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Condemnations pour in for Kulgam killings

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Srinagar, Oct 21: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) and MLA Khan Sahib Hakim Mohammad Yaseen, CPI(M) Secretary and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami and Chairman Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Haji Yasin Khan and many others Sunday expressed their anguish over the killing of civilians in a blast near a gunfight site in Laroo village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Strongly condemning the killing of civilians in Laroo village of Kulgam district during an anti-militancy operation on Sunday, PDP Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir has warned the government of India of shunning its iron fist response to every situation here.

Terming that militaristic approach of an elected government will further alienate the people and it’s a mockery of democratic values when a day after results of sham elections, brutality is unleashed on civilians.

 

Expressing his serious concern and anguish over the civilian killings in Laroo Kulgam the Chairman PDF & MLA, Khansahib, Hakeem Yaseen sought an immediate end to ongoing violence as the Kashmir is losing its creamy layer of young generation.

He has asked both Central and state Governments to engage youth in a meaningful dialogue to meet their urges and aspirations rather than using military might to douse the flames of their anger. He said ongoing bloodshed in the state will lead to nowhere as resolution of every issue lies in the process of dialogue and reconciliation.

Expressing pain and sorrow over the killing of innocent civilians in an explosion at encounter site in Laroo village of Kulgam, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said the killings have become everyday norm in Kashmir now.

“Unfortunately, New Delhi is watching all this like a mute spectator and seems in no mood to address the issues politically. There is a deep sense of alienation among Kashmiris, especially youth. It is this deepening alienation and anger which is driving young and old towards the deadly encounter sites”, he said.

Expressing his deep anguish over the killing of civilians, Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president G H Mir demanded a high level judicial probe into the incident that led to the killing of civilians and punishment to the guilty. Mir said: “I extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and stand with them in this hour of grief and shock.

Expressing his deep anguish over the civilian killings in Kulgam the chairman Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) strongly condemned the innocent killings in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district which has left almost six civilians dead and dozens seriously injured. Blaming government forces for carrying planned massacre in state, KTMF president termed it sheer cowardice and inhuman act.

In a statement, Khan said, “our youth are being slaughtered like animals as Government of India refuses to give up its policy of repression and acknowledge that people of Kashmir will not yield to submission”. He said entire Valley is in shock and state of mourning by the Killing of almost six civilians in Kulgam.


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JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.

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Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment

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Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.

Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.

Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.

 

Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.

“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.

The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.

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Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley

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Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.

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