Saturday, February 25, 2012


Jammu, Feb 25 (Only Kashmir) : The annual Hindu pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine of Lord Shiva, in the south Kashmir Himalayas, will commence on June 25 this year.
It will last till Aug 2, according to a spokesman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the pilgrimage.
This decision was taken by the board at a meeting held in New Delhi Friday, the details of which were circulated to the media Saturday.
The logic behind having the pilgrimage for 39 days was the hostile weather conditions, which resulted in 107 deaths last year, when the pilgrimage commenced June 28 and lasted till Aug 13.
The cave shrine is situated at a height of 3,888 metres above sea level and has two routes leading to it, one from Pahalgam, about 100 km from Srinagar, and another from Baltal, 110 km from Srinagar.
The pilgrimage routes pass through high mountains and glaciers, involving a steep climb, and most of the track, despite clearance of snow, is slippery and full of slush, making it difficult for the pilgrims to negotiate the tortuous terrain.
A naturally made stalagmite of snow considered to be an ice "lingam" or icon of Lord Shiva is the main attraction of the cave shrine.
The myth goes that Lord Shiva had narrated the tale of immortality to his consort, the Goddess Parvati at the cave. Thus, it is known as "Amarnath", which when translated means "Lord of immortality".
More than 630,000 pilgrims visited the shrine last year, breaking all the previous records, essentially because of the facilities extended by the SASB.(OK)


Thursday, February 23, 2012


New Delhi Feb 23 (Only Kashmir): Chairman of Hurriyat conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along along with other members of Hurriyat (M) is likely to visit Pakistan. According to Only Kashmir sources Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabani Khar has invited chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other members of the Hurriyat (M) executive council to visit Pakistan. Pakistan High Commissioner, Shahid Malik, extended the invitation to Mirwaiz on behalf of Hina Rabbani Khar during a meeting today in New Delhi. “Mirwaiz has accepted the invitation minutes after receiving it,” sources added. Hurriyat (M) leaders had previously visited Pakistan in 2008, However, this will be for the first time after 2010 uprising, that Hurriyat will be engaged in official talks. Though both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference have been holding informal meets with different civil societies and NGO’s but they have refused to talk to centre and the New Delhi appointed interlocutors. “We received an invitation letter from Pak High Commissioner today and we have instantly accepted it,” said Mirwaiz. He said that a meeting of Hurriyat will be held after his return from New Delhi in which the delegation will be nominated for the visit.(OK)



Srinagar, Feb 23 (Only Kashmir): Concluding his recent tour of various district in the Kashmir Valley, The Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, Mr. S.M.Sahai, said that the tour provided him an opportunity to know the problems faced by the People first hand.
Aimed at bridging the gap between Police and the Public, and make deeper relations to strengthen ties between the two, the IGP Kashmir Zone, Mr S.M.Sahai, visited every district of the Valley to participate Police Public meets, to interact with the masses for obtaining their feedback and suggestions and further seek their cooperation to eradicate the crime of all forms from the society.
In most of the meets, People demanded for stiff legal action against the drug menace, scarcity of essentials and lack of basic amenities, conducting of Special on-spot Police recruitment drive to over come the growing un-employment problems, delay in obtaining Passports, Rehabilitation of surrendered and released militants, and other day to day problems. It may be pertinent to mention, despite continence drive against drug peddlers by Police, the graph has increased to a tremendous level in the recent past.
The IGP has termed his tour a success and hoped that , these meets will obviously help Police and Public to work with more coordination for eradication of crime and help in maintenance of lasting Peace and tranquility. IGP, has further announced that, in the case of Rehabilitation of released militants, a comprehensive rehabilitation Policy has been formulated, where in the NGO’s-(Non-governmental organisations) have been involved and asked to play their role as well. These youth are part and parcel of the society and it is the moral obligation of every one living here to play their part. He has further asserted, that as far the issue of difficulties in obtaining of Pass-ports is concerned, this issue has been taken up with the concerned authorities to look into the matter very sympathetically. IGP further said, cases will be withdrawn, against those youth (Stone pelters) who are not involved in acts of arson and destruction of Public property.(OK)


Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Srinagar, Feb 22 (Only Kashmir): In a bid to promote heritage tourism, authorities have begun renovation work of historical shrines and to equip tourists with better facilities in Jammu and Kashmir.

The shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani, also known as the Dastgeer Sahib, which holds immense importance among Muslim devotees as well as other faiths across the country, is getting a face-lift as the renovation work is progress.
The state authorities decided to extend the area of the shrine in order to accommodate large numbers of devotees.
Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Asgar Samoon said every possible effort is being made to provide better facilities to the tourists visiting the shrine and to conserve the heritage sites.
"We are trying to protect our heritage structures, the heritage shrines in the down town areas. There are interventions at the considerable level, like the decongestion plan, second is to improve the infrastructure and to improve the quality of life of people, living in near by areas and to improve the utilities, parking facility, water supply and electricity and to extend accommodation," said Samoon.
The newly constructed walls of shrine and traditional walnut wood carving on the windows and doors have added to the elegance and grace of the edifice.
Appreciating the step taken by the state government, residents said this would help generate business opportunities for them.
"This will benefit us; people from different religions, Hindu and Muslim visit the place, so they will get facilities. The government has taken good steps by initiating the construction work and every year, devotees throng this place in huge numbers and they go back disappointed. So, this is a good step and beneficial for us," said Muzzaffer Ahmad, a resident.
The authorities would try to provide basic civic amenities like toilets and better parking facilities, at every historical site for the convenience of the visitors.
Brochures and booklets with historical background of the monuments would also be made available to the visitors, which would serve as a source of knowledge.(OK)



Jammu, Feb 22(Only Kashmir): The Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) today presented a cheque of Rs. 1,43,07,500 as interim dividend for 2010-11 to Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday.
The cheque was presented to the Chief Minister by Managing Director of the Corporation, M. M. Gupta.
The Chief Minister expressed hope that the Corporation would further enhance its operational capability and profitability.
Present on the occasion were Principal Secretary Finance, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas and Principal Secretary R&B, K. B. Agarwal.
It may be recalled that over the past year or so the Corporation has expanded its ambit of activity beyond Jammu and Kashmir Government and it has got contracts from Central Government agencies like Home Ministry and Power Grid Corporation of India.(OK)


