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Elections in JK a futile exercise: JKHCBA

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Srinagar, Apr 10: J&K High Court Bar Association on Wednesday termed holding of parliamentary elections in J&K ‘a futile exercise’ and has extended support to the shutdown call given by Joint Resistance Leadership on April 11 and for respective areas on polling day.
“Elections in the past have not helped in the ‘resolution of the Kashmir dispute, in any manner whatsoever,” said General Secretary Bar Association after an Executive Committee meeting of the lawyers’ body.
“In terms of the UN Security Council Resolutions of 1952 and 1957, holding of elections in the State, are no substitute to the right of self-determination, guaranteed to the people of Kashmir by UNCIP Resolutions of 13.08.1948 and 05.01.1949 and also of those passed thereafter and will not in any manner constitute the final disposition of the State,” Bar Association said in a statement issued .
The lawyers’ body said that it would be both, in the interest of people of India and Pakistan to hold plebiscite in the State of J&K, in a fair and impartial manner, so as to give the people a chance to choose about their future in a democratic manner.
It was also stated that the ‘claims of repealing of Articles 35-A and 370 by the BJP will not also put the Kashmir issue on the backburner, as even after the repealing of those provisions of the Constitution, the UN Security Council Resolutions still hold the field as also reflected in the Proviso appended to Article 253 of the Constitution of India and both India and Pakistan are therefore bound to implement those resolutions and fulfil the promises and pledges made by their Leaders to the people of Kashmir at the International as well as Domestic level.’
“For establishing peace and tranquility in the sub-continent and give the people a right to live a peaceful and honourable life, it is necessary for the leadership of both the countries to shun the path of violence and the confrontational attitude and instead, demilitarize the state to facilitate the holding of plebiscite in the State of J&K,” Bar said.
Bar Association said that they support the programme given by the Joint Resistance Leadership for 11th of April, 2019 and on other poll dates.


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Govt committed to revive pristine glory of water bodies: Div Com

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today said that government is committed to revive the pristine glory of water bodies in Kashmir valley.

The Divisional Commissioner said this while taking stock of revival measures for Wular Lake, Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands at a meeting here.

He directed WUCMA to conduct a survey with Wildlife and Revenue authorities in peripheral areas of the Wular Lake for identification of encroached spots.

For Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Budgam and Pulwama districts were directed to prepare a complete demarcation and encroachment report of the wetlands within 20 days.

It was said that concerned Deputy Commissioners will conduct an outer tour of the water bodies along with officers, Panchayats and Municipal Committees and propose a separate land fill site for dumping solid waste on scientific lines.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners to involve local Panchayats for safeguarding and conservation of water bodies.

Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Chief Wildlife Warden, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and other concerned officers were present in the meeting where as Deputy Commissioners of Bandipora, Budgam and Pulwama participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

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Govt inaugurates 15 power projects in Jammu & Kashmir

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Union Power Minister RK Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik have jointly inaugurated 15 power projects and laid the foundation stone for 20 others worth 10,000 crore rupees in the state. Addressing a function in Srinagar, Power Minister said, the government is working to ensure 24 hours electricity supply to all the citizens of the country, including in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. He said, the power supply in this winter will be much better than in the past.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Satya Pal Malik said  development works in Jammu and Kashmir will prompt People of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to revolt against Islamabad and join India.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the transition of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to Union Territories will be smooth. He said, any arrangement or mechanism which evolves will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders. Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing the Annual Conference of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of all States in New Delhi yesterday.

 
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How can PSA be slapped against Farooq Abdullah: Hasnain Masoodi

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How can PSA or Public Safety Act be slapped against National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah who has been in public life for 50 years, someone who has been an MP, and a three time Chief Minister, asks National Conference MP Justice Hasnain Masoodi in an interview with IANS.

“Dr Abdullah has put forth the Kashmir case for India before the international fora. Can he be a risk to the public order and security of the state? Nobody will agree to this,” Justice Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi and his fellow National Conference MP Akbar Lone, who held a meeting with Dr Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah last week said that Farooq Abdullah is not keeping good health, while Omar Abdullah is in good spirits.

“Dr Farooq Abdullah has some health issues. On August 3, there were some concerns about his health. His health may not be worse as compared to the first week of August, but he is not keeping good health. Omar Abdullah is in good spirits,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi said that the revocation of Article 370 is neither in favour of the state nor the country.

“The scrapping of this Article will widen the gulf between Kashmir and the rest of the country,” Masoodi said.

He said there has been no significant improvement in the situation in Kashmir since August 5, when the article was scrapped and this is drawing international attention.

“Things are the same in Kashmir, though some public transport is plying, mobile phone service continue to remain blocked. There is an information blockade. Landlines have been opened up, but because of the shift to the digital world, most people have disconnected their landlines,” Justice Masoodi said.

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