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Closely watching JK situation, forces asked to avoid civilian casualties: MHA

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Srinagar, Apr 14: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that no harm whatsoever is done to the common masses while carrying out ‘anti-militancy operations’ in the state.
Top officials in the MHA on condition of anonymity said that all the security forces including the Army, the Central Armed Police Forces and the State police have been asked to avoid civilian killings and carry out anti-militancy operations without any collateral damage. “Centre and the State government want to ensure a peaceful summer, as tourism has taken a massive hit in the past two years,” the sources maintained.
However the official maintained that heads of various security agencies have been asked to “deal sternly” with militants. “We need to deal with the militants strictly but there should be no civilian causalities at the encounter sites. A close synergy between forces is a must for ensuring smooth anti-militancy operations,” the MHA quoting directions said.
Sources however said that the MHA has made it clear that the operation against militants will continue. “MHA is watching the situation very closely and the summer ahead is crucial for the State. Normalcy has to be restored in the Valley at all costs as people have suffered huge losses,” sources said.
Sources in the MHA said that the youth have been asked to stay away from encounter sites. “It is for the safety of the people that they should avoid their presence at encounter sites and people are also appealed not to create obstructions in anti-militancy operations,” sources quoting MHA said.
The situation in the Kashmir Valley has been fragile since July 8, 2016 when Hizbul commander Burhan Wani and two others were killed in an encounter with security forces.
Meanwhile one of the top officials of the Army said that they have already asked police to keep crowds off from encounter sites during gun battles with militants to avoid civilian casualties as they (Army) were not carrying mob control weapons. “Our job is not to deal with the crowd since we are not carrying non-lethal weapons. It is the police and para-military forces who are carrying weapons to disperse the mob,” an Army officer said, wishing not to be quoted by name.
“Since February 2016, the police had cautioned people many times through repeated advisories, asking them to stay away from the encounter sites. Despite that people have been rushing to encounter sites in a bid to help militants to escape,” one of the police officials said on condition of anonymity.
Police sources said the security agencies have been told to ensure better coordination during encounters. “Police have been told to ensure that people don’t come close to encounter sites. If protestors come closer to encounter sites then Army may fire at them like what happened in Kulgam,” a police official said.


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South Kashmir will teach PDP a lesson for its wrongdoings: Cong

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Srinagar Apr 19: Stating that People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has neglected the hardships of people during its three and half year misrule in the State, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and Party Candidate from Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, G A Mir has said South Kashmir will give a befitting reply to PDP and teach a lesson to the party this time for the loss of precious lives and injuries to thousands of youth.
He also said that people will never forgive PDP for ensuring inroads to BJP RSS in the valley for the sake of getting Chief Ministerial post, but they (People) will respond by defeating this opportunist party.
Mir was addressing series of public meetings during mega road show in Shangus Assembly segment held by J&K Pradesh Congress Committee, which passed through many areas in which Senior Party Leaders and workers participated and appealed people to rise to the occasion to respond to PDPs dual standards, falsehood and deceit by defeating this Party miserably in the ensuing elections.
Mir said that mood of the people in south Kashmir was indicative of PDP’s defeat in the ensuing elections and victory of Congress party with a thumping majority, for the fact, south Kashmir has experienced worst due to the lust for power, betrayal and backstabbing on the part of PDP, which will continue to remain source behind anguish and anger among the people.
Congress has the capability to bring people out of morass and fear created due to the sellout by PDP after securing votes in 2014 elections, they will never forgive PDP for the damages caused to precious lives and property, besides blinding and maiming children leading to most extremely volatile situation in the entire South Kashmir elsewhere in Kashmir valley.
Taking the opportunity of ensuring election, Mir referred to By Elections to Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency and said it was the same PDP which got the polls cancelled after sensing defeat, for the fact, PDP Leadership was well aware that they would lose this seat and tactfully ensured deferent of Polls and then got these canceled under the garb of disturbing situation, rather than creating congenial atmosphere PDP played tricks and ensured cancellation of polls with the full support of Centre Govt, he said.
He said People of J&K have experienced worst, the misrule and mis governance on the part of PDP BJP Govt has pushed the state to wall, no development has taken place, rather the developmental process started by Congress Led Govt at Centre have been badly affected, only foundations stone were laid and announcements were made inorder to create a notion that unholy alliance of PDP BJP was serious about the development of the State, which was based on falsehood and lies, he said.
Mir appealed the people to ensure his victory with a thumping majority, as that will be the victory of people of South Kashmir, he added and emphasized them (people) to cast their vote in large numbers in favour of the Congress Party.
Among others who addressed the public meetings included PCC Vice Presidents Haji Abdul Rashid Dr, Gulam Nabi Monga, Ex. MLA Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Hilal Ahmad Shah, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Vinod Koul, Gh. Mohi U Din Bhat, Mohd Iqbl Mir, Mushtaq Pahalgami, Block Presidents, PCC Members, DCC Members and youth leaders.
Addressing public meetings PCC Vice President Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Gulam Nabi Monga,Gulzar Ahmad Wani & Hilal Ahmad Shah said that the ensuing elections was the best opportunity to defeat the opportunist PDP which has exploited people on sensitive issues for electoral gains in 2014 Assembly elections and appealed the people to ensure victory of Gulam Ahmad Mir with a thumping majority.

