Int’l Day of Disappeared Persons: Families remember missing kinSrinagar—On the eve of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) staged a peaceful sit-in at city’s Pratap Park here. Scores of family members of disappeared persons participated in the peaceful protest that was also attended by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik who expressed solidarity with the families of the victims.
Mehbooba terms withdrawal of Secretary-level talks immature stepJammu—Peoples Democratic Party chief and Member Parliament, Mehbooba Mufti has said that Bharatiya Janata Party government has failed to carry forward the peace initiative taken by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to maintain peace in sub-continent.
“I am disappointed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not working on the lines of Vajpayee’s agenda,” PDP president told reporters. Terming cancellation of Indo-Pak foreign secretary-level talks as ‘immature step’, she said that the meeting between separatists and Pakistan leaders was nothing new and union government should act with more responsibility while dealing with Kashmir issue.
Unveiling list of enforced disappeared victims demandedSrinagar—The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq demanding the truth behind enforced disappearance cases has appealed to the international community and human rights organizations to exert pressure on India to publicize the list of people buried in unmarked graves. The Mirwaiz in a statement issued in Srinagar said that since past 25 years Kashmiris had offered sacrifices of their lives and property for the sacred cause of freedom.
Surveying a complex social structure
Prof Gull WaniFOR various obvious reasons the Youth in Jammu and Kashmir have remained the object of attention for society in general and policy planners in particular. Many youth studies were conducted to understand the socio-political and psychological problems of Kashmiri youth. These studies provided policy relevant inputs to state managers and all other stakeholders The aspirations of youth in Pakistani part of Kashmir have generally remained a neglected area of research. This gap has been filled up by a study carried in AJK by an organization known as Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms (CPDR) supported by London based Conciliation Resources. The CR is an independent organization working in conflict places in different parts of the world. The study has brought to light some very interesting findings which have potential to mitigate the problems of youth in AJK.
Omar slams opponents of Kashmir solution via Indo-Pak talksSrinagar—Under attack for the resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council on resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said legislators voice the sentiment of the people who elect them.
“We don’t talk here of our own (will). We talk for the people who we represent here,” Omar said in the state Assembly.
JK Speaker condemns RSS chief’s statementSrinagar—The Speaker, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Mubarak Gul has condemned the statement of RSS Chief for his alleged Hindu nationality remarks.
Pacifying the members in the House over the issue just before start of question hour in the Assembly, the Speaker said that India is a secular country and it belongs to the members every faith or ideology. He said people of all sections be it Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Parsis, have given sacrifices for the country and these statements create wedge between the communities.