Srinagar Jan 04: Hurriyat conference was scheduled to organize the seminar titled “Kashmir Problem in the light of Right to Self-determination” where prominent religious scholars, intellectuals and pro-freedom leaders were invited to speak.
However, the statement issued said that a large contingent of police deployed on Airport Road here prevented the participants and journalists, besides Hurriyat activists, from entering Geelani’s residence, the venue for the seminar.
“Police disallowed a seminar of the Hurriyat Conference here by blocking all roads leading to the venue, and Syed Ali Geelani who is continuously under house detention,” the statement said, adding that the authorities also put Mirwaiz Mohd Umer Farooq and Mohd Ashraf Sehrai under house arrest, while as Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested and shifted to central jail Srinagar.
Besides other Huriyat leaders including Gh Ahmad Gulzar, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Mohd Yusuf Naqash, Mohd Yasin Ataie and Syed Imtiyaz Hyder were detained and lodged in different police stations.
Huriyat strongly denouncing curbs on political activities and warned of dire consequences, saying that Delhi groomed henchmen in state are implementing RSS agenda.
Hurriyat condemned the ‘illogical move’ of police to disallow to hold the seminar, saying it is undemocratic and worst form dictatorial rule and added that government is denying us the right to hold even academic events”.
Geelani said that India cannot deny the legitimacy and authenticity of UN resolution as these stand witness that political destiny of Jammu and Kashmir is yet to be decided.
“UN resolutions form basics and guarantee the peaceful and amicable solution of issue as per aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said Geelani.
While commenting over the resolution passed on 5th January 1949, Hurriyat Chairman said that even after seven decades these resolutions are a viable and provide a peaceful and durable solution for this vexed and long-standing issue. Expressing his dismay over the role of UNO, Pro-freedom leader said that it is painful that this institution failed to implement its resolutions.
“It is unfortunate that it couldn’t contain the arrogant forces like India which is trampling all ethics in Jammu and Kashmir and resulting continuous uncertainty in whole sub-continent,” said Geelani.
Pro-freedom leader said that on January 5, 1949 resolution accepted in UN is a clear binding on both India and Pakistan to fulfill their commitment of resolving Kashmir issue according to the wishes and aspiration of the people through a peaceful referendum.
Geelani said that these resolutions guarantee the right to freedom and other political rights to everyone irrespective of his faith and religion. Geelani said that it is very unfortunate that India is denying our right and suppressing our aspirations with its military might.
Citing the examples and procedures adopted in Croatia, East Timor and South Sudan, Hurriyat Chairman said that if UN can settle these issues, what is the reason that the longest pending issue is ignored and brushed under carpet.
Pro-freedom leader said that non-resolution of Kashmir is bone of contention between the two nuclear powers and if UN fails to play its role in solving this grave human issue not only Indo-Pak subcontinent but global peace and stability is under sever threat which may culminate in the world’s biggest human catastrophe.
No decision yet on resumption of Cross LOC trade
Govt working on installing truck scanners on trade routes
Srinagar, May 18: Though they are unlikely to resume the cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade soon, the authorities are working on installing truck scanners at both the trade centres Salamabad in the Kashmir valley and Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch in Jammu.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on April 18 had suspended the cross-LoC trade in J&K, saying that it was being used for “funneling of illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency”.
“As such there is no order to resume the LOC trade but yes work had started on installing truck scanners at both the trade centres Salamabad in Kashmir and Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch in Jammu,” said one of the top government officials.
He said if the trade resumed, the truck scanners will enable the customs department and other agencies to see what is being imported from the other side.
After suspending the LOC trade, the MHA had said that the issue will be “revisited” after a “stricter regulatory & enforcement mechanism” that is being worked out is “put in place in consultation with various agencies”.
Cross-LoC traders and others associated with the trade are demanding the resumption of the business.
Traders has said that they support the government’s every move to put strict and transparent regulatory measure but suspension of trade that took a decade to establish itself is no answer.
“Over the past decade, cross-LoC trade has been our only source of income. Suspension of trade has affected our families. We request government to implement strict regulatory measures and continue trade simultaneously,” said one of the LOC traders.
In October 2008, as a confidence building measure, India and Pakistan agreed to carry out trade along the Line of Control through the Uri-Muzaffarabad route in Kashmir and the Poonch-Rawalakot route in Jammu.
The two countries agreed on a Standard Operating Procedure.
The defining feature of the initiative was that there would be no exchange of money between traders – it would involve the barter system. If a trader in Pakistan sent across goods worth five lakh Indian rupees to a trader on the Indian side, that trader would send back goods of the same value as payment.
It is to mention here that the initiative was launched during the tenure of the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government, its seed was planted in 2004, in the peace process initiated by the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf.
Cross-LoC trade was the second confidence-building measure between India and Pakistan after a cross-LoC bus service, which was launched in 2005.
For security agencies, cross-LoC trade has always attracted strict surveillance. They have, over the years maintained that they seized weapons, fake currency and narcotics being transported from the other side.
B’pora teacher still missing; family protests for whereabouts
Srinagar, May 18: The family members and relatives of the missing Bandipora government teacher on Saturday held a demonstration here in Mantrigam Bandipora area of north Kashmir’s district seeking his whereabouts.
Eye witnesses said that family members and relatives of Mushtaq Ahmad lone a government teacher assembled here in Mantrigam area of Bandipora and blocked the Bandipora-Gurez road.
They staged a demonstration seeking Mushtaq’s whereabouts, who went missing on May 13 after he left home for duty to Government Higher Secondary School Chuntimulla and has not returned home till date.
Family sources said that they tried to locate him everywhere but couldn’t find any clue despite lodging missing report in Pathkoot Police station.
“We have called relatives and friends, however, there has been no trace of him so far,” the family members said adding “his phone has been switched off for a long time.”
The family members and relatives of Mushtaq urged deputy commissioner Bandipora and SSP Bandipora to help in locating their missing son.
Meanwhile, a senior police officer said a missing report in this matter has been lodged in police station Pathkoot and investigation has been taken up.
Unabated killings even during Ramadan worrisome: PDP
Srinagar, May 18: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday said it’s worrisome to witness that there is no letup in killings and bloodshed in Kashmir even during the holy month of Ramadan.
In a statement, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said the unabated killings of civilians, militants and security forces in Kashmir has once again made peace elusive even during the ongoing sacred month of Ramadan.
He said the way in which precious human lives are lost in Kashmir, there are apprehensions that the government is in no mood to shun the muscular policy that so far has yielded no positive results.
Hanjura said that it has been the cardinal Principe of the PDP that muscular and iron fist approach is bound to fail in Kashmir as such measures have in the past only wreaked havoc and in the future also wouldn’t bring any positive change on ground.
He said keeping the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan in view, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti as the Chief Minister last year played a vital role in making GOI declare unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir. This year also, said Hanjura, the PDP President made a fervent appeal to both militants as well to the security grid to declare truce and respect the ongoing holy month. “It is hoped that good sense will prevail and the vicious cycle of violence and bloodshed is stopped at an earliest so that the people of Kashmir yearning for peace could heave a sigh of relief,” said Hanjura.
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