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PDP MLAs keep Mufti’s guessing

Majeed Padroo resigns, says ‘ will support any party for govt formation’

Mudassir Kuloo





SRINAGAR, July 5: Amid reports of growing revolt within the party, most of the PDP legislators are maintaining suspense over their decision of continuing with the party.

Disgruntled PDP leader and MLA Zadibal, Abid Ansari, claimed that 14 party legislators are mulling to leave the party.

“We are holding talks and everything will be clear in a week,” Abid told The Kashmir Monitor.


Among the 14 legislators, Abid claimed that Abdul Majeed Padroo, Mushtaq Shah, Haq Khan, Ashraf Mir, Noor Mohammad, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Rahim Rather, Shahid Tantary, Chowdhary Qamar Ali, Javaid Beigh, and Mohammad Abbas Wani were leaving the party.

“I talked to them. We want to end the family system in the PDP. We want to expose a few PDP leaders,” Abid said.

Asked if they would support any party for government formation, he said, “We will think over it. Everything will be clear in a few days.”

However, most of these MLAs either maintained silence or rubbished the reports of leaving the PDP.

The MLA Tral, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, said he would not leave the party.

“So far, I have not thought over it,” Shah said. “Some leaders may be unhappy. So far, I have not decided of leaving the party.”

Former Minister, Abdul Haq Khan, evaded the questions.

“I will talk to you later,” he said and dropped the phone, when asked by this reporter whether he was mulling to leave the party.

The MLA Shopian, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, said he would not leave the party.

“I am happy with the party leadership,” he said.

MLA Noorabad Abdul Majeed Padroo said he had left the PDP.

“I have not joined any other political party so far, if any political party approaches me for government formation, I may support it,” Padroo told The Kashmir Monitor.

He said Governor’s Rule was not the solution.

MLA Wachi, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, said he would never leave the PDP.

“I have full faith in the party leadership. Mehbooba ji did nothing wrong,” Mir said.

Several other PDP MLAs neither defended Mehbooba nor opposed Mehbooba.


Will hold parlays with disgruntled leaders: PDP

Srinagar, Jul 05: Reacting over the statements of its leaders, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said that the party would hold parlays with disgruntled leaders soon to address their grievances.

PDP chief spokesperson, Rafi Ahmad Mir said that though party has not taken any cognizance over the statements made by the disgruntled leaders as the party president, Mehbooba Mufti is out of station.

He said that once the president arrives here, they will take cognizance over the statements made by the leaders. “We will not appreciate the statements made by the leaders so far but they are part of the party and may have expressed their anger earlier as well. Once we start the party activities, we will hold parlays with them and we hope that the alienation would come to end,” he said.

“We hope that redressal of the grievances will be done and no harsh step will be taken against any leader as these persons have played pivotal role in the party and were chosen by the former chief minister, Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. We don’t want to harm the party,” he added.

“We appeal the party leaders that there was no need to get disgruntled as party leadership was putting every effort to do best. We want to help the people and at present they need us. People may be against us but we have done whatever was possible during our tenure and will try to do in the future as well,” he said.




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Zakir Musa killing: Shutdown, restrictions on Day 2 as well

Nisar Dharma



Srinagar, May 25: A complete shutdown was Saturday observed in Kashmir on the second as well against the killing of Zakir Musa, the militant ‘commander’ and chief of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), who was shot dead during an encounter in Dadsara, Tral early Friday morning.
Authorities also continued placing curbs in parts of the valley to foil any protests or clashes. Following the orders from the divisional administration, all educational institutes across Kashmir remained closed for the second consecutive day as well.
High-speed mobile internet continued to remain suspended in most districts of Kashmir although 2G- speed internet service was restored in Budgam, Ganderbal and Srinagar on Saturday afternoon.
A police official said the curbs on the movement of people were in force in parts of Srinagar, Kulgam and Pulwama.
Train service on the Baramulla-Banihal line also remained suspended, the official said.
“Curfew continued to remain imposed in parts of the Kashmir valley today (Saturday) as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” the official said.
In Srinagar, he added, strict restrictions were in place in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and M R Gung areas, while partial restrictions were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.
The official said that government forces including police and paramilitary was deployed in strength in other parts of the valley to avoid any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remained shut in the valley following the strike call by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the killing of Zakir and a civilian Zahoor Ahmad, a resident of Naira Pulwama – who was killed allegedly by government forces on Thursday.
Public transport was also off the roads.
Zakir, one of the most-wanted militant ‘commanders’ in Kashmir, was killed in the encounter at Dadsara Tral after forces launched a search operation late Thursday evening following specific information about the presence of militants there.
His killing led to spontaneous shutdown and protests in the valley.

