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Srinagar, Oct 25: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday rejected the assertion of Governor Satyapal Malik wherein he had negated the role of local parties favoring peace process.
In a statement issued from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are the primary stake holders and that National Conference being the largest political dispensation will continue to highlight the issues that concern our people. “We have been the advocates of dialogue, both internal and external, since long before Governor SP Malik assumed office and we will continue to advocate it after his tenure as well.”
He said that National conference has always been advocates of peace and it will continue doing it. “We cannot close our eyes to the woes of people. Our state is directly hit by the tension between India and Pakistan and when their relations improve we are the direct beneficiaries.”
Ruhullah said that it is the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are suffering on daily basis. “Our people every now and then come in the line of fire across the valley, around LOC and border areas. The people in the border areas aren’t able to continue with their daily activities. A sense of insecurity looms large, and youth are the worst hit of all. Killings, maiming, and crackdowns have become order of the day. We are obligated to stand with our people, and we will continue to do so with all our might,” the chief spokesperson said adding, “As an important stakeholder and a representative of the people we will not be apologetic about talking about normalizing relations.”
He said that the situation demands conciliation and that prolongation of current iron fist strategy won’t help the peace to thrive. “The government doesn’t want to engage with the separatists because they blame Pakistan for that but what stops them from engaging a party like ours that is only demanding what is our historical right and had been given to the people in 1947 as a way of guaranteeing Accession. It is therefore high time for the government of India to restore autonomy to Jammu & Kashmir.”


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Kashmir, Kashmiriyat incomplete without KPs: Mir

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Jammu, Apr 17: The Jammu and Kashmir unit of Congress Wednesday said it will do everything possible for the safe, secure and dignified return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, asserting the valley is incomplete without them.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief G A Mir was addressing Kashmiri migrants at Muthi camp here. Mir is contesting from the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat against PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference’s justice Hasnain Masoodi.

Anantnag will head for voting in three phases– April 23, April 29, May 6.

 

Mir, a two time minister, reached out to displaced Kashmir Pandits in Jammu and said “Kashmir and Kashmiriyat is incomplete without Kashmiri Pandits”.

He said the ultimate goal is to create a congenial atmosphere in the Kashmir valley for the return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants.

“Till that goal is achieved, it is essential that all further necessary measures are required to be taken for their dignified living and to secure the future of the youth of this community, who have undergone numerous hardships, sufferings and disadvantages of life especially the youth after getting uprooted from the native place,” Mir said.

He alleged that the BJP’s commitments for the cause of Kashmiri Pandits have remained “unfulfilled slogans for vote bank politics”.

He said the atmosphere of peace, harmony and security was a great casualty during the BJP regime at the Centre and the previous coalition government in the state.

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No immediate plan of shifting Srinagar central jail: DGP

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Srinagar, Apr 17: Director General Police Dilbagh Singh who also holds the charge of Director General Prisons on Wednesday said that police does not plan to shift Srinagar Central jail to any other place but a proposal has been sent to the government for construction of a new jail after the jail was damaged due to violence by jail inmates recently.

DGP Dilbagh Singh said, “There is no plan or proposal to shift the Srinagar central jail to any other place within or outside Srinagar city but a proposal has been sent to the government for construction of a new jail in view of the damage caused to the jail building during the recent violence by jail inmates.”

“The building was decades old and was damaged in the violence,” he said.

 

Protests and scuffle erupted between prisoners and prison security in Central Jail Srinagar on April 05 late evening after jail inmates objected to carry out “repair and reinforcement works inside a barrack” by the authorities.

Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, who is also DG Prisons, had told KNS that some inmates instigated others to stop the repair and reinforcement works inside a barrack.

“Others (jail inmates) joined and resorted to some violent acts inside on the jail staff. Also set some place on fire. Fire tenders are on the spot and working,” the DG had said.

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Ready to cooperate with NIA: Yasin Khan

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Srinagar, Apr 17: Chairman, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturing federation (KTMF) Yasin Khan, who is appearing on Thursday, before National Investigation Agency (NIA) said that he was ready to cooperate with them.

On Tuesday, National Investigation Agency (NIA) summoned Yaseen Khan in alleged funding case.

Khan, who left for New Delhi on Wednesday said that it was his responsibility to answer the queries of the probe agency.

 

“Previously also, I was asked to appear. I went and replied to their questions. This time also, I would be going and answering their queries, “he told The Kashmir Monitor.

“I am a business leader, it is my responsibility to cooperate with the investigating agency. I have nothing to hide. I am going without any fear, “he added.

Khan said that executive member, Tauseef Ahmad and chief organizer, Latief Ahmad Sofi of KTMF led by him, will be accompanying him to New Delhi.

The summon has been issued by the Superintendent of Police (SP), headquarters and bears the reference of case number, NIA crime number- RC 10/2017/NIA/DLI.

“It appears you are acquainted with the circumstances of the case, which is under investigation by the NIA Delhi, you are hereby required to report at NIA ,Ministry of Home affairs ,opposite CGO complex ,Lodhi road New Delhi for the purpose of your examination, relating to the case,” reads the NIA notice.

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