Pakistan Observer

Kashmir

Jagmohan forced Pandits to leave IOK: Digvijay Singh

Srinagar—Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijay Singh, has revealed that the then Governor of occupied Kashmir, Jagmohan Malhotra, had forced the Kashmiri Pandits to leave the Kashmir Valley in 1990. “Kashmiri Pandits were unnecessarily forced to leave the Valley by Jagmohan. Hindus and Muslims lived together for Centuries in Kashmir,” Singh wrote on microblogging site Twitter. He further said that it was sad they (Kashmiri Pandits) had not been settled by successive governments. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

No reason to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa: Minister

New Delhi—Pakistan’s Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that there was no reason to ban the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), since it is not a terrorist organization but rather a charitable one, the Hindustan Times reported Tuesday. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

NIA running extortion racket: Geelani

Hyderpora, Ihk—Syed Ali Geelani, the head of resistance amalgamate All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Tuesday accused India’s National Investigating Agency of running an ‘extortion racket’ and torturing a Kashmir prisoner and forcefully obtaining his signature on the charge-sheet. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Omar blames PDP for Governor rule

Srinagar—Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah Monday said the Peoples Democratic could not form the Government till January 19 and they should be blamed for imposition of Governor’s rule in the state. Omar had earlier said he would publicly acknowledge that his stepping down (as the caretaker chief minister) was wrong if PDP formed the Government till January 19. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

HR activist protests ‘multiple massacres’

Srinagar—International Forum for Justice Chairman Muhammad Ahsan Untoo Tuesday staged a protest against ‘multiple massacres’ allegedly committed by Government Forces particularly BSF in Kashmir Valley. Untoo wrapped a long and wide banner around his body that depicted the dates of Gawkadal, Handwara, Kupwara and Sopore massacres. The multicolour banner draped by Untoo attracted the attention of scores of people including mediamen. Untoo marched from Abi Guzar towards Press Enclave. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Governor Rule: Another constitutional intrusion

WITH state proclaiming Governor’s rule as Omar Abdullah opted out, a grim reminder was served of state losing the prerogative to account for constitutional exigencies like failure to work out a coalition in a fractured mandate without reference to Delhi. In 1965, a pliant JK political executive collaborated by enacting sixth amendment of JK constitution, thus paving the way for implanting federal constitutional measures in exigencies. The exigencies apart from failure to put in a political executive to run the state machinery whatever the reason stand defined in Article 355 of the Indian constitution, ‘It shall be the duty of the Union to protect every State against external aggression and internal disturbance and to ensure that the government of every State is carried on in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution’. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Kashmir govt formation: What ails the PDP

WHY is the Peoples Democratic Party reluctant to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir despite the fact that all other parties and the unattached newly elected Legislative members extended their support to it, weeks back? Barring the BJP, other parties and the unattached members even affirmed that their support would be unconditional. National Conference confirmed its support in writing and clarified that it will not share power. Congress too didn’t put any hard conditions, while the unattached members asked it only to opt for a secular alliance. Despite this positive and conducive situation, why does PDP suffer from Hamlet Syndrome- “to [do] or not to [do] that is the question?” ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

‘Kashmiri martyrs’ sacrifices not to go waste’

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of Hurriyet Conference Jammu and Kashmir, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, and other Hurriyet leaders have said that the unparalleled sacrifices offered by the Kashmiri martyrs for the Kashmir cause will not be allowed to go waste and their mission will be accomplished at all costs. These leaders were paying glowing tributes to the martyrs of Gaw Kadal on the eve of their martyrdom anniversary. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Modi creates Kashmir instability: CPI

Srinagar—Communist Party of India leader Atul Anjan on accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of creating political instability in Jammu and Kashmir where a government is yet to be formed post the assembly elections and demanded that President’s rule should be imposed in the state taking note of the ongoing ceasefire violations. ... Sunday, January 04, 2015 Details

BJP talks with NC, PDP for govt formation

Mumbai—BJP president Amit Shah Friday said his party has been holding talks with both PDP and NC over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir but there has been no fruitful outcome yet. “Talks are on with both parties. There has been no fruitful outcome (yet),” he told reporters here, a day after BJP sought more time from Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra in view of the ongoing dialogue with parties. ... Sunday, January 04, 2015 Details

Jum condemns Jama’at leader’s execution

Srinagar—The Militant outfit Jamaet-ul-Mujahideen (JuM) Saturday while reacting to the reports of another Jama’at-e-Islami leader’s execution in Bangladesh said wherever Allah’s servants are hanged, wrath of Allah on that land turns inevitable. In an emailed statement to KNS, JuM spokesman Jammel Ahmad said, “The land and the killers can never be saved from the rage of Almighty which hangs the dear ones of Allah and Bangladesh must read the writing on the wall. It is indeed unfortunate that one by one the leaders of Jama’at are being hanged. Haseena Wajid is going these acts to please some powers but her acts are indeed condemnable and conscienceless.” ... Sunday, January 04, 2015 Details

Does recent poll bifurcate Jammu from Kashmir

THE well managed, lengthy election process followed by surprising mandate has brought Muslims of the State at crossroads. Has it, in fact initiated the process of trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir? This thought is hammering in everybody’s mind. If we look back, the seeds of division had been sown decades earlier when US based some Kashmiri think tanks proposed the modified version of “Dixon plan” as a final solution to Kashmir dispute. In the early ninety’s when State was under the grip of armed movement and India was looking for support to curb it forcefully, some US and British diplomats in consultation with regional politicians/Think tanks were suggesting that the movement should be restricted to “Valley” only. The message was to get Jammu and ladakh out of the borders of the State. ... Sunday, January 04, 2015 Details

Pro freedom leader pitches for ‘Grand Alliance’

Srinagar—Senior pro-freedom leader Azam Inqalabi Friday said that People’s Democratic Party patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed should understand the psyche of a Kashmiri and should not waste his time to form a civilian government in the state with the support of regional parties and some independent members. “Let us be realistic and admit that some people voted for PDP and this party has support base and those who voted for this party want it to form the government. A common Kashmiri hit by floods needs relief and it is the local government that can provide relief to him,” Inqalabi told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS adding that elections and government formation process in the state should not be linked with Kashmir issue. ... Sunday, January 04, 2015 Details

Will respond to truce break from Pak: Gen Saha

Qazidund (IHK)—Stating that safety and security of people is “priority” of Army, General Officer Commanding 15 Corps, Lt General SubrataSaha Friday said the force will respond effectively to any ceasefire violations from Pakistani side on the Line of Control in Kashmir. “We will respond effectively in case Pakistan violates the ceasefire along the LoC,” Lt Gen Saha told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Qazigund area of south Kashmir. “Strategy to counter ceasefire violations at LoC is already in place. The counter infiltration grid is in place to foil attempts by militants to sneak in.” ... Sunday, January 04, 2015 Details

No govt change can alter ground realities: Mirwiz

Rajbagh (IHK)—Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said change of governments in Jammu and Kashmir cannot alter the ground realities in the state. “Change of governments or faces cannot alter the ground realities in the state. Even pro-India parties have now acknowledged this fact,” Mirwaiz said, addressing congregation at historic Jamia Masjid here. ... Sunday, January 04, 2015 Details

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