Saturday, February 18, 2012


Only Kashmir, Feb 18 2012
Madam Sonia Ji
It is Kashmir speaking to you today, perhaps for the first time. It is cry of lakhs of students of this state, who labour hard during days and nights , in benumbing cold with no regular power supply to pass their examinations, knowing that pass percentage in Kashmir schools is generally disappointing-
Kashmir was shacked -----Kashmir was shocked, when Peerzadah Mohammad Sayeed. made it public that Sonia Gandhi ji Chief of AICC, has not accepted his resignation, which he had submitted i to you after it was proved that he has misused his office to facilitate his unworthy son to pass his examination. It was really a strong slap on the faces of our lakhs of students when they marked your liking for this person. your special affection with Peerzadah is not understandable, particularly, when Congress high command with you as chair- person PEERZADAH was recommended to Mr. Omar Abullah , the new Chief Minister for his inclusion in the new cabinet of the State-, despite that Peerirzadah’s background was not clean, but dirty, well known fact. Who was alleged to have taken Rs 4o, ooo, in 2008, from an MLA SHOIB LONE Omar had no alternative but to accept, as he himself is an appointee of yours for all practical purposes.
MUHTERMA ---It is for your kind information, Peerzadah Sayeed Or no Peerzadah Sayeed, ------- it makes no difference for Kashmir or for that matter to the Sate of Jammu & Kashmir. This state is already sailing in the sea of corruption, sex scandals and much more. If we go through the various annual reports from 2005 till date published by Berlin based Transparency International, an NGO working for corruption related issues in various countries, it has continuously kept Jammu & Kashmir state in the list of most corrupt states in India and in addition to this J&K and Bihar have been declared as the most corruption ridden states in India.
But perhaps you have not conceived the magnitude of the crime Peerzadah committed this time????? W hat Pirzadah did this time, and which is proved case now, is worst than any big dirty scandal, which u cannot refute.--- As Mentioned above ,it is a big slap on your part to our lakhs young students , who read day and night, in sever cold, without regular power supply to pass their examination.As media has opinioned -IT IS CHEATING THE YOUNG GENERATION----------Their faith on Educational institution is shattered. And Shattering faith in any established institutions joins the boundaries of a crime, which can’t be forgiven.
SONIA JI,-----------Introducing myself self to your good-self , I am not an ISA agent, , not a follower of Geelani Sahib or of Mirwaiz., I am an old journalist of Jammu & Kashmir, who is proud of spending three full days with Late Shrimati Indra Gandhi in VIGYAN BHAWAN of Delhi in a Language Press Seminar. That is different story—It was just to show you my “Character role” to save myself from official wrath, in shape of PSA or AFSAPA. So what I am writing is my voice---it is Kashmir’s pain, which is speaking to you------------read it, understand it and think of its remedy------which in present case is the expulsion of PEERZADAH--------to pacify lakhs of our students in addition to the general public-----Other wise it s not impossible that someone will give a call against ur illogical action, and our children will die on roads as usual.
Coming again to Kashmir’s shock on your Stunning and dictatorial decision about Pirzadah is damaging for you and your Party beyond your imagination. With your one stroke, you have confirmed ruling congress patronage of dirty corrupt people, what BAJPA , repeats again and again, and what your big and small leaders try to refute,
Just imagine what lakhs of students and their parents are thinking of you and your Congress-------Please re –think , and respect the sentiments of the people of this state, get your Minister back, who is the most hated Minister in Kashmir today. Peerzadah has also violated the State constitution, while submitting his resignation , and a Minister who shows disrespect towards the constitution has no right to continue in the council of ministers or any where in the government at all. ---- And , MUTERMA< think are you not a partner of PEERZADAH in disregard of our sacred Kashmir Constitution---when you have not asked him to proceed in accordance with the State constitution and not organizationally.
Sincerely Yours
A son of Kashmir


Thursday, February 16, 2012


Srinagar, February 16 (Only Kashmir): A section of the newspapers has reported that “ Recharge providers have threatened to stop the services citing certain directives from the Police to furnish details of their customers”. It is to bring into the notice of general public, a few instances where in the SIM Cards, have been misused to commit crimes, which included creating panic among the general public.
In this context, following cases have been registered by the Police. Case FIR 83/2009 U/S 505 RPC 01-04-2009 On 01-04-2009 P/S Sadder-Sgr. Police received an information that some unknown miscreants has flashed an SMS among the public about baseless incident that fidayeen have attacked Airport, which created panic in the area.
Case FIR No:122/2009 U/S 506 RPC 12.05.2009, One Mohammad Amin Bhat S/o Abdul Majid R/O Fair Bank Colony Rawalpora lodged a written report in P/S-Sadder Sgr, to the effect that on 05.05.2009 his in-laws received a phone call at 8.30 PM on their residential land line No.2433797 from unknown persons.
Case FIIR No.172/2009,U/S 505,149,341,336,427/RPC 02-07-2009, Police station Sadder-Sgr, acting on some reliable information received by P/S that subscriber, has communicated an SMS to the people expressing killing of two children by a Police Vehicle and the people set ablaze the Police vehicle. The baseless SMS results provocation to public and on reacting an unruly mob came out from Barzulla and pelted stones upon the vehicular traffic causing unnecessary in convenience to the general public.
Case FIR No: 272/2010 U/S 120-B,420,468,471 RPC 18,ULA (P) Act 18-12-2010 The case was registered by Police Sadder-Sgr, and acting on reliable information that the distributors of telecom companies are providing SIM CARDS to the people of Kashmir Valley on fake documents by hatching criminal conspiracy. Such SIM Cards are being used by militants in the Valley.
The misuse of SIM Cards by the militants is well known. Details regarding misuse of SIM Cards in other districts are being collected. It needs to be mentioned here that a meeting of these Recharge providers was held with the senior Police officers where in they were advised to keep proper records of the customers who recharge their SIM Cards from them. They were also advised to mail the details of such customers after every fortnight.
In view of the above cases it is the responsibility of each and every law abiding citizen to provide his help in order to keep the society crime free.(OK)



Srinagar, Feb. 15 (Only Kashmir): Jammu and Kashmir police have given a clean chit to eastern command chief Lt Gen. Bikram Singh, one of the frontrunners to succeed Gen. V.K. Singh as army chief, in an alleged fake encounter case.
The clean chit came even as the state’s high court today gave the defence ministry four weeks to file its response following a request from Singh’s counsel.
Lt Gen. Singh is facing allegations that the Rashtriya Rifles unit he headed in 2001 faked an encounter at Janglat Mandi in Anantnag district and killed a civilian, Abdullah Bhat, who was then passed off as a foreign militant.
The encounter had left a colonel, a soldier, two civilians and the alleged foreign militant, Mateen Chacha, dead. Singh was injured.
The allegation had surfaced last year after the officer emerged as the frontrunner for the post of army chief following the age controversy involving Gen. V.K. Singh.
If Gen. V.K. Singh chooses to stay in office till May 31, the date he is due to retire, Lt Gen. Bikram Singh would automatically be the senior-most army commander as the others in contention would have retired on reaching the age of 60 by then.(OK)


Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Srinagar Feb 15 (Only Kashmir): The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to sack 13 middle and low rung officials on charges of corruption.
The government took the decision on the basis of recommendations of a panel which probed charges of corruption against the officials following complaints against them.
This is for the first time since the National Conference-Congress government took office in 2009 that any major step against corruption has been taken.
An official spokesman said this was the first batch of officials who have been ordered to be retired prematurely, which amounts to dismissal from service.
The officials mostly belong to the engineering departments.
The names of officers/officials are given as under:-
1. Surinder Singh S/O Sanmukh Singh, I/C Executive Engineer, ERA, J&K (PHE Department).
2. Farooq Ahmad Khoru S/O Ghulam Ahmed Khoru, I/C Executive Engineer, Irrigation Division Sumbal (PHE Department).
3. Noor Mohammad Bhat S/O Wali Mohammad Bhat, I/C DFO, Planning & Publicity division Srinagar (Forest Department).
4. Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, I/C AEE, Phalgam Development Authority, Phalgam,PWD(R&B).
5. Khursheed Anwar Shah S/O Kh. Habibullah Shah, AEE PMGSY, GanderbalPWD(R&B).
6. Aijaz Ahmad Kirmani S/O Ghulam Nabi Kirmani, I/C AEE, J&K Police Housing Corporation Srinagar PWD(R&B).
7. Smt. Shaheen Akhter W/O Abdul Rauf Gujjar, Head Master, High School, Kallar, Rajouri(Education Department).
8. Shri Madan Lal S/O Mangal Dass, Head Draftsman, PWD(R&B) Electric Division Jammu.
9. Shri Parshotam Lal S/O Gian Chand, JE, attached with Director, Rural Development, Jammu (Rural Development Department).
10. Shri Vachitter Singh S/O Gajay Singh, Lineman posted at EM&RE Division-I Parade Jammu (Power Development Department).
11. Shri Gulzari Lal, Technician-III, EM&RE Division-III, Jammu (Power Development Department).
12. Smt. Shama Bakshi W/O Pawan Kumar, the then Assistant Compiler, GP Fund Office, Gangyal, presently attached in the office of Joint Director Funds, Jammu (Finance Department).
13. Shri Subash Chander Raina S/O Moti Lal Raina, Accounts Assistant, Joint Director, Accounts &Treasuries, Jammu (Finance Department).
An official spokesman has informed that the standing committee under the Chief Secretary is reviewing more cases for sack action, the list of such officers may also include some senior officers of the Government.
Official spokesman further informed that on the overall directions of the Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary has also directed all Administrative Secretaries to review the cases of corrupt and inefficient officials at their own level and also to speed up the departmental inquiries.(OK)


Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Srinagar, Feb 14 (Only Kashmir): A survey sponsored by Union Ministry of Home Affairs in Kashmir has said that 69 valley-based newspapers have either no or little circulation and are ‘supported by dubious funding from secret sources.’
The survey conducted by the Institute for Research in India and International Studies in January 2010 revealed that there were only eight local TV channels which are registered and have a license to beam entertainment programs among total 37 channels working in the valley.
It said the lack of transparency in funding mechanisms of local publications had created a phenomenon of ‘ghost’ or fictitious papers mostly supported by dubious funding.
“These act implicitly and sometimes brazenly…for dubious purposes such as tax evasion by…their patrons,” the survey report- ‘A Perception Survey of Media Impact on the Kashmiri Youth’- said.
The survey provides a long list of newspapers with no circulation and others which only print 100-150 copies “mostly for the benefit of the Information Department” and those whose print-run is only up to 400 to 500 copies. There are 8 English newspapers in the list which have virtually no circulation, while 16 Urdu newspapers have no circulation.
The list provided in the report also includes 45 English and Urdu newspapers which have circulation up to 200 copies and between 200 and 500 copies.
However, the report quickly added that “it’s difficult to make any conclusive statements” in this regard “in absence of research studies on funding patterns and ownership details.”
It said there was a need for both ‘promoting professionalism’ and ‘injecting transparency’ into the local media industry to encourage national media houses to start their local editions in valley.
“Such covert funding or the artificial subsidies for the local papers also explain as to why no national newspapers have ever started any local editions from the Valley,” the report said.
“That is because without a minimum subscription base of about 25,000 copies, such an enterprise is unlikely to become a commercially viable proposition,” it added.
The MHA report also said that no national paper had started a local edition of their papers in the Valley as “there is absence of a level-playing field in the local media industry coupled with all the uncertainties of operating in a conflict situation.”
The report has also included the list of channels working in Kashmir and said only eight local channels in the Valley were registered and have a license to beam entertainment programs. The survey has recorded the names of several other local channels for which the Information Department of J&K Government has no records.
“This shows that perhaps many more un-licensed cable operators had started telecasting news until they were banned in September 2010. It may be noted that there are more than 25 such local channels,” it said.
The report recommended that there needs to be a better interface through certain institutionalized regulatory mechanisms to evolve an effective media strategy to deal with any critical events that can potentially spiral into an agitation.
“Government should try and create a level-playing field for the private players in media, establishing a fair and transparent audit system of newspapers circulation, to allow market forces to come into play and ensure fair distribution of government ads in the local newspapers and, also help remove the ‘secret’ hand of funding of both State and non-State actors,” the report recommended. (Courtesy Greater Kashmir)


Monday, February 13, 2012


Islamabad Feb 13 (Only Kashmir): Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani has been charged with contempt in an appearance before the country's Supreme Court.
Mr Gilani is accused of failing to re-open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
The prime minister, who faces jail and being barred from office if convicted, pleaded not guilty.
Mr Gilani argues that the president, who denies the corruption charges, has immunity as head of state.
President Zardari is accused of using Swiss bank accounts to launder bribes.
The Supreme Court has said Mr Gilani defied a court order to write to the Swiss authorities and ask them to re-open the cases against Mr Zardari.
Mr Gilani is expected to argue that he received legal advice that it would have been unconstitutional to pursue the cases.
Mr Zardari says the charges against him are politically motivated.
Helicopters hovered overhead and hundreds of riot police were guarding the Supreme Court as Mr Gilani arrived.
It is to recall here in an interview with Al-Jazeera television last week, Mr Gilani acknowledged he would have to stand down if convicted. "If I'm convicted, then I'm not even supposed to be a member of the parliament," he said.(OK)


Saturday, February 11, 2012


Shaheed Maqbool Bhat
Srinagar Feb 11 (Only Kashmir): Life across Srinagar and other parts of the Valley was affected today by a shutdown called by separatists to mark the death anniversary of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Shaheed Maqbool Bhat.
Markets and other business establishments remained closed and public transport did not ply in the city and other major towns of the Valley even as heavy deployments of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force were made to ensure law and order.
In order to prevent protests and marches by separatists in the city centre areas Saturday, preventive restrictions were imposed by the authorities in Lal Chowk area of the city disallowing any pedestrian or vehicular movement.
Attendance in banks, post offices and government offices was also affected because of the non-availability of public transport in the city.
Skeletal private transport, however, moved in the city.

JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat was hanged this day in 1984 in Tihar Jail. The JKLF has since been demanding that it be handed over the mortal remains of the party founder who was buried inside the Tihar Jail.(OK)


Friday, February 10, 2012


Srinagar Feb 10 (Only Kashmir) : More than 70,000 people offered congregational prayers at the Hazratbal Shrine here on the last Friday of the 10-day long Milad-e-Nabi festivities.
Files of devotees who gathered for the Friday prayers spilled over from inside the main mosque to the huge lawns of the shrine and thence to the roads and other available space outside as people from all over the Kashmir Valley assembled at Hazratbal.
The 10-day festivities in connection with the birthday of the Prophet of Islam(S) concluded after the Holy Relic (a hair from the Prophet's beard) was displayed to wailing and weeping devotees who prayed for penance and offered 'Durud' (Praise for the Prophet) before and after Friday prayers.
Men and women from across the valley poured into the shrine in state-owned buses and private vehicles including cars, mini buses and two-wheelers.
Police and other government agencies had made elaborate arrangements related to security, drinking water, traffic and crowd control as well as medical facilities.
The Imam of the shrine displayed the Holy Relic after the prayers from a special balcony as the air was rent with 'Durud' and prayers lending a divine ambiance.
Devotees took hours to leave the shrine after the prayers.
Police had a tough time regulating the movements of thousands of devotees who jostled with each other to push through the jam after the Friday prayers.
A relatively warmer winter sun greeted the devotees at the day's Friday prayers in the valley.
Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir, Prof Talat Ahmad today visited various social service camps organized by various KU units for the devotees visiting Hazratbal shrine on the Friday following Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Free parking, first aid and refreshments were provided to the devotees and NSS volunteers and students of different departments participated in the social work.(OK)



