Srinagar, May 16: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani criticized Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having double standards and asked him for why West Bengal is not declared a disturbed territory?
In a statement issued to media, Geelani, lashing out at Indian Prime Minister said on the one hand by describing the situation in West Bengal more volatile than that of Jammu and Kashmir and adding salt to the wounds of the people of Kashmir, Narendra Modi on the other, is maintaining a “grave yard silence.”
“Why West Bengal is not handed over to Indian military? Why POTA, AFSPA, PSA, ULA like draconian laws are not implemented and people of Bengal (God save them) get killed, maimed, incarcerated as it happens in Jammu and Kashmir,” asked Geelani.
Hurriyat (G) chairman urged the Indian intellectuals and people of conscience like Arundhati Roy, Gautam Navlakha, Tapan Bose etc along with the UNHRC, ICRC and Amnesty International to ascertain the grave violation of human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir and prevail upon Indian leadership not to hoodwink its people nor the international community by falsely proving Kashmir as a safe haven for human life.
Geelani castigated the Indian political leadership for their “inhuman” approach and behaviour meted out with the people of Kashmir. He strongly condemned the adoption of military might to contain the “thrusted grave-yard” silence in the nook and corner of the state.
Hurriyat (G) Chairman proposed India politicians to shun arrogance and detest from comparing Jammu and Kashmir with any part of India which might have wider range of political consequences.
Reiterating Kashmir as an international issue brought forth by India on the tables of UN, Geelani advised that politics should not be played on this sensitive issue for its petty electoral gains.
Condemning the proposed ban on the student community of Jammu and Kashmir to get admission in educational institutions of Pakistan Administered Kashmir, Hurriyat (G) chairman said although All Parties Hurriyat Conference is not in favour of any such temporary arrangements like potato and onion trade until final and permanent resolution of Kashmir dispute yet as a matter of right as declared by United Nations Human Rights charter where right to education has been accepted as a basic right.
Giving details of the ordeal faced by our student community in all the educational institutions of India at the hands of religious extremists, Hurriyat (G) chairman said that it is a high risk for our student fraternity to get education in any part of India where they feel vulnerable to any untoward incident at any time.
Hurriyat leader demanded an early intervention by United Nation Organizations to help resolve the sensitive Kashmir issue in the larger interests of the peace and progress of the whole South Asia.
Maharaja’s atrocities will always haunt Kashmiris: Er Rasheed
Srinagar, July 19: Reacting to a comment by Vikram Aditya Singh-Congress leader and Maharaja’s grandson, for insulting martyrs of July 13, 1931, AIP President Er Rasheed said that the statement made is shameful, distortion of the facts and misleading.
In a statement issued on Friday, Rasheed said that Singh must collect the courage and apologize for the huge atrocities his grandfather committed on innocent Kashmiris. He said “those praising Maharaja must not forget that Maharaja had bulldozed basic rights of citizens, snatched their religious freedom and given liberty even to his Chowkidars to murder and rape anyone they would wish. From Maharaja to his ordinary Chowkidars everyone would treat state like its concubine and their process of looting even day to day edibles of common masses was far worse than today’s gangsters. Those who were martyred on 13th July 1931 will remain, national heroes, till doomsday and every year on 13th July Maharaja’s dark era will be condemned.”
He said history can never forgive Hari Singh for the massacre of Nov 1947 by his army killing lakhs of Muslims in Jammu province. The state-sponsored genocide was the beginning of demographic changes in the state.
Rasheed asked NC and PDP to collect the courage and apologize for supporting Vikram Aditya Singh in recently concluded Parliamentary elections. He added that Singh’s statement insulting martyrs has exposed not only the dual face of Congress but that of NC and PDP as well.
Rasheed added that history will always remember the martyrs of 13th July 1931 who had a vision, conviction, commitment and courage to sacrifice their lives against Maharaja’s autocracy and thus created a history by bringing awareness among masses that how much mighty any autocratic ruler maybe, he has to surrender before the will of masses. Rasheed also condemned the incident in which a prominent citizen was crying for not being allowed to carry forward the dead body of his father by the security forces on the national highway, the spokesman of the party said in a statement issued to media.
NC dubs remarks as ‘horrendous, uneducated’
Srinagar, July 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday rejected the remarks on the 1931 martyrs by some quarters as horrendous and obnoxious, saying the day marked the open revolt against a despotic, pitiless and tyrant autocratic government.
Reacting sharply to the obnoxious remarks emanating from some untutored sections against the martyrs of 1931, party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said such brutish assertions against the martyrs who laid their lives for the dignity and self respect shows the disdain the scions of erstwhile autocrats hold for the cherished values of democracy. “The party had on various occasions rejected such assertions from time to time as having emanated from the untutored and communal elements. The uprising of 1931 was that of an oppressed against the oppressors, of defenseless against the armed, of poor against the landed gentry. The day marked the commencement of a peaceful struggle by the unarmed people against the then anti-Muslim and anti people government.”
“A ruthless autocratic government that taxed almost everything under sky, leaving just water and air for free for the poor masses. Such uncouth and untaught assertions of erstwhile autocratic scion cannot help him exonerate his family from unleashing the worst torments on the people of Kashmir in the shape of forced-labor (Begaar); the taxes were even levied on the cattle, marriages, and houses. The autocratic regime deputed revenue teams who used to collect revenue in kind for which sepoys were disputed to villages that used to create havoc in the villages. The revenue was collected with such severity and harshness that the cultivators had to sell even their belongings including cattle and sheep,” he added.
He said the worst feature of the worst attribute of the Dogra rule was its communal outlook. “It discriminated the Muslims on the basis of their religion and also interfered in their religious affairs. The Muslims were particularly marginalized. There was no Muslim representation in government offices. There was not a single Muslim gazetted officer in most of the departments, like defense, hunting, scientific research, libraries, archaeology, and agriculture. Major Muslim mosques were converted into Stables and stores,” he said adding, “It was due to the supreme and sacred sacrifice of the martyrs of 1931 that the state finally got the freedom after 118 years. And it was Sher e Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who painstakingly strived towards the fulfillment of the mission of martyrs of 1931. The coming generations will continue to draw inspiration from the martyrs of 1931. The supreme sacrifice of the martyrs will continue to guide our party in all its future endeavors.”
DGP releases ‘Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction’
Srinagar, July 19: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh Friday released a book titled “Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” written by Ajay Vaid at Police Headquarters, Srinagar.
On this occasion the DGP said that the narrative of the book is the need of the hour. He said that J&K Police has already tightened the noose on the menace of drugs, many steps are being taken to fight the drugs. He said that this book not only provides information about the drug abuse and its effects but also informs that addiction is a treatable disorder.
DGP congratulated the author and said that this book would be useful for all those who are taking initiatives to curb the menace.
Written by Ajay Vaid, the book has been prepared to create knowledge and awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction. The book provides certain ways and means as how to face addiction and manage to keep away from it.
This is the author’s 3rd book. Earlier, he has written a book on ‘Tourism Destinations in India’ in 2011 and the 2nd book he has written is on ‘Exams, Job, Career and burning environment issues’ in the year 2012.
On the occasion ADGP (Headquarters) PHQ A. G. Mir and AIG (Prov. & Tpt.) PHQ Mubassir Latifi were also present on the occasion.