Srinagar, Jan 16: Leaders and activists affiliated to united Hurriyat camp today staged a peaceful rally at historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar, against “state terrorism, unabated human rights violations, arbitrary arrests of civilians”.
The protesting leaders and activists took out a rally from historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
In a statement issued, united Hurriyat camp spokesman said that protesting leaders and activists were holding play-cards displaying slogans, “resolve Kashmir dispute, stop civilian killings, release all political prisoners, stop HR violations, stop NIA, ED raids and stop fresh wave of CASOs.”
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement said that the so called chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement made in the assembly that the pro-freedom leaders shy away from participating in the dialogue process is both mischievous and misleading .
They said that no sane person would oppose a meaningful dialogue process as a means of conflict resolution, especially when the entire nation is reeling under such gruelling repression and paying so dearly But dialogue has to be aimed at that end .
The offer becomes unrealistic and suspect when it is qualified with parameters and conditions like within the Indian constitution, accepting accession as final and so on. It then becomes a tool to tide over the current crisis, maintain the status quo , buy time weaken the movement and the leadership and linger on the issue, as is observed from past experience.
United Hurriyat said that instead of creating an atmosphere conducive for engagement if that really was the intent, what Kashmiri people and the resistance leadership instead saw was further increase and aggressiveness in military operations like “operation all-out “which is not only aimed at killing militants but also anyone who protests to instill fear of the forces in people and harass them and dissuade them from their political struggle while simultaneously all space for resistance leadership is chocked and pressure put on us to stop representing the sentiments of Kashmiri people and yield .
The leadership said that the situation in Kashmir is volatile and in terms of repression and human rights violations is at its all time low. All our institutions, educational social and religious are under assault. “Each day, under the well planned strategy of RSS, new threats emanate to these institutions from various power centers of New Delhi. The aim is to undermine our identity and eventually change the demographic character of the state and the discourse on Kashmir .instead of resisting these moves the local collaborators are abetting them and then to divert people’s attention from them raising the bogey of dialogue, just to ensure their smooth stay in the chair of power. It’s just a gimmick” .
Leadership said that Mehbooba Mufti calls maharajah Hari Singh’s accession to India historic and in the same breath advocates dialogue for the resolution of the dispute. It shows their duplicity and Betrayal to the people.
The leadership said that it is a fact that Kashmir dispute has now become 70-year old , whose resolution is best possible by giving to the people the basic right to self-determination as was recently also suggested by an Indian intellectual giving the reference of Scotland and Ireland .
An alternative way to resolution of the issue can also be a sustained transparent and meaningful dialogue process where all three parties—India, Pakistan and the representatives of Kashimiris come together to reach a a solution acceptable to all the stakeholders. The leadership said they have always welcomed sustained and meaningful dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir issue as per the wishes of its people, who are the mains stakeholders of the dispute.
JRL said that Mufti instead of making meaningless statements on dialogue, the least she can do is put an end to repression by stopping operation all out which leaves behind a trail of killing blinding and maiming especially young boys and even women now and razing down of homes, forcing people of all ages out of their homes in biting cold and harassing them. An end should be put to arbitrary arrests of Kashmiri people like kawa at will, raiding and arresting resistance leaders by NIA and ED and then lodging them in notorious Tihar Jail in New Delhi and also the assault on the Kashmiri prisoners there. All political prisoners should be released.
JRL said that they should be also be released and allowed to reach out to families of those whose loved ones are killed by forces. They said turning entire Srinagar into a military fortress, especially on every Friday should be stopped. An end shot be put to targeting Masjids, shrines and now also the educational institutions of Kashmir.
Congress alone can defeat fascist forces: Mir
Srinagar, April 25: Maintaining that Congress party was fully capable enough to defeat the communal & fascist forces both in the country and state hell bent upon to abrogate Special Status granted to J&K, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) & party candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency G.A. Mir has said that Congress is fighting present elections against the divisive forces and communal agenda of BJP-RSS.
