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Lal Singh says Mehbooba has ‘lost her senses’; advises her to quit

Mubashir Bukhari

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By Mubashir Bukhari

Srinagar, May 29: Ousted cabinet minister, Chaudhary Lal Singh on Tuesday asked the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, to quit politics, claiming that she has lost her “senses”.
Speaking to a Jammu-based TV channel, Singh appealed Mehbooba to handover the chair to “some able administrator”, as everything has gone “beyond her intellect now”.
“My Behnji (Mehbooba Mufti) should quit politics. She is furious. She doesn’t know what is going on in the state. As she is not in her senses, she should leave her chair and give a chance to someone else to head the state,” Singh said.
She advised the CM to “take rest” as “she has failed to fulfill her duties”.
“Now, they are two (indirectly questioning Tasaduq Mufti’s induction into cabinet). One shall take rest and another one shall be given a chance to run the affairs of the home and the state,” he said.
Indirectly, defending his brother Choudhary Rajinder Singh, who recently abused Mehbooba, Singh said the Chief Minister should have talked to him.
“She (CM) shall have called my brother, and he should have clarified or expressed remorse over what he said. Instead, they sent police after him and even went to the Home Ministry,” Singh said.
“When Home Ministry will not be there for you, (CM) what will you do then?” he questioned the CM.
The BJP State president, Ravinder Raina, and Choudhary Lal Singh have met with the BJP National President, Amit Shah, in New Delhi.
They briefed Shah on the party’s activities, including the cause of Rassana people, spearheaded by Lal Singh, holding mega rallies at various places.
Singh, who resigned from the cabinet after the controversy caused by his appearance in a pro-rapist rally held in Jammu, said they met BJP President Amit Shah and asked him to handover Kathua rape and murder case to CBI.
“He (Amit Shah) said that you have done nothing wrong and assured that he is with us,” he said.
Praising Shah, Singh said he talked to us with a “clear mind” and we will continue our protest till the government involves CBI in Kathua case.
“We will keep fighting, will chant Jai Dogra, Jai Dogra till our demands are not met,” he said.
“For Dogras and the people of Jammu, CBI probe is like a religious obligation.”
He said that their “fight” was against the government irrespective of who the ruling parties were.
“Is this government blind? Can’t they see how people in this scorching heat in Jammu are coming out in numbers and demanding CBI probe?” he said.

 

Mubashir joined The Kashmir Monitor as a reporter/ sub-editor in Jan 2013. Since then, he has been consistently covering beats including conflict, politics, education, and health. He is also handling online section of the paper besides working as Video Producer.

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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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