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Ajaz War

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Pakistan’s heft and its emergence not only as a regional power but also as a country that wields influence in the Muslim world and elsewhere cannot be ignored, especially by its archrival India, Despite a host of predicaments the nation had to face since its inception in 1947, it goes to Pakistan’s credit that it not only braved everything but also came out victorious on multiple fronts.

The unflinching commitment, grit and willingness to grow and emerge as a power is something that no other country in the world can rival Pakistan for, given the extreme oddities and vulnerabilities it had to face.
The new alliances Pakistan has been cultivating of late could, to a great extent, prove to be of immense significance as far as the geopolitics of the region is concerned. These alliance are also reflective of potential impact they can have on various regions of the world like Central Asia and Middle East.

CPEC, despite everything that its detractors threw in its way, is a reality that cannot be undone now. This massive project led by China gives Pakistan a great hope for its economic revival and should be seen as a game-changer in the region and beyond. Pakistan’s all-out war against fanatic forces is highly commendable and the country and its army deserve a big pat on the back to crush the murderous extremism that not only impacted Pakistan heavily but spread to various other parts of the world as well.

What we see now is a more assertive Pakistan that is coming out of the shadows of the United States and forging new bonds. A confident Pakistan that’s robust enough to stand up to its adversaries as also competent and useful enough to benefit its allies.

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As the number of casualties keeps getting higher and higher with no hope of peace in sight, one wonders what direction Kashmir valley is being pushed to. Should it turn into another Syria or Afghanistan before the leaders wake up and decide it needs a serious redressal?  It’s unfortunate how the high and the mighty on either side of the LoC are unwilling to press into action serious efforts to come to the table and resolve the issue amicably.

India, despite its lofty claims, especially under the current regime, has failed on every count as far as Kashmir is concerned. While Pakistan can surely do a bit more on the diplomatic front to get India pressurized by the comity of nations, the ball however is in India’s court and it has to take an initiative and engage Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership.

From doling out loads of money to using all coercive tactics from killings to maimings to forced disappearances, India has failed to tame a common Kashmiri. It’s strange that with writing so clear on the wall, India chooses to look in the other direction.

It’s imperative all stakeholders come on the table and start initiating confidence building measures that lead to a permanent resolution of the Kashmiri crisis. It won’t happen overnight, there are forces inimical to peace, who have made a fortune out of the conflict, and they would never want it to end soon. But those with a vision and farsightedness can’t allow that to deter them from working out a pragmatic and everlasting solution.

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On 26th December, an order was put out by the Governor’s office barring the government employees from posting updates on social media sites that are found “prejudicial” to the government. Through SRO 525, an amendment was made in the Jammu & Kashmir Government Employees Conduct Rules, 1971.
The gubernatorial edit evinced a widespread criticism not only in Kashmir but elsewhere as well. Having already come under heavy criticism for its tumultuous tenure that is filled with many unpleasant events, this order doesn’t reflect well on the government and its policies in Kashmir. Having already drawn a lot of flak for putting restriction on media and muzzling dissident democratic voices, this social media gag against its own employees abundantly exposes the failures of the coalition government. A government that cannot trust its own employees, let alone others. A government that knows even the state employees aren’t happy with it and hence deserve to be gagged.
The bigwigs running the government here in Kashmir and those at the helm in New Delhi need to understand that if they smother voices here in Kashmir, including those of the government employees, it will only increase the anger and frustration that can pour out at any time in a manner that can be hard to control. This order fraught with peril smacks of shortsightedness, intolerance and an absolute lack of wisdom. State employees are eyes and ears and support system of the government and if there is distrust between the two, the ruling coalition doesn’t deserve to stay in power. By issuing harsh and undemocratic edicts like these, the government is only exposing itself.
SRO 525 has become a butt of jokes and the social networking sites are awash with jokes. Even many government employees, circumspect and subtle in their expression though, are ridiculing the order. At a time when the government of the day has nothing to show off except its failures and their cover-ups, an SRO like this isn’t going to do its cause any good. In fact, what is needed is to earn the trust of the people rather than pushing them further towards the wall, in which case the only option left with them is to react, which is something the government can’t afford having failed on every front.

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The RSS-powered ruling dispensation in New Delhi has yet again shown how far removed it is from the ground realities in Kashmir. Now into its fourth year of power, BJP continues to remain ignorant of what is happening in Kashmir and is totally unwilling to learn.

Appointing former director of Intelligence Bureau as the chief interlocutor on Kashmir is yet another addition to a host of blunders it has been making since coming in power at the Centre with absolute majority and forming a coalition in the State with PDP. The very fact that the delegation is headed by an intelligence man makes the whole exercise a nonstarter and sends out an unsavoury message to the masses and the leadership in Kashmir as well. And what has made the matters worse is the various puerile and provocative statements that the chief interlocutor, Mr. Dineshwar Sharma, is putting out.

