Pulwama, Nov 10: Son of slain militant of 90s era, Liyakat Munir Wani, 20, was killed along with his associate Wajid-ul-Islam in a gunfight at Takin village of Pulwama district on Saturday morning.
Liyakat had joined militant ranks in January 2017. According to his family he was very religious and hard worker. “Liyakat was a bright student who tried to join militant ranks prior to 2017 but was always persuaded by relatives to return to family. In January 2017, he left and didn’t listen to anyone. Today, we saw his bullet riddled body,” said his uncle to news agency CNS.
Liyakat was only one year old when he lost his mother who according to family suffered cardiac arrest due to continuous raids on her house by the then government gunmen who were looking for her militant husband Munir Ahmed Wani.
Munir Ahmed Wani, the father of Liyakat was affiliated with militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen survived for 8 long years as militant and was known as Colonel Jameel. He according to family was elevated by Hizb as Divisional Commander in 1990’s due to his ‘steadfastness’ in the field of militancy.
“The father of Liyakat went other part of Kashmir during the hey days of militancy in 1989. After taking arms training, Munir returned back in 1991. He remained active for 8 long years. His family suffered heavily due to Munir. Munir was a known wanted militant. The family members faced lot of harassment and witnessed frequent raids. At one time, whole family migrated to other part and lately returned to Belo village after the killing of Munir Ahmed Wani alias Colonel Jameel,” said a relative.
While divulging information about the death of the father of Liyakat, the relative said that Munir was arrested by the then government gunmen in 1998 from Kashmir capital Srinagar. “Two days after his arrest, his dead body was found at Sontabugh, adjacent to his native village Belo. Liyakat was only two years old then.”
“It were relatives who gave Liyakat and his brother Imtiyaz shelter and took care of their studies. Imtiyaz did post-graduation in History while Liyakat after completion of graduation joined militant ranks. Imtiyaz is the only bread earner for the family now.”
Five back to back funeral prayers were offered for Liyakat by tens of thousands of mourners at his native village. If sources are to be believed, Liyakat spent much of the time in the company of slain scholar turned Hizb militant Dr Manan Wani who was killed last month at Shatgund Handwara in North Kashmir.
The relatives of Liyakat are from well-to-families and are very affluent. “There was a delay in his last rites as some of his relatives who occupy top positions in government departments were stuck somewhere. Liyakat was laid to rest in their presence.”
SSP Pulwama Chandan Kohli told CNS that he doesn’t know whether Liyakat was close to Manan Wani or not but added that killing of any top militant is always an “achievement” for the establishment. “Don’t know what motivates youth to join militancy but we always try our best to counsel and guide them.”
Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir
Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.
90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts
Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.
Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor
Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.