Srinagar, Jan 26: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday lashed at the authorities for “caging” the Hurriyat leadership and disallowing Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid.
“Once again no prayers allowed in barricaded and garrisoned downtown including at the #JamaMasjid, while all channels of communication remain blocked and leadership put under forced detention by the ‘republican state’”,” tweeted Mirwaiz.
Joint Hurriyat leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had called for protests after Friday prayers against the civilian killings and use of indiscriminate force and demolition of property by forces.
Later in a statement, Hurriyat (M) strongly denounced the government for banning the congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, imposing stringent curbs in entire downtown and disallowing people from reaching Kashmir’s spiritual centre to offer Friday prayers and also caging Mirwaiz in his house.
Hurriyat (M) spokesman termed these “repressive measures as a reflection of India’s so-called democracy that it trumpets around the world”.
“We register a strong protest against the display of state terrorism in the form of strict curfew and huge deployment of forces across the length and breadth of Kashmir, blocking of communication lines, caging of entire leadership and activists to prevent people from staging peaceful protest against the unabated killing spree including the recent killing of teenager Shakir Ahmed of Shopian, who fell to direct firing by forces as part of target killing by them and critical injury of two 18 year old girls, Saima and Sumaira who were shot in the head and are battling for their life at the hospital. The condition of Saima is extremely serious,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman said entire Kashmir has been converted into a military garrison and an atmosphere of fear is prevalent everywhere as the infamous CASO operations continue.
The spokesman said that every year January 26 and August 15 bring miseries to the people of Kashmir as there is a huge deployment of forces all over as if a war is going on. He said in the run up to January 26 and August 15, Kashmiris are subjected to worst form of harassment frisking bans and curbs to inconvenience and intimidate them
The spokesman said such “repressive measures can’t break the resolve of the Hurriyat leadership, or for that matter, the people of Kashmir, who are demanding their fundamental right to self-determination’.
I love Kashmir and its love for football: David Robertson
Srinagar: For those who label Kashmir as “dangerous place”, this should serve as an eye-opener.
Famed Scottish footballer and Real Kashmir FC coach David Robertson on Thursday said Kashmir is one of the safest places in world.
“I have been here for three years now and I enjoyed being with the people of Kashmir. People are great here.I love Kashmiris and their love for football,” he said.
Robertson said it was the secure atmosphere of the valley that prompted him to convince foreign players to play for Real Kashmir FC.
“I brought my family including my son, wife and daughter here. Even we have two coaches Jimmy and Jonathan now. If I feared for my safety then I wouldn’t havebrought them here. I lived here during strikes, internet shutdown. But I never feared for the safety of my life. This is lovely and great place,” he said.
Robertson poured his heart out at a time when Real Kashmir FC popularly known as snow leopards is bracing up for second season in prestigious I- League. The team, which has added new players to the squad, is practising hard in Srinagar to take up new challenges in the coming season.
Robertson said experienced players have signed-up for the squad this season.“Now there is more depth in our squad. Last season we had a good defensive side but we could score goals. We created chances but couldn’t utilise them effectively. Now we got some very experienced players including Kellam from England, Chesterpaul and Subhash Singh,” he said
Real Kashmir FC coach said the upcoming season will be equally challenging since all the teams have signed experienced players.
Asked about the atmosphere in the camp, Robertson said his team was fully prepared to take up the challenge.
“The players were fascinated during Kolkata, Mumbai, Jamshedpur and Goa tours. It is important that our players are robust. That is what makes us a strong team,” he said.
Ahead of I –league, the Snow Leopards displayed spectacular performances against Indian Super League teams in outside state tours.
Real Kashmir FC defeated Kerala blasters, held draw with Jamshedpur FC, Goa FC and Mumbai City FC.
This season, the team signed up ace English striker Kallum Michael Higgeinbotham, former Pune city winger ChesterpaulLyngdoh and former ShillongLajjong FC goalkeeper PhurbaTempalachenpa and others.
Road Accident Victim Fund created for accident cases
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17: Advisors to Governor, K Skandan and K Vijay Kumar, co-chaired the 6th State Road Safety Council meeting here today.
The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Principal Secretary Transport Department, Transport Commissioner, Secretary Higher Education, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Inspector General Police of Traffic, J&K, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Director School Education Kashmir, Commissioner SMC, and representatives of Finance, Planning, Home, Housing and Urban Development Departments.
The meeting was also attended by all Deputy Commissioners besides other concerned officials via video conference.
The meeting was informed that Road Accident Victim Fund has been created for passengers and private vehicles with ex-gratia ranging from Rs 10000 to Rs 100000. It was also informed that the State Government approved an incentive of Rs 5 lakh per vehicle to replace 500 old buses of 15 years-of-age and above with new buses, besides 40 electric-buses in twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu and 36 new buses for Chenab Valley were procured by JKSRTC.
Principal Secretary Transport, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon presented a detailed overview of functioning of the Transport Department besides initiatives taken for the modernization of transport sector to cater to the changing needs. To arrest the trend of the frequent accidents, he said, that with the funding of the Central Government, work on various Inspection Certification Centres (ICC) is in progress.
It was given out that ICC and Institute of Driving and Training Research is coming up at Samba at a cost of Rs 14.40 crore and 17 crore respectively. Similarly, 50 kanals of land have been identified at Harwan in Srinagar for establishing ICC besides an IDTR would be established in Budgam at a cost of Rs 17.42 crore.
While reviewing road accidents data management system, the Advisors stressed on using the data for reducing accidents due to increasing policing and improving road construction management for reducing black spots.
The Principal Secretary informed the meeting that Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) provided funds for procurement of 136 ambulances. He told the meeting that 80 ambulances deployed are being used for Basic Life Support (BLS) both at Jammu and Kashmir division while 50 ambulances have kept for retrofitting and are being used for Advance Life Support (ALS) primarily designed to transport patients of critical care, trauma and accident victims.
It was also given out that 102/108 helpline service would be started very soon with 300 ordinary ambulances at disposal out of which 100 can be made critical care ambulances.
Regarding the establishing of Trauma centres, the Advisors were informed that Health and Medical Education Department has established 10 trauma centres out of which seven are functional while the rest would be made operational soon.
On Intelligent Transport System (ITS), the Advisors directed SMC and JMC to complete the process at the earliest. In Srinagar, out of 33 junctions, 20 junctions are working, while work on remaining junctions is in progress, the meeting was told.
On the occasion, Advisor Skandan directed the Deputy Commissioners to complete the district action plan within one month and asked for identification of accident prone areas in their district jurisdictions to reduce accidents.
Director School Education Kashmir informed the meeting that 855 Road Safety Clubs in higher secondary schools have been created with 280 in Kashmir division and 575 in Jammu division.
The Advisors directed the concerned officials to implement Ribbon Development Act at the earliest.
3 militants killed in Anantnag gunfight
SRINAGAR: Three militants were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.
The encounter broke out at Pazalpora area in Anantnag on a specific intelligence provided by the district police.