Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Srinagar Nov 28 (Only Kashmir): An indefinite curfew has been imposed in major parts of Srinagar this evening. An official Police statement said, "The district magistrate of Srinagar has imposed curfew in the police station areas of Nowhatta, M.R Gunj, Safakadal, Khanyar, Rainawari, Nigeen, Lalbazar, Zadibal and Parimpora with immediate effect, till further orders."
 A police spokesman said, "Police has taken cognizance of some skirmishes between two communities in Zadibal area. The civil and police administration are monitoring the situation. There are no reports of anybody getting injured. However, sporadic incidents of stone pelting have been reported."
Clashes between members of the Sunni and Shia communities in the old city area of Zadibal on Wednesday afternoon prompted the authorities to impose curfew in areas under nine police stations. Personnel of police and the Central Reserve Police Force have been deployed in sensitive areas of the city to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile all the Kashmir University examinations scheduled to be held on 29th November have been postponed.
According to sources Only Kashmir received here Mobile Telecom operators are allegedly directed by authorities to suspend service tomorrow on 29th Nov. 
Meanwhile, two CRPF jawans and a civilian were injured in a powerful hand grenade blast in south Kashmir's Bejibehara town on Wednesday evening.
Police said militants targeted a patrol party of the CRPF with a hand grenade which exploded, causing injuries to two jawans and a civilian. The injured were taken to the hospital for treatment. (OK)


Sunday, November 18, 2012


Srinagar, Nov 18 (Only Kashmir): Muslim Khwateen Markaz led by Anjum Zamrooda Habib today held a protest rally here in Press Enclave against the the ‘brutal’ attack on the Gaza strip in Palestine. The women’s group said that the silence adopted by the international community has given Israel a free hand. According to Only Kashmir sources they also burnt flags of Israel here and raised slogans against them. “The silence adopted by the international community particularly the Muslim Countries has led to the death and destruction of the Palestinian people. The people in the Gaza are being killed and their properties destroyed while the international community is adopting a criminal silence,” said Anjum. The aggression by the Israeli army has been going on for decades now while to the world community it has been portraying that its actions are in self-defense.
Meanwhile Pakistan’s Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the Israeli attack on Gaza and urged Muslim countries to raise their voice on the issue.  “Now is the time to decide when Muslims are being killed, as to who is the aggressor and who is the victim,” said Altaf Hussain. He also questioned as to where were Human Rights organistions when Palestinians are being killed. The MQM chief said that Islam does not allow hatred of anybody and that he does not fear death over raising his voice over the rights of Palestinians. “The murder of innocent children in Gaza must stop immediately,” he said.
Kashmir University students also took a Candle March this evening as solidarity with Gaza at Historical Clock tower Lal Chowk Srinagar Kashmir. Large number of people also participated. 
Meanwhile Chairman People’s Political Party Er Hilal Ahmad War has urged people to protests on Monday (already declared as Strike) over the attack on Gaza (Palestine) by the Zionists and homage to the recent martyrs over there. (OK)



Srinagar Nov 17 (Only Kashmir):  While expressing strong displeasure over the he recent court judgment regarding the Muslim League President Dr Qasim Fakhtoo the chairman of his Hurriyat Faction Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for complete strike on 19 Nov Monday.
Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a press conference here today blamed chief minister Omar Abdullah for the verdict. "It was on the directions of Omar Abdullah that the judge gave such a verdict," he told a press conference here today. “Life imprisonment cannot exceed more than 14 years and sentencing Dr. Faktoo was based on the earlier statement made by Omar Abdullah,” he said. “Omar had earlier said that he would look into the case of Dr. Faktoo but recently he made a statement that he wished to see Dr. Faktoo behind the bars forever,” added Geelani. Meanwhile Geelani also called for a shutdown on Monday against the Jammu and Kashmir high court convicting Muslim League chief Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, alias Dr Qasim, of killing a Kashmiri Pandit, and asking him to "serve life imprisonment till death".
Termed it as contrary to the basic principles of human justice Chairman of his Hurriyat (M) in a statement to Only Kashmir said the court judgement was in tandem with government’s stand on this particular case.
“When the courts are confronted with Dr Faktoos like cases, it seems they (courts) remain satisfied with the government views and opinions. It also seems that when such cases come before the courts, instead of providing justice, the court gives more importance to the political influence and sticks to their view while pronouncing the judgments”.
Calling the imprisonment of Dr. Qasim Faktoo as a grave violation of basic human rights, Chairman PPP, Er. Hilal War said that such obiter dicta clearly enunciate the anti-human designs of the Indian Government in J&K, especially with Kashmiri Muslims.  He further said that such violations and exploitations were clearly and categorically against the ‘Universal Declaration on Human Rights’. Hilal War has also supported the Srtike Call against Faktoo’s imprisonment.  
Meanwhile after his arrival here in Srinagar after a successful JKLF chairman Yasin Malik terms decision of putting Dr Qasim in jail for life as a political decision, Yasin too shows support to Strike call to be held on Monday. (OK)


