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Director Tourism’s speech leaves many surprised

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Srinagar, Oct 30: Director Tourism Tasaduq Jeelani’s recent speech ridiculing the absent delegates at the Kashmir FAM Autumn Festival has come as a surprise to many.
A small clip of his speech has gone viral on social networking sites in which he expresses his annoyance against the tourism association leaders who had not attended the event.
“I am very upset as the association leaders, whom I expected to be here on these chairs, but they have slept. I wanted to get their feedback, positive or negative,” Jeelani is seen saying.
“The message should go to them that I have seen ‘90s and post ‘90s. I am six feet tall, a positive, and God-fearing person. I want to contribute to my future generation.”
Director Tourism all of a sudden deviates from the topic and starts describing his personality to the audiences.
“Don’t think I am a layman. Don’t think I don’t know anything about tourism. It is just a small department I enjoyed since two months. My friends I give you a challenge, be positive and sensitivetowards Kashmir,” Jeelani is seen speaking in the video.
The tourism director when interrupted by an official resists and asks him to let he continue his speech.
He later in the video claims that he doesn’t accept orders and challenges. “Let it be even if it is last day of my stint as my Director Tourism. I am a practical man and I want to contribute. I don’t accept challenges, discussion and orders of anybody,” Jeelani says in the video clipping.
“I don’t worry today, they can shift me to anywhere but I want to contribute to my Kashmir which I have seen in bad times.”
While many are heard laughing in the background of the video, he suddenly makes a remark “Khuda mujhse sab kuch le sakta hain,… Jaan bhi le sakta hain magar meri zubaan nahin. (God can take away everything from me, my life even but he can’t take my voice).”
The entire video is being criticised by the people, particularly on social media networking sites.
“I heard him, but I didn’t understand exactly,” writes Farhan Rashid a Facebook social.
The FAM Kashmir Autumn was attended by over 70 delegates from different parts of the country including leading travel agents and tour operators, filmmakers, representatives from print and electronic media.
The Kashmir FAM Tour was organised in an effort to offset “negative perception” about Kashmir.


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Mehbooba red-flags ‘arming residents’ in Chenab valley

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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday flayed Centre and state governments for their plans to “arm civilians” in sensitive Chenab Valley saying that such attempt will set a dangerous trend.
“Reports about administration trying to arm civilians under the garb of creating Village Defence Committees in Chenab Valley are disturbing and alarming especially at the time when the government has to be inclusive to avoid further alienation of youth across the state,” Mehbooba said in a statement.
She said that similar experiments of “arming civilians” under anti-militancy grid in 90s led to “complete chaos.”
“The wounds inflicted upon the general masses due to such move are still fresh.
“In communally sensitive areas like Chenab Valley the plans are fraught with only dangerous consequences,” she said.
Mehbooba added that the union government recently had planned to wind-up all such defence committees.
“… but suddenly, they are taking a U-Turn. Not only such committees are being strengthened but even fresh arms being were issued, that too to the people with a particular political ideology,” she said.
The PDP president condemned the registration of a “false and frivolous” FIR against the party leaders including its former legislator and senior leader Firdous Tak and Youth District President Kishtwar Wasil Doolwal for seeking immediate roll back of such plans.
“The party leaders have represented the sentiments and aspirations of the people but it seems that the local administration was working under pressure from a particular political organisation. The registration of the case only speaks about the sorry state of affairs in Chenab Valley. The registration of the case seems to be a step taken under political compulsions and it should be rectified,” she said, while demanding immediate withdrawal of the case.

Dissolves PAC
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Srinagar, Jul 20: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Saturday dissolved the party’s top decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC).
The move comes less than a week ahead of the PDP’s 20th foundation day anniversary scheduled to be observed on July28.
“Mehbooba Mufti has dissolved the PAC and a new body will be reconstituted in near future,” a PDP spokesman said.
While no reasons were assigned for the sudden decision of the PDP president, sources in the party said it was done in the wake of number of senior party leaders including several MLAs and former ministers quitting the party.
Those who have left the PDP include Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Altaf Bukhari, Haseeb Drabu, Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari and Abbas Wani (all former MLAs).

 
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Cop turned drug peddler arrested

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Srinagar, Jul 20: J&K Police Saturday arrested a drug peddler in Srinagar who turned out to be a cop.
A spokesperson said that Srinagar police intercepted and arrested one drug peddler at a checkpoint near Batamaloo.
The peddler, as per the police spokesperson, was identified as Mohammad Altaf Rather son of Akbar Rather resident of Panzan Chadoora.
“It is learnt that the arrested person works in Police department as Head Constable and has been accordingly placed under suspension,” the spokesperson said, adding the police seized 650 gms of charas and cash amount Rs 19,150 from his possession.
Accordingly case FIR No. 64/2019 under relevant sections of law was registered in the matter.
“He was shifted to Police Station Batamaloo where he remains in custody. One motor cycle bearing registration number JK01S-2152 also has been seized,” the spokesperson said.
The police requested people to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood.

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Drugs trap to spoil Kashmiri youth: Farooq

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Srinagar, Jul 20: Member of Parliament and National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah asked the youth of J&K to stay away from rising drug menace.
“The rising drug menace in Kashmir is a trap used to spoil the future of Kashmiri youth. I urge youth to stay away from it,” Farooq said while addressing a convention of NC workers at Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Farooq added that “if the special status of Jammu and Kashmir will be removed, all the presidential laws will come to an end by itself.”
Member of Parliament Hasnain Masoodi, Member of Parliament M Akber Lone, General Secretary Ali M Sagar, former MLA Handwara Choudhary M Ramzan, provincial president Nasir Alsam Wani and Sharif-ud-din Sharik were present on the occasion.

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