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.
No subsidized sugar from 2019
Srinagar, Dec 14: Governor led administration has decided to do away with the purchase and distribution of sugar among the consumers in the State from next year.
According to the sources, the decision was taken on December 5 during the planning committee’s meeting of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department. The meeting held under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary took the decision, observing that the sugar was now available in open market, sources said.
Presently, only two categories – BPL and AAY – would get sugar from the ration depots set up by the department.
“The sugar was distributed by the department among consumers belonging to BPL and AAY. Both categories comprised a poor population of the state and this decision will severely impact them,” they added.
If sources are to be believed, the government has also decided to close Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme. “All these decisions will have a telling impact on the people of the state,” sources said.
A senior official of the department, wishing not to be named, said that the importance attached to the department has been severally impacted and the government needs to rethink about it.
Secretary Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Dr Abdul Rashid obliquely admitted the stoppage of sugar distribution from next year even as he said: “all depends on the budget” on Saturday.
“The sugar is not an essential commodity and the state used to give extra subsidy over it. I think there are some financial constraints. However, no final decision has been taken. Whether or not any funds are kept for it would be known when the budget is revealed,” Dr Rashid told media.
Regarding kerosene, he said the quota is decided by the Government of India’s Ministry of Petroleum and it has decreased it by 30-40%. “The kerosene is being supplied to the particular category of people and purposes are only cooking and illumination,” he said, adding, “If we look in our state, there is technically almost cent percent electrification and LPG is in almost every household now.”
Regarding atta (flour), Dr Rashid said there is no issue as regards its supply and it is being supplied to the consumers as usual. “There is no plan to do away with the distribution of the atta,” the officer added.
Created in 1931 by Maharaja Hari Singh, FCS&CA department was meant to ensure that the people of the state get ration and other amenities at the affordable price, and also to control food prices.
The department would distribute tin for house trusses, charcoal, cement, pulses (dals), and salt besides rice, flour, sugar and kerosene.
Over the years, the supplies assigned to the department have been reduced drastically, leaving it with the task of distributing rice, sugar, atta (flour) and kerosene oil.
The kerosene distribution has also been markedly reduced and in the last five years, and no atta (flour) was distributed in Srinagar and some other districts in last six months as same was dumped for distribution to the border areas.
Leopard found dead in Buffliaz forest
Poonch, Dec 14: A leopard was found dead in forest area, near the Peer Panjal Region in Buffliaz area of Surankote tehsil in Poonch district on Friday.
Sources told the media that some villagers noticed the dead body of full grown leopard lying in the bushes in Buffliaz forest area of Surankote and informed concerned officials.
Soon the wildlife officials reached the spot and shifted the carcass to Surankote.
Later postmortem was conducted by the veterinary doctors at Surankote in presence of Tehsildar and later buried its body.
Incharge Wild Life Chief Warden, Rajouri-Poonch Range, Mushtaq Ahmad said that he has taken cognizance of the matter.
Mirwaiz condoles demise of AAC leader
Srinagar, Dec 14 : Awami Action Committee (AAC) patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed his grief and sorrow over the demise of party’s district president for Bandipora Master Abdul Gani saying the contributions of deceased towards the movement will always be remembered.
According to a statement issued here, Mirwaiz while expressing his heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family said the deceased was the active member of AAC who remained steadfast and committed towards the freedom struggle throughout his life.
He said the deceased did not only face the imprisonment but countless problems for being the active worker of the AAC. Despite facing harassment and intimidation for advocating people’s struggle, the deceased didn’t budge and remained rock solid towards his mission, he said.
The death of Master Abdul Gani has created a void in the ranks of AAC which is difficult to fill, Mirwaiz said.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz also expressed his heartfelt condolence with the editor of English daily Kashmir Reader Haji Hayat Bhat on the demise of his mother at Kadlabal, Pampore. Mirwaiz prayed for the departed soul and extended solidarity and sympathy with the bereaved family.