Srinagar, Feb 13: Former finance minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday expressed deep pain and grief over the mysterious explosion in a Pulwama school that caused severe injuries to 28 children.
In a statement issued to media, Bukhari said that such reprehensible incidents are condemnable and must be probed thoroughly so that the culprits are exposed and booked under law.
“I express my heartfelt sympathy and solidarity with the parents whose children have sustained grievous injuries in the incident,” Bukhari said, while urging the Governor to order a time bound probe into the incident.
The former finance minister observed that such incidents add to the already prevailing insecure atmosphere for the citizens especially the elderly persons, women and children who fear to tread outside their homes.
“I condemn Wednesday’s blast in the strongest terms,” Bukhari said, adding that attacks that affect schools are unacceptable. “All schools are, and must remain, zones of peace,” he added further.
“Sustaining fatal injuries by the children who were studying for a better future is appalling,” Bukhari said. “Such incidents that affect Kashmiri children’s life and education show disregard for fundamental principles of humanity. No cause can justify these incidents,” he remarked.
The former minister wished a healthy recovery to all children injured in the explosion and called on the governor led administration to take the necessary measures to ensure that education is provided in safe and secure environments to all children across Kashmir.
Raising questions about Prince Salam’s visit to India has exposed secular parties: Er Rasheed
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.”
Violence against Kashmiri students, traders shameful, unacceptable: NC
Srinagar, Feb 20: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference has termed the enduring incidents of violence, intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students, professionals and families putting up across the country as unacceptable saying that the culprits must be nabbed and brought to justice.
Party’s provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar while expressing concern on the unremitting attacks on Kashmiris as deplorable said, “Such attacks are a physical manifestation of the hate mongering being perpetuated against Kashmiris on social media networks. The assertions of the governor of Meghalaya Tathagatha Roy have also come as a surprise to us. Inevitably what he and other s are saying will inevitably vitiate the atmosphere and provoke the lumpen elements to intimidate the innocent Kashmiris across the country,” adding “The assertions of Mr. Roy does not behoove the constitutional position which he holds. His assertions are of grave concern and should not be taken as impel bout of anger. Similarly there are others who are openly calling for boycott of Kashmiri students and traders. This smear campaign against a community has put lives of innocent Kashmiris at risk.”
Imran said that Kashmiris have been at the receiving end of the violence born out of the impending conflict. “The bullying, harassment and intimidation elsewhere in the country will push the already distressed people of Kashmir to wall. By denying safe spaces to Kashmiris across the country to pursue their vocations, the lumpen fringe is explicitly telling them that they have no prospects elsewhere in the country.”
Imran maintained that the party president Dr Farooq Abdullah is personally overseeing the relief measures of the party following some incidents of targeted violence against Kashmiris in Jammu. “The party leadership is in touch with various state chief ministers to ensure the safety and security of the Kashmiris putting up outside state,” he said adding, “however nothing substantial has been done towards providing our people a sense of security. The incidents of violence are unremittingly going on.”
Imran while castigating the laid-back attitude of the GOI in ensuring safety of Kashmiris said, “No strong word of condemnation has come from the central government against the ongoing attacks on Kashmiris. The all party meet too was rather mute on the unjustified attacks on Kashmiris across the country. On the country senior ministers are denying any attack on Kashmiri students.”
While censuring certain media channels on harboring hate against the Kashmiri, he said, “Certain sections of media have also been fanning passions of the people. By creating alternate realities by mixing hate with rhetoric, certain sections of media have also done great disservice to the unity of the country,” he said.
Imran while seeking an immediate seize to the ongoing attacks on Kashmiris urged GoI and State governments across the country to ensure that people who are involved in the incidents of arson are arrested and persecuted. “The incumbent governor administration has failed to ensure the safety of Kashmiris in Jammu, given the fact that the policing, law and order comes under the effective control of state,” he said adding, “ the central government is duty bound to provide safety and security to all. The GOI cannot shut its eyes towards their constitutional obligations.”
BJP brazenly trying to gain political mileage out of Pulwama attack: Congress
Srinagar, Feb 20: Describing the current situation in Jammu and elsewhere in the Country in the wake of recent Pulwama episode as extremely disturbing, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has expressed grave concern over the intimidation of students and other citizens from the valley putting up in different States.
He also said that BJP is brazenly trying to gain electoral mileage out of the unfortunate Pulwama incident.
In a statement issued to media, G.A. Mir reiterated that Govt of India has miserably failed to restore sense of security among the people, urging that more effective measures need to be taken to ensure safety of people especially the students and businessmen living in other parts of the valley.
The Centre Govt has miserably failed to restore calm, rather the lack of interest in dispersing the crisis on its part has added problems to the already complex situation in Jammu and other parts of the Country, for which BJP first then Centre Govt is directly responsible, he said.
He lashed out at BJP for fishing in troubled waters, saying that it is the BJP RSS which is fanning the fire aiming to serve their dirty political ends, but at the same time, G.A Mir felt confident that handful of troublemaking forces won’t be able to control the entire democratic system in the country, he warned of serious consequences in case they do not mend their ways.
He said the security of people should be of a paramount importance for the Centre and no one should have been allowed to intimidate the innocent people especially students who are studying in different parts of the country, emphasizing that stern action must be initiated against those vitiating peaceful atmospheres in the country to serve their vested interests.
Hundreds of students from the State have almost completed their studies and were preparing for final examination, but the intimidation is forcing them to leave their studies, which is a matter of grave concern, he added and urged upon both State & Centre Govt to take more effective measures to restore confidence among the students and businessmen from valley, besides the College authorities in different be directed to ensure every facility enabling them (students) to complete their studies.