Shah Faesal trying to divert youth towards militancy, thinks Hurriyat’s way: BJP leader

Wahid Bhat

 SRINAGAR:  Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Minister, Dr. Devinder Kumar today while reacting over the resignation of IAS topper Shah Feasal said that the joining politics is good but the way he (Shah Faesal) cites reasons of his political attempt indicates that he is trying to divert the mind of Kashmiri youth and push them towards militancy.

While speaking to News agency Press Trust of Kashmir Kumar said, “Shah Faesal can do better in politics but in positive way. He can do better for people of Jammu and Kashmir but he should think in positive way not the way Hurriyat thinks”.

He added, “I have served in heath department for 17 years and then I take the decision to join politics. There is nothing wrong in joining politics. Shah Faesal also took good decision to join politics but the way he is thinking and trying to create confusing about people of India is out of our mind”.

He said Shah Faesal was an icon for the people of India. “If he think there is something wrong in society, he should look into the both sides of the story then he should talk about these issue”.

Kumar quickly added that it is a healthy sign that the youth of Kashmir come out and ignore the ideology of militants in Kashmir. “Few days ago a group of Kashmiri youth burn poster of Burhan Wani which is a positive sign and proof that people of Kashmir dont want any kind of violence. Kashmiri youth understand that there is no achievement in militancy. But the way Shah Faesal is approaching his political journey shows that he is trying to divert the mind of youth of Kashmir towards militancy”.

Kumar said if people like Shah Faesal support the ideology of Hurriyat that is quite evident that he is trying to divert the mind of youth which is a serious issue. “Shah Faesal trying to create new way of militancy . Shah Faesal should play a positive role in Kashmiri politics and he should not think like Hurriyat,” Kumar added.

He added, “I think there are some people behind the decision of Shah Faesal. Whatever is in Kashmir is India’s property and no one can take is from India.

Worth to mention that yesterday Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta said Shah Faesal it seems that he may got some offer and money from Pakistan.

In 2009, Faesal had become the first Kashmiri to top the Union Public Services Commission examination. He is a former managing director of Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation.

Faesal said he was resigning in protest against the “marginalisation and invisiblization of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens”. He also pointed out the “subversion of public institutions like Reserve Bank of India, Central Bureau of Investigation and National Investigation Agency”, and said it has the “potential to decimate the Constitutional edifice of this country and it needs to be stopped”.

“I wish to reiterate that voices of reason in this country cannot be muzzled for long and the environment of siege will need to end if we wish to usher in true democracy,” Faesal said.

Faesal recently returned to India after a stint at the Harvard Kennedy School in the United States.  (PTK)

Monga defends Shah Faesal, says BJP frustrated party

SRINAGAR:  Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) vice president and former MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga while reacting over the remarks of BJP leaders over IAS topper Shah Faesal’s resignation said that BJP is totally frustrated party.

While speaking to News Press Trust of Kashmir Monga said, “BJP is frustrated party. BJP leaders should not judge Shah Faesal with knowing anything about him. Shah Faesal is such a wonderful person. He is pride of Kashmir. I salute Shah Faesal”.

He added that if Shah Faesal want to change the political atmosphere of Kashmir and want to clean the stinky politics of Kashmir that is really good. “But it is not easy for Shah Faesal to work in the atmosphere where at the same time he has to rub the shoulders with politicians with criminal cases, land griping cases as well corruption cases”, he said. (PTK)

CPJ asks governor to release jailed Kashmiri journalist

 SRINAGAR:  The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday wrote to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya pal Malik to release Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan who is undergoing detention since August 27 last year.

A letter written by CJP’s Asian Program Coordinator Steven Butler asked Governor Malik to drop all legal proceedings against Sultan. “Sultan, a journalist with the Kashmir Narrator, has been falsely accused under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. His name was included in a First Information Report filed after a gunfight in Batamaloo on August 12, and he has been accused of having contact with and promoting militants. His editor and family have credibly disputed these claims and say his work was strictly that of a journalist gathering news. No charge sheet has been filed,” Butler, said in the letter, cc’d to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

In July 2018, Sultan wrote a cover story for the Kashmir Narrator on militant Burhan Wani, which included interviews with non-combatant members of Hizbul Mujahideen, said Butler.

