21 July 2022 News

News Briefs for 21 July 2022

In coming times unexpected things will happen in J&K: Ashok Koul

j , July 21 : J&K Bharatiya Janata Party organisational general secretary, Ashok Koul on Thursday said that BJP is always ready for elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Talking exclusively with Kashmir News Service (KNS), he said that BJP is fully prepared for the elections in Jammu and Kashmir, whenever election Commission of India makes announcement regarding it. "In coming times unexpected things will happen in J&K. BJP will not only make significant inroads in Jammu but Kashmir as well," he said.

Jammu And Kashmir Polls This Year? Odds Against It, Officials Say

New Delhi , July 21 : The much-awaited assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir - expected to be held by the end of this year - may face a logjam, officials in the Union home ministry indicated after a minister told parliament that the revision of electoral rolls has to be finished first. The reasoning is that the revision of rolls will inevitably be followed by political wrangling and a resolution cannot be expected before the winter sets in. Given the freezing "Chillai Kalan" - 40 days of intense cold - in Kashmir, the elections cannot be held before the thaw next year, officials said.

10 Assembly seats demanded for PoJK DPs

Jammu , July 21 : All J&K 1947 Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) Sharnarthi Intellectual Forum demanded 10 Assembly seats in J&K Legislative Assembly, out of 24 seats kept reserved for PoJK Displaced Persons (DPs), here today. It was decided in a meeting of the Forum, held under the presidentship of Advocate Amrik Singh and Surjeet Singh, secretary of Forum. During the meeting, the office bearers urged upon the Union Government especially the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah to introduce the bill for the nomination of at least 10 seats for PoJK displaced persons in the J&K Legislative Assembly.

NC responsible for imposing gun culture across J&K: Bukhari

Baramulla , July 21 : While addressing a mammoth rally here, Bukhari also exhorted the people of Jammu and Kashmir to reject those political parties, which, he alleged, 'had been playing with their sentiments for the last 72 years.' He alleged that NC was responsible for drifting people's belief in Indian democracy and later started playing with their sentiments by false sloganeering on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. 'By rigging 1987 elections, youths were forced to pick up guns,' said Bukhari. He said, 'Had NC not played with the sentiments of people of Jammu and Kashmir, the area could not have been pushed into deep turmoil.'

Pakistan strongly condemns India's 'continued persecution' of Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik

Islamabad , July 21 : Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned India for implicating Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik in two more 'three decades old fictitious cases in a clear attempt to politically victimise him and forcing him to observe hunger strike unto death'. In a statement, the Foreign Office said Malik was already serving a life sentence awarded to him after a 'sham trial' by an Indian court on May 25, 2022. 'Yasin Malik is also being denied the right of personal appearance in the ongoing trial, in complete contravention of legal and democratic norms,' the FO regretted.

J&K HC Disposes Off Petition Seeking Protection Of Minorities

Srinagar , July 21 : The High Court of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh on Friday disposed of a writ petition filed by Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) seeking directions to the Union Territory administration to protect lives of the religious minorities, following a series of targeted attacks. In the representation, Sanjay Tickoo, president of KPSS had prayed before the Chief Justice of the J&K High Court to pass an order directing the administration to protect the lives of the religious minorities, following a series of targeted attacks on minorities in the month of May 2022. While disposing of the writ petition, the court left it on the Tickoo to submit a fresh representation highlighting its grievances before the Secretary, Home, Union Territory of J&K "in a comprehensive manner".

70th day of Kashmiri Pandit employees protest for relocation

Srinagar , July 21 : The protest by Kashmiri Pandit employees after the target killing of their colleague Rahul Bhat completed 70 days on Thursday, even as they continue to hold sit-ins at various places in the valley to press for their demand of relocation. The protest by the employees started on May 12 when Bhat ' who had got the job of a clerk under the special employment package for displaced Kashmiri Pandits ' was killed by terrorists inside the Tehsil office in Chadoora town in Budgam district of central Kashmir on May 12. Demanding justice, Kashmiri Pandits employed under the PMs package have been holding protests since then.

Govt rejects questionable World Press Freedom Index

New Delhi , July 21 : The government on Thursday told Parliament that it does not agree with the conclusions drawn by Reporters Without Borders in the World Press Freedom Index that ranked India 150th among 180 nations. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, said the government did not agree with the conclusions drawn by the organisation for various reasons including very low sample size, little or no weightage to fundamentals of democracy, adoption of a methodology which is questionable and non-transparent. Thakur was responding to separate questions put by Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and AAP member Sanjay Singh.

Omar, Mehbooba slam govt over bungled recruitment process

Srinagar , July 21 : Days after Jammu and Kashmir announced an inquiry into the selection list of Finance Accounts Assistant, former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti lashed out at the UT administration over alleged irregularities in the recruitment process. It is very unfortunate that the selected FAA candidates are still struggling to get justice. Hopefully someone in the J&K administration will listen to them & put an end to the uncertainty they face, former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

Opposition unity bit of a chimera: Omar after TMC snub

Srinagar , July 21 : National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Thursday compared the unity among the opposition parties to Greek mythological character Chimera and said ultimately they will do what is in their own interest. His remarks came after the Trinamool Congress ' which had led from the front to unify the opposition for the election to the countrys president ' announced that it will abstain from voting for the vice presidential poll. Opposition unity is a bit of a chimera.

Sikh organisation in J&K criticises Delimitation Commission

Srinagar , July 21 : The All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) in Kashmir on Thursday criticised the Delimitation Commission for not providing any political representation to the community by way of reservation of assembly seats. It also appealed to Members of Parliament to listen to their conscience and oppose the reservation for the members of Kashmiri Pandit community which is based on pure religious lines. The delimitation commission has two important jobs ' to give representation based on geography and population.

Altaf Bukhari congratulates Droupadi Murmu

Srinagar , July 21 : Apni party president, Syed Altaf Bukhari on Thursday congratulated Droupadi Myrna for being elected as the President of India. In a Tweet, Bukhari hoped that she will safeguard the constitutional values of the country and protects interests of the people. "Heartiest Congratulations to Smt.

Massive rallies suggest Apni Partys agenda has public acceptance: Syed Altaf Bukhari

`We will work for a peaceful , July 21 : Apni Party (AP) President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari Thursday said that he will continue upholding the politics of truth and honesty even if it does not fetch political gains for his party. He said, "Unlike the traditional political parties, the Apni Party does not believe in politics of deceit and duplicity. We will never try to attract people with emotional slogans or false promises.