Srinagar, Nov 23: Bringing in juniors on the position of seniors is setting a new trend in the civil and police administration in Jammu and Kashmir and the trend has sidelined top Kashmiri officers.
The latest blow to the local bureaucracy in Jammu and Kashmir is the posting of a junior officer as law secretary and snatching of key assignments from the outgoing law secretary the time when law department is dealing with super sensitive issues of public interest including the challenge to Article 35-A and Article 370 thrown up by the affiliates of BJP in Supreme Court of India.
Insiders in the higher echelons of bureaucracy on conditions of anonymity told Kashmir News Service that steadily and slowly under the Governor’s administration the top local IAS and IPS officers have been put on insignificant positions excepting a couple of officers who have been given the charge of departments concerning construction of routine projects like R&B, PHE, Irrigation and flood control.
Echoing the sentiments of insiders in the bureaucracy, senior National Conference (NC) leader Mohammad Akbar Lone said “the transfer of law secretary, an officer well versed with the handling of supersensitive case on Article 35-A shows the intents of the Governor’s administration on Article 35-A. Though we have been witnessing that for a very long time juniors have been brought on the positions of seniors to hold charge of sensitive departments but the trend has now taken a dangerous turn as we are seeing even top police officers from Kashmir being shifted to insignificant positions including the likes of Abdul Gani Mir, now ADGP PHQ and Javid Gilani, now Director Vigilance.”
Sharing the concerns of Mohammad Akbar Lone the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC) members Muzafar Ahmad Shah, Advocate Mir Javed and Jagmohan Singh Raina told KNS that the shifting of law secretary of Kashmiri background shows that the intents of Governor’s administration are posing a severe threat to the handling of a sensitive case filed against Article 35-A in the Supreme Court of India. The integrity of the newly appointed law secretary Achal Sethi, who is officer of special secretary rank is known for his doubtful integrity. We feel the way Governor’s administration plans to sabotage the state government’s case on Article 35-A and Article 370, the way it sabotaged formation of a three party coalition government comprising NC, PDP and Congress just two days back.”
Meanwhile, insiders without wishing to be named said that the senior most among local IAS officers Asgar Hassan Samoon has been given the charge of most insignificant departments like animal & sheep husbandry and Transport while his juniors not a match to his professional integrity and working are holding the charge of departments like Finance, Planning, Home, Power Development Department and Rural Development Department. They said not only in civil admin but in police administration also top IPS officers have been displaced from significant to insignificant positions including Abdul Gani Mir, recently transferred as ADGP CID and posted ADGP PHQ.
War never an option, give peace a chance: Farooq to Indo-Pak
Srinagar, Feb 23: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday asserted that war unleashes countless miseries on people urging India and Pakistan to end hostiles.
Farooq Abdullah while addressing a gathering at Banihal said, “War with it brings destruction and it does not determine who is right, it only determines who is left. We have seen four wars in our state. If the war takes places, the matters will escalate and invite international notice. Is India ready to see the issue of Kashmir being racked up in the United Nations Security Council?”
Party president maintained that any misadventure aimed at fiddling with the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir will have serious far-reaching consequences for the state and the country.
“I pray that sanity prevails over the people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi. The situation demands de-escalation.
The hostility between the two nations has held the development of both countries hostage, our state in particular always comes in the line of fire,” he added.
Farooq while appreciating the efforts of the people of Banihal in ensuring the stranded Kashmir bound passengers all help, said, “The resoluteness and unity with the people of Banihal who carried out relief operation for stranded Kashmir bound passengers is worth appreciation. I also congratulate the local wing of NC led by District President Ramban Sajad Shaheen which left no stone unturned to ensure all possible help to the stranded Kashmir bound passengers.”
Farooq while censuring the Government of India for failing to meet the developmental demands of the people of the state said, “We see how China is coming up with infrastructure along the border areas. People may question what the incumbent government was able to achieve during its stint in power. We all know nothing substantial was achieved during the past few years, no infrastructure augmentation. On the contrary, joblessness has increased. This government is only good at rhetoric and slogan mongering,” he said.
Party President later took stock of the arrangements made by local wing of NC for stranded passengers.Farooq also appreciated the people of Ramban for maintaining communal bonhomie and urged them to continue to kindle the flame of brotherhood and communal amity amongst them.
Among others district president Ramban Sajad Shaheen accompanied the party president.
Govt playing with fire by unleashing terror on unarmed people: PDP
Srinagar, Feb 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday condemned the fresh wave of arrests in Kashmir Valley, questioning the government strategy to turn the already perturbed situation more chaotic and violent.
In a statement issued here, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that the uncalled for, unjustified and undemocratic means are being adopted in Kashmir by the government with a sole motive to silence the peoples’ voice.
He added that reign of terror is being unleashed with people as old as 80 years being bundled in jails by the governor administration without any reason.
He also condemned the nocturnal raids launched last night in Kashmir’s different parts and terror reminiscent of Ikhwan period being uncashed upon the people.
“It is nothing but a clear war hysteria being created in Kashmir wherein things were subtly returning to equanimity. People are being unnecessarily harassed and intimated with fear being manufactured across Kashmir. We condemn such a state action and demand immediate rollback of such muscular policies,” said Hanjura.
He also cautioned the central government over fiddling with the state’s special status, saying that protection of Article 35-A is a matter of life and death for the people of the state and they can render immense sacrifices for the protection of their unique identity.
Hanjura said that instead of a confrontational approach, the central government should understand the gravity of the situation and take reconciliatory measures which is not only beneficent for the people of Kashmir alone but for entire south Asia.
‘Force and intimidation’ will only worsen situation: Mirwaiz
Srinagar, Feb 23: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday condemned JKLF chief Yasin Malik’s detention and the crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir leadership, saying “force and intimidation” would only “worsen” the situation.
Police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir members in Kashmir during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, and detained around two dozen of its cadres, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, hours after JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained on Friday night.
“Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres and the arrest of Yasin Malik. Such illegal and coercive measures against Kashmiris are futile and will not change realities on ground. Force and intimidation will only worsen the situation,” Mirwaiz posted on Twitter.
The action comes days after an attack on a convoy in Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives on February 14.