Police have reportedly subjected Sultan to repeated interrogation during his detention regarding the article, asking him to reveal his sources and why he reported on the conflict in Kashmir, as well as questions on headlines that appeared in the Kashmir Narrator and why he had not reported on development in the state, he said, adding the police have also objected in court to his Facebook postings.

“We understand that Jammu and Kashmir is facing a difficult situation, but CPJ would like to stress that interviewing or having sources who are critical of the government is within the scope of a journalists’ job and does not implicate them in a crime. Reporting on an important and newsworthy story such as the conflict in Kashmir is a public service, not a criminal act,” said Butler, in the letter.

He said that journalists have long operated in a dangerous environment in Kashmir, and that they are extremely concerned about the climate for press freedom.

“In the past year, CPJ has documented various attacks against journalists, including the murder of Shujaat Bukhari and the questioning and detention of multiple reporters for their work. Freedom of the press is a vital tenet of democracy and a proud part of India’s history. We urge you to use the authority vested in you as governor of Jammu and Kashmir to help immediately ensure that Aasif Sultan is released and that the charges against him are dropped,” he urged. (PTK)

Weathermen predicts heavy snowfall in coming days

SRINAGAR:  Weathermen on Wednesday predicted heavy snowfall for at least five days starting Saturday across Kashmir valley.

Fresh snowfall began at many places across the valley including Srinagar, breaking the intense cold wave conditions. Pahalgam, tourist resort – which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra recorded three cm of fresh snow last night, an official a MeT official said. The night temperature rose across Kashmir owing to a cloudy sky, he said.

They said that a comparatively intense western disturbance is becoming active over Jammu and Kashmir from January 19 and will remain till January 23, peaking on January 22.

The MeT officials said that under its influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley during this period. The minimum temperature in Srinagar rose over three degrees from minus 5.8 degrees Celsius on the previous night to settle at minus 2.1 degrees Celsius Tuesday night, the official said.

Meanwhile authorities have suspended all flights to and fro Srinagar airport following heavy snowfall. Many parts of Kashmir including capital city Srinagar received fresh snowfall Wednesday. The snowfall led to the suspension of air traffic, officials at the Srinagar airport said.

Director, Srinagar Airport, said that all the flights operations were suspended for today due to fresh snowfall. “Except two flights all other flights stands cancelled till weather improves,” he said. Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’, the 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

‘Chillai-Kalan’ ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold).  (PTK)

Jammu and Kashmir has been converted into police station: JRL

SRINAGAR:  Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Syed Ali Shah Gelaani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, State Governor Satyaya Pal Malik on the statement of the Jammu and Kashmir, there is no operation of all out-of-the-clock operations, far beyond the ground facts and said that repeatedly clear by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Indian Army Chief General Rawat In the words, these statements are being given that operations are under the operation of All Out in Jammu and Kashmir, under which the Indian Army tries to settle Kashmir The quantities and restrictions on the peace activities on the occasion of daily killings, killings, killings, house searches, abuse of women, harassment and security lead in South Kashmir, are continuing with continuous and continuous What is this if everything is not Opera All Out

The leaders said that there is a tougher step towards the army and stepped up youngsters with great impartiality, strengthening the youth on the bills of violence and violence is being eradicated from their right to live. There is a continuous daylight for the family members to stay on peace activities even though we are not permitted to attend the funeral prayers of martyrs and condolence with the crew and this chain has been for a long time. Especially for the last three years. He said that the occupational forces here, on the bill of defense and black laws, are the “They have been forced to use violence against innocent people, and they are being tortured.

He said the statement from the Army Police and the Interior Ministry that there are just two dozen militants operating in Kashmir, what is the reason for the deploying of 7.2 million troops?

JRL further added in a statement issued to Press Trust of Kashmir that the fact is that Jammu and Kashmir has been converted into a police station and all the rights of the people have been stolen on the bills of power and the decision taken by the state instead of the political leadership of India takes the army.

While presenting figures in the limits of Jammu and Kashmir in the Jammu and Kashmir boundaries in 2018, while presenting figures from human rights deficit, 161 citizens were killed by the previous occupation forces, while 355 militants were killed in such a number of innocents Massacre, Operation All Out, Then what else? Meanwhile, 4524 people were injured seriously and the eyes of 724 were affected by bullets and pallets. After all, what is all this?

