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Sehrai condemns Army Chief’s ‘warning’

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Srinagar, Oct 28: Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai on Sunday strongly condemned the statement of Army Chief Bipin Rawat that civilian protestors would be dealt sternly saying the Army has declared a “full scale war” on civilian population to silence their “demand of birth right which is right to self-determination”.

In a statement, Sehrai said Rawat’s statement should also serve as an “eye opener” for India wherein General said: “Army is enough to ensure JK remains part of India is actually an admission that Kashmir at the barrel of gun with over lakhs of forces deployment and without its military might India cannot hold Kashmir for a minute.”

Sehrai, in his statement said, Army Chief’s remarks were be belligerent and such posturing indicated a free license to kill, brutalize and to continue genocide of Kashmiris.

Sehrai added: “Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) became the daily routine of forces. And apart from killing and slaughtering Kashmiris, such operations have not only made the social lives hell, but have also destroyed the economic properties as well. Nowadays, the forces have gone to such an extent of brutality that they are used to destroy the properties of the common masses day in and day out under the garb of CASOs.”

Strongly denounced the forces’ action in Shopian and Kulgam where more than 40 people got injured including some women, during the search operations, Sehrai said: “beating people, vandalizing properties and torturing youth has become a daily affair of occupational forces in Kashmir with complete impunity, especially in south Kashmir.”

Sehrai asked the United Nations to intervene on the Kashmir issue by prevailing upon India to “shun violence and stop genocide” and initiate process for granting right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

 


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Zadibal hospital without electricity, heating facility

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Srinagar, Nov 20: The patients at the Primary Health Center Zadibal have been facing a tough time due to unavailability of electricity, with most of them forced to return without undergoing certain pathological tests.

The hospital has been without an alternative power option, as a result of which the staff is unable to do many machine-dependent tests, even at the time of emergencies.

A technician at the health center (name withheld) said, “We do not have round-the-clock electricity. We get electricity till 12 in the afternoon, after which no test can be done.”

Additionally, the technician said, the electricity goes off after every two hours, paralysing the system. “Patients have to wait even in case of emergencies or visit any other hospital. We are helpless, we have asked many times for 24-hour power supply, but nothing has been done about it, so far.”

On an average, 25-30 patients visit the hospital daily.

A patient, Masrat, suffering severe pain in back and abdomen, was asked to visit the next day, as there was no electricity for her urine examination.

“Doctor told me to get the test done, but here they have no electricity. So, I am being asked to return,” she said.

There is also no heating arrangement at the hospital, forcing the in-patients to survive in a cold environment.

Dr Manzoor, a General Physician at the hospital, said there was no heating arrangement even for the staff.“We perform in this cold and the patients suffer as well,” he said.

Dr Nighat, Zonal Medical Officer Zadibal, said, “Electricity problem is seen everywhere, but we will try to arranging an alternative very soon.”

“Our job is to write to the higher authorities. The rest is up to them,” she said.

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Shopian shuts to mourn killing of four militants

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Shopian: People in South Kashmir’s Shopian Wednesday observed a complete shutdown against the killing of four militants.

Reports said that all the shops and other business establishments including schools remained closed in the district and traffic also remained off the roads.

An eyewitness said that people from different walks of life visited the families of slain militants, all from Shopian, to offer condolences to the bereaved families. The four slain militants were identified as Inam-ul-Haq, a resident of Motjan Shopian, Mehraj-u-din, a resident of Drawnee village of Shopian, Abid Nazi, A resident of Padapora village of Shopian, and Basharat Nengroo, a resident of Chotigam village of Shopian district.

Apart from the four slain militants, a para-commando was also killed and two others sustained injuries during an encounter between the militants and a joint team of Police army, police, in Nadigam village of district Shopian, in south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was also observed in Achabal Anantnag against the killing of senior separatist leader and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat District President Anantnag Hafeezullah Mir. Mir was killed by unknown gunmen at his native Bhadro Achabal village.

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Non-punctual docs make patients in Panzalla Rafiabad suffer daily

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Baramulla, Nov 21: Amid prevailing wintry chill, many patients were kept waiting outside a health centre at Panzalla area in Rafiabad in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district by doctors who reportedly turned up in the afternoon on Wednesday.

Locals of the area said that the doctors seldom come on time, forcing patients either to wait or visit Srinagar or Baramulla hospital.

The locals appealed the administration to look into their grievances and address them by making doctors and other staff including paramedics punctual.

They also urged the administration to provide all facilities otherwise available in the medical facility equivalent to the one at Panzalla.

Chief Medical Officer Baramulla Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo when contacted said that he will look into the matter. “I will ask concerned BMO Rohama to look into the matter,” he added.

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