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Long term bureaucratic rule has stymied progress of JK, compounded peoples miseries: Sagar

Presides over a review meeting on preparations afoot for death anniversary observance of Party stalwart Sheikh Nazir Ahmed

(Asian News Hub) – The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar on Monday took a review meeting of preparations afoot for the death anniversary observance of Party stalwart and former General Secretary Sheikh Nazir Ahmed.

While chairing the review meeting which saw the participation of Party’s Central Secretary Irfan Shah, District President Srinagar Peer Afaq and eight block presidents of Srinagar district and other district functionaries, Party General Secretary  stated that  late Nazir Sahib was the embodiment of the ideals and virtues of  Sher-e-Kashmir.

“A strong spirited person he was! His contribution to the party is unparalleled. A statesman to the core, he stood for his principles till his last breath,” Sagar said the void created by his demise is unarguably hard to fill, his honesty and steadfastness, he stated would continue to inspire the rank and file of the party.

He further added that the anniversary observance day affords the party men an opportunity to peep into the live of this illustrious son of soil. He said observing anniversary is a means by which we all in the party try to rejuvenate ourselves with the renewed vigour and vitality to serve the people by strictly adhering to the party’s emancipative, inclusive and pro-poor agenda.

Keeping in view the present COVID-19 protocol, it was decided to have a small congregation of party functionaries at the graveyard of the veteran leader at Malik Sahib Soura. The party leaders, it was decided will visit the grave yard at Malik Sahib on 24 of February at 10.00 am in the morning and offer floral tributes and Fateh at the final resting place of Late Nazir Sahib.

The occasion would also mark the recital of holy verses from the Quran.  Glowing tributes to the late party veteran would be also paid at Party Headquarter Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan, Jammu, and party units of Pir Panchal, Chenab, and all district headquarters across Jammu and Kashmir.  

On the occasion the Party General Secretary also released party’s tribute poster for late Sheikh Nazir Sahib.  Later on the occasion, party functionaries who were present in the meeting also paid homage to the veteran leader.

Among other issues the issues concerning the people ranging from administrative inertia to development deficit also predominated the meeting. While interacting with the party functionaries, Sagar said, “The absence of democracy and long spell of bureaucratic rule has stymied the entire region.

The bureaucrats have no skin in the administration and are not subjected to the public wrath in wake of not rising up to the people’s expectations. The airdropped coterie of officials at the helm of power in JK seems to care little about the issues concerning the people.”

He stated the unrelated bureaucracy look without seeing, listen without hearing and proclaim decisions, changing people’s lives without taking cognizance of the wishes and aspirations of the people. “The failure to give impetus to the infra-projects , ineptitude to cope up with the aftermaths of the rampaging two successive lock downs post august 5 2019 has badly exposed the failures of  coterie having their hands on the helms of power in J&K.

We only saw officials change their stripes and do photo-ops. The over centralization of the center in Jammu and Kashmir is “pushing one size for all” kind of measures with little consideration people’s aspirations,” he said.

Remarking on the membership drive, Sagar said that NC was all set to create new membership records. He stated that the overwhelming support for NC was visible during the ongoing membership drive. “The interest from all segments of the society towards NC is a telling reflection of people’s faith in our policies. 

The keen interest from all the segments of people towards joining NC in Chenab, Plain of Jammu, and Pir Panchal is overwhelming,” he said.

He stated that the Party President Dr Farooq Abdullah’s political foresight and the political acumen and sincerity of Party Vice President  have played a major role in alluring new members to into the party fold.

“The rush seen to join the party folds is insightful of how strongly the policies of NC have fared well in all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

The compelling support for NC in the recent DDC polls and the undergoing membership drive has dispirited those who had forecasted our doom.

Fortunately, the immense support of people from all sections of society across the breadth and length of JK has debunked all the sham propaganda,” he added.

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Mehbooba Mufti greets people on Ramadhan eve

(Asian News Hub) – Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti has felicitated people of Jammu and Kashmir on the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadhan.

In her message on the occasion, the PDP President hoped the holy month heralds the beginning of an era of peace, prosperity and salvage humanity from the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic. “I pray that this holy month brings along all the divine blessings for our state and its people”, Mehbooba Mufti prayed in her message.

