Bilal Kawa’s family protests in Srinagar


Srinagar, Jan 20 : The family and relatives of Kashmiri man, Bilal Ahmad Kawa who was arrested in New Delhi over his alleged involvement in 2000 Red Fort attack case Saturday staged protest against his arrest, demanding his immediate release.
Kashmiri man, Bilal Ahmad Kawa of Aali Kadal was arrested on Jan 10 in New Delhi against hi alleged involvement in 2000 Red Fort attack case. Kawa as per the Police was on run since the attack took place and was frequently changing his location.
The family today assembled at Srinagar’s press enclave and demanded his immediate releases.
The protesting family said that Kawa is being punished for no reasons as he has no links with any militant outfit. “He is being made a scapegoat by the authorities,” the family said.
The family said that Kawa was travelling to Delhi with his brother who was scheduled to see a doctor. “If he was suspicious, why did not they arrest him before,” the protesters said.
They said that Kawa is being implicated in false case as he was a minor when the Red Fort attack took place in 2000.
The family demanded that the local government and the police must intervene into the matter and should ensure his immediate release.

Hurriyat (M) pays tribute to martyrs of Gaw Kadal

Srinagar, Jan 20 : Paying glorious tributes to the 52 martyrs of Gow Kadal massacre who were brutally killed by the government forces on January 21, 1990, Hurriyat Conference (M) has stated that the Kashmiri people have been offering priceless sacrifices for a great and sacred cause of right to self-determination, which is the birthright of Kashmiris.
The spokesman said that thousands of people have offered the sacrifices of their precious lives which include children, elderly, women and also pro-freedom leaders for the cause of right to self-determination.
He said that process of offering sacrifices continues and that the struggle to achieve the basic birthright will continue.
The spokesman also castigated the Enforcement Directorate for issuing summon to senior pro-freedom leader Shabir Ahmed Shah’s wife and termed it as ‘a political vendetta’.
Condemning it, the spokesman said that “these bids are only to build pressure on the pro-freedom leadership to give up their struggle but no matter in spite all such intimidating tactics the genuine and peaceful struggle of Kashmiries will continue till it reaches its goal.”

NC legislator stages protest over setting up of an army

SRINAGAR, JAN 20 : National Conference legislator Abdul Majid Larmi on Saturday staged a protest in the assembly over setting up of an army camp in Shamsipora Home-Shalibugh.
MLA Home Shalibugh Larmi stormed into the well and demanded a statement from the government over the issue. The army’s counter-insurgency force Rashtriya Rifles has started taking over nearly 10 hectares of grazing land and playfield in the village.
“People have again gathered there at Shamsipora as security forces have occupied land; they have not left the area yet and three days have passed and the government has done nothing,” Larmi told the house. “Thereis a sports ground and a receiving station; the occupation of land is an important issue,” Larmi told the house.
Meanwhile, the residents have threatened of an agitation if the army camp was not removed immediately. Parliamentary Affairs minister, Abdul Rehman Veeri, informed the house that government has sought details of the issue from the administration.

Tension grippes people living near LoC, schools closed

SRINAGAR, JAN 20 : Tension gripped people living close to the international border and the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday in the Jammu region as authorities ordered closure of schools there.
“All schools within five km radius of the LoC and the international border shall remain closed for three days,” officials of the provincial administration said here. Five persons including two troopers and three civilians were killed on Friday in cross-border firing.
Three civilians including a woman were killed and 24 others including two Border Security Force (BSF) troopers and 22 civilians were injured in Pakistan shelling and firing on the international border.
A BSF head constable was killed on Friday in Samba sector while an army soldier was killed in Sunderbani sector of the LoC in Rajouri district. Over a dozen cattle have also been killed in indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan Rangers on the international border.
Over 20 outposts of the BSF were targeted by Pakistan rangers in Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts on the international border on Friday. Migration of civilians started on Friday evening in R.S. Pura, Ramgarh and Suchetgarh areas close to the international border.
Authorities have made arrangements in makeshift camps for border residents although this migration has been from isolated places so far not involving a large number of