Srinagar, Feb 10 (Only Kashmir): After days of speculations, Education Minister Peerzada Mohammed Sayeed, Friday tendered his resignation. However, he didn’t send his resignation to Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and instead sent it to AICC president, Sonia Gandhi.
“I gave my resignation to party high command and it is there decision now whether they will forward it or not. I don’t want to create problems for Congress and Sonia Ji. CM isn’t my boss, but Sonia ji is,” he said.
Asked what forced him to resign, the Minister said, “Chief Minister said yesterday that minister isn’t involved but his fate will be decided in 24 hours. I can’t stay in this cabinet. It was wrong on his part to make such a statement. I wasn’t his (CM’s) nominee, but nominee of my party. I am not a kid and it was attack on my integrity.”
Peerzada revealed that he will call a press conference in a day or two and reveal all the facts before the media. “I know where from the instructions to newspapers and channels came to carry the news and press releases against me. I will reveal it in a press conference,”
The senior Congress leader said that he recently met Sonia. “I told her (Sonia) that there were so many things on Kashmir and said I will reveal it after elections,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has divested Peerzada Muhammad Syed of the portfolio of School Education. The said portfolio will remain with the Chief Minister till further orders.(OK)



Srinagar Feb 10 (Only Kashmir): 20 People were killed while some others injured in a road accident in mountainous Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir today. The accident occurred when a mini bus on its way from Gwadi to Thathri skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Badias in Bhalessa area of this far flung district this morning.
The rescue operation is going on and 20 bodies have been recovered so far. Four women and three children are among the victims of this fatal accident. One seriously injured Mohd. Riaz has been air lifted to Government Medical College Jammu for the treatment.
The Jammu and Kashmir Ministers Taj Mohi-Ud-Din and S S Slathia have reached the accident spot to monitor the rescue operations.
Meanwhile Bhaderwah MLA M S Naiz has expressed grief over the incident and urged the state government to provide speedy medical treatment to the injured and announce ex-gratia compensation to the deceased passengers.(OK)


Thursday, February 9, 2012


Srinagar, Feb 9 (Only Kashmir): Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Thursday said that in the changing world scenario, New Delhi can’t keep Kashmir issue in cold storage for long and urged for a ‘meaningful’ dialogue to solve the vexed issue.
“Government of India is trying to put Kashmir issue in cold storage as status quo suits it. However, in the changing world scenario, India can never solve Kashmir issue by force,” Mirwaiz said while addressing a seminar at Hurriyat headquarters here.Urging New Delhi to start a meaningful dialogue he said, “By keeping Kashmir issue linger on, New Delhi can achieve nothing. Government of India has no other option but to solve the Kashmir dispute,” he added.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said that New Delhi should know that the movement has been transformed to the younger generation. “Peoples movement of 2008 and 2010 has transformed the freedom movement to younger generation,” he said.
The Mirwaiz said that Hurriyat would always welcome Indo-Pak dialogue as friendship between the two countries is in the best interests of Kashmiris. “But India should make sincere and honest efforts to solve the issue once for all. Hurriyat is ready to work as a bridge between the two countries, but for that change on ground situation is must. We are not against business between the two countries, but Kashmir issue is the most important,” he added.(OK)



Srinagar, Feb 9 (Only Kashmir) As part of the cross Line of Control (LoC) initiatives between two parts of Kashmir, a Srinagar-based businessman was Thursday elected to head a business interests body representing both sides.
Mubeen Shah takes over as the president of the Jammu and Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JK-JCCI).
"The process of choosing the new president of Jammu and Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JK-JCCI) was completed under subsection (G) of section 4 of Istanbul Agreement of November 2011 signed by 17 principal stakeholders representing chambers and federations from both sides of LOC," a statement here said.
The statement said the election was conducted at Srinagar by Indus Research Foundation, a regional partner of the Conciliation Resources, London, which has been facilitating the formation of a joint chamber as part of its six major cross-LOC cooperation initiatives in consultation with governments and civil society actors.
The JK-JCCI comprised 44 members with 22 drawn from Jammu and Kashmir (11 each from Kashmir and Jammu) and 22 from the Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
"The next step in making the JK-JCCI a more formal institution is to constitute a committee of six members to draft constitution for this body and get it passed by the entire body of 44 members before April 30, 2012," the statement added.
In a bid to enhance cross-LOC cooperation in Jammu and Kashmir, 10 major business organisations, including the heads of four major chambers and federations of industries from both sides of divided Kashmir, had decided to form a formal, inclusive and properly elected apex joint chamber in a meeting at Istanbul Nov 28, 2011.
New Delhi and Islamabad had allowed first cross-LoC contact in 2005 through the launch of a bus service between Srinagar, on Indian side, and Muzaffarabad, on Pakistani side, of Jammu and Kashmir. Cross-LoC trade was launched in October 2008 and further tourism and cultural exchanges were agreed upon in July 2011.
Observers here feel steps like the creation of a joint trade and commerce body of representative businessmen from both sides of divided Kashmir would address the problems faced by the cross LOC traders and also help melt down the psychological distances between the people living on the two sides of the LOC.(OK)



Srinagar Feb 09 (Only Kashmir): Wholesale and retail dealers in pharmaceutical products today staged a protest here against the Jammu and Kashmir government's new drug policy, claiming that it would severely affect their trade.
The pharma traders assembled at Residency Road and marched towards Clock Tower at Lal Chowk where they sat on a dharna, officials said.
Police urged the protesters to disperse peacefully as their assembly was illegal in view of Section 144 CrPC being in effect in the city but they refused, prompting the police to resort to lathicharge and spraying of water cannons to bring the agitators under control.
There were no report of anyone getting injured in the police action, officials said, adding that one person was detained.
The new drug policy envisages rationalising the number of drug licences in the state. As per the policy, only those drugs on the essential drugs list would be procured and the drugs would be selected taking into account the demand, lead time, transportation and emergency needs.
An inventory control system has also been put in place to prevent excessive stocking of medicines. (OK)


Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Srinagar, Feb 8 (Only Kashmir): State Cabinet which met here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah in Jammu on Wednesday gave approval to the agenda of holding municipal elections in the state from April.
They said notifications for the polls would be issued soon. “The arrangements for holding municipal elections and the schedule of the polls were finalized in the meeting,” they added.
The elections would be held on party basis. “Number of the seats have been increased from 68 to 75 in Srinagar, whereas in Jammu the number has been increased to 75 from 72. Population in both the cities has increased in the last few years. So seats had to be enhanced accordingly,” sources added.
Pertinently, last municipal elections were held during the tenure of former Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s PDP-Congress alliance government in 2005.
The cabinet also gave approval to the address of the Governor, N N Vohra to be delivered on February 23 in both houses of the State Assembly. (OK)



