Holds interaction to search out possibilities for economic relations between J&K, Belgium
Srinagar, May 22 (.): In his first ever visit to Kashmir, H.E Jan Luykx the Ambassador of Kingdom of the Belgium along with Alexis Bossuyt, Commercial Counsellor in India on Tuesday met Chairman of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmed Chaya and other state expert Committee chairman’s of PHD Chamber Kashmir in Srinagar.
An interactive meeting was organized by PHD Chamber Kashmir to search out the possibilities and opportunities for the trade and economic relations between J&K and Belgium.
The Ambassador briefed the PHDCCI Chairman and its members about various opportunities Belgium presents for Companies in the Renewable Energy, Agriculture, Education, Horticulture sectors. Ambassador called for a closer cooperation between PHD Chamber and Belgium in technology transfer and development in the renewable, Agriculture, Horticulture, Water and Lake Management.
While addressing the session, Luykx said that the prospective areas that Belgium intends to explore in future are various as Belgium has highly specialized companies which can bring scientific & technical know-how in the sectors of clean tech, renewable energy, food processing, infrastructure much of which are the central themes and focus areas of the present India Government.
The PHD Chamber impressed upon the Ambassador that since Belgium being the founding member of European Union and “we expect that the Belgium will take a step forward to ease out the adverse travel advisory on Kashmir and will advocate the other EU countries to ease out the adverse travel advisory on Kashmir and it was discussed to provide a space for the promotion of Kashmir Tourism in Cultural Festival and also in other Tourism Events of Belgium.”
The representatives of PHDCCI Kashmir Chapter also requested the Ambassador to arrange a football coach for Kashmir football players and teams as Kashmir also shares the passion for the sport. And also to organize a friendly football U-19 Match between a Belgium team and Kashmiri Players.
Apart from Tourism, other sectors were also taken up and thoroughly discussed like Agriculture, Horticulture and there technological aspect, FMCG Sector & Cold Chain Food processing. The Commercial Counsellor discussed about the India-Belgium Agriculture opportunities Galore.
He said that upcoming Agro-Fare is going to take place in India on 5th Dec wherein Agriculture Expertise of Belgium will be participating and suggested PHDCCI Kashmir Chapter and its representative to participate in the Agro-Fare.
The meeting was attended by the Ex Minister Dilawar Mir, Vicky Shaw, Jaan Muhammad Kaul, Bilal Kawoosa, Showket Chowdhary, Tariq Ghani, Shahana Fatima, Baber Chowdhary, Nasir Shah and Regional Officer of PHDCCI J&K Iqbal Fayaz Jan. (.)
Speakers pay tribute to two leaders
Srinagar, Mar 22 (.): A glittering seminar was held at town hall Kupwara to pay tributes to Shaheed-e-Milat Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq and Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khawja Abdul Gani Lone on their martyrdom anniversaries.
The seminar was presided over by Bilal Gani Lone while as Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman; Mirwaiz Umar Farooq couldn’t attend the seminar as he continues to remain under house detention.
Senior Hurriyat leaders Professor Abdul Gani Bhat and JKLF activist Master Muhammad Afzal, Hurriyat leaders Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Ghulam Hassan Mir and Abdul Majeed Banday participated in the seminar.
In his address, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat while paying tributes to two leaders said that Kashmir issue is purely a humanitarian issue and in the wake of changing geo-political scenario, the resolution of Kashmir issue has become inevitable.
He said Kashmir was the main source of tension between the two nuclear powers—India and Pakistan and until this issue is resolved as per the aspirations of people, peace can’t prevail in the south Asia.
He said time has come when the two countries must shun their bitterness and start a sustained dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of people.
Addressing the gathering, Bilal Gani Lone also paid tributes to two leaders stating that both worked hard for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
He said that Hurriyat Conference is a genuine political forum representing the true aspirations of people of Kashmir.
Lone said he is a staunch believer that the resolution of issues likes in strengthening the hands of leadership and remaining steadfast on the mission and towards the goal. He said whatever decision comes from the leadership have to be abided in true letter and spirit.
He said the ruling regime is trying hard to crush the ongoing movement through its military might as every now and then leadership is placed under house detention and workers and activists are lodged in police stations.
Lone said the only way to defeat these repressive measures is to remain united and steadfast towards the mission of martyrs.
He strongly condemned the continuous house detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) strongly condemned the slapping of PSA on those who participate in the funeral of slain youth stating that such acts amount to brazen violation of basic principles of democracy and humanity.
The spokesman also denounced the police action where in Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ghulam Ahmed Bhat and his son Aqib Gulzar has been arrested and lodged in a police station.
He said a Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activists Bashir Ahmed Lone and Muhammad Rafiq Shah too have been detained for no reason, stating the government has been resorting to ultimate repression to break the resolve of people of Kashmir and now the fresh trend of slapping PSAs on people attending funeral speaks volumes government’s iron-fist policy.
The spokesman also condemned the continuous house detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, barring him from carrying out his social and religious duties in the holy fasting month terming it as a political vendetta. (.)
Life of jails inmates especially in Jammu jails turned into hell by authorities: JKLF chief
Srinagar, May 22 (.): Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has been released from police custody after about six days of fresh incarceration, a spokesman said.
“From last three years, JKLF chairman has been in and out of jails and this year too has not been different. He was arrested on the first day of Ramazan and forced to spend first six days of Ramazan in police custody. During last Ramazan too, he had to spend almost full month in jail which is highly regrettable,” spokesman said in a statement issued to ..
He said that it has become a preferred pastime of the rulers and their police authorities to arrest and incarcerated JKLF chairman and as soon as anything happens anywhere, he is the first one to be put behind bars which actually shows the anti- democratic attitude of the rulers and their authorities.