The leaders reiterated the commitment of fierce resistance against Jammu and Kashmir’s dispute resolution and any commitment to sabotage the situation, appealed to the Kashmiri people to distract the historical struggle of India and the historical history of this problem. Be careful about the situation and disrupting plans. He said that the date of hearing was filed on January 19, 2019 in respect of filed petition in the Indian Supreme Court, State Subject Law, 35A but this petition does not exist in the date mentioned in the court roster, but the leadership of the constituency, Jammu The lawyer has consulted with all the political, commercial, religious and social organizations, civil society, and the leadership is keeping an eye on the whole issue, and this public awareness will be given to the public in this regard.

The leaders stressed that the Government of India, under the scheme, is trying to change the proportion of the state’s population demography so that the historical situation of this conflicting issue can not be changed, which will not be allowed. (PTK)

Only Omar has charisma to lead JK as CM: NC

SRINAGAR: Provincial President of youth national conference Salman Sagar on Wednesday while addressing party workers in north Kashmir’s Bandipora said that the only Omar Abdullah has the caliber to get the state out of the present tumultuous times.

Addressing party workers and activists in Bandipora, Salman said that the people of the state have this time resolved to give befitting reply to the divisive elements and  strengthen the national conference to state’s property and growth. “It is a fact that has dawned even upon our rivals that only Omar Abdullah has the charisma to lead the state and scan new horizons. He is the person who is direct and no one has any doubt what he means when he speaks,” Salman said.

The NC leader added that every person in the state knows that Omar Abdullah is a person of selfless courage with a desire to ensure betterment in peoples’ lives with genuine spirit of patriotism.

Salman also urged the party workers to strengthen the party and remained united in the resolve to defeat divisive forces and those who have been bartering peoples mandate against personal goals.   (PTK)


Deceitful slogans of development can never be substitute for freedom: Geelani

SRINAGAR: History stands testimony to the fact that no power on earth, no matter how cruel and barbaric that be, no matter how prolonged it may be has ever succeeded in curbing the freedom sentiments of any nation and every oppressor has a definite and tragic end if fought with unity, sincerity and dedication. Our oppressor has crossed every limit and every degree of brutality to subjugate us, said chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the Zeenat-ul-Islam at Shopian today.

Syed Ali Geelani reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow any body to barter the precious blood of martyrs. We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safe guard 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. Pro-Indian politicians have turned into political leaches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their masters in Delhi.

He said that election drama and the multi faced political stooges pose as our saviors to fetch them votes in the name of roads, electricity and water, but in reality they are the people who strengthen the unholy bond of slavery so nation as a whole should desist from any support to them.

Pro-freedom leader 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 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. (PTK)

What Kuka Parray used to represent as individual was adopted as official policy by NC Govt. after 1996 polls: PDP


SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, while reacting to the statement of NC Vice President Omar Abdullah, has stated that what Kuka Parray used to represent as an individual was adopted as an official policy by the national conference government after the 1996 elections.

While responding to NC Vice President  Omar Abdullah’s recent statement that Kuka Parray would’ve been CM had NC not contested 1996 polls, senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said that soon after coming to power in 1996, national conference strengthened the concept of Task Force and converted the entire democratic system to favor Ikhwan. He said that the time between 1996 and 2002 was used by the national conference to sell out state’s vital interests, bringing POTA, Catch and Kill, selling state’s water resources, strangulating the people of the state, killing innocent civilians and making thousands disappear because there was no opposition to its anarchic and despotic rule at that time. “What Kuka Parray used to represent as an individual was adopted as an official policy by the national conference government after 1996 polls.  NC had 60 seats in the assembly and that was the only time the state had the maximum advantage to negotiate a decent deal with centre. But it was filtered away for a junior ministerial position in central government along with penalty in the shape of atrocities that have no parallel,” Akhtar said, adding that even the Narasimha Roa government had publically promised sky from a foreign land for the people of the state but NC thought only of concentrating power in one family and making the people slaves who would not have any option but to be bonded to the national conference.

Akhtar said that despite having no electoral compulsions, NC went into the lap of BJP which oversaw massacres like Gujarat in which Muslims in hordes were slaughtered on streets. “You (NC) didn’t even protest at that time against the Pogrom and maintained a stoic silence at the time when autonomy was rejected which was the ultimate snub that the people of the state got in its 70 years of association with the country.  The truth is that NC demeaned the position of Jammu and Kashmir in every possible way,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader added that the national conference institutionalized official terror which was dismantled only in 2002 by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.  “If the people are now aware and they resist atrocities it is because of the change that PDP brought from 2002 and gave people the confidence to protect their rights,” Akhtar said.    (PTK)

Er. Rasheed calls governor on phone over his offer to Huriyat

SRINAGAR: Welcoming Governor Satpal Malik’s offer to Huriyat that it must talk directly to him over the issues pertaining to atrocities against civilians and other related issues, AIP President Er. Rasheed has said that Malik should move a step further and facilitate certain genuine CBMs to prove his words.

