Thursday, May 31, 2012


Srinagar, May 31 (Only Kashmir): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference on Thursday conducted a meeting of its executive members. The meeting was convenedby APHC chairman, Dr Mirwaiz Umar farooq and was attended by the party executive members including, Shabir Ahmad Shah,Agha Syed Hassan-Al-Moosvi Al-safvi, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar Waza, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, and Musadiq Adil.
During the meeting, it was resolved that APHC is the representative of Kashmiri aspirations and lakhs of martyrs who laid their life for kashmir's freedom struggle. The forum declared that it was imperative for the individuals to respect its constitution and views regarding the freedom struggle.
APHC Chairman made it clear that hurriyat's constitution and system is above the individual opinions. Hence, he stressed that nobody will be allowed to violate or trespass it.
The forum said that the APHC's stand regarding the Kashmir issue is clear. It said anybody's individual or party opinion should never be taken as the stand or strategy of APHC.
The participants in the meeting said that it was the prime duty of every individual to respect the hurriyat constitution. They said it was incumbent on every big or small leader to strengthen the APHC.
During the meeting, the members  expressed concern over the situation arisen in the aftermath of  remarks at Botengoo and ruckus at hurriyat headquarters. Taking serious note of the incidents, it was decided that hurriyat chairman would take disciplinary action against the leaders involved in those acts.
In view of the violation of the constitution, of creating ruckus, and issuing irresponsible statements, it was  decided that Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Nayeem Ahmad Khan,  and Azam Inquilabi should be served a show
cause notice as to  why action should not be initiated against them. They have been asked to explain their position within ten days.
Regarding senior hurriyat leader, Shabir Ahmad Shah, the meeting decided that he would be communicated through a letter whereby he would be informed to refrain from giving his suggestion and issues pertaining to the hurriyat to the media, and instead would be asked to
place them before the forum.
The meeting stressed both general council and executive council members to strictly keep their suggestions or issues within the forum. They were also advised to refrain from doing any such act which would create misunderstanding  among the pro-freedom parties and people of Jammu and kashmir at large.
The participants expressed concern over the internal and external conspiracies to weaken the freedom struggle.
The hurriyat leadership and people have been warned to thwart any such effort  to take forward the struggle of liberation to its logical end .(OK)


Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Srinagar May 29 (Only Kashmir): Chief Patron Jammu Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi (MeA) Muhammad Azam Inqilabi Tuesday said Kashmir resistance movement will soon enter a decisive phase.
Inqilabi expressed satisfaction over the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s statement on 27 April, 2012 in New Delhi wherein he said resolution of Kashmir issue according to wishes of Kashmiris is vital for establishing peace in South-Asia.
“This statement has instilled hope among the suppressed Kashmiris,” said Inqilabi in a statement.
He said it is very sad and painful that a member of Hurriyat (M) in a rally makes UN resolutions a dispute in presence of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and talks of forging an alliance with pro-India parties.
“Entire nation has taken serious note of this anti-movement statement. Veteran resistance leader Shabir Shah with the help of his committed colleagues like Nayeem Khan, Zaffar Akbar Bhat and Javaid Mir are leading campaign for purification and restructuring of Hurriyat. We support them in this process,” Inqilabi said.
MeA patron said in order to make this process easy an informal resistance council is imperative.
“This won’t be any forum. This will be a symbolic communion of hearts. Leaders of this informal forum will act as a workshop so that a strategy is chalked out for attaining the objective of right to self-determination.”
Presenting details of this proposed council he said, “I suggest few names for this council which include Dr. Muhammad Qasim, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Masarat Alam Bhat, Syed Ali Geelani Sahab, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Bashir Ahmad Bhat (Advocate), Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Muhammad Yusuf Gilkar, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Tahir Ahmad Mir, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Shakeel Bakshi, Bilal Siddiqi, Hilal Ahmad War (Engineer), Mian Abdul Qayoom, Syed Salahudin, Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan, Abdur Rasheed Turabi, Justice Majeed Malik, Barrister Sultan Choudhary, and Ghulam Ahmad Mir (people’s Movement).
Inqilabi said after the restructuring process of Hurriyat (M) is over more names of pro-freedom leaders will be proposed for this resistance council.(OK)


