Srinagar, Nov 27: Leaders from Joint Hurriyat today paid rich tributes to the slain Kulgam and Tral militants.
In a statement issued here, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani said that “champions of democracy and human rights should have woken up to see with their own eyes that people of Kashmir strive hard to achieve their basic and fundamental right for the last seven decades and has rendered great sacrifices in the form of life and livelihood.”
“Our nation has to stand by this movement as our life, honour, culture, religion and even the land is at stake and if we remain contended with the current situation, everything will be snatched from us,” he said.
He appealed for a complete poll boycott of ongoing Panchayat elections and cautioned people that voting for anybody amounts to betrayal as these votes are used as affirmative verdict to hoodwink the international community.
Geelani further said that those elected by votes play a ‘shameless role’ and obey every command from their masters, just to remain in power.
Hurriyat Conference (M) on Tuesday paid tributes to three militants killed in two separate gunfights in Redwani area of Kulgam and Tral in Pulwama district— Waris Ahmed Malik of Arwani, Reyaz Ahmed Makroo of Qaimoh, and Shakir Hassan Dar.
Hurriyat (M) spokesman in a statement issued to media said that the youth of Kashmir are giving their lives for a great cause and “it is our collective responsibility to protect these great sacrifices.”
He said that it’s high time that the people of Kashmir stay united and show steadfastness towards the mission for which young boys are spilling their blood.
“Under a well-planned strategy, the Kashmir’s land is turned red with the blood of young boys every day and that there is no denying the fact that this all is being done under a “planned genocide” wherein youth are the primary target,” he said.
The spokesman said that almost every day, people are shouldering the coffins of their young ones while as there is ultimate level of fear prevailing everywhere in Kashmir especially in South Kashmir districts where people have been left at the mercy of forces.
He said people are losing their dear ones while as houses are being blown up with high end explosives.
The spokesman said the level of ultimate fear looms large in every nook and corner of Kashmir and this all is being done to force the people of Kashmir and the separatist leadership into a submission.
He said that Kashmir is a well acknowledged dispute at the global level and attempts are being made to change the nature of disputed status of the issue but time is witness that all efforts to crush a genuine struggle across the globe have failed and that the peoples’ will has always prevailed.
The spokesman said that the solution to the Kashmir issue lies either in implementing UN resolutions or through tripartite dialogue with the active participation of people of Kashmir on board.
Meanwhile, the spokesman strongly condemned the arrest of senior APHC leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and disallowing him to carry out his political activities terming it ‘highly undemocratic’.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Mohammed Ashraf Sehrai has expressed pain and anguish over the ‘prevailing grim situation’ in Kashmir and said, the lack of political will, strategic and economic interests are the reasons why the international community appears powerless to halt humanitarian crisis in Kashmir.
“Make no mistake. The world community is the victim of this moral and human distortion,” Sehrai said in a statement issued to media, adding that when everyone involved in the massacre in Kashmir and many other centers of friction allow people at power to carry out crimes against humanity without any international criticism.
Sehrai said, “These powers do not value human life and divine values one single bit, and they pay no attention to the concerns of humanity at the time when Kashmiris are subjected to tyranny. These men claim to advocate for human rights, have they no shame? The same people who sympathize with animals, the same people who magnify every problem that exists in countries which are not dependent on them, have been silent while innocent and defenseless men, women and children are being killed. Their behavior reveals how uncommitted and negligent they are regarding humans.”
While paying tributes to Kulgam and Tral militants and expressed solidarity, pain and grief with the bereaved families, he said, “These youth spilled their precious blood for the great and sacred cause of Kashmir and the entire nation of Kashmir is indebted to them.”
He said it is the collective responsibility of the people of Kashmir and the leadership in particular to take the ongoing movement to its ultimate realization.
“The unprecedented sacrifices of Kashmiri people for Kashmir cause would not go waste. People at power could not silence the voices of Kashmiris through use of brute force,” he said.
Sehrai strongly condemned the use of force on protestors, leaving many injured in indiscriminate bullet pellet and tear gas shelling. “This is absolute highhandedness of forces,” Sehrai said.
He said that “the message is clear anyone raising voice against the men holding the power chair will get bullet, pellet and death. Atrocities in Kashmir can never suppress a just indigenous political struggle for self- determination.”
Meanwhile, Sehrai expressed his deep grief over the demise of Father of Aga Syed Muzzafer Madni and Uncle of Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Aga Syed Hussain Madni Nowgam Sumbal.
While praying for departed soul, Sehrai prayed and bereaved with the families to bare irreparable loss.
Hurriyat response for meaningful talks a good omen: Hakeem
Srinagar, Jun 24: Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Hakeem Yaseen has welcomed the positive response of Hurriyat Conference for holding talks in a bid to resolve the Kashmir situation.
