Srinagar, May 11: Commenting on the recent statement of Army chief, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani said the statement reflexes arrogance, egoistic and expression of the brute mindset based on military might”.
“These top ranked soldiers of India forget the historical facts that peaceful and sincere sentiment of a nation can never die down under the barrel of Gun,” he said.
“It should be more than clear to these rulers that our movement is not a campaign for any emoluments, perks or privileges, nor is it to make a way to the power corridors. It is a mass movement representing the uprising against the unrealistic, undemocratic and unjustified occupation by India. It is a natural and realistic movement nourished by the blood and honor of our people. And any such movement is deemed to reach to its logical conclusion, no matter how and when,” said Geelani.
He said that Indian rulers always promoted and pampered their stooges to act as their henchmen.
Geelani further said that it is a fact that 10 lakh army with latest weaponry and technological update cannot be defeated by a few youth with minimum and little ammunition, but it is also a fact that this military might has been kept engaged by these few people for the last 30 years and the Indian army is so afraid of these boys that they have to hide behind the human shield while encountering them.
Hurriyat chairman said “as a nation we can’t even think of surrender or submission. We would prefer to vanish but never accept and legitimize the forceful occupation.”
He said that armed forces, with all its impunity and thick layer of protective laws, fail to combat the surge of the people. “Operation all Out”, “epidemic of dead eyes” and calibrations on more than a dozen deaths in a day too has proved futile.
Geelani, suggesting the Army Chief to go through the pages of history, said that British army also threatened Indians when they were holding the reins of power in India, American sarcastically said same to Vietnamese and in recent past Russians also tried to hold the territory of Afghanistan with same rhetoric, but history stands testimony to the fact that all these arrogant occupiers were dashed to ground along with their military and weaponry might.
Hurriyat Chairman said that we pray and hope that our oppressor and occupier meets the same fate if it prolongs our slavery and encourages brutalities and iron fist as the only remedy.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference lashed out the state administration and police for again barring its chairman Syed Ali Geelani from offering congregational Friday prayers today, terming it as “interference in the religious affairs.”
“Syed Ali Geelani could not attend the Friday congregational prayers today due to his continuous house arrest, Huriyat said.
Hurriyat response for meaningful talks a good omen: Hakeem
Srinagar, Jun 24: Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Hakeem Yaseen has welcomed the positive response of Hurriyat Conference for holding talks in a bid to resolve the Kashmir situation.
In a statement issued to media, Hakeem Yaseen termed the statement of Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Molvi Umar Farooq as a good omen that Hurriyat leaders were ready for dialogue with New Delhi, if “meaningful” talks are initiated. He said Governor S P Malik, being a responsible representative of the Central Government should provide a congenial environment to the central government interlocutors and genuine stakeholders of the Kashmir problem for initiating meaningful talks on Kashmir.
He said a sincere effort for talks was dire need of the time to stop daily killings and mayhem in the strife torn state.
Hakeem Yaseen hoped that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would utilize his renewed mandate to resolve the vexed Kashmir problem once for all as this was the main bone of contention between India and its neighboring country Pakistan.
“Talks are the only way forward for ending animosity between India and Pakistan,” Hakeem Yaseen said adding that people of the state have become the first casualty of the strained relations between the two neighbouring countries since last seven decades.
Tarigami urges govt to revisit its approach
Srinagar, Jun 24: CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami on Monday said that comprising four districts Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian, south Kashmir has been on the boil ever since July 2016. “Despite passing of three years, the situation in the region is not showing any significant improvement with media reports showing that some youths continue to join militant ranks,” he said.
In a statement issued to media, Tarigami said, “Why isn’t there significant change in south Kashmir despite huge deployment of security forces? Perhaps it is because muscular approach is not giving desired results and needs to be revisited. The policy makers need to answer these questions. Mere counting of arrests and killings are not an answer to this situation.”
“Arbitrary arrests, nocturnal raids and are causing insecurity and harassment among people in the region. It has been done before as well in the State, but it has never yielded anything. On the other hand, it just exacerbates the anger and gives rise to further uncertainty,” he said.
CPI(M) leader said that during early 1990’s large scale arrests took place which only worsened situation. “This is a tried and tested and failed model which we are afraid will only worsen the situation further,” he said.
“Similarly, some people arrested under different laws, are not being released despite courts ordering their release on bail. Those released by the courts are being re-arrested from the jail compound itself and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA),” Tarigami added.
He said that job of security forces is law enforcement. “You can control the unlawful activities only through lawful measures. Such a course amounts to violation of laws which cannot help in restoring order,” he said.
“Though the authorities lifted twice a week curbs on the movement of civilian vehicles on National Highway, reports of security forces harassing the commuters are still pouring in. In the name of security, people are being harassed day-in and day-out,” Tarigami added.
“The safety of security forces convoys is important, but in the name of security common people should not feel any inconvenience or harassment. Patients, students, employees, traders and others, who have to commute daily on the highway should be given full respect by the forces while their convoys move. There should be a better and people friendly way of protecting forces using the highway,” he said.
Back to Village programme: CS interacts with Panchayats reps, locals at Gurez, B’pora
Gurez, June 24: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam during his 2-day extensive visit to district Bandipora participated in the Back to Village Programme on Monday across several Panchayats and also visited Gurez.
The Chief Secretary visited Kanzalwan, Badwan, Wanpora and Khandyal Panchayats and interacted with Panchayat representatives and local people. He spent half a day in Panchayat Wanpora, attended the Gram Sabha there and interacted with Panches and Sarpanchs.
Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Superintendent of Police Rahul Malik and other senior officers of the district were also present.
Appreciating the concept of Back to Village Programme, people welcomed the initiative of the Government in bringing governance to the grassroots level. During the interactions, a number of demands were put forth for consideration of the Government including those related to construction of roads and bridges, construction of tunnel for keeping Bandipora-Gurez road open round the year, arrangements for winters, availability of ration, issues with regard to rehabilitation of people displaced by construction of dam, establishment of SBI Branches in Tulail and Gurez, employees issues, reservation, healthcare facilities construction of bunkers , creation of job avenues etc.
In his remarks, Chief Secretary observed that Back to Village Programme is aimed at energizing and strengthening the Panchayats and directing development efforts in rural areas through community participation. He said the feedback obtained from the visiting officers will be valuable to assess the development needs, analyze the economic potential of the villages/hamlets and to tailor areas specific government schemes/programmes.
Chief Secretary said that areas like Gurez have huge tourism potential. He said Government is actively considering establishment of a Tourism Development Authority here that will help in creation of tourism infrastructure albeit in a planned and eco-friendly manner so as to harness tourism potential of the area while maintaining its pristine glory. He further stated that several important development projects are at various stages of completion which include Khandyal-Bandipora road which will considerably reduce the distance between Bandipora and Gurez.
Chief Secretary said the Government is planning to make a special tourist corridor to connect Ladakh with Gurez, Tangdhar and other border areas of the state.
While responding to the grievances with regard to the Kishenganga Hydroelectric Power Project (KHEP), Chief Secretary said that government will examine the issue further. He said that improvement of power supply in Gurez will remain under focussed attention of the Government.
At Wanpora, Chief Secretary distributed poultry birds among several beneficiaries under the National Livelihood Mission.
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