Monday, May 28, 2012


Srinagar May 28: (Only Kashmir): Due to the continuous tug of war between the government and employees, it is the common man who is suffering endlessly.
The people who have fought relentlessly for the liberation of Kashmir have to face the brunt of inefficient state system, corruption, and ever-increasing inflation. On the other hand, constant strikes by the employees and governments callous attitude to meet their demands have only added to the daily woes of common man.
The corrupt system, striking employees and negative government attitudes combined along with oppressive policies of government have broken the back of common man.
This was stated by All parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Dr Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement.
Mirwaiz strongly condemned the government action on the striking employees. He said oppression, detentions, beatings, nocturnal raids, and spreading fear by government agencies was unacceptable and condemnable. He said both the employees and government should find the solution of the problems through negotiations.
APHC chairman further made it clear the government and employees should know their rights and duties. He said Kashmiris are the worst sufferers and every possible effort should be undertaken to provide relief to common masses.   
Expressing astonishment, Mirwaiz said if government have already entered into agreements with the employees on basic issues, why it was now retracting from its stand.
He urged government to consider the justified demands of the employees and thus provide relief to the common Kashmiris.(OK)



Jammu, May 28 (Only Kashmir): Ashok Prasad, a senior officer of the Intelligence Bureau, will be the new director general of Jammu and Kashmir Police, informed sources said Monday.Prasad, currently the additional director of the Intelligence Bureau in Srinagar, will succeed Kuldeep Khoda, who retires May 31.
Khoda took charge of the police force in 2007. (Sources told Only Kashmir)


Thursday, May 24, 2012


Srinagar May 24  (Only Kashmir): – Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday said that the children and women in the state had to bear most and severe brunt of the militancy even as the society in general suffered a lot.
Speaking to Chairpersons of Social Welfare Boards of various States who are presently here, Omar Abdullah said that the worst sufferers were – children and women. “They were most innocent victims of the militancy who had no say and nothing to do with anything in this regard”, he added.
“The psychological and physical trauma they had gone through in the period of disturbance has created deep scar of depression in them”, he said adding that the State Government was gradually pulling them out of this pain and provide palatable and helpful atmosphere to heal their wounds and help them live a normal life.
“Our endeavour has been to keep their optimism live and work for their bright future”, he said adding that process of bringing them out of darkness is on. He said that the visit of Chairpersons of Social Welfare Boards from various States and the Centre and their interaction with women folk of Jammu and Kashmir at various levels would help to restore confidence in the women of the State who have suffered during the militancy and also in those who are enthusiastic to serve the society in various capacities.
The Chief Minister said that the perception generated during the period of militancy regarding visiting Jammu and Kashmir for security reasons has to be removed and the mindset changed from negative perspective to the positive one. “I would like you to carry the message from this place to whole of the country reflecting the positive change and peaceful atmosphere gaining ground in the State especially in the valley. You represent all corners of India and I would like you to tell your countrymen what you have felt and experienced here during your stay”, he told the Chairpersons.
Omar said that the people of the State are known for their hospitality and they are resilient to rebuild peaceful and progressive Jammu and Kashmir is. He said peace is returning and we are receiving quiet large number of guests from all across the country since last year. “We would like more and more visitors travelling here and relishing the natural beauty and hospitality of the people”, he maintained.
The Chairperson of National Social Welfare Board, Ms Preama Carippa and State Chairperson, Ms Khem Lata Wukhloo, introduced the chairpersons from various states to the Chief Minister.(OK)


Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Srinagar, May 23(Only Kashmir): In a largely attended press conference here in Srinagar today, organised by MLA Langate Er. Rashid many startling revelations and allegations especially against the separatist camp were made. Er. Rashid in a very energetic tenor alleged the separatist camp especially the constituent parties of Hurriyat M of secretly preparing for 2014 elections in J&K including fielding of proxy candidates. Rashid while addressing the press conference said that the separatist leaders particularly Bilal Gani lone and Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, both executive members of the Hurriyat Conference were preparing for the election behind the curtains and had already sent in many proxy candidates in the municipal elections recently held in J&K. Rashid lamented that he was personally not against elections but the kind of activities that they were getting into (including pseudo boycott and resistance of elections and mainstream politics) was as good as cheating and back stabbing the nation and the near million pious martyrs that Kashmir has rendered towards its struggle for existence over the last 5 decades. While displaying a cd from the yesterday’s rally of Chairman of Peoples Conference Bilal Gani Lone in Langate, Rashid said that most of the people present in the rally were either their polling agents, sarpanchs or had recently contested the local body polls unsuccessfully and even furnished their personal details including residence, names and other such details further validating his claims. The cd ended on a funny note wherein Bilal Lone whilst addressing the people asked his men regarding the number of years since his father’s death.
               The conference was mainly manifested and aimed at exposing the Bilal Lone, Professor Gani and Sajad Lone who as per him share common aims, agendas and were in a repugnant political nexus with each other. Er. Rashid lamented that they were being traitors and cheating the nation by politicizing people against the mainstream leadership and on the other hand also preparing and fielding their proxies in the elections.Rashid has asked the separatist leadership to make their policies clear regarding the elections. He said that on one side they give calls to boycott the elections while as on the other hand they are secretly gathering the mandate from the people for the coming elections. (KMW)



Srinagar, May 23(Only Kashmir): – Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram jointly reviewed prevailing law and order and security situation at a high level meeting of officers here on Wednesday evening.
Various issues relating to the subject were discussed in detail in the meeting which was also participated by the Union MoS Home, Dr. Jatinder Singh, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Principal Secretary, Home, B. R. Sharma and senior officers of Central and State governments.(OK)



Srinagar, May 23 (Only Kashmir): In a significant development that could shake the political skeletons of Pro-freedom politics in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, a Third Front’ of pro-freedom camp is quite high on agenda in the off-stream political heads and is likely going to be actualised soon.
Pertinently, these developments come at a time when one of the main factions of Hurriyat (Hurriyat M) is witnessing tremendous internal strife after the controversial statement of Professor Abdul Gani Bhat with reference to United Nations Resolution and its contemporary relevance and applicability to the Kashmir imbroglio.
Prominent pro-freedom leaders like Azam Inquilabi, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Javid Ahmad Mir, Hakeem Rashid, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash et al are going to be the prominent faces of the said ‘Third Front’.
It is to be reminded here that for quiet sometime now, there have been quite hectic political activities to float a pro-freedom Third Front in Jammu and Kashmir which as per the analysts is a consequence of the inertias of the two Hurriyat Factions and their failures to yield any positive results. The Third Front is hence expected to act as a more dynamic platform than the other two factions of Hurriyat.
The political analysts also suggest that finally for the first time in the pro-freedom history of Kashmir the ‘Third Front‘seems to be taking a concrete shape.
(Courtesy: Kashmir Media Watch)


