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Malik visits Chattergul, arrested at Kangan, says, ‘Our budding flowers being trampled’

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Srinagar, Apr 17: Chairman of JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik was on Tuesday detained by police near Kangan, a spokesman said.
According to the statement issued, the spokesman said that Malik reached Chattergul Kangan without any prior announcement and after evading police barricades and check posts.
He participated in a condolence meeting held for slain Amir Hameed Lone.
“After addressing the gathering, Malik was heading towards the residence of another slain youth Gowhar but police blocked his way and arrested him along with JKLF zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri. Both have been lodged at police station Ganderbal,” the spokesman said.
Earlier, evading police barricades, Malik managed to reach Chattergul Kangan toady along with JKLF zonal organizer BashIr Ahmad Kashmiri, district president Bashir Ahmad Boya, deputy district president Ghulam Jeelani, Mushtaq Ahmad Koreg and others.
As Malik arrived at the village, men, women, youth and children of the area came out of their houses to greet him with enthusiasm.
Malik visited the bereaved family, met with the mother of martyr and expressed solidarity with them.
Many heartbreaking emotional scenes were witnessed on the occasion and everyone around was seen in tears.
On hearing the news of the arrival of Malik, people including women in large numbers gathered at the residence of the martyr.
The gathering was addressed by JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik.
While paying tributes to Amir Hameed Lone and Gowhar Ahmad Rather, Malik said that “our budding flowers are being trampled by Indian forces with impunity and no one seems to bother or feel any repulsion.”
He said that though Indian occupational forces are directly involved in this genocide but the responsibility of this totally rests on the shoulders of those pro-India politicians and rulers who during every election ask for votes from people and after coming into power order killings and massacres of our loved ones.
He said that these hypocrites belonging to every pro-India party recently came out in support of rapists and murderers of innocent Asifa in Jammu but as they saw situation changing around, these turn coats started candle marches and protests in favor of Asifa.
Malik said that be it unrelenting killing spree in Kashmir or case of Kathua innocent Asifa, these episodes have actually exposed the whole pro-India political class in Jammu Kashmir.
He said that India and its local supporters in the form of pro-India Kashmiri politicians have been and are constantly trying to divide the nation of Kashmir into small fragments and groups. “To divide us and get votes that actually serve the interests of India, they try to split us in the name of Maslak (creed), religion, language and region and a great example of this engineered divide is the region of Kangan where people are being divided in the name of Gujjars and Kashmiris to serve the interests of the oppressor and colonial forces,” he said.
Malik said that these elections only strengthen the illegal military occupation, serve the interests of India and are actually detrimental to the interest of Kashmiris in every manner and aspect. “The assemblies and parliaments that come into existence by these elections and voting are actually responsible for providing a legal cover to killers of our sons like Amir and Gowhar and therefore we all should refrain from supporting and abetting these pro-India parties and politicians to save our dear and loved ones,” said Malik.
Condemning the brutal killing of Amir Ahmad Lone and Gowhar Ahmad Rather who fell to the bullets and pellets of India, Malik said that these cold blooded murders have yet again proved the fact that Indian bullets and pellets are only fired to kill and maim innocent Kashmiris and snatch their lives.
“In whole Kashmir our loved and budding flowers are sacrificing their lives for freedom of this subjugated nation. These young boys and martyrs are our heroes and nation of Kashmir is indebted to them,” he said.
While paying tributes to Amir, Gowhar and all other martyrs, Malik reiterated his pledge to take the mission of these martyrs to its desired goal.
Malik said that rulers and their authorities claim democracy and freedom of speech, but the reality of their claims if that today to reach Kangan and express sympathies with bereaved families of martyrs, he had to secretly travel and reach a bereave family.
He said that by choking political space and incarcerated political leaders and activists, police and forces are actually pushing this nation to the wall and promoting violence which is highly condemnable.


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Investigation started in Jammu cable car incident: DRIL

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Srinagar, Jan 22: The investigation regarding the death of two labourers during the mock-drill of car cable accident in Jammu is underway while as the reports added that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were not followed during the mock-drill.

Two labourers died while four others sustained injuries on Sunday evening after a rescue trolley had fallen during the mock drill near the Mahamaya temple.

Talking to a local news gathering agency, Executive Vice President of Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited (DRIL) said that the investigation into the incident is going on. “Police is investigating the matter. We cannot say anything in this regard until the investigation is completed,” he added.

 

However, reports informed that the SOPs were not followed while conducting the mock-drill ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit for its inauguration.

It added that as per the SOPs, while performing the mock drills, the executing agency needed to inform all other agencies concerned.

“The rescue trolley involved in the incident was meant for a maximum of four people, but there were six in it. Also, all people performing the mock drill should have worn headgear and had to be hooked to the rope,” reports quoting sources said, adding that no safety guidelines were followed during the mock drill, otherwise precious lives could have been saved.

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Mufti-Jagmohan camaraderie proved detrimental for Kashmir: Sagar

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday paid tributes to the victims of Gawkadal massacre saying that people have not forgotten the massacre let loose on the civilians on that day.

In a statement issued here, addressing a gathering of party functionaries, and workers of Srinagar District at party headquarter Nawa –e-Subha Srinagar, party’s General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “Those who are passing the blame and shedding crocodile tears now on the plight of Kashmiris are the one who actually traded the miseries of the people for grabbing power,” adding that Mufti as home minister trusted Jagmohan on kashmir, what followed is history.

