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Farooq Abdullah Accuses Center of Deferring Report of Delimitation Commission

National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah raised questions on the intention of the Central Government to postpone instead of bringing the report of the Delimitation Commission. He said that the government does not want to hold assembly elections. Due to which the delimitation report is being postponed time and again. People are fed up with Lt Governor’s rule and bureaucracy. Bureaucracy, dictatorship is not proper for democracy. He has also been kept in the Delimitation Committee, but the committee has not spoken to him to date. They have not been taken into confidence in anything. However, according to the information, the report is ready. It was to be implemented by 6 March 2022, but it is being postponed again and again.

Addressing a day-long J&K National Conference OBC Cell at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan, Dr Farooq Abdullah said that he was neither invited nor shown any preliminary report being a member of the commission.

The people of J&K cannot wait any longer as there is no alternative to a popular government. People have lost their patience due to the misrule of the authoritarian and bureaucratic regime. There can be no alternative to elections. The way the government is delaying the delimitation report. He seems to have no intention of holding elections soon. He slammed the government for the continuous false promises made by the government and said that such an attitude is not in the interest of the country.

Dr Farooq Abdullah said that the most important thing is to maintain the freedom of the media. The media should be allowed to work impartially and fearlessly. Today the media is working under pressure. Due to which the general public is being misled. He called for bringing in a law to ensure complete freedom to the press. Just nothing should be reported which can endanger communal harmony and brotherhood. He has always encouraged free media as it is the essence of democracy.

Strongly advocating the genuine demand for reservation for other backward communities, Dr Abdullah said that it is imperative to provide equal opportunities to the marginalized sections of the society to grow and prosper. Moreover, reservation is necessary for their youth as they also have the right to contribute towards the nation by becoming doctors, engineers, and similar reserved class like high ranking officers are taking advantage of it.

He said that the socio-economic condition of the weaker sections of society demands out-of-the-box measures for their flourishing. He also supported the one-time category certificate for the eligible OBC population and streamlined the process. He appreciated the initiatives taken by the government led by Omar Abdullah to uplift the weaker sections and said that the judicial decision to constitute the OBC Board would go a long way in improving the quality of life of these sections of the society.

Farooq Abdullah also stressed the political empowerment of women and said that their role in decision making is essential for the harmonious development of society. She said that women should get equal opportunities in democratic institutions and other fields as they are second to none. He also urged women to come forward and play their essential role in decision making. Referring to the resolutions passed by the OBC cell regarding special status and statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Farooq Abdullah said that people would fight for their rights peacefully and democratically with a spirit of commitment. He said he would face all the storms and what had been taken away from him. I will be determined to get him back.

Amish Mahajan, Content Writer, JK Media 

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Cop escapes unhurt in militant attack

A policeman escaped unhurt in a militant attack in the Batmaloo area of Srinagar on Friday, reports said.

Sources reported that militants fired upon a police constable at about 3:15 pm in the SD Colony area.

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However, the policeman escaped unhurt. Soon after the attack, the officer said that the entire area was cordoned off and searches launched.

He said that a case has been registered and further investigations have been launched.

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Two brothers drown while extracting sand in Jhelum

Two brothers drowned while extracting stand in Jhelum river in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, reports said.

They said that brothers – Nissar Ahmad Malla and Hilal Ahmad Malla – drowned early today morning in the river while extracting sand near Jetty at Khwaja Bagh.

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The family of the duo has been called and efforts are on to retrieve their bodies, said an official.

The brothers hailed from Littarpira village of Bandipora district, he added.

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J&K: Massive CASO launched in two villages

Joint Forces launched a massive Cordon And Search Operation(CASO) in two villages of the Kulgam district in south Kashmir.

An official said that the operation on Friday was launched jointly by forces including RR of Indian Army, Jammu Kashmir Police, and CRPF following inputs about the movement of militants in the Kakran Pombay and Katrasoo areas of Kulgam.

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He said that the operation was launched following inputs about the presence of militants in these areas.

The search operations in both areas were going on when this report was being filed.

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