in and outside the Kashmir, Hurriyat (M) demanded unconditional release of all the prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr stating that the plight of Kashmiri prisoners was disappointing.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Hurriyat (M) said that people irrespective of their age as from 80-year-old to minors to women, continue to remain lodged in various prisons and majority of them are without trial and deprived for the all the basic facilities guaranteed in their respective jail manual.
Hurriyat (M) said that prolonging the detention of prisoners is nothing but a “political vendetta to break their resolve” but time has proved that all the inmates have shown a tremendous courage and patience despite remaining in prisons for decades together.
Hurriyat (M) said that in Kashmir, repression is being unleashed through military might to muzzle the rights of people and to force them into a submission.
It said that Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various prisons that include Kotbalwal, Central Jail Srinagar, Tihar Jail Delhi, Udhampur, Kahtua, Hira Nagar and other prisons are facing tremendous hardships and even basic healthcare is not available to them.
Hurriyat Conference (M) said that the height is that Kashmiri prisoners are being kept with the hardcore criminals thereby raising the risk of them being getting killed or injured as seen a few months back in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. It said that to crush the sacred struggle of Kashmir, Delhi let loose NIA and ED to arrest resistance leaders that include Shabir Shmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehrajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmed Watali, Shahid Yousuf Shah and others who have been framed in fictitious cases and continue to lodged in Tihar Jail without any justification and trial.
Hurriyat (M) said likewise, there are hundreds of prisoners, who are lodged in various prisons since past over ten, and twenty years that include Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Dr Muhammad Shafi Shearti, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Showkat Ahmed Khan, Abdul Gani Goni, Lateef Ahmed Waza, Javaid Ahmed Khan, Mehmood Topi Wala, Iftikhar Mirza, Feroz Ahmed, Pervez Ahmed Tariq Ahmed Manzoor Ahmed, Muhammad Aslam Wani, Muzafar Ahmed Dar Muhammad Ayoub Mirza, Nisar Hussain, Lateef Ahmed Waza, Muhammad Lateef Budgami and dozens others who continued to stay lodged miles away from their homes in scorching heat. The Hurriyat said the other political prisoners that include Masrat Alam Bhat, Sirajudin Mir, Abdul Rashid Mughloo, Mir Hafzuallh, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yosuuf Mir, Tariq Ahmed Dar, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Asadullah Parray, Shaokat Hakeem, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Bilal Ahmed Kota, Farooq Towheedi, Ali Muhammad Bhat, Muhammad Yosuf Mir, Shakeel Ahmed Bhat, Abdul Gani, Muhammad Subhan Wani, and others who have been booked under draconian PSA and continue to languish in prisons and various police stations.
Hurriyat Conference (M) said 18 youth who belong to downtown, have been booked in the case of DySP killing also continues to remain behind the bars. Similarly, the Hurriyat said that woman resistance leader Asiya Andrabi and her close aide, Fehmeeda Sofi also continues to remain lodged in the prison. It said that leaders that include Sirajudin Mir and Abdur Rashid Mughloo too have been slapped with PSA and are languishing in Kotbalwal Jail while as Sheikh Nazir Ahmed is also being forced to spend lifer in the prison.
Hurriyat (M) appealed international community and world human rights bodies to take cognizance of the plight of Kashmiri prisoners and to play their role in ensuring their release by building pressure on the GoI and also help stop the ill treatment to these prisoners.
New party in the offing: Faesal wants public money for ‘clean politics’
Srinagar, Jan 23: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal Wednesday launched a crowd-funding campaign for “clean politics and corruption-free administration” in Jammu and Kashmir hinting towards his plans to float his own political party.
The 2010-batch topper of the UPSC civil services exam said it was a “people’s movement for change”.
“Be a part of this journey for clean politics and corruption-free administration in J&K. Support Shah Faesal with your small donations,” he tweeted.
Faesal, who resigned from government service earlier this month, gave a bank account number for contributions and said payments could also be made through e-wallet.
Taking to a social networking site Facebook, Faesal wrote: “I had never imagined that my small act of defiance to highlight political deadlock in Jammu and Kashmir would evoke such a response across the world.”
He added that he had never thought that his “dream of clean politics and corruption-free administration” in J&K would take the shape of a “public movement”. “Respecting the public sentiment, I have decided to chart my independent political journey. And now in this new phase of public service, my mission is to support the true cause of humanity, stand up for the poor, marginalized and dispossessed and speak up for injustices, wherever in this world, irrespective of caste, colour, region, and religion,” he wrote.
Faesal said he imagined a politics where youth can “lead the change and take charge of their future”.“I wish to partner with a new generation of young leaders who can stand up for human rights, environment, free speech and rule of law. My idea is to seek help from the people of India, build alliances with the Indian civil society and intellectual class to humanize the narrative around Kashmir conflict so that lasting peace can be achieved in J&K State.”
