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Socio-religious institutions part of JK history, culture: Kashmir trade bodies

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Srinagar, March 12: The trade bodies on Tuesday said that any attempt to weaken the socio-religious institutions and their leaders by making “motivated accusations” is direct interference in the religious matters.
Addressing media persons here in Srinagar, vice president, KCCI, Abdul Majeed Mir, flanked by president KTMF Yasin Khan said that socio-religious institutions are part of our history and culture.
“They have been playing vital role for the upliftment of poor, rendering immense help to orphans and imparting education and Islamic values to a majority of population,”he said.
Condemning the “brazen” attempts aimed to politicize the Kashmir situation, Mir said that a section of social and electronic media is hell bent to tarnish the image of Kashmiris.
“Throughout the country, Kashmiris are being targeted, may it be economically or socially. Scores of innocent people and leaders have been put behind the bars and are being intimidated. It seems that the valley is under siege,” he said.
Claiming that concerted attempts are being made to cause disruptions and provoke the “peace loving population”, Mir asked the government to take corrective measures to diffuse the situation.
“We are of the firm belief that under present situation, government would act more cordially to avoid harassment of Kashmiris. It should take note of the fact that Dr Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is a religious head of the state,” he added.
Referring to the Mirwaiz family, he said that it is connected with the people of Kashmir for a long time.
“The family has been providing platform for imparting education, inculcating of spiritual and moral values besides social services. Not only Muslims of Kashmir but even Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs have high esteem for Mirwaiz dynasty since centuries,”
The members of KEA,FCIK,KTMF(R),Jamia Traders Association(JTA),Beopar Mandal Maharaj Gunj(BMMG),Central Traders and Manufacturers Association(CTMA)and Shehr-e-Khaas Coordination Committee(SKCC) were also present on the occasion.


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Come clean on alliance with Congress: Rasheed to NC

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Srinagar, March 25: AIP President Er Rasheed has asked NC to come clean on its alliance with Congress.

While addressing media person, Rasheed said that Lone’s claim speaks volumes about double standards NC has been following since 1947.

“So-called secular forces seem to be having just one agenda to grab power and play with the sentiments and emotions of Kashmiris. While Farooq Abdullah talks day and night of supporting congress but NC’s parliamentary candidate Mohammad Akbar Lone calls Congress more evil and harmful than BJP and both Congress and NC need to tell the truth about their agenda of exploitation and vote to grab politics. If Congress is eviler than BJP how can the party support Congress in Jammu, Poonch and Srinagar parliamentary seats,” Rasheed was quoted by the spokesman as saying.

 

“Lone’s statement, may turn right, and NC may tie up with BJP in near future,” Rasheed added.

Accusing Raja Aijaz Ali of exploiting the sentiments of Pahari community Rasheed said that just being a member of a particular community does not mean that any person has a right to mislead the deprived people of that community. “Going by Raja Aijaz’s logic he should not then even dare to seek support from other communities and ethnic groups,” Rasheed said.

Lashing out at PDP Rasheed said that Mehbooba Mufti can go to any extent to get power and can join hands with anyone and speak anything which she may never believe in.

He said that 2019 parliamentary election is a test check to the wisdom and political maturity of masses and if they want their sentiments and emotions to be represented in the parliament they have no option but to vote for AIP. Appealing masses to donate money for his election campaign, Rasheed asked people to judge his ten years tenure as MLA before deciding to vote for any particular party and ask their conscience who can represent them better in parliament.

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Geelani, Hurriyat (M) denounce arrest of separatist leaders

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Srinagar, March 25: Hurriyat (g) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (m) on Monday condemned the mass crackdown and arrest of Hurriyat leaders and activists, booking them under PSA and shifting them to outside jails, terming it as a sheer “political vendetta and totalitarian.”

In a statement, Geelani said, “The rhetoric of Delhi being the world’s largest democracy is mere hoax and deceit as its highhandedness has tarnished every fabric of democratic norm.”

Condemning the shifting of Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Dr Hamid Fayaz to Kuthwa and crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami, JKLF and other Hurriyat leaders and activists, Hurriyat chairman said that every political event brings a bad of worries and miseries for the helpless inmates of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

Meanwhile, Hurriyat (m) in a statement condemned the ban on JKLF and said raids being conducted on front activists and leaders across Kashmir in an open attempt to crush the peoples’ genuine right to dissent.

Hurriyat also strongly condemned the fresh assault on the Kashmiri engineering student in Bangalore stating that the way Kashmiri students studying in various parts of India are being intimidated, harassed and thrashed, it is forcing them to come back and leave their colleges which putting their future at stake. It said that the primary responsibility of the governments of these states where Kashmiri students are studying is to ensure the safety and security of all the Kashmiri students so that they are not forced to flee.

Hurriyat also denounced repeated CASO in Shopian villages and said that irrespective of their age including the youth are being harassed and intimidated and caused great inconvenience.

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Faesal starts public reach out in Kupwara

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Kupwara, March 25: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) under the leadership of Dr Shah Faesal launched it’s Public Reach-out’ campaign starting from the frontier district, Kupwara to understand the people’s grievances, demands and problems.

The spokesman said that in its first public reach-out, JKPM team visited various villages and held interactions with the delegations from Bumhama, Dodawan, Nag Sarai, Mudmadu, Thyan, Huayhama, Hayhama B, MerNag, Kupwara town, Doniwari, Wowura, Chepora, Chaiwan and Mudanpora.

A team comprising  Dr Shah Faisal, Chasfeda Shah, Shah Mubashir, Dr Mustafa, Perzada Feroze, Zameer Ahmad Shah, Iqbal Rather, Feroz Wani, Arshid Nazir Paray, Ghulam Ahmad Shah, Nazer Ahmad Khan and Dr Zahoor Ahmad Bhat was overwhelmed by the response from the people hoping that Faesal will work for the common people, find a solution to the vexed Kashmir issue and give them an alternative from the traditional “oppressive dynastic politics”.

 

The spokesman added that “Reach-out” campaign is primarily focusing on bringing social awareness which is viewed as the precursor for the political revolution that JKPM has envisioned. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr Faesal JKPM will reach out to all the villages and remotest areas of the state to give them a say in determining their future, development and prosperity.

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