Srinagar, Mar 05: Calling as unfortunate the killing of civilians in Shopian, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani blamed the state administration, police and other government forces for these brutal killings.
In his telephonic address to mourners, paying tributes to slain youth in Shopian shootout, Geelani said that “those who lay their lives for a sacred cause, are alive with their Lord and receive sustenance from Him.”
Geelani rejected the forces claim and added that the slain youth killed in cold-blooded murder were civilians and students and branding them as OGWs is a brazen lie to “justify genocide in state”.
Paying rich tributes to youth including Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagey, Zahid Ahmad Chopan, Suhail Ahmad Wagey, Shahid Ahmad Khan, Shahnawaz Wagey and Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Geelani said that these brave hearts “lay their lives to end the age-old slavery of their nation, putting a huge responsibility on our shoulders to honor these sacrifices and take the movement to its logical end”.
While justifying the people’s resentment against forces, Geelani said that repression and oppression have not made any difference.
“People’s sentiments boil over when there are killings and they come out on the streets. India can never kill the sentiment that has always prevailed among the people,” he said.
Geelani while addressing to mourners, said that “Indian forces have left their brutal footprints. We continue to bleed for the last 7 decades, saying that hollow and tall claims of restraint by Indian forces were aimed at befooling the common people and repeated horrific incidents testified our claim that they are trigger happy and want to kill every soul in the state.”
Rejecting the statement of police, Geelani said, “they are acting as more loyal than king and always shield these killers.” “The government forces under well thought out plan are carrying out bloodshed in Kashmir, added Geelani.”
Kashmir issue is the outcome of broken promises, said Geelani, and added that “the Kashmir issue is the unfinished agenda of the Partition plan,” saying “it was India and not Pakistan that took the Kashmir case to the United Nations.
Indian authorities are now desperate to the change narrative of the Kashmir issue, said Geelani and added dialogue only option to resolve Kashmir issue, saying war is no option.
“We are not against the dialogue process, but we favour only meaningful and result-oriented negotiations. We have a clear agenda that the issue can be resolved through dialogue and our viewpoint is unambiguous, said Geelani while addressing to mourners.’’
Till now more than hundred rounds of dialogues were conducted but of no avail as India is not showing its interest nor is sincere for resolving the issue, said Geelani and added until India accepts the disputed status of Kashmir, no breakthrough is possible.
He said the onus lies with India to “illustrate its seriousness and sincerity” to resolve the issue. Geelani said a conducive atmosphere for negotiations is of “prime necessity” and for this India has to declare the Kashmir issue as disputed, he said in a statement.
In his telephonic address to mourners, lashing at pro-Indian political parties, Geelani said that they all are hand in glove with these killers and stressed people to boycott all elections and these organizations and asked to stay away from these and safeguard sacrifices presented by our youth. “Now it is people’s turn, particularly youth, to unite and foil conspiracies of India and its henchmen against freedom movement,” he said, saying “a few people, who vote in the election dramas for material interests, were not only committing an act of treason but their actions also act as oxygen for India’s forced control of Kashmir. Those elected to power corridors act as stooges and are hand in glow for these oppressors.”
Labeling innocent civilians as militants, shameless act: UJC
Srinagar, Mar 05: United Jihad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of various militant organisations of Kashmir, on Monday termed the killing of civilians in Shopian as “cowardice and frustration” of Indian forces.
UJC secretary general and Ameer Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen Sheikh Jameel-ul-Rehman in an emailed statement said to term the civilian killings as cross-firing is shameful and condemnable.
In a meeting held on Monday, Sheikh Jameel-ur-Rehman said, “India is scared over the participation of youth particularly from south Kashmir, with mujahideen. New Delhi is frustrated by the resilience of Kashmiri people which has demoralized Indian forces who in order to hide their failures are taking revenge from common people by killing them.”
“Now again, in Shopian, Indian forces exhibited the worst example of state terrorism. The Jihad Council and Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen salute the valour of mujahideen,” Sheikh Jameel said.
He pays glorious tributes to slain Suhail Khaleel Wagay (Pinjoora), Muhammad Shahid Khan (Malik Gund), Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay, Gowhar Ahmad Lone, Amir Ahmad Malik (Harmain) and Aashiq Hussain and said: “their sacrifice will not be allowed go waste”.
“We are indebted to the sacrifices of martyrs and will never surrender before India,” he said.
LeT condemns killings
Srinagar, Mar 05: Mahmood Shah, Chief Lashkar-e-Taiba, has strongly condemned the civilian killings in Shopian and said that the blood of innocents is being shed.
