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Miffed at PDP, Beigh ready allying for third front

‘People’s Conference my home, Sajad like my son’




Srinagar, Nov 20: Breaking his long silence after the fall of PDP-BJP coalition government, PDP’s senior member and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beigh Tuesday openly supported Sajad Lone led People’s conference and hinted at forming and allying with the third front in Kashmir.

“Peoples Conference is like a home to me and Sajad Gani Lone is like my son,” Beigh said while addressing a press Conference here.

He added: “I will seriously consider of joining the third front, if Sajad is interested, he should be encouraged.”

While seeking explanations from NC top brass particularly the two top leaders for boycotting civic polls over an assurance on Article 35-A, Beigh regretted that PDP didn’t take him on board on boycott of civic polls, a decision, he said, was lamely taken by the party the day when he (Beigh) was in Delhi.

Alleging that NC top brass decided to boycott the polls after hostile statements from a party’s senior leader, Beigh said: “Democracy and public connectivity is build up at grass roots and no political party has the right to claim to be a political party if it doesn’t participate in elections.”

About the fall of PDP-BJP government, Beigh said, “I was consulted only for a day when the alliance was to be formed with the BJP in the lifetime of Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. I told Late Mufti that meeting up minds is very important for making the alliance workable and if the alliance is made workable it could become a model for rest of India.”

About the working of PDP-BJP government, Beigh said PDP failed to deliver on the promises it made to the people during last assembly elections as development deficit was visible on the ground due to non-utilization of funds. The heart goes to unemployed PhD scholars who are unemployed and have become disillusioned. Youth have lost faith in mainstream and as well as Hurriyat as they now speak about Khilafat propagated from Arab and implemented in India and Pakistan.”

Saying that if rigging in 1987 elections won’t have taken place, militancy would not have taken routes in Jammu and Kashmir, Beigh said “Salah-ud-din who contested from Amira Kadal assembly constituency found himself in Shaheed Gunj Police lock-up along with his wife and Yasin Malik his then chief polling agent won’t have been detained along with his sister.”

Alleging that government in Pakistan have not the courage to take hot decisions and reach out to India for a dialogue over Kashmir, Beigh said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reached out to former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief and met his family just to request for a peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue but Pathankote spoiled all the ground work done for the resumption of India Pakistan dialogue.”

Saying that it pains him to see young Kashmiri boys and Indian soldiers dying in Kashmir, Beigh said, “Politicians are responsible for this bloodshed.” Saying that PDP was formed to take a route to middle ground after the 70-year-long failure of NC in the state, Beigh said that “I am sorry to say that PDP has failed to take the middle ground route for which it was formed.”

Alleging that he and Tariq Karra were virtually thrown out of state politics after their fielding for the Lok Sabha elections in the year 2014, Beigh said, “If PDP doesn’t take a decision on following NC over major policy decisions, I would be constrained to be part of third front, the formation of which is very much possible in the current political scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Apprehending that the politics being played in Jammu and Kashmir may lead to trifurcation of the state, Beigh said, “Kashmir mainstream parties can’t afford to take part in civic elections in Ladakh and Kargil and boycott in Kashmir Valley.”

Asked if he could be part of a third front, emerging under the leadership of PC chairman, Sajjad Gani Lone, Beigh said, “PC is like a home to me and Sajad Lone just like my son. If they come to me and PDP doesn’t take corrective measures I will have no option but to be part of a third front presently shaped by Peoples Conference.”

In reply to a question on election of PDP president, Beigh said, “Last time, a committee was set up to amend the bylaws but the committee didn’t meet even once. People are looking for a change and if PDP doesn’t mend its ways and continues following NC the change would be visible.”


His stature can define third party: Sajad Lone

Srinagar, Nov 20: Hours after top PDP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh told a press conference in Srinagar that Peopels Conference is just like a home to him and Sajad Lone like his son, Peoples Conference, Chairman, Sajad Gani Lone tweeted: “I am humbled by Muzaffar Beigh Sahib’s statement.

A person of his stature, experience and intellect can be the defining attribute of the emerging third party @JKPC_ I remember him as my favourite uncle during my childhood. I was his pampered brat.”


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Kashmir shuts on World Human Rights Day



Srinagar, Dec 10: On World Human Rights Day, Kashmir Monday observed a complete shutdown to protest against the human rights violations in the region.

The shutdown call was given by Joint Hurriyat, a leadership amalgam of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik.

All shops and business establishments remained closed and public transport was off the roads. The authorities had suspended train services between Banihal and Baramulla while restrictions on public movement were imposed in parts of old Srinagar.

Many separatist leaders were put under house arrest.