Er. Rasheed today talked to Governor S. P. Malik on phone and while welcoming his offer sought release of political prisoners languished in Tihar and other jails. He sought special intervention from the Governor to help release of Shahid-ul-Islam and informed Governor that if he truly respects Huriyat leaders and those having a divergent view point and cares for the human rights of Kashmiris, he must ensure release of Shahid-ul-Islam whose wife is fighting for battle in Srinagar and he is himself languished in Tihar Jail.

Er. Rasheed also sought release of all political prisoners including Masrat Alam, Qasim Faktoo, Asia Indrabi and her associates, so that atmosphere turns conducive for sincere political process. Er. Rasheed asked Governor to intervene and take up the matter of filing charge sheet against Kashmiris students studying at JNU. Governor reiterated that initiating any political dialogue between New Delhi and Srinagar is not within his domain will surely intervene in other issues raised with him during the conversation.

After talking to Governor Er. Rasheed in a statement said that Kashmiris don’t believe in confrontation but who other than Mr. Malik knows the fact that whether Huriyat or someone else, all are fighting for legitimate political rights of people of Jammu & Kashmir and want a peaceful resolution to Kashmir dispute in its historic perspective. He said “Governor must take note of unending human rights violations and should make security forces accountable as much as he can. Mr. Malik has every right to differ with anyone including Huriyat leaders but being at the helm of affairs he must ensure that fundamental human rights of Kashmiris should be respected and political victimization must end.

Malik must ensure that aged and ailing Geelani is released and fabricated cases against youth and other political activists should be withdrawn without any pre-conditions so that one can trust his words. (PTK)

Scores of youth from Srinagar joined Congress,

SRINAGAR:.  Scores of Youth from Srinagar District joined Congress Party and expressed their full faith in the programmes and policies of the Party.

In an extraordinary meeting organized at PCC Office Srinagar, Scores of Youth from different area of Srinagar district expressed their full faith in the leadership and programmes and policies of Congress party and joined congress party in presence of DCC President Irfan Naqib.

On this occasion Congress Leaders G.A.Gujree, Shameema Mir and others were present.

The leaders welcomed and urged them to strengthen the Congress Party further in their respective areas, besides reaching out to people for redressal of their grievances.

We need to have to collective approach about the overall development of entire Srinagar district and ensure that people do no suffer on any count, the leader told the new entrants. (PTK)


Farooq Andrabi expresses gratitude to Governor over sanctioning Degree College to Chadura

SRINAGAR: The J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Spokesperson Farooq Andrabi has expressed gratitude to Governor Shri. S.P Malik over sanctioning degree college to Chadura Tehsil and hailed this decision.

Andrabi also praises DDC Budgam for initiating he process of providing Degree College to Chadura.

The JKPCC Spokesperson in a statement expressed great satisfaction over the decision of SAC of providing Degree College to Chadura, which was a long pending demand of people.

He also described the SAC decision as a step in a right direction, which has the potential to ensure big respite to students of entire Chadura Tehsil and its adjoining areas, he added.

Farooq Andrabi also urged upon the Governor Administration to take early, effective measure to make the said college functional at right earnest, as that will infuse confidence among the people of chadura, who feel gracious to Governor S P Malik over this decision. (PTK)

74 bags of PDS rice recovered in Srinagar, one arrested: Police

SRINAGAR: Police in Srinagar have recovered 74 bags of rice and two bags of flour which were meant for public distribution and were being illegally sold in the black market.

“Acting on a complaint, police post Bemina arrested Bilal Ahmad Nath resident of Bilal Colony Bemina for selling PDS (public distribution system) rice after repacking the same in duplicate “Apple brand” bags,” said a spokesman, in a statement.

“74 bags of PDS rice & 02 bags of flour was seized from the said place.”

In this regard, a case FIR No 13/2019 was registered at Police Station Parimpora and further investigation was taken up, he said.

“Locals of the area lauded the efforts of police against black marketers.” (PTK)


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