Press Trust of Kashmir
News Bulletin 1st, Feb 17, 2019 (Sunday)
JK Govt withdraws security cover of 5 Hurriyat leaders
SRINAGAR, FEB 17 (PTK): The Jammu and Kashmir government has withdrawn the security cover given to five Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
“No security cover will be provided under any pretext to these five leaders and other Hurriyat,” officials said.
The five leaders are Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi, and Shabir Shah.
According to the order, all security and vehicles provided to the separatists will stand withdrawn by Sunday evening.
No security forces or cover will be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other Hurriyat leader said the order. If they have any other facilities provided by the government, they are to be withdrawn forthwith.
Police will review if there are any other separatists who have security or facilities which will be withdrawn immediately, the officials said.
They added that police headquarters will review if any other separatists are being given government security or facilities and will then withdraw them immediately.
Yesterday top Sources from Home ministry confirmed News agency Press Trust of Kashmir that the government has instructed separatists living in the valley to remove the security given by the government.
On Friday evening, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the safety given to the people funded by Pakistan and its spy agency ISI should be reviewed.
After this statement, speculation started that the government was considering the removal of separatist security. At the same time, sources have rightly speculated these speculations and have said that the government has issued instructions for this.
There was no reason given as to why the security cover of the leaders was being withdrawn but the move comes two days after over 40 CRPF personnel were killed in the Pulwama attack.
A local Kashmiri youth Adil Ahmad Dar had rammed a car packed full of explosive into a bus ferrying CRPF personnel. The attack was later claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which is headed by Masood Azhar who is based out of Pakistan.
Azhar is one of the three militant released by India after the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC 814 in Kathmandu. (PTK)
NIMS University suspends 4 Kashmiri girl for Whatsapp status
SRINAGAR, FEB 17 (PTK): Four Kashmiri girl students, studying in Rajasthan’s NIMS university, were taken into police custody on Saturday after they posted content celebrating and glorifying the Pulwama attack that killed 49 security personnel.
The four girls, who are students of a private University in Rajasthan’s Jaipur, have been also suspended from the University for posting an anti-national message on Whatsapp. They were later handed over to the police.
In a statement, NIMS University condemned and said the university will not tolerate such activities. The students were suspended from both the college and also the hostel.
The students have been identified as Talveen Manzoor (BSc OT, 2nd year), Iqra ( B Pharma, 2nd Year ), Zohra Nazir (BSc OT, 2nd Year ) and Uzma Nazir (BSc RIT, 2nd Year ).
They had expressed happiness on the Pulwama attack, saying that they had taken revenge. One of the students Talveen posted a Whatsapp status saying, “our reply to the outrage outside… #pulwamaattack” along with a picture.
When contact Authority of NIMS University they didn’t pick up calls of News agency Press Trust of Kashmir. (PTK)
Nobody else is responsible for Pulwama attack except forces own negligence: Congress leader
SRINAGAR, FEB 17 (PTK): Congress leader and former MP Noor Bano blamed the Indian Army for the militant attack which were happen in Pulwama area of South Kashmir in which 49 CRPF men were killed.
Speaking to a TV channel Now Bano said, “Whatever happened was bad and this will affect us but we don’t know how BJP will exploit this and how they will use this attack.” She also said that the Army had an indication that they might be attacked but even then no precaution was taken.
Nobody else is responsible for this, except their own negligence, she said and pinned the responsibility of the attack on the forces, the home ministry and the current government.
Earlier, senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan defended the militants behind the Pulwama attack that killed 49 CRPF men and said that the bomber was harassed and beaten by the troops after which he embraced the path of violence. Bhushan’s tweet was endorsed by Spandana and she retweeted it.
“It is important to understand why so many young men in Kashmir are becoming militants and willing to die. Even US forces couldn’t hold Afghanistan and Iraq after large-scale suicide attacks,” Bhushan had tweeted. (PTK)
No all-party meet called, when 55 innocents were roasted live in Sopore: APHC
SRINAGAR, FEB 17 (PTK): Strongly condemning the rampage and brutalities against Kashmiries and Muslims in Jammu, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman said that nobody on earth particularly we Kashmiries rejoice and celebrate the human loss of any race, region or religion—as our oppressor distributes sweets when dozens of our youth are gunned down by their “brave soldiers”.
