The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said that the much debated development is only visible on Social Media hashtag and sponsored news.
He said this while addressing a huge workers convention at TRC ground in North Kashmir Kupwara district. Among others Party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Senior Leaders Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Mir Saifullah, North Zone President Javed Dar, District President Qaisar Jamsheed Lone, Syed Rafiq Shah, Kafil ur Rehman Advisor to VP Tanvir Sadiq, VP Province Ahsan Pardesi, YNC Provincial President Salman Ali Sagar, DDC member Nasir Lone, YNC Zone President Sameer Bhat, Zahid Mughal, Block presidents, YNC functionaries were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the convention, Omar said, “our state was split, our Constitution discarded, our Legislative Council was abolished. The J & K cadre of All India Services officers was disbanded and merged with the AGMUT cadre. All this was done citing that Article 370 is the root cause of all evils plaguing the state”, adding the constitutional guarantees were eroded and it’s abrogation was made a perfect pretext for rescinding our constitutional status. All we are asking is that where is the much touted change? A new dawn is arising, we were told. Where is it? Where is that era of development, investment, job extravaganza and inclusion that we were promised, beckons us? It was said that whenever accountability was sought local politicians took shelter behind Article 370.”
“Bureaucracy is out of touch with people. Civil administration has taken a direct hit as a consequence of a new undemocratic project that is in place in Jammu and Kashmir. A change in the composition of the civil services after disbanding JK cadre has only deepened the administrative inertia in the region. The parachuted bureaucrats are at loss to understand the issues of the local populace. The incumbent unrelated administration has also failed to forge informal relationships with the people,” he said.
On the administration’s much flaunted ‘Naya Kashmir’, he said, “the touted change is not visible on ground in J&K. The entire region continues to remain on edge. Ever increasing gap between administration and people is the only discernible change on ground. Bureaucracy, on the other hand, is busy changing stripes amongst themselves leaving people to fend for themselves.”
He also stated that the Government has also lost sight of the predicaments suffered by the elected Panchs, Sarpanchs, and DDCs. “Airdropped bureaucracy is treating these elected representatives as having no value. There is growing anxiety among such grass root level elected representatives across Jammu and Kashmir. There is a groundswell of anger and despair found in such representatives. Most of them have been confined to hotel rooms,” he said.
Taking a dig at certain quarters, Omar said that NC was a constituent unit of NDA headed by late Vajpayee, the same person who extended hand of friendship towards Pakistan at Srinagar.
“There is no comparison between the then NDA led by late Vajpayee and the present BJP. Vajpayee was the first to weave the twin threads of India-Pakistan relations and Kashmir outreach into a single tapestry. He continued holding an olive branch on the reef of thorns. In him Kashmir had a pair of ears that heard their tribulations, predicaments; ears that heard voices of reason and was aware of the historicity of Kashmir’s unique identity. Can this be said for the present BJP? Is there any comparison? I don’t think so,” he said.
J&K: Terrorist Hideout built in middle of park busted
The remaining terrorists in Kashmir are adopting many unique ways to save themselves from the security forces and the police, but now it is not possible to escape the terrorists from the eyes of the security forces and the police.
The Pulwama and Awantipora police, conducting a joint search operation with the Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF, have busted a hiding place built in the middle of a garden in Bandarpora, Awantipora. Terrorists often used to hide in this hideout after committing any incident in the area. At present, with the help of security forces, the police have started a search operation in the surrounding areas, demolishing the hideouts of the terrorists. Other details are awaited.
Now the number of active terrorists in Kashmir has remained negligible. This is why the anger of Pakistan across the border has increased. It is well known that Pakistan encourages terrorists in India. Training camps have also been opened for terrorists across the border in Pakistan. Now that the number of terrorists has been reduced considerably, terrorists are engaged in making targets killed with their weapons to register their presence. However, the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police are fully active in thwarting this nefarious design of the terrorists.
J&K: Militants fired at a CRPF bunker, no casualty reported
Militants on Wednesday reportedly fired at a CRPF bunker at the KP road in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. However, there was no casualty in the incident.
According to a CRPF officer, the militants fired “3-4 bullets” at the bunker near FM Gali but there was no injury or loss of life in the incident.
The militants, the actual number of whom was not known, fled from the spot.
Soon after the attack, security forces launched searches to nab them, the officer said.
Won’t let in leaders who left party and now willing to return: Mehbooba Mufti
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said she is not taking back those leaders who have deserted the party even though many of them are willing to return.
Dozens of senior PDP leaders, including former ministers and legislators, left the party after the BJP withdrew its support to the Mehbooba-led coalition government in July 2018, and most of them joined the Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari or the Peoples Conference led by Sajjad Lone.
”I have made it a principle that those who have left us will not be taken back. Many of the leaders who deserted the party are eager to return, but I am not going to take them back,” Mehbooba said, addressing a function at party headquarters here.
The PDP organised the function to welcome dozens of new entrants, including supporters of Bushan Lal Dogra, a former minister who rejoined the PDP last month. ”Dogra is like my younger brother and is a thorough gentleman I respect the most.
His case of rejoining the party is exceptional,” Mehbooba said, expressing hope that he, along with other workers, would work tirelessly for strengthening the party at the grassroots level. Launching a scathing attack on the BJP-led central government, she alleged that the ruling party is using Jammu and Kashmir as a laboratory for experimenting and has destroyed the erstwhile state.
”My request to the people is to stand up to save Jammu and Kashmir. If you can save J&K, you will save the country. But, instead, they started destroying the country from J&K,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said. Referring to the government’s plan to facilitate large scale investment in Jammu and Kashmir, she said,” outside investors bring their labour force along with them while they have their contribution in the apartments planned to be built by the big real estate investors.”
She accused the BJP of launching an eviction drive to retrieve the land from the hapless poor people, irrespective of their religion, creed or caste. ”Under BJP rule, the rich are becoming richer while as the number of poor had doubled with youth becoming jobless and inflation touching the sky,” she said.
Praising her party workers, Mehbooba said it is heartening to see the dream of party founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed becoming a reality with each passing day. ”I am seeing concern for people of Kashmir growing in Jammu. Mufti wanted to see the two regions stand together and understand each other’s pain. This is happening today,” she said.
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