Says DGMO level talk should open new windows of opportunity for further engagement, resolution of all impending issues
(Asian News Hub) – The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party Vice President Mr. Omar Abdullah on Thursday stated that with JK National Conference in vanguard, no one will be able to dismantle the identity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, saying the party has survived all tactics labored by anti Kashmir forces to weaken it.
Addressing a mammoth public gathering here at Damhal Hanjipura Kulgam, Party Vice President said that the party has long been associated with the political aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Referring to the numerous shenanigans and other coercive tactics which were employed to dismember the party whilst the entire party leadership was incarcerated, he said the workers withstood all the intimidation with bravery and didn’t give in.
Among others Party’s General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, State Secretary Sakina Itoo, Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar, District president Kulgam Abdul Majeed Bhat Larmi, District president Pulwama GM Mir, Safdar Khan also addressed the gathering. Party’s local DDC members, Municipal Council Chairman, members, parent, YNC block, Halqa level functionaries were also present in the function.
“The DDC results have made it clear that the people of Jammu and Kashmir trust none other than NC when it comes to representing their genuine political aspirations. However there is no scope of contentment, the results also revealed some shortcomings as well which we need to plug on time. The motive of my today’s visit to DH pura is to pay my earnest tributes to late Shaheed Itoo Sahib and encourage the party functionaries and workers to take on the mission of reaching out to the public more effectively.
The need of the hour is to make the party stronger than ever before to face the challenges ahead of us. There is a need to take a queue from today’s gathering and emulate it across the length and breadth of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Asking New Delhi to fulfill its solemn pledges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir he said, “The founding fathers of the nation have listed all the solemn commitments made to the people of J&K in the constitution itself. We are subjected to canards, called as anti national and timid when we call for having a dialogue with the neighboring country to solve all the impending issues. The fresh veiled diplomatic outreach between India and Pakistan, and the successive DGMO level accord on the implementation of ceasefire on the borders between India and Pakistan is a telling indictment of our stand. We in our party don’t resort to rabble rousing.
Pragmatism has long been the template of our party policy. And our repeated calls for dialogue both internal and external are borne out of our commitment to non-violence and predilection for peace. I hope the DGMO level talks act as a step towards greater engagement between India and Pakistan,” he said.
Remarking on the state of democratic institutions in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the DDC elections were used as diplomatic tools by New Delhi. These people were told that they are going to have a stake in development but when it came to empowering them, the GOI turned to the other side. “National Conference has long been a strong votary of decentralization and participatory governance. Our vision for decentralization pre-figures the introduction of Panchayti Raj elsewhere in the country. It was in our times that Panchayat Elections saw a huge turnout. But ironically this local level of government wasn’t spared as well from becoming a causality of politics,” he said.
He added that the DDC elections saw how all established norms were thrown to air and unashamedly undermining all norms in the elections to DDC. The partisan behavior of the administration, using coercion and intimidation to win over crossovers marked the entire breadth of elections and election to DDC chairman. He said the scenario pre and post elections revealed how political impropriety and opportunism was allowed to take roots here.
Earlier the Party Vice President led the party functionaries in offering Fateh and floral tributes at the final resting place of late Shaheed Wali Muhammad Itoo’s final resting place at the shrine of Haji Alam Din (RA) Ziyarat Grave yard at Damhal Hanji Pura. On the occasion party functionaries prayed for peace to the soul of late leader.
I’m a Kashmiri Pandit, feels home like vibes in J&K: Rahul Gandhi in Jammu
Targets BJP, RSS for ‘destroying’ composite culture of UT
(Asian News Hub) – Congress leader and Member Parliament Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that he belongs to a Kashmiri Pandit family and feels home like vibes after visiting Jammu and Kashmir.
Rahul, as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), accused Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for allegedly “destroying composite culture of J&K.”
Wrapping up his two-day Jammu visit, Rahul while addressing a workers convention in Jammu’s Trikuta Nagar, said: “Whenever I come to Jammu and Kashmir, I feel home like vibes. I realized it at Vaishno Devi Darbar too.”
He said: “My family has a long relationship with Jammu and Kashmir. I’m a Kashmiri Pandit and my family is Kashmiri Pandit. Today morning, a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits met me. They told me that Congress implemented many welfare schemes for them, but BJP has done nothing.”
