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NC condemns killing of civilians, SPO; demands action

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Srinagar: National Conference on Saturday condemned the killing of two civilians and an SPO in different incidents across the valley.
In a statement issued here, Central Zone President and MLC Ali Mohammad Dar expressed shock and anguish over the killing of Ishfaq Ahmad Ganai of Mogreypora Chadoora on Friday evening. Ganai was allegedly shot dead near an army camp in Chattergam when he was travelling home on motorbike.
Terming the killing as brutal, Dar demanded probe in the matter so that stern action is taken against the culprits involved in gruesome act. He urged the authorities to lodge an FIR against the culprits involved in the incident without any delay.
Dar maintained that Ishfaq belonged to a poor family and was the only breadwinner for the family. He described the killing as a cold blooded murder which cannot be compensated by anything.
The National Conference leader has also threatened to file a Public Interest Litigation in court if the Government fails to lodge an FIR in the matter followed by exemplary punishment against the culprits.
Expressing deep sympathies with the family of murdered youth, Dar said although no amount of money will be able to compensate the loss for the family, however Government must provide immediate compensation to the victims family.
Meanwhile in a joint statement State Secretary Sakina Itoo, South Zone President Dr Bashir Veeri District President Kulgam Ab Majeed Bhat and Provincial Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar has condemned the killing of a 14- year-old girl Muskan Jan of Wangud – Qaimoh Kulgam.
While expressing grief over the killing of 14 year old girl they said, “The civilian killings are a point of concern for every right thinking person. The mammoth of conflict is continuously feeding on our youth and even our small children. The immediacy of the situation calls for de-escalation from all the sides.”
Expressing condolences to the families, they said that killing civilians does not augment well for peace to return in the state especially Kashmir. The leaders said that the vicious circle of killing has consumed our youth and is telling upon the mental health of our children.
While condemning the killing of special police officer Ishfaq Ahmad at Shopian they said, “We express heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pray to almighty to give the bereaved family the strength to bare the loss in this hour of grief.”
The leaders said that the state is beset with gloom and melancholy. “Common people are losing their lives. The bullets can offer no solution to the protracted political problem of Kashmir. The situation necessitates for de-escalation from all sides.”


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Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.

Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.

“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.

 

He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.

“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.

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Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth

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Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain  Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.

Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.

“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.

 

He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.

The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.

Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.

 

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Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.

The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.

Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.

 

On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.

 

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