Powerful explosions outside a School in Afghanistan’s Kabul on Saturday killed more than 50 School going teenage girls and injured around 147. According to officials, the number reached to 85 recently.
The blasts and the targeting of girls as they left the Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school came as rights groups and others alarmed the American troop withdrawal would leave women, and their educational and social gains, particularly vulnerable.
A car bomb was detonated in the neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, and two more bombs exploded when students rushed out in panic.
The area where the blasts happened is home to a large community of Shiites from the Hazara ethnic minority, which has been targeted in the past by Islamic State, a Sunni militant group.
The U.S blamed a troop of Taliban for the attack whereas Taliban denied it on social media. Many believe the bomb attack was a warning from the Sunnis of the Country as they had declared war against Shiites in the past.
The blast was huge and as per officials many families were searching for Hospitals on Sunday for their daughters.
“The first blast was powerful and happened so close to the children that some of them could not be found,” an Afghan official said
‘I wish Ravinder Raina to be the next PM of India’: Surinder Choudhary
Former MLC Surinder Choudhary had an exclusive interview with JK Channel executive Mohinderjeet Singh. While some parties are happy with the upcoming All Party Meeting on 24th June, many have shown resentment for not getting invited.
Q. Choudhary Ji, you left your party for the public. How do you see this meeting?
I would like to congratulate Governor Sir Manoj Sinha ji who have good taken steps for Jammu and Kashmir UT. When he was new here, he met many leaders and worked on the feedback he got from us. We told him about the ‘Babu rule’ going on in J&K and finally the day has come when Delhi has called for a meeting to talk about issues.
However, I feel upset seeing the Gupkar Alliance people have also been invited. They have cleared their agenda for the meeting. They will raise the same issues about what they have spoken several times. Jammu people have often sacrificed for the Country’s welfare.
Now when the meeting arrived, BJP’s so called ‘Gupkar gang’ has been invited keeping all the Jammu parties aside. BJP has stood against it’s own words. BJP leaders have been unable to stand for Jammu’s voice. They couldn’t make make issues reach to Delhi. Ravinder Raina should remember that if people can make someone win, they can make him lose too.
Q. It’s an important day and Jammu’s issues can be solved. What do you think?
People living near border areas of Jammu comparatively have a higher number of issues, then come Western Pakistan refugees, Gujjar Bakarwal people but no representatives are in the meeting. BJP told to solve Jammu problems, vanish the discrimination, bring tourism funds and development when they came in power in 2014 but can we see them? No!
Centre couldn’t invite Jammu leaders for the meeting, how will they provide the region it’s equal right? Employment for the youth? I belong to a border constituency and I understand what happens to them during war conditions. Was BJP able to take their care in the last 7 years? Again No!
The Medical conditions in Jammu became worse when Covid-19 was on peak. In fact, the Government banned Media from entering Government Medical College. Why does the Administration do that? When it has to hide scams. The pressure and allegations were on the Hospital Administration so they took this step. LG Sir visited the Hospital and then there was a little improvement.
BJP said to take back POK. I tell you it didn’t even try for it. Just one ceasefire after 7 years that resulted in nothing. Ravinder Raina ji is attending meeting himself. This time it isn’t the matter of State or article 370 but the promises that were made with the people of Jammu region.
Water sports activities and tourism spots were promised in Jammu but what we got is just Toll Plazas! BJP said there would be no Darbar move, still Secretariat shifts every 6 months. Ignore villages for now, even cities have long power cuts. They are struggling for water. So many people were promised for pacca houses. They are still living in mud houses.
Raina is like my brother. I wish him to be the next PM of our country (smiles). But my words are just a reminder to him to raise these issue when he sits in the meeting. It’s not a terrorism case and one night you sit and end everything. It’s a political process and let it begin in the region.
Q. Is this message for only Raina Sir or everyone?
My message is for each and every person going for the meeting. The public of Jammu is mature enough to see what’s happening around. Whatever comes from Delhi should reach Jammu first and then go to Kashmir (laughs). And this not only involves Hindus but people of all religions and all the cities and villages of Jammu region.
We want a different state and security of our lands and jobs. Raina Sir already talked about this in Parliament. We heard ‘Har har Modi Ghar Ghar Modi’ but now we can only hear about wine shops these days. People are standing against the decision, our youth is getting involved in drinking and drugs. This is harmful for the upcoming generation. Also, the contractors are from outside. Same is for Jal Shakti. What benefit for J&K locals has been given after abolition of article 370? Again nothing! So the Government needs to think about all this.
I request Bar Association, Jammu’s Chamber and Jammu’s civil society to keep their egos aside and form an Alliance. If Kashmir leaders can do it why can’t we? Come up and become the voice of Jammu.
Q. Last question, Mehbooba Mufti once again remembers Pakistan. Your thoughts on that?
Talking about Mehbooba Mufti’s statement, it’s not something new. She’s always spoken about Pakistan. As I told Gupkar Alliance has an agenda and they have a hold on that. But to remember, article 370 will never be back again. So we need to keep Jammu’s rights in mind for now.
