Srinagar, Feb 01: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday slammed Omar Abdullah for his remarks on PSA revocation, stating that NC Vice President has forgotten the fact that he, his father and his grandfather have presided over the most brutal, corrupt and despotic regimes of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement issued here to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that since 1931, Abdullah family has been bartering peoples’ aspirations for petty power and has played a vital role in turning Kashmir into a veritable inferno.
He said that soon after assuming office after 1996, the national conference regime invented the most inhuman ways to torture the innocent people of Kashmir and enacted new laws like POTA, TADA and many more, making Kashmir one of the most dangerous places on earth to live.
Hanjura said that the people of Kashmir still remember the Ikhwan terror and the war crimes committed by the task force. Such forces, said Hanjura, were accorded complete impunity by NC Patriarch Dr Farooq Abdullah and there were clear cut directions given to them to kill people instead of detaining them as jails were packed to capacity.
“When Omar, in 2009 took over, his rule began with the killing of a mentally challenged person just outside his residence followed by Shopian rape and murder case. There again instead of siding with the victims, Omar Abdullah by keeping his family legacy alive sided with culprits and concluded that the case was nothing more than a mere case of drowning,” Hanjura said.
He added that what Kashmir is witnessing today is the outcome of the repressive measures which were employed by Omar Abdullah to crush peoples’ voice. “Killing 120 kids in cold blood and then declaring them drug addicts is still fresh in peoples’ memory. People still remember how Srinagar’s central jail was turned into a middle school with kids no more 12 years of age bundled with dreaded criminals. Amnesty International in its 2010 report ridiculed Omar Abdullah for slapping more than 322 people with PSA in just eight months of the year 2010,” said Hanjura.
The PDP General Secretary said that NC has always been in the forefront, making attempts to dull the self respect of the people and play with their emotions. “Omar being the Chief Minister hoodwinked people then by sometimes promising revocation of AFSPA in one day and sometimes declaring that the black law will go away in his regime. All such claims are lying around him at present like the dry dead flowers and NC Vice President should understand that there is no need for new rabbits at present,” Hanjura.
He added that it was PDP that gave people their rights and inspired them to hope for prosperous and peaceful future. “People still remember the time when NC was routed and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed became the Chief Minister of the state. That period is still considered as a golden period in the state then task force was removed, new peace initiatives were taken and Srinagar Muzaffarabad road was opened,” said Hanjura and added that NC must know that it can no longer befool people with its bizarre and shameless slogans.
Rasheed asks govt to involve militant leadership into dialogue process
Srinagar, June 25: Asking Delhi to give up its rhetoric and double standards, AIP President Er Rasheed has said that time is ripe for Delhi to accept ground realities and realize that there is no shortcut to the resolution of Kashmir dispute except respecting sentiments and sacrifices of people of Jammu and Kashmir and resolving the issue as per UN resolutions.
In a statement issued on Tuesday Er Rasheed said that on an occasion when Home Minister Amit Shah is visiting Kashmir, he needs to move beyond beaten tracks.
Er Rasheed said, “If Hurriyat is showing its willingness for talks it should not be seen as their weakness but as an opportunity to find an everlasting resolution to the internationally recognized dispute.”
“Both Delhi and Hurriyat leadership must restrain from imposing any pre-conditions for entering into dialogue process,” he said.
“Those trying to see Hurriyat’s willingness for talks as their weakness are living in fool’s paradise as Hurriyat is the custodian of sacrifices and represents sentiments and sacrifices of people of J&K,” he added.
Er Rasheed added that the muscular policy has failed in the past when inhuman operations like catch and kill and operation tiger were tested on unarmed Kashmiris.
He said, “All the stakeholders must understand that J&K dispute is a political one and finding any military resolution will never succeed.”
“It is time to give up ego and involve militant leadership into the meaningful dialogue process and resolve the issue once for all,” said Er Rasheed.
“Without taking militant leadership on board Hurriyat may not be able to deliver much. All the three parties including militant leadership must help in creating a conducive atmosphere for the meaningful dialogue,” he said.
Er Rasheed urged Amit Shah to move beyond official briefing which he may get from state administration and security agencies and urged Shah to ensure that security forces are made accountable and honour and dignity of masses is restored.
Congress strong enough to overcome challenges: Mir
Srinagar, Jun 25: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) held an important party meeting of Ex. Ministers & Ex. Legislators to debate and discuss the socio-political scenario obtaining in Jammu and Kashmir.
The party also held detailed discussions over the organization affairs and activities in JK, emphasizing the leadership to further strengthen the Party at grass roots level.
The meeting was presided over by JKPCC President G.A. Mir.
Those who attended the meeting included senior party leaders Peerzada Mohd. Sayeed, Taj Mohi U Din, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Usman Majeed, Mohd Amin Bhat, Shoiab Nabi Lone, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Syed Bashir, Abdul Rehman Dar and others.
JKPCC President held threadbare discussions over the organizational affairs and activities, emphasizing the leadership to further strengthen the Party from grass roots level.
On this occasion G.A. Mir said Congress Party is a vibrant situation in all the three regions, fully capable to overcome the challenges and strong enough to defeat the forces inimical to peace and stability in the country and State.
Mir said Congress party will ensure defeat of divisive and fascist forces, which are hell bent upon to divide the people on regional and religious lines to serve their vested interests. “We have always strengthened the secularism and unity in the country, state and will continue to unite the people,” G.A Mir said.
“Congress party is committed to safeguard the secular fabric in the country won’t allow communal forces to vitiate the atmosphere of harmony and peace in the Country and State,” Mir added.
He said Congress party is the only unifying force in the country and State because the party believes in uniting the people, it will continue to work as a bridge between the communities in the Country and State.
The meeting finalized the district wise and constituency wise party conventions being organized across Kashmir valley.
SMC organizes Swachh Bharat Abhiyan prog at Karan Nagar
‘Efforts need to be put in to preserve Kashmir’s unparalleled beauty’
Srinagar, June 25: Continuing with its three-day event for welfare of Safaikaramcharis, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Tuesday organised a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan program here at SMC central office Karan Nagar.
Chairman National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Valaji bhai Zala, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, said that Swachh Bharat Abiyan needs to be connected with one and all.
“Not only safai karamcharis but people from all walks of life particularly students who are future of this country should join hands and connect with this nationwide cleanliness/Swachta campaign as it is the most important topic which our kids and students and be aware of this mission,” Zala said.
He also said that Kashmir has rightly been called as paradise on earth for its unparalleled beauty, serenity and fresh air, but it needs to be retained and restored by putting in every effort.
He said therefore, Swachta, which not only includes sanitation but preservation of water bodies, lakes, rivers, curbing use of polythene etc needs to be taken on the wider scale and its logical end.
Deputy Mayor Shiekh Imran, Commissioner SMC Khursheed Sanai also spoke on the occasion.
During the program students from various schools and IEC Partners delivered speeches on Swachta.
At the end of the event Zala flagged off the Abiyan and along with students, Karamcharis and SMC officials marched towards Karan Nagar to take out rally and conducted sanitation drive.
Earlier Valaji Bhai Zala along with his team visited Safaikaramcharis Samoon colony at Solina.
The inhabitants of the colony apprised him about various issues and demanded construction of community hall in the area for organising social gatherings within the community. They also requested him to take note of lack of proper drainage system in the colony and also providing of allotment papers of their houses for proper rehabilitation.
Zala, who was accompanied by Deputy Mayor, Commissioner SMC, Chairman safaikaramcharis workers union and other senior officers of the Corporation, assured them to take up the meeting with Chief Secretary to discuss all the issues for their redressal.