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Srinagar, Apr 26: Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday said that Aman Ullah Khan was a symbol of consistent struggle.
“His vision, ideology, consistency and tireless work for a free Kashmir will remain a corner stone of our struggle for freedom and guide Kashmiri nation for ages to come,” Malik said while speaking in a commemorative meeting held at JKLF headquarters Srinagar today.
To recall the struggle and sacrifices of great Leader Aman Ullah Khan, a remembrance meeting was held today at JKLF headquarter Srinagar in which senior JKLF leaders, activists and admirers of Aman participated with fervor and reverence.
Malik and others leaders participated and addressed the meeting and paid tributes to great legend.
Similar kinds of condolence meetings were held at district offices at Srinagar, Budgam, Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kulgam, and Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian and some districts in Jammu region.
Led by JKLF district presidents, participants of the meetings paid tributes to Aman Ullah Khan.
It is worth to mention that similar meetings are being held in various cities of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Memorial meetings are also scheduled in various parts of the globe including UK, Europe, USA, UAE and various cities of Pakistan.
Terming Aman Ullah Khan as ‘a legend, visionary and symbol of unity’, Malik said that Aman Ullah Khan was a noble son of soil who from his youth till the time of his demise stood firm against illegal occupation of his land and despite numerous challenges and hardships never budged or compromised on his principles or ideology.
“He was an ideologue, a great orator, prolific writer, a high class intellectual, a great patriot, a teacher, a political thinker and above all a humble Muslim who wrote many books, pamphlets, papers, columns and used his every ability for upholding the cause of Kashmiris,” Malik said.
He said that Aman Ullah Khan was a person of integrity and hard work who used to work for freedom struggle for 18 hours daily. “He used to stay at office even during night hours and work tirelessly for movement and never cared about his family or children,” Malik said.
Malik said that Aman was not only a great leader who led the nation on political front but an Intelligent and dynamic diplomat who championed the cause of Kashmir on international front too. “He became first Kashmiri to address a press conference and present the case of Kashmiri to the international community at UN office in New York and even distributed Pamphlets regarding Kashmiri freedom struggle during Indian delegation heads address at General assembly. He was truly a pioneer, a herald of free Jammu Kashmir, a bright example of consistent struggle, a prolific politician and an intellectual of great repute, a diplomat and a leader whose struggle and sacrifices will always remain the corner stone of our struggle for freedom and self-determination,” Malik said.
Malik said that life and struggle of Aman is a testimony of his resilience and today when the struggle for freedom has entered into a new phase, we need to look and seek guidance from his life and struggle.
He said that “today when Kashmiris are facing Indian aggression and operation all out is going on to defeat and wipe out Kashmiri resistance, we need to follow the doctrine of unity and steadfastness of Aman Ullah Khan.”
In 1988, when JKLF launched a new phase of resistance, it was Aman Ullah Khan who invited and forged unity with all other parties and groups. Even at his death bed he reunited JKLF and forged an exemplary unity among the resistance camp, JKLF chairman said.
It is unity and consistency which helps weak nations like Kashmir to achieve their goal of freedom and self-determination and Aman Ullah Khan till his last breath believed and strived for these two objectives, added JKLF chairman.
He said that safeguarding unity among Kashmiris and remaining consistent during our endeavor for freedom and self-determination is a commendable tribute Kashmiris can pay to their great leader and benefactor.


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No decision yet on resumption of Cross LOC trade

Govt working on installing truck scanners on trade routes

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Srinagar, May 18: Though they are unlikely to resume the cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade soon, the authorities are working on installing truck scanners at both the trade centres Salamabad in the Kashmir valley and Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch in Jammu.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on April 18 had suspended the cross-LoC trade in J&K, saying that it was being used for “funneling of illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency”.
“As such there is no order to resume the LOC trade but yes work had started on installing truck scanners at both the trade centres Salamabad in Kashmir and Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch in Jammu,” said one of the top government officials.
He said if the trade resumed, the truck scanners will enable the customs department and other agencies to see what is being imported from the other side.
After suspending the LOC trade, the MHA had said that the issue will be “revisited” after a “stricter regulatory & enforcement mechanism” that is being worked out is “put in place in consultation with various agencies”.
Cross-LoC traders and others associated with the trade are demanding the resumption of the business.
Traders has said that they support the government’s every move to put strict and transparent regulatory measure but suspension of trade that took a decade to establish itself is no answer.
“Over the past decade, cross-LoC trade has been our only source of income. Suspension of trade has affected our families. We request government to implement strict regulatory measures and continue trade simultaneously,” said one of the LOC traders.
In October 2008, as a confidence building measure, India and Pakistan agreed to carry out trade along the Line of Control through the Uri-Muzaffarabad route in Kashmir and the Poonch-Rawalakot route in Jammu.
The two countries agreed on a Standard Operating Procedure.
The defining feature of the initiative was that there would be no exchange of money between traders – it would involve the barter system. If a trader in Pakistan sent across goods worth five lakh Indian rupees to a trader on the Indian side, that trader would send back goods of the same value as payment.
It is to mention here that the initiative was launched during the tenure of the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government, its seed was planted in 2004, in the peace process initiated by the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf.
Cross-LoC trade was the second confidence-building measure between India and Pakistan after a cross-LoC bus service, which was launched in 2005.
For security agencies, cross-LoC trade has always attracted strict surveillance. They have, over the years maintained that they seized weapons, fake currency and narcotics being transported from the other side.

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B’pora teacher still missing; family protests for whereabouts

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Srinagar, May 18: The family members and relatives of the missing Bandipora government teacher on Saturday held a demonstration here in Mantrigam Bandipora area of north Kashmir’s district seeking his whereabouts.
Eye witnesses said that family members and relatives of Mushtaq Ahmad lone a government teacher assembled here in Mantrigam area of Bandipora and blocked the Bandipora-Gurez road.
They staged a demonstration seeking Mushtaq’s whereabouts, who went missing on May 13 after he left home for duty to Government Higher Secondary School Chuntimulla and has not returned home till date.
Family sources said that they tried to locate him everywhere but couldn’t find any clue despite lodging missing report in Pathkoot Police station.
“We have called relatives and friends, however, there has been no trace of him so far,” the family members said adding “his phone has been switched off for a long time.”
The family members and relatives of Mushtaq urged deputy commissioner Bandipora and SSP Bandipora to help in locating their missing son.
Meanwhile, a senior police officer said a missing report in this matter has been lodged in police station Pathkoot and investigation has been taken up.

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Unabated killings even during Ramadan worrisome: PDP

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Srinagar, May 18: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday said it’s worrisome to witness that there is no letup in killings and bloodshed in Kashmir even during the holy month of Ramadan.
In a statement, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said the unabated killings of civilians, militants and security forces in Kashmir has once again made peace elusive even during the ongoing sacred month of Ramadan.
He said the way in which precious human lives are lost in Kashmir, there are apprehensions that the government is in no mood to shun the muscular policy that so far has yielded no positive results.
Hanjura said that it has been the cardinal Principe of the PDP that muscular and iron fist approach is bound to fail in Kashmir as such measures have in the past only wreaked havoc and in the future also wouldn’t bring any positive change on ground.
He said keeping the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan in view, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti as the Chief Minister last year played a vital role in making GOI declare unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir. This year also, said Hanjura, the PDP President made a fervent appeal to both militants as well to the security grid to declare truce and respect the ongoing holy month. “It is hoped that good sense will prevail and the vicious cycle of violence and bloodshed is stopped at an earliest so that the people of Kashmir yearning for peace could heave a sigh of relief,” said Hanjura.

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