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.”
Divisive discourse contributes negatively to K-situation: Mehbooba
Srinagar, Nov 16: Former Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti has asked the leadership in Delhi to address the alienation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and said that same cannot be done without sustained political process.
Addressing party functionaries of south Kashmir’s Bijbehara and Srinagar’s Zadibal, Mehbooba reiterated that the core philosophy of the PDP has been to make consistent efforts for peace and tranquility in the state and that the national leadership in the country has to listen to the clarion call of present time.
She added that the central government is duty bound to address on priority the alienation of the people of the state and particularly the youth and it cannot be done in absence of a sustained political process with dialogue as its important component.
Mehbooba also expressed serious concern over the divisive discourse taking prominent space in the country and stated that same contributes negatively to the situation in Kashmir. “It is unfortunate that the focus is on the things other than development and inclusive politics. The fact is that the youth of Kashmir get discouraged due to such a discourse and it contributes to their alienation and anger,” said the PDP president.
She underscored the need of addressing Kashmir issue through a meaningful dialogue and sustained political process and said that external dimension of Kashmir has to be addressed without any delay along with a sustained political process internally.
Mehbooba said that the core philosophy of the PDP is to get the state out of the squalid conditions and that the party has remained at the forefront to pitch for dialogue and reconciliation between the two countries so that an era of peace and tranquility is ushered and the people already perturbed due to decades of violence heave a sigh of relief.
According to the party spokesman, other PDP leaders who were present on the occasion include PDP vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri, General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, Srinagar District President Khurshid Alam, District President Anantnag Javaid Ahmad and several others.
‘NC contesting elections has unnerved BJP’
Srinagar, Nov 16: National Conference on Friday rejected the “jibes” of MoS PMO Jitendra Singh as sheer panicky borne out of BJP’s edginess about the participation of Jammu and Kashmir National conference in forthcoming Assembly and Parliamentary elections.
In a statement issued from part headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, party’s Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani said that the working committee decision to stay away from polls was limited to ULB and Panchayat elections.
“The decision had nothing to do with Assembly or Parliament elections. We will fight to win forthcoming elections so as to defend Art 35 A/Art 370 and to prevent BJP from installing its proxies via the back door as they have started doing.”
“The assertions of Dr Singh are reflective of the jittery that BJP and its proxies in Kashmir are facing,” he said.
“Even if we wanted to boycott the forthcoming elections, people would pressurize us to fight. They are watchful of BJP and its sequacious henchmen and in such an uncertain situation people would want us to put up a strong front against the contriving RSS and its servile proxies,” he said.
“Our party took a stand to stay away from ULB, Panchayat elections in wake of the vacillating approach of GOI towards ART 35 A/ Art 370 which is an article of faith for us,” he said adding, “We have already requested Governor SP Malik to plead for deferment on next hearing of Art 35 A in SC till the formation of a popular government in the state. And he has principally agreed to our suggestion.”
He said that BJP in spite of a poor front put up by the Congress party and the non-participation of local parties had to content with just four municipal wards in Srinagar. “The very thought of us participating in the elections has unnerved them. And our endeavour shall be to resist any machinations of RSS and its proxies in the state. People would never want us to let these forces as are inimical to states special status make inroads in the state,” he said.
“My advice to Singh would be to stop being panicky and remember that the next elections will be a fight not a one sided walk over,” he said.
Traders not selling vegetables as per rate-list
Traders not selling vegetables as per rate-list
Srinagar, Nov 16: Disregarding the rate list issued by the government, the traders are selling vegetables at exorbitant rates.
Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCSCA) has issued a rate list for vegetables and fruits.
As per the rate list, prices of potato has been fixed at Rs 18 per kilogram (white) and Rs 22 per kilogram (red), onions at Rs 22 per kg while tomatoes are to be sold for Rs 26 per kg and carrot for Rs 30 per kg.
Price of saag has been fixed at Rs 40 per kg while lotus root produced from Dal Lake has been fixed at Rs 175 per bunch.
However, vegetable sellers continue to overcharge consumers.
A consumer, Abdul Rashid, purchasing lotus roots (nadru) at Hari Singh High Street here, was disappointed by the rates of vegetables.
“They are selling nadru for Rs 250 per bunch which is costlier than the government rate,” he said.
He said the government should enforce the rate-list.
Another consumer, Shameena bought potatoes and tomatoes for Rs 40 per kg each at Maharaja Bazar market.
“I believe vegetable sellers are following the pattern of auto-rickshaws, who also do not follow any rate-list,” she said.
Deputy Director Supplies FCSCA, Shanawaz Bukhari, said the erring traders would be fined.
“We have issued the rate-list and kept an enforcement cell for monitoring the rates in the market,” he said.
“It is not possible for our men to keep an eye on every vendor; it is responsibility of the general public as well. They must lodge complaints on our helpline number,” he said.
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