Srinagar, Nov 23: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that even after 70 years of loyalty and servitude and doing New Delhi’s bidding in the valley, National Conference and PDP were termed as “Pakistan agents and terror supporters”.
“NC-PDP despite doing New Delhi’s biddings, at the cost of betraying their own people have not been able to earn New Delhi’s trust. After 70 years of loyalty and servitude branded as Pakistan agents and terror supporters by Indian state! Wonder if the realization,” he tweeted after addressing a gathering in the historic Jamia Masjid.
During his address in Jamia, Mirwaiz said NC, PDP and People’s Conference “displayed extreme opportunism” even at a time when the whole Kashmir was reeling under worst form of repression and killings and is under assault from all sides by the powers in control.
“For these parties it has always only been about self-serving government formation and rule. Sadly, hunger for chair seems to be their only driving force. It made them betray the trust people had placed in them in 1947 when they deceitfully joined hands with India ignoring the wishes and universal principle of people’s will in deciding a nation’s fate. And since then they have not hesitated to collaborate with New Delhi in inflicting pain and suffering on people as a consequence of our struggle for the realisation of our political will and aspirations,” Mirwaiz said in a statement issued to media.
Referring to NC and PDP claim that they wanted to cobble up a government to safeguard Kashmir’s special status, Mirwaiz said that pro-India politicians often justify their actions by saying that they accepted conditional accession to India with safeguards such as Article 370 and 35A in place.
We ask them what is state of these safeguards today? Have they even been able to defend these before the onslaught of New Delhi? It is the people who keep hitting the streets and paying with their life for safeguarding it. What leverage do these parties have before New Delhi to hold New Delhi accountable to the constitutional safeguards for J&K that these parties claim they had negotiated with GOI? None!” he said
Mirwaiz said that Delhi finds new “opportunists among them, pits one against the other exploiting the weakness of each for the chair, while these people keep compromising and yielding ground to Delhi.”
“If one looks back, since 1947 there has been a pattern and policy of New Delhi to rule Kashmir by proxy through their selected ones first it was late Sheikh Abdullah removed by late Bakshi then late Sadiq then late Mir Qasim then followed Late Gulam Mohd Shah till the plug was pulled on Mehbooba Mufti and the recent drama thereof. This is the trajectory of a colonial setup not any democratic process.”
Azad on Jharkhand lynching: Keep new India with you, give us old India
New Delhi, Jun 24: Coming down heavily on the government over recent incidents of lynching and crime in Jharkhand, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said the state has become a factory of lynching and violence, “requesting” Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “give us our Old India where there was love, culture.”
“Dalits and Muslims are killed there every week. The PM, we are with you in the fight of ‘Sabka saath sabka vikas’, but it should be there for people to see it. We can’t see it anywhere,” Azad said in Rajya Sabha.
“I request you to keep the New India to yourself and give us our Old India where there was love, culture. Hindus used to feel the pain when Muslims and Dalits used to get hurt. When something used to get into the eyes of Hindus, Muslims and Dalits used to shed tears for them,” he added.
“In Old India, there was no hatred, anger or lynching. New India is one where humans are enemies of each other. You won’t be scared of animals in a jungle, but you’ll be scared of humans in a colony. Give us India where Hindus, Muslims,Sikhs and Christians live for each other,” he said.
In yet another lynching incident, a Muslim man was beaten up mercilessly for over 18 hours on the suspicion of theft in Jharkhand’s Kharsawan district on Saturday. The 24-year-old victim, identified as Tabrez Ansari, was attacked by a mob on June 18 and was later handed over to the police. He had been in the judicial custody since June 18 and was taken to a hospital on June 22 after his condition deteriorated. On the same day, Ansari succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Several videos of the incident emerged on social media show a man hitting Tabrez brutally with a wooden stick while forcing him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. The videos of the Jharkhand mob lynching case have gone viral on social networking sites ever since the incident came to the light.
GoI approves amendments to give more teeth to NIA
New Delhi, Jun 24: The Union Cabinet is learnt to have approved a proposal to amend two laws to give more teeth to the NIA in probing ‘terror’ cases in India and abroad, sources said Monday.
Separate bills will be introduced in Parliament in the coming days to amend the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, they said.
The amendments will also allow the NIA probe cybercrimes and cases of human trafficking, sources aware of the proposal said.
Amendment to Schedule 4 of the UAPA will allow the NIA to designate an individual suspected to have ‘terror links as a terrorist’. As of now, only organisations are designated as ‘terrorist organisations’.
The NIA was set up in 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai attack that had claimed 166 lives.
Since 2017, the Union Home Ministry has been considering the two laws to give more power to the NIA to meet fresh challenges, the sources pointed out.
Another proposal to introduce a bill to extend the facility of proxy voting to overseas Indians could not be taken up Monday.
A similar bill had lapsed following the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month.
“The agenda of the Law Ministry stands postponed,” a functionary said.
As of now, overseas Indians are free to cast their votes in constituencies they are registered.
The Bill seeks to give them the option of proxy voting, which is as of now available to service personnel only.
Another proposal to amend the Representation of the People Act related to the spouses of service voters could not be taken up on Monday.
As of now, an armyman’s wife is entitled to be enrolled as a service voter, but a woman army officer’s husband is not, according to the provisions in the electoral law.
The bill proposes to replace the term ‘wife’ with ‘spouse’, thus making the provision gender-neutral. Members of the armed forces, central armed police forces, personnel of state police forces posted outside their state and employees of the Centre posted outside India are eligible to be enrolled as service voters.
Youths click selfies, walk alongside Leopard in Kishtwar
Srinagar, Jun 24: Pointing towards the increasing man-animal conflict is J&K, a video that went viral on Monday shows a few youth carelessly walking right alongside a leopard on a tarred road while clicking photos and videos in some mountainous region.
The incident reportedly took place in Chingam area of Kishtwar district. The video shows at least three youth audaciously ambling near the leopard that, surprisingly, isn’t aggressive.
The incident comes to the fore days after days after two leopards were spotted in residential areas of Budgam and Srinagar.
Deputy conservator of forests, wild life division, Kashmir, Rouf Zargar had told The Kashmir Monitor that one female leopard and an adult cub were spotted at Ompora, Budgam.
“They were spotted in the adjacent villages of Budgam and Airport. We are doing our best to trace them. Till the time we catch those, people should refrain from moving out during nights and in the wee hours,” he said.
There has been a spike in man-animal conflict in the last few years with several incidents of attacks by bears and leopards taking place in multiple areas of the valley.
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