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Indo-Pak dialogue only way to resolve Kashmir issue: Farooq

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Srinagar, Apr 10: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday asserted that dialogue between India and Pakistan is the only way to resolve the protracted issue of J&K.

Addressing a public gathering at Palpura, Idgha Party president Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is not a consequence of lack of development rather the issue is political in nature. “The issue has held hostage the development of the sub-continent. Our party has all along maintained that the dialogue between the two nations affords a way out,” he said.

Party president while appreciating the Pakistan PM Imran Khan for his statement wherein he has cast off war as the option between India and Pakistan, and impressed for dialogue to solve J&K said,“These words are coming from the PM of our neighboring country, a former cricketer. However on this side our PM Modi is still speaking the language of a tea seller. National Conference too vouches for a time bound result oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan; we firmly believe the increased bonhomie between India and Pakistan will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in our state and in the sub-continent in general.”

 

“The issue of J&K has been lingering since 1947, how long shall our people suffer? No sooner we impress for a political solution of our state, we are out rightly tainted as anti-national. This has to stop. The government has to see what holds good for the greater good of the country and the sub-continent at large. The BJP led government at centre is using Kashmir to leverage its poll prospects elsewhere in the country. The trend should stop as it can have serious ramifications for the country’s unity and integrity,” He said.

Dr Farooq in a stinging attack on PM Modi, said, “During its stint in power BJP headed by PM has led to the amplification of hate particularly against Muslims. This is not the idea of India which was visualized by the founders of a modern day India nation-state; they visualized a secular progressive country shorn of all prejudices and hate. PM Modi has not a speck of affection for the minorities. The other day when a Hindu police officer lost his life while saving a Muslim man from the mob frenzy of communalists, PM Modi didn’t come up with a word of homage and accolade for the slain police officer. This people see with their own eyes? Now it is for us to decide if we allow such a person to continue to be in the vanguard of the new government after elections,” he said.

Dr. Farooq while flaying PM Modi for squandering the precious mandate of people, said, “Wherever PM Modi goes he parrots Balakot Balakot! But when we seek account of the work and development done by him, he paints us as anti-national. He has nothing to say on the achievements of his government, he is hiding his failures by masquerading behind Balakot Attack. His government wasn’t able to deliver on a single promise made by them in their election manifesto of 2014 general elections. People are asking where the jobs are. People are still waiting for 15 lakh Rupees to be deposited into their accounts. Every single edible has become dearer. The petrol, diesel prices are soaring high. The Modi led BJP led government is not leaving legacy but a caution for the times to come.”

“PM Modi has been flaunting the air strikes on Pakistan and bringing down of F16 Jets of Pakistan, however the revelation coming from USA does not attest to his claims. The USA has said that all the F16 jets of Pakistan are intact, therefore deflating the claims of Modi. It was the same USA that had come up with the satellite pics of Pak Army putting up in Mushko valley during the kargil war. I myself saw that satellite pic. If USA was right at that time why should its revelation be doubted at this juncture?” he said, adding, “Having being failed to deliver on every front, on every promise, the PM has amplified the scope of his gimmickry, and lying. However people have seen it all with their eyes, no theatrics, and deception can affect the people of country,” he said.

Dr. Farooq while flaying PM Modi for creating a humanitarian crisis in Kashmir by banning the civilian traffic on national highway for two day a week, said, “The other day a family called on me and narrated the ordeal they had to go through in view of traffic ban. They couldn’t open the window panes of their car, they had to keep inside with their children causing enormous nuisance to them. How can he think of winning the hearts of people by dolling out such repressive measures,” he said.

Dr. Farooq while flaying PM Modi for his showman ship said, “He thinks of himself as Hanuman. However modern day Pharaohs and Ravanas like him will meet the same fate as was met by them in the ancient times.”


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Caged Mehbooba gets new winter home

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Srinagar, Nov 15: Ending speculations, detained Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti was shifted from Cheshmashahi hut to a ministerial bungalow at Moulana Azad Road Srinagar on Friday.

The development comes 10 days after her daughter Iltija Mufti tweeted a letter she had written to district development commissioner Srinagar urging him to shift her to “suitable location” in view of her falling health.

“As you are aware, my mother Ms Mehbooba Mufti, former CM of J&K has been jailed since August 5. A doctor recently ran multiple tests on her as she wasn’t keeping well. As per those tests, her Vitamin D3, haemoglobin and calcium levels are low,” Iltija had written in her letter.

