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NC responsible for death, destruction in Kashmir: Sajad Lone

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Srinagar, April 16: Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday said National Conference is responsible for the death and destruction in Kashmir.

Addressing a series of meetings in Kangan, Sajad said NC has nothing to showcase apart from stolen elections, being Delhi’s ambassador in Kashmir and thousands of dead bodies.

 “At the core of every misery, every exploitation inflicted upon the Kashmiri nation since 1975 one can find an Abdullah linkage. From bartering our Wazir-e- Azam and Sadar-i-Riyasat for a toothless CM to enacting PSA (1977) as a means of purging the opposition especially the Jamaat-e-Islami, NC has betrayed Kashmiris at every critical juncture of history,” he said. 

 

He said the 1987 rigging by NC became the immediate trigger for the violence that has gripped the state and devoured one lakh lives. 

“As if that wasn’t enough in another bloody deal, the Abdullah’s partnered with the Ikhwanis in 1996 to ensure another grab of power at the altar of yet another generation of Kashmiris blood. In a deal, NC offered political rewards to dreaded Ikhwanis for thier facilitation in acquiring power for the Abdullahs’. During 1996-2002, Farooq Abdullah encouraged the “chit system” wherein a name was scribbled on a chit for elimination given to Ikhwan. The orders would come directly from the CM office. Farooq Abdullah, who parades himself as a gentle old man is in-fact a white collar killer,” he added.

Appealing the people of Srinagar-Budgam constituency to vote for PC candidate Irfan Reza Ansari, Sajad said the curse of changelessness has to go and for that the people will have to make a decision.

Sajad said that PC will offer a generational change and a system of governance in tune with today’s realities and challenges.

“The NC has ruled for decades since 1975. What can they showcase as their distinctive achievement? Nothing apart from stolen elections, being Delhi’s ambassador in Kashmir, thousands of dead bodies. The systems of the bygone era cannot help us confront the current challenges staring at our faces”, he added. 

Sajad said the tried, tested and failed leaders, known for their dismal track records, are responsible for the death and destruction in Kashmir.

“I was in school when Farooq Sahib was a Parliament member and then a Chief Minster, the same Rather Sahib was the Finance Minister, the same Mubarak Gul Sahib, the same Shafi Uri sahib, the same Akbar Lone sahib. I was a school boy then and a middle aged man now. The same set of people oversaw the slow death of the Dal, the same people oversaw deforestation, the same people destroyed our education sector, the same people destroyed our health service, the same people ensured governance in an archaic set of laws, the same people stole elections, the same people thrust gun on to the peaceful Kashmiris, the same people robbed us of our special status. And the same people have the audacity to come and seek votes”, he added.

Stressing on the need for change, Sajad said that this election is not a test of the politicians but a test of the people.

“Will the same people aspire to rule us?  The option is all too easy to decipher. Either the deadwood goes or we as people will be rendered deadwood. We all deserve a change and it is the people who can bring about a change. We deserve a chance and with all humility. Farooq sahib has been an outstanding non-deliverer. And if we reward and incentivize non-deliverers, what would be the incentive for delivery?”, he asked.


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Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP

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Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.

According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.

“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.

 

Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.

“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.

Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)

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Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.

In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.

“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.

 

He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.

He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.

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Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.

Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.

Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.

 

He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.

“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.

He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.

“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.

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