His utterances amply reflect his mindset, which is that of a spook and someone who is better equipped at handling security matters rather than sensitive political cases like the Kashmir crisis.

At a time when Kashmiris are willing to sacrifice their everything to get for their political aspirations, a calm and measured approach would have been a way forward rather than crude might and belligerent posturing and firing salvos that can further ruin the situation further.

New Delhi, even if it were sincere in its appointment of interlocutors, wouldn’t be doing Kashmiris any favour. New Delhi’s attitude smacks of arrogance and highhandedness, something that isn’t lost on Kashmiris. Decades of political crisis has sharpened Kashmiris as observers and they can see through any ruse. They can tell a genuine CBM from political trickery.

Sagacity has it that New Delhi approaches this burning crisis with an open mind and an intention to get at the root of the crisis, rather than giving it some superficial treatment or try to suppress the masses further.

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SRINAGAR, Aug 5(KMW): A sit-in cum protest rally was conducted by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) today against NIA’s raids, arrests and interrogation of the resistance leadership. The sit-in was followed by a rally taken out from Madina Chowk (Maisuma) upto Lal Chowk. Pro-freedom activists chanting anti-NIA and anti-India slogans accused the Home Ministry of India of choking the voice of the resistance camp by implicating them in various cases that New Delhi has been making up all along these decades.

The rally was led by senior Hurriyat leader and Chairman PPP, Er. Hilal Ahmad War who, in conversation with the media, lashed out at New Delhi saying that NIA has no business in Kashmir and the agency of an occupational country can’t muzzle the voice of the Kashmiris and their genuine aspirations.HILAL WAR 2 JKLF senior leader Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Bashir Kashmiri, Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi and others were among the protesters.

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SRINAGAR, JULY 25(KMW): The process of leaving for performing Hajj this year commenced from today with the first batch from the State leaving for the blessed land early morning today.
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti led the State administration in giving a warm send off to the first batch at Srinagar airport.
She met the intending pilgrims individually and requested them to pray for peace in the State and for prosperity of its residents. She wished them a safe and smooth performance of the tenants of Hajj.
Arrangements of transportation, boarding and lodging, luggage checking and security at Srinagar Hajj House and hassle-free screening of baggage, refreshment, food, Nimaz, distribution of travel documents and issuance of boarding passes etc at the Srinagar Airport have been put in place by the authorities. Few days back the Chief Minister had convened a high level meeting wherein she had directed to extend all possible help and courtesies to the pilgrims and ensure that in no way are they inconvenienced.
Many pilgrims thanked the Chief Minister for these arrangements including their training, documentation and other facilities.
It may be recalled Air India will operate daily two flights carrying 840 intending pilgrims daily to Madinah Munawarah and the last batch of Hajjies will leave on August 03.
Minister of State for Hajj & Auqaf, Syed Farooq Andrabi, MLC, Saiffudin Bhat; Chief Secretary, B.B. Vyas; Director General of police, Dr. S.P. Vaid, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; IGP Kashmir zone, Muneer Khan; IGP Traffic, Jagjit Kumar; Commissioner-Secretary, Revenue, Muhammad Ashraf Mir; senior officers of State Hajj committee; Divisional and district administration; Airport Authority of India; Air India and other officers were present on the occasion.

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SRINAGAR, MAY 08: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today stressed on collective and heedful efforts by every section of the society to get J&K out of the difficult times and the looming uncertainties. She said this is not the first time that people of the State have seen tough times but in the past also they have braved challenges and come out resolutely.
The Chief Minister was interacting with media-persons on the sidelines of opening of Durbar Move offices in Srinagar today.
The Chief Minister reminded that many highs and lows have come in the chequered history of the State but the people through sheer resolve came out of every difficult situation with resilience. She said even the two decade long turmoil of yesteryears had to be concluded through a series of dialogues and negotiations. “I remember 1996 when it was difficult to even conduct a public meeting. But people have come out of that and would also pass through the present times with resilience,” she said and appealed for collective and vigilant efforts by every section of the society in this regard.
Terming youth as an asset and a promise for a better future, the Chief Minister said the youth of the State have made us proud in all fields they went and competed. “Be it studies, sports or competitive exams, our youth have performed so well to hold our heads high”, she said and asked them to exhibit their potential in any corner of the country. “Jammu & Kashmir is a jewel in the crown of India and our youth have the whole canvas of the country available to display their talent in whatever field they take the plunge”, she said and added that education is a movement which leads a society from darkness towards light.
Mehbooba Mufti appealed media to play a constructive role in minimizing the divide between sections of the society and act as a guide and a beacon to show the right path to the government and the people whenever they deflect from their objective. She asked the media, particularly national media, not to harp on negativities but instead focus on the similarities and help in reducing tensions and acrimony among people.
The Chief Minister said though some youth might be disillusioned with the system but the media should not bracket the entire generation but work towards clearing their disillusionment and create an atmosphere of goodwill.
Later the Chief Minister chaired a meeting of the Council of Ministers soon after the opening of Civil Secretariat here today, the Chief Minister asked the Ministers to undertake joint visits to areas to resolve the issues of people and mobilize local administration at the grassroots level. She said the challenge lies in how effectively and efficiently governance is rendered to the people in a cost and time effective manner.
Mehbooba Mufti asked all the Ministers to work in a team spirit and take the governance delivery as a challenge. She asked the Ministers to work holistically for the welfare of the State and not limit themselves to some particular areas or regions.
The meeting took a comprehensive review of the law and order and development scenario in the State.
Earlier on her arrival at the Civil Secretariat this morning, the Chief Minister was given a ceremonial reception by a contingent of J&K Police.
Members of the Council of Ministers, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Administrative Secretaries and a large number of employees of the Civil Secretariat accorded a warm welcome to the Chief Minister on her arrival.

