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Mirwaiz presides over 55th foundation day of AAC

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Srinagar, Jun 22: The 55th foundation day of Awami Action Committee (AAC) was observed as a ‘day of pledge’ at the AAC headquarters, Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal.
The foundation of AAC was laid by the Shaheed-e-Milat late Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq exactly 55 years ago with a sole aim of achieving right of self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the statement issued, inspite of Govt forces turning downtown into a military fortress, hundreds of workers and activists who had come from various parts of Kashmir, assembled at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal to take a pledge for fulfilling the mission of the martyrs.
The function was presided over by the AAC patron and Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq wherein various speakers highlighted the 55-year-long contributions of AAC leaders, activists and workers towards the ongoing movement of right to self-determination.
In his presidential address, Mirwaiz while talking about the role and responsibility of AAC stated that Kashmiri nation is offering priceless sacrifices for a great and sacred cause for the past seven decades and over this period, history of sacrifices have been created. Mirwaiz said that AAC is pursing the mission of which the foundation was laid by the Muhajir-e-Milat Moulana Mirwaiz Muhammad Yousuf Shah (RA) in 1931 when he formed the Muslim Conference. He said in 1964, the Shaheed-e-Milat constituted the AAC to infuse a new wave of energy into the Kashmir movement.
Mirwaiz while urged the AAC members, and activists to forge unity among their ranks and remain steadfast. Mirwaiz said that since 1947 every policy of running and ruling Kashmir has been made and implemented directly by New Delhi so change of face or guard will not make any difference unless there is change of policy he said that the fact remains that the State is actually ruled and governed by the forces from the day they landed here. Mirwaiz regretted that all the parties who have ruled Kashmir since 1947 have acted as collaborators and willing tools in the hands of New Delhi and always followed their diktats rather than standing up for the rights of the people of J&K
Mirwaiz said the more repressive measures GoI and its agencies would employ to muzzle the genuine struggle, the more our resolve to fight oppression would become strong.
Mirwaiz said that the Kashmir movement has witnessed a transition as today our fourth generation is on roads demanding their birthright which reflects that nation is not going to surrender no matter how tough the repression would be.
Mirwaiz said that pushing youth to the wall and using ultimate repression against them is destined to boomerang and take an ugly shape. He said it was unfortunate that the New Delhi instead of accepting the ground realities and acknowledging the basic political aspirations of people of Kashmir is handling the issue militarily, which is fraught with dangerous repercussions.
He said policy of repression has become a routine affair of the authorities in Kashmir and as everyday young boys are killed maimed and blinded, resistance leadership is caged in their own homes, youth harassed, properties vandalized and protestors showered with bullets and lethal pellets. He said that international community has finally woken up to the worsening human rights situation in Kashmir as the recent UN report on the Kashmir has a taken the id off the gory cases of rights abuses and direct intervention of world bodies has now become highly inevitable.
Mirwaiz paid tributes to the all the martyrs of Kashmir struggle including those killed in government forces action today. Mirwaiz also lauded the courage and patience of thousands of prisoners lodged in various prisons in and outside the state stating that majority of Kashmiri prisoners are deprived from basic medical facilities which is a big area of concern.
Those who spoke on the occasion include G.N.Zaki, M. Shafi Khan, G.Q.Beg, Pir Ghulam Nabi, Mushtaq Sofi and others.


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Accord sense of security to people: PDP to Guv

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Srinagar, Feb 18: The People’s Democratic Party Monday urged the Government to ensure protection of rights of People of J&K.

In a statement issued to media, Party’s Chief Spokesperson said that aftermath of Pulwama incident, has shown signs of communal violence and misunderstandings where the common Kashmiri is suffering.

Mir said that “central government should ensure that the secular fabric of the country is upheld, the disturbing reports of denying admission and entry to Kashmiri students in various institutions is unconstitutional and no democratic government would ever allow such discrimination to happen which will eventually alienate the people further.

 

Mir said that we urge the Governor that the rights of people of Valley should not be jeopardized, we appreciate setting up of helpline for students but the Government also needs to accord a sense of security to the people, that concerns their social security. Mir said that civil society including that of mainland country must step in to ensure that communal harmony prevails and the tensions is not escalated by targeting Kashmiris in particular.

Mir said that party is grieved at the Pulwama incident and believes that the cycle of violence has only added to the loss endured. He said that “this is not the time to play politics from positions of polarity, where the anger and outrage is directed towards a common Kashmiri, Mir said.

He said that we earnestly appeal Governor sahib to ensure social security of Darbar move employees in Jammu and particularly Kashmiri students across the country, He said that the axe is unfortunately falling on innocent people who have nothing to do with politics of the state.

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Students stage protest in Sopore against attacks on Kashmiris outside Valley

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Srinagar, Feb 18: Students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) of north campus at Wadoora Sopore in north Kashmir on Monday staged a protest demonstration over growing incidents of harassment and attacks on Kashmiris by rightwing extremists in Jammu and outside the state.

The students protested inside the college premises and demanded an immediate release of Kashmiri student who was detained in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

“Kashmiris are not safe outside and this is not for the first time that our brothers and sisters are being targeted, harassed and detained,” a group of agriculture students while talking to media said.

 

Scores of students studying in different tuition centers in Parraypora area of Srinagar also staged a protest against the attacks.

The students also expressed serious resentment over the growing attacks on Kashmiris and demanded an immediate end to it.

They also demanded the withdrawal of sedition and other cases the students in different parts of India.

The students also demanded the safety of Kashmiri students outside the Valley.

Pertinently, on Sunday police detained Tahseen Gul of Kashmir, a B.Tech student of Chitkara University in Baddi on the charges of allegedly glorifying suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar who was behind the Pulwama attack in which 49 CRPF men were killed and several others were injured on Thursday.

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Invest in establishing educational institutions in Kashmir: Rasheed to political parties

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Srinagar, Feb 18: After the Kashmiris were attacked in different parts of the country, Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President Er Rasheed on Monday have appealed the regional political parties to assure and include in their manifesto that they will ensure opening of new professional and technical colleges in the state in the private sector and will make the legal procedure for the same easier.

Quoting Rasheed, the spokesman said that while state already lacks good professional colleges and institutions, but the ongoing assault and harassment against Kashmiri students in other states have created more need for establishing such institutions in public and private sector.

Rasheed said that many local investors have been trying hard to get permission from the competent authority to establish various much-needed colleges in Kashmir valley but unfortunately bureaucracy has been creating barriers and thus not allowing education sector to flourish beyond a certain point. It is high time for all those regional political parties who are in the race of power to make sincere and concrete promises that they will not only allow investment in the education sector without creating hurdles but will also create a huge network of professional and technical colleges in every district and region of the state.

 

“Unless main political parties including NC and PDP do not promise to make the process of establishing these institutions time-bound and easy by making necessary amendments in the laws, the aim cannot be achieved,” the spokesman quoted Rashed as saying.

Meanwhile, Rasheed welcomed actor turned politician Kamal Hassan’s statement asking New Delhi to revisit its policies and resolve Kashmir dispute by holding a plebiscite so that peace returns in the entire sub-continent.  He said, “It is good to see credible voices speaking sense and understanding the significance of finding peaceful resolutions rather indulging in spreading venom against each other”.

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