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WASHINGTON: The growing danger of the Kashmir conflict demands all parties to continue efforts to resolve the decades-old dispute, said the Editorial Board of the New York Times in an opinion article as Indian Prime Minister Narandera Modi was met with strike when he visited the region to inaugurate a controversial hydro power project. A complete shutdown was observed on the call of Kashmiri leaders as Modi inaugurated the controversial Kishanganga, a hydro power project that Pakistan has challenged and is seeking intervention of the World Bank, which is a guarantor of the Indus Water Treaty that governs the distribution of waters between Pakistan and India.

 

According to a NYT report, traffic was sparse and Indian authorities arrested dozens of Kashmiri Muslims overnight and put Kashmiri leaders under house arrest to stop them from taking part in a planned march against Modi, in spite of a so-called ceasefire that was announced for the holy month of Ramadan. The ceasefire was sought by the Chief Minister of Indian held valley, Mehbooba Mufti who, the editorial said, found herself increasingly isolated since her political alliance with the ruling BJP which has failed to stem violence in the region.

 

In an opinion article published this week, the NYT Editorial Board said that the struggle over Kashmir seems to have deepened, and border skirmishes between troops along the Line of Control were common. “With India and Pakistan both in possession of nuclear arms, former President Bill Clinton once called the border” the most dangerous place in the world,” the editorial recalled, in an obvious reference to the concern that is often expressed by analysts and military experts to highlight the need for resolving the dispute.

 

According to a new police report as cited by the NYT article, the Indian offensives and oppression against the freedom fighters this year has doubled the number of local recruits. ” “It was an age-old story: Heavy-handed tactics may hold territory, but they lose the population,” the NYT observed. The editorial board noted that former President Barack Obama abandoned his mediation efforts to resolve the Kashmir dispute after stiff Indian opposition.

 

“A solution to a conflict that touches on so many religious and nationalist nerves must ultimately come from within, through talks among India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir,” the NYT said, adding that the obvious and growing danger of the Kashmir conflict demands “trying again and again, however elusive the goal.” 

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SRINAGAR: Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir senior most judge of J&K High Court who was appointed as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court by President of India was today administered oath of Office as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court by Governor of Meghalaya Ganga Prasad Chaurasia at Raj Bhawan, Shillong in an impressive function. The Oath ceremony was attended by Judges of Meghalaya High Court, J&K High Court, bureaucrats, relatives of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and officials of Registry. The warrant of appointment was read by Registrar General Meghalaya High Court Mrs Belma Mawrie.

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JAMMU: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi made a historic visit to J&K (Ladakh, Kashmir & Jammu) on May 19, 2018 deserves to be recorded in the Guinness Book of Record but the countrymen must answer a big question raised by angry Kashmiri leaders including Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwais Umar Farooq on raising a 70 years old question on the constitutional relationship of J&K with the rest of the country (India). Veteran angry leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s statement deserves to be answered by the Indian leadership including Prime Minister Modi when he asked this (J&K), “It is an issue concerning the basic and fundamental rights of more than 14 million humans (Indian citizens). Beating the drum of ‘development’ as the only remedy for all issues look not only unrealistic.”

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party & Sr. Advocate in Supreme Court of India who has been a legislator in the Assembly and the Council of J&K. Syed Ali Shah Geelani was an elected MLA in 1977 when Prof.Bhim Singh was also elected MLA. They spent five years together on the same bench of the Assembly. Both of them had taken oath of Constitution of J&K as well as Constitution of India swearing loyalty. Prof.Bhim Singh resigned from the Assembly one year in advance when Assembly’s life was extended to six years by the Assembly under the leadership of Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah. NPP Supremo resigned from the Assembly founded Panthers Party and re-entered Assembly as Panthers Party Legislator whereas Ali Shah Geelani lost the second election to the Assembly. Prof.Bhim Singh while reacting on the above quoted statement of Syed Ali Shah Geelani urged the Parliament of India to answer the important questions raised by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and tell the nation;

1.       Why Articles 370 and 35(A) were inserted in the Constitution of India?  

2.       Why the Chapter in the Indian Constitution on the Fundamental Rights was surrendered to the Assembly of the State by introducing ‘A’ at the bottom of Article 35?

3.       Why the residents (citizens of India) have been deprived to the residents of J&K?

4.       Taking away all Fundamental Rights from the Permanent Residents of the State (citizens of India) by inserting 35(A) by a Presidential Order (1954) was unrealistic, unconstitutional and discriminatory against the residents of J&K?

5.       Ali Shah Geelani’s questions deserve to be answered by the Parliament of India if Prime Minister of India does not have strength to answer them. Whereas the leadership of the Parliament which has no strength to provide Fundamental Rights to the residents of J&K?

6.       Syed Ali Shah Geelani needs to be answered by the Parliament of India and heavy political weights who roar inside the Parliament. Geelani says. “No nation has been enslaved through economic privileges and developmental lollypops.” In 1947 J&K was a nation, a state which acceded to the Union of India when its Ruler (Maharaja Hari Singh) signed Instrument of Accession like other 576 rulers. 575 states were merged into the Union of India. Why the State of J&K was not merged? Those who were abusing and accusing the national leadership for their failure to integrate J&K with the rest of the country have been in power for over 15 years. Their leadership dared not say even ‘Jai Hind’ the other day while addressing the Kashmiri audience in Srinagar.

Prof.Bhim Singh has proposed a National Integration meeting urging the Prime Minister to hold an urgent meeting of the National Integration Council on the issue of relationship of J&K with the rest of the country. Condemning/accusing the Kashmiri leaders shall not mean anything. People of J&K deserve all Fundamental Rights available in the Constitution of India. Locking/arresting/detaining the leadership in J&K shall mean nothing. Extend the Indian Constitution with all its amenities and Fundamental Rights to the State of J&K. Reorganize the State as it existed in 1846 and treat all citizens of India in J&K at par with the citizens of India in the rest of the country.

Prof.Bhim Singh called on Parliament to resolve all questions vis-à-vis J&K through words and not bullets. Extend all Fundamental Rights to J&K as has been done in respect of all other 576 states. Reorganize J&K so that people of Jammu province as well as Kashmir Valley enjoyed all the privileges and fundamental rights as citizens of India.