Only 4% people with Hurriyat creating problem in Kashmir: BJP leader

 

SRINAGAR, JAN 07 (PTK):  Senior BJP leader Kavinder Gupta today said that article 35A and 370 is nothing for people of Jammu and Kashmir as this has no benefits.

While speaking to News agency Press Trust of Kashmir Gupta said, “The continuation of Article 35A will not have any benefit for the people of Jammu and Kashmir”.  He added that only few people get benefit of Article 35a and 370 while common people of Kashmir never get any benefit from both of these articles.

He added, “In previous regimes whosoever was against India they encouraged them and that was the main reason behind increasing militancy in Kashmir. He added now NIA take charge against such people as well as against Hurriyat.

He further added, “From last 70 years such people create problems in Kashmir. It takes time to get normalcy back in valley. He said that only 4% people are creating problem in Kashmir rest are fine with India.

He furthers added that Hurriyat only condemn the killing of Muslims adding that they will never condemn killing of Sikh and Hindus in Kashmir. He said that the ending of Hurriyat is near. ” These 4 percent people will also leave them soon ”.     (PTK)

Was concerned like a mother: Mehbooba over toffee remark

 

SRINAGAR, JAN 07 (PTK):  Peoples Democratic Party chairperson and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday apologised for her toffee remark that she made during the peak of 2016 summer uprising.

Addressing workers on the death anniversary of his father late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed at Bijbehara in south Kashmir, Mehbooba said that she was concerned like a mother about the young people who were getting killed and injured.

“It hurt me that some people with vested interests were pushing young boys towards army camps and police stations,” she said.

“Didn’t I have this right to tell these children in a loud voice that you were part of my rallies… why were you asked to stand in the front of those rallies (protest demonstrations) where you, God forbid, got injured,” said Mehbooba while addressing her workers on the death anniversary of her father Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

“I still apologise if anyone was hurt,” she said: “What else can I do?”

Mehbooba was widely criticised for her comment during 2016 uprising that the “youth were not going to army camps and police stations to buy toffee and milk”.

“I am concerned for children like a mother. Was not my right to make such remarks. If anyone mother feels bad I apologize for that,” she added.

During the peak of 2016 summer uprising after the killing of popular militant commander Burhan Wani, Mehbooba while addressing a press conference in Srinagar along with the Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh justified the killing of youth by saying that “they were not going to camps and police station to buy toffees and milk”.

Mehbooba also added that Narendra Modi ‘wasted’ his mandate as he didn’t initiate any dialogue with Pakistan.

In July 2016, while addressing a press conference with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Srinagar, when asked about the killings of youths in firing by security forces, she said: “Those youths were not going to Army camps and police stations to buy toffee and milk.”

Over 100 youths were killed in 2016 during the unrest that followed the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Addressing party workers on the death anniversary of her father, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, she said on Monday: “I was concerned about my children being pushed to rallies where they get injured.

“Didn’t I have this right to tell these children in a loud voice that you were a part of my rallies, why were you asked to stand in front of the protest demonstrations where you, God forbid, get injured. Still, I apologize. What else can I do?”

During the peak of 2016 summer uprising after the killing of popular militant commander Burhan Wani, Mehbooba while addressing a press conference in Srinagar along with the Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh justified the killing of youth by saying that “they were not going to camps and police station to buy toffees and milk”. (PTK)

Visited militant families on invitation, not for electoral gains: Mehbooba

 

SRINAGAR, JAN 07 (PTK):  Peoples Democratic Party chairperson and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday said that she did not go to the militant family on her own.

“I was invited by the family of the militant whose sister was arrested and harassed. They wanted me to send a message by visiting their home. It was not for electoral gains,” Mehbooba said and also apologised for her toffee remark that she made during the peak of 2016 summer uprising.

Addressing a handful of workers on the death anniversary of his father late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed at Bijbehara in south Kashmir, Mehbooba said that she was concerned like a mother about the young people who were getting killed and injured.

Addressing the youth who were killed in 2016 as “martyrs”, she said: “It hurt me that some people with vested interests were pushing young boys towards army camps and police stations,” she said.

