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Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) celebrated with religious fervor in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 21:The birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) was Wednesday observed with religious fervor, gaiety and enthusiasm across the valley during which thousands of devotees attended night-long prayers in major shrines especially Dargah Hazratbal in Srinagar.

The largest congregation was held at Hazratbal Shrine, which also houses the Holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), here on the embankments of world famous Dal Lake.

The relic was brought to Hazratbal, formerly known as Bagh-i-Sadiqabad, in eighth century and since then it becomes most revered shrine of Kashmir valley.

Thousands of devotes had participated in nightlong prayers preceding night. The devotees also had a glimpse of holy relic during which emotional scenes were witnessed at Hazratbal shrine.

Notably, the devotees had a glimpse of holy relic after each prayer today at Hazratbal shrine.

The speakers on the occasion also threw light on the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

During the course of day, huge number of devotees from all across the Valley thronged Hazratbal to attend the congregational prayers.

Authorities had made special arrangements for the devotees. The devotees also hailed the traffic arrangement.

“We pressed additional number of to vehicles to ferry the devotees. Special route plan was issued for smooth traffic movement,” said an official.

Besides private and public transport, State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) had made arrangements for ferrying devotees. Divisional administration had made arrangements of security and other necessary facilities.

Various religious, social, business and political organizations had erected banners on roads and shops greeting people on the occasion while local traders in Hazratbal market had decorated the markets and announced discount on various items.

The religious and social organizations organized Seerat programmes, and Milad processions were taken out at many places where speakers highlighted various aspects of the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The Milad processions were taken out from Habba Kadal, Barbar Shah, Bemina, Nowgam, Dalgate, Chanapora, Soibug and other localities of Srinagar.

Special congregational prayers were also organized at Jenab Sahab Soura, Asar-e-Sharif Shahri Kalashpora, Lal Bazar, Khanqah-e-Maula, Ziarat Hazrat Dastgeer Sahab (RA), Syed Yaqoob Sahab (RA) Sonwar, Khawaja Naqshband Sahab (RA) and Ziarat Makhdoom Sahib (RA).

Special prayers were also held at Masjids and shrines in Islamabad mainly at Jamia Masjid Reshi Sahab, Khiram Sirhama, Kaba Marg, Dooru and Seer Hamdan.

Similar processions were reported from Ganderbal, Bandipora, Pulwama, Shopian, Tangmarg, Anantnag, Beerwah, Kangan, Sumbal, Hajin and other places.

In Budgam, prayers were held throughout the day at Ziayarat of Hazrat Syed Hussain Simnani (RA) and Charar-e-Sharief.

Reports from south Kashmir said that thousands of people offered prayers at Masjids and shrines in Anantnag mainly at Jamia Masjid Reshi Sahab, Khiram Sirhama, Kaba Marg, Dooru and Seer Hamdan.

People also took out Milad processions from other parts of the district.

Reports from Kargil said that thousands of people celebrated Eid Milad-u-Nabi (SAW) in the town.

In the day long function, religious scholars threw light on the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). They also emphasized the need to follow the Islamic teaching as per the Quran and the Hadith.

There were reports of congregational prayers from Ganderbal, Bandipora, Sopore, Kupwara, Handwara and other places of north Kashmir.

Similar reports were received from other districts and Jammu region.

In Baramulla, Eid Milad was celebrated with huge enthusiasm with thousands of people amid shivering cold participated in the Milad procession.

Thousands of devotees took out a rally from the shrine of Syed Janbaz Wali Shrine and marched through the main market of the town.

Similar processions were reported from Ganderbal, Bandipora, Pulwama, Shopian, Tangmarg, Anantnag, Beerwah, Kangan, Sumbal, Hajin and other places.

In different areas of Pulwama including Kakapora, Pampore, Patipora, Hadiwara, Alochibagh, Gadoora, Munghama and Muran massive Milad processions were taken out in which thousands of people participated. In Budgam, prayers were held throughout the day at Ziyarat of Hazrat Syed Hussain Simnani (RA) and Charar-e-Sharief.

