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Srinagar, Jan 15: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik, on Monday said that New Delhi was “forcing” Kashmiri youth to pick up arms.
Malik, who joined the family of Kashmiri businessman Bilal Ahmad Kawa at Srinagar’s Press Colony to protest against his arrest, said, “Educated youth are joining armed struggle. These are the youth whose families were harassed in 2008 and 2010. You saw how their mothers and sisters were harassed and humiliated.”
Recently, a Ph. D scholar Manaan Wani reportedly joined Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, as his picture posing with an AK-47 rifle went viral on social media.
The JKLF chief cautioned the centre and state government about ramifications of arresting “innocent persons”.
“Police is doing it for rewards and promotions,” he accused.
Seeking immediate release of Kawa, Malik said, “He was implicated in a false case.”
“He has been doing business in Delhi for the last 25 years. He is even having a driving license issued by the authorities in New Delhi. Recently, he was arrested at New Delhi’s airport by the police, accusing him of being involved in an attack of a 20-year-old case,” he said.
The JKLF Chairman asked New Delhi police: “Why was there no FIR against him despite his frequent trips to New Delhi over the years?”
“His mother is unwell. He should be released immediately,” he added.
Meanwhile, the family of Kawa protested to seek his immediate release.
His mother, Fatima, an elderly woman, was seen crying, seeking releasing of her son.
“Please release my innocent son. If my son was involved, why wasn’t he arrested all these years?” she asked, and fell unconscious.
“He had gone there for a medical check-up and meet up the family members living in Delhi. He had never gone underground,” the family said.
J&K police has said that there was no case registered against him in the state and that no notice declaring him a proclaimed offender was received.
The family has also met Additional Director General of Police, Muneer Ahmad Khan. The police facilitated the meeting of family members with Delhi police officials through its New Delhi-based Criminal Investigation Department cell.
Kawa was sent to 10-day police custody by a Delhi court on Thursday, a day after he was arrested at Delhi airport.
He was arrested by the Delhi Police and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad on January 11 from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on the charges of involvement in 2000 Red Fort attack case.


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Omar will be chief ministerial candidate in JK: Farooq Abdullah

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Jammu, Mar 17: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Sunday announced that his son, Omar Abdullah, will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate.
Kick-starting the party’s campaign for the Lok Sabha polls here, the party chief said he will represent Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament.
“I will not be the chief minister. The chief minister will be Omar Abdullah as he is young. I am old and I cannot match the energy of young people, but he can. I will go to Parliament and I have full faith that I will be there,” Abdullah said addressing a party rally at Bahu Fort here.
Accusing the BJP of dividing the people and spreading hatred in the country, he said that the country had to be strengthened within and there was a need to fight polarisation, hatred and injustice.
The former chief minister asked people to support those candidates who could run the country based on the principle of equality.
He also countered allegations that the National Conference discriminated against Jammu and Ladakh.
In a veiled dig at the BJP, he said the state emblem of ‘Lotus’ was testimony that the state never discriminated against anyone unlike the party, which shared the lotus emblem, and was “dividing people on the basis of religion and spreading hatred”.
“Let us pray for unity and love, let us pray that those people come to power (at the Centre) who can understand the pain of the people and do not only raise slogans as slogans cannot run this country,” he said.
Without naming the BJP, Abdullah alleged that the party had purchased television channels and newspaper offices and unleashed propaganda to mislead the people.
Slamming the BJP and the RSS for accusing him of being a Pakistani, he said recently his party worker was killed because he was holding the tricolour.
Continuing his tirade against the BJP-led NDA, he claimed that when CRPF personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh, no one from the BJP visited them to offer floral tributes.
On the Ram temple issue, he asked the Centre who was stopping it from constructing the shrine at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
“Muslims are not against the temple’s construction but they (leaders) are using the issue to spread hatred and divide people. Was the Ram only of Hindus? Your books teach that he belonged to everyone, just like Muslims believe that Allah is not only for Muslims but for the entire world,” he said.
He hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking what happened to the poll promises made by his party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
“Today I want to ask Modi whether inflation has come down or increased for petrol and diesel during his rule. What happened to the promise of two crore jobs each year and how many from the state got employment in the past five years? What happened to the promise of depositing Rs 15 lakh to the account of each family,” he asked.
“How long will we hear this falsehood,” the former chief minister asked.
Abdullah said Indus Water treaty between India and Pakistan had resulted in injustice to the state as “we are not able to use our water resources to the advantage of the people”.
“It (Centre) was planning to stop the flow of the river Chenab to Pakistan but reality dawned upon them because it is not possible given the treaty,” he said.
Abdullah criticised the BJP for not completing any project to ensure drinking water to the people of Jammu who have to buy it for daily use.