 

Waking up to Mehbooba’s falling health, J&K government decided to shift her to a location equipped with proper heating arrangements.

Earlier, there were speculations that she might be shifted to Jammu.

However, on Friday government bit the bullet and shifted her to a new location in Srinagar.  “The Cheshmashahi hut where she was under detention is not equipped with adequate heating arrangements. She has been shifted to a posh bungalow which served as an official residence of former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh. It is equipped with adequate heating arrangements,” a source said.

Mehbooba was detained few hours before Centre abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two union territories on August 5.

The PDP chief earlier refused to meet her party leaders last month fearing it might be projected as normalcy by Centre.

Mehbooba is among three former chief ministers including Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, who have been jailed since August 5. While Farooq, who was slapped with Public Safety Act, has been detained in his home, Omar is lodged at Hari Niwas guest house, which has been designated as sub jail.

Government has also decided to shift political detainees from Centaur Hotel to a private hotel at Shivpora Sonawar.

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Detained politicians refuse to sign bonds

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Srinagar, Nov 15:  Centre’s fresh overtures have failed after incarcerated political leaders refused to sign the bonds to secure early release from jails.

At least 31 leaders of National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Peoples Conference and Jammu Kashmir Peoples Movement are under detention at the Centaur Hotel on the banks of Dal Lake since Centre abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two union territories.

Sources said authorities approached detainees several times in recent past to persuade them to sign a bond for their release. “Farooq, Omar, and Mehbooba have also been approached several times by authorities. They however have refused to sign the bond. These leaders are adamant and they won’t budge an inch from their stand on Article 370 and bifurcation of state,” sources said.

 

Officials said leaders will face prolonged detention and won’t be released unless they sign a bond. “Political leaders will be shifted from Centaur Hotel to a hotel in Sonawar or MLA hostel Srinagar,” they said.

Mehbooba’s daughter Iltija Mufti confirmed that government made several attempts to get her mother sign a bond, which she refused. “I don’t know when exactly she was recently approached for signing on bond”, she said.

National Conference MP from Anantnag, Justice (retd) Hasnian Masoodi said detention of political leaders was “unjustified without any legal grounds”.

“Why should political leaders sign bond to secure their release?  Signing bonds will mean that were against peace. Government should understand what position they (political detainees) have held and their detention is unjustified,” Masoodi said.

Detainees are supposed to deposit Rs 10,000 as surety. And in case they breach the bond, they have to pay Rs 40,000.  Under Section 107, the bail bond asks detainees “not to commit a breach of peace” or “do an act that may probably occasion a breach of the peace”.

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PDD to issue curtailment schedule next week:More power cuts in offing

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Srinagar, Nov 16: Valleyities have all reasons to worry as darker nights are in the offing with Power Development Department (PDD) issuing electricity curtailment schedule in next four days. 

Kashmir has been facing abrupt power cuts since November 7, when valley received season’s first snowfall.

An official of Power Development Department said there would be further reduction in power supply from next week.

 

“There will be at least 6-hour power curtailment in metered areas and over 8-hour load shedding in non-metered areas of Srinagar district,” the official said. 

In other districts, the official said, there will be 6 to 8 hours power curtailment in metered areas and over 8-hours in non-metered areas.

As per rules, metered areas are bound to get round the clock power supply.

Chief Engineer, Power Development Department, Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi  told The Kashmir Monitor hat there is a need for power curtailment schedule in view of the increase in demand.

“We did not curtail power this year till snowfall hit Kashmir on November 7. The load has increased now. We are framing power curtailment schedule which will be issued within three to four days,” he said.          

On chances of any improvement in power supply this year, he said it all depends on the people. “If they use electricity judiciously, then there will be improvement in power supply. We have to optimize things from available resources.”

The PDD has 1200 MWs of electricity available. However, during winters, the demand reaches over 2000 MWs.

Centre has been allotting additional 700 MWs of power to Jammu and Kashmir in view of higher demand in winters.  However, PDD has failed to augment existing infrastructure to receive additional electricity from the central grids.   

At the same time, PDD is yet to restore electricity in various parts of Kashmir since November 7.

 “Towers have collapsed at various places resulting electricity could not be restored in Magam, Beerwah, Arizal and Khaag areas,” Qazi said.

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