Budgam, August 09: National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that there was no doubt left anymore that PDP and BJP continue to be in a tactical alliance despite BJP’s withdrawal of support to the PDP.
The NC Vice President said this had against become clear when PDP’s two MPs in the Rajya Sabha abstained from voting in the election of the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson and by the tragic fact that the elaborate report on 35-A continues to gather dust on the Law Secretary’s tables since one year.
“There is a very elaborate and deep intrigue to assault the State’s Special Status. The elaborate and comprehensive 60 page report on Article 35-A has still not been submitted in the Supreme Court and the file continue to gather dust on the Law Secretary’s table. This proves beyond any doubt that PDP is a part of this intrigue and continue to facilitate this anti-J&K agenda from within the State. Had National Conference not raised the grave issue of assaults on Article 35-A in the Legislative Assembly, PDP would have brazenly surrendered on the crucial issue for appeasing their allies”, the NC Vice President said.
“It was the duty of the Mehbooba Mufti Government to submit the elaborate report on 35-A in the Supreme Court but her Government chose inaction and surrender bringing us to this present situation. PDP chose not to confront the BJP and its longstanding agenda to weaken the State’s special status”, Mr. Omar Abdullah added.
The Workers’ Convention was also addressed and attended by NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Senior Leader and Former Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Central Zone President MLC Ali Muhammad Dar, Political Advisor Tanvir Sadiq and Party Leader Manzoor Ahmed Wani besides party functionaries and office bearers.
“Mehbooba Mufti is today telling the people that she drank a cup of poison by aligning with the BJP. She is also trying to tell us that the BJP-led Central Government is using NIA and CBI to coerce her MLAs to revolt against her. If this is in fact true, why did Mehbooba Mufti instruct her two Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha to not vote against the BJP candidate for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson? The fact of the matter is that PDP is still in a tactical alliance with the BJP which is also evidenced by the fact that PDP is not defending Article 35-A in the Supreme Court as compared to National Conference which has retained a legal team and filed an intervention plea for this purpose. Why haven’t Senior PDP leaders who are practicing advocate at the Supreme Court filed for intervention and impleadment in this matter?”, the NC Vice President asked.
“National Conference has been fighting against these powers since decades. It was on this day in 1953 that a popular leader of the State, Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah was overthrown and incarcerated for standing up for the rights of his people. We have seen in 1984, 1987, 1990 and 2002 how the powers that be have tried to weaken the State’s voice and fragment its representation through local connivance. We have fought against these machinations every single time and we will continue to fight against such ploys in the future”, the NC Vice President added.
Joint Hurriyat urges Imams, Khateebs to aware people about Art 35-A
Srinagar, Aug 21: Joint Hurriyat Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik Tuesday urged Imams and Khateebs across J&K to make people aware about the “designs of Indian state in tinkering with the State Subject Law and take people’s commitment to protest and resist this move at all costs, in their Eid sermons”.
In a statement issued here, the leadership also urged Imams to ask people to raise their voice with full force against the “assault” on state subject laws and the continuous detention of hundreds of political prisoners after congregational Eid ul Azha prayers across Kashmir.
They expressed its serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners languishing in Indian jails for years and those booked by ED and NIA and lodged in solitary confinement and kept away from the basic medical facilities posing a huge threat to their lives. They also said people and leadership express their solitary and support to them
The leadership said that on one hand GOI is employing ploys to change the Muslim majority character of the State by trying to roll back state subject law and hence undermine its disputed nature ,while on the other hand, notices and sumons are being sent to resistance leadership to push them into submission.
They also asked Ulema and Imams of masjids and shrines of Kashmir to play their role in highlighting the sacrifices offered by the people of Kashmir and the oppression unleashed on Kashmiris and convey to the world community the dire need of their intervention to stop the ongoing repression in Kashmir and resolve the dispute.
Geelani appeals people to celebrate Eid with austerity
Srinagar, Aug 21: Extending his heartfelt Eid greetings to the Muslim Ummah in general and the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir in particular, Syed Ali Geelani made fervent appeal to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with simplicity and austerity and asked affluent families of the State to take care of the needy, orphans, widows, elderly and families of martyrs & prisoners.
Geelani said that Eid is an occasion of happiness and celebration, however, Eid of suppressed nations is when they achieve complete freedom from enforced occupation.
Eid is not just a formal custom, said Geelani instead an auspicious day and a divine gift from almighty Allah for people who offer sacrifices of animals and perform Hajj on this holly Festival.
Geelani assured people and said that dawn of freedom will rise and we will emerge as a free nation.
Appealing people to celebrate the Eid with austerity and simplicity and according to the Islamic principles, Syed Ali Geelani said that this day is the day of seeking forgiveness from the Almighty Allah and a Thanksgiving Day for the people. Geelani also appealed people to take a pledge to shun un-Islamic activities and extravagance in their whole life.
Geelani while referring to the prevailing gloomy situations in state, said that our nation had so far missed the real spirit of this day because of the atrocities and the cruel behavior of the Indian occupation forces against the common people and the people of this troubled region are miserably suffering since last seven decades.
Geelani expressed his concern over growing conflict and disunity, chaos, uncertainty, infighting and strife torn situations among Muslim Ummah and said that the gracious occasion of Eid provides a golden opportunity to overcome this miserable situation.
Let us forget about the differences, forge unity and jointly celebrate this auspicious festival, added Geelani. He urged people to forge unity among its folds and face those tyrant forces that have deprived us from our basic rights and are hell bent to change the demography of the state.
Start work on double-shift to complete JCR flyover, TRC grade separator: Div Com
Srinagar, Aug 21: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Tuesday directed officers of ERA to expedite the construction of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh (JCR) flyover and TRC grade separator and ensure its timely completion by starting work on double shift basis.
The Divisional Commissioner made these directions while reviewing the progress of construction works of the two prestigious projects of the capital city.
The meeting was informed that the total cost of the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover project is Rs 262 crore and the total project cost of TRC Grade Separator is Rs 64 crore. The construction work on both projects will be completed by ending December 2018.
In view of the huge volume of work, the Divisional Commissioner directed ERA to deploy extra 500 labourers on Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover and 200 labourers TRC Mini Flyover (Grade Separator) immediately. He called for expediting the construction works of these prestigious projects on double shift basis so that both projects meet their deadlines. He also directed them to send the daily progress report of the projects to the Divisional Commissioner’s office for further necessary action.
He also directed Additional Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer ERA to conduct inspection on both the projects immediately and furnish their report to the Divisional Commissioner.
On the occasion, Div Com said that these flyovers once completed will decongest traffic in the city and ease the movement of commuters besides large chunk of population will get relief from regular traffic jams.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) ERA, Chief Engineer ERA, SSP Traffic, Assistant Commissioner, General Manager SIMPLEX Company, Contractors and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.
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