Srinagar, Dec 28: Hurriyat (M) Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday expressed his serious resentment and concern over the authorities’ approach of depriving the people of Kashmir of the basic amenities especially drinking water and electricity in this intensely cold bone-chilling weather stating that it seems that administration wants to punish the people of Valley collectively.
The spokesman said that addressing Friday gathering at the historic Jama Masjid, Mirwaiz said that one hand, forces have unleashed a reign of “terror” across south Kashmir by launching frequent CASOs wherein people of all ages including elderly, women and children are asked to stay out of their house in the biting cold for hours together, youth are “harassed and homes vandalised”, and on the other, people are being deprived of all the basic amenities needed at a time when temperature has plummeted to minus 8 degrees Celsius. This way, people are subjected to collective punishment. He demanded an immediate end to these operations.
Mirwaiz said that it was beyond doubt that people be it traders, employees, and the business community pay taxes and electricity dues not in lakhs but in crores and that our state was enriched with the natural resources producing huge amount of electricity and yet Kashmir is deprived of this much-needed facility at a time when people need it the most. He said the State has a huge potential of producing 20,000 megawatts of electricity that can fetch Rs 60,000 Crore income but unfortunately, not even the 10 per cent of the resources we have aren’t, being explored with the result entire Kashmir is plunged in a deep crisis at the time of freezing temperatures.
Mirwaiz said that J&K is bestowed with the natural resources that belong to the people of the State but unfortunately, people of this ill-fated State are deprived of it just to make them economically weaker every day. The height is that where Kashmir shivers with the minus temperatures, GOI through its non-state actors like NHPC is in control of most of the existing power projects of the State and is exporting our power to the States of India.
Due to the minus low temperatures, Mirwaiz said a vast chunk of the population in Srinagar is craving for the water and electricity while as in villages, the situation is much worse. This reflects how much development Kashmir has been achieved over the past 70 years as claimed by the successive rulers of Kashmir. He said that the year 2019 is about to start and the issue of providing uninterrupted water and electricity to the people remains a distant dream. Mirwaiz said that despite paying tax and the electricity fee in crores, why are people still kept away from the much-needed electricity supply in the winter months. He said when people raise their voice against it and demand adequate power supply, they are thrashed.
He said that while as a resistance leaderhip and the people of Kashmir are fighting for the just cause on one hand, but we can’t turn a blind eye to the shortage of basic amenities. Mirwaiz urged all section of society to raise voice against the shortage of basic facilities especially water and electricity stating that people are well within their rights to demand this basic facility.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz paid glowing tributes to militant Ishfaq Ahmed Wani killed in a brief shootout at Rinzipora, Awantipora stating that the repressive policies against youth are pushing the Kashmir’s young generation to wall. He said that resistance leadership and the people are committed to protect the sacrifices offered by the youth.
Don’t use Pulwama attack as an excuse to harm Jammu Muslims: Rasheed
Srinagar, Feb 15: Expressing anger and anguish over hooliganism by miscreants of various right-wing organizations at various places in Jammu city, AIP President Er Rasheed has urged law enforcing agencies and civil administration to ensure protection to all sections of people without being biased.
In a statement issued today Er Rasheed said, “Nobody is celebrating killing of CRPF men in Pulwama attack and no one other than Kashmiris can feel the pain of bereaved families better than them, as we have been passing through this turmoil since last thirty years, however nothing lies in hands of Kashmiris and neither their words nor condemnations mean anything to those who matter and who can bring peace in the entire region including Jammu and Kashmir.”
“Giving the incident a communal colour and using it as an excuse to create communal tension in Jammu city is condemnable and unacceptable. How can dozens of vehicles were damaged and set to fire in presence of law enforcing agencies at various places in Jammu city and why is not Jammu administration doing enough to ensure that law and order are maintained in the entire city,” said Er Rasheed.
Er Rasheed while appealing from restraining from all sides added that there is no justification to attack vehicles and other properties of a particular community or to attack stranded Kashmiris for none of their faults.
Er Rasheed appealed all stakeholders to show restraint and realize that violence is not any solution and let all of us understand that wars are not won and animosity will help none. He said that Kashmiris are the worst sufferers of animosity between India and Pakistan and they have always been seeking a peaceful resolution to the political dispute.
Er Rasheed appealed BJP leadership to show maturity and rise above regional and religious politics and reminded BJP leadership in Jammu not to forget that they are ruling at the Centre and their every action in Jammu has to be mature rather adding fuel to the fire.
Shah Faesal appeals people of Jammu to maintain calm
Srinagar, Feb 15: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Friday appealed to people of Jammu to observe restraint and maintain calm.
Taking to social networking site Twitter, Shah Faesal wrote: “My sincere appeal to brothers from Jammu to maintain calm. This is not the time to call for revenge. This is not the time to fuel hatred against each other.”
“Let’s not allow our humanity to be snatched from us. Let’s stay united,” Shah Faesal wrote on Twitter.
Earlier reports and witnesses said that mobs torched and damaged dozens of vehicles during the violent protests which broke out today morning in Gujjar Nagar and Prem Nagar areas amid a shutdown called by Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry against the killing of CRPF men in Lethpora attack on Thursday.
Yasin condemns slapping of PSA on JKLF leader
Srinagar, Feb 15: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday condemned the slapping of second consecutive PSA on JKLF leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt who has been shifted to Islamabad Sub-Jail.
In a statement issued to media, the spokesman said High court had recently quashed PSA on him and he was shifted to Kupwara jail from Kot-balwal form where he has been again slapped with PSA.
Condemning this ‘state repression’, Malik said that “using black laws to prolong incarceration of political leaders and activists is most undemocratic and tyrannical.”
Malik has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of Abdul Ahad Lone who was the father of senior JKLF member Fayaz Ahmad Lone of Kaw Mohala Khanyar.
JKLF leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and others reached Khanyar and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
While praying for the heavenly abode of the deceased, they also prayed for the Sabr-i-Jamil of his bereaved family.
Meanwhile, JKLF paid tributes to Haigam martyrs who rendered sacrifices in 2001 when forces opened fire on peaceful protesters who were protesting against the custodial killing of JKLF leader Jalil Ahmad Shah.
On the occasion, a congregational prayers meeting was held at Hygam Sopore in which JKLF district president Syed Nisar Jeelani and other participated and paid tributes to these martyrs.
While remembering the struggle and sacrifices of Jalil Ahmad Shah and others including women, JKLF leaders prayed for the heavenly abode of martyrs and reiterated their pledge to take the mission of these martyrs to its desired goal.