Mir also hit out at “opportunist parties” PDP, BJP and others for misleading people on various sensitive issues concerning J&K for electoral gains, saying that the policy of falsehood & deceit adopted by these opportunist parties has made the lives of people in Kashmir impossible and sought people’s support to put an end to the drama being staged by PDP, from time to time to generate sympathy after failing people on all fronts.
This was stated by G.A. Mir while addressing various public meetings at Panzgam Nad, Varel Kund in Devsar Assembly Constituency in District Kulgam and appealed the people to remain vigilant about the designs of PDP and other opportunist parties who were fully dependent on falsehood and deceit to exploit people to serve their vested interests, but at the same time, he (Mir) felt confident that people of south Kashmir and elsewhere in J&K have realized as to what PDP was doing to mislead them again.
He was accompanied by Senior Congress Leaders Haji Ab. Rashid Dar, Mohd Amin Bhat, Hilal Ahmad Shah, Vinod Koul, Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Adv Hashim and others.
Asserting that it is the Congress, which can protect the Special Status of the J&K State and will ensure equitable development of all the three regions, G. A. Mir lashed out at BJP Chief Amit Shah over repeatedly raking up the issues of Article 370 in his election rallies aiming to mislead people on this count, the fact of the matter remains that BJP cannot even touch it, as that, the Article 370 works as a bridge between State & the Centre, besides that, it has the emotional binding with the people in J&K. Whatever Narinder Modi or Amit Shah say in their rallies for public consumption was far from reality. Both (Modi & Amit Shah) want to change the narrative, which will be defeated tooth and nail, G.A. Mir said.
He said the communal and fascist forces were hell bent upon to divide the people of JK on religious and regional lines, but the Congress being the only unifying force in the Country and State will thwart their designs.
Mir also hit out at PDP for ensuring inroads to BJP RSS in the State and said many right thinking people had advised PDP leadership not to align with the BJP on the basis that this party has remained hell bent upon to abrogate special status for gaining political mileage in the Country, but the PDP leadership turned deaf ear and compromised on their core agenda for the sake of coming into the power, which has disappointed people at large scale, G.A. Mir added and appealed the people to use the opportunity of the present elections to defeat the political exploitation & deceit on the part of PDP and others.
Mir also said PDP was fully responsible for prevailing situation in valley especially in south Kashmir, besides loss of lives and regular incidents of violence because of its betrayal and political exploitation.
Govt directs hospitals to display rate list of tests, lab investigations
Srinagar, April 25: Government has issued a circular to all hospitals and health institutions directing them to display rate list of all available diagnostic tests and lab investigations for easy access of people.
“It is impressed upon all the Heads of Hospitals/ Health care institutions to clearly display/indicate the various radiological examinations/lab. investigations/other tests conducted/available along with the rates chargeable within their respective laboratories/Hospitals, at designated areas and conspicuous places in clear fonts in English/Local language for the information of General Public,” reads the circular.
“These Instructions shall be followed in letter & Spirit,” it added.
The orders in this regard were issued by the Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department following several complaints that certain basic tests/investigations are being denied/ not carried out in health care Institutions of the State on one pretext or the other.
MCC an excuse to avoid redressal of burning issues: Rasheed
Srinagar, April 25: Asking state administration not to forget its duties towards common masses, AIP president Er Rasheed has sought immediate redressal of burning issues pertaining to common masses.
While interacting with people during his day-long visit in Kupwara Constituency Er Rasheed alleged that so-called model code of conduct has become an excuse and silly argument to those officers who don’t want to deliver and treat themselves beyond accountability.
Er Rasheed said, “Be it power crises or restoration of drinking water supply and other basic immunities, most of the officers have just one line answer that there is a model code of conduct in place. It is disgusting and shameful that the damaged transformers are lying in PDD workshops since months and concerned authorities don’t pay any heed towards genuine grievances of masses. The functioning of education, health and other prestigious sectors has been kept hostage to the model code of conduct. While there is no model or moral code of conduct for the corrupt Bhabus, even routine files of the common man are being thrown to the dustbin with the excuse that there is a model code of conduct in place.”
Er Rasheed urged the governor to take serious note of sufferings of masses and ensure that all essential services run without any interruptions and excuses.