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VIDEO: Traders protest in Srinagar against suspension of cross-LoC trade

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Traders affected by the suspension of cross-LoC trade by the Centre held a protest march here in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir Monday. Scores of traders engaged in cross-LoC trade on the Uri-Muzaffarabad route took part in the march, demanding revocation of the suspension order, and sought a fool-proof mechanism for smooth operations.

“Our demand from the very first day of the trade has been that a fool-proof mechanism be put in place. We have made huge investments and are suffering losses of crores of rupees. We appeal to the Ministry of Home Affairs to review the suspension order,” Hilal Ahmad, Cross-LoC Traders Association chairman, told reporters. Ahmad said the government should have held discussions with the traders before taking such a decision.

“Our livelihood depends on this trade. Thousands of people are associated with it. They earn their livelihood and feed their families. This ban has rendered them unemployed,” he said. The Centre last week suspended cross-LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the routes were being misused by Pakistan-based elements.

 

“The government of India has received reports that cross-LoC trade routes in Jammu and Kashmir are being misused by Pakistan based elements. This misuse involves illegal inflows of weapons, narcotics and currency,” an order issued by the Department of Jammu and Kashmir Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, said.


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Pak man who crossed LoC in Tangdhar to undergo medical check up

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Tangdhar, May 19 : Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered a case and taken into custody a Pakistani resident, who was apprehended along Line of Control on Friday evening by the Army. The medical examination of the person is being conducted to find out whether he is mentally unsound.

A police official told KNO that they have registered an FIR against the said person for attempt to cross the border line, while as he said that it is investigating whether he has crossed intentionally or unintentionally and that will be disclosed once thorough investigation into matter is conducted. 

The official said that they have presented the person identified as Shabir Ahmed before  court in Tangdhar where from they have availed remand for more investigation. “He is likely to be taken to Kupwara for more investigation. His medical check-up was also carried out to check the physical condition,” the official said.

 

Reliable sources said that it was believed that Shabir was mentally unsound but official confirmation in this regard was still awaited.  Talking to KNO, SSP Kupwara Shri Ram Ambarkar said that, an FIR has been lodged and investigation is on into matter. “Once he’s brought to Kupwara more questioning will be done according police will act,” he said.. Replying to a questing about the mental health of Shabir, the SSP said that it will be decided by a medical team (doctors) not by police. Earlier on Friday evening Army’s 17 Bihar regiment posted along the Line of control in Tangdhar sector in north Kashmirs Kupwara district claimed to have apprehended a person who had crossed  into this side who after questioning was handed over to police for further investigation.

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Hurriyat ready to support if Indo-Pak start fresh talks on Kashmir : Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, May 19 : Hurriyat(M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday said they were ready to support the dialogue provided India and Pakistan initiate the process of talks afresh on Kashmir.

He said they were not against development of talks but India should accept Kashmir as a disputed territory “We aren’t against the people of India, we are against the policies of India which are being implemented here,” he told KNO while addressing a seminar at Hurriyat headquarters at Rajbagh here .

Mirwaiz said that it was unfortunate that New Delhi has choked all means of peaceful protests, seminars and even pro freedom leaders aren’t allowed to meet people. “How can ideas come up when all space stands choked,” he said.

 

He said there is no military solution to the Kashmir dispute as even late Atal Bihari Vajpayee too realised that dialogue was the only solution to resolve Kashmir. “That’s why he advocated solution within the ambit of humanity,” he said.

Mirwaiz said that the GoI must roll back all the decisions especially ban on organisations, CBMs, and should also release all leaders without any pre-condition.

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DC orders enquiry after pregnant woman denied ambulance for ‘shortage of fuel’

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Rajouri, May 19 : Deputy Commissioner Rajouri has ordered an enquiry after a pregnant woman was denied ambulance “due to fuel shortage” in the mountainous district of Jammu division. The deputy commissioner has also ordered the withholding of salary of concerned Medical Officer pending enquiry.

Reports reaching GNS said that the woman Rubeena Akhtar of Gabbar village in Budhal was admitted at PHC Budhal yesterday. Following complications, the doctors at the PHC referred her to Kandi hospital. However, according to the family, they were shocked on being informed that there is no fuel in the ambulance as such the facility cannot be provided.

While the poor family arranged a private vehicle and took the woman to Kandi, the incident has once again exposed poor health care facilities in the district.

 

Sources in the health department said that around 29 lakh rupees are available in the account of BMO NHM Kandi for meeting expenditures for day to day affairs.

When contacted Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri Mohd Aijaz Asad told GNS that he has ordered an enquiry into the incident.

“Immediately, I have ordered the withholding of salary of the BMO,” he said, adding “necessary action based on enquiry report would be taken”.

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