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Veeri, Asiea review Shab-e-Me’raj arrangements in Srinagar




Srinagar, Apr 08: Minister for Revenue, Hajj and Auqaf and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Social Welfare Asiea Naqash on Sunday reviewed the final arrangements for the ensuing auspicious day of Shab-e-Me’raj here.
The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan, DIG Central Kashmir V K Birdi, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Anantnag, Budgam and Bandipora. Director Health Kashmir, CE PDD, VC LAWDA, SMC Commissioner, RTO Kashmir, SSP Traffic city, JD F&ES, Director FS&CA Kashmir, SP Hazratbal, administrators of Waqaf board and other officers were present in the meeting.
The meeting was called to finalize the arrangements for Me’raj–un-Nabi (SAW) all over the valley, particularly in Assar-e- Sharief Hazratbal, Jenab Sahib Soura, Assar-e-Sharief Kalashpora, Aham Sharief Bandipora, Kabamarg Anantnag, Peth Makhama Beerwah.
Veeri on the occasion stressed on the officers that large gatherings are expected at these places and it is important to ensure all the facilities for the devotees are put in place well in time.
He sought a detailed report from concerned officers regarding the arrangements of security, electricity, water supply, cleanliness, fire service, transport and medical aid.
The Revenue Minister asked the J&K Muslim Waqaf Board to make all the arrangements for the devotees at the shrines under their management.
Stressing on the uninterrupted power supply during these days at all shrines/ mosques, besides arrangements for generator sets, Minister called for illumination of all the religious places where a huge gathering is expected.
Regarding the availability of water supply, the PHE department was asked to take adequate measures for uninterrupted water supply and ensure availability of water tankers at these places.
The PHE officials informed the meeting that water tankers will be available at Hazratbal, Jinab Sahib Soura and Kalashpora.
The Director FS&CA informed the meeting that all the essentials including rice, sugar, kerosene oil, LPG cylinders have been ensured in buffer quantity, besides additional quota of rice and sugar will be provided to the consumers in the areas of these shrines.
To ensure hassle-free movement of traffic and pedestrians, Veeri asked the RTO Kashmir and SSP Srinagar to provide sufficient transport facilities for the devotees, besides ensuring traffic routes are designed for the smooth travel of all devotees.
RTO Kashmir SSP Traffic gave a detailed overview of traffic management plan for the day.
The Revenue Minister also directed for setting up a team of all concerned officials for better synergy in executing the arrangements.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Asiea Naqash asked the SMC to carry out cleanliness drive in the vicinity of Hazratbal shrine, besides fixing all the defunct street lights in the Srinagar city.
She also asked the SMC officials to install sufficient mobile toilets near Hazratbal shrine in consultation with Waqaf authorities.
The meeting also directed the information and Public relations department to install four public address systems at Hazratbal shrine.
Asiea also directed the health department to set up medical aid camps along with adequate doctors and paramedical staff round the clock at all these shrines.
DIG central Kashmir also informed the meeting that a security plan has been formulated for the Urs days and police volunteers will be deployed in strength to aid the civil administration in smooth conduct of Urs.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir informed the meeting that Assistant Commissioner (Central) has been designated as a nodal officer at the divisional level for the coordination of all the activities. He also said that the concerned Deputy Commissioners have been directed to formulate a team of officers of all concerned departments in their respective districts.
All the departmental heads unanimously decided to set up the refreshment stalls at the Hazratbal and other shrines where a huge gathering is expected.



Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP



Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.

Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.

“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.


He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.

“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.

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Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth



Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain  Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.

Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.

“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.


He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.

The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.

Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.


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Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik



Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.

The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.

Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.


On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.


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