Press Trust of Kashmir

News Bulletin 1st, Jan 03, 2019 (Wednesday) 

Congress ruled J&K using undemocratic means: Arun Jaitly


SRINAGAR, JAN 03 (PTK): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slams Congress over Kashmir issue, says elections in Congress era subject of folklore.


In the Rajya Sabha today Arun Jaitley said “Congress ruled Jammu and Kashmir using undemocratic means and the party had manipulated the election processes in Jammu and Kashmir to stay in power. Congress’ mistakes are hurting Kashmir, not the recent rule of the BJP”.


Arun Jaitley slammed the Congress party during the Kashmir debate. He was responding to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s allegations that the situation deteriorated in the last 4.5 years.


“The elections at the time were a matter of joke in Kashmir. Everybody knows how elections were conducted,” Jaitley said recounting his version of history of the state.


The Kashmir issue found resonance in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday as finance minister Arun Jaitley hit out at the NC, Congress and PDP over President’s Rule. Jaitley blamed Congress for the situation in Kashmir, saying problems in the Valley existed before 2014.


Union Minister Arun Jaitley hits out at National Conference (NC) and Congress in Rajya Sabha over President’s Rule debate in Jammu and Kashmir. “Problems in Kashmir did not start in 2014 after BJP came to power, Congress and NC ruined Kashmir,” he said, adding that the saffron party had no role in creation of J&K.


Meanwhile Ghulam Nabi Azad said “You cannot abuse them for 20 years and then rule them. I had warned that the BJP will prove to be a redrag in the state if it comes to power and I was not wrong. The security situation in Kashmir is at its lowest. The recruitment to militancy has increased and the employment is at an all-time low”.


While debating the proclamation issued by the President under article 356 in relation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir”, Ghulam Nabi Azad praised Atal Bihari Vajpayee for trying to resolve the Kashmir conflict. He said that Vajpayee understood the pain of the Kashmiri people. He said that it was because of internal strife within the party that Vajpayee could not deliver a solution to the Kashmir conflict.


However TMC MP Derek O’Brien slams Jaitley’s speech on Kashmir  he said defence over the situation in Kashmir in Rajya Sabha. Derek said, “When finance minister makes guest appearance for Home minister, people know there’s a strong message coming from the government.”


However CPI leader and MP D Raja said in Rajya Sabha “I do consider Article 356 was an unconstitutional, undemocratic act. We should understand what Ambedkar said. He made it clear that ordinarily, Article 356 should remain a dead letter. When you use Article 356, there should be extraordinary situation”.


“Kashmir is considered to be paradise on earth. But the question of whether we will lose this paradise is haunting everyone. Why is there unrest among young people? They are extremely articulate and well-informed,” he said.


“Why should there be a sense of alienation among the young people of Jammu and Kashmir?” he said.


BJP’s Rakesh Sinha said in Rajya Sabha “The prime minister gave a package of Rs 80,000 crore to Jammu and Kashmir”.


“In 1984 and 1986, when the governments in Jammu and Kashmir were brought down, Rajnath Singh was not the home minister,” Sinha said in the Upper House.


“In the studies conducted world over in Jammu and Kashmir, the most credible elections took place in 2002, when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was in power,” said the BJP leader.


“Kashmir’s history is being misinterpreted,” he said. (PTK)


Pakistan army invites India for dialogue to resolve Kashmir


SRINAGAR, JAN 03 (PTK): The Pakistan army has invited India to table for dialogue to resolve all the pending issues including the 70 years long pending dispute of Kashmir, the News International reported on Thursday.


Major General Asif Ghafoor, the army’s spokesperson, in an interview with a private news channel while inviting India to table said it was India which always escaped from talks. He pointed out that there is history of tense relations between Pakistan and India mainly due to unresolved Kashmir issue.


He reminded India that Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be misconstrued as its weakness. “We are a strong state and strong army having capacity and capability to thwart any misadventure,” he told Pakistan based News channel ARY.


Moreover, he said there is election year in India where anti-Pakistan slogans are used in election campaign. “But this does not happen in Pakistan,” he said.


To another question, the military spokesman said the Indian prime minister himself admitted that his people also did not believe that their army troops carried out surgical strike in “Azad Kashmir”. “Surgical strikes are not carried with claims or mere verbal talk,” he said adding how surgical strikes which never happened could be admitted.


To a question about Kulbhushan Jadev, the alleged Indian spy, he said he was awarded death sentence and his mercy appeal is with the army chief. “The case is also with the International Court of Justice and let us see what decision they take,” he said.


To another question about threats from India’s political and military leadership, the ISPR DG said such threats would serve purpose of deteriorating relations between the two countries and having negative impact on region’s peace. “Pakistan always talks about peace and talks, while India talks about war,” he said.


To a question about role of Pakistan Army in politics, the military spokesman maintained that the Army wanted to see political leadership in the country. “We have achieved unprecedented successes against terrorism in the country in the last two decades and will not take such a step which can derail country from path to progress, “he said adding that in the last a few years, Pakistan Army had extended more support to the democratic system.


