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Srinagar, Dec 22: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday maintained that peace in the state can only be achieved by embarking on the path of reconciliation and dialogue.
Addressing party workers at party headquarters Nawa e subh Srinagar, party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said that New Delhi should shun looking at Kashmir through the prism of security. “We don’t foresee any betterment in the situation in Kashmir until the civilian killings, crackdowns and other human rights violations are curbed and perpetrators are held accountable,” he said.
Sagar maintained that the iron fist strategy of the GOI for past four years has worsened the situation. “ New Delhi should at an earliest shun its stubborn attitude and embark on a path of reconciliation and reproachment with the aggravated people especially youth who stand immensely disenchanted with democratic process due to the wrong policies of former BJP-PDP led government,” he said.
Sagar asserted that it is high time for the GOI to initiate result oriented dialogue in the state in order to salvage people from despondency and uncertainty.
Party’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani while addressing workers said that the very secular fabric and inter-communal bonhomie was impaired by the former BJP-PDP regime. “We have to show steadfastness in guarding states secular visage. It is through unity and amity that we can achieve development goals,” he said impressing the party functionaries and workers to lend voice to voiceless.
He urged the workers to alert the masses about the divisive agenda of BJP and its cohorts in the state. “We have to maintain unity amongst ourselves and guard the state’s interests against the machinations of the forces that are inimical to the special of state,” he said impressing upon the workers to make party stronger at the grass roots.
Nasir maintained that National Conference will continue to cherish the legacy of Sher-e-Kashmir by elevating the living standards of people. “Ours is only party that boasts a panacea for states economic and other problems and we will continue to strive for the economic emancipation of people,” he said.


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Media blitz calls for payback, masks voices calling for peace

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Srinagar, Feb 15: The suicide bombing attack that claimed the lives of 49 CRPF men in south Kashmir has evoked completely opposite reactions on social media in Kashmir and other states of India.
On Thursday, a deadly attack took place at Lethpora area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a CRPF convoy.
While Kashmiri voices have called for political solution to the valley, the Indian politicians, intellectuals, TV news channels and a section of media personnel are predictably demanding an eye for an eye solution.
For instance, channels like leading National news channels like Republic and Times Now have openly incited hate by calling for revenge running the hashtags #Indiawantsrevenge and #Indiaseeksjustice.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Our neighbouring nation that stands isolated in international community today… if they think that they will succeed in attacking India’s stability by committing such dastardly acts, they are wrong, India will emerge stronger.”
Union Minister Arun Jaitley said in a statement, “Most Favoured Nation status to Pak stands withdrawn. MEA will engage with international community to ensure that convention on international terrorism is adopted. Security forces will ensure those responsible for this heinous attack pay a heavy price.”
Senior Associate Editor Republic, Aditya Raj Koul tweeted, “Strong words from PM Narendra Modi on Pulwama terror attack: Terrorists will pay a heavy price for this dastardly act. Pak designs won’t succeed, our neighboring country should realise that it can’t create instability in India with such conspiracies. Free hand to forces.”
Vir Sanghvi, Journalist and TV anchor posted on Twitter, “India must respond. Pakistan can’t be allowed to get away with these attacks. I am sure that there will be a strong military response within the next week. And no matter which party we back, all Indians must unite against Pakistan and the terrorists it feeds, shelters & arms.”
Meanwhile, the prominent Kashmiri voices, intellectuals spoke of for the resolution of the conflict that leads to such incidents. Politicians across the spectrum condemned the attack and called for “sustained dialogue”.
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti posted on twitter, “No mainstream pol in J&K will condone terrorism. Dangerous how certain channels are trying to create an alternate reality. They churn lies, hatred and a divisive agenda, I have ventured sans security into the areas no man in the 90’s would step into. So plz wake up and smell the coffee.”
Noted Journalist, Gowhar Geelani tweeted, “Politicians in Delhi and Islamabad need to move beyond rhetoric and revenge politics and acknowledge and respect the political aspirations of Kashmiri people for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Violence and counter violence will not solve anything.”
Social rights activist and doctor at SMHS, Khawar Khan Achakzai tweeted, “The only way is accepting that Kashmir is a politically disputed territory, respecting the aspirations of people of J&K, engaging in talks and chalking out a road map for de-militarisation.”

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Lethpora attack leaves security agencies shocked, guessing

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Srinagar, Feb 15: On a wintry February 14 afternoon, a CRPF convoy moving on Srinagar-Jammu Highway reached Awantipora town in southern Kashmir, a suicide (Fidayeen) car bomber blew up himself by ramming into the two CRPF buses leaving around 49 dead and dozens others injured critically.
Soon after the incident militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed the responsibility and identified the car bomber a local youth of Pulwama, who had joined the outfit last year.
Like earlier attacks on forces, this brutal attack has left the security establishment shocked and guessing. The J&K governor admitted the mistake and termed it a major “security lapse and intelligence failure”.
“We are working out on the things about the loopholes that took a massive toll on forces. Where did we fail in protecting forces while they travel in convoys on the highway?” said a top officer in J&K police dealing with security wing.
Militants carry out their assaults despite deployment of CRPF, police and Army on the connecting points on the highway.
However, the attack on the government forces on Srinagar-Jammu highway is not the first, but this one is the most deadly in the last three decades ever since armed militancy broke out in Kashmir.
The security agencies and the NIA team investigating the attack have raised some key points as to why the attack yet again took place between Pampore and Awantipora stretch of the highway.
Two years ago, in June, militants daringly stopped CRPF bus on the same highway in the Pampore town, few miles away from this blast site, and rained it with bullets from different directions, killing eight CRPF men and injuring 22 others.
Earlier, three militants suddenly appeared on the highway near EDI building, fired on a CRPF bus, wounding 11 personnel and then rushed into the EDI building.
The frequent attacks on the highway are a reminder of deadly attacks on forces carried out by militants in the conflict-torn Kashmir after the insurgency began in 1987.
In 2014, two days before August 15-India’s Independence Day, militants again attacked a police party resulting in killing of two security guards of a police official and a civilian.
In the same year, hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second visit to J&K, militants ambushed BSF convoy at Kadlabal in Pampore town leaving eight men including assistant commandant seriously injured.
In July 2012, militants attacked Convoy Protection Force Party of army from a close range killing a soldier and injuring another one seriously.
Almost 10 years ago, in Dec 2006, militants attacked a police party in Kadlibal and killed SHO Manzoor Ahmed and injured his two security guards. A civilian was also killed in the attack.
Officials in police and other counterinsurgency said that militants have many reasons to choose this 20 kilometer stretch for their assaults. “One of the reasons is that the Highway along the Pampore town has a number of link roads connecting on it with internal areas. Two, the Highway sneaks along the Jhelum River,” they said.

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Adv Ganai visits Srinagar Base Hospital, enquires about injured CRPF personnel

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Srinagar, Feb 15: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Friday visited the Army’s 92-Base Hospital here to enquire about the CRPF personnel who were injured in Thursday’s attack at Lethpora in Pulwama.He prayed for speedy recovery of the injured troopers undergoing treatment at the Hospital.
Later, the Advisor visited the CRPF Centre, Humhama where he laid wreath over the mortal remains of those who were slain in the attack. Condemning the attack, he conveyed his heart-felt condolences to the bereaved families who lost their dear ones.

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