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Srinagar, May 03: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today visited the families of police personnel and JK Bank officials who were killed on May 01 by unknown assailants when they were on their duty to disburse cash in Kulgam district.
Mehbooba Mufti visited Nehama village in Kulgam district to personally convey her sympathies to the families of JK Bank official Muzaffar Ahmad and constable Farooq Ahmad. She later visited Ujroo to condole with the families of constable Muzaffar Ahmad and JK Bank official Javed Ahmad at Yarkipora and ASI Bashir Ahmad at Bonigam.
The Chief Minister expressed her heartfelt sympathies with the families of the slain personnel of JK Bank and Police. She said they laid their lives while preserving public money and their sacrifices won’t be allowed to go waste. She said the victim families would be duly looked after and every help and assistance would be provided to them by the Government.
Sharing the pain and grief of the bereaved families, the Chief Minister said these personnel were on the duty to protect and disburse public money and their killingreflects the dangerous criminalisation turn the society is taking. She appealed people, particularly civil society and youth, to rise against this dangerous trend of looting of public money by spilling innocent blood, thereby giving Kashmir a terribly bad name in the civilized world.
Later, Mehbooba Mufti visited the family of constable Ishfaq Ahmad at Batapora, Zakoora in Srinagar who was also killed in the said incident and condoled with his family, including aged parents and young siblings.
Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Asiea Naqash was also present on the occasion.

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SRINAGAR, APRIL 25: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today directed the security agencies to undertake youth counseling and ensure that no collateral damage takes place while dealing with day to day law & order situations. She specifically directed that culprits be brought to justice if found involved in harassing a community or section of society in the name of a social cause.

Chairing a meeting of Unified Headquarters here today, the Chief Minister directed the security agencies to improve the Public-Security Force interface and make it a regular affair. She said holding of counseling sessions for youth would not only help the youth ally apprehensions and misgivings about the system but would also give the security agencies a chance to reach out to people through community policing.

The Chief Minister directed the security agencies to exercise restraint while dealing with provocative situations. She added wherever restraint was exercised, it showed positive results on the ground for the Government and helped in maintaining peace and order. She said the youth unfortunately caught in the cycle of misinformation and violence are our own who ought to be won over with a healing touch.

Mehbooba Mufti said youth engagement should be prioritized rather than viewing it as a routine law and order issue. She directed that care should be taken to avoid and minimize all collateral damage while conducting operations. She also directed that parents of youth be taken into confidence as and when there is some complaint about any youth and in no way should the family be held accountable for the deeds of the said youth. The Chief Minister directed the security agencies to ensure that inter community harmony and amity among various sections of society is maintained at all costs. She directed that culprits be brought to justice if found spreading hatred against a section of society or in the name of a social cause and if need be strict provisions of law be slapped on such hate mongers who are found taking law into their own hands.

The meeting also deliberated upon the latest security and law& order situation obtaining in the State.

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh; Chief Secretary, B. R. Sharma; Financial Commissioner & Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B B Vyas; Principal Secretary, Home, R. K. Goyal; Director General of Police, Dr. Sheesh Pal Vaid; GoC in C of Northern Command, Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu; Corps Commanders of various Army formations operating in the State; Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu; senior officers of CRPF, BSF and J&K Police were present in the meeting.

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The 79th death anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed today.

Allama Iqbal promoted Two-Nation Theory and gave concept of a separate Muslim state in Indian Subcontinent where they can independently live in accordance with their religion and cultural traditions.

Various literary and cultural organizations have chalked out special programmes across the country and abroad to pay homage to the national poet. Radio Pakistan will also broadcast special programmes befitting the occasion.

Born on 9 November 1877 in Sialkot, he breathed his last on 21 April 1938 in Lahore.

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