While terming this state of affairs as making ‘a mockery’ of democracy and freedom of speech, the spokesman said that these frequent arrests and incarcerations have put Yasin Sahibs health in jeopardy which is fast deteriorating.
He said that the rulers and their authorities should at least have some respect for the holy month of Ramazan and should refrain from imposing harm to human beings.
A delegation of the kith and kin of many Kashmiri inmates languishing in different jails today visited JKLF office and met with JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik.
The delegation informed JKLF chairman about the ill-treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners in various jails of Jammu Kashmir and outside especially in the jails of Jammu region.
“Kashmiri inmates have been put dark cells under shabby conditions and besides mental torture are being subjected to physical abuse too. During holy month of Ramazan even Sehri and Iftari has become a tedious affair for these inmates who are facing worst kind of apathy at the hands of jail authorities,’ the statement said.
Delegation said that authorities at Udhampor Jail, Kuthuwa jail, Imphala Jammu jail and Hiranagar Jail have beaten all previous records of tyranny and oppression at said jails and besides other atrocities committed on them, these inmates are being forced to take Iftari and Sehri in solitary cells.
Delegation said that these jails have been turned into Abu-Ghareeb where even human dignity and religious freedom is on stake.
Malik on the occasion expressed solidarity with these victims and said that the rulers are even disregarding their own supreme court by shifting inmates to jails which are hundreds of kilometers away from their homes.
It is pertinent to mention that Supreme Court has ordered to keep prisoners in jails located as close as possible to their homes. “These inmates at least needed to be kept near their home so that their kith and kin were able to meet them, but to inflict more harm to them and their families; they have been sent to far off jails,” said JKLF chairman.
“This is actually trampling democratic norms and freedom of speech under military and police boots and irony is that all this is being done under the pretext of so-called democracy and peace,” said JKLF chairman.
Stressing upon the need to take a note of these gross human rights violations and plight of Kashmiri inmates, Malik appealed ICRC and other international human rights organization to save the lives of these inmates from the wrath of Indian.
While condemning the firing by Indian army on unarmed men and women, that too at Iftar time at DK Pora Shupian, JKLF chairman said that “occupational Army and forces whose hands are painted with the blood of our loved ones want Kashmiris to join their forced Iftari operation and when people at Shupian last evening refused to do so, they were showered with bullets and pellets injuring many of them including some women.”
“This firing on unarmed civilians shows the real face of Indian occupation which neither has any respect for religious sentiments of the people nor does care for the lives of human beings,” added JKLF chairman.
He said that instead of these Sadbhwana Iftari programs, Indian Army should hold some programs for their soldiers where the importance of human dignity and life is taught to them. (.)
Calls for peace
Jammu, May 22 (.): Provincial President, Youth National Conference, Ajaz Jan today expressed grave concern over Pakistani firing and shelling along International Border and Line of Control, leading to dislocation of border dwellers, killing of civilians including an eight month child.
“Civilians are falling prey to the condemnable Pakistani shelling”, Jan said while addressing workers at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan, here and conveyed condolences to the families that lost their dear ones. He also condoled the death of a BSF jawan in recent firing.
He said bullets and shells are causing enormous human sufferings and this had to be stopped by working towards heralding peace by adhering to the ceasefire agreement.
Jan sought a policy vis a vis border population that faces the brunt of shelling and said mere words won’t solve their problems. A sense of security is to be instilled among them and necessary measures taken to meet the eventualities in terms of providing safe shelters, medicare and other facilities to the dislocated people. He said the promises made to border people have fallen flat and at times the administration fails even to shift the injured to hospitals for specialized treatments. He expressed anguish over the callousness of the coalition dispensation and said its presence is nowhere to be seen at ground zero, especially during exigencies.
Ajaz Jan also dwelt upon various issues facing to youth, saying that due to anti-youth policies of the PDP-BJP coalition the youth were feeling left to lurch. He said their problems are accumulating with each passing day. He called for earnest measures for redressing the problems of the youth.
Those who spoke on the occasion included Rohit Kerni, Rohit Bali, Yashuwardhan Singh, Tajinder Pal Singh, Sandeep Wazir, Kousar Malik, Reitesh Koul, Adv Zameer Qureshi, Jalaj Chaudhary, Vishal Gupta, Nitish Goswami, Sahil Singh Jamwal, Muzamil Malik, Atul Sharma, Mudit Seth, Jyot Singh, Nawaz Ahmed and others. (.)
‘This has once again proved that Kashmiri people cannot be lured by mere gestures’
Srinagar, May 22: Condemning Indian Army for opening fire on unarmed civilians at the time of ‘Iftaar’ in DK Pora village of Shopian, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has said that such incidents vindicate that India does not need Kashmiri people but it is only interested in the land of Kashmir.
In a statement issued to KNS, a JKDFP spokesperson while condemning the Army action said that people of DK Pora Shopian have set an example by refusing ‘Iftaar’ of the occupied forces and this has once again proved that Kashmiri people cannot be lured by mere gestures.
This also should act as writing on the wall for New Delhi and it must now understand the fact that unless and until Kashmiris are given right to self determination they cannot be silenced even by using brute forces against them.
Praying for the speedy recovery of injured girls, the JKDFP spokesperson said that it is shameless to open fire on women after people politely rejected Army’s ‘iftaar’. This proves that Indian Army has not any goodwill for Kashmiri people and it can kill them even at the time of ‘Iftaar’.
Terming the so called gestures like ‘iftaar’ parties as futile, JKDFP spokesperson said that Jammu Kashmir people are fighting for their right to self determination, as promised to them by international community. If India accepts this right only, the Kashmiri people will accept every gesture of India.