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Srinagar, Apr 03: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (g), Syed Ali Geelani, on Tuesday urged Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to play its active and effective role in resolving the issue faced by Muslim Ummah.
In a statement, Geelani welcomed the OIC statement on Kashmir and expressed hope that this institution “will leave no stone unturned” in playing its effective and pivotal role in world politics.
“Hailing the statement of OIC General Secretary Yousuf A. Al-Othaimeen, wherein he has called India to allow access to the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission in Kashmir, Geelani said there is dire need to represent the aspirations of Kashmir and Palestine issues in their right perspective, saying instead of issuing mere statements, we should take practical and effective measures,”he said in a statement.
“OIC has a greater and pivotal role in international politics, asserted Geelani and stressed OIC authorities to play it’s assigned and outstanding role in resolving the issues related to Kashmir, Palestine and other issues facing Muslim Ummah.”
Geelani said that OIC should impress India to shun its obstinate and military approach against unarmed civilians and fulfill its commitment with oppressed people in Jammu and Kashmir.
Geelani said that India is deliberately overlooking the historical background and facts related to Kashmir issue and while hailing OIC for its stand on Kashmir, urged to raise issue in all international forums and use influence to highlight killings, atrocities, arrest spree, uncalled and unjustified use of brute force against peaceful and innocent citizens, perpetrated by Indian authorities.
Appealing its member countries, Geelani urged to favour and present unanimous resolution in UNO for settlement of Palestine and Kashmir issues and urged to resolve all bilateral and political issues among its members amicably.
Syed Ali Geelani while favouring peaceful political settlement and situations in the region added that member countries should ask UN Secretary-General to find ways and means to impress India to shun its egoistic approach and stop its oppressive forces responsible for prevailing bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir.
Geelani said that OIC should prevail upon the Indian government to give free access to OIC and other global human rights groups to take on spot stock of the situation with regard to Human Rights abuses in Kashmir. The volatile situation prevailing in Kashmir needs a practical approach by OIC and other International bodies, he added.
Geelani urged OIC to ask UNO to appoint a War Crime Tribunal for Jammu and Kashmir to identify the culprits of Human Rights abuses and to penalize them, because the present situation with respect to gross violation of human rights at the hands of Indian forces, and denial of civil and political liberties has become alarming and grim.
“The indiscriminate use of lethal weapons, pellet guns, bullets, PAWA shells to contain public rallies while chanting slogans for the right to self-determination, has become a routine matter. People are mercilessly killed, maimed arrested, blinded, bruised and molestation of the woman is used as a war weapon by Indian occupation forces. In this grim situation the life, honor and property of the people has become vulnerable,” Geelani added.
“The UN and OIC intervention in almost all the conflict zones and regions of the globe is lauded as a welcome move, saying that it is in this context, the people of Kashmir demand the UN and OIC intervention for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue, lingering for the last seven decades before the UNO, saying that these issues should be assigned top priority to avert any possible nuclear collusion between the two nuclear powers of the sub-continent,” said Geelani in a statement.


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Poll battle shifts to Anantnag, 18 candidates in fray

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Srinagar, Apr 20: The poll battle has now shifted to Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, spread over four south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama, where 13.93 lakh voters will decide the fate of 18 candidates in three phases — April 23, April 29 and May 6.
The Election Commission (EC) has decreased the polling hours by two hours in the constituency.
The polling will be held between 0700 hrs to 1600 hrs for security reasons.
Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, state Congress president G A Mir and Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi are among the 18 candidates seeking mandate from the constituency where polling will be held in three phases because of security reasons.
Considered as stronghold of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following its win in 11 out of 16 Assembly segments in 2014, the constituency has witnessed major change after the party formed coalition government with the BJP in the state.
The constituency witnessed encounters and youth joined militancy after the unholy alliance between PDP and BJP,’ opposition said.
Though all political parties, including National Conference (NC), PDP, BJP and Congress organised poll meetings under very heavy security cover, majority people remained indifferent to election process.
The campaigning so far witnessed some militant attacks, including hurling grenades, firing on a vehicle carrying poll material, besides stone pelting.
Due to security reasons, bypoll could not be held in the constituency after the seat fell vacant when Ms Mufti resigned to become the chief minister of the state following demise of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 2016.
However, bypoll in Srinagar constituency was held in 2016 after PDP MP Tariq Hameed Karra resigned in protest against party’s coalition with BJP.
Later, Farooq Abdullah of NC was elected. Even though there are 18 candidates seeking mandate from the constituency, the main contest is expected to be between Mufti, Mir and Masoodi.
CPI(M), which has not fielded any candidate, is supporting NC nominee from Anantnag constituency. Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference, which does not have much of a presence in south Kashmir, has fielded Chaudhry Zaffar Ali as its candidate.
BJP, which had managed to garner only 1.26 per cent of the votes polled in Lok Sabha constituency during 2014 general election, has fielded Sofi Yousuf, a MLC this time. Besides candidates from other smaller parties, there are 10 independent candidates in fray for the constituency.
The EC in a notification issued on Friday fixed the polling time, in all the polling stations, for the Anantnag parliamentary Constituency from 0700 hrs to 1600 hrs. The earlier timing notified by the Commission was between 0700 hrs to 1800 hrs.

