Srinagar, July13: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said Centre of ‘dangerous outcomes’ of breaking the functioning of the People’s Democratic Party.
“If Delhi tries to dismiss the voting rights of people like 1987, and if it tries to create divisions and interfere like that, then I think just like a Syed Salahuddin and a Yasin Malik were born in 1987, there will be dangerous consequences (Agar Dilli ne 1987 ki tarah yahan ki awam ke vote pe daaka dala, agar iss kism ki tod fod ki koshish ki,jis tarah ek Salahuddin ek Yasin Malik ne janm liya…agar Dilliwalon ne PDP ko todne ki koshish ki uski nataish bahut zyada khatarnaak hogi),” she told reporters in Srinagar, on the sidelines of a state event organised to commemorate Martyr’s Day.
Meanwhile, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah suggested that the state assembly be dissolved, following the breakup of the Bharatiya Janata Party-PDP alliance.
“We cannot distribute the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). We cannot work then what is the point of salary? Give us our CDF. Dissolve assembly, stop horse trading. We will talk about elections after you dissolve the assembly, stop the horse trading, civilian killings,” he said.
Last month, the BJP pulled out from its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, following which Mufti stepped down as chief minister.
Thereafter, governor’s rule was imposed in the state.
On a related note, people across Jammu and Kashmir are observing the anniversary of the 22 men who were martyred in Kashmir, while protesting against the autocratic rule of the Dogra king, also known as Martyr’s Day.
On July 13, 1931, the Dogra regime ordered indiscriminate firing on thousands of peaceful protesters outside Srinagar’s Central Jail, after which 22 Kashmiris were martyred on the orders of Maharaja Hari Singh.
Militancy already reborn under Mehbooba’s rule: Omar
Srinagar, July 13: Rejecting the contentions of PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti that militants like Syed Salahudin and Yasin Malik will emerge, the National Conference vice president and another former chief minister Omar Abdullah in a series of tweets said militancy has already been reborn under the able administration of Mehbooba Mufti.
Taking to micro blogging social networking website twitter, Omar said “She must really be desperate if she is threatening the centre with renewed militancy if PDP breaks up. She seems to have forgotten that militancy in Kashmir has already been reborn under her most able administration.”
In his yet another tweet, Omar said “She must really be desperate if she is threatening the centre with renewed militancy if PDP breaks up. She seems to have forgotten that militancy in Kashmir has already been reborn under her most able administration.”
Mehbooba’s ‘proximity’ with separatists exposed: BJP
New Delhi, July 13: Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Friday said Mehbooba Mufti with her statement was “trying to give oxygen” to militants.
“Knowing or unknowingly she has only exposed her proximity to separatists,” the BJP leadear said.
“She has exposed her proximity with separatists by warning that if her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was split it would create more militants in the state,” he said.
Earlier in the day, talking to reporters in Srinagar, the PDP chief had said if the central government split her party to form new government in the state, it would create more Salahuddins and Yasin Maliks — who were first to take arms after the 1987 elections were rigged.
Salahuddin, whose real name in Yousuf Shah, contested the election and Malik was his polling agent. However, it was alleged that the polls were rigged in favour of the National Conference-Congress coalition. Shah ended up heading the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group and Malik launched Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front
Reacting to Mufti’s statement, BJP’s central committee member G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said Mufti’s remarks were “very bizzare”.
Mufti, he said, “seems under tremendous pressure from her own party.
“Is she now equating her party with Hizbul Mujahiddin,” he asked.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister and senior state BJP leader Kavinder Gupta said: “It is very unfortunate that she (Mufti) was ruling the state only a few days back as Chief Minister and now she threatens of a militant “uprising.”
Militant, Army officer killed in Anantnag gunfight
Srinagar, Jun 17: An Army officer and a militant were killed and three other soldiers including a Major injured in a gunfight in south Kashmir Anantnag district on Monday, police said.
Police sources said the officer was shot at during the firing exchange between the holed-up militants and security forces in Bidoora village in Achabal area of the district.
The slain militant was believed to be a foreigner.
SSP Anantnag, Altaf Khan said that the operation was launched following specific inputs about the presence of some militants in the area.
