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Separatism in JK more out of convenience than conviction: Jitendra Singh

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New Delhi, Oct 27: Separatism in Jammu and Kashmir is more out of convenience rather than conviction and the children of separatists are enjoying while those of common people are suffering, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said.

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said terrorism in the Valley was mercenary in nature and is not driven by any conviction, ideology or motivation.

“It is a paid terrorism perpetrated, funded and sponsored by hostile powers which all of us know,” Singh said in an apparent reference to Pakistan.

 

He said Pakistan never reconciled to Jammu and Kashmir becoming a part of India and therefore resorted to all kinds of tactics and strategies which failed to yield the kind of results which it had envisaged.

“There is no such issue as Kashmir issue. Jammu and Kashmir is a part of Indian Union very much like other States of UP, Bihar or Punjab,” he said.

Singh said if at all there was any issue pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir, it was to retrieve the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and restore the original culture and demographic character of the state which would be possible only by the return of the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community.

“Separatists stand exposed. The separatism in Kashmir is more out of convenience rather than conviction, which is not easily palatable but it is a fact,” Singh said at an event organised by the Times Network.

He termed as “fake” the separatists’ freedom model, arguing that it neither follows the Gandhian or Martin Luther model nor does it reflect the Nelson Mandela model.

“It is a model that follows the pattern of getting the neighbours’ children to become jihadis and lodging your own children in safe heavens,” he said at the event where a documentary series titled ‘Kashmir: the story’ was also released.

Singh also came down heavily on mainstream politicians for practicing what he described as “opportunistic separatism”.

“There are so-called politicians and political parties which practice separatism behind the mask of mainstream that is something we have to guard against. That is the hidden enemy among us.

“Opportunistic separatism practised by some so-called mainstream politicians is even worse than those identified as ones practising separatist agenda,” he said.

Singh termed the partition as the “most disastrous blunder” which he said was motivated by the personal ambitions of certain individuals while majority of Indians were against it.

“The blunder of partition was followed by Nehruvian blunders,” he said, in reference to the first Prime Minister’s declaration of the ceasef ire and his approaching the UNO.

“If only Nehru had allowed his Home Minister to handle J and K in the same manner as Sardar Patel was handling other princely states of India, I am sure the history of not just Jammu and Kashmir but of the entire Indian subcontinent would have been different today,” he said.

Singh also said some intellectuals were finding Kashmir as a “very fertile playground” and termed their “intellectual terrorism” a cause of greater harm.

Speaking at the event, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said for the last fifty years, the political leadership in the state had only made false promises to the people.

“Be it the promise of freedom. Freedom with Pakistan’s help or autonomy,” he said.

The governor said the need of the hour was to tell people that the armed struggle was not the solution.

“There is a need to inform people that we want to kill terrorism not them…The policy of healing touch is needed, but what is needed more is development and removing corruption and unemployment,” he said.

Malik said his mandate was only to reach out to the people, listen to their problems and prepare a conducive atmosphere for dialogue.

“I don’t have the mandate for a dialogue. It’s with the Prime Minister and with the political parties and other stakeholders,” he said.

He lashed out at the Hurriyat for invoking Pakistan on every occasion.

“The problem with Hurriyat is that they can’t even go to the toilet without Pakistan. They want to include Pakistan in everything. I have made it clear that we won’t have anything to do with Pakistan in Kashmir. Talks will take place with Pakistan like they do between any two countries but that would be outside Kashmir not inside it,” he said.

Malik also said a litany of lies was being propagated about the situation in Kashmir which in reality was not that bad.

“More people die in Bihar and UP than the number of casualties that take place in Kashmir,” he said.


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JKDFP hails Pak for goodwill gesture about Indian prisoners

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Srinagar, May 17: Hailing Pakistan for its goodwill gesture of releasing Indian prisoners, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has said that the largest democracy of the world must also release Kashmiri political prisoners before EID so that they can celebrate the festival with their nears and dears.
The Freedom Party Spokesperson said in a statement that Pakistan government has exhibited maturity by its goodwill gesture and set an example to follow.
In a statement issued here, JKDFP Spokesperson praised the resolve and unflinching stance of its incarcerated chief, Shabir Shah towards the long standing Kashmir dispute, saying Shabir Shah despite his serious ailments is bravely resisting the hardships of Tihar jail.
“Shabir Shah is in his 32 year of imprisonment for advocating the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu Kashmir. The people of Kashmir have also time and again acknowledged the unmatched sacrifices of Shabir Shah,” the spokesperson said.
The Spokesperson expressed serious concern over the pathetic condition Kashmiri political prisoners are made to face in and outside the state jails especially in Tihar Jail. He said that despite being political prisoners they are denied every right guaranteed in the jail manual. Revengeful attitude of the rulers has crossed every limit of heartlessness and insensitivity.
JKDFP said that slow and humiliating judicial process has already ruined the lives of so many young Kashmiri innocents who were arrested on factious cases and are yet to be augmented with the documentary evidence of their so called crimes.
New Delhi is prolonging the imprisonment of Shabir Shah, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahamad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahamad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahamad Dar, Shahid Yousaf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, businessman Zahoor Ahamad Watali, Asia Andrabi, Fahmeedah Sofi, Naheedah Nasreen and other political prisoners languishing in Tihar jail Delhi.
JKDFP said that it is unfortunate that the Hurriyat leaders are treated like criminals in jails which have been turned into worst interrogation centres. Hailing the uncompromising courage and dedication and undented commitment with the movement, JKDFP said that our political prisoners including, Shabir Shah, Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Dr. Shafi Sharyati, Dr. Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Muzuffar Ahmad Dar, Talib Hussain, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Mohammad Ayoub Mir and others are the torch bearers of the movement.
The JKDFP Spokesperson hailed the resolve of Javaid Khan who is languishing in Tihar jail since last 24years. He said that Mirza Nisar, Latif Ahmed Waza, Ali Mohammad Bhat and Abdul Gani Ghoni are also praise worthy who are facing hardships since last 24 years in Jaipur and other jails.
JKDFP appealed United Nations Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Red cross to monitor and see the pathetic and inhuman treatment meted out to Kashmiri political prisoners and pressurize India to stop its inhuman and undemocratic attitude towards these political prisoners.

