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Srinagar, Jul 27: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Friday welcomed the statement of PTI chief Imran Khan that “Kashmir is the core issue between India and Pakistan and the two countries should resolve it through dialogue.”
In a statement issued to KNS, Geelani expressed hope that the election in Pakistan would lead to a stable government in the country, saying all religious and political organizations should work together.
Syed Ali Geelani while referring to the statement of PTI chief Imran Khan, said it reflects the state policy of Pakistan. I on behalf of my nation offer my congratulation to Imran Khan on his achievement, Geelani asserted.
Praying for the prosperity and stable Pakistan, Syed Ali Geelani hoped that all religious and political organizations in Pakistan will serve their best for progressive and stable Pakistan, saying the country has a political importance in the Muslim world and this country is center of hope not only for the sub-continent but for the whole Muslim Ummah.
Hailing Imran Khan for clear Kashmir policy, Syed Ali Geelani said, “Now it is time for India to reciprocate. India should come clear on Pakistan’s offer” Geelani said.
We hope Pakistan’s offer and spirit of flexibility will be reciprocated by India so that new vistas of cooperation are opened for resolution of issues including Kashmir issue in accordance with aspirations of Kashmiri people,” he said.
Geelani urged Indian leadership to shun its stubborn, haughty and colonial attitude and come forward for sorting out all outstanding issues with Pakistan particularly the Kashmir dispute.
He stressed for the cordial relation between Iran, Afghanistan, China, Bangladesh, Nepal & Pakistan and said that best relation between these countries will lead the region to overall stability, peace, development, and progress. “We hope Pakistan’s PTI chief will lead Pakistan and improve relations with neighboring countries, saying global cooperation and friendly relations is key to successes and prosperity.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference executive council members today expressed deep anguish over the continuous house arrest of its chairman Syed Ali Geelani and plight of detainees languishing in different jails.
Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Syed Mohd Shafi, Bilal Sidiqi, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Mohd Yusuf Naqash, Bashir Andrabi, Nisar Husain Rather while leading demonstration protested against continuous house arrest of its chairman, Syed Ali Geelani and ill treatment meted out to detainees lodged in different jails including Tihar, Kot Bhalwal, Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua, Riyasi, Baramulla, Bijbehara, Kupwara and Srinagar central jail. Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Imran Ahmad Bhat, Ab Rashid Lone, Mohd Shafi Mir and Arshad Hussain Bhat also participated in protest demonstrations.
Meanwhile Hurriyat spokesman lashed at authorities for keeping Gh Nabi Sumji under continuous house arrest.


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Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar

Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Jun 25: The Srinagar administration Tuesday launched a city-wide crackdown on illegal sale of cigarettes among other tobacco products holding simultaneous inspections of markets in various areas.

The inspections were held in the wake of growing concerns about increasing prevalence of substance abuse in Srinagar and to verify adherence to the Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act or COTPA 2003 which prohibits advertisement of and provides for regulation of trade and commerce in production and distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Large number of stores and vendors situated at different places were found selling cigarettes without the mandatory pictorial warnings on packets thereof. Huge cache of such cigarettes was also seized from various markets during the inspections.

 

Some 50 stores and vendors including those found selling cigarettes among other tobacco products close to schools among other educational institutions in violations of COTPA and violating other provisions thereof were booked with several of them sealed during the inspections.

It is notable that the data suggests that the annual amount spent on tobacco consumption in Srinagar is a staggering Rs 131 crore which is the highest in the State. This among other forms of substance abuse involving both genders is growing into a serious cause of concern in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who has issued strict instructions to concerned officers to crackdown on violators and offenders said violations of COTPA account for serious offences and will be dealt with in the context of public safety.

Dr Shahid assured of sustained efforts to check substance abuse in Srinagar but also urged the general public and parents in particular to do their bit emphasizing their important role therein and to assist the administration in its efforts to curb prevalence thereof.

Last month a district level coordination committee comprising 15 members from different departments and organisations was constituted in the district for the implementation of COTPA.

Different members of the committee have been assigned different roles and responsibilities for ensuring effective and functional application of tobacco control in the district.

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Amit Shah should start process of dialogue with all stakeholders: Sagar

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Srinagar, Jun 25: Ahead of the visit of union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference has hoped that the central government will begin dialogue on Kashmir to restore peace in the state.

National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that Kashmir valley is going through bloodshed, tension and arrests of youth on daily basis which further deteriorate the situation.

“Home ministers visit Kashmir, but this time we hope the visiting home minister will start process of dialogue with all stakeholders here which will help improve the situation,” he said.

 

He said that the daily pensive situation, ongoing bloodshed, and arrests of youth will stop only through initiatives of peace through dialogue.

“We hope the visit of home minister should make difference in Kashmir situation. If the home minister starts any dialogue process to which will improve situation here, we welcome it,” he said.

Expressing the displeasure with the Reservation Bill brought up the home minister, Sage said that NC is against the procedure which was adopted by the central government.

“The procedure adopted by the centre government to bring the bill violation of article 370. We are not against reservation for any particular section of people. We are against the procedure adopted by the government,” he said.

He said that Member Parliament of National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah will take a stand over the bill in the ongoing session of Parliament.

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Amit Shah should inaugurate a new era of engagement in Kashmir: Faesal

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Srinagar, Jun 25: President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal has said that on his maiden visit to Kashmir as Home Minister, Amit Shah should inaugurate a new age of engagement and reach out to people of the State.

In a statement issued, Shah Faesal said that Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi has an extraordinary opportunity to take bold decisions on Kashmir and bring peace to Valley while taking all stakeholders on board.

He argued for initiation of dialogue process, resumption of Cross LoC trade, freeing of political prisoners who are in jails for minor offenses, among other political initiatives needed at this hour.

 

Shah Faesal also called for immediate implementation of Universal Basic Income scheme for BPL households of the State, age relaxation of UPSC/JEE IIT aspirants from J&K State, improvement of inter-provincial road connectivity and four-laning if Srinagar-Salamabad, Srinagar-Teetwal roads.

JKPM President expressed hope that the Home Minister would facilitate creation of an environment of peace in which developmental activity and will pick up and Tourism potential of the State will be harnessed.

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