Connect with us

Kashmir

NIA arrests ‘ploy to intimidate’ us: Mirwaiz

Published

on

IST


Srinagar, July 20: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that Friday prayers were being
allowed at historic Jamia Masjid after two weeks by the authorities, who keep imposing frequent restrictions
on conduct of prayers.
He said restrictions curbs and repression has become the standard process of the authorities to “manage
Kashmir and keep Kashmiris in check”.
Speaking at the Friday congregation, Mirwaiz said it will be one year on 24th July since the NIA started the
arbitrary arrest of political leaders and activists which continues to go on till today.
“It is evident to all that the raids conducted by the NIA and the subsequent harassment and arrests being
made by them at the behest of GOI, is nothing but a ploy to intimidate the peoples leadership and instill fear
of grave consequences in them, while at the same time malign the leadership through visceral propaganda
and create doubt and disillusionment among the people regarding their movement for self-determination,”
he said.
Mirwaiz said that those behind such measures should understand that Kashmiris are "far too politically
mature and conscious people, who have seen “enough of such plots and ploys in the last 70 years.”
“Such moves only bring to fore, New Delhi’s policy of continuing to use extreme repression and intimidation
as a means to crush the people’s resistance and of having no desire to settle the Kashmir dispute. The
credibility and impartiality of these investigative agencies that are being used to trail their guns at us, is
being severely questioned and challenged by Indians themselves. These agencies are being called the agents
of the ruling dispensation which are used against anyone and everyone who is an opponent or does not
agree with the government or questions them. So if that is the case in India itself, it comes as no surprise to
Kashmiri’s that they will be used to undermine our struggle and subvert it,” he said.
Commenting on the condition of these political prisoners Mirwaiz said that their condition is quiet bad as
they have been kept with criminals in Delhi’s notorious Tihar jail and as such there is always a risk to their
lives. Their health has deteriorated and basic medical supplies are denied to them.
Mirwaiz said same is the case with all political prisoners in various jails in India and J&K. He lauded the
courage and commitment of incarcerated leaders Shabir Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Altaf Ahmed

Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Mehrajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Asiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda
Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Shahid Yousuf and business man Zahoor Ahmed Watali and all others who are
languishing in jails in and outside J&K for many years and some for decades. Mirwaiz demanded their
immediate and unconditional release.
Mirwaiz said that let it be clear to all that neither leadership nor people will not be cowed down by these
measures and propaganda. Mirwaiz said that the peoples demand for the right to self-determination was is
and will continue to be there till it is granted to us. Sooner or later the Kashmir dispute will have to be
addressed. No amount of repression harassment intimidation or fear can change that fact.

 
Comments

Kashmir

Dark homes, waterlogged streets: Story of Kashmir after few inches of snow

Mudassir Kuloo

Published

on

Srinagar, Jan 17: The public utility services, especially power and transportation, have been badly hit by Wednesday’s snowfall exposing the authorities’ lack of preparedness.

Kashmir received light to moderate snowfall since Wednesday morning and with it, the supply of electricity, which was already patchy, became even worse.

People, even after the snowfall stopped, complained of facing abrupt power cuts.

 

Mohammad Altaf, a resident of south Kashmir’s Kokernag, said that electricity was yet to be restored in his area.

He termed the assurances given by the government regarding the early restoration of electricity as “baseless”.“People of this constituency have been suffering terribly due to the absence of electricity. In addition, many roads have not been cleared yet,” he said.

The residents of main town Anantnag and its adjoining Dialgam and Kadipora areas too complained of unscheduled power cuts.

The situation is almost similar in the summer capital.“For the last two days, we face abrupt power cuts. Our children are not able to prepare for the exams due to power cuts in the evening hours. They have to study under candlelight and lanterns,” said Gulzar Ahmad, a resident of Habak, an otherwise metered area.

In non-metered ones, the supply is even worse.“We face frequent power cuts. We don’t know when the power will remain on and off,” said Kaisar Ahmad, a resident of Qamarwari.

The residents of the main town Baramulla too complained of facing unscheduled and frequent power-cuts, especially since Wednesday.
Chief Engineer, Power Development Department, Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi, claimed the electricity had been “restored almost in all areas”.“Some areas face power cuts due to overloading,” he added.

Waterlogged streets were another issue that people had to deal with.“There is immense water logging in our area due to lack of drainage system,” said Ghulam Jeelani, a resident of Qamarwari.

Due to waterlogging, the city areas including Tourist Reception Centre, Jehangir Chowk, Batamaloo, and Budshah Chowk witnessed heavy traffic jams.