During the peak of 2016 summer uprising after the killing of popular militant commander Burhan Wani, Mehbooba while addressing a press conference in Srinagar along with the Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh justified the killing of youth by saying that “they were not going to camps and police station to buy toffees and milk”. (PTK)

Mehbooba ask youth to help her to take state out of misery

 

SRINAGAR, JAN 07 (PTK):  Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti invited youth of Jammu and Kashmir to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”.

Mehbooba while addressing party workers on the death anniversary of party founder Mufti Muhammad Sayeed in Anantnag She said “I want to invite the youth of Jammu and Kashmir who are educated and interested in resolution of the Kashmir issue to come and join us”.

“All the garbage in the party has gone out with the wind,” she said while referring to a spree of resignations of her party leaders.

She asked the youth to help her to take the state “out of this misery”.

Defending her recent visit to the family of a slain militant in Pulwama, she wanted to send across a message that the families of the militants shouldn’t be harassed.

“A girl was being harassed there, it was question of her honour. I thought my visit to the family would send a message to the government that if we have to fight the militants we don’t have to harass their families,” she said.  (PTK)

Law and order in insurgency-hit J&K similar to any other province: Governor

 

SRINAGAR, JAN 07 (PTK):  Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said normalcy has returned to the Valley. The law and order in the insurgency-hit state, claims Malik, is similar to any other province in the nation.

Comparing Kashmir with Bihar, Malik claimed that more crimes are recorded in the Hindi heartland state, than in the Valley. Giving an insight, the Governor said that more murders are witnessed in Patna each day, as against the total casualties recorded in the Valley each week.

“Jammu & Kashmir is just like others, there’s no massacre going on at this time. The number of murders witnessed in Patna in a single day is equal to deaths in Kashmir in a week. Stone pelting and recruitment to terrorist groups has stopped,” Malik said at a public event.

Malik, who heads the State Administrative Council, took over the reigns of Jammu & Kashmir from his predecessor NN Vohra in August this year.

The Governor drew immense flak in November last year, when he dissolved the Assembly after being appealed by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference president Sajjad Lone to provide an opportunity to stake claim for government formation.

Malik, however, defended his action claiming that it would had subverted democracy, and let to blatant “horse-trading”.

In a recent public event, Malik claimed that the situation in Kashmir has improved drastically since he took over as the Governor. The spree of counter-insurgency operations, he said, were aimed at bringing normalcy in J&K at par with other states. Malik also claimed to have ordered the security personnel to not “harass” the family members of militants. (PTK)

Kashmir Indebted to Pandits & those who oppressed them will not be spared: BJP Youth leader

 

SRINAGAR, JAN 7 (PTK): BJP’s Yuva Morcha National Vice President Er Aijaz Hussain said Kashmiri Pandits constitute an important part of the composite culture of the Valley and the community has made a substantial contribution in several walks of life but now has been made to suffer from pillar to post for there rights.

National Vice President Er Aijaz Hussain was speaking in a function organised by Kashmiri Displaced District of BJYM in Purkhoo camp Jammu in which large number of youths and others from Kashmiri pandit community participated.

Er Aijaz further added that Governor should make serious efforts  in getting back the Pandit community to valley which are part and parcel of our culture and heritage.

 He further added that rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandit families, which had to leave the Valley in 1990’s after militancy spread in various parts of the region is still pending and added government is well abreast with their problems and is contemplating various programmes for their welfare.

He further added “Those who forced Kashmiri Pandits to leave Kashmir and who had done the atrocities and crimes against the community will punished, added Kashmiri Pandits are important part of the composite culture of the Valley”.

“Kashmiri Pandits have given a lot to the valley of Kashmir in all areas and we must remain indebted to them”, Aijaz said. (PTK)

Er. Rasheed asks Mehbooba to move beyond apology and support UN resolutions

 

SRINAGAR, JAN 7 (PTK): Asking New Delhi to understand that whosoever goes against the popular sentiments of Kashmiris will repent sooner than later, AIP President Er. Rasheed has said that though Mehbooba Mufti’s apology for her milk and toffee remarks may not bring precious lives back but it has send a strong message to all those who are busy day and night to break will of Kashmiris who are fighting for right to self-determination.