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Zakir’s death marks end of ‘radical jihad’: DGP




Srinagar, May 25: Police Saturday said the killing of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH) Chief Zakir Musa has ended the “cult and concept of radical jihad” and Zakir was the last militant of “ISIS-influenced ideology”.
“Zakir Musa had created a new concept of radical jihad and militancy in Kashmir. He was the last militant of such radicalised ideology. With his killing, security forces have eliminated the last such militant who was influenced by ISIS kind of militancy in Kashmir,” Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh was quoted saying by a local news agency.
The DGP said that youth should understand that “radical ideology or other kind of militancy leads to death and destruction.”
“Some youth were influenced by the radical ideology of Zakir Musa and we would see youth waving ISIS flags in Downtown around Jamia Masjid on Fridays. His killing is the death of radical concept of Jihad in Kashmir. Any radical idea of militancy is against the interests of youth and other people of the state,” the DGP said.
The DGP said that he appreciates and is grateful to the people of Kashmir for “maintaining peace and calm in the last three days.”
Zakir was killed in Dadsara village of Tral in Pulwama district by government forces in a gunfight during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
His killing triggered protests at several places with authorities imposing restrictions and Hurriyat calling for shutdown in Kashmir.

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‘Minorities have been cheated, have to stop it: Modi




New Delhi, May 25: A bow before the Constitution of India was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first action after being unanimously elected the National Democratic Alliance’s leader as he set the agenda for the next term of his government in the Central Hall of Parliament on Saturday.
In his address, Modi reached out to minorities, who he said have been “cheated” by the opposition and called for the lawmakers to earn their trust and put an end to the deception immediately.
“We have worked for sabka saath, sabka vikas, now we have to strive for sabka vishwas,” the PM said while addressing NDA MPs in parliament’s Central Hall Saturday evening.
“The way the poor have been cheated, the minorities have been deceived the same way. It would have been good if their education, their health had been in focus. I expect from you in 2019 that you would be able to make a hole in that deception. We have to earn their trust,” PM Modi said.
The PM, who is likely to be sworn in next week, said this time in the general elections, people voted for pro-incumbency.
“There was pro-incumbency wave in this election, its result was a positive mandate,” the PM told NDA leaders, and added, “The 2019 elections have helped bring down walls, connect hearts.”
The BJP scored 303 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha in the national election and along with its allies, won a remarkable tally of 353.
The formality of allies naming PM Modi as the undisputed leader of the NDA was carried out in the Central Hall of parliament amid loud applause, desk-thumping and chants of “Modi, Modi”.
Top alliance leaders, including Janata Dal United chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal were in the meeting.
On the dais, senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi flanked PM Modi.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal moved a resolution to elect PM Modi as the leader of the NDA Parliamentary Party which was supported by JDU chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and other leaders of the NDA.
“The people have accepted Narendra Modi experiment again from their heart. I want to say this about Modiji, whom I have worked with – for 20 years, he has not taken even a day off. He has worked 18 hours a day.”
On Friday, the council of ministers led by PM Modi submitted their resignation which was accepted by President Kovind, paving way for formation of new government.
Accepting PM Modi’s resignation, the president had had asked them to continue as a caretaker until the formation of a new government.

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