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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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Arrest those involved in killing non-locals, minority community members to expose larger plan: Ghulam Nabi Azad



Says Crackdown on bikers highly condemnable, can prove counter-productive for Govt; No development taking place in J&K, Poverty, unemployment touching new heights

(Asian News Hub) – Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad while expressing his concern over the spate of selected killings Wednesday stated that those involved in the act should be arrested to expose the real plans.

He, however, said that the intense frisking and massive crackdown on the bikers was causing huge inconveniences to the general public.

“I met people of almost 11 districts and all have condemned the killing of non-locals and selected killings,” he told reporters as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.

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He said that there is no development taking place in J&K as construction material has become very costly and poverty is at its peak across in Kashmir as well as Jammu region. “Unemployment is touching new heights and people are becoming poorer day by day,” he said, adding that the only solution to the problem was restoration of statehood and to ensure elected government.

“The job of bureaucrats is to check and clear files and projects etc. Politician has a separate responsibility that of serving people on ground,” he said. “Hoping that J&K would prosper without elected government is the big mistake. We can’t even wait till militancy ends and development would take place. The solution is that while curbing militancy, development must go on as well.”

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He said due to steep rise in petrol, majority of people prefer two-wheelers like scooters and bikes but unfortunately, massive crackdown on bikers is highly condemnable. “This will further cause anger among the masses against government. Instead of taking pro-people steps, government is causing huge inconvenience for the general public,” Azad said. “We need to create a peaceful environment so that tourists arrive and people live in peace. Government must take positive steps in that direction.”

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Amit Shah warns Pakistan, refers to surgical strike



(Asian News Hub) – In a warning to Islamabad, Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said there was a time when there used to be talks when India’s border came under attack. But now, India gives a befitting reply to attacks, the home minister said in Goa as he remembered 2016’s surgical strike, Hindustan times reported.

“Surgical strike under PM Modi and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar was an important step. We sent out a message that no one can disturb India’s borders. There was a time for talks, But now is the time to reciprocate,” Shah said remembering the contribution of Goa’s Manohar Parrikar as the defence minister. The home minister was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the National Forensic Sciences University in Goa.

“When the militants attacked Poonch, India gave a befitting reply in the form of surgical strike. That was the beginning of a new chapter when India conveyed the message that it will give a reply in the same language,” Amit Shah said as per Hindustan times.

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The home minister’s message comes at a time when militant activities have seen an uptick in J&K and many civilians have been killed in the last few days.

The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan is being globally seen as an impetus to terror activities, against which India has issued stern messages on international platforms as well.

On September 229, 2016, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control, in a response to the terrorist attack on Uri.

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India won’t exist if storm of division of communities doesn’t stop forthwith: Dr Farooq Abdullah



Says In Kashmir, Muslims, Sikhs, Pandits, Buddhists have to stay united to defeat designs of those killing minorities; leaders leaving parties happens in politics, nothing new in it

(Asian News Hub) – National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah Wednesday said that a storm has engulfed the entire Indian where communities are being divided and if the same won’t stop forthwith, the country won’t exist anymore.

Talking to reporters at Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga Baghat Barzulla Srinagar, Dr Farooq said that it’s a storm that has gripped entire India. “Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus are being divided across the country. If this won’t stop forthwith, India won’t exist,” the NC chief said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

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On Kour’s killing, Dr Farooq said that Mulsims, Sikhs and Pandits have to be united and face the killers together. “We have to fight the enemies unitedly and don’t need to be afraid of them,” he said.

Asked about former NC leaders Devender Singh Rana and Surjeet Singh Salathia leaving the party, Dr Farooq said: “In politics leaders leaving parties happens. This isn’t anything new.”

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