Srinagar, April 12: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday slammed Jammu and Kashmir government for its “duplicity”, saying in Jammu pro-rapist rallies were being allowed while in Kashmir bullets and pellets have become “order of the day.”
“Goons of #JammuBar &Political opportunists given a free run to enforce the despicable pro-rapist bandh in #Jammu while in #Kashmir bullets, pellets, curfews, arrests, gags, closing of Edu.Institutions order of the day “to maintain law&order”&“prevent untoward incidents”!What duplicity!” (sic) Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter
Hurriyat Conference (M) said that while the Jammu Bar Association with the active support of members of INC and Panthers Party were enforcing Bandh and taking out rallies in favour of the rapists and murderers of minor Asifa, the state administration and the police were acting like mute spectators whereas the police and forces take no time to empty the cartridges of its guns and pellets while dealing with the peaceful protestors on Kashmir streets.
In a statement issued, Hurriyat (M) said that the “shameful duplicity” of PDP-BJP regime has once come to fore once again as they allowed the goons and fanatics a free run in Jammu region.
It said that Kashmir’s pro-freedom leadership is not even allowed to register their condemnation and protest against the brutal killings of civilians or visit the families to express condolences and share their grief but is instead put behind the bars or placed under illegal house detention.
It termed the killing of four civilians Sharjeel Ahmad Sheikh, Bilal Ahmad Tantray, Faisal Elahi and Ajaz Ahmad Palla including two minors in Khudwani area of Kulgam district as target killing.
Hurriyat (M) said government feels no remorse in blowing up the residential structures, torching shops and showering bullets and pellets at peaceful protestors as more than 75 people were seriously injured during protests at Khudwani area on Wednesday alone which is nothing short of “state terrorism and repression at its worst”.
The conglomerate said that Kashmiri people especially the young lot are being killed “as part of genocide” by forces to “wipe us out”.
“It seems that there is no end to the killings as Delhi wants to continue with its iron-first policy in Kashmir to force people and the pro-freedom leadership into a submission. But GoI will one day have to give up its obstinacy and resolve the issue,” it said.
Hurriyat (M) strongly condemned the house detention of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani and lodging of Muhammad Yasin Malik in central jail time and again and termed it as “frustration and myopic vision” of the ruling regime stating that they can’t face the resistance leadership on the ground.
The amalgam also condemned the detention of senior Hurriyat leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Hilal Ahmed War and turning of entire South Kashmir and downtown into a military fortress by imposing strict curbs amid heavy deployment of forces everywhere. It denounced the thrashing of peaceful protestors at Srigufwara in south Kashmir terming it as the ultimate highhandedness of the forces.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) said that on the call of Joint Hurriyat, a peaceful protest was held at Eidgah area of downtown despite curbs. The protest was taken out by the Hurriyat leaders and activists including Muhammad Yousuf Bhat, Sahil Ahmed War, Farooq Ahmed, Bashir Ahmed Pandit, and others, against the civilian killings at Khudwani in Kulgam.
JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit
Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.
Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment
Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.
Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.
Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.
Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.
“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.
The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.
Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley
Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.