Srinagar Feb 08 (Only Kashmir): High Court Bar Association has asked Advocates, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, Mohammad Ashraf Wani, Majid Bashir and Babar Jan Qadri to explain why they appeared in courts on February 7 despite the Association decision to boycott the work on the day.
In separate notices to all the four, the Bar president Mian Abdul Qayoom has written: “It has been reported to me that you have caused your appearances in the High Court on 07-02-2012 in violation of the decision taken by the Bar Association.”
“You are, therefore, hereby asked to show cause as to why you have appeared in the courts on the day when it had been decided and also notified in advance that no member shall cause his appearance before the courts on 07-02-2012. Your reply should reach to me, within a period of one week from the date of issue of this notice, failing which it will be presumed that you have nothing to say in your defense,” it added. (OK)



Ahmadabad Feb 08 (Only Kashmir): The Narendra Modi government was on Wednesday pulled up by the Gujarat high court for "inaction and negligence" on its part during the 2002 post-Godhra riots that led to large-scale destruction of religious structures.
A division bench of acting chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala made these observations, while ordering compensation for over 500 religious structures in the state.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Islamic Relief Committee of Gujarat (IRCG).
Inadequacy, inaction and negligence on the part of the state government to prevent riots resulted in large-scale destruction of religious structures across the state, the court observed.
The government was responsible for repair and compensation for such places, it further said.
The court said that when the government had paid compensation for destruction of houses and commercial establishments, it should also pay compensation for religious structures.
The court also ordered that principal judges of 26 districts of the state will receive the applications for compensation of religious structures in their respective districts and decide on it. They have been asked to send their decisions to HC within six months.
IRCG's petition in 2003 had sought court's directions to the government to pay compensation towards damage of religious places during riots on the ground that the National Human Rights Commission, too, had recommended and the state government had in principle accepted the suggestion.
The state government had opposed the IRCG petition, saying it was a violation of article 27 of the Constitution.
The government further said that there was no policy with regards to compensation for restoration/repair of religious places damaged or destroyed during the riots.
Lawyer for IRCG, M T M Hakim hailed it as a "landmark judgement" in the country, in which compensation has been ordered for destruction of religious structures.
"This is also probably for the first time that a court has held the state government responsible for inaction and negligence during the 2002 riots," Hakim said.(OK)



Srinagar Feb 08 (Only Kashmir): Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Baseer Ahmed Khan directed Chief Education Officer, Srinagar to ensure installation of sign boards at all the schools of Srinagar, both Government and Private, so that all schools can be declared as smoke free. He has further directed the Police and Drug & Food Control Organisation to take action against shops selling tobacco and tobacco products within 100 yards of the educational institutions.
It may be mentioned that all public places in Budgam District have been declared tobacco free and similar action is being initiated by other districts. Earlier, Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara Mohammed Shafi took many initiatives in the district by imposing fine on offender.
Executive Director, J&K Voluntary Health Association, A.M.Mir has conveyed his support to DC Srinagar and assured that organization and volunteers would assist the district administration to ensure that all public places in Srinagar are made tobacco-free. Mir also conveyed his appreciation to Tuman Chairman House Boat Owners Association, as well, who volunteered to remove all ash trays from House boats so that all House Boats are declared tobacco free. It is pertinent to mention that Tobacco not only causes cancers, which result in death but also cause fire incidents in vulnerable places such as House Boats, which are completely made of wood and can easily catch fire.(OK)


Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Jammu Feb 08 (Only Kashmir): The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday announced to cover 66,000 poor families of Srinagar and Jammu districts under a new health insurance scheme.
"To start with over 66,000 poor families of Srinagar and Jammu districts are being covered under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY)," Minister for Health and Horticulture Sham Lal Sharma said here.
Insurance cover to the tune of Rs 30,000 will be available to each family. They have only to register by paying a nominal registration fee of Rs 30, he added.
A new scheme to provide health insurance cover to all poor families would also be launched in the next three months, Sharma said.
The Minister said that the Health Department will also cover over 1,500 kilometres long National Highway in the state by putting in operation modern ambulances for every 30 kilometre distance which shall be available to meet any eventuality in case of accidents.
"The ambulances would be connected to the Central Control Rooms at Srinagar and Jammu with telephone number 108 and 104," he said.(OK)



Srinagar Feb 07 (Only Kashmir): Normal life in Kashmir was affected today due to a strike called by hardline Hurriyat Conference to protest the state government's move to shift prison inmates from the Valley to outside jails.
Shops, banks and other business and commercial establishments remained closed due to the strike called by Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Transport services were also severely affected with public transport remaining off the roads. However, private vehicles could be seen plying the roads in the summer capital Srinagar and other parts of the Valley.
Geelani-led Hurriyat had called for the strike today against the shifting of detainees to jails outside the Valley.
"The shifting of the detainees is a practice in pure vengeance and done just to harass the people of Kashmir. We cannot sit silent, therefore, the strike shall be held on February seven and before that thse protest shall be staged on February 3," Geelani had said in a statement last week.
Lashing out at authorities for the move, he said shifting of the inmates to outside jails was a violation of the Supreme Court guidelines on the matter which provide for lodging them in jails in their home district.
"According to the Supreme Court ruling, the prisoners are to be kept in the jails closest to their residence so that they could meet their kin. But here the rules are violated to harass people," he said. (OK)


Monday, February 6, 2012


Jammu Feb 06 (Only Kashmir) In yet another significant step towards modernization of public library services in Jammu & Kashmir, the Department of Libraries & Research launched its official website today. The website, available on the Internet at, comes close on the heels of launching of the ongoing automation and networking of public libraries project by the Department in October last and makes the public library collection only a click away.
Minister for Tourism & Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora, launched the website at a simple but impressive function held at the SRS Central Library complex here.
Minister of State for Tourism & Culture, Nasir Aslam Wani, Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture, Atal Dulloo, Director Libraries & Research, Khalid Bashir Ahmad, State Informatics Officer, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Abhay Kumar, Technical Director, NIC, Saleem Khan, Deputy Director Libraries, Jammu, Rajinder Singh and Jammu based writers, scholars and library experts were present.
The development is viewed as a significant leap towards greater application of ICT tools in public library operations in the State. The process started in October 2011 with the launch of the Automation & Networking of Public Libraries Project at the four major public libraries in the state including SRS Central Library Jammu, SPS Central Library Lal Mandi, Oriental Research Library Hazratbal and City Central Library, Karan Nagar. In the pilot phase, the catalogue of about quarter to two lakh books available at these four libraries is being computerized. This task is slated to finish in a year from the date of the launch.
The website comprises the dynamic and static sections. In the first instance, bibliographic data of about 27,000 books has been made available on the website in the dynamic section by means of Catalogue Search which will expand every fortnightly till the completion of the project. The Catalogue Search offers two - basic and advance - search options.
Earlier, Director Libraries & Research, Khalid Bashir Ahmad, presented an overview of the activities of the department and outlined the features and status of the ongoing projects to modernize public library services.



Islamabad Feb 06 (Only Kashmir): Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed in many parts of the Pakistan with traditional enthusiasm but simplicity due to the observance of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Peace be upon him) here on Sunday. Special prayers were held for the independence of Kashmir in almost all city mosques. Banners and posters were also displayed at important centers expressing complete solidarity with Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for their right of self-determination.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan and AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majid had issued messages expressing solidarity with people of Kashmir.
Kashmir Solidarity Day has been observed on 5 February each year since 1990 in Pakistan as a day of protest against Indian control of part of Kashmir. It is a national holiday in Pakistan. Kashmir Day was first proposed by Qazi Hussain Ahmad of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in Pakistan in 1990. Pakistan considers Kashmir as the core issue, between India and Pakistan, leading to three wars and devoting a major portion of their national incomes to defense budgets. World leaders have stressed the need to resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan to avoid an eventuality that may cause a catastrophe in the region. Kashmir is the nuclear flash point of South Asia, surrounded by three nuclear powers.(OK)
Note: Only Kashmir first to publish this news.


