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Geelani barred from leading protest against Kulgam killings

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Srinagar, Oct 23: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani was not allowed to move out of his jail cum residence, when according to already published program, he was scheduled to march towards Lal Chowk to express solidarity and lead a protest march against the Kulgam carnage carried out by Indian forces on Sunday, when 7 civilians and 3 militants were killed, a spokesman said.

Large contingent of police was deployed in and around the residence of chairman and they locked the main gate from outside and didn’t allow anybody in or out, a spokesman said in a statement issued

Hurriyat chairman has strongly condemned what he termed as arrogant and inhuman police action.

 

He said that “in world’s largest and heavily militarized zone of Jammu and Kashmir, people are not even allowed to breathe freely. Their voice is chocked and their human needs are curbed on the pretext of security. Innocent lives are snatched by the barrel of gun and then people are not allowed to mourn these deaths.”

Suggesting the ‘arrogant and brute’ rulers to get to the basic and ground realities, Hurriyat chairman cautioned them that “arbitrary and ruthless measures cannot lease your illegal and forceful occupation for too long, as history stands testimony to the fact that military might and unrealistic attitude can never succeed in subjugating a nation forever.”

He questioned them that “how long will you keep yourself in a deceitful denial mode as every time people in general convey their unambiguous message that come what may they will never accept and legitimize the unholy and unnatural bond of union with India. But most brazenly and shamefully, Indian rulers ignore these hard facts and continue to parrot the rhetoric of “integral part”.”

Meanwhile, in a statement spokesperson of Hurriyat Conference said that “in occupied Kashmir people are barred from mourning and peaceful protest on the killing of their loved one’s through military might.”

The spokesperson has further said that “although right to peaceful assembly, protest and speech has been acknowledged by international laws, but such kind of peaceful activity is a dreaded sin in Indian occupied territory and severely punished by the largest democracy of the world India, through the use of brute force.”

He further lamented “the criminal silence of world community in regard to Kashmir, when world through United Nations Kashmir specific resolutions has rectified and acknowledged the inalienable right to self-determination of subjugated Kashmiris before 72 years is under obligation to honor its commitment in letter and spirit.”


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JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.

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Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment

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Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.

Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.

Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.

 

Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.

“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.

The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.

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Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley

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Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.

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