Hurriyat chairman said that muscular and revengeful response to the Pulwama incident against Muslims of Jammu and Kashmiri employees of darbar move looks a well planned conspiracy to tear away every fiber of communal harmony, social bonding and collective brotherhood.
He said that horrifying scenes of ruthlessly beating to pulp of Kashmiri drivers, students, employees, others and burning their vehicles, stoning their residences under the nose of biased police with their encouragement and go ahead signal has once again proved the two nation theory right and timely as majority class of India finds it hard to accept the minority particularly Muslims—as the independence from British rule was only for Hindus—Muslims continue to be subjugated, threatened and harassed on one or other pretext—negating the tall and much hyped slogans of secularism.
Hurriyat chairman said that in chaining Kashmiries, every Indian, particularly its political class echoes in one voice and all support and endorse the venomous statement of its PM to give his armed forces free hand to deal in Kashmir whatever way they want. It is an open threat and license to crush and kill every Kashmiri– & those men in uniform to be rewarded.
Pro-freedom leader said that non Kashmiris working here for their bread and butter, students or Darbar move employees enjoy the hospitality to the maximum and nobody ever has been harmed even the slightest. Army massacring dozens of our youth on daily bases, no person belonging to their region and religion feels unsafe here. Commenting on the social media posts of some outside Medico working in SKIMS, Hurriyat chairman said that hatred and venomous mindset has pouted out even from the white apron—an indication and identification of a life saver. He said that one is surprised that our ailing and stressed people are forced to seek the remedy of their ills from such a beast in white uniform—who is not only an ugly blot on himself, but is tarnishing the pious and noble profession.
Pro-freedom leader said the incident in Pulwama has put all the so-called secular and Hindutwa faces in the same basket—but when 55 innocents were roasted live in Sopore or when our dozens of youth are massacred daily, no eye in India gets moist, no all party meet is called. This dual attitude is bound to have repercussions.
He said who else than us feels the pain of losing dear ones—but threatening with might and free hand statements only fuel the already charged situation. Statesmanship and good sense should have prevailed on the Indian leadership to address the root cause of this unabated bloodshed. (PTK)
Safety and security of JK students studying outside the state reviewed
SRINAGAR, FEB 17 (PTK): Advisor to the Governor, Mr. Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, today reviewed the safety and security of the students from Jammu & Kashmir studying in different colleges and universities outside the State with the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan.
The Divisional Commissioner informed the Advisor that he was in constant touch with the authorities in different States who had assured of providing adequate security to the students. He was also informed that Helplines have been set up by the office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, and J&K Police to register the queries of the students and parents and for providing the response in real time.
The Advisor was briefed about the work being done by the Liaison Officers appointed for the purpose in various cities in the country under the overall supervision of the Principal Resident Commissioner, J&K, located in New Delhi.
The Advisor conveyed to the Divisional Commissioner that the Governor was himself monitoring the work of the Liaison Officers in various States and also enquiring about the welfare of the students. He said the Governor has given clear directions to the Principal Resident Commissioner to take immediate cognizance of any complaint received from the students and take prompt action by informing the concerned authorities in those states.
The Advisor further stated that the Union Home Ministry had issued advisories to all the State Governments in this regard.
The Divisional Commissioner also informed the Advisor that he had personally spoken to some students and parents on phone who expressed their satisfaction about the work being done by the J&K Government for safety and security of the students. (PTK)
Ensure safety of students, businessmen from Valley: G.A. Mir tells Centre
SRINAGAR, FEB 17 (PTK): The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress (JKPCC)President G.A. Mir has said that the safety and security of the people especially businessmen and students from Kashmir was the sole responsibility of the Centre, which should not be compromised.
G.A. Mir emphasized the Centre Govt to ensure safety of Kashmiris.
Reacting to the reported harassment of Business men and Students in various parts of the Country, G.A. Mir said that the handful of people have let loose a reign of terror among the Kashmiri’s, which has already sent a confusing & wrong signals among the people in the entire Kashmir valley.
He said no one should be allowed to pollute the age-old tradition of communal harmony and brother-hood among the communities in the Country, but it was matter of grave concern that divisive forces in the wake of unfortunate Pulwama Attack have started hounding students and businessmen from valley, which has vitiated the atmosphere in the Country.
