Srinagar, Apr 07: Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday said that Kashmir is political issue and needs peaceful resolution.
“It’s unfortunate that while they have always maintained that Kashmir is a political issue that needs resolution peacefully and humanely and always worked towards that end and walked the talk in that regard by welcoming and participating in every effort at dialogue between the stakeholders yet rulers of the day are resorting to such tactics to harass and intimidate them under the garb of legality,” he said.
A crucial meeting of APHC Executive members which included chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Ghani Lone , Masroor Abbas Ansari was held at the residence of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq after the third summon was sent to him by NIA to come to New Delhi for questioning as witness.
The meeting strongly condemned the move and said that the Chairman was being deliberately harassed and there was an effort to criminalize leadership for their political stand. They said that APHC is a political coalition of political parties striving for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue and to associate it with anything to do terror is ridiculous and deliberate victimization for our political ideology.
Hurriyat (M) said that despite having nothing to do with the matter yet the Mirwaiz through his legal council had said that he was ready to cooperate in the investigation but had asked the agency to hold it in Srinagar as he had several genuine concerns including serious security concerns in New Delhi.
Hurriyat (M) said that NIA has refused to conduct the investigation in Srinagar but said in the notice that it would take care of his security concern. APHC said that it is unfortunate that they did take into account the other concerns and are insisting on investigation in Delhi. APHC said that the meeting decided that they will all accompany Mirwaiz to New Delhi for the investigation.
APHC said that they know that people are anguished and concerned for the Mirwaiz as their religious emotions are also attached to him as Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir , besides him being a representative of their political sentiments. They said that they know that people are deeply anguished by the harassment of Mirwaiz , urging them to stay calm and peaceful .They said that Mirwaiz or any member of APHC has nothing to do with the so called funding case and it is sheer vindictiveness on the part of authorities.
Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP
Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.
According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.
“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.
Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.
“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.
Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)
Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal
Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.
In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.
“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.
He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.
He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.
Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police
Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.
Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.
Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.
He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.
“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.
He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.
“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.
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