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Fiddling with JK’s special status impermissible, unacceptable: Mehbooba

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Srinagar, Nov 14: Former Chief Minister and President People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday reiterated that any attempt taken through legal or administrative route to fiddle with JK’s special status will be unacceptable to the people of the state.
Addressing party functionaries and workers of Anantnag and Pahalgam, the PDP chief stated that while it is legitimate for the political parties like PDP to seek peoples’ trust and their representation but it is not just for seeking power.
She said that the ultimate aim in Jammu and Kashmir has to be the permanent resolution of our problems which have cost the state very dearly for the last seven decades.
She said that mere change of governments or any attempt at disrupting the established political order will only push the state and the country into a deeper mess.
Mehbooba said the consistent stance the PDP has always been to get the state out of the political crises and address its external as well as internal dimensions.
She said that whether in Government or out, the party has remained at the forefront to pitch for dialogue and reconciliation between the two countries and make peace inseparable feature of the violence infested state.
The PDP chief also cautioned that any fiddling with the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is fraught with dangerous consequences and has the tendency to turn the state into a veritable inferno.
“We strongly believe that the constitution of the country has enough space to accommodate aspirations of Jammu and Kashmir but unfortunately the atmosphere is fouled by the attempts being made to fiddle with its special status and louse of mistrust has risen out of that,” Mehbooba said, adding that any such attempt made through the legal or administrative route will be unacceptable to the people of the state.
The PDP chief added that soon after elections were held in Pakistan, the government there made an attempt to reach out to India but unfortunately perhaps because of the elections in our country slated next year, same couldn’t be reciprocated. “But we must look forward to acceptable and peaceful solution of Kashmir. Those at the helm must realize that there is no substitute to talks between India and Pakistan and between centre and the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Mehbooba said.
The former Chief Minister remarked further that PDP has a consistent stand vis-a-vis dialogue which the party has reiterated every time whether in government or in opposition and that the party believes that unless there is a political progress in Kashmir, all developmental efforts will remain ineffective as long as people remain alienated and dissatisfied with the system.


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All laws in Kashmir should be at par with rest of India: Shiv Sena

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New Delhi, Apr 20: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said that all the laws in the State of Jammu and Kashmir should be at par with the rest of the country.
Coming down heavily on the Indian National Congress, the Shiv Sena chief said that Congress does not want to abolish Article 370.
“All laws in Kashmir should be at par with the rest of India. Congress does not want to abolish Article 370. Leaders like Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have said that if Article 370 is abolished there will be no one to respect the tricolor,” the Shiv Sen chief said while addressing a public rally in Aurangabad.
He also that Shiv Sena wanted a Prime Minister who could attack Pakistan and that is why Shiv Sena went into an alliance with the BJP.

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CB registers case: 129 fake appointments in health dept at B’pora

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Srinagar, Apr 20: Crime Branch Kashmir (CBK) has registered a case against various officers, officials for fraudulently making 129 appointments in three medical blocks of Bandipora.
According to CBK official handout, it received a communication from Directorate of Health Services Kashmir regarding 129 persons in Bandipora suspected of holding fictitious GPF numbers and with no record in District Fund Office Bandipora.
“During the course of inquiry by CBK, it came to fore that 129 employees of District Bandipora, 26 from Block Bandipora, 17 from Hajin and 86 from Block Gurez possess fictitious GPF A/C NOs, with allotted computer code 7501,” it stated, adding that the offices of Block Medical Officer Bandipora, Hajin and Gurez have reflected the fictitious GPF Code 7501 on the LPCs issued by them in favour of the fraudulently appointed employees.
The CBK further said that the appointment orders purportedly issued by Chief Medical Officer Baramulla were found fake and fictitious as the persons were appointed in fraudulent manner and then transferred to different Medical Blocks with their service books / LPCs prepared and dispatched.
“In this manner, a huge number of illegally and fraudulently appointed employees have been drawing salary deceitfully since long under a well-knit criminal conspiracy in league with concerned officers/officials. A huge loss has been caused to the state exchequer due to fraudulently appointed employees” the handout stated.

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Transparency in cross-LoC trade: Demands ignored by successive govts,says KCCI

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Srinagar, Apr 20: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) on Saturday said that their demands aimed at bringing transparency in cross-LoC trade were ignored by the successive governments in the state.
“Over the years, no effective steps were taken to implement various suggestions given by stakeholders,” a spokesman of KCC&I said in a statement.
He said that the decision of installation of full body scanner was taken several years ago it was caught in procedural delays.
“Demands aimed at bringing transparency to the trade including installation of a full body scanner, close circuit television camera’s (CCTV’s), banking facility, communication infrastructure, re-verification of traders, regular rotation of officials posted at Trade Facilitation Centres etc have been ignored,” he said.
He said that in July 2018, the then Governor N N Vohra had issued deadlines for the implementation of the aforementioned measures but till date no action has been taken resulting in the suspension of the trade itself.
He also said that the allegation that businessman Zahoor Ahmed Wattali was the President of LOC Traders Association is also unsubstantiated as per our knowledge.
“This has allowed the alleged flow of narcotics, fake currency and weapons into the State. In view of the serious nature of the allegations, responsibility needs to be fixed for the glaring lapses,” he said.
He said that the order of suspension has been issued without taking into account the difficulties genuine traders would be facing.
“No opportunity has been given to settle accounts and traders have been left with huge stocks, many of them perishable, which would be of no use. In addition, thousands of persons connected with the trade have been rendered jobless and in debt,” he said.

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