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Had my family tried to divide nation, India wouldn’t have existed: Farooq to Modi

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Srinagar, Apr 15: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Abdullahs and Muftis of trying to break the country, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Monday retorted back, saying if his family wanted to break India, “there would have been no India”.

Addressing a poll rally in Kathua district on Sunday, the prime minister had criticised the Abdullahs and Muftis, saying the two families “ruined” three generations of Jammu and Kashmir and he will not allow them to “divide” India.

Reacting to it, Farooq said it was Modi who was “trying to break the country, but he will not succeed”.

 

“Modi is pointing fingers at us that we want to divide the nation. Had National Conference tried to divide the nation then India would not have existed today,” the National Conference president said in his address to party workers at Sher-e-Kashmir Park here.

NC, during the event, also played the Kashmir-centric anthem, ‘Lehra Aey Kashmir Ke Jhandey’.

“Our party fights for the rights of all the people, be it Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians or Buddhists and we will continue to fight. Even if Modi tries his best, he will not be able to break India,” he said.

Farooq alleged that Modi was “trying to divide the nation on the name of religion”.

“He remembers those who killed Mahatma Gandhi but not those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of India. You never remembered Saifuddin Kitchloo, who was a Kashmiri and fought against enemies. Many among those who were killed in Jallianwala Bagh were Kashmiris but you never remembered them,” Farooq said, while comparing Narendra Modi with the Egyptian Pharaoh. 

The National Conference chief challenged Modi to address an election rally in Kashmir.

“You can’t address an election rally in Kashmir because you deceived Muslims and did no justice to them. If you believe Kashmir is an integral part of India then why don’t you address a rally here?  You made strict laws, used pellets but could not win hearts of Kashmir. If Kashmir is an integral part of India then do justice to us?” the former chief minister asked, while reciting a couplet from Allam Iqbal’s ‘Shikwa’, ‘Hum wafadar nahin, tu bhi to dildar nahin’ (If we are not faithful, then you too are not gracious enough).

Farooq said it was National Conference, which contested polls in 1996 when no one was interested to come into electoral politics.

He also questioned the government of India’s claims that they carried out attack on Jaish-e-Muhammad camps in Balakote.

He said he would never join hands with the BJP.

“In 2014, a leader close to BJP came to me for government formation. I told him the decision has to be taken by my party leaders and workers. Later Omar Abdullah and others categorically told them that there is no question of forming government with the BJP.”

Almost 3,000 NC supporters attended the rally and raised slogans in favour of the party and “vowed” to protect the special status of the state.

The rally was also addressed by senior party leaders, Omar Abdullah, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Nasir Aslam Wani, Shamima Firdous and others.

Nasir Aslam Wani said those who boycott the upcoming polls would be “friends” of Jan Sangh.


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Jaish almost wiped out, no one willing to head it: Army

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Army on Wednesday claimed the government forces have “severely targeted” the militants for the last few months and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant outfit was “almost wiped out with no one willing to take over it”.

Addressing a press conference here, GOC 15 Corps, KJS Dhillon, who was accompanied by Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir SP Pani, and IG CRPF Zulfikar Hassan, said that 69 militants have been killed and 12 of them arrested so far this year.

“Post Pulwama incident, 41 militants have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis while 13 were A+ category,” Dhillon said.

 

The GOC 15 Corps claimed that they have targeted JeM leadership.

“The situation now is so that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley,” he said.

“Even after Pakistan’s best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM. The operations against the militants will continue with full vigour and we will not let militancy rise up,” he said, while appealing the local militants to surrender.

“Recruitment of local militants has gone down. In addition, those who surrender, we will take care of their security,” he said.

Dhillon also advised civilians not to rush to the encounter sites.

Asked about the bi-weekly restrictions on civilian traffic on the Highway, he replied, “This is just a temporary measure. There are now relaxations on the civilian traffic.”

On the occasion, the DGP said 272 militants were killed in the state during 2018 and a “large number was apprehended.”

He too claimed that the local recruitment in militant outfits had declined.

“2018 was generally a successful year. There has been less ‘law and order’ problem. We brought many youth (who had joined militancy) back to their homes,” the DGP claimed.

“Elections have been conducted peacefully in the state because of a well-planned security grid. Voter turnover at 13 percent in Anantnag district is not less. People voted despite threats, no one can be forced to vote,” he said.

Asked there were reports that 11 youth had gone missing in south Kashmir during the last one month, the IGP Kashmir said, “Few had gone missing but returned. They had gone missing for other reasons, not to join militancy.”

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Held Pak militant paraded before media

‘Chota Dujana was active in Srinagar for over a year’

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday presented a Pakistani militant Mohammad Waqar, alias Chota Dujana before the media, who, they claimed, was arrested from Pattan area in Baramulla on Monday.

During a press conference here, the militant was briefly allowed to respond to media.

“My name is Mohammad Waqar, resident of Miana Mohalla Punjab in Pakistan. I underwent a four-month militant training there,” he said.

 

 “I was told that Kashmiris are harassed, women are assaulted and Muslims are not allowed to offer prayers in Masjids. But I did not find any such thing here,” he replied when asked why had he picked up arms.

The militant was soon moved away.

SSP Baramulla, Abdul Wahid, said Waqar was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba and had arrived in Kashmir in July 2017.

“He was operating in Srinagar for over a year now,” the officer said.

He added that the militant was travelling in a vehicle along with a Kashmiri when they were intercepted by the police near Mirgund, Pattan.

“They were chased and arrested near Chainabal Pattan,” he said.

The SSP said that as per their preliminary investigations, the militant was given shelter in old city as well as uptown areas of Srinagar.

“His plan was to resurrect militancy in Baramulla,” Wahid said.

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Malik sent to judicial custody till May 24

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New Delhi, Apr 24: A Delhi court Wednesday sent the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, arrested in connection with the alleged funding case, to judicial custody till May 24.

The Tihar jail authorities have also moved an application seeking direction to produce Malik through video conferencing due to security concerns.

The family of Yasin Malik, said on Saturday, that the JKLF chief had fallen ill and was shifted to a Delhi hospital after he went on a hunger strike to protest against his “illegal” detention.

 

Earlier this month, Malik was brought to Delhi from Jammu and was later arrested by NIA in connection with an alleged case related to the funding of militant and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. He was produced in a special court which remanded him in NIA’s custody till April 22.

Malik was shifted to Delhi’s Tihar Jail after NIA secured his production remand.  The JKLF chief was taken into preventive custody in February by the J&K police and lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.

Malik organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Centre.

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