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PDP stumbled down under the weight of its own ‘deceit’: NC

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Srinagar, Apr 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday asserted that the people of Kashmir have made it a point to punish PDP for deceiving them on the promises it made during 2014 elections saying that people are looking towards NC for taking the state towards safe shores.
Addressing a public meet at Khanabal party’s South Zone President Dr. Bashir Veeri said that there is no fondness for Mehbooba Mufti on ground and that the people of south Kashmir will never forgive her for unleashing torments on them. “Today she is again coming forth with the same set of promises she made while canvassing for assembly elections in 2014. However what followed is an open secret, it cannot be articulated in words, there aren’t any alphabets that can reveal the massive pain the people of Kashmir particularly the people of south Kashmir had to go through,” he said.
Flaying Mehbooba Mufti for shedding crocodile tears on the miseries of people Veeri said, “The election time crocodile tears are political tears whose veracity is under question. Had PDP president and the Ex-Chief minister shed tears when our youth were devoured upon in 2016, it would have had any impact. One may inquire from her as to where was her concern for people when the people of Kashmir were subjected to worst of human rights violations. It was during her tenure that people were used as human shield; where her sympathy and empathy was for those who were blinded, bruised during her tenure. People are the good judge of character of PDP and its stint in power,” he said.
“When enjoying the benefits of power, she had bolted her mouth. People who voted for her, and reposed their faith in her were dejected by her changed outlook. People still remember how sordidly she mocked the death and misery of hundreds of families who had to shoulder the coffins of their beloved, with her coffee and Toffee remarks. People remember how appallingly she had asserted that the guns of security forces aren’t for display but action. She shamelessly stuck to her chair when the youth who had voted for her were being fired at. She didn’t have the gumption to bid good bye to BJP when scores of our youth, and elderly were being blinded and maimed. On the contrary she barefacedly presided over the relentless miseries of people. How can people forget her treachery and political duplicity? People across the state particularly in Kashmir are bidding goodbye to the PDP’s brand of politics, which is based on duplicity, crude lies and political shenanigans. Mehbooba is herself admitting the fact that people of the state, in particular her workers are disgruntled with her. PDP is a spent force, it never was any; the edifice of PDP has stumbled down under the weight of its own deceit and falsehood,” he said.
Veeri said that had BJP not pulled Chair she would have been sitting with them until now “today we see Mehbooba Ji taking pledges for the protection of state’s special status. How can she assume that she can fool people all the time? If she thinks on these lines then she is surely living in a fool’s paradise. There is nothing which suggests that she won’t join hands with the BJP in the future also. Moreover PDP is still in a tacit alliance with BJP; the way PDP supported BJP’s candidate for the post of deputy chairman of Lok Sabha reveals it all. Nonetheless, how can she protect the sanctity of our flag now when she couldn’t stand for the interests of Kashmir when in government with BJP? On the contrary, it was she who allowed the implementation of SARFAESI, GST and NFSA in J&K. what was left of our autonomy; Mufti’s took it upon them to obliterate it. How can she protect it now?”
Veeri said that National conference is the only party that boasts a panacea for the state’s problems. “Once in power we will make amends to the wrongs committed by the PDP-BJP combine. We will embalm the people who suffered at the hands of PDP-BJP. Besides that our leadership has already undertaken to do away with the anti-youth job policy SR0-202, and Public safety act.”
Among others district President Anantnag Altaf Ahmad Kaloo, District president Kulgam Abdul Majeed Bhat Larmi, provincial vice president Dr. Muhammad Shafi, Farooq Shah also addressed the people and sought support for party’s candidate for Anantnag Retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi.

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700 girls in Srinagar provided assistance under SMAS

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Srinagar, Apr 19: More than 700 girls in Srinagar have been provided with the financial assistance for marriage under State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS), officials said on Friday.
In 2015, the government launched two schemes – State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) and HUNAR scheme – for poor and destitute girls of the state.
SMAS was meant for unmarried girls of the state living below the poverty line who may not find themselves in a position to marry due to financial constraints.
The Srinagar administration, these days, is surveying various areas of Srinagar to identify unmarried girls, who cannot afford their marriage expenses and enlist them for the allowance at the time of their marriage.
Under SMAS, the eligible girl would receive one-time financial assistance of Rs 25,000 and cost of 5 gms of gold.
“Since the survey was conducted in 2015, over 10,000 girls have already been listed for the scheme and out of which more than 700 girls have been given allowances at the time of their marriage,” Ajaz Ahmad, Senior Assistant at the district office, Social welfare Department told The Kashmir Monitor,
Ajaz said that the remaining cases have not approached them since they are yet to get married or are still pursuing their studies.
“30 more girls have approached this year out of previously registered cases as they are going to get married this year,” Ajaz said adding the existing forms will be rechecked and sent to the Finance department who will credit the money to the respective bank accounts.
Areas that have been surveyed including Arampora, Eidgah, Kawdara, Rajouri Kadal, Zadibal, Hawal, Lal Bazar, Khanyar, Palpora and Nowhatta.

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