Sunday, February 5, 2012


Srinagar, Feb 5 (Only Kashmir): Milad-un-Nabi(S), the birth anniversary of beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), was celebrated throughout the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region with full reverence, devotion, religious fervour and gaiety today.
Despite severe cold due to snowfall, night-long special prayers were held in mosques, khankhas, Masjids and other shrines in the Valley and Ladakh region.
However, the main function was held at Hazratbal shrine, which houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), on the bank of famed Dal Lake.
The authorities had made all arrangements for the devotees visiting the Hazratbal shrine, where thousands of people participated in the prayers despite snowfall and cold. Chief Minister Mr. Omar Abdullah offered Nimaz-i-Asar at Dargah Hazratbal here where thousands of Zayreen participated in the prayer.
The devotees had the glimpse of Holy Relic after the morning prayers this morning and this process will continue after every prayer today and tomorrow.
Similar prayers were also held at Shahari Kalashpora shrine, Jenab Sahib Soura, Khiram Srihama and Panjoora Shopian.
Religious scholars, Ulmas, separatist leaders and mainstream politicians have greeted people on the occasion.(OK)



Jammu Feb 04 (Only Kashmir): Mr. N. N. Vohra, Jammu and Kashmir Governor, inaugurated 7th Kashmir Festival, “Khushboo-e-Kashmir”, organized by the SARHAD and Arihant Education Foundation at Pune in Maharashtra.
The Governor, as Chief Guest, speaking on the occasion, recalled the prolonged turmoil faced by the people of Kashmir and the large number of innocent persons who had lost their lives in this period, besides the enormous economic loss and disruption of the educational system, which had affected the youth of J&K most adversely. Lauding the outstanding initiative of Mr. Sanjay Nahar for the invaluable work he was doing under the banner of SARHAD, the Governor called upon corporate institutions and the affluent sections of the society and NGOs to come forward in enlarging efforts for promoting the welfare of orphans, destitute children and other less privileged segments of the society. He stressed the need for nurturing moral and ethical values among the children, along with academic learning for their balanced personality development.
The Governor observed that Sarhad is among the leading NGOs which had come forward to secure the welfare of orphans and destitute children from the State. He hoped that many other organizations would emulate the excellent work being done by Sarhad to enable orphan children to stand on their own feet. He complimented Mr. Nahar, Founder President of Sarhad, and his colleagues, for their good work.
Referring to the Kashmir Festival, the Governor observed that such events provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the glorious composite cultural heritage of the State across the country. He wished Sarhad high success in its endeavours for carrying out its various activities for the welfare of orphan and destitute children.(OK)


Saturday, February 4, 2012


Srinagar, Feb 4 (Only Kashmir): To seek a peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue, track II diplomacy has been reactivated with Kashmir Committee head and former Union Law Minister, Ram Jeth Malani taking lead role this time.
Jeth Malani motivated Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani to meet number of former diplomats, army officers and politicians at the former’s Akbar Road residence in New Delhi on Friday evening.
“The surprise visitor in the meeting was film actor and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha. Geelani held a brief chat with Sinha and both the leaders discussed several aspects of Kashmir issue,”.
Among others Kamal Sibal, Shanti Bushan and N N Jha were also present in the meeting. “It is for the first time since 2010 that track II diplomats have become active on Kashmir. Government of India wants to engage separatist leadership in Kashmir for talks and for that track II diplomacy has been reactivated,” sources added.
Kashmir Committee member, Madhu Kishwar told KNS that they have green signal from both India and Pakistan.
“There could be vested interests on both the sides. But majority of the people want solution of the problem. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants an honorable solution of the problem,” she said.
“It is just a beginning and we want to take it to logical conclusion,” she added.
Asked what logical conclusion means, Kishwar said, “India, Pakistan and Kashmir should sit and find an honorable solution of the problem. We are in constant touch with Pakistani leadership also.”
On Geelani’s yesterdays’ meeting, she said, “He (Geelani) isn’t hardcore. He came on our invitation. He told us that he was against any kind of violence and wants Kashmiri Pandits back to Kashmir. His statement is positive.”
In yesterday’s meeting, sources said, Geelani urged Sinha and other people present in the meeting that they should help Kashmiris to get their basic rights. “Your (Indian) leadership had promised with us that we would be given our rights. Now you should fulfill the promises of your leadership,” sources quoting Geelani told Media.
“Jethmalani urged both countries to show flexibility so that talks would resume. Kashmiri leaders and India will have to give up rigidity to resolve the Kashmir issue once for all. Both the parties have to soften their stand to reach on some consensus,” Jethamali according to sources told Geealni. (OK)



Srinagar Feb 04 (Only Kashmir)Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday visited Dargah, Hazratbal and reviewed the arrangements put in place by the administration and the Waqaf Board for the Holy occasion of Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).
The Chief Minister paid obeisance at the shrine, prayed for peace and prosperity of the State and interacted with Zaireen. He directed the Waqaf Board and the officers of divisional administration to ensure all facilities to Zaireen during Milad days. He laid stress on ensuring cleanliness, power and water supply and adequate transport for the people.
Omar Abdullah also received brief about the arrangements made for Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) and development programmes under implementation in the area for beautification and upgradation of facilities, at a meeting of Waqaf Board there.
The Vice Chairman of Waqaf Board, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, various Members of the Board and other officers were present on the occasion.
Interacting with people on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that beautification of Hazratbal and upgrading various facilities in the area is priority concern of the Government.
Omar Abdullah conveyed greetings to the people on Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) and wished them happiness and prosperity.(OK)


Friday, February 3, 2012


Jammu Feb 04 (Only Kashmir): In a drive against massive misuse of red beacon-cum-flasher lights in the state, the Jammu and Kashmir traffic police has registered 60 cases against the violators.
"We have launched a drive against the misuse of Red Flasher Lights on government vehicles and registered 60 cases besides removing 15 such unauthorised lights from vehicles," traffic police chief Himant Lohia said.
The team comprising a mobile magistrate conducted the drive during past 3 to 4 days and it will be continued further, Lohia said, adding that drivers of several VIPs were also booked in this connection.
A large number of officials, including those of the ranks of IGs, DIGs, SSPs, SPs, DSPs Commission Secretaries, Special Secretaries, Directors, Additional Secretaries, Head of departments and Vice-Chancellors of Universities are reported to have been violating the norms rampantly.
Family members of VIPs were also learnt to have been using their beaconed vehicles in their absence.
As per norms, dignitaries and officials of the rank of the Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, cabinet ministers, Speaker of Legislative Assembly, Chairman of Legislative Council, Chief Justice of J-K High Court and few other VIPs are authorised for the use of Red Flasher Light.(OK)