In Baramullah thousands of people assembled at the shrine of Syed Janbaz Wali at Khanpora this morning where from a huge procession was taken out. The devotees while reciting Quranic verses marched through the main Chowk of the town and later the march culminated at Dargah-e-Aalia old town Baramulla.

Thousands of people offered prayers at Masjids and shrines in Anantnag mainly at Jamia Masjid Reshi Sahab, Khiram Sirhama, Kaba Marg, Dooru and Seer Hamdan. People also took out Milad processions from other parts of the district.

In Kishtwar, Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) was celebrated with religious zeal and fervour.

Several Milad processions were taken out in the town in which the participants recited Durood.

Thousands of people took out Milad procession from the historical Jamia Masjid Bhaderwah. The procession passed through various streets of Bhaderwah town and reached back to the Jamia Masjid.

 


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Need to replace idea of ‘Azad Kashmir’: Mehbooba

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, Dec 14: Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti Friday said there was a need to replace the idea of ‘Azaad Kashmir’ with a better one within the framework of the Indian Constitution.

Addressing a seminar ‘Kashmir – The Way Forward’ at the Observer Research Foundation in Mumbai, Mehbooba said, “We need to replace the idea of Azad Kashmir with a better idea within the framework of the Indian Constitution. We cannot go back to 1947, we have to move forward.”

Mehbooba, who led the PDP-BJP coalition government for over two years, said governance was only possible when there is peace.

“Thank God we are living in a democracy where people are allowed to vote and not cows,” she said.

“Kashmiris are the sufferers. Till when will our people keep witnessing this farce of people getting killed? Youngsters are taking up the guns. A 17-year-old boy who played a role in Hyder movie and 14-year-old boy recently got killed after they took up the arms.”

Referring to her coalition government with the BhartiyaJanta Party (BJP) in 2014, Mufti said it was a “suicide”.

“We put everything at stake because we hoped that Narendra Modi will pick up where Vajpayee Ji had left. Unfortunately, Modi ji could not rise to the occasion. Like Vajpayee, we invited him to address a gathering of around 30,000 people in Srinagar. Instead reaching out to people, he said he did not need anybody’s advice. We (Kashmir) are sufferers. If he does not listen to us, whom will he listen to?” she asked.

She said there was a total “distrust and disconnect” between people of Kashmir and New Delhi Delhi.

“They look inwards or outwards (outside the border) for support. During the time of Vajpayee, the people of Kashmir thought of him as a leader who cared,” she said.

“Even Pakistan responded positively resulting in reduction of militancy and ceasefire. Between 2002-05, it was the golden period of Kashmir, since for the first time the CM of Kashmir and PM of India were on the same page. Even Mirwaiz Umar, Yasin Malik, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat went  New Delhi and met Vajpayee.”

She asked New Delhi to make Kashmiris its integral part instead talking only about the land.

“Vajpayee did not hand over Kashmir to Pakistan but he realised the pain of Kashmiris. But the Indian leadership is only stuck that Kashmir is an integral part of India without talking about its people. New Delhi has to make Kashmiris its integral part.”

While her party is losing more people in last few days, including former cabinet ministers, Mehbooba said she felt that SAARC countries were being held hostage to the animosity between India and Pakistan.

“For example, why can’t we have a SAARC Handicrafts University in Kashmir?” she asked.

“India is never an issue during Pakistan elections. However, that is not the case in India. It is for the country to rise up, reach the Kashmiris and find a solution. All the SAARC nations must come together and make Jammu and Kashmir a model of cooperation.”

“Unfortunately, the media which is an important stakeholder in this discussion, is only adding fuel to the fire. The shaking of fists and shouting at one another is not representative of the real Kashmir. We need to change the discourse,” she said.

 

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JK first state with explicit law banning ‘sextortion’

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Jammu, Dec 14: J&K has become first state in India to have a law explicitly banning sexual exploitation of women by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant.

