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Kokernag, Apr 14: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Sunday asserted that the ensuing parliamentary elections provide right opportunity to the people to seek answers from PDP on the implementation of the promises it made while canvassing for 2014 Assembly elections.

Addressing a mammoth public gathering at Larnoo Kokarnag, party vice president said that promises that were made by PDP during the run up for 2014 assembly elections turned out to be big lies. “People have every right to seek answers from PDP and its leadership. Its high time for people to take account of past years of the PDP led coalition government. They had said that relations with Pakistan will improve, contrary to it we have the clouds of war looming over us. We saw our educated youth joining militant ranks; we saw some highly educated scholars, teachers joining militant ranks, such is the level of disenchantment in our youngsters. The rampant nepotism and corruption has disheartened the youth. There was no expansion in tourist related activities.”

“PM Modi says that he gave gas cylinders to every family, but what good will an empty cylinder do? Cooking gas has become dearer and costs RS 1000 at present. How will the underprivileged class afford to refill the cylinders at RS 1000? What was the fate of the proposed Tunnel that would have connected Kokarnag to Kishtwar? How many new roads were they able to lay during their stint in government with BJP? These are the questions that PDP should respond to. Today we cannot use our highways, god forbid if there is any urgency, how can those living in remote areas take patients to city hospitals? This is what they have done to our state of affairs. Nonetheless we have to usher in a new era of peace, development and justice in our state. The state faced immense hardships since BJP-PDP joined hands.”

 

Flaying PDP for letting down the people, he said, “Things would not have been such, if PDP had the sincerity of thought. But, they had any, PDP president herself affirms that she joined hands with BJP to keep her flock together. This underscores the fact that, her joining hands with BJP was not on the grounds of promoting agenda of development and peace. Now the time is apt for us to seek answers from them on unleashing torments on people. You should seek answers from them on the intimidation, repression, crackdown, blinding, maiming, which was unleashed on you? Unfortunately PDP betrayed people by berating their mandate, now it’s your turn to give befitting reply to them through ballot on the polling day.”

Omar said that our very well being, identity and future is associated with Art 35-A. “However PDP in its lust for power hunkered down before BJP and implemented GST in our state. The implications of which are felt by each one of you in the form of heavy tax deduction on every items from edibles to mobile recharges. You can gauge the consequences as to what will happen if god forbid Art 35 A is tinkered with,” he said.

Omar said that the Gujjar and Bakarwal community was never on the development radar of the former BJP-PDP coalition since they joined hands. “The community continued to be at the receiving end due to the imprudent policies of the PDP-BJP coalition. We saw attempts were made to snatch the right of Gujjars over forests. All along we saw Gujjars being intimidated. Now it is your turn to give them the answer through the use of ballot,” he said.

Omar while highlighting inclusive agenda of the party said, “NC has always upheld the secular and pluralistic values. We believe in the inclusive development. For us the idea of development is impossible if any section of society is left out. We will continue to work for all the sections of society,” he said.

Among others Retd Justice Hasnain Masoodi, Syed Tauqeer, Ghulam Nabi Bhat Adgami, Pir Muhammad Husain and Salam Ud Din Bajad also addressed the public and sought vote and support for the party’s candidate for Anantnag parliamentary seat. Earlier Jagjeet Singh Azad, Janak Singh Sodhi, Shammi Oberoi accompanied the vice president to Mattan where they interacted with members of the sikh community.

Meanwhile party’s chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Aga yousaf, and political advisor to vice president Tanvir Sadiq toured many areas of Zadibal constituency today and sought vote and support for party’s candidate for Srinagar.


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Stopping of trucks on Sgr-Jmu highway: Mutton, fruit, vegetable dealers suffer huge losses

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Srinagar, Apr 23: The mutton, vegetable and fruit dealers Tuesday claimed that they have suffered losses worth crores due to routine stopping of vehicles carrying these items by the traffic police on Srinagar- Jammu national highway.

The dealers said that trucks carrying livestock and other items are being stopped at various junctions on highway without any reason.

As per the dealers, the practice is prevalent from a long time, resulting in the escalation in the prices of essential commodities including mutton, vegetables and fruits.

