March 2022 News

News Briefs for 16 March 2022

PM Modi Slams 'conspiracy' To 'discredit' Film Kashmir Files

New Delhi 15 Mar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today came down heavily on those attempting to discredit the film 'Kashmir FIles' and said a campaign was being run by an entire ecosystem to 'bury truths' and urged lawmakers of the Bharatiya Janata Party to stand in solidarity with those who try and bring out the truth. The PM's statement came amid a raging controversy over the film that deals with the exodus and persecution of Kashmiri Pandits decades ago.

Pak Bid To Rake Up Kashmir Issue At OIC Meet

New Delhi 15 Mar: Pakistan is coaxing the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) to hold a meeting of its Contact Group on Kashmir when it holds its ministerial summit in Islamabad on March 22 and 23. Pakistan has in the recent couple of years expressed frustration over OCI's reluctance to frequently give hard hitting statement on Kashmir as it had done in the past.

MJ Akbar Recalls Rajiv Gandhi's Reply On Exodus Of Kashmiri Pandits

New Delhi 15 Mar: Senior journalist and BJP member MJ Akbar on Tuesday recalled his question to the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and said that his response was a 'political one', but 'the Centre cannot turn blind eye to such horrific episodes.' Speaking to ANI, Akbar said, 'I was moved by the events of that time. I was unable to watch the people of a particular community having to live as refugees in their own country.'

Activist Group Holds Demonstration Against Pakistan's Illegal Occupation Of Kashmir

Geneva 15 Mar: A Europe based Kashmiri activist group held a demonstration at the 'Broken Chair' monument in Geneva here on Tuesday against Pakistan's illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. The United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) held the demonstration attended by about 40 people. The main agenda of the protest was to condemn Pakistan's forcible occupation of Kashmir and denial of basic rights.

J&K Budget 2022-23 steers clear of stakeholders in J&K: Masoodi in LS

New Delhi March 15 ( KNS ) 15 Mar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday said the J&K Budget 2022- 23 presented in the Parliament by the Union Finance Minister ignored the established parliamentary norms and the aspirations of all the concerned stakeholders. This was said by the Party Member of Parliament from Anantnag Hasnain Masoodi while replying to the Union Finance Ministers Budget speech in the Parliament late evening in Lok Sabha, while taking part in the discussions on the annual financial statement with regards to Jammu and Kashmir. Taking strong exception to the suspension of rule 205 of the parliamentary proceedings, Masoodi said, The honourable members of the house were deprived of their right to discuss the budget.

Jammu has become byword for unemployment, development deficit, administrative inertia: NC

Jammu 15 Mar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday said that the Jammu region had become a byword for underdevelopment , unemployment and widespread administrative inertia, saying the good governance claims of the government have fallen flat. This was said by the party`s Provincial President Ratan Lal Gupta, while presiding over a meeting of office bearers from Samba. Expressing concern over the inordinate delay in the payment of crop compensation case of Border areas, Gupta said, Already worried over low production and damage being done to their paddy crop by the recent windstorm, the affected farmers in the Jammu region have not much expectations from the government in terms of disbursement of relief, which they will get after assessment of the damaged crop.

LeT militant killed in Awantipora encounter: Police

Srinagar 15 Mar: A militant of LeT outfit was killed in an encounter in Charsoo area of Awantipora today morning even as the inspector general of police Kashmir zone termed the operation as important as it situated very close to the National Highway. In a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) , a spokesperson said that based on a specific input generated by Police regarding presence of militant in Charsoo area, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 42RR and 130Bn CRPF in the said area. The statement reads that during the search operation, as the search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter.

Successive NC, PDP governments responsible for strengthening BJP in J&K: Vakil

Rafiabad Mar 15 (KNS) 15 Mar: J&K Peoples Conference senior Vice President and former Minister Abdul Gani Vakil today said that the successive NC and PDP governments failed to represent the aspirations of the people of J&K and worked against their interests for the sake of securing power. Vakil while touring Patusa, Panzla, Pakhwara, Kangroosa, Taqiya and Doabgah areas of Rafiabad also regretted the failure of previous governments to promote tourism in Rafiabad despite countless promises made by both parties. He maintained that if PC comes to power, Rafiabad will be developed as a thriving tourist destination which will immensely benefit the inhabitants of the area.

When in power Mehbooba Mufti banned newspapers, when out of power she acts opposite: Sheikh Imran

Srinagar 15 Mar: Peoples Conference youth president, Sheikh Mohammad Imran on Tuesday asked PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to stop befooling people as she was herself responsible for arrest of large number of journalists as Fact Finding Committee of PCI suggested in it reports. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Imran said that as per PCIs FFC report, harassment of journalists in Kashmir started in 2016 when Mehbooba Mufti was the chief minister. On 28th of Sep 2021, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti writes to PressCouncil_IN about atrocities &harassment done to Journalists of Kashmir Valley.

104 Security Men Killed In Last 2 Years: GoI

Srinagar 15 Mar: 104 forces personnel were killed and 223 were injured in militancy related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 2 years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Tuesday. Responding to a written question by BJP parliamentarian Dr. Nishikant Dubey in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State MHA, Nityanand Rai, said that 62 personnel were killed and 106 others injured in the militancy violence, including encounters during the infiltration, in the Jammu and Kashmir in 2020. 42 personnel were killed and 117 injured in 2021, according to the written reply.

Hijab verdict one-sided: MMU

Srinagar 15 Mar: Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu & Kashmir, headed by incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, deeply regretted the decision of Karnataka High Court regarding the issue of female students wearing hijab to educational institutions, saying that hijab is not essential to Islam. In a statement, MMU said it is and an interference in religious matters of muslims and the Muslim personal law. Majlis-e-Ulema said that this one sided decision of the court adversely affects the right to education of Muslim women who want to continue their studies while wearing the hijab or veil; and in this way so many of our daughters will be deprived of the fundamental right to education.

Omar, Mehbooba disappointed

Srinagar 15 Mar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday called the Karnataka high courts decision upholding ban on entry of girls into government schools wearing hijab, disappointing. Very disappointed by the verdict of the Karnataka High Court. Regardless of what you may think about the hijab its not about an item of clothing, its about the right of a woman to choose how she wants to dress.

Army Ready To Face Evolving Threats: Lt Gen Dwivedi

Udhampur 15 Mar: The Army`s Northern Command is in a high state of readiness to face constantly evolving threats and challenges, General Officer-commanding-in-chief Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi said on Tuesday. The commander presented gallantry awards as well as distinguished service awards to bravehearts, both officers and other ranks, in a solemn and distinguished investiture ceremony here. "The security situation in Northern Command continues to remain volatile, as we are the only command in active operations facing adversaries from both the northern and western front, in addition to the internal security threats," the commander said.