He pointed out that general elections are political process for change in the country saying elections bring change. “How can we have hand in it when we hardly could spare time for our families while fighting against terrorism,” he said. About extension in period of military courts which is going to end in March this year, Major General Asif Ghafoor said the final decisions would be taken by the government. (PTK)


Passenger sheds turn into garbage dump in parts of Srinagar city


SRINAGAR, JAN 03 (PTK): Signifying failure of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to put in place effective measures for solid waste management, a passenger shed has been turned into garbage dump in different parts of Srinagar city.


Residents said that tons of stinking garbage has been dumped at the passenger shed causing inconvenience to pedestrians. “The problem is compounded by presence of stray dogs who rummage through the accumulated garbage” , they added.


“Pungent smell emanates from the garbage dump making it difficult for pedestrians including women and aged to pass near the passenger shed,” said Farooq Ahmad Wani, a local from Karannagar.


“The stray dogs present at the garbage dump pose risk to pedestrians. Many persons have been bitten by the canines at the spot,” said Muhammad Iqbal Khan, an employee at private company in Lal Chowk.


“Solid waste is not just dumped at the land filling site, but one can find it everywhere. Srinagar was recently ranked among the dirtiest cities in India. The government needs to address the solid waste issue, otherwise it will start stinking and no tourist will visit here,” said a resident of Rajbagh, Arif Ahmad.


The residents of nearby localities protested for weeks together last year, demanding scientific treatment of the waste and shifting of the dumping site, reasoning health and environmental concerns.


“Heaps of waste lying at the site becomes a danger when water dissolves toxic waste materials and contaminates it. The waste needs to be scientifically treated,” said Saima Hameed, a resident of Batamaloo.


With almost population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of the Jhelum river, not even in a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies like the Dal Lake.


The Solid Waste Management Rules of 2016 lay special emphasis on source segregation of waste that mandates to channelise the waste to wealth by recovery, reuse and recycle.


All hotels and restaurants have been directed to segregate biodegradable waste and set up a system of collection, but the rules are being bypassed in Srinagar and many hotels and houseboat owners dump waste directly into the water bodies.


In Srinagar, 75 to 80 per cent of the municipal waste gets collected and out of this not even 5 per cent of waste is processed or treated. (PTK)


Avalanche hit army post in Poonch, army man killed, another injured


SRINAGAR, JAN 03 (PTK): An army man was killed and another injured after an avalanche hit the military post along Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s  Poonch district Thursday.


Reports said that an army post of 40 Rashtriya Rifles came under an avalanche near KK Gali. “Two army personnel came under the avalanche,” they said.


The army started a search operation and the duo trapped under snow were evacuated.


However, one of the two died on the spot and another was taken to nearby army’s health facility for treatment.


The deceased has been identified as Lance Naik Sapan Mehra of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh while the injured has been identified as Harpreet Singh of Punjab. (PTK)


Police arrests JKLF chief Yaseen Malik to prevent protest


SRINAGAR, JAN 03 (PTK): Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief Yasin Malik was on Thursday arrested to prevent him from leading protests against the desecration of Jamia Masjid by some masked youth last Friday.


A JKLF spokesman said that a police party raided the Abi Guzar office of Malik and detained him. “Malik sahib was taken to Kothi Bagh police station,” he said.


Addressing the media before his arrest, Malik cautioned the youth against divisions being engineered in the society. He termed his arrest as shocking.


Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Awami Action Committee has asked people to observe January 4 (Friday) as ‘Youm-e-Taqadus’. It has asked resistance leadership and religious leaders to address people at the historic mosque tomorrow and condemn the act of sacrilege.

Some masked youth had stormed into the mosque last Friday after congregational prayers and created ruckus there. The youth waved IS flags and raised pro-IS slogans at the pulpit of the mosque, triggering condemnations form the politicians and the civil society. (PTK)


MeT forecast another spell of rain, snow in Valley


SRINAGAR, JAN 03 (PTK): The minimum temperature across the Kashmir Valley dropped on Thursday due to clear night sky as the weather office forecast another spell of rain and snow beginning Friday.


“We are expecting another spell of moderate rain and snowfall from Friday afternoon. The weather will remain inclement till January 6 and there would be improvement after that,” a Met department official said.


Srinagar recorded 0.2 degree Celsius as the minimum temperature on Thursday while Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 7.3 and minus 8.5 degree Celsius, respectively.


Leh recorded minus 13.3 degree Celsius and it was minus 17.6 degree Celsius in Kargil. Drass was coldest town in Kashmir where the minimum temperature was minus 19.7 degree Celsius.