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Will ensure smooth conduct of polls: DGP

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Srinagar, Apr 20: Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said that the forces will ensure the smooth conduct of Anantnag Lok Sabha elections, scheduled to commence from Wednesday in three phases.
The polling for Anantnag Lok Sabha polls will be held in three phases – April 23, April 29, and May 6.
The DGP said that police and other security agencies are fully prepared for peaceful and smooth conduct of elections. “Force are alert and have made all preparations for the smooth Anantnag Lok Sabha elections,” he said.
Singh further said that the forces will also ensure security of poll officials during the election days.
He said that the priority would be to hold violence-free elections and all possible measures will be taken for this. “Police force and the intelligence wing have been kept on alert to combat any threat.”
The DGP told KNS that all the arrangements are being made, so that the polling process is not affected and the people can exercise their voting rights without fear. “The security of polling personnel and polling booths will be taken care of. Special patrolling will be carried out in the sensitive and hyper-sensitive areas,” he said.
“I can assure from the point of the police and the sister security agencies that we are on the ground and we are set to ensure that there is a peaceful election in south Kashmir. Any attempt to vitiate the electoral process would not be allowed” the DGP maintained.
The DGP stressed on greater synergy among different agencies deployed to be for election duties, saying that the coordination among all stakeholders would help to prevail a conducive atmosphere for the people to exercise their franchise.
He said that Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) has a rich experience in conducting the electoral process and the force along with other sister agencies would leave no stone unturned to conduct the election in a congenial atmosphere in this Lok Sabha seat.
“I am sure elections will pass on successfully and peacefully. I wish my officers on the ground all the very best. Given the past experience of JK police, they have sailed through difficult times and I am sure that the major event (polls) in south Kashmir will be successful.”
The DGP stressed whatever support in shape of logistic and manpower is required will be pooled and placed at the disposal for the smooth conduct of polls.
The DGP further told KNS that stern action will be taken against the elements that foment trouble and at the same time contingency plans will be ready to tackle any eventuality.
Meanwhile sources said that the security agencies in south Kashmir were busy conducting vulnerability mapping of booths and identifying of critical polling stations based on the past incidents of violence.

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BJP’s anti-Muslim posturing out in open: NC

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Srinagar, Apr 20: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday condemned the recent statement of a BJP functionary wherein he had asked voters to cast their ballot in favor of PM Modi if they want to “destroy Muslims”, saying that such horrible assertion is reflective of BJP’s aversion for Muslims.
In a statement issued from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, party’s provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar while condemning the BJP statement said that what is alarming here is the fact that PM Modi, cabinet ministers and BJP functionaries haven’t censured the person for his hateful statement against Muslims.
“We are hearing this kind of intimidation in broad day light by a BJP functionary addressing a public gathering in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. The person had sordidly vowed to destroy the breed of Muslims and not just that, he has said that the party will bring machines from China to shave Muslims and convert them to Hinduism. Why is PM mute on this issue? This does not behoove his political denomination.”
Imran said that having been failed to deliver on the promises made by it, BJP is again resorting to hate mongering and fanning of communal passions.
“Such distasteful communal election time rhetoric is tailored to fan communal passions and polarize the people in the run up to elections. The sheer naïve attitude of PM and other high rung leaders of BJP over this issue reveal that divisiveness and polarization is the social and the accepted policy within BJP. Every sane voice in India should come forward and dismiss this sort of campaign rhetoric. However this should act as an eye opener to the people of country while they make their choices for the kind of government they want to have for next five years. We have had enough of this. Our party too is spearheading the campaign against such divisive agenda of BJP and its cronies in our state with the active support of people.”

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