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New Delhi, November 11 (KMW) :The traditional chaddar on behalf of the people and government of Pakistan was offered at the Shrine of Sheikh Faruqi Sirhindi (Mujaddid Alf Sani) in the Indian state of Punjab, today. 

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood travelled from New Delhi to Sirhind Sharif to take part in the chaddar-laying ceremony, along with the visiting Zaireen (pilgrims) from Pakistan. 

This year, 144 Pakistani Zaireen are visiting Sirhind in connection with the annual Urs celebrations and to pay obeisance at the Shrine. 

The High Commissioner was welcomed by Sajjada Nasheen Khalifa Syed Mohammed Sadiq Raza, other trustees, and members of local administration. 

The Pakistani Zaireen and the High Commissioner offered special Dua, after laying the chaddar. Later, the High Commissioner held an interactive session with Pakistani Zaireen, who shared their observations and suggestions.

The pilgrims also expressed thanks to the Pakistan government and staff of the High Commission for facilitating their visit. High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood thanked Khalifa Syed Mohammad Sadiq Raza and all others concerned who extended cooperation in the travel and stay of the visiting Pakistani Zaireen. 

The High Commissioner also highlighted the role of visits to religious shrines (under the 1974 Protocol) in the context of people-to-people exchanges between Pakistan and India.

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SRINAGAR, NOV 10 (KMW):Thousands of people on Saturday participated in the funeral prayers of the two Hizbul Mujahideen militants killed in a gun-battle with government forces in Pulwama.

Hundreds of people made a beeline to the houses of Hizb militants Liyaqat Ahmad and Wajid Ahmad at Bellow and Babhar villages this afternoon when their bodies were handed by police to the family for final rites.

The bodies of the slain militants were carried by mourners in a procession amidst vociferous pro-freedom sloganeering. “Multiple rounds of funeral prayers were offered for the two militants as more and more people joined in”.

The two Hizb militants were killed early this morning in Tikken village leading to a spontaneous shutdown and violent protests. 

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Srinagar, 10 Nov (KMW): An Army soldier was killed by Pakistani troops on Saturday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, in a sniper fire.

According to army official, “A ceasefire violation was initiated by Pakistan in which one army soldier was shot by a sniper, later he succumbed to injuries.”

Similarly, Last Friday one Solidier was killed in sniper attack at Akhnoor sector of winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir State.

Important to know, On November 6, a soldier was injured when he was hit by a sniper from across the border at Kalal in the Noushera sector of Rajouri, while a BSF man was injured in a separate incident of firing by Pakistan along the LoC in Manjakote area of the Rajouri-Poonch sector. 

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Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai

The fundamental need and urgency for self determination in South Tyrol, when compared with that of Kashmir today, might raise some questions as to what possible similarities they have. South Tyrol is now Europe’s largest producer of apples, a major exporter of cheese, with world-class ski resorts in the Alps. An Italian province at the very northern edge of Italy where it borders Austria. South Tyrol is the richest district of Italy and enjoys almost full sovereignty as an autonomous state, with only 10% of its taxes being contributed to the national Italian budget.

Yet in January 2014, a tally was taken in an unofficial referendum gathered during the previous year to identify support for self determination in South Tyrol. Although only 15% of the population voted, 92.1% of those who voted, voted in favor.

Why self determination when they seem to be doing so well? It’s an interesting issue, since the dispute over the sovereignty of this small but enormously beautiful land reminiscent of Kashmir, situated squarely in the Alps adjacent to Switzerland, has been debated since 1919, fought over, and was supposedly settled after UN intervention in 1960 and subsequent resolutions that directed the parties to resolve their differences.

 South Tyrol’s history might be a logical reference point for understanding the preoccupation with self-determination now, but perhaps the most obvious answer is that, however you structure it or in whatever manner you spin it, autonomy does not equal self-determination. Consciousness of some notion of a “right” to self determination is all that is needed to keep that fire burning, apparently. More than that, South Tyrol shares with Kashmir a long tradition of fighting for self determination, and it has become a default fall-back position whenever there’s trouble. Autonomy is like a child who has grown up but still lives in his parent’s home; self determination is where he has established his own home. While living in his parent’s home, he may feel like an adult and act like an adult, free to come and go as he pleases, but his home is not his. There is a higher authority that has some ultimate say over his life. He can’t change that ugly picture over the fireplace, he can’t park his car in the driveway because it leaks oil, and don’t even think about getting married. The fundamental difference may seem to be largely psychological, but there’s no question that autonomy is defacto the illusion of independence masking the power and authority of the larger encumbering state which retains the option of using whatever whim or alleged emergency to come swooping in with new laws, new regulations, new taxes simply through a shifting political mood and a few “harmless” changes to that country’s constitution. And the truth is that Italy’s economic problems as a member of the EU has in fact caused it to take a hard look at South Tyrol’s prosperity as a means of solving its debt crisis, which is second in the EU only to that of Greece.

