Srinagar, Oct 19: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Friday said that the “aggressive” policy and approach of New Delhi towards the people of Kashmir is becoming “more brutal and aggressive as almost every day Kashmiri youth are being killed and targeted ruthlessly”.
Hurriyat (M), in a statement, urged the world community including UN, OIC and other organisations across the globe to take serious note of “unabated human rights violations, killings, maiming and thrashing of youth, men and women, arrest of resistance leaders and slapping them with the draconian PSA which has resulted in a reign of terror in every nook and corner of the Valley.”
Hurriyat (M) said that there is hardly any area in Kashmir where “forces have not let loose state terror through the barrel of their guns.”
It lashed out at the present government in Kashmir over the strict imposition of curfew across downtown for the third consecutive day and locking down of historic and grand masjid of Kashmir, the Jama Masjid, for 2nd consecutive week and 15th time this year by disallowing the people from offering the congregational prayers on Fridays there thereby hurting the religious sentiments of thousands of people across the Valley, terming it as a direct interference into the religious affairs.
Hurriyat (M) strongly denounced the continuous house confinement of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq there by barring him from carrying out his social, religious and political activities and termed it as a utter frustration on part of the authorities and sheer vendetta.
Hurriyat (M) said that hurting the religious sentiments of people of Kashmir time and again by barring congregational prayers at the Jama Masjid is highly unacceptable and calls for condemnation at all levels. The Hurriyat urged the global organisations fighting for the religious freedom to take serious note of frequent forcible closure of Kashmir’s main mosque.
Hurriyat (M) strongly condemned the forces action who went berserk in Trichal village of Pulwama by thrashing to the inmates to the pulp including women, elderly and youth terming it as act of frustration.
Meanwhile, on the directions of Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, a high level delegation led by senior Hurriyat and Awami Action Committee leader Ghulam Nabi Zaki visited the houses of Mehrajudin Bangroo, Rayees Sofi and Faid Mushtaq Waza at Fateh kadal and Khanyar and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. The delegation offered congregational Friday prayers for the all the three martyrs and vowed to take forward the mission of martyrs.
Hurriyat (M) also paid rich tributes to four armed youth killed at the LoC in Uri area of north Kashmir and also the two youth martyred in a shootout at Baramulla district. Hurriyat said that the stubborn approach of the New Delhi is pushing Kashmiri youth to the wall and forcing them to choose armed means of resistance to fight the oppression and repression.
Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir
Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.
90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts
Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.
Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor
Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.