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Welcome Indo-Pak renewed engagement on J&K: Omar

Interacts with number of delegations at Nawa e Subah

(Asian News Hub) – The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday welcomed the renewed bilateral engagement between India and Pakistan after a long hiatus saying the changed understanding of both the neighboring countries vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir will act as forerunner of peace and prosperity in the region.

Commenting on a series of initiatives being taken by the GoI, Party‘s Vice President said the renewed outlook  of both the countries give an inkling of a changed mind set towards Jammu and Kashmir. He said the evolving situation has made it pretty clear that the outlook of both the countries has undergone a big change and has been replaced with a policy of peaceful engagement.  He said it was a welcome step that must be carried forward positively.

Party Vice President said this while interacting with a series of delegations of party’s Parent, YNC and Women wing functionaries at Party Headquarters Nawa e Subha, Srinagar. Party General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, party functionaries Ali Mohammad Dar, Tanvir Sadiq, Showkat Mir, Peer Afaq, Imran Nabi Dar, Salman Ali Sagar, Ahsan Pardesi, Sabiya Qadri, Shabir Ahmad, GN Bhat, Jagdish Singh Azad, Anil Dhar, Mohammad Yaqoob Wani were also present.     

Remarking on the development, he said, “We have been pleading with the GOI to restore 4G services   over a period of time, but all of a sudden the service was restored. The let-up to the woes of people wasn’t confined to that measure only. Over the period of time we saw how both the neighboring countries came up with a DGMO level talk on the cessation of violence on the LOC, IB. It was much later, to our surprise though that we were able to learn that the DGMO level formations were a product of diplomatic negotiations, which all of us were unmindful of. Reports of allowing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to offer congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid after 18 months also gives an insinuation about the changed attitude we hail on account of it being in sync with our stated policy underscoring goodwill between India and Pakistan as a means to foster peace in J&K,” he said.

Exhorting the functionaries, Omar said the heirloom of ideals and values which the party has inherited from the Sher e Kashmir and Madre Meharban will continue to guide our steps.  “At this point we have to concentrate more on making our party stronger at grass root level.

The primary goal is to make the party stronger to face all the challenges which the people of Jammu and Kashmir are facing. But the idea of making the party stronger cannot be realized without the active participation of women folk. A gender neutral development is what has all through been a cornerstone of our party policy.

The need of the hour calls for perking up our efforts to ensure that the women folks aren’t left out in any case since any idea of inclusive polity is impossible without having women in our fold,” he said.Extolling the workers in their unbeaten spirit, he said that despite all the undue intervention from the administration the party workers were able to take on the challenges effectively on their own during the DDC elections.

He asked the workers to keep up the spirit and step up their efforts to figure out the loopholes and subsequently plug them. “One hand DDC elections revealed how deep rooted the party is, but on the other hand various organizational loopholes also surfaced which should not be left unaddressed,” 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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