Sunday, November 11, 2012


Srinagar: Nov 11 (Only Kashmir) The 3rd death anniversary of Professor Sheikh Ghulam Mohammad was observed today with reverence and a pledge to follow his golden principles of “unity, faith and discipline”. Sheikh foundation trust arranged function here at Nigeen Club to highlight different aspects of the life of Sheikh, recalling his vision and indefatigable struggle for Kashmir Cause.
According to Only Kashmir sources the function was started with Tilawat-e-Quran, followed by speeches of various dignitaries which include, Dr Javeed Iqbal, Hakeem Rashid, Aala Fazili Shabir Ahmad Dar and his son Sheikh Adil. 
During his speech Adil stated that his father had always tried to protect the integrity of Kashmir and concentrated his mind and body for Kashmir Cause. “We need to follow his principle in practice if we are really paying tributes to him on this day. He said Sheikh was one of the unsung hero who unrelentingly made efforts for the Kashmir Struggle. While addressing the audience Shabir Ahmad Dar demanded action against certain leaders of Hurriyat (M) for their acceptance of additional security provided by Authorities. During his address Hakeem Rashid said Sheikh has contributed a lot for the Kashmir Cause, being his student his departure from the scene has created void which is still being felt even after three years.  Among other high dignitaries, and a large number of youth at Nigeen Club Editor-in-Chief Only Kashmir Bilal Bashir Bhat was also present on the occastion. (OK)


Thursday, November 8, 2012


Srinagar Nov 07, Only Kashmir
By Tahir Muzter:
Again   right wing Hindu   parties are politicizing   Sheri Amaranth   Yatra as was done in   2008, with big land row, and     economic blockade against Kashmir.  According to a recent news report, published   in the Daily “EARY TIMES”, Jammu, Hindu bodies interpret  Kasmi”s  opposition   to the construction of    road to Amaranth, as   opposition to giving facilities to the yatries, or interference to   Hindu religion.   This sort of allegation     against Kashmir   is no doubt mischievous. Kashmir  opposed  and  will oppose  to the  Construction of  Amaranth  road , but   it     is  based   on the  ground of  protection of  ecologically   fragile  area. And   safeguarding the main water   source of the valley of Kashmir. And it is all logical and a right of Kashmir. In deeded   it is what the   whole world strives for. 