 The issue of sovereignty, its meaning, and how it is derived, and whether it rests in individual rights or collective rights, or even in a status quo maintenance of some overarching historical or spiritual endowment of power in certain individuals or tribes which preserve order and hierarchy are questions that could easily endanger one’s health and safety if asked inappropriately in the wrong place or at the wrong time, particularly in Kashmir. But in an age in which power is becoming more widely distributed and democratic movements step in to fill in the gaps in ethnic, racial and other forms of social diversity and power sharing, it may be time to come to terms with it constructively that satisfies universal ideals. Sovereignty and who or what possesses it is at the bottom of our urges for self determination. To what extent does any one human being have a right to control his own destiny? Does his land belong to him or does it really belong to the state?

 South Tyrol has had autonomy for many years, and was an autonomous region even during the Hapsburg rule. Modern problems over the issue began when, responding to Italian ambitions, through the secret and later invalidated Treaty of London of 1915, the Allies promised this southern portion of Austria’s County of Tyrol as well as Trieste to the Italians if the latter would take the side of the Allies (the Triple Entente) against Germany during the First World War. It was quite noble, however wrong, of the Allies to be giving away such a nice gift, which wasn’t actually theirs to give, and it has had its consequences. The First World War itself had erupted to a great extent as a consequence of Austria’s attempts at annexation of Slavic lands, ignoring the right to self determination of another ethnic group, and the Second World War was a direct consequence of these machinations which occurred in dividing up the spoils of the first. Yet giving people the right to determine their own way of life, their own government, their own language, their own religion, and their own traditions seems yet, after so much spilled blood and tragedy, not to have been understood by leaders whose priorities do not take into account either the past or the future.

A number of these secret treaties came to light when the Bolsheviks began rummaging around in the files of their predecessors, and they immediately condemned them. “All the secret treaties must be immediately published in order to strengthen the confidence of the proletariat,” they announced in October 1917. “Peace without annexations or requisitions” was echoed around the world, reflecting a statement made by President Wilson to the U.S. Senate on January 22, 1917, when he said: “We must reach a peace without victory. Peace must be based on the right of each nation to decide its own destiny without the intervention of a more powerful external enemy.”

 Dr. Fai is the Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness Forum. He can be reached at:  1-202-607-6435   or   gnfai2003@yahoo.com

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Srinagar, Nov  10(KMW): The arrest of two post-graduate students set off strong protest at the central university of Kashmir (CUK) Nowgam campus today.

According to local sources, scores of students of CUK Nowgam assembled in the campus this morning and staged a protest against the arrest of two political science students Suhail Ahmad and Mohammad Ismail by government forces in a night raid on Friday. 

The two third semester students were picked up by government forces from their rented accommodation in Nowgam locality of the city outskirts, they said.

However, both the students hail from Shopian district of south Kashmir.

PRO, CUK, Arshad Meraj while talking with daily aftab said that, “two of our students have been arrested from their rooms in Nowgam. We don’t reason behind the arrests. We have taken up the matter with senior district administration and police officials”.

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Srinagar, November 10(KMW): Police and security forces in the wee hours today launched a cordon and search operation in Tikken area of District Pulwama based on credible inputs about the presence of rebels in the area.

As the search operation was going on, hiding terrorists fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter.

In the ensuing encounter, two rebels were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. Their identities are being ascertained.

Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the instant matter.

Citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any.

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Jammu, November 9: A delegation of Central Government Officers led by Sh. Gyanesh Kumar, Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (J&K) met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here today. Sh. Manish Garg Joint Secretary, MHA accompanied the delegation.

Governor discussed with Sh.Kumar a range of issues relating to effective maintenance of law and order and internal security and the safeguarding of IB, LoC andLAC.

Sh. Gyanesh apprised Governor about the steps being taken to boost transmission signal of Doordarshan and Radio Kashmir in the State particularly in its remote and border areas.

 Governor also discussed providing enhanced opportunities to the youth in the State for getting them involved in creative and other constructive activities and strengthening of education infrastructure in  the State.

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New Delhi, November 9 (KMW): A solemn ceremony was held at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to commemorate the 141st birth anniversary of national poet-philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

The officers and staff members of the High Commission offered Quran Khawani for the esal-e-sawab of the soul of Allama Iqbal.

The messages of President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan were read out on the occasion.

In his remarks, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood said Allama Iqbal was an epoch-making personality, who helped turn the tide of history in the Sub-Continent. Paying rich tributes to Hakeem-ul-Ummat, the High Commissioner highlighted myriad dimensions of Iqbal’s life, philosophy, poetic excellence, and political foresight. Iqbal’s life and achievements, he said, presented a shining example of cohesive thought and action.