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

J&K: Cabinet approves transfers, postings of officers

Srinagar May 16 (Only Kashmir) – The State Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah approved following transfers and postings in the administration:
1.     Mrs. Shagufta Parveen, IAS, Director, School Education, Kashmir has been transferred and posted as Secretary to Government, Public Enterprises Department.
2.     Mr. Mohammad Shafi Rather, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara has been transferred and posted as Director, School Education, Kashmir.
3.     Mr. Ramesh Kumar Koul, IAS, Additional Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, Jammu has been transferred and posted as Director, Estates.
4.     Mr. Khurshid Ahmad Shah, IAS, Director, Estates has been transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Budgam.
5.     Mr. Mohammad Sharif Sood, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Shopian has been transferred and posted as Director, Horticulture, Planning and Marketing.
6.     Mrs. Yasha Mudgal, IAS, Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has been transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara.
7.     Mr. T. Ashok Kumar, IFS, Special Secretary (Technical), Forest Department has been transferred and posted as Secretary, J&K Public Service Commission.
8.     Mr. Saleem Mohammad, KAS, Settlement Officer, Jammu has been transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar.
9.     Mr. Hilal Ahmad Parray, KAS, Director, Social Welfare, Kashmir has been transferred and posted as Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
10.   Mr. Kifayat Hussain Rizvi, KAS, Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag has been transferred and posted as Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, J&K.
11.    Mr. Farooq Ahmad Renzu, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department has been posted as Vice Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority.
12.    Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah, KAS, Director Tourism, Kashmir has been transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag.
13.     Mr. Bashir Ahmad Bhat, KAS, Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla has been transferred and posted as Director, Social Welfare, Kashmir.
14.    Mr. Farooq Ahmad Khan, KAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary to Government, Finance Department.
15.    Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Khwaja, KAS, Special Secretary to Government, Housing and Urban Development Department has been transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner Baramulla.
16.   Mr. Mohammad Hussain Malik, KAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary to Government Planning and Development Department.
17. Mr. Mohammad Javed Khan, KAS, Director, Horticulture, Planning and Marketing has been transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Shopian.
18.  Mr. Jehangir Mir, KAS, Director Rural Development Department, Kashmir has been transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam.
19.   Mr. Talat Parvez, KAS, Managing Director, J&K Cable Car Corporation has been transferred and posted as Director Tourism, Kashmir. He will also hold the additional charge of the post of Managing Director, J&K Cable Car Corporation, till further orders.
20.   Mir Altaf Ahmad, KAS, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Devlopment Authority, Pahalgam has been transferred and posted as Director Rural Development Department, Kashmir. He will also hold the additional charge of the post of Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Pahalgam, till further orders.
21. Mr. Dalip Thusoo, Managing Director, J&K Housing Board has been attached to the General Administration Department. Chief Engineer, Public Works (R&B), Jammu shall hold the additional charge of the post of Managing Director, J&K Housing Board, till further orders.
            Besides, giving nod to certain other proposals, the Cabinet approved upgradation of infrastructural facilities at Industrial Estate Gangyal, Jammu and Bari Brahamana, Samba at an estimated cost of Rs. 9.84 crores and Rs. 11.08 crores respectively.


Friday, May 11, 2012


Srinagar May 11 (Only Kashmir): The State Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister Mr. Omar Abdullah ordered the following transfers and postings in the civil administration.
Mr. K. B. Agarwal, Principal Secretary to Government, Public Works Department has been transferred and posted as Financial Commissioner (Revenue) relieving Mr. B. A. Runiyal, Commissioner Secretary to Government, Revenue Department of the additional charge of the post. He shall also hold the charge of the post of Chairman, J&K Special Tribunal in addition to his own duties.
Mr. Umang Narulla, Commissioner Secretary to Government, Industries and Commerce Department has been transferred and posted as Commissioner Secretary to Government, Forest Department.
Mr. Shant Manu, Commissioner Secretary to Government, Forest Department has been transferred and posted as Commissioner Secretary to Government, Industries and Commerce Department.
Mr. Bipul Pathak, awaiting orders of posting in the General Administration Department has been posted as Commissioner Secretary to Government, Animal Sheep Husbandry Department relieving Mr. Shaleen Kabra of the additional charge of the post.
Mrs. Tanveer Jehan, Commissioner Secretary to Government Higher Education Department has been transferred and posted as Commissioner Secretary to Government, Public Works (R&B) Department.
Dr. Syed Mohammad Fazalullah, Registrar, Cooperative Societies, J&K has been transferred and posted as Commissioner Secretary to Government, Cooperative Department relieving Mr Shaleen Kabra of the additional charge of the post.
Mr. Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Secretary to Government, Information Technology and Science & Technology Departments has been transferred and posted as Secretary to Government, Health and Medical Education Department relieving Mrs. Tanveer Jehan of the additional charge of the post .
Mr. Gazzanfer Hussain, Commissioner Commercial Taxes, J&K has been transferred and posted as Secretary to Government, Higher Education Department.
Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari, Secretary, J&K Public Service Commission has been transferred and posted as Secretary to Government, Information Technology and Science &Technology Departments.
Mr. Zaffar Ahmad, Special Secretary, to Chief Minister's Secretariat has been transferred and posted as Director Information, J&K vice Mr. Farooq Ahmad Renzu, who will report to General Administration Department. (OK)