In a statement issued today Er. Rasheed said “Mehbooba Mufti has every right to seek apology for her misleading, insulting and ill-intended remarks, but her apology should open eyes of New Delhi. Had late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah been alive he too would have sought unconditional apology from Kashmiris for his surrender in 1975 and calling his 22 years struggle a political wandering.

It is people’s will, sacrifices and indigenous cause that has compelled Mehbooba Mufti to apologize and surrender her ego. Her words may not bring precious lives back but carry a huge message for all politicians, men in uniform especially those cops of J&K police who feel no shame in justifying killings and committing atrocities on Kashmiris”.

Er. Rasheed while reacting to Mehbooba Mufti’s apology saying “I still apologize if anyone was hurt by her milk and toffee remarks what else I can do”, asked her that that lest she can do is to take a pledge that she will not dilute the Kashmir cause by talking about so called self-rule formula and will rather seek a resolution to Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions.

Er. Rasheed asked Mehbooba Mufti not to repeat every time about Vajpayee’s Kashmir policy and termed all those statements praising Vajpayee’s Kashmir policy as misleading and confusing, for the reason that Vajpayee never talked about a realistic resolution to the internationally recognized dispute.  (PTK)

PDP’s political belief compelled BJP to run away from coalition: Mehbooba

 

SRINAGAR, JAN 7 (PTK): Appealing party workers to repose trust and confidence in her party, Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti said that formation of the government or coming to power has never been a priority for her and her party.

Addressing a commemoration ceremony of third death anniversary of PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at Bejbehara, Mehbooba said that the government would have continued for six years if she had not strongly defended the interests of the state and its people.  She added that if she had signed on dotted line like in the case of Afzal Guru, the PDP government wouldn’t have been toppled by the BJP.  She added that since she remained consistently firm on PDP’s agenda which was included in agenda of alliance, the BJP had to run away. “Otherwise, there wasn’t any other reason for the BJP to withdraw its support. In spite of the problems that we faced, we didn’t compromise on progress and development. However, the political agenda of the PDP and party’s firm belief on its principles led the BJP to turn its back. Being in the government PDP kept insisting for the withdrawal of the FIRs, amnesty for the stone pelters, and return of the power projects from the NHPC,” said the PDP President.

Mehbooba said that she regrets the remark she made during the 2016 unrest. She, however, stated that the utterance was due to the pain of seeing teenagers being pushed into the army camps and kept in front of the mobs. “That remark was made out of the motherly concern as I was outraged over the way in which children are being pushed into the danger zones. The precious lives that were lost during that year is a loss to me and to the families of those kids. I have fought with army and Ikhwan only for the people and to make their lives safe and secure,” Mehbooba said.

The PDP president said that whether in power or not, PDP’s main aim has always been to resolve problems of Kashmir. “And the best model for that is the period between 2002 and 2005. After the 2014 polls the PDP didn’t get a clear mandate and out of the compulsion had to join hands with the BJP.  The party was hopeful that Modi would behave like Vajpayee but he didn’t and that was a letdown.  When in November 2015, a rally was organized by the PDP for Modi, People had come on Mufti Sahib’s call to listen. However, Modi didn’t rise to the occasion and things started falling apart,” Mehbooba said.

She added that after the death of PDP Founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, she tried to bargain with the BJP for four long months, demanding the return of power projects, peace initiatives, and confidence-building measures. “When things were taking the final shape, our own people went to Nagpur and told the BJP that the government could be formed even without Mehbooba Mufti. With a sole aim to save the party and stop them from handing over everything to BJP, I reluctantly had to make a coalition with the BJP in the state. Otherwise, I wasn’t willing to form the coalition with the party had reneged on the promises made to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,” she said.  (PTK)

G.A. Mir anguishes over fire incident in Sherbagh Anantnag

 

SRINAGAR, JAN 7 (PTK): The J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has expressed anguish over the losses caused to property due to fire incident in Sherbagh Anantnag and emphasized the Administration to ensure full compensation to fire victims.

Describing the incident as very unfortunate, G.A. Mir said he felt disappointed to hear about the fire incident in Sherbagh area in which 11 shops and 3 houses gutted complete leaving the victims in dilemma.

Mir emphasized the District Administration to make assessment of the losses caused due to fire and ensure compensation to fire victims on fast track basis. (PTK)

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