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Ajaz War



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Srinagar, Apr 20: In an pessimistic development, Mobile internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited remained suspended for the past six days in the Kashmir Valley.

Pertinently, spurt in the protests and violence has been witnessed after over 60 students of a college in Pulwama were injured in security force and police action last Saturday. The authorities banned mobile internet immediately after the incident as a precautionary measure to prevent any rumours.

As a matter of fact, Broadband internet service of BSNL and other local service providers were functioning normally though with very low speed.

Local media in series of reports has stated that government is planning to ban all social networking sites, including Facebook, Whatsapp in the Valley after some people were uploading protest and alleged atrocities of security forces videos.

To curb spread of rumours through social networking sites, the authorities had directed all cellular companies, including BSNL to suspend mobile internet service in the Valley.

Experts state that this indicates a crucial downslide in the overall situation of Kashmir which cause of worry.


SRINAGAR, APRIL 09(KMW): As many as 39375 votes were polled in Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency till 11.00 am today.
Highest numbers of 16719 votes were cast in Budgam district, followed by 12573 votes in Ganderbal district and 10083 votes in Srinagar district.
In Kangan Assembly segment of Ganderbal district 8015 voters exercised their franchise, while as the lowest of 169 votes were polled in Eidgah assembly segment of Srinagar district.
In Srinagar District, Hazratbal segment has recorded 964 votes, Khanyar 800, Habbakadal 1164, Eidgah 169, Zadibal 1772, Amirakadal 1937, Sonwar 1433, Batamaloo 1844, thus recording a total of 10083 votes which include 6494 male and 3589 female voters.
In Budgam, Chadoora segment recorded 276 votes, Budgam 2443, Beerwa 6069, Khansahib 6410 and Chrar-e-Sharief 1521 aggregating to total 16719 votes polled in the district which include 14075 male and2644 female voters.
In Ganderbal district, Kangan segment recorded 8015 and Ganderbal segment recorded 4558 votes including 8140 male and 4433 female electorates.
Thus the total poll percentage by was 3.12 percent.


SRINAGAR, APRIL 06(KMW): Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today directed immediate constitution of a unified control room to monitor the situation arising out of continued rains and snow in the Kashmir Valley for the past two days and take appropriate measures. She asked the divisional administration to gear up to meet any eventuality in view of the inclement weather.
The Chief Minister reviewed the preparedness and the steps to be taken by the administration in view of the emerging situation of rains and water logging in many parts of Kashmir Valley at a meeting of officers here today. She directed that senior functionaries of the concerned Departments be deputed to the control room to respond to the emerging situations in a coordinated approach. She also directed chalking out contingency plans for the flood prone areas and make available nearby buildings in case of emergency evacuations.
Mehbooba Mufti directed constitution of similar control rooms at the district levels also and asked the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to monitor the functioning of these control rooms and coordinate the rescue efforts in these districts. She directed close monitoring of rescue operations at all the spots in these districts which have a likelihood of embankment breach or water logging.
Mehbooba Mufti directed the engineers of Flood Control Department to deploy all their men and machinery for patrolling the banks of rivers and streams at the spots which have a history or likelihood of breaches. She specifically directed patrolling of spots which had breached during the floods of 2014.
The Chief Minister was informed that 60 thousand sand bags have been readied by the Department at various locations in the city which, if need be, would be used for checking the breaches or overflowing of banks. She directed arranging of adequate number of boats and deploying them at critical places where people may need them for evacuation or for any help.
The meeting was informed that weather is likely to improve from April 07 and already the rate of rising of water level in Jhelum has started to slow down.
Mehbooba Mufti directed the SMC authorities to deploy all their dewatering machines at the inundation spots to drain off the waters and make the important city junctions free of any water logging at the quickest. She also asked the PDD authorities to make round the clock power supply available to these pumps.
The Chief Minister directed the Chief Engineer, R& B to ensure that major roads in the Valley remain trafficable and no road remains blocked due to any fallen tree or any other obstruction. She specifically directed clearing of all fallen trees and snow on Tangmarg-Gulmarg road by this evening so that the road communication to the world famous tourist spot remains open and tourists are not stranded there. She also directed clearing of Sangrama-Baramulla road by the evening which got blocked previous night due to continued downpour of past two days.
On the status of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the Chief Minister directed the IGP Traffic to supervise the reopening of the road at the earliest and prioritize the clearing of stranded passengers on the road.