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Shadow of fear over Panchayat election process alarming: Dr Farooq

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Srinagar. Jan 10: Expressing concern over the shadows of fear and intimidation that have been cast around the Panchayat Election process in the State, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said such threats should be taken very seriously by the State Government as any politicization of the process by any quarter would be counterproductive and risk a spurt in turmoil.
“These alarming threats should be taken seriously by the State Government and before any decisions are taken – the security situation in the State should be taken into account. It is the prerogative of the Government to conduct Panchayat Elections but it is also the responsibility of the same Government to protects its citizens and safeguard their lives. The Panchayat System is a conflict-neutral political system that aims to empower the people at the grassroots level and there should be no political motives or machinations to distort or misuse this process for political objectives”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said.
Dr. Farooq also expressed grave concern over the deteriorating security scenario in Kashmir and said the PDP-BJP Government had failed to wane away youth from isolation due to various ideological U-turns and contradictions.
Interacting with Party Workers at his residence in Srinagar, Dr. Farooq Abdullah also said that the shadow of fear that has been cast over the Panchayat Election process is alarming and unfortunate and should be taken seriously by the State Government.
“The security scenario in the Valley is a matter of serious concern and underlines the political vacuum that has resulted in accentuating the alienation on the ground, especially among the youth. The past three years have seen one ideological compromise after another by those who are in power today and this consistent tendency of inconsistency has had a direct and adverse impact on the psyche of our youth. With every passing day we are witnessing educated young men taking the path of armed militancy in a trend which threatens to take the State back to the throes of turmoil and uncertainty that we witnessed in the early 90s”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said.
The National Conference President said the rhetoric of reconciliation was little of little value and consolation when one analyses the growing disenchantment and disillusionment among the youth. “Both the Central Government and the State Government will have to realize the unimaginable consequences of allowing the atmosphere of disenchantment to persist in the Valley. The youth deserve more than the occasional rhetorical statement or press note. It is the onerous responsibility of the State Government to reach out to the youth and bring the Valley back to the path of stability and peace. However, unfortunately, the State Government continues to function in a manner which is adding to the alienation on the ground – be it their utter and complete governance failures or their numerous political compromises and U-turns”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah added.
The National Conference President reiterated the need for a sustained, structured and result-oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan over all outstanding issues including that of the Kashmir and said there was no alternative to dialogue both at the internal and external fronts.
“Seeking dialogue with Pakistan is a matter of realism and is based on our aspiration to see an end to instability, violence, death and destruction in Jammu and Kashmir. We have always sought dialogue both on the internal and external fronts and will continue to seek dialogue regardless of how such genuine and practical appeals are distorted. New Delhi and Islamabad need to restore the credibility and sanctity of the institution of dialogue and stakeholders within the State should also be taken on board to make the process meaningful and goal-oriented. The State has witnessed enough death, destruction, mayhem and turmoil and we cannot delay the resolution of the problem any longer”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah further said.


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Kashmir, Kashmiriyat incomplete without KPs: Mir

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Jammu, Apr 17: The Jammu and Kashmir unit of Congress Wednesday said it will do everything possible for the safe, secure and dignified return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, asserting the valley is incomplete without them.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief G A Mir was addressing Kashmiri migrants at Muthi camp here. Mir is contesting from the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat against PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference’s justice Hasnain Masoodi.

Anantnag will head for voting in three phases– April 23, April 29, May 6.

 

Mir, a two time minister, reached out to displaced Kashmir Pandits in Jammu and said “Kashmir and Kashmiriyat is incomplete without Kashmiri Pandits”.

He said the ultimate goal is to create a congenial atmosphere in the Kashmir valley for the return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants.

“Till that goal is achieved, it is essential that all further necessary measures are required to be taken for their dignified living and to secure the future of the youth of this community, who have undergone numerous hardships, sufferings and disadvantages of life especially the youth after getting uprooted from the native place,” Mir said.

He alleged that the BJP’s commitments for the cause of Kashmiri Pandits have remained “unfulfilled slogans for vote bank politics”.

He said the atmosphere of peace, harmony and security was a great casualty during the BJP regime at the Centre and the previous coalition government in the state.

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No immediate plan of shifting Srinagar central jail: DGP

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Srinagar, Apr 17: Director General Police Dilbagh Singh who also holds the charge of Director General Prisons on Wednesday said that police does not plan to shift Srinagar Central jail to any other place but a proposal has been sent to the government for construction of a new jail after the jail was damaged due to violence by jail inmates recently.

DGP Dilbagh Singh said, “There is no plan or proposal to shift the Srinagar central jail to any other place within or outside Srinagar city but a proposal has been sent to the government for construction of a new jail in view of the damage caused to the jail building during the recent violence by jail inmates.”

“The building was decades old and was damaged in the violence,” he said.

 

Protests and scuffle erupted between prisoners and prison security in Central Jail Srinagar on April 05 late evening after jail inmates objected to carry out “repair and reinforcement works inside a barrack” by the authorities.

Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, who is also DG Prisons, had told KNS that some inmates instigated others to stop the repair and reinforcement works inside a barrack.

“Others (jail inmates) joined and resorted to some violent acts inside on the jail staff. Also set some place on fire. Fire tenders are on the spot and working,” the DG had said.

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Ready to cooperate with NIA: Yasin Khan

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Srinagar, Apr 17: Chairman, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturing federation (KTMF) Yasin Khan, who is appearing on Thursday, before National Investigation Agency (NIA) said that he was ready to cooperate with them.

On Tuesday, National Investigation Agency (NIA) summoned Yaseen Khan in alleged funding case.

Khan, who left for New Delhi on Wednesday said that it was his responsibility to answer the queries of the probe agency.

 

“Previously also, I was asked to appear. I went and replied to their questions. This time also, I would be going and answering their queries, “he told The Kashmir Monitor.

“I am a business leader, it is my responsibility to cooperate with the investigating agency. I have nothing to hide. I am going without any fear, “he added.

Khan said that executive member, Tauseef Ahmad and chief organizer, Latief Ahmad Sofi of KTMF led by him, will be accompanying him to New Delhi.

The summon has been issued by the Superintendent of Police (SP), headquarters and bears the reference of case number, NIA crime number- RC 10/2017/NIA/DLI.

“It appears you are acquainted with the circumstances of the case, which is under investigation by the NIA Delhi, you are hereby required to report at NIA ,Ministry of Home affairs ,opposite CGO complex ,Lodhi road New Delhi for the purpose of your examination, relating to the case,” reads the NIA notice.

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