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Madhav tells Mehbooba:‘Learn to manage your party before threatening us’

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Srinagar, July 14: Ram Madhav, BJP leader and in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir said former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement on his party trying to break PDP “is not only based on untruth but also most shocking and unfortunate.”

Mehbooba must find ways to “manage her party” said the BJP leader on Sunday.

“What Mehbooba ji said yesterday is unfortunate and based on lies. No one in Delhi is trying to break her party. Instead of solving their internal conflicts they are blaming Delhi and threatening in the name of militancy. As far as BJP is concerned, we aren’t trying to break any party,” Ram Madhav told news agency ANI.

 

Mehbooba, on Friday, accused the BJP of trying to split her party to form new government in the state. “If Delhi tries to create divisions and interfere” more Salahuddins and Yasin Maliks, would be born and the “outcome will be dangerous,” she had said.

The BJP said Mehbooba’s statement has not only “exposed her proximity to separatists”, it would now give “oxygen to militants” in the Valley.

“As far as the threat over ‘Salahuddin’ is concerned, the Central government and security forces have the power to neutralise all the militants in the Valley and those who might turn to militancy due to Mehbooba,” said Madhav.

“We are committed to what we have said that Kashmir needs Governor Rule’s for some time to deliver goods to the people,” said Madhav, adding that Mehbooba Mufti should “address the grievances” of “corruption and nepotism” in PDP made by her lawmakers.

Mehbooba resigned last month after the BJP abruptly ended its three-year alliance with her PDP citing rising security concerns in Jammu and Kashmir.

Several PDP leaders a week ago had met her and pledged their support to her after allegations of BJP leaders trying to poach PDP lawmakers.

Five dissenting leaders of PDP on Friday dismissed Mehbooba’s claim that they were rebelling at the Centre’s behest.

Legislators Javaid Baig, Imran Ansari, Majeed Padder, Yasir Reshi and Safuddin Bhat said they have no faith in Mehbooba’s leadership and claimed they want to strengthen and reform the party.

Meanwhile, a group of BJP activists on Saturday staged a protest at Kachi Chawni in Jammu against Mehbooba.

They burnt an effigy of the former chief minister. The protests were led by the party’s President for Jammu West Ayodhya Gupta, who urged Governor NN Vohra to take note of Mehbooba’s comment and file a sedition case against her.

 

No takers of her word even if she herself becomes Salah-ud-Din: Congress

Srinagar, July 14: A day after former Chief Minister asked New Delhi ‘not to repeat 1987’, the State Congress Chief, Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Saturday said Mehbooba Mufti “won’t find takers even if she herself becomes Salah-ud-din”.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief was quoted by Kashmir News Service that the statement made by Mehbooba is quite contrary to what she said when she was in power.

“Mehbooba should have thought and made these statements post mandate in 2014,” Mir said while reacting to former chief minister’s statement.

Mir said that making such statements doesn’t suit Mehbooba at this juncture as she was in power till last month.

Mehbooba had earlier stated that if New Delhi resorts to horse trading of lawmakers in Jammu Kashmir then more Salahuddins and Yasin Maliks would be born.

He further stated that Mehbooba has apprehensions that party like PDP would be created in the State.

“A large number of leaders led by Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed came out from the congress and constituted PDP. Mehbooba may have apprehensions that a party would be created here as PDP was created by L K Advani,” he said, adding that she might be remembering her party’s creation.

Mir said that she is making such statements only to hide the failure of her party. “The regional parties here always praise New Delhi during power and criticize it while out of power,” he said, adding that “making such statements won’t prove anything as she has been tested by the people. Mehbooba won’t find takers even if she becomes Salah-ud-Din,” he said.

Reacting to the query over seeking an end to two-family rule in the State by disgruntled PDP leaders, Mir without naming anyone said that those who are seeking end to the family rule are themselves SRO-43.

“I could have digested the statement regarding seeking an end to family rule but those who are seeking it are themselves SRO-43 and if they would have reached on this position on their own then it could have made any sense,” he added. (KNS)


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Metropolitan Project: Over 94 lakh kanals identified in JK

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Srinagar, Jul 18: Over 94 lakh kanals of land has been identified across Jammu and Kashmir for developing the state under the ambitious Metropolitan Region Development Authorities (MRDA) project.