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DGP visits Shopian, Pulwama, interacts with officers

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Srinagar, May 17: Director General of Police (DGP), J&K Dilbag Singh visited the districts Shopian and Pulwama where he interacted with officers and personnel and also chaired security review meetings.
Director General of Police, J&K Dilbag Singh along with IGP Kashmir S.P. Pani visited twin districts of Shopian and Pulwama. The respective district SSP received the visiting officers. Guards of honour were presented to the DGP. The DGP chaired the officers meetings at both the district headquarters which were attended by the concerned district SSP along with other jurisdictional officers. After getting a briefing from the concerned district SsP regarding the working of the department in these districts, the DGP addressed the officers and also interacted with the personnel.
In his address to them the DGP complemented the police personnel for successful conduct of parliamentary elections in the state. He also praised the police and security forces for successful anti-militancy operations in these districts. He also impressed upon the officers to work with full professionalism, sincerity and in a dedicated manner for the welfare of the people while taking due care of their security. He advised the police to continue their fight against the drugs and book all those involved in this menace. The DGP while greeting the personnel distributed Ramzan gifts among them.
The meeting at Shopian was attended by SP Shopian Sandeep Choudhary, Addl. SP Shopian Arif Amin Shah and other jurisdictional officers including Dy.SSP. The meeting at Pulwama was attended by SP Pulwama Chandan Kohli, Addl. SP Pulwama Anwar-Ul-Haq and other jurisdictional officers including Dy.SSP.

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Dialogue between Indo-Pak only way to resolve J&K issue: NC

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Srinagar, May 17: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal on Friday asserted that result-oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan is the only way to resolve the issue of J&K.
In a statement issued from party headquarters Nawa-E-Subah, additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal said that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is not a consequence of lack of development rather the issue is political in nature. “The issue has held hostage the development of the sub-continent. Our party has all along maintained that the dialogue between the two nations affords a way out,” he said.
Additional general secretary further added, “The issue of J&K has been lingering since 1947, how long shall our people suffer? No sooner we impress for a political solution of our state, we are outrightly tainted as anti-national. This has to stop. The government has to see what holds good for the greater good of the country and the sub-continent at large. The BJP led government at the centre is using Kashmir to leverage its poll prospects elsewhere in the country which is bound to have serious ramifications for the country’s unity and integrity.”
Dr Kamal said, “During its stint in power the BJP has only amplified the hate against minorities particularly Muslims. This is not the idea of India which was visualized by the founders of a modern-day India nation-state; they visualized a secular progressive country shorn of all prejudices and hate. PM Modi has not a speck of affection for the minorities. The other day when a Hindu police officer lost his life while saving a Muslim man from the mob frenzy of communalists, PM Modi didn’t come up with a word of homage and accolade for the slain police officer. This people see with their own eyes? Now it is up to people to decide if they allow such a person to continue to be in the vanguard of the new government after elections,” he said.
Dr Kamal while flaying PM Modi for creating a humanitarian crisis in Kashmir by banning civilian traffic on national highway for two days a week said, “There was a marked difference in the security scenario of the state. However, what good was accomplished in the state suffered a setback during the reign of former BJP-PDP led coalition government. People still remember how painstakingly Dr Farooq Abdullah led government made GoI under the then BJP led NDA to have parleys with militants and other sections of the society. However, what good was achieved in successive NC led government in terms of peace and rapprochement was put into a chasm by BJP and PDP.”
He further said that the state suffered substantial attacks on its special status during the stint of a former BJP-PDP coalition government. “The GST bill we have been resisting was implanted by her only. The new tax regime has affected hoteliers, taxi drivers, craftsmen, edibles, books and other marginal traders. We have cautioned her about the implementation of GST but she didn’t heed our pleas. There has been a steep increase in the price of cooking gas cylinders; poor families find it very difficult to refill the cylinders. How can PDP protect our special status, it was PDP that destroyed the financial autonomy of our state?”

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