 

General Secretary, All Kashmir Mutton Dealers Association (AKMDA), Kashmir, Mehraj-ud-din Ganie said that for the last three months, the truckers ferrying livestock to the valley are facing difficulties while travelling on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

“For the last almost one week, 150-200 trucks have been stopped at Udhampur’s Jakhani area, resulting in loss to the tune of Rs 1 crore daily to the mutton industry, “he said.

Ganie added that “we have nothing to sell as our stocks are over.”

“We have taken advance from the customers, who require mutton for marriage purpose. We were not able to give consignments to them. If stock didn’t reach at an earliest, we won’t be able to provide consignments for next two days as well, “he said.

President, Jammu and Kashmir Goods Transport Companies Association (JKGTCA), Mohammad Sidiq Ronga admitted that truckers are being stopped for no reason.

“Attempts are being made to shatter our economy. The traffic police are stopping our trucks everyday. Usually trucks carrying goods reach Kashmir from Delhi in 24 hours but now it takes three to four days,”he said.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Traffic, J&K, Alok Kumar said that “landslides at Manki Morh have been causing disruption in the traffic movement.”

“Earlier, we allowed traffic to move towards Kashmir but it resulted in congestion .Once congestion is over, we would allow them to proceed, “he said.

Meanwhile, traders at Fruit Mandi Parimpora are planning to go indefinite strike from Monday 29.

The Mandi comprises more than 300 shops and around 3000 people are directly associated with it for earning their livelihood.

President, New Kashmir fruit Association Parimpora Bashir Ahmad said that they have called an indefinite strike from Monday 29. “Every day our fruit and vegetables- laden vehicles are stopped unnecessarily in Udhampur by police. Fruits have short life and get destroyed due to stopping of our vehicles on highway. We understand that Losses are inflicted deliberately, the president claimed.

He said that though they raised the issue many times with the top authorities but no heed has been paid in this regard. “Now we have decided to shut our business till our problem won’t be resolved,”

He said that they are not satisfied with the assurances given by the government and therefore they have decided to go for strike.

He claimed that due to unnecessary stopping of vehicles, the traders at fruit mandi are losing crores every month. “Deliberately our trucks are being stopped in the Udhampur region. We have seen that when a truck offers money to the police, only then they allow them to move towards Kashmir,” Bashir Ahmad claimed.

He further alleged that even on Sunday when traffic was not allowed on highway, they received several vegetable and fruit- laden trucks from Jammu, and “they told us that they paid money to the police who later allowed them to move”.

Sources said that supply of vegetables and fruits could be hit, triggering a price rise, if the strike begins and continues.

The supply of vegetables, fruits such as onions, Potato, Mangoes, oranges, Grapes, chillies, cauliflower, cabbage and tomatoes is largely dependent on this mandi.

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ECI’s assurances over fool-proof security have fallen flat: Mir

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Srinagar April 23: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and party candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency, G A Mir Tuesday conveyed his gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag and hoped that the people of other districts will follow suit with great enthusiasm.

In a statement issued Mir also expressed serious concern over the lack of security arrangements in Anantnag, saying that the fool-proof security as was assured by the ECI were not visible on the ground, describing it as a lack of concern on the part of ECI.

Mir has expressed gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag, saying that he was pleased to observe that the day has passed incident free, which was matter of enormous pleasure for Congress party.

 

Taking a jibe at ECI for lack of security arrangements in the district during polling, Mir said the required security arrangements were not seen on the ground in the Anantnag. The assurances of ECI with regard to fool-proof security arrangements have fallen flat, which was a matter of serious concern and should not be repeated in coming phases in South Kashmir, he said.

Mir urged upon the ECI to look into the security aspect of south Kashmir and ensure that fool-proof security arrangements are put in place to ensure free, fair and incident free elections, he added.

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Geelani’s son questioned by NIA in funding case

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New Delhi, Apr 23: Nayeem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, appeared before the National Investigation Agency for questioning in connection with a case related to funding of groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here.

Nayeem Geelani, who had been evading questioning by the NIA for long, appeared on Monday and a detailed questioning took place on Tuesday.

Geelani’s questioning comes days after the NIA quizzed moderate Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in connection with the same case. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of militant activities, stone pelting on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments.

 

The case names Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), the front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, as an accused. It also names organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the Mirwaiz, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat.

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