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Srinagar City turned into swarm: Sajjad Lone

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Srinagar, Nov 06: Peoples Conference (PC) chairman and MLA Handwara, Sajjad Gani Lone on Tuesday said that the City has been turned into a swarm.
As per KNS correspondent, addressing a presser here at Church Lane, Lone who was accompanied by newly elected Mayor of SMC, Junaid Azim Matoo and Irfan Ansari said that anything that is tall and beautiful doesn’t mean it is illegal. “The Srinagar City has been turned into a swarm because the past regimes were going with horizontal expansion only while as there was no land available for vertical expansion,” he said.
He said that there is a perception among the people that anything that is beautiful and tall is illegal. “According to my experience, I believe that we need to model our Municipal laws that would be appreciable across the world,” he said.
Asked about illegal structures of political persons, Lone said that Junaid will look on merits and “I hope, he will not go for personal attacks.”
Matto while adding to the reply said that “we (people) are here in favour of demolition chain but we always neglect the main issues. We have not changed since last 30 years, there is only one commercial Hub in Srinagar. We have to create more and more such places but keeping in view of ecology and development in balance,” he said.
“We are a poor state and we need to create jobs for which the infrastructure is must. We will try to bring changes on ground but we everything will be done in balance between ecology and development,” he said.
Asked about Governor’s statement over Mayor post, Lone said that “Governor might have murmured that Junaid is educated and there was a perception that they might win.” He also said that the Congress party was also beating the drums claiming they have 56 councilors with them to defeat PC. “I want to tell them to don’t belittle our efforts, let’s respect the verdict of councilors. We fought the elections honesty and with our dedication,” he said.
“We are a party of JK and of course we were thinly spread and now I am hopeful that this is a fast and rapid emerging force. Given the traditional and dynastic rule that prevailed here for last 50 years, I hope the JK people deserve a change,” he said.


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Killing of Shopian youths barbaric: Mehbooba

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Srinagar, Nov 18: Former Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday termed the killings of civilian youth in Shopian barbaric, stating that the people of the state in unison must save youngsters from such catastrophe.
Huzaif Kuttay, a 19-year-old resident of Kulgam was abducted and his body was found with his throat slit. Earlier, Nadeem Manzoor, a resident of Safanagri was abducted and killed on Thursday night.
While meeting the party functionaries from Wachi and Pulwama, Mehbooba said words aren’t enough to condemn the killing of teenagers and that such acts of brutality have no place in Kashmir which in the entire world for centuries is known for its generosity and kindness and has been an abode of revered Sufis and saints.
Terming the killing of youth worrisome and perturbing, the PDP chief stated that no religion on earth permits any person or a group to commit such heinous acts and terrify the peace loving people.
“We as a society need to rise above party affiliations to save youngsters from becoming victims of the unending cycle of violence. Words are not enough to condemn the killing of the teenagers in Shopian. Our heart goes out to the families at this hour of irreparable loss. The entire state is in shock due to such an unfortunate incident,” Mehbooba said.
Other PDP leaders who were present during the meeting include PDP Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Aijaz Mir, Mohammad Yosuf and others.

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2 persons booked under PSA, shifted to jail in Jammu

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Srinagar, Nov 18: District administration on Saturday ordered detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) of two members of Hizbul Mujahideen including a Border Security Force (BSF) man from frontier Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

A district administration official told Global News Service (GNS) that deputy commissioner Kupwara has ordered the detention of the duo under PSA and have been shifted to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu today evening.
The deputy commissioner has passed separate orders to detain the BSF personal Shakir Ahmad Wani and Ghulam Mustafa Sheikh. While Shakir has been booked under PSA number 26/DMK/PSA/ 2018 and Mustafa under 2 /DMK/PSA/ 2018.
The two Hizbul Mujahideen members were arrested by SOG and army’s 28 RR during a raid at Lolab on October 4 this year.
The arrested persons include Shakir Ahmad Wani son of Mohammed Ramzan Wani and Ghulam Mustafa Sheikh son of Abdul Ahad Sheikh, both residents of Tekipora, Lolab.
The police had said that Shakir, a BSF personal was posted outside the state and was on leave when he along with his associate was arrested by the joint team of the government forces.
A police spokesman had said that acting on a specific input, Kupwara Police busted an OGW module of the outfit, operating in Lolab area of the district.
A case FIR no.77 of 2018 u/s 7/25 Arms act 13, 18, 39 Unlawful Activities Act stands registered in P/S Sogam against them.

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LeT pays tribute to slain Al-Badr militants

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Srinagar, Nov 18: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Mehmood Shah has paid tribute to Al-Badr militants Yawer Ahmed and Nawaz Ahmed who were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Reban village in Zainpora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
A spokesperson of LeT Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement issued to GNS quoted Shah as saying that “the martyrs have played a pivotal role in exposing the Indian aggression before the world”.
“It is the honour of the martyrs to retaliate against the unjust occupation and to fight for their fundamental rights,” he said.
Mehmood Shah said New Delhi has never been able to suppress the indigenous freedom struggle through force, nor will it bear any success in future.
Terming the 2019 elections as “drama”, LeT chief said India sees terrorists every now and then.
This is the propaganda and through such vicious tactics, Government of India wants to secure vote bank by sowing the seeds of hatred between Muslims and Hindus.
“Muslims in poor plight are killed in fake encounters so as to convince the Indian public that they have in fact targeted terrorism. How are they terrorists when they did not commit any crime? The Indian policy of hatred will shake its very foundation,” he said.
Mehmood Shah said that if Ram Temple is built on Babri Masjid then Babri Masjid will be built again at the same place in future. “Therefore, Indian forces must come to their senses and quit Kashmir,” he said.

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