Omar Abdullah bats for talks between Indo-Pak national security advisors

JAMMU, JAN 20 : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah today strongly batted for talks between the national security advisors of India and Pakistan to end ceasefire violations.
He was reacting to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along International Border in Jammu in which five people, including three civilians and two BSF personnel, were killed and 28 others injured in the past two days.
“I hope that our NSA (Ajit Doval) can pick up the phone and talk to his counterpart (retired Lt Gen. Nasser Khan Janjua) in Pakistan to put an end to ceasefire violations,” he told reporters here.
“The ceasefire must hold. The shelling and violence on the International Border and the Line of Control must end, and then hopefully India and Pakistan can take step towardsnormalising, what is otherwise an abnormal relationship,” he said.
Omar also took a dig on the “secret talks” between the NSAs of India and Pakistan in Thailand in view of the ceasefire violations.
“We are told that our NSA had secret talks with the NSA of Pakistan in Bangkok. What are those talks about, if we cannot even maintain a ceasefire on the border. What are we talkingabout.
Ultimately talks have to be aboutsomething , he said. “There is a regular breakdown of ceasefire. This is something that Delhi and Islamabad need to sort out,” he said.
The National Conference has always maintained that violence is not the solution to the problems of Jammu and Kashmir and the two countries need to talk each other, he said.

Campaigning of political parties for upcoming Panchayat Polls

Srinagar, Jan 20 : With the political parties are gearing up to start campaigning in valley to garner support for the party candidates in the upcoming Panchayat polls, The security agencies here are formulating a proper road map for security to counter any threat.
A senior official of the government told KNS that State Election Commission has sought the report from the JK government on the security situation in the state. “The poll panel usually does not seek reports from an election-bound state on bypoll schedule unless a security concern is specifically involved. Due to the security concerns, the commission has sought security report from the state government,” the official maintained.
Sources in the police department said that the security agencies are making a proper road map for holding panchayat elections in the state. “The administration including security agencies don’t want to take any chances that could disturb further situation in south Kashmir. Ensuring peaceful election campaign and polls under present circumstances seems a tough task,” one of the top police officials said.
“The security forces want to continue counter militancy-related activities,” the official added.
The official said that it was not possible to provide security to each panchayat candidate. “It has been decided to ask them to hold rallies at designated places,” he added.
The south Kashmir is the most volatile area where the militancy related incidents have increased for the last few years.
Sources said that the political parties have started their door-to-door campaigning in the valley to garner support for the party candidates.
Sources said the security agencies will advise the political parties to hold rallies at “designated places”. “Security forces will draw a plan to ensure trouble free panchayat polls. Designated places have been earmarked for rallies given the precarious security situation,” a senior security official said.
A senior official posted at Divisional Commissioner Kashmir office said the security agencies will ask contesting candidates to follow formulated security guidelines for the upcoming polls. “The candidates will be advised to inform security forces before holding any election rally in their respective areas. The election rally will only be allowed at secured places,” the official said, adding, “The security forces sensitize roads to election rally venues”.

9 killed in cross LoC shelling so far: Govt

Jammu, Jan 20 : Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today said that nine people including, two army personnel, two BSF jawans and five civilians have died and 46 injured, some of them seriously, in different cross-border firing incidents across the International Border and LoC during the past few days.
Making a suo-moto statement in the House, the Minister said that all injured have been admitted in the GMC and other hospitals and are undergoing treatment. He said the authorities have already issued an alert for the population living along the borders to move to the safer places in view of the constant firing along the border.
Bali said the Department of Health & Medical Education has made elaborate arrangements to deal with the situation and adequate doctors (specialists) and paramedics along with necessary life saving drugs and equipment have been kept available round the clock in all health institutions.
In addition, he said, 197 Ambulances, including (Critical Care Ambulance) have been deployed to meet the situation.