Srinagar, Feb 03 (Only Kashmir): Pattan police arrested two Credit Card fraudsters involved in fraud Credit Card transaction worth 24 Lacs.
Two fraudsters Afaq Ahmad Zargar son of Bashir Ahmad Zargar resident of Ahmad Nagar Srinagar & Muzaffar Ahmad Wani son of Nazir Ahmad Wani resident of Buspora Srinagar owners of a Computer Sale outlet A .M. Group at Pattan were apprehended by Pattan police.
The duo used fake Credit Cards to dupe the bank to the tune of about Rs. 24 Lakhs. All the credit cards were swapped at the POS machine installed at A .M. Group. The transactions were made through international credit cards only, from 19th Decmber,2011 to 24th December 2011. Preliminary enquiry reveals that the persons whose credit cards were used, had in fact never visited the valley but their passport and visa copies were used as proof of the transactions. The Credit Cards used in these transaction belonging to persons from Canada, USA, Great Britain &Brazil were used.
Pattan police has taken cognizance and registered a case under section 420, 468, 471 RPC. Investigation is on and efforts are on way to nab the chain of the fraudsters. The handy work of some persons outside the state is also suspected.(OK)



OK may be or may not be agree views expressed in this column
Kashmir is not only known for its natural beauty; but was also famous for culture of tolerance, peace and co existence. All this was shattered when backed by Pakistani secret agencies culture of gun, violence, fear and intimidation was introduced in 1988/89.
As if that was not enough non Kashmiris, totally alien to Kashmiri culture and ethos, were also sent in with gun that they can impose new culture and values on people of Jammu and Kashmir.
This culture of fear and intimidation was first introduced in to the Valley of Kashmir with disastrous consequences. Anyone who opposed this was silenced irrespective of his race or religion.
Under that prevailing culture, 'liberal minded' Yasin Malik, Chairman of JKLF, also proved intolerant when highly respected journalist Tahir Mohiuldin criticised him in 'Weekly 'Chattan', and a group of JKLF members stormed his office, broke his furniture and beat him up.
Later on, this alien culture of hate and intimidation was 'exported' to other parts of Jammu and Kashmir and where ever people of Jammu and Kashmir lived, whether it was London, New York or Toronto.
Attempts were made to silence all voices which criticised those who introduced this monster of hate and advanced it for personal, ideological or material gains. I salute all those who stood their ground and spoke against this culture of violence, hatred, fear and intimidation.
Despite threats to my life, personal abuse and unfounded allegations to malign me, I have been doing my jihad against those who promoted violence, sectarianism, regionalism, tribalism and hate.
For many years I have advanced a non violent struggle, equality for all and rule of law; and how sad that now I am accused of being 'racist' and playing the 'tribal' card. I do not have a shred of racism and tribalism in me, even at that time when I was young and immature in many ways; I opposed regionalism and tribalism and always sided with the weak and poor.
I have criticised those who have harmed our struggle for united and independent Jammu and Kashmir, and continue to harm it under different slogans. And on my part no matter what people call me, I will continue with my jihad of writing against them and exposing them. This sponsored criticism of some misguided people who either don't understand the situation or are touts of those who want us to remain occupied and forcibly divided is not going to intimidate me.
It was not the first time I was under attack by face book warriors; and it won't be the last. What made difference this time was the unfortunate posts of someone using ID of 'paki power', whose agenda was to muddy the water, create confusion among Kashmiris and alienate me from my friends and colleagues.
To a large extent he was successful, as some people thought I was using this ID. Allah Almighty knows best; however, once again I say that it is not my ID and I did not use this ID. There is no need to. I am quite used to these smear campaigns against me; and know how to handle them, hence no need to use any fake ID. Allah has given me enough courage and strength of character to say spade a spade and face the consequences.
Unfortunately some of my colleagues and friends were also swayed by this; and they erroneously assumed that I have attacked their tribe by using this fake ID. Their loyalty to their tribe made them emotional and they forgot that in my articles and speeches I have highly praised contribution made by their tribe for the cause of an independent Jammu and Kashmir.
Some of these colleagues have worked with me since 1977; and despite heated debates and disagreements they know I have never used a 'racist card' or a 'tribal card'.
I set up a face book group called, 'Views on Jammu and Kashmir'. It has 4613 members. Policy of this group is to 'advance the cause of Jammu and Kashmir, and promote peace, tolerance and democratic values. We allow members to express their views as long as they do not spread hate, make personal attacks and insult any religion or abuse people or countries.'
I have been repeatedly attacked and abused by few members with real and fake ID's. They have made unfounded allegations against me and they have not given any evidence to support their allegations; and yet I have not banned them, hoping that common sense will prevail and sensible members will understand what is going on and how politics of fear and intimidation is prevalent on face book as well.
Even at the height of this campaign there were about ten ID's speaking against me and about the same number either speaking in my support or trying to provide alternative view point. My maths is not good, but 10 members out of 4613 is not significant, but their foul language and arrogance turned the tide in my favour, because after making few clarifications, most of time I did not reply and sensible members realised there was some agenda for this campaign.
Support came from those quarters from where it was not expected; and from it was expected they decided to sit on the fence – after all no one wants to come in the firing line, and become a 'bad boy'. However, I have received more than 200 private messages and many telephone calls and they all 'appreciated my work and urged me to continue my struggle against forces of occupation, extremism, communalism, regionalism and hatred. Most of them said you must be doing something right and hitting in the right place to deserve this much attention and opposition. If you were not having any significance then no one has time to waste and write against you.'
Some critics on face book called my articles 'crap', even though my articles are published in many publications and in more than one country; and are widely read and used by those interested in Kashmir dispute and India Pakistan relations. Out of many comments I have received, I am only producing some to show what my readers say.
In reference to my article, 'Kashmiri struggle and politics of Black Day' Dr Nazir Gilani wrote: 'Well written article. K H Khurshid (Jammu Kashmir Liberation League), Khaliq Ansari (Plebiscite Front), Maqbool Bhat (PF) and all other nationalists were branded as Indian agents or anti Pakistan by Muslim Conference in AJK, for self serving political interests………You are right there has been a problem with our nationalists in understanding nationalism. Nationalists want to perform in reference to Pro Pakistan propaganda. Their conviction and ideological basis is shaky. Your article has consolidated a valuable comparison.'
Tahir Sayyed from Srinagar wrote: 'Dr Shabir Choudhry Aslamu Alikum
I have read some of your arguments with great interest. Your articles are informative and have strong and logical arguments. You are doing good work with sincerity, keep it up; and don't get intimidated by your critics.'
Elizabeth Simon del Sol wrote: Shabir Choudhry, a good summary about Pakistan's reality. One should ask why religious extremism and intolerance have increased in Pakistan. It seems clear that the policy of this country is based on strengthening its military power. Perhaps the most immediate needs for this country were not security and defence; if not economic growth, the education, children schooling and exclusion and poverty…'
Syes Sadre Uddin Hussain wrote: This is a good article and worth reading. Religious extremism was promoted by General Zia, the great exploiter of Islam to fool the masses and gain support of the Mullahs to rule Pakistan till death. The solution lies in nationalising all Masajids and Madrassahs and banning all religious groups, Tehriks and parties which are exploiting Islam for their selfish ends and creating divisions in the society and promoting extremism sectarianism, killings, Maslak and Fiqah, differences etc, in the name of Islam instead of promoting unity…..'
On the issue of telling truth and facing pressure, Elizabeth Simon del Sol wrote:
'Shabir Choudhry, you are not the only one who is suffering from abusive language. Anyone who tells the truth by shining words is heavily persecuted. When we are choosing a difficult way, we must be aware and mature enough to deal with its consequences. Truth produces large enemies and hard obstacles. Everything in life has a price. I do not expect anything from anyone from life itself. Just thank God every morning to be alive….'

