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Delhi’s policy on Kashmir more ‘aggressive, brutal’: Hurriyat (M)






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.






Pakistan militant held, vehicle siezed in Pattan

Global News Service



Srinagar, April 22: A Pakistani millitant and a driver were arrested by government forces at Chainabal area of Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday.

Official sources told GNS that a joint team of Army’s 29, SOG and CRPF stop a Mahindra car (DL 12 CA 4189). During searches the joint team apprehended two persons boarding the vehicle including the militant and the driver.

The vehicle has also been seized while as the Pakistani militant identified as Aqib alias Chota Dujana and driver namely Tafazul of Srinagar were taken to Police Station Pattan for further questioning.


A police officer also confirmed the incident to GNS but declined to commit further.

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Traders protest in Srinagar against suspension of cross-LoC trade

Firdous Hassan



Photo: Umar Ganie

Srinagar Apr 22: Traders affected by the suspension of cross-LoC trade by the Centre held a protest march in Srinagar on Monday.

Scores of traders engaged in cross-LoC trade on the Uri-Muzaffarabad route demanded revocation of the suspension order, and sought a fool-proof mechanism for smooth operations.

The traders claimed that suspension of the trade had cost them losses over crores of rupees as their goods were either in transit or lying in godowns.


President, LoC traders Association Tanveer Ahmad Wani claimed each trader had a huge liability in the form of loans from banks and pending stocks at home.

He demanded the resuming of the trade in order to avoid their losses ahead. “The wholesale dealers have started asking for payments as they realized that the trade has been closed indefinitely. We are in a very difficult situation as our entire tradable items, which mostly includes fruits have not arrived at trade facilitation center in Uri, which we could sell to earn livelihood,” he said.

Wani informed a delegation of the LoC traders met Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Monday adding they are planning to visit MHA office in New Delhi in coming week with their grievances.

“We have no choice other than to commit suicide. It is not only concerning traders but transporters and labourers who have been associated with this trade for the last 10 years,” he said.

Another trader Tanveer Ahmad Mir, who runs business in the name of Kako importers and exporters, said the LoC trade suspension has involved his rupees four crores alone.

 “The transaction, which is based on barter system has not happened yet. I am worried about the pending payment for the month to my dealers. Presently stock of stocks of embroidery suits and other items are lying in my store,” he said.

Mir said the government should have intimidated them ahead of announcing this decision to avoid their losses.

“The work regarding installation of full body scanner is going on. Other facilities have also been set up to ensure transparency. The government should continue the trade besides installing advanced mechanism ahead,” he said.

Mohammad Haneef, a 28 years old postgraduate who has been working as a labourer for the last eight years at Trade Facilitation Centre is equally worried with the suspension of the trade.

He said many like him joined as labourers after finding no employment opportunities in the government sector despite an academic qualifications.

“This was the only means to earn bread for our families, which too has been snatched now. There are no good avenues of employment in Uri and we fear our families will have to starve ahead,” he said.

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Time to review Article 370, 35A in J&K: Rajnath Singh

Press Trust of India



Jaipur Apr 22: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said India’s stand against militancy has been weakened on several occasions by the Congress party.

Addressing a press conference here, Singh said, “They (Congress) have given a new theory of Hindu militancy. There is no religion or caste of militancy. Their new theory weakened India’s stand against militancy.”

He said repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) was another such case which undermined India’s stand.


“In 2004, India had an agreement with Pakistan in which its former army chief had assured that the country will not provide shelter and allow militancy to flourish on its soil, but Congress tried weakening India’s stand, saying Pakistan was also a victim of militancy,” he said.

The home minister said the opposition was doing politics over issues which should not be politicised.

Instead of praising the defence forces after the airstrike in Balakot of Pakistan, the opposition parties questioned it with queries on number of militants killed, he said.

“When such types of questions are asked, it weakens India’s stand against militancy,” he said.

Speaking on the Congress’ election manifesto promising to scrap the sedition law, Singh said the law should be further strengthened but it should not be misused.

Talking about Articles 370 and 35A for Jammu and Kashmir, he said it was a temporary arrangement and it was time to review it.

“How much the entitlement benefitted Jammu and Kashmir? When a few people are raising questions there should be two prime ministers in the country then what is the significance of Article 370 and 35A,” Singh asked.

He exuded confidence that the first two phases of Lok Sabha elections reflected a wave in favour of the BJP, and there was no doubt the party will get a clear majority and possibly the NDA will achieve 3/4th majority.

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