An official of Srinagar Municipal Corporation said that only 40 per cent Srinagar has a proper drainage system in place.
“Under AMRUT scheme, the centre will provide Rs 390 crore in the next five years for the drainage system in Srinagar and Rs 300 crore will come from the World Bank project for it,” the official added

He agreed that there were several by-lanes, which have not been cleared yet due to lack of adequate snow clearing machines.

Continue Reading

Kashmir

 Kin of 9 arrested youth protest for their release

Published

on

Srinagar, Jan 17: Scores of women Thursday protested at Rajouri Kadal here demanding the immediate release of their sons and kin, who, they claimed, were being handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA) after being detained by J&K Police last year.
Shouting slogans against the state police and the NIA, the women, most mothers of those arrested, assembled at Rajouri Kadal square in the morning and blocked the main road.

They demanded an immediate release of the nine boys, who were arrested by the police in November.

The detained persons, as per news agency GNS were identified as Tahir Ahmad Khan son of Ali Mohammad of Chandrigam, Tral, and Haris Mushtaq Khan son of Mushtaq Ahmad of Wathoora, Budgam.

 

The duo was arrested by the police in Srinagar on November 23.

On their disclosure, police sources said that seven more persons were arrested in subsequent days.

They included Abdul Ahad Mir son of Ghulam Mohammad of Khurhama, Kupwara and six other Srinagar residents: Asif Suhail Nadaf son of Latief Ahmad of Rainwari; Irfan Ahmad Seeru son of Mohammad Shaban of Nawa Kadal; Wahid Abbas Bhat son of Mohammad Abbas of Rajouri Kadal; Ashiq Hussain son of Bashir Ahmad of Nowhatta; Haris Rashid Langoo son of Abdul Rashid of Malik Sahib Gojwara; and Arif Majeed Khan son of Abdul Majeed of Hawal.

Quoting police sources, GNS had reported that all the arrested were “working as over-ground workers (OGWs) of militant outfits and police had also recovered two pistols along with 14 rounds, three grenades, one bara bore single barrel rifle, one ISIS flag and one cutter.”

The protesting women, however, claim their sons and kin are “innocent”.
“Police had assured he will be released soon but even after frequent visits to the police station, he has not been released yet. We read from the internet a few days ago that they will be sent to Jammu for NIA investigation,” said Sameena, whose brother is among those arrested.

Another woman, who has already lost her husband, said her son is in jail for the last around two months “without any charges”.
The police have already refuted the reports claiming the youths were being handed over to the NIA. “In this context, it is clarified that the instant case FIR No 93/2018 was registered at Police Station Kothi Bagh under the relevant sections of law. This case was subsequently taken over by NIA and all the arrested accused persons in this case are presently in Judicial Custody,” the police spokesperson said.

Alok Mittal, NIA spokesperson too denied such reports saying: “We did not receive any such cases.”
IGP Kashmir and SSP Srinagar did not respond to repeated phone calls.

Continue Reading

Kashmir

Political astuteness not economic packages needed to resolve Kashmir: Mehbooba

Published

on

Srinagar, Jan 17: Former Chief Minister and President People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday reiterated that dialogue and reconciliation between India and Pakistan have become inevitable for the resolution of Kashmir issue and that the decades old conflict cannot be resolved by the announcement of the economic packages.

While addressing the party functionaries and activists from Rajpora assembly segment, Mehbooba said that the resilience of the PDP workers is worth to hail as they in spite of the harsh weather attended the meeting in large numbers and gave a clear message that the party is going to emerge victorious and more stronger in the coming time.

Hailing the impeccable courage and determination with which the PDP workers have been strengthening the party on the ground, Mehbooba said that the real asset for the PDP since its foundation in 1999 has been its ground level workers.

 

PDP President stated further that after the 2014 polls accorded fragmented mandate to state’s political landscape, PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed decided to stitch the common ground with BJP will the sole motive to reincarnate the Vajpayee era in the state and to stop the vicious cycle of unabated killings and violence. “Even when I told my father that the decision to join hands with the BJP has more risks than rewards and would decline party’s popularity in the state, he said he was ready to sacrifice everything including his own self if that resolves the decades old conflict,”

Mehbooba said, adding that her father was confident that dialogue and reconciliation would be initiated and same measures taken during Vajpayee’s time shall be witnessed once again. “However, when on November 7, 2015 Prime Minister Modi addressed a rally in Srinagar, he announced 80 thousand crore package but exhibited reluctance in pitching for a thaw between India and Pakistan for peace in the state. This disheartened everyone including the people who had come from far flung areas to listen to the Prime Minister,” Mehbooba said.

Continue Reading

Subscribe to The Kashmir Monitor via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to The Kashmir Monitor and receive notifications of new stories by email.

Join 979,866 other subscribers

Archives

January 2019
M T W T F S S
« Dec    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  
Advertisement