In another message, Elizabeth Simon del Sol wrote: 'Shabir Choudhry, you are seeing a truth or reality that others do not see or don't want to see. You and your friends are being the witness of a chain of events that are beating you, while all others are mere actors or protagonists of these events. But unfortunately, life is a fight, and even though it seems like you're going to get knocked out, you must keep on fighting. If you are not willing to fight and die for your own life you're never going to be able to fully live. The whole situation so full of obstacles and enemies, reminds me the wise words of King Solomon: "This too shall pass. In life, nothing is certain and nothing is perfect. Just rise above the challenge."
There are many more quotes which I could produce to show what sensible people say about my work; and I don't care what people with myopic view and misplaced loyalty say. I assure all my readers, friends and colleagues that my struggle for independence of Jammu and Kashmir, equality, peace and rule of law will continue; and I will not be intimidated.
(The writer is Director Diplomatic Committee of Kashmir National Party, political analyst and author of many books and booklets. Also he is Director Institute of Kashmir View:



Srinagar, Feb 03 (Only Kashmir): Kashmir legislator Abdul Rasheed on Thursday sought an FIR against the state education minister Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed in the exam cheating case.
He also claimed that he is being threatened after he started a campaign against corrupt ministers in the state. "Local media has reported that the education minister has threatened to reveal names of others involved in cheating cases. If it's true then the minister knows many things and should be arrested," Rasheed said at a press conference in Srinagar.
The MLA, who represents Langate constituency in north Kashmir, questioned New Delhi's role and warned against patronising corruption in the state.
"When Reddys, Rajas etc are being detained why now corruption ministers of Jammu and Kashmir. Why would people here have faith in elections if corrupt ministers are patronised," said Rasheed.
Asking opposition Peoples Democratic Party and CPI (M) to come up with a stand on the Congress minister's involvement in misusing official position to pass his son in Class 10 exams in 2009, "The PDP seems to be interested in criticising Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah and none other than these two politicians," he said.
Rasheed said he is being threatened. "I am being told that I will be dealt with. But such threats will not break my conviction," said Rasheed.(OK)


Thursday, February 2, 2012


Jammu, Feb 2 (Only Kashmir): Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today stated that his government was working in the direction towards a political solution to the problem of Jammu and Kashmir as desired by the youth of the state, who had “rejected the gun culture, merger with Pakistan and Azadi.”
Omar was talking to media persons on the sidelines of State Level Education Conference at Jammu University.
The Chief Minister said, “The youths want that there should a political solution to the problem of Jammu and Kashmir and we are also working in this direction.” While referring to a study conducted by Delhi-based Institute for Research on India and International Studies, which said that youngsters in Kashmir did not support the gun, he stated, “This is true that Kashmir youngsters have rejected gun culture, merger with Pakistan and Azadi and have favored good governance and corruption-free state.” Chief Minister, while commenting on Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) supremo Syed Salahudin's boycott call for Municipal elections, said, “It is not a new thing. We will hold elections and those who want to take part in it can take part.” The function was held to facilitate the Chief Minister for regularizing over 8000 Headmasters and 10+2 Lecturers granting them one time exception. It was organized by the J&K State School Teachers Coordination Committee.“Your service delivery in making educational institutions as seats of academic excellence and moral teaching is imperative in this direction,” Omar said and added that the role of teacher was pivotal in bringing about social change and creating disciplined, honest, dedicated, qualified and responsible society. He asked the teachers to nurture and groom students in the best forms.(OK)


Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Srinagar, Feb 1 (Only Kashmir): After sharp criticism by Huriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and a section of civil society, Grand Mufti today broke his silence over the controversial verdict banning some Christian Pastors in Valley.
“A statement published under titled ‘Geelani scorns shariet court’ followed by a series of sensational stories in print media compel me to rebut and refute these allegations made by some unknown individuals of the so-called civil society,” reads a statement from the deputy Grand Mufti issued on Wednesday.
“I am not surprised by what is being published by some reporters of the Indian media because of their prejudice and proclivities. What is unfortunate and intriguing is that such statements are coming from some members of the community which professes Islam as their faith,” he said.
The deputy Grand Mufti said that the issue was neither political nor personal, but purely a matter of faith.
“It was agonising to note that some of our boys and girls were being converted to Christianity by unethical allurements and immoral inducements. I personally believe that this is a more important matter than any other public issue related to our community. Everyone has a right to criticise any individual or his actions but one cannot do so if such criticism encourages blasphemy and irreverent references to the holy Prophet (PBUH),” the statement quoting Grand Mufti, said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the persons involved in converting Muslim boys and girls to Christianity by illegal and unethical means were expelled from the state in order to maintain amity and fraternal relations between communities and to avoid bad blood and unwarranted confrontation between them.
“It needs to be made clear that there is no ban on the functioning of missionary schools which have contributed a lot to the spread of education in the state. It is only the wrong doers who have been identified for action. However, we have to guard against the possibility of such mischievous elements succeeding in disturbing communal peace and harmony in the state. The need of hour is to constantly monitor their conduct and activities. It is therefore the duty of the people and the state Government to ensure that such mischievous elements are not allowed to indulge in nefarious activities anywhere in the state,” it said.
“I take this opportunity to urge all those who disagree with the expulsion of wrong doers for their misdeeds to suggest what else could be done in the circumstances of the case, keeping in view the larger interests of the Faith ,peace and order in the state and the requirements of communal harmony,” the Grand Mufti added.(OK)



New Delhi, Feb 01 (Only Kashmir): Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah has sanctioned over Rs. 30 crores to the Jammu & Kashmir Police to install over 500 solar photovoltaic power plants at training centres, battalion headquarters, SDPOs offices and even police stations and border police posts. This is the fifth major solar energy initiative supported by MNRE in the State in the current year.
The proposal by the J&K Police envisages setting up of 523 solar photovoltaic power plants with an aggregate capacity of 1.4 MW at various establishments of the J&K Police spread throughout the State. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 38 crores. 90 percent of this would be contributed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy as Central Finance Assistance (CFA).
The project is expected to be completed in a year’s time. The installations of these power plants will enable uninterrupted power supply to the various police installations. In particular, reliable power supply to far-flung and remote police stations and out posts will ensure regular connectivity and quicker action in both routine law & order and anti-terrorist activities.
Last year, over Rs. 30 crores were sanctioned by the Ministry for setting up of over 65 power plants in the major health centres of the State with an aggregate capacity of over 1 MW. Over 20,000 solar home lights were also sanctioned for distribution in the far-flung areas of the State at a total project cost of Rs. 23 crores.
Earlier this year, the Ministry had sanctioned power plants for various installations including the Islamic University in Srinagar and the Government Polytechnic, Srinagar. It has also given support for bringing mobile connectivity to far-flung areas of Kishtwar district by sanctioning over Rs. 35 lakhs for solarisation of telecom towers in that area. (OK)


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