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PDP asks NC to clear stand on Ram Mandir, Article 35-A

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Srinagar, Jan 06: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah and his party to make their position clear in case of Ram Mandir and Article 35-A, stating that NC’s contradictory positions in the two cases which are being heard by the Supreme Court convey something more than what meets the eye.

In a statement issued, former minister and senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar stated that at a time when the Prime Minister has made it clear that the country will have to wait for the judicial process to end for construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, Farooq Abdullah Sahib has stuck his neck out and pleaded for circumventing the judicial process so that he is able to participate in the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ram Temple.

“Dr Farooq is entitled to his faith and to his position as a Ram Bhakt but this involves not just the sentiments of one community but the entire country’s law-abiding people who want this issue to be settled through the judicial process. Babri Masjid-Ram Temple is the longest pending judicial case in the history of the country and talking about it so casually can easily be attributed to Farooq Sahib, given his non serious attitude, but such actions of his only strengthen the forces that defy law of the land and subscribe to majoritarian politics,” Akhtar said.

 

The PDP leader added that Farooq Sahib is welcome to his personal faith in Lord Rama but the way he has advocated for construction of temple while bypassing the judicial process is very alarming.

Akhtar said that it was ironic to find that while the NC President demands construction of Ram Temple despite the case being sub judice, he while talking to media persons yesterday openly refused to comment over his stand on Article 35-A, stating that the case is being heard by the country’s top court and he cannot take a stand on it.

“It is high time when National conference should clear its position vis-a-vis Article 35-A which is the question of life and death for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Farooq Sahib had earlier made a lot of noise about it and led his party into boycotting recently held polls on its basis and now he is not even prepared to talk about it or give a political statement.

These contradictory positions in the two cases which are being heard by the Supreme Court give rise to doubts that Farooq Sahib is perhaps trying to prove himself more loyal than the king in pursuit of power. The national conference patriarch and his party must come clean on this and make their position clear both in case of Ram Mandhir and 35A,” Akhtar said.


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Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark

‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’

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Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.

During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.

“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.

 

Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”

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PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir

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Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.

In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.

Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.

 
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Two engineers of PDD suspended in B’pora for dereliction of duty

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Bandipora, April 22: An Assistant Engineer (AE) and a Junior Engineer (JE) of Power Development Department (PDD) were on Monday suspended for dereliction of duty and putting general public to inconvenience in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, official sources said this afternoon.

They said the engineers were suspended after they failed to adhere to the orders of Deputy Commissioner’s office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience in Ahstengoo village of Bandipora.

They said the inhabitants of village Ashtangoo staged a protest and blocked Bandipora-Sopore Road today against PDD for not replacing the power transformer. However, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza directed both the engineers telephonically to reach on spot and sort-out the issue with the agitators who had blocked the road.

 

However, the engineers did not adhere to the orders of this office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience. Later it was also found that the concerned JE was absent from duties without any leave as confirmed from the Executive Engineer.

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