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Says Mehbooba:All parties but PDP spoke Delhi’s language

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Srinagar, Mar 16: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday said every mainstream party in Kashmir used to speak “Delhi’s language”– to wage war against Pakistan and cage separatists.
The former chief minister said PDP emerged as a party that spoke a language of holding dialogue with Pakistan and resisted any ban on socio-religious party like Jamaat-e-Islami.
“We told Delhi that you cannot ban Jamaat and arrest other leaders of any religious party till anything is proved against them. We withdrew FIRs of youth against the wishes of BJP. We went for unilateral ceasefire, BJP was against it,” she told Kashmir News Service (KNS), in an exclusive conversation.
Mehbooba said that if talking a pro-Kashmir language for the welfare of people, if resisting ban on Jamaat and stressing for dialogue is anti-national, then what can I say,” she said.
Mehbooba said during her tenure she resisted all such tactics used by New Delhi. “I didn’t allow them to harass leaders like Mirwaiz sb, Geelani’s son and Salahuddin’s son. This, I didn’t allow them all this. Now they have started all this which in no way will help in solving a problem,” she added.
She added that Mirwaiz is not only a separatist leader but a religious cleric too, adding that a sitting operation was done on some separates leaders but why the others leaders like Salah-ud-din’s sons and son-in-law of Geelani continue to remain behind bars when nothing has been proved against them.
Mehbooba said her party is ready for polls and pitched that it would have been better to hold assembly and Lok Sabha polls together.
She said the Governor’s rule must come to an end as the amendments and other related things that were prevent by her regime in the State needs to be stopped. “In case such orders under Governor’s rule won’t be stopped, the interest of Jammu and Kashmir will get affected,” she said. Mehbooba said that the constitutional erosion being done by the Governor led administration will have serious consequences in Jammu and Kashmir.
She also said that to safeguard the Article 370 and 35A, she hired a senior Advocate Fali S Nariman but now the amendments are being made through the Governor led administration here.
Mehbooba also condemned the attack on NC’s block president in Bijbehara, saying that such attacks will naturally create fear among people ahead of the polls.


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Principal’s ‘custodial killing’: Probe officer meets family, locals

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Srinagar, Mar 23: Assistant Commissioner Revenue (ACR) Pulwama Qazi Masood probing the “custodial killing” of a school principal Saturday met the victim’s family in Awantipora area of Pulwama district.
Rizwan Asad Pandit, the Principal of Sabir Abdullah Public School Tral, was picked up by the police from his home late on March 17 during a raid and was killed in police custody at the Cargo Building two days later, according to his family.
Although the police had initially admitted that Rizwan had “died” in custody and that the matter was being probed under “procedure laid down in Section 176 of CRPC,” it later filed an FIR against him for “escape or attempts to escape from custody”, lending a new twist to the case.
The magisterial inquiry that was ordered in Srinagar was also closed and a fresh probe ordered in Pulwama district and a report sought in “four weeks.”
“Government has appointed me as an inquiry officer, I assured the family that I will conduct the fair investigation into the case,” the inquiry officer Qazi Masood told GNS after meeting Rizwan’s family members and local residents.
Masood said he has sought a report from SP Awantipora on why and how Rizwan was detained and the circumstances that led to his death.
“I have also sought a postmortem report from the SP,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, reports said that soon after the inquiry officer arrived in the area and met the family members, locals held a protest demonstration demanding stern action against the guilty.

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Civil society, traders, Bar demand special inquiry commission

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Srinagar, Mar 23: Kashmir business community, civil society, and High Court Bar Association on Saturday asked Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Paul Malik to set-up an independent Special Commission of inquiry in the custodial killing of Awantipora school teacher Rizwan Asad Pandit.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, they said that there have been countless instances of inquiries being ordered in killings without any results.
“To deter future violations, we appeal to the Governor for setting up of a time-bound Independent Special Commission of Inquiry,” they said.
The members said that till the time the commission submits its report, it would serve justice if the case is treated to be one of custodial killing and all persons associated with it are put behind bars and kept away from active duty.
“Such inquiries, suffering from institutional bias and state interference, have rarely served the interests of justice,” they said.
“We have a reason to believe that this killing would also suffer the same fate and the killers would again roam free to kill, more confident in the fact that their crimes will never be brought to account,” they said.
They said that the repeated perpetration of serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law needs in-depth fact-finding and investigation.
On Tuesday, Rizwan Asad Pandit, a 29-year-old school teacher, died inside the Jammu and Kashmir’s CARGO camp in Srinagar.
He was picked up for questioning from his home in Awantipora on Sunday.
The family had said that his body bore evidence of being subjected to extreme physical violence.
The press conference was jointly held by KCC&I, High Court Bar Association, KTMF, KEA, KTMF (R), FCIK(A), FCIK(M), JKSECC, KCSDS, KHARA, CCIK, All Transport Welfare Association, Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Dealers Association, Houseboat Owners Association, KHAROF, Pvt School Association, Kashmir Bakers Association, All Kashmir Chemist & Distributors Association, Hoteliers Club, All Traders & Transporters Coordination Committee, All J&K Taxi Owners Association, Association Of Kashmir Tour, Environmental Protection Group, Shehr E Khaas Coordination, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj, Rehabilitation Alliance, and Batamaloo Traders Association.

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ED imposes Rs 14.4 lakh penalty on Geelani

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Srinagar, Mar 22: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Friday imposed Rs 14.4 lakh penalty, on Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani for “illegally” possessing foreign exchange of around $10,000, news agency PTI reported.
After completion of the probe and adjudication proceeding, the ED an order on Wednesday under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), levying the penalty and confiscating forex of $10,000 that was allegedly recovered from Geelani, they said.
The ED will also impose a penalty on Yasin Malik, Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and confiscate foreign exchange recovered from him. The adjudication proceedings against Malik are in progress.
On Wednesday, a Delhi court also allowed ED to quiz Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah and others in connection with an alleged funding case.

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