He added that his “mission” was to “truthfully represent aspirations, culture, fears, and dreams” of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, across the world.“I wish to facilitate dialogue between people of various regions of the State – Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Pir Panchal, and Chenab Valley so that an environment of amity and brotherhood can be built. I believe that development and dignity must go together, and we have to work together for giving a sense of security, better education, healthcare, livelihoods, electricity and other civic amenities to people of J&K State.”
“This is a people’s movement and it will be funded by the people. People are the only agencies who will help this succeed. Believe in me, be patient with me in this long and difficult journey and donate for this cause,” he wrote.
Earlier Faesal had resigned dubbing it as protest against “unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union government; the marginalisation and invisiblisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of J&K and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hypernationalism”.
While he has made it clear that he would like to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Faesal has not joined any political party so far. Speculation is rife that he might float a new political outfit.
Priyanka Gandhi debuts in active politics: Mehbooba dubs her ‘X factor of 2019 polls’
New Delhi, Jan 23: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has finally taken the plunge into politics, just months ahead of the national election due by May.
Often dubbed the “Brahmastra” or the mythical ultimate weapon of the Congress, Priyanka will debut as the party’s general secretary in charge of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, which pitches her against the ruling BJP’s top two mascots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi–whose constituency Varanasi will be in her share–and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
“I have not sent Priyanka and Jyotiraditya for just two months. I have sent them to take the Congress’ ideology forward in Uttar Pradesh,” Rahul Gandhi told reporters.
Among many noted personalities congratulating Priyanka was former J&K Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who tweeted: “Welcome Priyanka Gandhi to the rough and tumble of politics. She brings with her the grace of Gandhi Nehru lineage and her immense personal charm. Wish her the best. Could she become the Xfactor of 2019 poll battle?”
47-year-old Priyanka, who reminds many of her grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for both her charisma and the stunning likeness, is seen as a natural in politics but she has confined herself to the constituencies of her brother Rahul and mother Sonia Gandhi–Amethi and Raebareli–till now.
In national and state elections since 2004, the mother-of-two has campaigned exhaustively in the family seats where the Gandhis enjoy almost royal status.
Reports say her appointment to a key position reflects the Congress’s realisation that in a politically vital state like Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 parliamentary seats and is considered the route to power at the centre, the party needs to up its game and cannot afford just one in-charge. It is a huge gamble for the Congress, a sign that the party is all for aggressively taking on PM Modi and the BJP in the coming election.
The Congress dropped the Priyanka bombshell in the third para of a press statement that also announced that Jyotiraditya Scindia will be in charge of western UP. The giant announcement came as Rahul Gandhi began a two-day visit to Amethi. Priyanka Gandhi is in New York and is expected to return on February 1.
Congress leaders say Priyanka Gandhi’s arrival in party politics will galvanise the ranks that have been demoralised by the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav move to form an alliance in UP for the national election without the Congress, which has been pitching for a grand opposition alliance to take on the BJP.
Rahul Gandhi commented that the BJP was “panicking”.
The ruling party has been repeatedly targeting Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra, a businessman being investigated for allegedly corrupt land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan. Robert Vadra congratulated his wife in a Facebook post: “Congratulations P… always by your side in every phase of your life.”
In national and state elections since 2004, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has campaigned in the family seats where the Gandhis enjoy almost royal status.
Priyanka Gandhi was always active in decision-making and played a key role in the alliance with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh election. She also reportedly oversaw the party meeting in which her older brother was crowned Congress president.
The BJP shrugged off the Congress announcement. “Rahul Gandhi failed so they need Priyanka as a crutch. Can’t they find anyone beyond that family?” sneered BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
Srinagar-Jammu Highway still closed
Jammu, Jan 23: A massive snow-clearance operation was underway to restore the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar Highway which remained closed for vehicular traffic for the third consecutive day Wednesday, officials said.
The snow clearance operation on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel–the gateway to Kashmir–was started and the snow-clearance operation is going on in full swing, said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic Highway, Pardeep Singh Sen.
An avalanche had also struck the Jawahar Tunnel area on Tuesday, blocking both tubes on Qazigund side.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the Jawahar tunnel stretch of the highway, pressed its men and machines to clear the road of the accumulated snow on Tuesday, Sen said.
“We are expecting the highway to be open for traffic by late afternoon. However, only the stranded vehicles will be allowed to move on the highway once we get the green signal,” he said.
Hundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks, are stranded at various places along the highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, officials said.
They said the road from Banihal, which recorded over two and a half feet of snow, to Jawahar tunnel was also being cleared, while the Banihal-Ramban stretch is almost clear after agencies concerned removed minor landslides and stones which came down at different places due to incessant rains.
After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department said that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.