JKLF grieved over demise of Hakim Pirzada Salam-ud-Din, aunt of Gulzar Ahmad

Srinagar, Jan 20 : Zonal president of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Noor Muhammad Kalwal Saturday expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of the aunt of district president Budgam Gulzar Ahmad Pahalwan, over the demise of a social figure of Betaher Budgam Hakim Pirzada Salam-ud-Din who breathed her last yesterday and at the demise of Ghulam Nabi Mir of Aalibagh Sopore who was father of senior JKLF member Feroz Ahmad Mir.
While praying for the heavenly abode of all deceased, JKLF leader as per the statement issued to KNS also prayed for the patience of their bereaved families.
A delegation comprising of Ashraf Bin Salam, Muhammad Ramzan, Pir Rashid, Ali Muhammad Mir, Bilal Ahmad and Ishfaq Ahmad visited the bereaved families and expressed condolences to them.
Another delegation comprising of Molvi Reyaz Ahmad, Muhammad Akbar Yatoo, Muhammad Yousuf Dar, Muhammad Salim and Reyaz Ahmad visited Aalibagh Sopore and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family of Ghulam Nabi Mir.

Kupwara shuts to protest abduction of girl by non-local trader

Srinagar, Jan 20 : Notwithstanding the protests over the abduction, rape and murder of an 8-yrs-old girl Asifa in Kathua, a shutdown is being observed in Kupwara town of north Kashmir over the abduction of another girl by a non-local trader, last week.
Reports said that the accused textile merchant Zubair Ahmad from Uttar Pradesh had abducted a local girl. The police later arrested the accused, who was subsequently let off on bail after three days of his arrest.”We want non-locals to carry on their businesses here. With this shutdown we want to send a message across that they (non locals) should refrain from immoral acts,” said Hafizullah Bakshi, President of Traders Federation Kupwara.
The police has assured the people of proper action and also appealed for maintaining peace in the area.
Meanwhile protests are continuing in length and breadth of Jammu province over the abduction, rape and murder of an 8-yrs-old Gujar girl Asifa.

Fake drugs a new challenge for Kashmir Society to combat

Srinagar, Jan 20 : Recently news came to front in which the new born babies were given expired injections at one of the leading maternity hospital in Kashmir Lal Ded. Be it the ignoring this fact or racket of fake drugs in Kashmir its people who always suffer.
Fake drug market is estimated at $200 billion by the world customs organizations and 30percent of drugs sold in developing nations are branded drugs which are counterfeited as reported by world Health organization (WHO).
According to an estimate 50 percent drugs consumed by people in Kashmir are substandard and even the life saving drugs Amoxicillin and Cerfriaxone supplied to the government hospitals are unsafe. In fact the whole drug market in Kashmir is flooded with these drugs.
The survey conducted by National Institute of Biologicals (NIB), Noida said that considerable amount of drugs sold in Kashmir were found not of standard quality both in hospitals as well as in open market.
The Kashmir Doctors association says that less then 1percent of drugs supplied to Kashmir are being checked and what is more dangerous is that the doctors prescribe these medicines despite knowing the health hazards.
In a speech by a noted Cardiologist Dr Naresh Tehran in 2012 in Srinagar termed Kashmir as the hub of spurious drugs in India and urged to government to take immediate steps to stop the distribution of these drugs and also urged the private companies to conduct a survey about these medicines. However 6 years have passed since and there seems no effort from the government to stop all this in Kashmir.
The much hyped “drug policy” has remained to papers only and the directions of the government some years back to prescribe the salt names only seems nowhere in practice.
In 2017 an inspection conducted by the Drugs and food control Organization in Kashmir under 7086 inspections, 36 out of 1096 samples were found of “Not Standard Quality”.
Kashmir is being targeted more by the literate and educated criminals than by any other thing.