Srinagar, July 14: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Syed Ali Geelani while vehemently condemning the suicide bomb attack on an election rally in Mustang Baluchistan Pakistan, has called those “involved in it as ‘beastly enemies’ of the entire humanity.
Condemning the terror attack, in which 130 people were killed and over a 100 others injured, Geelani in a statement said that “it is a well-thought-out conspiracy to defame and malign this country. Pakistan faces multiple problems and cross border terrorism.”
Geelani termed it as ‘a result of deep conspiracy against Pakistan’.
“We condemn human killings and whosoever is involved shall face the wrath of Almighty Allah,” said Geelani.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq too condemned the terror attack stating that terror has no religion and the pain of losing loved ones can well be felt by the Kashmiris who see the dance of death and who shoulder the coffins of their loved ones almost every day.
According to the statement, Mirwaiz said that people of Kashmir feel pained over the loss of precious lives in Balochistan terror strike as people of Valley are “themselves primary target of worst form of state terrorism.”
Mirwaiz extended his heartfelt condolences with the people Pakistan and also with the Pakistani government, stating that people of Kashmir and the leadership stands with them.
He also extended his heartfelt condolences with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the terror attack and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.
Meanwhile, on the directions of Mirwaiz, a Hurriyat (M) delegation visited the houses of 12-year-old Andleeb, 20-year-old Irshad Ahmed Lone, and 22-year-old Shakir Ahmed Khanday of Hawoora, Kulgam who were recently killed by government forces.
The delegation expressed solidarity with the bereaved families on behalf of the Hurriyat.
Mirwaiz also spoke with the parents of all the three slain over the phone and conveyed his personal condolences, stating that people of Kashmir and the leadership stands with them in this hour of grief and tribulation as “we all have to remain committed and steadfast towards achieving the right to self-determination.”
“The people of South Kashmir are bearing the brunt of forces aggression and oppression as people they have been left at the mercy of forces which is an eye opener for the world community to judge situation here,” he said.
Tribunal serves notice to Jamaat-e-Islami
Srinagar, Apr 19: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, constituted by the Centre, has issued a show cause notice to Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir (JeI), which was banned by the government in February, asking it why the organisation cannot be declared as an unlawful association.
“A notice is hereby given under sub-section (2) of Section 4 of the Act (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) and you are hereby called upon to show cause, within 30 days from the date of service of this notice, as to why your Association, declared as unlawful, be not adjudicated to be so and why an order confirming such declaration be not made under Section 4(3) of the Act,” said the notice issued by Registrar, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, Lorren Bamniyal, to the JeI.
The notice was issued on April 5.
The Tribunal asked the Jamaat to file objections or reply affidavits, if any, before the next date of hearing of the Tribunal at the office of the Registrar.
“In case the objections/reply and the documents are in regional language, true English translation thereof be also attached. You may appear through a duly authorised person before the Tribunal on 20 May, 2019 at 3 PM in Court Room number 26 for further proceedings,” the notice said.
The Centre had constituted the tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring the JeI as an unlawful association.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on March 23 had issued a notification which states that Justice Mukta Gupta would head the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The government in its February 28 notification had banned the JeI, saying it was of the opinion that the Jamaat is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting “extremism and militancy” in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere.
It said the outfit claims “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union” and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose.
The action came following the February 14 attack in Pulwama that killed over 40 CRPF personnel.
Militant killed in Rafiabad gunfight:Reports
Srinagar, Apr 19: Multiple gunshots were heard in Malpora Watergam area of Rafiabad in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday evening.
Sources said that at around 8:55 pm, unknown persons fired a volley of bullets in paddy fields in Malpora Watergam village of Rafiabad.
Sources said that a joint team of Army’s 32RR and Jammu and Kashmir Police’s SOG cordoned off the area in Malpora Watergam after credible inputs about presence of militants.
They said that as the forces laid the siege, gunshots were heard from the area.
SP Sopore Javid Iqbal said that “we are verifying the incident.”
He said that a cordon has been launched in the area.
Unconfirmed reports at the time of filing this report said that two militants were killed during the gunfight that ensued soon after.
Budgam: NC worker of 4 decades stays away from polls
Srinagar, Apr 18: Outside a two-storey Government Girls Higher Secondary High School in Ichigam village of Budgam, a man donning a chequered pheran loudly quipped at every person entering the polling booth to cast his or her vote on Thursday.
He argued with them over the performance of their elected leaders in the past as agents of political parties tried hard to convince him to cast his vote or stay away from others who wanted to.
Ghulam Hassan, in his 60s, has been an avid supporter of National Conference (NC) at Ichigam for the last 40 years.
Having worked hard over the years to lure voters for NC, Hassan, Thursday, was one among those who sidelined from the party and preferred not to vote.
He said the previous regimes failed to develop his area due to which he had decided to boycott and also not to “befool” people in this Lok Sabha election.
“It was the only option available with me. I have been supporting the party (NC) ever since I became eligible to caste vote. But it didn’t benefit me nor people of my area,” he said.
Hassan, who as per locals, would often engage himself in heated arguments with political rivals during elections, was dejected over the state of roads and growing unemployment in his village.
“I have two sons, who are sitting idle at home. Many students here have completed their higher studies and haven’t got a job. These politicians appear only during elections and forget their promises once they are elected,” he said.
Hassan said the idea of boycotting the election was way better than living with a hope of some relief from the politicians.
“Under these circumstances, it is better that you vote for a candidate who is trustworthy. But we are short of such candidates,” he said.
When agents attempted “tricking” him by saying his vote would secure Article 370 and 35-A, he replied, “Many among you have voted and let us see how your vote will benefit Kashmir,” he said.
Few metres away in another polling booth in Ichigam, Ghulam Muhammad Dar voiced similar concerns but said he voted after trusting the candidate for one last time.
“I have been casting my vote for the last 50 years and have seen how these politicians befool people. But this is going to be my last vote if the candidate didn’t work for the development and safeguarding special position of Kashmir,” he said.
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