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Pak ‘centre of hope’ for Muslim Ummah: Geelani

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Srinagar, Mar 23: Hurriyat (g) chairperson Syed Ali Geelani on Friday termed Pakistan as “centre of hope” of Muslim Ummah and said that the country was a great blessing for Muslims.
In a statement issued here, while greeting the Pakistan government, Pakistan Army and the people of Pakistan on the Pakistan Resolution Day, Hurriyat patriarch said that the country has a political importance in the Muslim world and this country is centre of hope not only for the sub-continent but for the whole Muslim Ummah.
The spokesman said in a statement that on Thursday Dy High Commissioner Pakistan called Syed Ali Geelani on the telephone and extended the invitation for participation on Pakistan day, however Geelani while extending his greeting replied that he can’t attend because of health issues.
Geelani said that unparalleled sacrifices were presented for its creation & Pakistan has proven to be a great blessing for the Muslims and “we should thank Almighty Allah for that”.
He said that the “blessing day” of 23 March is such an important day when a resolution was passed for creation of separate nation for the Muslims some 77 years back & it is a dream realized when forces like “Sangh Pariwar” were opposing and spreading their venomous dogma against its creation.
He said the creation of Pakistan has changed the discourse of history. “This is the only Muslim country in the world which openly supports the right to self-determination of Kashmiris and helps them on political, diplomatic and moral levels.”
“It was the time when this kind of thinking was considered as impossible and the fanatic communal forces were harshly opposing this move but the determination of the leadership succeeded in creation of a paradise-like resort for those aspiring to see their dream come true,” said Geelani, according to the statement.
Hailing Pakistan for its unflinching support to Kashmir cause, Syed Ali Geelani said that Pakistan has been established on ideology instead of geography and every Pakistani should realize their duty to safeguard its fundamentals and ideology.
Geelani said that is the reason that people of Kashmir are extremely thankful to them for that they love and pray for its prosperity.
Syed Ali Geelani asked Pakistan rulers to activate its embassies all over the world and apprise world about this issue and people facing the atrocities from government forces.
Syed Ali Geelani asked well-wishers to impress upon the World Body that the repressive measures adopted by the Indian Government in occupied Kashmir, had compelled the people of Kashmir to resist through peaceful means. Geelani said authorities in the state have crossed all limits, people and leadership is caged and voices strangulate, hence it is the duty for people of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan to represent our aspiration, in every corner and in all world forums.
Hurriyat chairman in his appeal to people of Pakistan asked to maintain peace and work for the prosperity of the nation and serve and respect minorities in that country. He stressed for the cordial relation between Iran, Afghanistan & Pakistan and said that best relation between these countries will lead the region to overall stability, peace, development, and progress.
Syed Ali Geelani while laying stress on peaceful coexistence between different sects and ethnic groups, said that it is our responsibility to safeguard minorities, their interests and improve cordial relations with Muslim countries.


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Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.

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90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.

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Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor

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Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.

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