Srinagar, May 07: Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday termed the civilian killings in Kashmir worrisome and tormenting for one and all, asking the political, social and religious groups to stand united in their efforts in getting the state out of the vicious cycle of violence and bloodshed.
As per the party statement issued, a high-level district committee Srinagar meet was held at the party headquarters here which was chaired by the PDP General Secretary Mansoor Hussain Soharwardhy.
Addressing the meeting, the party General Secretary said the killings of civilians in Kashmir has emerged as a most worrying trend in the state, demanding concern of one and all in the society. He said it is the high time that all political groups irrespective of the party affiliations and ideologies, beliefs, and practices, must come forward and help the government in putting a lid to such crises.
Mansoor said the younger generation of Kashmir need to understand that the value of their life is much more precious than anything else for their parents and the dear ones. “What greater agony could be there than to find the young generation setting all their priorities aside and falling prey to the bullets. If such a situation continues, Kashmir will turn into a place wherein hopelessness would saunter and nightmares would replace dreams,” Mansoor said.
Appealing youth to understand the value of their lives, the PDP General Secretary said the youth must be guided towards the path wherein things can be achieved by means of non- violence and peaceful struggles. “How long should the parents shoulder the coffins of their dead children. How long shall the mothers wail over the bullet-ridden bodies of their sons? the leadership has to rise to the occasion and guide people not to tread the path of destruction. If we fail, history will never absolve us,” Mansoor said.
The PDP General Secretary added that if the political leadership in Kashmir this time fails to guide the younger generation, the judgment of the future ages will be harsh and unthinkable. “There is before all of us a precarious chance to turn the black tide of events and these proposals spring without ulterior motive or political passion, from our calm conviction that hunger for peace is in the hearts of every person in Kashmir,” Mansoor said.
The meeting was also attended by the PDP’s Srinagar district president Mohammad Khurshid Alam who said that the state has been bearing the brunt of the past mistakes committed by the leadership and that the core agenda of the PDP has always been to build a peaceful society based on the values of justice and Fair Play.
MLA Batamaloo Noor Mohammad Sheikh, VC Handicrafts Dr. Ali Mohammad Wani, Secretary PDP Abdul Hameed Kosheen and various others also took part in the meeting.
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.