Srinagar, Oct 23:Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone Tuesday slammed former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for calling contestants of the recently-concluded urban local body elections as “rogues”.
In a series of tweets, Lone said Mehbooba’s remarks were shameless and “if they (PDP) don’t contest then contestants are rogue and lured by money”.
“One of the most shameless statements. The standards she uses to judge contestants. By those standards she was as rogue when they contested in 1996 and 2002. How many votes were polled when they were in Govt in 2002. Does she not remember that?” Lone tweeted.
In an interview to New Delhi-based “The Print”, Mehbooba had said many “rogue elements” who came forward for the elections were lured by money. “Unfortunately, not many good people came forward to fight this election because of the peculiar situation, which will have far-reaching consequences in future,” she had said.
Lone also claimed that Mehbooba met many of the contestants whom she called rogue elements. “And incidentally she has met many of the contestants whom she calls rogue and lured by money. Bcos she also wants to have a say on mayoral election. Wow what a double speak. Btw one [email protected]_Mattu is much more qualified than you Mam,” he tweeted.
He wondered whether the PDP sitting MLC’s son and brother who participated in the municipal elections were also rogues. “PDP sitting MLC’s son and brother took part in Poonch elections. Wonder they were rogue and did it for the lure of money. Mehboobaji needs to answer that,” he said.
Upcoming snow spell: Avalanche warning issued for Kashmir, Ladakh districts
Srinagar, Jan 19: Kashmir areas experienced fresh snowfall on Saturday, with the weather office forecasting more in store for the next three days.
“A western disturbance (WD) is presently active over the state under whose influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley till January 23 after which the intensity of the WD will start decreasing,” a Met Department official said here.
District administrations have set up helplines to help prevent any untoward incident due to the heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
As per the hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed 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 DC’s 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.
While the nightlong cloud cover increased minimum temperatures throughout the valley on Saturday, the maximum temperatures are expected to drop further, the weather official said.
Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.4 and Gulmarg minus 7.0 as the minimum temperatures.
Leh town had minus 9.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 18.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city recorded 8.3 degrees Celsius, Katra 9.1, Batote 3.9, Bannihal 2.3 and Bhaderwah 1.3 as the minimum temperatures.
UN clearly did its job: Guterres on Kashmir human rights report
United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their issues.
The UN chief also said he has been offering his “good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that, until now, had no conditions of success.”
Guterres was speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.
“I hope that the importance of both India and Pakistan is such in international affairs, I hope that the two countries will be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue,” he said.
The UN chief was responding to a question on his repeated urging of dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.
In relation to the human rights situation, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has produced recently a very detailed report. So, the UN has clearly done its job in that regard, Guterres said to a question by a Pakistan journalist on the situation in Kashmir.
Day after grenade attack, forces conduct search op in Lal Chowk
Srinagar: A joint search operation was launched by the forces and police in the commercial Hub Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on Saturday.
The search came a day after the grenade attack took place in the locality, which left a vehicle and windowpanes of some shops damaged.
Witnesses said that a large contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed near the Clock Tower here while the frisking was also intensified.
They said that drones too were used during the operation.
However, a top police official said that it was a routine exercise ahead of upcoming Republic Day.