“The pro-freedom youth are being killed mercilessly for the past twenty days. The people of Hajin are being beaten up while the properties are being destroyed, leading to the killings in Shopian, rendering into worst Indian terrorism,” an emailed statement from LeT read.
“Mahmood Shah supported the call of protest by Hurriyat leaders and said that Modi government is upset with the never-ending accomplishments of freedom fighters. The Indian Army is the worst terror force in the world, who thrives upon terrorism as its modus operandi and continues to kill innocents by adopting it as state policy,” the statement read.
Rail service resumes
Srinagar, Nov 12: Rail services in Kashmir resumed on Tuesday – over three months after being suspended due to security reasons in view of the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, officials said.
Few mini-buses also plied on the Batwara-Batamaloo route through the city centre, while inter-district cabs and auto-rickshaws plied in the city and elsewhere in the valley.
Private transport was plying unhindered.
A railway official told PTI that a train chugged between Baramulla and Srinagar this morning.
He said the train made only two trips on the Baramulla-Srinagar stretch as authorities have directed Railways to ply trains between 10 am and 3 pm only due to security reasons.
The Railways conducted the trial run of the service on the stretch on Monday for the first time in over three months since the unannounced shutdown in the valley.
The official said the Srinagar-Banihal stretch of the railway line would resume in a few days after checking track safety and conducting trial runs.
The train service in the valley was suspended due to security reasons on the morning of 5 August – hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories.
The Centre’s decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley – which completed 100 days on Tuesday — even as authorities imposed severe restrictions which were later gradually eased out.
Markets have been following a new pattern of functioning, opening early morning till around the noon and then downing their shutters to join the protest against abrogation of the special status of the state, officials said.
They said miscreants are using fear mongering to put down any resistance to unannounced shutdown by threatening shopkeepers and businessmen.
The officials said two grenade attacks in the city’s busy Goni Khan market and Kaka Sarai areas were an indication that there were concerted efforts to keep the shutdown going.
Pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continued to remain suspended since 5 August.
Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders including two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained or placed under house arrest.
The government has detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety Act.
Militant killed in Ganderbal gunfight
Srinagar, Nov 12: A militant was killed and an Army soldier injured in an encounter between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Kulan area of the central Kashmir district in the morning following inputs about the presence of militants.
During the search, the hiding militants fired upon the security forces, who retaliated, according to an officer.
A militant was killed during the gunfight. An army soldier was also injured and rushed to a medical facility for treatment, the officer said.
The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant is yet to be ascertained. The operation is on and further details are awaited, the officer added.
The incident comes after the encounter where two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Monday morning, police said.
While one militant was killed on Sunday during a gunfight between security forces in Lawdara village, about 55 km from Srinagar, another was killed on Monday, police further said. The security forces started a search operation on getting information about the presence of some militants in the area which led to the encounter between the security forces and the militants.
The streak of encounters continues as the state of Kashmir remains under an unprecedented lockdown after the abrogation of article 370.
Unscheduled power cuts affect research in KU
Srinagar, Nov 05: Unscheduled power cuts have severely hit the research work in the University of Kashmir.
“I am doing research on plant ecology and most of my work depends on high definition equipments which work on electricity. I collected plant samples twice from Gulmarg and kept it in freezer for further examination. For four days there was no electricity and with the result my samples became unusable,” said a research scholar.
Another research scholar in Kashmir University said due to frequent power cuts their research work is getting affected. “My equipment developed errors due to power cuts. With the result, it started displaying false readings”, he said.
An official in the Kashmir University said over Rs 25 crore have been sanctioned for 50 different projects in the department of biotechnology, clinical bio-chemistry, botany, zoology, nanotechnology, pharmacy, environmental science, physics, electronics and chemistry.
“The high definition equipment, which works in -80, -20, -120 temperature, are imported from abroad. Regular power cuts are affecting these equipments,” the official said.
Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Chief Engineer PDD, Qazi Hashmat said Kashmir University being a premier institute should install a backup power system to meet exigencies.
“PDD has proposed to provide dedicated power supply from 33 KV line. Once the university credits the amount, we will start work on installation of the line,” Qazi said.
Spokesperson of Kashmir University, Professor Shahid Rasool said the issue has not been brought into hid notice. “I will check with the department heads and resolve it as soon as possible,” he said.
Sources said Kashmir University had signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the PDD to provide 24*7 power supply. Sources said two kanals of land was also earmarked for establishing receiving station for uninterrupted power supply. Sources said Kashmir University is paying Rs 4.2 lakh as monthly electricity tariff to the PDD.