It  is for what,   Hurriyat leader   Syed Ali  Shah  Geelani  has been Coagulated   by   Madhu Purnima Kishwar, a professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi and Founder of MANUSHI—an organization committed to protect democratic rights in India,  who is also   a member of   Kashmir Committee (Ram  Jaith  Malani ).  It was   when a couple of weeks  Geelani   Sahib   voiced concern for the environmental damage being caused to the eco-sensitive zone due to the massive increase in the number of yatris that have begun visiting the Amarnath Shrine.  In an open letter to  Geelani Sahib (tahkaka. com ) , she  has   admitted ----- “ I have personally seen how much garbage and filth, the Yatra generates, and how the extension of the Yatra to two months has caused further damage to the delicate ecology of the area.”
In her open letter, she   has said “On behalf of Kashmir Committee, I fully endorse your demand that just as 153 km area from Gomukh to Devprayag has been notified as an eco-sensitive zone by the Government of India, so also the area around the Amarnath shrine needs to be declared as an eco-sensitive zone. All those who value the Amarnath Shrine as a sacred site, should join hands with their Kashmiri brothers in preserving the pristine purity of the area.” She also admitted --------“You are also right in alleging that the creation of the Shrine Board, (with  limitless  powers---TM)  by Farooq Abdullah government was an ill conceived political move. However, the Board stayed within its limits till General Sinha as the Governor of J&K did all he could to communalize the Yatra as well as its management.  Shee   agreed     that  “ Your demand that the management of the Yatra be handed over to the Kashmiri Pandits of the Valley and that they along with their Muslim brothers take care of the needs of the yatris is a welcome suggestion, especially considering that Kashmiri Muslims have played a stellar role in ensuring that the yatris feel welcome and safe no matter how disturbed the conditions in the Valley. This well-meaning Indian lady, with a positive and constructive   approach has not hesitated to confess that -“While there is no denying that certain vested interests are using the Yatra as “a show of Hindu strength”.
What    the people   of Kashmir  wanted in 2008, during    Amaranth  Land Row  or    for what they have raised  their voice now,   in not   interference    in the  Hindu Religion at all ,but   it and it is  strictly  in accordance with    even the teachings of   VEDAS—Hindu  scriptures ---- Vedas    also    specially emphasis   upon: -----
 “Do not harm the environment; do not harm the water and the flora; earth is my mother, I am her son; may the waters remain fresh , do not harm the waters” This  is  what  Rig Veda venerates deities like MITRE, Varna, Indri, Marts and Aditya, that are responsible for maintaining the requisite balance in the functioning  of all entities of nature whether the mountains, lakes. Heaven and earth, the forests or the waters. Seers recognized that changes caused due to indiscreet human activities could result in imbalances in seasons, rainfall patterns, crops and atmosphere and degrade the quality of water, air and earth resources’’.
This   is what the people of Kashmir   wanted.  desired , and expressed   and   demanded  when   800  kanals of   forest  land   was  transferred to the  Shri Amarnath  Shrine   Board , ,  illegally , with   one  mission   of   Shrine  Board  with  S k Sinha  as it  Chairman    to     make  the  Yatra  bigger  and bigger with  every year, ignoring   the essence of Vedas  on   environment. –Because the mission is all political--------but in   the name   of religious   Yatra.   
While going through this write-up “Vedic Preservative on the Environment” in Times of India (June 4,) ,when   I,  as a son of Kashmir , think  about  what is  happening in Kashmir    in the name of     Amarnath  Yatra   I  find    no name,   no  definition  no  term      which can   present exact picture   of what Kashmir   is   facing   ---------YES—it can be termed ------ECOLOGICAL  TERROEISM  IN KASHMIR’’
The calculated use of violence or the threat of violence against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; which is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear is terrorism.”,  it is what  Kashmir  faced  and  continue  to face perhaps    till Kashmir will  turn   into  a  desert   as predicted  by environmentalists. In the the warning words of great geologist Prof. Husnain-----“If the glaciers meltdown completely, Kashmir will become a desert.” 
Basic fault  lies  with  time to time  state  governments  in Kashmir Since 1996 It  was   the   blind    disposal  of the recommendations   of Natish Sen Gupta\  and Mukhar Ji    Committee   suggesting  limiting  the  number of  Yatries ,  as done in  repect   of  Gangotri in UTTRAKHAND  ----and fixing   quota   of yatries  to the  States.    Till formation   of  the   Shrine  Board   non implementation of the  recommendations   could be attributed    to the  careless  of   governments or   appeasement   policy  of  State Governments for   people   in  Delhi.    But   with  the formation  of  the Shrine  Board, with un-brlled  powers   it became  a dictation  for  the  State government.   The  fact is  that  all the  State  governments  from   1996  are  criminally  silent  on it with   an exception  of  a feeble    assertion  by the ex-Chief Minister Mufti  Mohammad  Sayeed  in 2003?, but    he had  to bow before centre’s  intervention.  And   now the position is that    Kashmir   is continuously    facing   ecological     terrorism.
Tahir Muzter is a well known Journo of J&K, He has been the first Editor of the Daily Chinar & Nawa-e-Subah. Tahir Muzter is also known for his poetry, he is the Author of the book "Neelam Ghar" a collection of poetry in Urdu, Tahir Muzter is one of the content contribution to Only Kashmir. He can be reached at: 


Thursday, November 1, 2012


New Delhi, Nov 01 (Only Kashmir) : Jammu and Kashmir bagged best state award in the health sector at the India Today conclave held in New Delhi today. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who attended the conclave received the award from the organizers. Addressing the conclave, Omar said that his government has flagged health as one of the most important concerns in the development policy of the State adding that focused attention is being paid to upgrade basic health needs in the state. The Chief Minister said that the primary, secondary and super specialty health care sectors are receiving equal attention of the government to universalize modern health facilities in the State. He said that while hospitals and health centers in rural areas are being equipped with adequate medical and para medical staff, the necessary investigation facilities are being put in place in these centers besides modern health gadgets. Omar said that under a sustained approach strengthening of institutions is receiving continuous attention which would be carried forward with added zeal and commitment during the coming years. (OK)


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