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Hakeem, Tarigami, APSCC condemn Sumbal minor girl’s rape incident






Srinagar, May 14: The condemnations on Tuesday continued to pour in against the rape of a three year old minor girl in Tregam Sumbal in district Bandipora on May 8.

Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Hakeem Yaseen, who is currently in Makka Sharief on Umrah, while strongly condemning the incident called it “shameful and ghostly”.

In a statement issued here, Hakeem Yaseen demanded exemplary punishment to the culprit and has urged for a fast track court trial to provide justice to the victim and her family.


“This dastardly and shameful incident is a black slur on the face of humanity,” Hakeem Yaseen has remarked while demanding stringent punishment to the perpetrator of this heinous crime. The barbaric incident has pained and hurt conscience of every human being.

He also appealed people of the state to keep calm and defeat every nefarious attempt to give the incident a sectarian twist. He said there are certain elements who try to create a wedge between Shia and Sunni in the garb of this incident to satiate their petty interests.

He said everyone, irrespective of cast, creed, religion or region have in unequivocal terms condemned the incident including both Sunnis and Shias and everyone wants that the accused should be punished as per law. “So we should not allow vested interests to high jack this unfortunate incident,” Hakeem Yaseen has observed.

Meanwhile, All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina speaking about the episode said, “Three years girl rape is a heinous crime and exemplary punishment should be given to the culprit. This case is fittest case to register under POCSO (Protection of children from sexually offences) against the accused.”

“I appreciate Governor Satya Pal Malik and other officials of government for swift action on fasts track bases so that in future no body repeats such heinous crime,” said Raina.

“Kashmir valley is a known safe place for females and such incident will not be tolerated by the people living in the valley. We can stop such dirty mind by punishing the culprit on fast track,” he said.

In a statement issued here, APSCC termed the incident as shocking and in human act. The victim is daughter of every Kashmiri, we feel ashamed after hearing this crime and wants justice to family. We express solidarity with the family of the girl and urged society to raise strong voice against this crime committed against a small baby of three years.

Likewise, CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami speaking on the episode said that the rape of a 3-year-old girl in Sumbal area of Bandipora district is most shameful act and against the human values. “The perpetrator of this heinous crime, irrespective of which religion, sect or community he belongs to, must be given exemplary punishment,” Tarigami said.

In a statement issued here, Tarigami said “A devil is a devil and he has no religion or sect. Last year, in Kathua when an 8-year-old nomad girl was gangraped and brutally murdered, a criminal act was communalised. Whole of the country condemned that devilish act.”

“Some vested interests are trying to divide our ranks and trying to take advantage of Sumbal rape incident. We must guard against such people. We appeal to people to protest peacefully and not resort to any type of violence,” he said.

“The victim is the daughter of Jammu and Kashmir and all of us must put our head down in shame. It is a beastly act and merits serious social introspection,” CPI (M) leader added.



Indo-Pak need to talk: NC




Srinagar, May 20: Jammu and Kashmir national conference on Monday said that India and Pakistan need to sit across the table and share each other perspectives notwithstanding the intricateness of the issue that has been plaguing the bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries.

A delegation of German diplomats on Monday called on political advisor to party vice president Tanvir Sadiq. Interacting with the delegation Tanvir necessitated for dialogue between India and Pakistan.

While speaking with diplomats Bastian Weber, Second Secretary Political Affairs and Protocol and Sakshi Aroro from the German Embassy, National conference leader and political advisor to Omar Abdullah, Tanvir Sadiq ?reflected on the wide range of issues of issues pertaining to the state and the region in general.


While calling for a Comprehensive Dialogue Process (CDP) and Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between the two countries Tanvir said, “We are hopeful that the new government in the country starts a process of dialogue with Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan should initiate CBMs in order to remove the cobwebs of mistrust. Many lives have been lost to the frenzy of conflict, now it is high time that both the countries seriously engage with each for the greater cause of peace and tranquility in the region.”

Emphasizing on the need of initialization of a peace process by addressing political issues of the state politically Tanvir said that National Conference had always been a votary of cordial Indo Pak relations. “It is the people of J&K, who directly come in-between the line of fire between the two nations. If the relation between the two countries becomes cordial it will noticeably bring relief to the people of our state. The people of our state are the straight beneficiaries of the good neighborly relations between New Delhi and Islamabad.”

Taking about the solution to the protracted issue of Kashmir Tanvir said, “Restoration of Autonomy to the state of J&K has been the bed rock of policy of J&K National Conference; the party will continue to work for the restoration of the autonomy to the state. It is the only solution that satiates the political and development demands of all the region of the state. We aren’t seeking anything new, we are asking for what has been guaranteed to us Constitution of India.”

While recalling the role of National Conference in political empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Tanvir talked about the initiatives taken in strengthening democracy and forging the bonds of amity between various sections of the people right from 1953. He said our party envisioned a strong, prosperous and secular Jammu and Kashmir.

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Geelani pays tributes to May 21 martyrs




Srinagar, May 20: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Monday paid the rich tributes to the Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone and Mirwaiz Moulana Mohammad Farooq on their respective anniversaries.

Geelani in a statement issued here said that both the leaders played a glaring role for the ongoing movement for the right to self-determination.

Recalling his personal relationship with both the leaders, Hurriyat chairman said that he always treated them as younger brothers. They had immense leadership qualities and had dedicated their lives for the sacred cause of movement.


While memorizing their valuable contributions for the ongoing movement, he expressed his hope that their followers and fans shall lead their mission with zeal and zest and stand as a mountain against those who are hell-bent to exploit their sacrifices for their petty interests.

Terming Moulana Farooq as an Islamic scholar and great orator and Abdul Gani Lone a seasoned politician and a statesman Hurriyat chairman urged the people to observe a complete shutdown on May 21, 2019, and make “Eidgah Chaloo” programme a grand success to commemorate their martyrdom.

Hurriyat leader paid his tributes and reverence to all those martyrs who have sacrificed their honour, wealth and precious lives since 1931.

He also expressed his hope that the people of Kashmir shall remain vigilant to safeguard their exemplary sacrifices and shall not allow anybody sellout for petty political gains and shall rise to the occasion against oppressive and suppressive methods.

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Two injured in Baramulla road accident




Srinagar, May 20: Two persons were injured on Monday after vehicle met with an accident on Uri Nambla road near Syedpora village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Officials said that a chassis Eeco vehicle skidded off from the road and fell into a river near Syedpora village resulting injuries to two persons.

They identified the injured as Mansoor Ahmad a resident of Niloosa Bijhama and Mansoor Ahmad a resident of Balkote.


They said both the injured were shifted to SDH Uri for treatment.

Police have taken cognizance of the case, they added.

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