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Increasing unemployment, back-sliding of governance, administrative inertia robbed sense of entitlement of JK youth: Sagar

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Says disenchantment among youth most disturbing of all casualties of unilateral measures undertaken by ruling BJP on 5th of August in 2019

Srinagar, Jan 21: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday expressed dismay over the increasing unemployment rate in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the back-sliding of governance in the region has robbed a sense of entitlement, and job opportunities from the local youth.

The disenchantment among youth has been the most disturbing of all the causalities of the unilateral measures undertaken by the GOI on 5th of August in 2019, said the Party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar while interacting with scores of delegations who had called on him here at party head quarters Nawa-e-Subha. The visiting delegations apprised the General Secretary about the widespread unemployment, administrative inertia and development deficit in their respective areas.

Among others Senior Party Leader Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Party’s North Zone President MP Baramulla Muhammad Akbar Lone, Central Zone President Ali Muhammad Dar, District President Kupwara Qaisar Jamsheed Lone, Provincial Secretary Showkat Ahmed Mir and Ahsan Pardesi were also present on the occasion.

Interacting with the delegations, Party General Secretary said the democratic system which was ushered in Jammu and Kashmir by Sher-e-Kashmir has been derailed by the brush of authoritarianism on 5th of August 2019. “Unfortunately, the youth of Jammu and Kashmir has in particular been at the receiving end of it. Unilateral and undemocratic rescinding of our constitutionally guaranteed status, disenfranchising natives from exclusive rights over land and jobs, and the smear campaign against them on media has buried their dreams; they see no light at the end of the tunnel. The dream which was sold to our youth while rescinding Articles 370, 35-A has not materialized yet. Local educated youth continue to suffer on account of shrinking opportunities, the absence of a viable employment package and incentivization of tourism, handicraft sectors has further aggravated their plight. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the future of our youth across Jammu and Kashmir has been the biggest causality of august 5th policy 2019 policy of ruling BJP. The absence of any viable private sector compounded the woes of our unemployed youth,” he said.

 Compounding the predicaments of educated local youth is undoubtedly  the dysfunctional government and its lackluster attitude and unawareness about plethora of issues concerning the people, Sagar said “installing democracy in J&K and putting the local youth on the track of development seems unachievable in the prevailing situation due to the failure of the government in infusing trust in the local youth by making amends to the policy of August 5, 2019, coming out with a passive employment bonanza and sustaining of  tourism and local handloom and handicrafts sectors by added incentivization  Far from taking such affirmative measures, the ruling BJP under the spell of its  faux assimilation drama is adding salt to the injuries of our youth, without giving a thought to its consequences for the country and J&K in particular.”

He said the unstable political situation coupled with the widespread administrative inertia, and development deficit has heralded death to the aspirations of our youth, most of whom he said have turned to substance abuse and drug addiction. “If the crisis is left unattended to by the GOI will morph into a catastrophic one pushing the already aggravated youth to the wall,” he said.

On the occasion the party leaders also raised the issue of failure of district and divisional administration in coping up with the snowfall aftermath. In addition to that the issue of paucity of electricity, water and widespread unaccountability in healthcare centers across Kashmir also predominated the interaction on the occasion.

The party General Secretary urged the provincial and district level functionaries to perk up their public contact at Halqa, Zone, and Provincial levels.

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In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police

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Militant killed in Pulwama was involved in killing of PDD employee at Batamaloo; Slain at Bemina encounter had killed SI Arshid at Khanyar, both slain locals; now only 3 militants active from Sgr district; 11 militants killed in 8 encounters this month: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir police Friday said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) militants were killed in two separate encounters in southern Pulwama and Srinagar, who were involved in the killing of a civilian and probationary sub-inspector.

A police officer told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that based on a specific input, police, army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Wahibugh area of Pulwama. “During the search operation, when the suspected house where the militant was hiding, was zeroed-in, repeated offers of surrender were made. But the militant fired indiscriminately at the forces triggering a gun-battle,” he said. “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Shahid Bashir Shiekh, resident of Habba Kadal, Srinagar was killed and his body retrieved from the site of encounter.” The officer said that slain militant had joined militancy recently and was linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF). Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told KNO that slain militant Shahid was involved in the killing of civilian and PDD employee Muhammad Shafi Dar of Batamaloo, Srinagar. “We have recovered an AK-47 riffle from the slain militant,” the IGP said.

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About the second encounter, police said based on a specific input by police about the presence of a militant at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina area of Srinagar, an operation was launched by the police in the area. “During the search operation, the hiding militant was asked to surrender but he fired at the forces triggering an encounter,” a police official said, adding that “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Tanzeel Ahmed, a resident of Haba Kadal, Srinagar.

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He said that the slain Tanzeel was involved in the killing of Probationary Sub Inspector Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar, Srinagar on September 12. The Kashmir police chief said that Shahid and Tanzil were also “collaborators in recent killings of a chemist and two teachers in the city.” The IGP Kashmir said that after recent civilian killings, Srinagar based militants had shifted to South Kashmir “but we continued to track their movements and managed to zero in on them today.”

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“Now only three militants are active as two have been killed today. We are after the remaining three and will soon get them,” the IGP said, both the encounters took place within a span of three hours. “Both operations are over and two-AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the two slain militants,” he said.

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Militant killed in Bemina Sgr

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(Asian News Hub) – One militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter that broke out between forces and militants in Bemina area of Srinagar.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), officials said that a militant has been killed while the operation is still on in the area.

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“#Encounter has started at #Bemina area of #Srinagar. Srinagar Police on the job. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Police Zone tweeted.

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Militant from Sgr involved in recent civilian killings killed in Pulwama gunfight: IGP

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(Asian News Hub) – Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar Friday said that a militant from Srinagar, who was involved in recent civilian killings has been killed in Pulwama gunfight.

According to reports the gunfight broke out between forces and militants in Wahibugh area after a joint team of Police, Army’s 50 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

Killed #terrorist has been identified as Shahid Basir Sheikh of #Srinagar. He was involved in recent #killing of #civilian (Mohd Safi Dar, PDD Deptt’s staff) on 2/10/21. AK 47 rifle was used in his killing. One AK rifle along with Mag/Amn recovered: IGP Kashmir, Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

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