Srinagar, Nov 01: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai on Thursday welcomed the report on human rights abuses in Kashmir prepared and presented by a group of British MPs to the UK Parliament.
Welcoming the report prepared by All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG), Sehrai in a statement issued on Thursday said that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHR) report revealed large scale human rights violations in Kashmir.
“The detailed report by APPKG reflects grim situation of Kashmir,” Sehrai said.
He said that the unprecedented use of violence against the unarmed and innocent Kashmiris was a daily affair.
“So we appeal international community UN, UNSC, European Parliament, OCHR, and every human rights organisation to do more than occasional verbal condemnation and go beyond such Human rights violation Report submissions in order to restore your own reduced credibility,” Sehrai said.
He said that the UN and other International watch dogs have a moral obligation to the people of Kashmir as the promise of holding plebiscite in Kashmir has not been fulfilled till now.
Meanwhile, Sehrai expressed concern over the missing of a Kashmiri student Ahteshaam from Khanyaar Srinagar in Delhi saying students even outside Jammu and Kashmir were not safe, and expressed serious concern and apprehensions over the mysterious missing of the said student.
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.