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Modi’s Kashmir visit: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Feb 3

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Srinagar, Jan 31: Joint Hurriyat Leadership has called for a complete shutdown on February 3 to protest against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Joint Hurriyat appeals Kashmiri masses to observe a complete shutdown on Sunday 3rd of February 2019, at Modi’s arrival in Jammu Kashmir,” said a statement.
Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik urged the people to halt all their activities, transport and businesses on the day.
“…and give a message to the whole world that Kashmiris despite all tyranny and oppression by Indian state will not stop their peaceful struggle for right to self-determination and rather will continue this struggle at every cost.”
They said arrival of such a person who ordered all this cannot be “an occasion of joy for us as it only deserves our strong protest and resentment.”
“When Modi assumed the office of prime minister in 2014, he on priority basis adopted and implemented a vicious iron fist policy to crush Kashmiris. His government came out with policies like construction of Israeli type settlements for Kashmiri pundits, separate colonies for ex-Indian army personal and providing a permanent resident-ship to West Pakistan refugees living in Jammu Kashmir,” they said.
Joint Hurriyat said that when people of Kashmir resisted these anti-Kashmiri moves in an exemplary manner, Modi government started a spree of killings, maiming, destruction of residential houses, snatching eyesight of young and old by pellets, implementing tax regimes like GST to further damage Kashmiri economy and business, stopping foreign aid at the time of floods in 2014 to harm Kashmiris, stopping tourists from coming to Kashmir in a pursuit to damage tourism sector, using agencies like NIA and ED to put people in Indian jails, putting thousands of innocent Kashmiris in jails under black law PSA and shifting many of them to jails and other kinds of ‘oppressive acts’, which are still going on unabated.
“From last five years, hundreds of Kashmiri innocents including women have been killed brutally and world saw Indian soldiers desecrating, burning down and mutilating human corpses and even dancing on these like wildly,” they said.
Joint Hurriyat said “using chemical, petrol, explosives to destroy or burnt down residential houses has been and is being filmed and broadcasted in a boastful manner, south, north, central Kashmir is witnessing crackdowns and CASO’S during which young and old, men and women are tortured, humiliated and at times showered with pellets snatching eye sights of as young as 16 month old Hibba Jan and as old as 80 year old men.”
“It is Modi rule that left no stone unturned to damage Kashmiri economy by implementing tax regimes like GST, stopping tourists from coming to Kashmir and also looting our resources like water and forests,” they added.
Joint Hurriyat said that during his last visit, Modi was appealed by Kashmiri tourist operators to appeal tourists to come to Kashmir but instead he asked Kashmiris to opt between tourism and terrorism and thus gave a clear message to tourists to not come to Kashmir.


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We stand united with our soldiers: All-party resolution

No call for calm in it disappoints Omar

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New Delhi, Feb 16: All political parties of India Saturday put up a united face and expressed their “determination” to fight militancy following the Lethpora attack, underlining their solidarity with security forces for “defending the country’s unity and integrity”.
A meeting of all political parties, including the BJP and the Congress, passed a resolution condemning the attack and alleged support being given to it from across the border.
The all-party meeting took place in the aftermath of one of the biggest attacks on government forces on Thursday on the highway near Lethpora in Awantipora town, in which 49 CRPF troopers were killed.
Militant organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed the responsibility for it stating that a local recruit of its carried out the attack.
The resolution did not name Pakistan but asserted that India has been facing the “menace of cross-border terrorism” which of late, it added, is being actively encouraged by forces from across the border.
The meeting was convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Condemning the attack, the resolution reiterated that India has displayed firmness and resilience in tackling it.
The parties vowed to stand with the families in their hour of grief.
“…Of late, terrorism in India is being actively encouraged by forces from across the border, India has displayed firmness and resilience in dealing with these challenges. The entire nation speaks in one voice to express its determination to fight these challenges. We stand united in solidarity with our security forces in fighting terrorism, defending India’s unity and integrity,” read the resolution passed at the all-party meeting.
The meeting was attended by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O’Brien of the TMC, Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena, Jithendra Reddy of the TRS, D Raja of the CPI, Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference, Ram Vilas Paswan of the LJP among others.
Naresh Gujral of the Akali Dal, Upendra Kushwaha of the RLSP and Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav are among others who attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah expressed his displeasure with the resolution.
Taking to social networking site Twitter, Omar wrote: “Disappointed the resolution did not include a call for calm. Reports of violence in Jammu & tension in university/college campuses in some states, I would have expected an appeal for calm to have gone with the condemnation & condolences.”

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Army officer killed in IED blast along Rajouri LoC

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Srinagar, Feb 16: An army officer was killed and a soldier suffered injuries on Saturday while defusing and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Line of Control in Rajouri.

The Major-rank officer was defusing the IED which had been allegedly planted by militants. The officer is from the Corps of Engineers.

The blast killed the officer and injured a soldier who was evacuated to hospital, officials said.

 

The IED was planted 1.5 km inside the Line of Control in the Naushera sector of Rajouri district.

The army has confirmed that it was an IED blast and not a BAT action.

The IED blast came two days after 49 CRPF personnel were killed when a Jaish attacker rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus carrying them in Pulwama district in south Kashmir.

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Militants can’t hide, will be punished: PM

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Yavatmal (Maha), Feb 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that militant groups who carried out the Pulwama attack that left 49 CRPF troopers dead, could not hide and “will be punished” as the government forces have been given a “free hand” to tackle the inevitable.
Paying tributes to two Central Reserve Police Force troopers from Maharashtra and others killed in the deadly attack on Thursday, Modi said the country had “faith and pride in our soldiers and security forces and their sacrifices would not go in vain.”
“Wherever the militant groups and perpetrators may hide, our forces will flush them out and punish them,” Modi said amidst cheers from the gathering of farmers and women here.
“When and how to accomplish this had been left to the security forces,” he said, appealing to the people of the country to be “patient” and repose confidence in the armed forces, “as the militant perpetrators shall not be spared at any cost”, he added.

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