The High Commissioner added that Allama Iqbal possessed remarkable knowledge of the Islamic religious and political thought and had a deep understanding of the Western philosophy and civilization. Iqbal’s concepts like Khudi (self) and Shaheen (Eagle) had universal value and remained an inspiration for the generations to come. The nation would remain eternally grateful to Iqbal for being the Musavir-e-Pakistan.

High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood concluded that, on this auspicious day, the best tribute to Iqbal was to follow his message in letter and spirit, recommit ourselves to fulfilling his mission, and reaffirm the resolve to build Pakistan in line with the vision of the founding fathers.

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Srinagar November 04(KMW): Dr Kunzes Dolma Director Health Services Kashmir had extensive tour of district Budgam to ascertain the patient care facilities that started from JLNM and Gousia Hospitals of district Srinagar.

On the other hand, Continuing the interactive touring pattern Dr Kunzes visited institutions of block Charare Sharief, Chadoora, Budgam including District Hospital Budgam. All the health facilities we’re functional and during interaction with patients and attendants it was observed that services we’re provided to the entire satisfaction of public.

Pertinently, She took on spot stock of various facilities at SDH Ch Sharief, CHC Pakherpora, SDH Chadoora. BMos and Medical Officers including Specialists and paramedical staff was present. Every section of hospitals was functional and heating arrangements were in place.

In order to ensure other ER and Emergency Services lightening arrangements had already been ensured as per the directions. DHSK also visited DHSK Budgam in the evening hours. All the sections we’re functional and patients during interaction conveyed satisfaction for the management of better patient care facilities. Dr Kunzes had extensive tour of block Nagam where the staff including Medical Officers and specialists were present. On way back DHSK also visited PHC Ompura which was functional and staff too was present as per the roster. The surprise visits conducted by DHSK were hailed by public at large and social activists in particular besides local community leaders.She was in between accompanied by CMO Budgam Dr Nazir, Dr Mustura BMO Ch Sharief, Dr Dildar BMO Chadoora.

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SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 02(KMW): Amritsar, the holiest city of Sikh religion is also among the thronged place by Kashmiris on account of the health, education, leisure needs. As few decades back the Kashmir House’s were established in important cities of India to facilitate people of Jammu & Kashmir during their stays in these cities, unfortunately the huge and spacious has fallen to ill management.

As a matter of fact, in the city of Amritsar The JK House is located on the city’s posh Court Road and surrounded by 20 kanals of land. The building has a rich legacy and the land was purchased by the Jammu and Kashmir Government from a businessman Ganga Ram Bal Mokand in 1950 under a cabinet order (657-C Dated:16.6.1950). The Government had purchased this property for an amount of ninety-two thousand rupees, and it was commonly known as the Kashmir Trade Agency. It was operational from the 1950s to the late 70s, and a Trade Agent from the J&K Government used to be posted to operate from Amritsar. The entire official business between the J&K Government and other neighboring states was looked after by the Trade Agent. Such Trade Agents were also posted in Bombay, Delhi and Calcutta.

The overall Paradigms of the JK House Amritsar due to lack of staff , thus the interiors, furniture and other furnishing have not been replaced. There are large and spacious rooms in the building, but nobody looks after them. The irony is that the government has failed to appoint good team of sweepers to clean the property.

The ground pulse is that the JK House at Amritsar is one example of callous mismanagement by the government. First and foremost when there is need of about at least two dozen employees to manage the JK House affairs in smooth way there are just three employees working aptly stating the plight.

Pertinently, the flooring of the JK House Amritsar is speaking its own miserable tale with very rough, rugged and old linen in rooms and floors, the cleanness and sanitation parameters are also in disarray due to negligible strength of the staff.

With this feeble strength of staff there is no catering and refreshment facility and it being thus the only JK House in India with no mess, thus patients and their attendants taking a severe hit .

Although, the Manager Preeti Sharma overseeing the current affairs of the JK House Amritsar is trying her level best to manage aptly the affairs within her given capacity even spending money from own pocket to see improvements .

A patient attendant Haroon Chaudhary who was staying few weeks back gone to JK House Amritsar stated “ I had to run away from the JK House Amritsar with no facility or basic amenities available there .Cleanness is zero, mess no existent , bathrooms in shambles and garden in rowdy shape with filled dusts and dirt .All this is due to the lack of staff provided by the govt to such a huge property . The government should take immediate steps to revive glory of the JK House Amritsar.”

While speaking to Protocol Department Additional Secretary Protocol Sushil Kumar, he stated: “ I Will ascertain the facts and give a serious look into the matter and tell you the exact position . “

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