He said that as the joint team intensified the searches, the militants, hiding in the area, opened fire which was retaliated, triggering off a gunfight.
Initially, sources said, the joint team of forces and militants exchanged gunfire for some time during which the house, in which the militants were hiding, was damaged. Later there was a lull for about an hour even as Army rushed more reinforcements and the joint team started searches to find out the militants.
Soon the militants rose from the debris and opened indiscriminate fire on the forces, resulting in the on-spot death of Major Keetan Sharma and injuries to three others including another Army Major Rahul Verma, sources said.
They added the joint team of forces retailed the fire, leading to the fresh gunfight in an open field. While one militant was killed and the search operation is underway to find if there is any more militant hiding in the area.
The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant is being ascertained, sources said.
Meanwhile, youth took to streets and pelted stones at the security forces. The police and paramilitary CRPF deployed in the area used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse them.
In wake of the operation, the authorities snapped internet service in the southern district.
IED blast in Pulwama, 6 soldiers, 2 civilians injured
Srinagar, Jun 17: Militants on Monday attempted to blow off an Army vehicle in a village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
A police official said that an armoured vehicle of Army came under an IED attack in Hargam Arihal village of Pulwama. He added that after the blast militants also fired some gunshots towards the vehicle.
Local residents informed that they heard huge blast followed by gunshots.
Reports said that six soldiers and two civilians were injured in the blast. The soldiers were shifted to Army’s 92 base hospital at Badamibagh, Srinagar for treatment.
The area was soon cordoned off, officials said.
Earlier, reports said that militants exploded an IED under a Casper vehicle, extensively damaging it, as an army convoy passed through Arihal. However, the army clarified that the damaged vehicle was not a Casper, but an Ashok Leyland Stallion truck.
Three of them who were travelling in the cabin of the vehicle are stated to be serious, the news agency reported.
The blast was triggered by militants using a car laden with explosives, GNS reported attributing the same to “initial investigations by police.”
“A police officer that the explosives were fitted inside a car and investigators are probing the owner of the vehicle. Asked, which type of vehicle was used, the officer said that it is a matter of investigation,” the news agency reported.
“Samples have been collected and further probe is underway,” the officer was quoted saying.
In a statement, the Army called the attack a “failed attempt” by militants. The troops are safe, barring a few minor injuries, it said, adding, “The area has been cordoned and search operations are in progress”.
The blast comes days after Pakistan had reportedly shared information with India and America regarding the possibility of major militant attack in the south Kashmir district. (With inputs from GNS)
Emotional scenes at slain SHO’s wreath-laying ceremony
Srinagar, Jun 17: Emotional scenes were Monday witnessed at District Police Lines (DPL) Srinagar as top cops and bureaucrats attended the wreath-laying ceremony of the slain police officer Arshad Khan, who had sustained critical injuries in a militant attack in Anantnag last week and later succumbed to his injuries at AIIMS, Delhi on Sunday.
J&K Police chief Dilbagh Singh, Advisors to Governor K Vijay Kumar and KK Sharma, Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmed Khan, ADGP Muneer Khan, and SSP Srinagar Dr Haseeb Mughal, among other civil and police officers were present on the occasion.
J&K Police shared two heart wrenching photos of Dr Mughal carrying the deceased’s son in his arms during the wreath-laying ceremony.
In the photos, a teary-eyed Haseeb is seen carrying slain Arshad Khan’s son while paying tributes to his colleague.
On the occasion, Advisor Kumar said that more than 1600 J&K Police personnel have lost their lives in the line of duty.
On June 12, around 4:50 pm, five paramilitary troopers and a militant were killed and four other security forces personnel including Arshad sustained injuries after militants attacked a joint party of CRPF and police at bus stand Anantnag.
Arshad was immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital and then to Srinagar’ SK Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura. After being treated there for a few days, he was flown to Delhi’s AIIMS hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.
According to police, Arshad was inducted into police services in the year 2002 and was presently posted as SHO Anantnag. Khan is survived by father and mother, wife Neelofar, 5-year-old son Abuhan Khan, Danim 2, and a brother.