Jammu had 6.5 degrees Celsius, Katra 5.8 degrees Celsius, Batote 0.1 degree Celsius, Bannihal minus 0.4 degree Celsius and Bhaderwah minus 1.9 degree Celsius as the minimum temperature on Thursday. (PTK)


APHC condemns use of force on peaceful protestors in Tral


SRINAGAR, JAN 03 (PTK): All Parties Hurriyat Conference paid glowing tributes to three armed youth Shaheed Adfar Fayaz Parray, Shaheed Tousif Ahmad Thoker and Shaheed Zubair Ahmad Bhat martyred in an encounter with the government forces in South Kashmir’s Tral area stating that it was because of the priceless sacrifices of Kashmiri youth that the ongoing struggle has entered into a decisive phase.


Hurriyat Conference spokesman said that the government through its repressive policies is pushing the Kashmiri youth to wall leaving them with the no option other than to resort to armed means of resistance, adding, these oppressive measures, however, can’t break the resolve of people who are fighting for the legitimate rights neither New Delhi can misguide the world community any more about the basic ground realities in Kashmir.


The spokesman strongly condemned the use of force on the peaceful protestors in Tral stating that at least a dozen youth sustained pellet injuries as forces used their might by firing countless pellets, tear gas and pava shells to break the peaceful procession which deserves highest form of condemnation.  The spokesman said that forces are enjoying unbridled powers under black laws as they know that they won’t be held accountable for their wrongdoings with the result Kashmiris are subjected to worst form of torture and thrashing during peaceful protests.


The spokesman said that New Delhi can’t defeat the people’s resolve to fight for their legitimate right no matter how far it can go in unleashing reign of terror by displaying its ultimate military might. He said bloodbath of Kashmiri people, especially youth, has become everyday affair in Kashmir while as serious attempts are made to divert the attention of world community.


The spokesman strongly condemned the frequent cordon and search operations launched in south Kashmir’s Shangus, Anantnag, Keller Pulwama where in forces conducted door to door searches resulting in the tremendous hardships for the people in the bone chilling cold. He denounced the forces action where in people of all ages including children and women are kept under open sky in the biting cold stating that these repressive acts should end forthwith. (PTK)


Er. Rasheed asks government to prove if Sarjan Barkati has ever pelted a single stone


SRINAGAR, JAN 03 (PTK): AIP President Er. Rasheed today visited the residence of prominent pro-resistance leader Sarjan Barkati and expressed solidarity with the family.


Speaking on the occasion Er. Rasheed said that Sarjan Barkati is being victimized for just speaking the trust and representing sentiments and aspirations of the masses.


Er. Rasheed later while talking to media challenged J&K Police to prove anything against Sarjan Barkati. Er. Rasheed said “All the cases against Sarjan Barkati are fake and fabricated and security agencies have chocked the space for any peaceful political activity.


May anyone in the establishment answer that had Sarjan Barkati ever indulged in violence or thrown a stone on anyone. His only fault is that he has been constantly talking about resolution of Kashmir issue and implementation of UN resolutions, which by no standards is a crime.


New Delhi must explain if people like Sarjan Barkati too are put behind bars without any proper charges against him, what has New Delhi to offer those holding arms in their hands.


While Sarjan Barkati is the lone bread earner of his family, government has no right to deprive his children from getting better education, which they are not able to get in absence of their beloved father. Denial of proper education to kids of Sarjan Barkati have exposed tall claims of Modi government about its programme ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’ ”.


Er. Rasheed sought unconditional release of Sarjan Barkati and other political activists languished in various jails since years together. Er. Rasheed also urged authorities to release Parvaiz Ahmad Pala son of Mohd. Ayub of Matbugh who is languished in Sub Jail Anantnag and is suffering from a chronic disease. He said “Denial to treatment is violation of fundamental rights of the prisoner and there is no justification in playing with the life of Parvaiz Ahmad Pala.


Government must understand that politics of victimization and suppression will not help and New Delhi needs to understand that Sarjan Barkati, Parvaiz Ahmad Pala and dozens likewise are not criminals but political prisoners, seeking political rights for people of J&K.  (PTK)


Sopore police arrests 02 burglars; Stolen items worth lacs recovered


SRINAGAR, JAN 03 (PTK):  Sopore police cracked a burglary case by arresting two accused persons involved in the crime and recovered 24 batteries worth 03 lacs.


Police Station Dangiwacha received a written complaint from Sajad Ahmad Khan resident of Zehanpora wherein he stated that during the intervening night of 22/23 December 2018 some unknown burglars stole batteries from airtel tower situated at Waripora Rafiabad.


On receipt of this information, a case FIR No 167/18 under relevant sections of law was registered and investigation was initiated in the matter.


During the course of investigation two suspects identified as Ghulam Hassan Bhat son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Ningli Sopore A/P Gundjehangir Hajin and Irshad Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Akbar Bhat resident of Tarzoo Sopore were called for questioning. After sustained questioning, the duo disclosed about their involvement in the commission of crime and subsequently on their disclosure police recovered 24 batteries worth 3 lacs, 12 Battery clips and 01 Iron cutter. Besides a load carrier without registration number has also been seized. Further investigation in the matter is going on. (PTK)


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