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.
3 militants killed in Anantnag gunfight
SRINAGAR: Three militants were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.
The encounter broke out at Pazalpora area in Anantnag on a specific intelligence provided by the district police.
Governor chairs Ist meeting of Jammu Cluster University Council
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 15: Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the Cluster University of Jammu, today chaired the first meeting of the University Council here at the Raj Bhavan.
Advisor to Governor, Khurshid A. Ganai, Pro-Chancellor was also present in the meeting.
While taking overview of the activities of the Cluster University, the Chancellor and Advisor called for creation of University’s own campus with the establishment of schools of excellence. At the outset, the Chancellor stressed that the Cluster Universities are created with the vision to have a strong commitment to nurturing collegiality and leading collaboratively with unremitting dedication to improve transparency and efficiency. He further said that the Cluster University inherits an academic mission whose goals are lofty, yet firmly grounded in an ethos of dynamism and academic responsibility and the mission is to create a community of lifelong learners that fosters Research, Development, Quality, Innovation, experimental learning, community engagements, academic leadership and administrative support.
The Members made several tangible suggestions to make the Cluster University Jammu a real hub of educational activities. They said that Cluster University is a new concept in Jammu and Kashmir and it needs to be empowered so that it becomes choice of students over other Universities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Prof Anju Bhasin, Vice-Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu made a detailed presentation on the activities and various initiatives taken by the University. The presentation focused on the functioning of the administrative, academic, financial, examination, evaluation and other sectors. She also reported the status of student enrolment in the University, and measures for the development of students and faculty.
Listing some achievements by the University, the VC apprised that 12 new 5 year integrated courses, Honours programme in each of the colleges at UG level and new self-financing innovative, cross disciplinary skill based courses have been introduced. She further highlighted the important reforms introduced by the University which includes Academic Calendar defined for year-1, year-2 and year 3, flexibility to students to choose elective courses, admissions through centralized process, holding of examination in time-bound manner etc.
Financial Commissioner Finance (Financial Advisor Universities), Dr. A.K. Mehta, Financial Commissioner to Governor, Umang Narula, VC, Cluster University of Srinagar, Prof. Sheikh Javid Ahmed, VC, Jammu University, Prof. Manoj Kumar Dhar, Secretary Higher Education, Talat Parvez Rohella, Dean Faculty of Education, Prof. M.A. Lone, Dean Academic Affairs, Prof. Poonam Dhawan, Dr. Jatinder Khajuria, Registrar Member-Secretary, Prof. Anil Gupta, Principal S.P.M.R College of Commerce, Jammu, Prof. Sangeeta Nagri, Principal, College of Education, Jammu, Prof. Koushal Smotra, Principal, GGM Science College, Jammu and Prof. Ravinder Tickoo, Principal, GCW, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu attended the meeting.
Centre mulling political initiative in Kashmir
Srinagar, Oct 15: After restoring mobile phone connectivity in the Valley on Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir administration is now working on a mechanism to initiate political engagement which is likely to involve mainstream political parties.
The move is expected to lead to the release of more political leaders from detention though a decision releasing former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti is not on the table yet, Indian Express reported on Tuesday.
Quoting sources, the report said the Centre was keen on beginning political dialogue within the Valley to bridge the trust deficit between the state administration and Kashmiris following the August 5 decision to scrap the state’s special status and bifurcate J&K into Union Territories.
The political mechanism currently under discussion is likely to involve second-rung leaders from regional parties in the Valley to form a political council that can initiate dialogue with people and assuage their fears in the wake of the August 5 decisions, report said.
Part of this council’s mandate is alleviating the sense of alienation and anger in the Valley. Also on the table are certain special provisions that will protect local jobs and the settlement of outsiders in the Valley in order to protect its demographic character and culture.
“Delhi is keen on initiating political engagement. The contours of it are still under discussion. Among the ideas is involvement of the existing political class which as of now does not include the Muftis and the Abdullahs,” the report quoted a senior official privy to the developments.
“Gradual release of significant political actors will be taken in the weeks to come. The Home Minister has already said that statehood will be returned. A decision on who these political actors will be is yet to be taken,” the report added.