Under the project, two Metropolitan Region Development Authorities will reduce the deficit on infrastructure – water supply, roads, sewage, drainage, light rails, e-buses and other amenities.

“The authorities will also develop satellite townships in Greater Jammu and Greater Srinagar. Million square feet IT parks will also be developed in these townships,” the document reads.

 

Governor Satya Pal Malik-led administration recently announced creation of Jammu Metropolitan Region Development Authority and Srinagar Metropolitan Region Development Authority — to provide an integrative framework for the purpose of planned development of these regions.

As per the details, the government has identified 94,22,465 kanals of land in 2559 villages of 14 districts in the state.

In Kashmir, 1452 villages comprising of 4989304 kanals of land would be covered under MRDA.

In Srinagar district, 124 villages comprising 514116 kanals of land would be covered. In Pulwama, 922715 kanals of land in 240 villages have been identified for implementation of project under MRDA.

Similarly, 331799, 1049195, 451400, 142461 kanals of land would be covered in Kulgam, Baramulla, Shopian, and Bandipora districts respectively.

Around 44,33,161 kanals of land would be covered in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Reasi, Udhampur under MRDA.

The MRDAs, as per the document, have been selected on the principles of regional planning and development.

An official of Housing and Urban Development Department said a process has begun for acquisition of land for the project.

“All types of land are being covered under MRDAs. Besides government land, we have also identified private land which ought to be acquired. But some land owners are not willing to provide land saying that government is not paying them commensurate to market value,” the official said.

He said the land owners want promulgation of an ordinance to replace old law “which will enable them fair compensation during acquisition”.

Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Dheeraj Gupta said that all types of land were being covered under MRDAs. “We will acquire private land wherever needed,” Gupta added.

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India to Pak: Release, repatriate Jadhav immediately

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New Delhi, Jul 18: Describing the detention of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan as “illegal” and under “fabricated” charges, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Thursday urged Islamabad to release and repatriate him immediately.

Making a statement in Rajya Sabha, he said the verdict of the International Court of Justice is not only a vindication for Jadhav but also for all those who believe in the rule of law.

The International Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence for Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism”.

 

Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017.

A bench led by President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”.

The bench also ruled by 15 votes to 1 that Pakistan had violated India’s rights to consular visits after Jadhav’s arrest.

Pakistan “deprived the Republic of India of the right to communicate with and have access to Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation”, the judges had said.

Pakistan was under the obligation to inform India about the arrest and detention of Jadhav under the Vienna Convention, Judge Yusuf had ruled.

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Jadhav guilty of crimes against people: Imran

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Islamabad, Jul 18: Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan Thursday said that he appreciated the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision to “not to acquit, release & return” Kulbhushan Jadhav, day after the world court in The Hague directed Pakistan to review the death penalty given to the former Indian Navy commander.

Holding Jadhav responsible for “crime against” Pakistani people, Khan said Pakistan will proceed per law.

“Appreciate ICJ’s decision not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India. He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law,” Imran tweeted.

 

On Wednesday, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to make an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and death sentence of Jadhav.

The world court also rejected all objections raised by Pakistan, granting consular access to Jadhav “without further delay”, in a verdict that was hailed in India as a “big victory” for the country. It agreed with India’s stand that Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention by denying access.

In a reprieve for Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017, a 16-member bench by a 15:1 vote continued the stay on the execution.

A Chinese judge was part of the majority verdict while the ad hoc judge from Pakistan on the bench headed by President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia gave a dissenting opinion.

Rejecting Pakistan’s objection to admissibility of the Indian application in the case, the court in its 42-page order held that “a continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review” of the sentence of Jadhav that had strained relations between the two neighbouring countries.

The bench, however, rejected some remedies sought by India, including annulment of the military court’s decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the verdict, saying “truth and justice” have prevailed while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj described it as a “big victory” for India.

Despite the order backing India, Pakistan claimed victory. The country’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeted: “Jadhav shall remain in Pakistan. He shall be treated in accordance with the laws of Pakistan.” Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan on 3 March, 2016, by Pakistani security agencies and was convicted of being a spy. In April 2017, Pakistan had announced that Jadhav was given death sentence by a military court.

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