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Ansaris known for shifting loyalties: NC

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Srinagar, Nov 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday rejected the “jibes” of new PC entrant Imran Raza Ansari as an attempt to “conceal his filial tendency of fluctuating loyalties to axe his own grind.”

In a press statement, NC Chief Spokesman Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi said that JKNC was not in power for fifty years.

“Ansari needs to pore over the history books. His assertions stand unsubstantiated. Sheikh Sahib served jail for more than two decades and came to power for a brief stint only,” he said.

 

Ansari on Friday had alleged that NC founder Sheikh Abdullah had “looted the people of the State during their 50 years of rule.”

“Sher-e-Kashmir gave voice to voiceless and championed the cause of poor wretched peasantry and working class. It was Sher-e-Kashmir who gave land to tillers, abolished forced labour, and introduced universal adult franchise, single line administration. He was instrumental in changing the education and health sectors of our state. The contribution of Sheikh Sahib towards state’s development is immense,” Ruhullah, as per the statement, said.

“Philosophers, writers, poets, politicians like Alama Iqbal, MD Taseer, Hafeez Jallandhari, khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, General Ayoub well-regarded Sheikh Sb for his contribution to the state. Throughout his life, he championed the cause of people,” he added.

As per Ruhullah, Ansari was a “power hungry politician and the dissolution of assembly didn’t allow him see his dreams materialize.”

“The Sidhrascandal, income tax issues, PNB default cases and other land grab issues are reflective of his family’s moral disposition,” the statement alleged of Ansari.

The NC spokesperson said that Ansaris have been “changing loyalties intermittently.”

“They have been making brief stopovers in various parties. At one point of time, they sided with Janata Party, then Congress, National Conference, PDP and now PC,” he said.

Ruhullahadded that “these sequacious RSS-henchmen are referring to a fig leaf of ‘change’ to conceal their deceitful politics and fondness for RSS.”

“Their true disposition is known to people. The people of state will give them befitting answer in the forthcoming elections. The poster boys and proxies of RSS shall be rebuffed by the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Ruhullah said that Ansari has been trying to get entry into National Conference but owing to his fluctuating loyalties, the party decided against it.

“Ansari’s uncouth assertions are reflective of his opportunistic politics. His assertions reveal his frustration,” he said.

“People are aware of these RSS poster boys and how they managed to expunge an honest officer known for his honesty and work ethics.Let me remind people the change these RSS poster boys are referring to is a façade to quench their respective thirst for power even at the cost of Kashmir’s special status,” he said.

 

 


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Time for talks over, world must act now: PM

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New Delhi, Feb 18: The Pulwama attack which claimed the lives of 49 CRPF men shows that the time to hold talks on “terrorism” is over and there is an urgent need to unite against such elements, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

The Prime Minister, who was holding talks with Argentina President Mauricio Macri, said dithering to take action against militants and their supporters will be like encouraging militancy.

“Brutal attack in Pulwama proves that time for talks have passed. Now the entire world needs to unite against ‘terrorism’ and its supporters and take strong actions,” PM said.

 

President of Argentina Mauricio Macri said, “I would like to convey my condolences to the victims of the cruel attack (Pulwama) perpetrated just a few days ago. We condemn every kind of terrorist attack. I am truly pleased to be able to working together to fight this scourge on mankind.”

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Cross LoC trade, bus service suspended

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Srinagar, Feb 18: The cross-LoC trade between India and Pakistan via Poonch has been suspended in backdrop of the Pulwama suicide attack in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed last Thursday.
“Since the incident, no truck was allowed to cross the Line of control hence affecting the trade,” an official said.
He added that Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service too has been suspended till further orders.
President, Cross LoC trade Union, Pawan Anand told The Kashmir Monitor that 60 trucks are stranded at trade centre (Chakan Da Bagh).
“We got orders to suspend the trade,” he said.
Pawan said that at least they have endured more than 4 crore of losses due to the trade suspension.
He added that most of the trucks are loaded with grapes, tomato, banana, tamarind and ser (zeera).
Besides Poonch, the cross-LoC trade also takes place through Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road in Uri.
However, DC Baramulla, Nasir Ahmad Naqash, confirmed that Uri has not received any order for trade suspension yet.

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MBS conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan: Saudi vows to ‘de-escalate’ India-Pakistan tension

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Islamabad, Feb 18: Saudi Arabia vowed to “de-escalate” rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad Monday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel from Islamabad to New Delhi.
The kingdom’s foreign minister spoke at a press conference in Islamabad as Pakistan recalled its envoy from Delhi for “consultations”, the latest development in a fresh diplomatic crisis between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Delhi has vowed to retaliate after a suicide blast which killed over 40 Indian paramilitaries in Kashmir on Thursday, the deadliest attack in Kashmir in recent decade.
The attack has sparked widespread calls in India for action against Pakistan.
“Our objective is to try to de-escalate tensions between the two countries, neighboring countries, and to see if there is a path forward to resolving those differences peacefully,” said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
The pledge came as the crown prince, widely known as “MBS”, prepared to head for India later Monday, at the conclusion of his two-day visit to Pakistan.
India is garnering diplomatic support after the attack and has vowed to “isolate” Pakistan diplomatically in the international community, saying it has “incontrovertible evidence” of Islamabad’s role.
Pakistan has rejected the allegations.
Meanwhile, Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Monday conferred the country’s highest civil award — Nishan-e-Pakistan — on Saudi Crown Prince.
Mohammad bin Salman was honoured due to his “outstanding support for reinvigorating Pak-Saudi bilateral relationship”, Dawn reported.
Following the Pakistan president’s speech, the Saudi crown prince, as per Dawn, addressed the audience. “I was honoured to meet the president of Pakistan. I thank you for honouring me with Pakistan’s highest award.
“The brotherly relationship between the kingdom and Pakistan focus on the principle of Islamic solidarity. It is a model to be emulated by other nations. Our [countries’ relationship] go back 67 years that witnessed continuous development that rendered itself beneficial for both countries.
“The founding fathers for both countries established these relations on the principles of truthfulness, common understanding and mutual respect that go back to the first days of the establishment of Pakistan, post-World War 2.
“Our Pakistani brothers participated truthfully and effectively in the great development project that Saudi Arabia witnessed, especially the enlargement project of Masjid-e-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabwi. More than 2 million Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia and are contributing to the development of both the countries.
“I wish all the best to the president and the prime minister in the service of this country and its people.”
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Saudi crown prince said his goodbyes to the Pakistan president and members of the federal cabinet before leaving for Nur Khan Airbase. As was the case when he had arrived, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan personally drove the car carrying the Saudi crown prince.
On Sunday, MBS signed $20 billion in investment deals with cash-strapped Islamabad and vowed to free thousands of Pakistani prisoners in Saudi custody.

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