Srinagar, Oct 27: United Jihad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of militant outfits, Saturday asked Pakistan to extend them “full military support in Kashmir”, a media report said.
Chairman UJC Syed Salahuddin, as per Dawn, warned in a press conference in Muzaffarabad that the situation in Kashmir “was worsening beyond control in the wake of unprecedented atrocities by Indian forces” asking Islamabad for the military support.
“India’s entire leadership and institutions are unanimous in their nefarious designs to annihilate the Kashmiris and their economy. Their brutalities and bloodlust is unprecedented in history and the situation is getting out of control,” Salahuddin was quoted saying by Dawn.
The UJC brings together around a dozen militant outfits of which Salahuddin’s Hizbul Mujahideen is the largest constituent.
Leaders of almost all member outfits accompanied Salahuddin at the presser, which coincided with the observance of a ‘Black Day’ to condemn landing of Army in Kashmir on this day in 1947.
Salahuddin warned that “a grave human tragedy was in the making in Kashmir and added that the Government of Pakistan should announce full military support for Kashmiris without wasting even a second.”
He regretted that Pakistani leadership was “begging” for talks notwithstanding India’s “intransigence, haughtiness and jingoism”.
“There does not arise any question of a peaceful negotiated settlement of the longstanding [Kashmir] issue in the presence of such an attitude and atmosphere in India,” he said, asking Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to “hear the pleas of Kashmiris in their hearts.”
He, Dawn reported, pointed out that Pakistan had held “more than 150 rounds of talks” with India in the past, but had gained “nothing except damage to the Kashmir cause”.
“We feel so much pain when we see Pakistani rulers pinning hopes on talks. I wonder: Why are they following the beaten track?” he said.
“If we could not judge them [India] over the past seven decades, it’s a grave mistake on our part,” he said.
Salahuddin, as per Dawn, noted that despite the “criminal silence of international institutions and the weak policies of governments in the ‘base camp’, Kashmiris were fighting the tyrant army with stones and sticks.”
“But for how long? Isn’t it high time Pakistan extends us full military support?” he said.
He maintained that since Pakistan was the basic party to the dispute, it was her moral, constitutional and national responsibility to extend full support to the struggling Kashmiris.
“We are not worried about India because, being an oppressor, she has been and will continue to kill us. But our questions are directed at you,” he said, addressing Islamabad and Muzaffarabad.
“Will you come [in aid of us] when the last Kashmiri child will be rendered blind [by pellet guns]? When the last Kashmiri girl will lose her chastity and when the last settlement will be reduced to ashes?” Salahuddin asked.
He said: “If the Government of Pakistan is unable to save Kashmiris from genocide, it should make it clear to them, plainly.”
Sniper attacks on border: ‘Pakistan shall be punished’
Udhampur, Nov 16: The Army’s Northern Command chief, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, said Friday Pakistan shall be “punished” if it carries out activities detrimental to India and asserted that befitting replies were given to the neighbouring nation for violating ceasefire.
The Army commander’s comments come in the wake of fatalities in sniping incidents along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region in the last few days.
“The message is very clear for the troops on the ground that should Pakistan not stop from carrying out activities, which are detrimental to our national interest along the LoC, they (Pakistan) shall be punished accordingly,” Lt Gen Singh told PTI on the sidelines of a function here to felicitate teachers of Army Goodwill schools.
Three Army soldiers and a porter were killed and four others were injured in sniping incidents along the LoC in Jammu’s Rajouri and Poonch district last week.
“There has been regular sniping incidents from an area along the LoC and we have regularly (lodged) protests with our Pakistani counterparts on their sniping activities. If they have carried out any ceasefire violation, we have given them a befitting reply,” Singh said.
The lieutenant general also said that “as far as infiltration attempts from across the LoC are concerned, Pakistan has continued with its efforts to give impetus to infiltration.”
The Indian Army is deployed all along the LoC and “we have been able to thwart all attempts by Pakistan to push in militants toward our side”, he said, adding the security situation in the state’s hinterland is stable, but remains fragile.
Goodwill schools were started in 1998 and currently, the Northern Command runs 45 such schools under Project Sadbhavana.
Twenty-four teachers received awards from Lt Gen Singh for their innovative skills in teaching.
The project provides education to 15,000 students and employs 1,000 teaching and non-teaching staff.
Rights Commission seeks admission details from schools
Srinagar, Nov 16: State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has asked the Directorate of School Education Kashmir and private schools in the valley to share within two weeks their admission procedures with respect to the quota for poor.
Chairman SHRC, Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki, issued the order in response to a petition filed by the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights Muhammad, Ahsan Untoo.
The petition urges the commission to inspect the “shoddy procedures” adopted by the private schools in giving admissions.
“The poor section people are deprived of all the opportunities for improving their fate and are left with no option other than to admit in local schools,” reads the petition, urging the commission to see whether the downtrodden sections of the society were provided their “due share in the admissions as per the Supreme Court guidelines”.
The petitioner also seeks transparency in the schools’ admission procedure.
“There are reports that brokers manage admission against hefty sums,” the petition reads.
The petition claims that the schools have been charging parents for heating arrangements but not keeping the facility available to the students.
Private Secretary SHRC, Khazir Mohammad Shah, told The Kashmir Monitor that following the petition, notice would be sent to the Directorate and all leading private schools of the valley on Monday.
Div Com Jmu asks DCs: ‘Identify state land for security forces’
Jammu, Nov 16: Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma, Friday convened a meeting with Deputy Commissioners of Jammu division and officers of Security forces regarding identification of land for Police/ CRPF/BSF.
The meeting was attended by IGP Jammu Dr. S D Singh, DIG CRPF North Jammu, P C Jha, DIG CRPF Jammu sector, M P Bahuguna, DIG BSF Jammu, Indraj Singh, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Samba, Sushma Chouhan and senior functionaries of JDA besides all Deputy Commissioners of Jammu Division attended the meeting through video conferencing.
Senior officers of security forces apprised the Div Com of their requirement of land in various districts of Jammu division.
The DCs apprised the Div Com about the availability of land in their respective districts.
The Div Com asked the DCs to hand over the land identified by them in their respective districts to the security forces at the earliest.
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