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NC rallies against ‘killing spree’, SAC decision on JK bank

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Srinagar, Nov 26: National Conference (NC) on Monday carried out a protest rally from Nawa-i-Subh to J&K bank corporate headquarters in Srinagar to protest against the declaration of J&K Bank as a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) and against the killings in Kashmir.

Led by NC General Secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar, the protesters including party’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, Shameema Firdous, Ali Muhammad Dar, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, Abdul Majeed Larmi, Javaid Ahmad Dar, Mushtaq Guroo, Salman Ali Sagar, Sabiya Qadri, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, Ghulam Rasool Naz, Showkat Mir, Ghulam Nabi Bhat, Ahsan Pardesi, Younus Mubarak Gul, Mudassir Shamiri, Jehangir Yaqoob also participated in the protest rally.

The protesters while carrying placards were chanting slogans against the government and demanded an immediate end to “killing spree” and rollback of the recent decision regarding J&K Bank.

 

Sagar said that said that ever right thinking person will express remorse at the killing of civilians including children.“It is our prime duty to stand for people; our party is protesting at provincial level against the flawed policies of the incumbent governor that has pushed the people to wall. Now even our infants are not safe anymore. The pictures of pellet hit 19 month old Hiba have shaken us to the core,” he said adding, “It’s time for government of India to ban pellet gun use with immediate effect. Needless to say, it has wreaked havoc ever since it was made operational on ground.”

Addressing the protesters, additional general secretary expressed grief and sorrow over the civilian killings and said that young in Kashmir have become an easy fodder for those who have made this conflict a business.“The attitude of GOI towards our state hasn’t changed. The iron first strategy must end and should be replaced with people centric CBMs. The key to end these killings lies with New Delhi. If the central government can agree to send a delegation to hold peace parleys with Taliban why cannot GoI talk to its own aggravated and aggrieved youth in our state,” he said.

The protesting party functionaries later held a sit-in outside the J&K Bank head quarters demanding immediate rollback of SAC decision turning J&K Bank into a PSU undertaking. The protesting functionaries raised apprehensions that such a decision will affect the working of J&K Bank.

Addressing the functionaries’ there, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said that the continuous onslaught on the institutions of the state will prove detrimental to their working. “The incumbent governor administration should leave emotive administrative decisions for the popular government to decide upon,” he said.


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War never an option, give peace a chance: Farooq to Indo-Pak

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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.

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Govt playing with fire by unleashing terror on unarmed people: PDP

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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.

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‘Force and intimidation’ will only worsen situation: Mirwaiz

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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.

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