Thursday, May 3, 2012


Srinagar 03 May (Only Kashmir): World Press Freedom day is an important event for world of journalism. The United Nations General Assembly declared 3 May to be World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and marking the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.
UNESCO marks World Press Freedom Day by conferring the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on a deserving individual, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger. Created in 1997, the prize is awarded on the recommendation of an independent jury of 14 news professionals. Names are submitted by regional and international non-governmental organizations working for press freedom, and by UNESCO member states.
On the eve of world press day 2012, Jammu & Kashmir Young Journalists Association (JKYJA) held an important meeting at its office .The meeting was attended by Muhammad Tauseef Mir- Secretary General (Associate-Editor Kashmir Media Watch).Bilal Furqani: Vice-President (senior correspondent (Srinagar), Kashmir News Service).Rameez Makhdoomi: Chief Spokesperson (Executive Editor Kashmir Scenario).Organizer: Majid Kapra (Srinagar correspondent Kashmir Image). Treasurer: Bilal Bashir Bhat (Editor in Chief: Only Kashmir). Publicity In charge: Kaiser Ahmad Mir (Associate Editor Kashmir Impact).Legal Advisor: Z A Quershi (Senior Advocate J& K High Court. Besides several other members, wherein the members apart from discussing various issues related to their profession also vowed to maintain the highest standards of journalism while rendering their professional duties. Moreover, the members raised their concerns over the depletion and contamination of the field of journalism especially in Kashmir and appealed the fellow community for a stop to yellow and paid news journalism and called for a fair, impartial and true journalism instead. In his concluding remarks Mr. War also appealed his fellow members to help him chart out a plan of campaign against the partial journalism and hike of vices in the field of journalism especially in the form of paid news.
On the occasion, the President JKYJA stated that power of media is increasing with every passing day but expressed concern that the lack of freedom of expression is marring the functioning of media in our part of the world. Ajaz Ahmad War, President JKYJA Stated -”Media has key role to play in the overall functioning of a democratic system, but the manner in which freedom of press has been scutulled in the state over the past few decades is a cause of concern”.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Srinagar May 02 (Only Kashmir): In one of the historical and extraordinary meeting of Muslim Personal Law (MPL) Board, the Muftis and Ulemas of high learning and members of Muslim Personal Law Board under the chairmanship of Mufti Azam Maulana Bashir-u-Din met here today.
In his keynote address, Mufti Bashir-u-Din emphasized on mutual brotherhood love and amity, and said that our Aulia Kirams have taught us tolerance and have shaped our spirits in such a manner that we reciprocate hate with love. He said that all schools of thought have to co-exist in the atmosphere of love and amity and should always be embodiment of love.
He said that some of the ignorant persons and two or three media persons are trying to rename Ahl-e-Hanfia as Barelivi’s which is totally wrong projection by such elements. They were advised to correct themselves and understand that 85 % of people of Kashmir are Ahl-e-Hanfia and show respect for Aala Hazreth of Bareli as well. Therefore, those persons who are writing Barelvi to Ahl-e-Hanfia are wittingly or unwittingly denigrating 85 % population of Kashmir
The conference expressed great anguish on use of drugs and wine by a section of youth. He said that time has come to play a positive role for eradication of menace of drug abuse otherwise we will fail in our duties to reform the society.
On the issue of increasing activities of believers of Mirza’iat and Qadiyani’iat, the Islamic Sharia Council has made it clear that in all parts of the world Qadiyanis have been declared non Muslims. Mufti Azam, Maulana Bashir-u-din appealed all legislators of J&K state to pass the bill in coming assembly session to declare them non Muslims in J&K State as well so that grievance of all the people of state is addressed.
The conference urged the administrators of Shrines and Khankahs to propagate the beliefs of Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat in right perspective.
It was said that the religious scholars and preachers of Islam are duty bound to work for eradication of waywardness, drug abuse and other social evils and help in making this an ideal society.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Srinagar, May 1 (Only Kashmir) : Dozens of village elders and panchayat members sat on a day's hunger strike here Tuesday to protest against the alleged apathy of the Jammu and Kashmir government in empowering panchayats.
"We have been forced to hit the streets because we are unable to serve the people who came out against all odds casting 80 percent of their votes to elect us. Except for lofty speeches, nothing substantial is happening on the ground to make the elected sarpanches and panches effective," said Shahnawaz, a sarpanch from the Chadura tehsil in central Kashmir.
"We have braved odds, including threats, to participate in the elections and today we are sandwiched between an insensitive administration and voters who want us to deliver," he said.
The protesters also wore head bands bearing slogans seeking panchayat empowerment. (IANS)


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