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Srinagar, May 11: Senior PDP Minister and government spokesman, Naeem Akhter on Friday called upon Joint resistance Leadership to show willingness for joining the All Party delegation proposed to be sent to Delhi for dialogue on ceasefire.

Talking to KNS, the senior PDP Minister said, “The proposal on ceasefire is in public domain and we all welcome the statements on ceasefire from people of all shades and political ideologies. Let JRL also join the All Party delegation to be sent to Delhi for dialogue on ceasefire and Pakistan must also respond to the ceasefire proposal keeping in view the feelings of Kashmiris.”

Calling upon Pakistan to respond to the feelings of Kashmiris for peace and reconciliation, the way former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former Pakistan president General (Retd) Parvez Musharraf, Akhter said, “If Vajpayee and Musharraf could walk on the path of peace and ceasefire why can’t the present leaders in India and Pakistan follow the suit to respect the feelings of Kashmiris.”

 

Saying that Kashmir is not a problem for PDP but is a political issue which deserves engagement of all stakeholders, Akhter said, “A new discourse has started.”

Akhter said as far as the remarks of NC working president, Omar Abdullah are concerned he is none to deliver sermons when he himself as CM has failed to keep promises on withdrawal of AFSPA and other CBMs on Kashmir. “We don’t want to engage with Omar Abdullah on the arguments he has made but welcome his statements over the ceasefire proposal. He is in opposition and deserves the right to put forth his point of view before the government,” he said.

In reply to a question about the response of main opposition National Conference, Akhter said, “NC leaders had promised to convey their response on the proposal after discussing the issue with the party top brass. They have not responded as yet and

When contacted NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar told KNS “we have sought time for discussing the issue with the party top brass as both party president Farooq Abdullah and working President, Omar Abdullah are out of station and on their return we will discuss the issue with them and convey the final response to the government thereafter.”


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NC takes out march to protest custodial killing of teacher

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Srinagar, Mar 21: National Conference (NC) on Thursday marched from its Nawa-e-Subah headquarters here to protest against ‘custodial killing’ of a youth, stating that the death of a private school teachers is unacceptable.

The protesters led by NC’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani carried out a rally today towards Tourist Reception Center (TRC) while chanting slogans in favour of their demands

Wani said the death of youth in custody is condemnable and to carry out a protest today was aimed to convey a message that such killings are unacceptable to the people of Kashmir.

 

“Though such killings have taken place in the past but now, the era has changed and it is unacceptable to people of Kashmir as we have moved far much ahead from the previous scenario,” he said.

He said that matter must be probed and those involved in the act be dealt with strictly.

Wani said the policies are being adopted here through which the situation is being deteriorated and will have serious consequences in the future.

He said arresting and killing people in custody won’t be tolerated by the people of Kashmir.
Earlier, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah had also demanded a time-bound investigation into the custodial death of a school teacher in Jammu and Kashmir and exemplary punishment to those responsible for the death.

“I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man,” Abdullah had tweeted.

Rizwan Pandit, 28, died in police custody here during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, an official had said.

Pandit, who was a teacher at a private school and a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district, was picked up by the security agencies three days ago, the officer as per reports had said.

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Custodial killing of teacher: Kashmir Inc hold joint protest at Jamia Masjid

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Various trade bodies on Thursday stage a protest against what they termed as killing of a civilian Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora on Tuesday in police custody.

Carrying placards and raising slogans, the traders held a joint protest at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, demanding the killing spree in the Valley be stopped.
“Killing of innocent civilian who was a private school principal is a deep-rooted conspiracy and a planned genocide of people of Kashmir,” the traders said.

Terming the incident as highly unfortunate, Sajad Gul, spokesman of the trade bodies said, “We urge the Indian civil society and international bodies such as Amnesty International to come forward and play its role. If this attitude of the Central government continues there will be serious consequences.”

 

“How can they kill any innocent without any justification? Civilians continue to get killed and get maimed at the will of trigger happy forces as it is the worst form of human rights abuses and violations in Kashmir,” Gul said.

He said because of the unbridled powers given to the forces and the lack of accountability, every day innocent civilians are brutally killed, which is condemnable in all forms.

Pertinently, JRL had appealed all segments of society including traders, lawyers, bar association, civil society and others to protest against the ‘custodial killing and assaults on Kashmiris’.
Those participated in the protest include KEA, KTMF, KCCI, KTMF(R), FCIK, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj and other trader bodies.

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For hiring photographers, JKSSB wants Science not Mass Comm graduates

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Much to the surprise of many aspirants, Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) has entertained Science graduates over Mass Communication degree holders for the post of junior photographer.

The JKSSB on February 01, 2019 advertised number of posts including the post of junior photographer for home department.

But to the surprise of mass communication candidates, the JKSSB has only asked, those candidates to apply who possess bachelor’s degree in science and diploma in photography from a recognized institute.

 

“There are number of mass communication candidates who have been struggling to get the job. It is quite unfortunate that JKSSB has not considered us for the post, “said a mass communication candidate, Mudasir Ahmad.

Another candidate, Irshad Ahmad said that authorities at JKSSB should bring necessary changes in the eligibility criteria.

Irshad said it is not fair to deprive them from applying for the post.“I fail to understand, why we have not been considered for the job. The post requires technical qualification, B.Sc is an academic qualification, it has nothing to do with Photography. A mass communication guy has vast know how of the things, “he said.

When contacted, Public Relations Office (PRO), JKSSB, Ashwani Hansa said that the post has advertised in accordance with the indent received from the home department.

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