Restoration of J&K’s statehood important for re-building trust: Farooq Abdullah tells PM
National Conference (NC) president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to work towards building trust in Jammu and Kashmir by ensuring that its full statehood is restored.
Talking to reporters immediately after the crucial all-party meeting chaired by the Prime Minister concluded, Abdullah said his National Conference would continue to challenge through legal and constitutional means the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution.
“There is a loss of trust which needs to be restored immediately and for that, to begin with, the Centre should work for the restoration of complete statehood to Jammu and Kashmir,” Abdullah, who is a Lok Sabha member, said.
“I conveyed to the Prime Minister that statehood means reverting even the IAS and IPS cadres of Jammu and Kashmir. The state has to be in totality,” he said after the meeting that lasted for over three hours.
The NC chief, who was accompanied by his son and former chief minister Omar Abdullah, said it was vital for the Centre to restore the identity of Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest so that other democratic exercises could be carried forward.
During the all-party meeting, PM Modi said that his government is fully committed to the “democratic process” in the region, and holding the assembly elections is a priority.
Sources said that during a three-and-a-half-hour long meeting with 14 leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister patiently heard out suggestions and inputs from all participants.
“The PM said that we are fully committed to the democratic process in J&K. He stressed that holding assembly elections just like the successful conduct of DDC (District Development Council) elections is a priority,” sources said.
This was the first meeting between the Centre with the political leaders of the region after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.
PM Modi expressed happiness that all participants shared their frank and honest views. “It was an open discussion which revolved around building a better future for Kashmir. The main focus of the meeting was to strengthen the democratic process,” sources said.
According to sources, discussions were focused on holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir soon after the delimitation process is completed, to which most participants expressed their willingness. The Prime Minister, sources added, emphasized the need to strengthen democracy at the grassroots and work together with the people of Jammu and Kashmir to ensure their upliftment.
Leaders of Gupkar Alliance including National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and People`s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti also attended the crucial meeting. PM Modi expressed happiness on the commitment to the Constitution and democracy espoused by all participants.
He said that even one death in Jammu and Kashmir is painful and it is “our collective duty to protect our younger generation.” Stressing on the need to provide opportunities to the youth of the Union Territory, the Prime Minister said that the younger generation of the region will give back lots to the country.
The developmental work with the implementation of many pro-people initiatives, carried out over the last two years in Jammu and Kashmir, was discussed in detail in the meeting held at the Prime Minister`s residence. PM Modi expressed satisfaction with the acceleration of development in the Union Territory and said that `it is creating new hope and aspirations among the people`.
“When people experience corruption-free governance, it inspires trust among the people and people also extend their co-operation to the administration and this is visible in Jammu and Kashmir today,” the Prime Minister said, according to sources.
The Prime Minister said that there would be political differences, but everyone should work in the national interest for the benefit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He underlined that an atmosphere of safety and security needs to be ensured for all sections of society in the region. PM Modi said that he wants to remove `Dilli ki Duri as well as Dil Ki Duri`.
Among the leaders who participated in the meeting were Congress` Ghulam Nabi Azad, Tara Chand and GA Mir; National Conference`s Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah; PDP`s Mehbooba Mufti, J&K Apni Party`s Altaf Bukhari; BJP`s Ravinder Raina, Nirmal Singh, and Kavinder Gupta; CPI(M)`s M Y Tarigami; National Panthers Party`s Prof Bheem Singh; and Peoples Conference`s Sajad Gani Lone.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Home Secretary also attended the meeting.
3 lakh rupees theft from a car in Jammu
A theft case was reported from a car with vehicle number PB10DH0969 from Satwari area of Jammu. The owner of the car confirmed the robbery of Rs. 3 lakhs.
“Usually I park my car inside my house. That day I just left it for 10 minutes. I went on my scooty for sometime and while returning I found my car and the cash amount missing.” Dheeraj, the car owner said
The incident has been recorded in the CCTV camera near the parking. The Police has taken over the case and investigation is under process.
“The theft cases have increase in Jammu a lot especially after becoming an UT. It’s become easier for thieves to take away things. 3 lakh isn’t a small amount. It was my hard work. The Police is investigating the matter. Hopefully the culprit will be caught soon.” He said
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
- ‘I wish Ravinder Raina to be the next PM of India’: Surinder Choudhary June 24, 2021
- Restoration of J&K’s statehood important for re-building trust: Farooq Abdullah tells PM June 24, 2021
- 3 lakh rupees theft from a car in Jammu June 24, 2021
- ‘Injustice with us again’: Kashmiri Hindu Pandit Samaj on no invitation in the meeting June 24, 2021
- ‘Not everyone can be called for the meeting’: Dr. Nirmal Singh on Ch. Lal Singh June 24, 2021
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