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Situation more dreadful than 90s in Kashmir: PDP

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Srinagar, Mar 17: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday held a youth convention in Devsar, south Kashmir in which thousands of youth supporters of the party along with senior leaders took part.
According to the party spokesman, senior PDP leader Mohammad Sartaj Madni while addressing the convention underscored the need for the greater efforts aimed at addressing the growing alienation among the youth of the state and said that if immediate measures aren’t taken to address the mounting anger and disgruntlement sauntering in every street at present, the situation could prove more troublesome and uncontrollable.
“The way in which the government is militating against the youth of the state, the situation has gone back to what was being witnessed prior to 2002 with nocturnal raids, arrests, tortures, constitutional frauds becoming order of the day,” Madni said.
He demanded that the torture being inflicted upon the youth with a sole objective to push them towards the wall must stop without further delay and those at the helm should understand that such iron fist and trigger happy approaches have only proved counterproductive in the past. “Repeating the same old mistakes will prove calamitous. The only way out is to initiate meaningful dialogue with all stake holders and resolve Kashmir at an earliest to stop the vicious cycle of violence,” said Madni.
The convention was also addressed by the PDP’s Youth Wing President Waheed-ur-Rahman Parra who stressed for the greater synergized efforts to strengthen the PDP further and make it a strong force in Jammu and Kashmir’s political landscape. He added that channelizing the talent of youth of the state has always been PDP’s prime focus and that the party always remained in the forefront to address their concerns.
Among several senior PDP leaders, Block Presidents Ghulam Hassan Lone, Peerzada Mohammad Shafi, Sheikh Gulzar Ahmad, Ghulam Mohammad Mir, Vice District president Riyaz Ahmad Dar were also present on the occasion.
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri on Sunday welcomed senior CPI (M) leader Mohammad Amin Dar into the party fold in South Kashmir’s Kulgam.
According to the party spokesman, Dar declared his entry into PDP in presence of the veteran PDP leader and Vice President Abdul
Rahman Veeri, stating it was PDP’s pro-people agenda and stand for the resolution of Kashmir issue which has inspired him to join the party.
Addressing the convention that was held on the occasion, Veeri stated that PDP will continue to tread the path shown by its founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and that it is this party alone which will never compromise on its principles and will always speak truth to power.
Veeri said that the government led by the PDP would have continued for six years if its President Mehbooba Mufti had not strongly defended the interests of the state and its people. He said that since she remained consistently firm on PDP’s agenda which was included in agenda of alliance, the BJP had to run away from coalition.
Veeri said that the political agenda of the PDP and party’s firm belief on its principles led the BJP to turn its back and that being in the government PDP kept insisting for the withdrawal of the FIRs, amnesty for the stone pelters, and return of the power projects from the NHPC.

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Holding talks with all stakeholders only way to end uncertainty in Kashmir: Taragami

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Qazigund, Mar 17: CPI (M) leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami Sunday said holding dialogue with all stakeholders, including the voices of dissent is the only answer to end this cycle of violence and uncertainty in Kashmir.
“Death and destruction has virtually taken over and the saner voices have become the causality. Votes and ideologies apart, can the entire mainstream and separatist parties have internal dialogue as to how some relief could be given to the people of the state,” Tarigami said while addressing workers convention at Qazigund.
He said that highest level of violence in a decade, lowest economic activity and unending political uncertainty in Kashmir today is the outcome of the BJP government’s wrong policies due to which there is gloom everywhere in the Valley.
Tarigami said that Kashmir is in constant chaos and the new realities are being sketched under the shadow of guns and the BJP’s aggressive, muscular Kashmir policy–an approach long called for by its parent organisation, the RSS. Kashmir looks like a ruined place, with human life at great peril.
He said “there is a trail of disappointment, let-downs and downright lies and broken promises by the BJP government. The BJP’s toxic agenda is reflected in the beatings of Kashmiri students, businessmen and employees across the country after last month’s barbaric terror attack in Pulwama. When the government acted as a mute spectator, the Supreme Court had to intervene.”
“More than three year of BJP-PDP alliance, which ended last year in June, has left the state in a quagmire of violence, polarisation and crisis. The words and deeds of BJP and PDP leaders don’t match as they claimed so much when they entered into an alliance and ultimately left the state in perils,” Tarigami added.
CPI (M) leader said, “Prime Minister on 15 August 2017 said, “Kashmir needs hugs, neither abuse nor bullets.” But instead of hugs Kashmiris faced pellets, bullets, deaths, jails and PSAs. Indiscriminate arrests, registering cases, slapping PSAs and NIA raids is not going to solve the problem. Kashmir’s young are dying and, tragically enough, death has become a wish. There seems to be no light at the end of this dark tunnel. With relentless killings across the Valley, the only places that show signs of expansion are its graveyards. BJP-PDP government made Kashmir years of the dead, of funerals, of chest-beating and hair-pulling, of unanswered prayers and dashed hopes.”
“Can’t all of us (mainstreams and separatists) have dialogue on some fundamental issues if the government of India isn’t willing to hold dialogue? Why have we become mere spectators to the miseries of common people? By issuing mere statements on every issue, we can’t absolve ourselves from our responsibilities. Can’t all of us in Jammu and Kashmir, including voices of dissent, have some common approach to give some respite to the people of the state,” he said.
He said, “The best option recognised by the civilised world to settle disputes is the process of dialogue as violence only leads to death and destruction. Even those countries which have been on the war path with each other, finally settle the issues only when they sit on negotiations table. New Delhi must engage with the leadership of J&K, including voices of dissent. Political dissent has to be dealt with through dialogue, not power.”

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