Sagar in the statement said that Mufti through his nominated Governor unleashed havoc in Kashmir and that as home minister of India Mufti presided over 18 massacres in Kashmir including Mashali Mohalla massacre, Islamia college massacre, Chara- e- Sharief massacre, Shopian massacre, Pulwama, Kulgam massacre and Habbak massacre.

 

“Mufti-Jagmohan camaraderie proved detrimental for Kashmir, it is this camaraderie that is credited with unleashing Operation Catch and Kill, crackdowns and other human rights violations. Not just that Mufti extended draconian laws like AFSPA to Kashmir and besides that Ikhwan was also a brain child of Late Mufti Syed,” he said adding, “Continuing with their legacy of political bankruptcy Mufti’s entered into a trade policy with BJP with a sole design to destroy the respect and dignity of kashmiris.”

Sagar maintained what was left of our special status; Mufti a former lieutenant of G M Sadiq took it upon himself to destroy it. “The BJP-PDP coalition opened flood gates for all such forces as are contriving hard to harm our state’s special status.”

He said that Dr Farooq Abdullah owing to communal disposition of late Jagmohan insisted on then government at the centre not to appoint him as state’s governor. “It was late Mufti who nominated him and was instrumental in thrusting him on the state. No sooner did he become Governor, Dr. Farooq resigned as a mark of protest. What followed is written in bold red letters in the annals of history,” he said.

The meet was attended by District president Srinagar Peer Afaq, JKNC Women’s wing president Shameema Firdous, Ali Muhammad Dar, Irfan shah and others.

Sagar maintained that Mehbooba trailing her father path traded the very dignity of chief minister’s post by bald-facedly presiding over the large scale maiming, killings, blinding, nepotism, corruption, human rights violation during her stint as chief minister. “It was for the first time that people were not allowed to pray at Jamia Masid for many months altogether,” he said.

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Tourism deptt organsies first road show of winter in Pune

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Pune: Tourism Department in collaboration with Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Owners Federation (KHAROF) held an impressive Travel Show in Pune on Monday seeking the cooperation of the travel associations and the media from the city for the promotion of J&K tourism.

Over 150 leading tour operators from the city attended show who also interacted with the members from the KHAROF.

Former Union Minister and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh who attended the show said Kashmir has immense tourism potential and people are most peaceful and loving in nature.

 

“Everyone should visit J&K State and see the nature’s beauty. The beauty also lies in the hospitality of the people who are very warm and welcoming,” he said.

Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak shared her experience of visiting Kashmir.

She said she found it safest place for travellers especially for woman.

“Even if we travel in auto at late evening, we are safe as people of the Kashmir are very good in nature and they take care of the tourists very well,” she said.

She urged the travel agents from Pune to promote J&K in a big way so that the travellers from Maharashtra will also visit paradise on Earth.

Earlier, Deputy Director Tourism Kashmir Riyaz Shah gave a detailed presentation on the tourism products which Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh has to offer.

The seminar is a part of series of road shows the department is organizing to promote J&K for the travellers within and outside the country.

Shah said J&K state is diverse in every aspect – be it leisure, adventure, culture, handicraft, cuisine, landscape, religion, architecture.

“Whatever you name it, we have it. J&K is a complete package. For a traveller, he has everything to see in one state,” he said, adding, “We are home to many famous gardens and heritage sites like Pari Mahal, Hari Parbat fort, Burzuhama ruins over 3000 years old, Mubrak Mandi, Shankar Acharya temple (250 B.C.), one of the biggest sun temples in India Martand Sun temple which was built in the 8th century, the Nara Nag temple ruins, and also famous sufi Shrines like Char-i-Sharief, Mukhdoom Sahaib, Ashmukam, Khankah Mohallah and many more.”

Riyaz Shah said that lot of filmmakers from Bollywood and even South India are shooting in Kashmir and the department is facilitating their shooting permission through single window system.

“Even now Malaysian and Thai films are being shot in Kashmir,” he said.

He also invited corporate houses for conventions and meetings to J&K saying the state has finest properties to hold such events.

President KHAROF Abdul Wahid Malik in his welcome address offered discounted packages for the travellers from Maharashtra.

He said Kashmir has over 60000 bed capacity and KHAROF is one of the largest hotel associations catering to over 24000 bed capacity from budget to star category hotels.

He invited the travellers to visit Kashmir saying the place is not only most beautiful place on the Earth but safest also.

KHAROF also released its annual directory during the show.

Earlier, the Tourism Department and KHAROF addressed media in a separate press conference.

Former KHAROF President Javed Bashir Burza briefed the media about the overall tourism infrastructure development in Kashmir.

Sanjay Nahar, the founder of Sarhad, a social organization dedicated to work in border areas, was also present in the press conference who informed them about the safety of the travellers in Kashmir.

Dr Vishwas Kelkar, president, Travel Agents Association of Pune (TAAP) also spoke on the occasion.

Senior Vice President Syed Masood Ahmad Shah, Secretary General KHAROF Maqsood Misri among other office bearers also participated in the event.

Chairman Pilgrim and Leisure Tour Operators Forum Nasir Shah moderated the show. Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Alliance Manzoor Pakhtoon, Patron Association of Kashmir Tour Operators Nazir A Mir also participated in the show.

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