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SRINAGAR: Paying tributes to Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone on their anniversaries, chairman Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League chairman Monday finalized the program for 21st May. While finalizing the program for Martyr’s week, Waza said the Peoples League would take out rally from Islamabad on May 21 which would later converge at Eidgah.

Pertinently, all Hurriyat leaders have been directed to reach martyr’s graveyard Eidgah in the form of processions from their respective areas to commemorate the anniversaries Mirwaiz Farooq and Lone.

Speaking on the occasion Mukhtar Waza said that the services of Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone for the liberation movement would always be remembered.

Waza said that the sacrifices of martyrs had internationalized the Kashmir dispute and the unprecedented sacrifices of Kashmiri people and the blood of martyrs will bring positive results.

Waza said that that the people of Kashmir were ready to offer more sacrifices but they would not compromise on securing their right to self-determination for which they had been struggling for last more than six decades. He said that the day was not away when the Kashmiris would get rid of Indian bondage.

During the meeting participants maintained that the best solution of Kashmir issue was to resolve it in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris which would bring stability in South Asia. 

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  • Alleges transfers on communal lines

JAMMU: Ex-Minister for Roads and Buildings and General Secretary JKPCC Shri Abdul Majid Wani has expressed deep anguish over continued neglect of erstwhile District Doda in general and Doda Constituency in particular by ruling PDP-BJP combine.

“National Highway-1B has become a death-trap within last three month. Neither the concerned MP who is a Minister in the PMO nor the Ministers, MLAs and MLCs of BJP-PDP are doing anything to address this dangerous road scenario. They are unmindful of the consequences of this extreme neglect of a region which has highest hydroelectric potential in the country,” said Wani. He said state government should have by now started work on war-footing basis to provide at-least a safe national highway to the people of this erstwhile district.


But we are being fed with statements and assurances while nothing is moving on ground, which was never the case when Congress was in power in the state, Wani said. He said I would not talk about the condition of interior roads since the BJP-PDP government is unable to make national highway safe for travel, how would they ensure macadamised connectivity on the roads leading to various far-flung and tourist potential areas of erstwhile Doda.


He said Congress party and its workers would be compelled to come on roads if the situation does not improve at the earliest. He also highlighted the need to check scarcity of ration in the food supply depots, non-availability of transformers to replace damaged ones and inability of the state government to repair existing water supply schemes in Doda constituency. He said concerned ministers should not adopt partisan attitude towards this region.


Wani said more shocking is the manner in which transfers and postings have been communalised. He said religion, caste and region was never the criteria when Congress was either heading the government or sharing power with some other party. But the present BJP-PDP dispensation is bent upon destroying the secular fabric of Jammu and Kashmir by resorting to transfer and postings on communal basis, said Wani. He said attempts are being made to vitiate peaceful atmosphere.

Congress would fight this tooth and nail, said Wani. We won’t allow anyone to harass, intimidate or humiliate our honest and dedicated officers, purely for communal reasons, Wani said.

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JAMMU: In furtherance of its avowed mission of “fight for Jammu”, the JKNPP today organized a public awareness rally in Raipur, Jammu which was attended by several hundreds of people drawn from Raipur Panchayat and its adjoining villages. The Panthers party activists led by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister were given a warm reception by the local people who lauded and eulogized the efforts of the party for espousing the cause of Jammu region and for its sustained fight against the discriminatory tactics of the present dispensation.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh called upon the people of Jammu region to get united on common issues irrespective of their political affiliations in order to wage a decisive battle against the perpetuated bias of the BJP-PDP coalition against the Dogra Land. He said that the people of Jammu region who were nurturing high hopes from BJP were feeling extremely disappointed over the highly timid and non-challant approach of the Saffron Party towards the issues of Jammu region as well as the concerns of unemployed youth.

He said that while the fight for AIIMS, Artificial Lake project over the river tawi and New Recruitment policy had to continue, there were several issues on which the BJP had compromised at the cost of its kernel philosophy. He said that the issue of state subject for west Pak Refugees, voting rights to them in Assembly and local bodies polls, State govt. jobs for such WPRs, issuance of Dogra certificate to Jammu youth, State Subject for children of daughters of J&K married outside, empowerment of Jammu, abolition of custodian Deptt. and conferment of ownership rights to its occupants, gainful employment for educated unemployment youth were some of the highlights of the BJP’s Elections manifesto which ensured its ascendance to power.

He however regretted that the BJP’s pre-poll promises turned into post poll somersaults thus belying all hopes and aspirations of the Jammu people. He said that JKNPP shall continue with its resolute and determined move to fight against the BJP-PDP coalition for restoration of AIIMS, issues of WPRs, Delimitation, Artificial Lake project, new recruitment policy besides other areas of neglect of Jammu region.


Mr. Yash Paul Kundal Ex-MLA Samba and State President Young Panthers said that the Common Minimum programme of the coalition govt had nothing to offer to the people of Jammu region. He said that the only issue of Jammu region that was incorporated in CMP pertained to holding of Delimitation which was also qualified by the use of words “as required by Law”. He said that rather than making an explicit commitment in CMP on the subject the PDP led govt. had left the issue of Delimitation ambiguously open, capable of multiple interpretations. He said that the fact was  that the cleverly drafted Agenda of alliance had nothing for Jammu region while incorporating the entire agenda of PDP.

He took an affront on BJP for its unilateral submission to the whims of its coalition partner for remaining glued to power. He further sought regularization of all daily wagers and contractuals who had completed seven years of service and sought withdrawal of Govt. order no. 384-GAD of 2015 dated 17.03.15 relating to termination of temporary employees. He strongly condemned the govt. for its failure to pay the salaries of RETs and other teachers which were undisbursed for the last 8-9 months resulting in starvation of their families.


Mr. Pushvinder Singh Manhas State vice President Young Panthers condemned the New Recruitment Policy seeking its roll back at the earliest. He cautioned the coalition govt. not to play with the sentiments of the youth who were already annoyed due to lake of avenues in the govt. sector for their absorption. He said that unemployment youth who were lured and seduced by the Saffron Party in the name of employment were highly angered at govt’s move of resorting to the practice of contractual appointments at Gazetted as well as non gazette level. He called upon the state govt. to roll back the said policy or be prepared for the consequences.


Other who spoke on the occasion included Sarpanch Bhupinder Singh, Sh. Yash Paul Singh Manhas, Sh. Neeraj Gupta, Sh. Aditya Hans, Miss Asha Rani, Sh. Purshotam Parihar, Sh. Anil Rakhwal, Sh. Nirmal Kishore, Sh. Safar Singh, Sh. Avtar Singh etc.