Month: November 2014
Indian Army, admitting its role in the killing of two youth in Chattergam Chadoora area of Badgam district on November 3, has indicted nine of its troops including a Junior Commissioned Officer of 53 Rashtriya Rifles for perpetrating the gruesome act.
According to Media sources, Faisal Yousuf and Mehraj-u-din Dar of Chattergam were killed while two other youth critically injured after the troops of Army’s 53 RR opened fire on a Maruati Car at Chattegam on November 3. The incident resulted in Kashmir-wide rage and triggered severe condemnation.
Police had registered a case and a court of inquiry was ordered into the killings.
“Let me say this very clearly that we take responsibility for what has happened at Chattergam in Budgam district on Monday (November 3),” General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command, Lt General D S Hooda had said.
An Army official Wednesday in a media interview said that nine people had been found involved in the killing of two youth. “The court of inquiry has found gross violation of rules of engagement by the soldiers. They have been indicted. There has been a total failure of the command by the officer in-charge of the Army column,” he admitted.
He said the court martial proceedings have been recommended against the troops. “The file has been sent for final approval to GOC-in-Chief northern Command. Hopefully we will get the approval by next week.”
Over 70 witnesses have recorded their statements before the inquiry officer, media reports said.
The legal wing of Army’s northern Command is studying the recommendations of the COI, the sources said.
Muhammad Azam Inqilabi, the Chief Patron of Jammu and Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi (MeA), has rejected Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh’s statement on elections saying that real issue is “India reneged on its of promise of referendum in Kashmir.”
According to Media sources, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “India used fraud and deception as a tool to evade from its pledge regarding plebiscite in Kashmir.”
He said Indian leaders want to browbeat Kashmiris into submission. The MeA patron said in the name of election drama India was conducting a military operation in the territory.
“Resistance leaders were arrested. Youth were put behind bars. Reign of terror was unleashed in nook and cranny of Kashmir,” he added.
He appealed to the Kashmiri youth to take India head-on and defeat the nefarious and expansionist designs of Indian rulers.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference has decided to start construction of houses for the flood victims in Maisuma and Mandar Bagah areas of Srinagar from tomorrow.
According to Media sources, the decision was taken at the APHC meeting, which was presided by its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Srinagar, the other day.
The APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar said the participants discussed various aspects of the “Akh Akis” programme under which hundred houses would be constructed for the flood victims.
“Houses would be constructed for those flood victims whose houses have been completely destroyed by the flood and who were not in a position to rebuild them,” he added.
Indian Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has claimed that 282 people died and 2.53 lakh houses were damaged in the recent floods and landslides in occupied Kashmir.
According to Media sources, the Indian Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told Rajya Sabha that according to information received from the authorities, 282 people had died, 6.48 lakh hectare of crop area affected and 2.53 lakh houses had been reported damaged due to the floods while 61,326 cattle were also killed.
In reply to a written question, he also said that the administration in the territory was initially required to undertake relief operations in the wake of natural calamity from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).
All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) have condoled the demise of Mohammad Ismail Ganai, father of APHC-AJK leader, Ghulam Hassan Ganai, alias Hassan-al-Banna.
According to Media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar offered his heartfelt condolences to Hassan al Banna over the demise of his father at Lasjan and also offered special prayers for the deceased.
Paying tributes to the deceased, Mirwaiz praised the contribution of Ganai family as far as the movement was concerned and asked the family to be patient in the testing times, the statement added.
Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders, including Muhammad Musadiq Aadil and Abdul Majeed Wani along with other delegates visited Lasjan and participated in the funeral prayers of Mohamamd Ismail Ganai.
The JKLF Vice Chairman, Mushtaq Ahmad Ajmal visited the residence of the deceased and expressed condolences to his bereaved family while as JKLF leaders, Mohammad Saleem Haroon and Mohammad Rafiq Dar visited the residence of his son, Hassan al Banna in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and expressed solidarity with him.
Terming the death of the noble soul as a personal loss, the JKLF leaders said that the sacrifices rendered by the deceased and his family during present freedom struggle would always be remembered.
APHC leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in a statement from jail also expressed profound grief over the demise of Muhammad Ismail Ganaie, the father, Hassan-al-Bana.
Puppet Chief Minister of the territory and pro-India, National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah, while advocating the Pak-India dialogue, said there is not any right-minded people who don’t want dialogue for resolution of their issues.
According to Media sources, Omar Abdullah talking to newsmen in Srinagar said: “At the end of the day, we tried all other alternatives to resolve our problems with Pakistan. We fought war. We have suspended dialogue. We have to resolve issues only when Pakistan and India are talking to each other either that was during Vajpayee time or Dr Manmohan Singh time.”
When asked how he sees the performance of Narendra Modi’s as Prime Minister of India, he said: “six months are not enough to judge his performance.”
Meanwhile, patron of pro-India, Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, addressing series of public meetings at Mendhar, Surankote and Poonch reiterated that dialogue was the only means to resolve problems. India and Pakistan should take reconciliation process to its logical end for restoring sustainable peace in the region, he added.
Mufti was of the opinion that biggest challenge before the new Government at New Delhi was to deal with the sensitive issue of Jammu and Kashmir and to address it in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.