Terming Ramadhan as a month of charity and compassion, Mehbooba Mufti appealed to the well to do sections of society to donate generously for the social causes during this month and added the holy month highlights the values of patience, self-restraint, tolerance and austerity, which promote feelings of compassion and respect for others.

​“Please remember during this month the widows, orphans, destitute, infirm and those who are unable to fend for themselves and try to donate generously for the social causes”, she said in her appeal.

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Stay away from Gun culture, follow democratic means: Mehbooba to Kashmir youth

Says don’t accept Aug 05 decision that ended accession between J&K, Union of India, want J&K to become model of peace in South Asia, PAGD still intact, centre not in favour of elections in J&K as it wants to rule it from Delhi

(Asian News Hub) – Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the accession between J&K and Union of India has been trashed in 2019 by the BJP led regime at the Centre. She also appealed to youth in the Valley to stay away from gun culture and fight for their rights in democratic way.

Addressing a gathering during membership drive here in Srinagar, Mehbooba said that the decision taken by the central government on August 05, 2019 is not acceptable and the rights and identity snatched from the people here must be restored.
“Those who have turned Jammu and Kashmir into a jail must bear in mind that we don’t accept the decision taken by the government. We will fight for our rights till our last breath. Even if a journalist speaks anything, he is being called and subsequently booked under UAPA,” she said.

“It is not Pakistan but India who had given us the special status. I don’t understand why BJP is getting angry why I am asking my country to restore the identity and special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The government has put an end to the agreement between J&K and Union of India, but still it is the people of J&K who are holding the hand of India. And when we raise any objection, we are being asked to stay calm,” she said, adding that the situation in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh is very critical.

She added that PDP has always played a role in ensuring peace in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the party’s aim is to make J&K a bridge for peace in South Asia and want J&K to become a model of peace in South Asia.

“As SAARC summit is set to be held in Pakistan, we hope our Prime Minister will go there as there is no other way besides dialogue to resolve the issues,” she added.

Talking to media persons on the sidelines of the function, Mehbooba said that any movement with guns is bound to fail, saying that this is why she has been appealing to the Kashmiri youth not to lose their lives due to bullets. “If we want to resolve the Kashmir issue, we need to follow democratic way and force the twin neighboring countries including India and Pakistan to hold dialogue,” she said.

“Some people want Kashmiri youth to pick up arms to show the world that they (Kashmiris) are terrorists and there are no issues with them, thus we need to follow democratic means to resolve our issues,” she said.

Asked about silence in PAGD, Mehbooba said that the conglomerate has a great role to play, saying that PAGD is still intact. “If PAGD is not there then who will talk about the issues of J&K people. Dr Farooq Abdullah’s health condition was not good, thus no meeting was held so far,” she said.

About the delimitation process in J&K, Mehbooba said that the central government will always try to keep the power of J&K into their hands so that they can take any decision vis-à-vis UT directly from Delhi. She said the central government wants to execute their decisions without the interference of local government here, and thus don’t want elections to be conducted soon.


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Leaders didn’t leave when we made them ministers, MLAs, RS members, they can better answer why they leaving: Mehbooba Mufti

‘Flag hoisting order reflects a sense of insecurity on part of GoI, wonder why such directions for J&K only’

(Asian News Hub) – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said that the leaders who quit her party in the recent times preferred to stay in it when they were made ministers, MLAs and Rajya Sabha members and that those who quit would answer in a better way whether they left out of somebody’s pressure or something else.

Talking to reporters at her Gupkar residence here, Mehbooba said that the question why PDP leaders were leaving should be posed to those who have left. “How can I answer this question? Ask those who left. They didn’t leave when we made them ministers, MLAs and even Rajya Sabha members. I don’t know whether they are leaving out of somebody’s pressure or something else. PDP is facing challenging times so is the J&K,” she said as per news agency—KNO.

About the recent directions on flag hoisting on government buildings etc, the PDP chief said that flag hoisting order reflects a sense of insecurity on part of the government of India vis-à-vis Kashmir. “I wonder why such orders are not issued anywhere in India and why in J&K only,” she said.

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