Shutdown was also observed in other towns of the Valley including Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Kangan.

Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) staged a silent protest amid shutdown in Press Enclave Srinagar.

The Joint Hurriyat had asked the people of Kashmir to observe complete protest strike on December 10, the World Human Rights Day, against the “gruesome human rights situation” and also to register their regret at the apathy of international community and rights organizations towards the plight of people of Kashmir.

“The leadership once again urged the world peace organizations, international community, Amnesty International Asia Watch, UNHRC and ICRC to take note of the Kashmir situation and put pressure on New Delhi to stop the grave human rights violations forthwith,” the Joint Hurriyat had said in a statement.

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Will continue lending full support to Kashmir: Imran



Islamabad, Dec 10: Pakistan would continue to lend full diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday.

Khan’s remarks came in a message on the Human Rights Day which is observed every year on December 10.

This year, the Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we reaffirm our full diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for human dignity, respect and inalienable right to self-determination, he said.

He said this year is also significant for Pakistan as it has joined the UN Human Rights Council.

“Pakistan’s membership of the Council, for the fourth time, is a testimony to the confidence of the international community in Pakistan, as a consensus builder within the international human rights policy framework,” he said.

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Joint Hurriyat writes to UN chief; Urges for establishing commission of inquiry into rights abuses



Srinagar, Dec 10: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Monday wrote to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, urging him to establish a ‘commission of inquiry’ to conduct comprehensive and independent international investigation into human rights violations in Kashmir.

The leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik asked the UN secretary general to press upon “New Delhi to stop the gross human rights violation forthwith.”

Joint Hurriyat, according to the letter, also urged him to initiate measures for the resolution of the dispute which is on UN Agenda since 1948, “and is the main cause of all Human Rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.”

“On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, we hope you and the institution of United Nations will stand up for the protection of human rights everywhere including in conflict torn Kashmir. This year is the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and today we are again addressing you on behalf of people of Jammu and Kashmir, who for last 70 years have been striving for peace, justice, freedom and dignity,” read the copy of the letter.

It continued: “We greatly acknowledge The UN report on the human rights situation in Kashmir– detailing the human rights violations and abuses and highlights a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by Indian forces.”

In the letter, the Joint Hurriyat acknowledged UN’s concern and call for “urgent need to address the past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives”

To focus international attention on the continued and worsening Human Rights situation people of Kashmir decided to peacefully observe December 3 to 9 as Human Rights Week, the leadership informed the UN Chief in the letter.

“But the repressive and authoritarian state even disallowed that by use of force and even arrested and lodged in jails those participating in candlelight protests! Massive crackdown was launched on the leadership as well as traders, transporter and even businessmen who decided to take out peaceful rallies against the gross human rights situation in Kashmir,” the letter read.

Referring to the 2018 UN report on rights abuses in Kashmir, the Joint Hurriyat said: “One of the most dangerous weapons used against protesters in 2016 – and which is still being employed by security forces – was the pellet-firing shotgun.”

“These fire pellets since then have affected 16000 people in Kashmir and blinded hundreds permanently, the youngest being 18-month-old Hiba who has lost her vision in one eye. Hundreds have suffered serious damage in liver and intestinal region due to pellets. 14% of pellet gun victims in Kashmir are below 15,” read the letter.

The leadership trio wrote that the conflict has consumed hundreds of thousand lives in J&K.

“This year alone 150 Civilians, 241 armed youth and 120 state forces have lost their lives due to the Kashmir conflict. As we write to you yesterday itself on December 09, 2018, two teenagers Mudasir Ahmad Parrey and Saqib Bilal Sheikh—aged 14 and 17 respectively from Hajin area of northern Bandipora district, were killed, seven houses blown up by using mortar shells or improvised explosive device (IED).”

“As your report also mentions the Indian troops operating in the Jammu & Kashmir have been provided legal impunity in the form of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from prosecution for the crimes against humanity committed by them.”

“In the nearly 28 years that the law has been in force in Jammu and Kashmir there has not been a single prosecution of armed forces personnel granted by the central government,” the letter quoting the UN report read.

The letter concluded with: Sir, the conflict on Kashmir is not a frozen one but continues to consume human lives unabatedly since its beginning in 1947 and has become the cause of horrendous human rights violations against the population of the area. We urge you to urgently establish as proposed by the OHCHR a “UN commission of inquiry to conduct comprehensive and independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir,…. to end the cycles of violence and ensure accountability for past and current violations and abuses, and provide redress for victims” and to press upon New Delhi to stop the gross human rights violation forthwith. We also urge you to initiate measures for the resolution of the dispute on Jammu & Kashmir which is on UN Agenda since 1948 and is the main cause of all human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir.

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