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Mainstream political parties lash out at UP CM’s statement on Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 30: A day after BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath said that Hindus and Sikhs were no longer safe in Kashmir; the mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir said that the statement has hurt the sentiments of people here.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a function had claimed that Hindus and Sikhs were safe in Kashmir till it was ruled by a Hindu king, but that was not the case today.
Talking to media, PDP chief spokesman, Rafi Ahmad Mir said that the statement made by UP CM will hurt the sentiments of people in the state thus can harm the communal harmony of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mir said that such statements would surely harm the communal harmony in JK as the statement hurt the sentiments of people. “I believe the statement he has made was totally distortion of facts and unfortunately the statement has been given by a CM whose party is ruling almost every state of the country at present,” he said.
He said that JK people and leadership always followed the secularism. Political wars were fought here but there was no communal war till date in the state. I believe such statements can harm the fabric of the country and people of JK get further alienated due to it,” he said.
He said that the people irrespective of their religions are equal in Jammu and Kashmir.
National Conference (NC) General Secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar said that the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh should focus on the situation of his own state as the communal situation there has never taken place in other states. “He is trying to divert the attention from his state. JK doesn’t need anybody’s sermons. Kashmir is known for communal harmony and brotherhood, people of Kashmir showed communal harmony when people of Kashmir stood alert for the safety of Sikhs and Hindus and even ensured safety of minority with the toy weapons. People of Kashmir bore everything for the safety of minority,” he said.
He said that the Hindu rule in JK was very bad as compared to other rules in the state. “The statement he has made was only aimed to gain votes for the upcoming elections. I believe these statements will not harm the communal harmony as people belonging to minority are very much safe in JK,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Vice-president and MLC, G N Monga said that it is their (BJP’s) agenda to touch the communal feelings. “At present they are touching the communal feelings here keeping in view of the upcoming parliamentary elections,” he said.
Monga said BJP do not know the history of JK. “People here were safe always but since BJP took over, they created a wedge and communal atmosphere here and now they want to cover it up,” he said, adding that the statement UP CM has made was nonsense on part of Yogi Adityanath, saying as being a CM he should not have made such statement. “What can we expect from him as their PM has also spoken such language,” he said while condemning UP CM’s statement.


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Zadibal hospital without electricity, heating facility

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Srinagar, Nov 20: The patients at the Primary Health Center Zadibal have been facing a tough time due to unavailability of electricity, with most of them forced to return without undergoing certain pathological tests.

The hospital has been without an alternative power option, as a result of which the staff is unable to do many machine-dependent tests, even at the time of emergencies.

A technician at the health center (name withheld) said, “We do not have round-the-clock electricity. We get electricity till 12 in the afternoon, after which no test can be done.”

Additionally, the technician said, the electricity goes off after every two hours, paralysing the system. “Patients have to wait even in case of emergencies or visit any other hospital. We are helpless, we have asked many times for 24-hour power supply, but nothing has been done about it, so far.”

On an average, 25-30 patients visit the hospital daily.

A patient, Masrat, suffering severe pain in back and abdomen, was asked to visit the next day, as there was no electricity for her urine examination.

“Doctor told me to get the test done, but here they have no electricity. So, I am being asked to return,” she said.

There is also no heating arrangement at the hospital, forcing the in-patients to survive in a cold environment.

Dr Manzoor, a General Physician at the hospital, said there was no heating arrangement even for the staff.“We perform in this cold and the patients suffer as well,” he said.

Dr Nighat, Zonal Medical Officer Zadibal, said, “Electricity problem is seen everywhere, but we will try to arranging an alternative very soon.”

“Our job is to write to the higher authorities. The rest is up to them,” she said.

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Shopian shuts to mourn killing of four militants

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Shopian: People in South Kashmir’s Shopian Wednesday observed a complete shutdown against the killing of four militants.

Reports said that all the shops and other business establishments including schools remained closed in the district and traffic also remained off the roads.

An eyewitness said that people from different walks of life visited the families of slain militants, all from Shopian, to offer condolences to the bereaved families. The four slain militants were identified as Inam-ul-Haq, a resident of Motjan Shopian, Mehraj-u-din, a resident of Drawnee village of Shopian, Abid Nazi, A resident of Padapora village of Shopian, and Basharat Nengroo, a resident of Chotigam village of Shopian district.

Apart from the four slain militants, a para-commando was also killed and two others sustained injuries during an encounter between the militants and a joint team of Police army, police, in Nadigam village of district Shopian, in south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was also observed in Achabal Anantnag against the killing of senior separatist leader and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat District President Anantnag Hafeezullah Mir. Mir was killed by unknown gunmen at his native Bhadro Achabal village.

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Non-punctual docs make patients in Panzalla Rafiabad suffer daily

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Baramulla, Nov 21: Amid prevailing wintry chill, many patients were kept waiting outside a health centre at Panzalla area in Rafiabad in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district by doctors who reportedly turned up in the afternoon on Wednesday.

Locals of the area said that the doctors seldom come on time, forcing patients either to wait or visit Srinagar or Baramulla hospital.

The locals appealed the administration to look into their grievances and address them by making doctors and other staff including paramedics punctual.

They also urged the administration to provide all facilities otherwise available in the medical facility equivalent to the one at Panzalla.

Chief Medical Officer Baramulla Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo when contacted said that he will look into the matter. “I will ask concerned BMO Rohama to look into the matter,” he added.

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