The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the‘Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.

The bill seeks to amend the Ranbir Penal Code whereby specific offence under section 354 E is being inserted to provide for the offence of ‘Sextortion’, said an official handout.

“Amendments are being made in section 154, 161 and Schedule of Criminal Procedure Code and section 53 A of the Evidence Act so as to bring sextortion at par with similar offences prescribed under Ranbir Penal Code and amendment is being made in Prevention of Corruption Act to amend the definition of misconduct and to provide that demand for sexual favors would also constitute misconduct within the meaning of section 5,” said the handout.

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Real Kashmir ‘ill-treated’ by Gokulam Kerala

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Kerala/Srinagar, Dec 14: Real Kashmir FC Friday said they were hurled abuses and manhandled by officials of Gokulam Kerala, who “deprived” the visitors of training facilities ahead of their I-League game in Kozhikode.

Lying third after a sensational start to their maiden season in top-flight, Real Kashmir are scheduled to face seventh-placed Gokulam Kerala at the EMS Corporation Stadium on Saturday. Real Kashmir even threatened to pull out of the game if they are not provided police protection.

The visiting Real Kashmir issued a statement, giving the sequence of events.

“An unfortunate incident happened today morning in Kozhikode in Kerala when the coach and other members of RKFC were abused and heckled by officials of Gokulam Kerala FC,” the Kashmir club said in a statement.

“As per protocol, the home team is supposed to provide a ground two days ahead of the main game for practice. However, RKFC was deprived of that. This morning no transport was provided to ferry the team from hotel to the ground and when they managed to reach themselves, the home team officials prevented physically from entering the ground,” it added in the statement.

Real Kashmir go into the match after a thumping 6-1 win against ShillongLajong at home.

They further said, “Abuses were hurled at the team members including their coach and finally the RKFC members were asked to leave the ground and stay indoors till the match tomorrow with Gokulam Kerala FC.

“There was no team bus, no proper training ground was provided by the host Gokulam Kerala FC, which is a mandatory requirement as per the guidelines of the I-League.”

This is Real Kashmir’s first season in the I-League after winning the second division last year while this is the second season when Gokulam are playing in the competition.

“We condemn the treatment that has been met by our team members who have been asked to stay inside the hotel till tomorrow’s game.

“Our coach and staff was abused by the officials of Gokulam Kerala FC. We need police protection and assurance that none of our players or staff members will be harmed. If we feel threatened, we may not play the game tomorrow. The matter has been taken up with appropriate authorities of law enforcement agencies as well as football federation,” said Real Kashmir.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has demanded safety of the team.

“Have been told @realkashmirfcare facing numerous difficulties down south in the run up to their clash against Gokulam Kerala FC to the point where they are unsure they will be safe playing tomorrow. Request local authorities to intervene to ensure safety of players & staff”.

On their part, Gokulam Kerala FC issued a clarification and alleged “poor and irresponsible
behaviour by Real Kashmir FC.

Gokulam also took to Twitter to issue a clarification. Gokulam said that they had arranged for a bus for the club officials to the Medical College training ground — a bus they “never took” for training at Medical College.

Gokulam said that Real Kashmir invaded the EMS stadium where training a day before the match is not allowed. Gokulam also alleged that Real Kashmir officials manhandled the groundsman and used foul language.

“Today is ‘Harthal’ (Strike) organised by a political party. After a long previous night of arrangements to get the transport for both the teams, we managed to send the bus for RKFC. Medical college ground was booked for RKFCs training,” Gokulam wrote on their twitter handle.

“Before the bus arrived, RKFCs officials who are staying in a nearby hotel invaded the EMS Stadium, where training a day before the match is not allowed by any MC. To keep this in track, we refused to let them train in the EMS.

“RKFC officials stormed the FOP and manhandled the groundsman and threw his phone away when he tried to capture what Mr. Robertson and his club members tried to do.”

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