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‘By the time you see this video, I will be in Jannah’

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Srinagar, Jan 01: While the third militant’s body was recovered from the attack site at Lethpora, Pulwama, on Monday, a video featuring one of the slain attackers went viral on social media in Kashmir.
Seventeen-year-old Fardeen Ahmad Khanday, of Tral, is seen in the video surrounded by assault rifles, grenades, and communication devices, as he goes ahead with the chilling message of his own death while urging youth to “join the fight against India”.
“I will be touring the gardens of Jannah by the time this video reaches you,” Fardeen says, pronouncing his own death.
In a calm tone, he asserts that the government’s narrative of unemployment as one of the reason for youth joining militancy was “mere propaganda”.
“Youth are joining militant ranks because they want to fight for their people and against the brutalities unleashed by the Indian government.
“The tyrants have left no stone unturned in killing and maiming innocent people, outraging the modesty of our women, and looting our precious resources,” he says in the eight-minute video.
He warns youth about how their “life and faith are at stake” and insists them to “come forward and join militant ranks at the earliest”.
Refuting the “claims” of central government that they were “successful in eliminating every militant of JEM” from Kashmir, he challenges them by saying “it’s impossible to defeat us”.
Fardeen while giving a fleeting reference to Babri Masjid demolition, attacks like Pathankot, Tangdhar, Pulwama police lines asked the youth to join militant ranks.
He however believes that “his martyrdom will not bring freedom”, but it doesn’t mean the “people stop fighting for Jihad”.
The teenager said that “nation will get freedom only when youth are not scared of making sacrifices.”
Scores of people participated in the funeral prayers of deceased JeM militant Fardeen Khanday at Hayuna Tral.
Fardeen was laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-Indian chants at his ancestral graveyard in Nazneenpora Hayuna area of Tral.


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Govt committed to revive pristine glory of water bodies: Div Com

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today said that government is committed to revive the pristine glory of water bodies in Kashmir valley.

The Divisional Commissioner said this while taking stock of revival measures for Wular Lake, Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands at a meeting here.

He directed WUCMA to conduct a survey with Wildlife and Revenue authorities in peripheral areas of the Wular Lake for identification of encroached spots.

 

For Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Budgam and Pulwama districts were directed to prepare a complete demarcation and encroachment report of the wetlands within 20 days.

It was said that concerned Deputy Commissioners will conduct an outer tour of the water bodies along with officers, Panchayats and Municipal Committees and propose a separate land fill site for dumping solid waste on scientific lines.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners to involve local Panchayats for safeguarding and conservation of water bodies.

Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Chief Wildlife Warden, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and other concerned officers were present in the meeting where as Deputy Commissioners of Bandipora, Budgam and Pulwama participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

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Govt inaugurates 15 power projects in Jammu & Kashmir

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Union Power Minister RK Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik have jointly inaugurated 15 power projects and laid the foundation stone for 20 others worth 10,000 crore rupees in the state. Addressing a function in Srinagar, Power Minister said, the government is working to ensure 24 hours electricity supply to all the citizens of the country, including in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. He said, the power supply in this winter will be much better than in the past.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Satya Pal Malik said  development works in Jammu and Kashmir will prompt People of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to revolt against Islamabad and join India.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the transition of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to Union Territories will be smooth. He said, any arrangement or mechanism which evolves will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders. Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing the Annual Conference of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of all States in New Delhi yesterday.

 
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How can PSA be slapped against Farooq Abdullah: Hasnain Masoodi

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How can PSA or Public Safety Act be slapped against National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah who has been in public life for 50 years, someone who has been an MP, and a three time Chief Minister, asks National Conference MP Justice Hasnain Masoodi in an interview with IANS.

“Dr Abdullah has put forth the Kashmir case for India before the international fora. Can he be a risk to the public order and security of the state? Nobody will agree to this,” Justice Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi and his fellow National Conference MP Akbar Lone, who held a meeting with Dr Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah last week said that Farooq Abdullah is not keeping good health, while Omar Abdullah is in good spirits.

“Dr Farooq Abdullah has some health issues. On August 3, there were some concerns about his health. His health may not be worse as compared to the first week of August, but he is not keeping good health. Omar Abdullah is in good spirits,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi said that the revocation of Article 370 is neither in favour of the state nor the country.

“The scrapping of this Article will widen the gulf between Kashmir and the rest of the country,” Masoodi said.

He said there has been no significant improvement in the situation in Kashmir since August 5, when the article was scrapped and this is drawing international attention.

“Things are the same in Kashmir, though some public transport is plying, mobile phone service continue to remain blocked. There is an information blockade. Landlines have been opened up, but because of the shift to the digital world, most people have disconnected their landlines,” Justice Masoodi said.

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