He also expressed concern that students from Kashmir were being forced to leave the rented houses in Ambala and others place, which is a matter of serious concern, besides deepening the alienation among the people over here and sought immediate end to the harassment of people from Kashmir.
Mir cautioned the Centre Govt and Security agencies about the current situation in the country, urging them to put an immediate end to this troublesome situation to ensure that no one from valley is intimated and harmed, he added and appealed the people to maintain communal harmony and peace, for the fact, peace is only option which can settle down things. (PTK)
Shabir Shah was never provided security by govt: JKDFP
SRINAGAR, FEB 17 (PTK): Soon after the government announcement on withdrawal of security to five separatist leaders, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party on Sunday said its chief Shabir Shah was never provided any security by the state.
In a statement, the JKDFP said that Shah, currently undergoing detention at Tihar jail in New Delhi, was never provided any kind of government security.
“So the announcement of withdrawing it is nothing but a big lie,” read the statement.
“Shabir Shah is a leader of principles who stands for the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and has not even applied for the Indian passport,” added the statement. (PTK)
Targeting Kashmiris will further distance Kashmiris from the Indian mainstream”: Vakil
SRINAGAR, FEB 17 (PTK): Peoples Conference senior leader and ex-minister Abdul Gani Vakil said Government of India must take serious note of harassment of Kashmiris living outside the state and take stern action against the miscreants and communal forces.
“It is Government of India’s responsibility to ensure safety and security of its citizens living in different parts of the country. The state governments instead of mere lip service should take immediate & effective measures to provide adequate security to Kashmiris studying or living there. The anti-national and communal forces responsible for targeting Kashmiris must be dealt with sternly as per the law.” Vakil said in a party release.
Vakil added that the disturbing incidents of harassment and intimidation of Kashmiris can damage the relationship and increase trust deficit between Kashmir and the rest of India.
“Our relationship with India is based on its vibrant composite culture and secular fabric. Any attempts to disrupt the communal harmony will further damage the relationship between Kashmiris and the rest of India. The country’s leadership must speak unambiguously against forces responsible for vitiating the atmosphere and creating an atmosphere of distress for thousands of Kashmiris studying, working or living across the country”, he said.
Vakil urged GoI and State Governments to follow up on reports of targeting of Kashmiris and take concrete confidence building measures to ensure safety, security and well being of Kashmiri students, professionals and families in their respective states.
“I talked to many groups of students studying in different colleges & universities in Uttarakhand and Rajasthan who are extremely worried and distressed living in a fearful atmosphere. The state governments must ensure security and rescue those who wish to return to their families immediately. These unfortunate and reprehensible incidents will further distance Kashmiris from the Indian mainstream.” Vakil added. (PTK)
Inclement weather forecast: Kashmir colleges to remain closed until February 21
SRINAGAR, FEB 17 (PTK): In view of the inclement weather forecast, the Divisional administration in Kashmir has ordered deferred reopening of colleges after winter vacations across the division.
Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan said all colleges across the Kashmir division scheduled to reopen tomorrow after winter vacations will now reopen on Thursday February 21.
He said the decision has been taken in view of the inclement weather forecast. (PTK)
JKPCC appeals people to maintain peace, religious brotherhood
JAMMU FEB 17 (PTK): The J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has appealed to the people to maintain peace and religious brother-hood at all costs inorder to defeat the nefarious designs of enemy.
In a Statement the Chief Spokesperson of the Party Mr. Ravinder Sharma while extending full support and cooperation to the Governor Administration for maintaining peace and communal harmony urged the Administration to ensure normalcy and not to allow any mischief monger to vitiate the atmosphere of traditional harmony in the State.
He appealed on behalf of entire rank and file of the Party to the people of all sections not to allow nefarious designs of the enemies of our country to succeed by defeating the sinister designs of disturbing the religious harmony. He also appealed them (people) to extend full cooperation to the Administration to identify and isolate such elements.
He asked the Government to take stern action against any such mischievous elements who indulges in any kind of provocative actions to hurt the patriotic sentiments to disturb the peace and religious harmony.
He reiterated that the entire Nation is united in it’s fight against terror and violence. (PTK)