Rahul further said: “I promise my Kashmiri Pandit brothers that I will do something definitely for them.”
He said that he will soon visit Ladakh region.
The Congress leader accused the RSS-BJP combine of trying to break the composite culture of J&K.
“The feeling of love, brotherhood and composite culture exists among you all. I feel sad that the RSS and BJP are trying to break this culture,” Rahul said, addressing workers. “They (RSS, BJP) attack love and brotherhood! You got weakened and as a result, they took away your statehood.”
The Congress leader exhorted the gathering to chant ‘Jai Mata Di’, a day after he paid obeisance at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra. Invoking the Goddess in his speech, Gandhi said, “I went to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine yesterday. There are three symbols of mata (pindis) there – Mata Durga, Mata Lakshmi and Mata Saraswati. Goddess Durga protects us, Lakshmi is a symbol of power, and Saraswati symbolises education and knowledge.”
He said that the BJP government’s policies like demonetisation and GST have weakened their powers.
Pointing towards his hand, Rahul co-related the Congress election symbol with Lord Shiva and Guru Nanak Dev, and said “it was the symbol of being fearless.”
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“This hand is the symbol that you should not be afraid of anything,” he said, adding that the “BJP is afraid of everything.”
Former Chief Minister and Leader in Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad while addressing the gathering maintained the Jammu and Kashmir witnessed development in triple shifts during Congress and PDP collation government rule, when he was chief Minister.
Rajni Patil, In-charge Jammu and Kashmir Congress came heavily on fractions within the party and said that indiscipline would not be tolerated as nobody is above the party despite of his political stature.
Earlier, Rahul was given a rousing reception at the Jammu airport on his arrival earlier in the day and Congress members, including top leaders, welcomed him with beats of dolaks.
On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi paid obeisance at the Mata Vaishnodevi temple. He reached the shrine after undertaking a “14-km-long yatra” on foot through the Trikuta hills from Katra base camp, said party leaders.
Rahul also met with the head pujari and the aarti pujari at the Bhawan and was blessed by them. During his trek to the shrine, the former Congress president was flanked by several leaders, including Mir.
Committed to fight for restoration of statehood, Article 370: Dr Farooq
Taliban must ensure protection of human rights, follow Islamic principles, build good relation with rest of world; NC will participate in Assembly polls but Centre must restore Statehood first
(Asian News Hub) – National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah Wednesday said that his party will not shy away from participating in the Assembly polls but Centre must first restore statehood before announcing elections.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of 39th death anniversary of NC patriarch Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah at his mausoleum at Hazratbal, Srinagar, Dr Farooq said: “I don’t know when elections would be held. Whenever they are held, we won’t shy away and rather participate and win as well. The Centre must first restore statehood before holding polls.”
The NC chief said that his party is committed to fight for the restoration of Statehood and Article 370. “There is no change in our stance. We are fighting and will continue to fight,” he said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO)
About Taliban’s takeover, the NC chief said that Taliban must protect human rights in Afghanistan. “They must follow Islamic principles in spirit and build good relations with rest of the world,” Dr Farooq said.
Last rites of Geelani should have been allowed as per wishes: Mehbooba
Says issue of filing FIR against his family ‘too little’ in democratic India
(Asian News Hub) – Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti Monday said that treatment meted to the body of veteran separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani was uncalled for, and said that one can fight with living person, but the dead body must not get indifferent treatment.
Talking to the media persons, Mehbooba as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) correspondent said that the videos and news reports have shown that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were quite disappointed.
She said that “you can fight with a person when he is alive, but once dead, you need to respect the body like others.”
Replying to a query about the cases filed against Geelani’s family for raising slogans and covering his body with Pakistani flag, she said that India is a biggest democratic country and these issues are not too little. “The government should have allowed the family to perform the last rites of Geelani as per the wishes,” she said.
Mehbooba added that she too had differences with Geelani, but the dead body must not get indifferent treatment, saying that “what we have seen was against humanity. Everybody’s last wishes are to be respected. The incident witnessed was against the cultural identity of India.”
She also added that nobody can force anyone to love or hate any leader on the barrel of a gun.
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