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Geelani hails Pak PM’s mature response

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Srinagar, Feb 28: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday expressed serious concern on the escalating tension between India and Pakistan and said that although borders were never calm, but for the last couple of days they are roaring with thunders of bombs and guns threatening the whole population.

In a statement issued to the media, Geelani citing the Pulwama incident said that the strategists and manufacturers have created war madness in whole India.

Geelani said that claims and counter claims will have no end and it is immaterial, who kills how many and who bleeds more, one thing is sure that humanity and human race is threatened on both sides.

 

In a statement issued here, Hurriyat (G) chairman hailed the mature and repeated peace appeals by Pakistan premier and said that such statements can only come through a person with human heart.

“In response to the persistent provocation by the so-called world’s largest democracy, the press briefing from across are focused, sensible and responsible and they should be taken as a peace narratives rather than weakness, inability or incapability,” he said.

Pro-freedom leader said that if the war mongers and media generals continue to guide their political masters, a widespread disaster and a massive human devastation is eminent and then neither the media war rooms will thunder nor the jingoism and ultra-nationalism echo will be heard.

Hurriyat chairman said that sane and good sense should prevail on the architectures and escalators of this man made tragedy, they need to shun the denial veil and stop parroting the “Integral Part” rhetoric. Get to the root cause of this catastrophe in waiting, as the poor soldiers cannot always afford to offer their blood to satisfy power lust of their arrogant politicians.

Hailing the free accommodation offer of the Kashmiri Hoteliers for the stranded passengers and tourists because of prevailing circumstances, pro-freedom leader said that this is a difference between a human and a beast.

One is in search of his prey to quench his bloody thirst and take advantage of the circumstances while other in similar conditions offers his helping hand to the suffering masses irrespective of their cast, creed, religion or region. This is a slap on the face of those communal forces who used the Pulwama incident to flex their muscles on poor and helpless Kashmiries.

Condemning the recent NIA raids on scores of common people including pro-freedom leaders, Hurriyat chairman said that these coercive measures have never succeeded in curbing the sentiments of people and undemocratic, immoral and illogical tactics of harassing people, has its own repercussions and is just an addition to their long list of mighty tools used by our oppressor and will yield nothing.


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NC-PDP responsible for culture of impunity, lack of accountability in Kashmir: Sajad 

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Srinagar, March 20: Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone Wednesday while expressing grief on the killing of Rizwan Pandith in police custody blamed lack of accountability patronized by two traditional parties to safeguard their own interests.

The killing of a school teacher in police custody is unacceptable in a democratic setup and must be condemned in strongest of terms. It is imperative for the Governor administration to conduct a fair and transparent inquiry into the reasons that led to this unfortunate incident and punish those involved. For people to be able to have belief in the system, justice must not only be done but seen to be done as well”, he said while condemning the killing.

Sajad said that the culture of impunity and lack of accountability started by two traditional political parties and their failure to hold erring police officers in the past accountable has led to normalization of excesses.

 

“The failure of NC & PDP to hold culprits to account is partly responsible for the death of Rizwan Asad Pandit. This culture of immunity and impunity has to end for people to have any trust in the system. The judicial inquiry ordered in this incident has to be time bound and reach its final conclusion because the way these two parties have used judicial probes to cool down tempers and buy time.”, he added.

Sajad said that NC’s opportunistic politics and the party’s insatiable thirst for power at any cost have been borne by the people of Kashmir over the past many decades.

“The election of 1987, which was rigged to impose NC on the people of Kashmir, was a collective murder that has spread over three bloody decades and cost us nearly one lakh innocent lives till now. It pushed the youth away from the mainstream and forced them to pick up the gun. NC’s thirst for power in 1987 & 1996 elections threw the State into the throes of turmoil and suffering”, he added.

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Death of Rizwan in custody is ‘State sponsored act of terror’: KCC&I prez

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Srinagar, March 20: Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, President of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) Wednesday termed the death of Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora in police custody and the subsequent conduct of the State to be a ‘State sponsored act of terror’.

Sheikh Ashiq as per a statement issued to media said, “Under the garb of fighting terror, the State seems to have declared a war on the civilian population. Repeated provocations, brutalization and killings of unarmed civilian population suggests that decisions have been taken to push Kashmir Valley into a situation of chaos and anarchy. Security agencies have been given a free hand to commit atrocities of the worst kind without any accountability.”

“No effective action has been taken to punish the killers. The responsibility of the State to protect lives of its citizens stands violated. The State has so far chosen to look the other way and only announced a magisterial enquiry. Till the time the enquiry is completed, the killers would be free to roam and commit more atrocities in the society. The infructuous results of earlier enquiries evoke little hope of justice being provided to the victims,” he said.

 

Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad stated that the stakeholders of different political ideologies needed to not only condemn but also take responsibility for a joint response in this regard.

“Murder of unarmed civilians cannot be business as usual. The business community would be looking forward to a united effort from the society for ensuring that the course of justice is not impeded and guilty pay for shedding innocent blood,” he added.

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Police arrests thief at SKIMS Soura, stolen items recovered

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Srinagar, March 20: Police on Wednesday arrested a thief involved in theft of mobile phones at SKIMS Soura and recovered the stolen items from his possession.

The spokesman said that police station Soura had received multiple complaints regarding the theft of mobile phones in SKIMS Soura.

Accordingly, a case FIR No. 10/2019 under relevant sections of law was registered and investigation was set into motion.

 

During the course of investigation, a police team arrested a suspect based on human and technical inputs. The individual identified as Aijaz Ahamd Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad Dar, a resident of Haigam Sopore, presently residing at Waheedpora Ganderbal, confessed his involvement in the theft cases. He further revealed that he used to target patients/attendants waiting in the queues for obtaining OPD tickets and other reports near the collection centers.

Police recovered 19 stolen mobiles phones from his possession and further investigation is going on.

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