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APSCC holds Mehbooba responsible for internal bickering in PDP

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Srinagar, Dec 13: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) today said that the internal bickering and disintegration of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has taken place due to the wrong polices of present party President and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti.

In a statement, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that Mehbooba Mufti failed not only as chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir, but also as President of PDP. Raina said that Mehbooba could not pursue the agenda as set out by her father Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and it is due to reason that PDP has disintegrated like a pack of nine pins.

The APSCC Chairman said that Mehbooba played truant with the Sikh community of the state by denying them rights that were due to them under the National Minorities Act. He said the PDP President in fact sabotaged the extension of minority status to Sikhs of the state by filing a counter affidavit in the court of law and that too at the highest level.

 

“Before 2014 assembly elections Late Mufti Sayeed promised before a huge gathering of Sikhs that he would give minority status to Sikhs of Jammu & Kashmir and the same formed a part of the party manifesto for those elections. However, for three and half years the powerful Kashmiri Pandit lobby ensured that Mufti does not fulfill the promises made to the Sikh community,” said Raina.

The APSCC Chairman said that after being elected as CM of state in 2016, Mehbooba was keen to implement the central policies in state. He said her advisor Prof. Amitabh Mattoo manipulated certain orders and rephrased the same so that the Kashmiri Pandits get benefitted out of the revised orders.

“It is a pity that all the legislators knew about this, but none among them raised a finger against the same. Mehbooba led state government filed an affidavit in Supreme Court and opposed the extension of National Minority Act to Jammu & Kashmir. She also issued SRO 425 by virtue of which employment benefits due to Sikhs were given to the Kashmiri Pandit youth,” said Raina.

The APSCC Chairman said that despite meeting Mehbooba many times no headway whatsoever was made with regards to demands of Sikhs living in Jammu & Kashmir. He demanded that Election Commission of India should ban PDP since the party went against its own election manifesto by opposing minority status to Sikhs and that too in the apex court of country.

Raina said that Kashmiri Pandits can never be given minority status since Hindus are in majority and not in minority in India. He said that communities like Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Jains have been classified as minorities in India by National Commission for Minorities.


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Give up hatred against Kashmiris: APSCC to Indians

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Srinagar, Feb 21: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Thursday asked the people of India especially those living in the Northern states to give up hatred against the Kashmiris.

According to a statement issued to media, the Committee has asked the people to maintain communal harmony and brotherhood at every cost.

APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that people who visited Kashmir in the recent past as tourists should take the initiative and come up as ambassadors of peace. Raina said that it is highly unfortunate that Kashmiris are being targeted in different parts of the country for no fault of theirs.

 

“No sane person would be happy with death and gore but that doesn’t mean that innocent people are targeted in reaction to any blast or similar action carried out by militants. As elections are approaching political parties would try their best to exploit the emotions of commoners thus leading to hardships to people of Kashmir putting up in various areas of India for different reasons,” said Raina.

The APSCC Chairman said that people should remain vigilant against the elements who are hell bent to destroy the secular fabric of the country. He said that had Congress government in 1984 acted against elements who inflicted miseries on Sikhs at that time people would not have dared to take law into their own hands.

Raina said that it is the duty and responsibility of the central and state governments to create congenial atmosphere in different states so that Kashmiris including students return and carry out their activities. He asked the people of Jammu to extend cooperation to the state administration in normalising the situation.

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PDP hails Sikhs for helping fear stricken Kashmiris outside Valley

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Srinagar, Feb 21: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday hailed the valour and selfless efforts of Sikh Community in north India for coming to the rescue of Kashmiri students outside Valley and has termed it a reflection of country’s secular and tolerant face.

In a statement issued, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura expressed gratitude to the Sikh organisations who opened the doors of the places of their worship and provided succour and shelter to the Kashmiri students who had become victims of smear campaign post Pulwama attack in country’s various parts.

Hanjura said the entire state is indebted to those Sikh organisations who have exhibited the real face of humanity to the world and has shown the windows of India’s secular and tolerant image.

 

The PDP General secretary also hailed communal harmony exhibited by the people in Jammu as they didn’t allow the fanatic groups to tear apart region’s secular fabric and affect the image of its brotherhood and harmonious character.

Meanwhile, Hanjura also urged upon the administration to take immediate measures for ensuring safe return of Kashmiri students, businessmen and employees stuck up in various other states at present. He said that the government is duty bound to ensure safety of each and every student of Kashmir and provide them safe passage so that they could reach home without any harm.

 

 

 

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Raising questions about Prince Salam’s visit to India has exposed secular parties: Er Rasheed

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Srinagar, Feb 21: Accusing national parties of doing politics of convenience, AIP President Er Rasheed on Thursday said that former Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s statement that many Indians need Kashmir but not Kashmiris is nothing but an attempt to keep Majority community in Jammu and Kashmir in good humour.

The spokesman said that while thoughts, views and designs of BJP and right-wing forces are known to all, it is shameful that parties including Congress, BSP, SP, Jantadal and other parties are not far behind to BJP in adding fuel to the fire and are trying to stop BJP from gaining political dividends from Pulwama incident by talking often in a harder tune than the hardliners.

The politics of convenience being played by these parties is visible on TV screens when their leaders speak more than BJP about taking revenge and abusing all resistance voice in Jammu & Kashmir.

 

“What P. Chidambaram has said is absolutely true but at the same time, Congress needs to answer that what compelled the party to criticize Narendra Modi for hugging Saudi Crown Prince Shahzada Salman. While Congress leaves no opportunity to gain sympathy of Muslims in entire India, but by raising unwanted question over Prince Salman’s visit to India, the party has exposed itself as cornering Narendra Modi for hugging Prince Salman is just to give a notion to the majority community in India that Congress hates Saudi rulers for their relations with Pakistan,” the spokesman quoted Er Rasheed as saying.

Rasheed also condemned the alleged murder of Pakistani prisoner Shakrullah who was beaten to death by his inmates in central Jail Jaipur. Rasheed said “Beating an unarmed helpless prisoner to death has no justification and proves the fact that the politics of hate-redness and revenge is crossing all limits and this stupidity may escalate further tension between the two countries. In this situation, Kashmiris are rightly worried about the security and fate of Kashmiris lodged in Jails outside Kashmir.”

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