In a statement issued to media, Hakeem Yaseen termed the statement of Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Molvi Umar Farooq as a good omen that Hurriyat leaders were ready for dialogue with New Delhi, if “meaningful” talks are initiated. He said Governor S P Malik, being a responsible representative of the Central Government should provide a congenial environment to the central government interlocutors and genuine stakeholders of the Kashmir problem for initiating meaningful talks on Kashmir.
He said a sincere effort for talks was dire need of the time to stop daily killings and mayhem in the strife torn state.
Hakeem Yaseen hoped that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would utilize his renewed mandate to resolve the vexed Kashmir problem once for all as this was the main bone of contention between India and its neighboring country Pakistan.
“Talks are the only way forward for ending animosity between India and Pakistan,” Hakeem Yaseen said adding that people of the state have become the first casualty of the strained relations between the two neighbouring countries since last seven decades.
Tarigami urges govt to revisit its approach
Srinagar, Jun 24: CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami on Monday said that comprising four districts Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian, south Kashmir has been on the boil ever since July 2016. “Despite passing of three years, the situation in the region is not showing any significant improvement with media reports showing that some youths continue to join militant ranks,” he said.
In a statement issued to media, Tarigami said, “Why isn’t there significant change in south Kashmir despite huge deployment of security forces? Perhaps it is because muscular approach is not giving desired results and needs to be revisited. The policy makers need to answer these questions. Mere counting of arrests and killings are not an answer to this situation.”
“Arbitrary arrests, nocturnal raids and are causing insecurity and harassment among people in the region. It has been done before as well in the State, but it has never yielded anything. On the other hand, it just exacerbates the anger and gives rise to further uncertainty,” he said.
CPI(M) leader said that during early 1990’s large scale arrests took place which only worsened situation. “This is a tried and tested and failed model which we are afraid will only worsen the situation further,” he said.
“Similarly, some people arrested under different laws, are not being released despite courts ordering their release on bail. Those released by the courts are being re-arrested from the jail compound itself and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA),” Tarigami added.
He said that job of security forces is law enforcement. “You can control the unlawful activities only through lawful measures. Such a course amounts to violation of laws which cannot help in restoring order,” he said.
“Though the authorities lifted twice a week curbs on the movement of civilian vehicles on National Highway, reports of security forces harassing the commuters are still pouring in. In the name of security, people are being harassed day-in and day-out,” Tarigami added.
“The safety of security forces convoys is important, but in the name of security common people should not feel any inconvenience or harassment. Patients, students, employees, traders and others, who have to commute daily on the highway should be given full respect by the forces while their convoys move. There should be a better and people friendly way of protecting forces using the highway,” he said.
Back to Village programme: CS interacts with Panchayats reps, locals at Gurez, B’pora
Gurez, June 24: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam during his 2-day extensive visit to district Bandipora participated in the Back to Village Programme on Monday across several Panchayats and also visited Gurez.
The Chief Secretary visited Kanzalwan, Badwan, Wanpora and Khandyal Panchayats and interacted with Panchayat representatives and local people. He spent half a day in Panchayat Wanpora, attended the Gram Sabha there and interacted with Panches and Sarpanchs.
Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Superintendent of Police Rahul Malik and other senior officers of the district were also present.
Appreciating the concept of Back to Village Programme, people welcomed the initiative of the Government in bringing governance to the grassroots level. During the interactions, a number of demands were put forth for consideration of the Government including those related to construction of roads and bridges, construction of tunnel for keeping Bandipora-Gurez road open round the year, arrangements for winters, availability of ration, issues with regard to rehabilitation of people displaced by construction of dam, establishment of SBI Branches in Tulail and Gurez, employees issues, reservation, healthcare facilities construction of bunkers , creation of job avenues etc.
In his remarks, Chief Secretary observed that Back to Village Programme is aimed at energizing and strengthening the Panchayats and directing development efforts in rural areas through community participation. He said the feedback obtained from the visiting officers will be valuable to assess the development needs, analyze the economic potential of the villages/hamlets and to tailor areas specific government schemes/programmes.
Chief Secretary said that areas like Gurez have huge tourism potential. He said Government is actively considering establishment of a Tourism Development Authority here that will help in creation of tourism infrastructure albeit in a planned and eco-friendly manner so as to harness tourism potential of the area while maintaining its pristine glory. He further stated that several important development projects are at various stages of completion which include Khandyal-Bandipora road which will considerably reduce the distance between Bandipora and Gurez.
Chief Secretary said the Government is planning to make a special tourist corridor to connect Ladakh with Gurez, Tangdhar and other border areas of the state.
While responding to the grievances with regard to the Kishenganga Hydroelectric Power Project (KHEP), Chief Secretary said that government will examine the issue further. He said that improvement of power supply in Gurez will remain under focussed attention of the Government.
At Wanpora, Chief Secretary distributed poultry birds among several beneficiaries under the National Livelihood Mission.
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