19 August 2022 News

News Briefs for 19 August 2022

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Is Not Under House Arrest, Says LG Sinha

Srinagar , August 19 : Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is not under house arrest, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Friday. “We have neither arrested him nor is he under the house arrest,” Sinha told BBC Hindi in an interview. Noting that the father of the Mirwaiz was killed in an unfortunate incident, he said that police was placed around the separatist leader's house for his protection.

Grand Mufti seeks immediate release of Mirwaiz

Srinagar , August 19 : The Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir and senior leader of Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam on Friday demanded immediate release from house detention of MMU founder & patron Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq. In a statement, Mufti Azam said that apart from his personality as the Mirwaiz of Kashmir, Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq is a beloved leader of the people and his house arrest brings great pain and agony among the masses and is hurting the emotions and sentiments of one and all. The Grand Mufti questioned that according to the rulers, if the situation in Kashmir has changed after August 5, 2019, then is it the result of this change by keeping the historical Jama Masjid Srinagar closed under various pretexts and preventing the Muslims of Kashmir from praying and worshipping in this central place of worship?

How can LG deny fact of Mirwaizs detention, asks Hurriyat

Srinagar , August 19 : Hurriyat Conference on Friday expressed amazement at the video statement given to a media agency by the LG Manoj Sinha, where he refuted that APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is under house detention for the past three years (since August 2019) and said that the armed forces vehicles and personnel stationed outside his house are there for his safety! In a statement, Hurriyat said that such blatant misrepresentation of facts and denial of Mirwaizs incarceration is unbelievable. The Mirwaiz for the last three years has forcibly not been allowed to come out of his house despite repeated appeals and implorations from all sections of people to the authorities, including religious ulemas across the state.

NC deplores banning of public donations at Muslim shrines

Srinagar , August 19 : National Conference on Friday denounced the governments decision of banning donations at Muslim shrines across Kashmir, calling it an undue interference in the religious and traditional practices of people. Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said that the justification provided by the government to ban donations defies logic. There is nothing like forced donations happening at the shrines as the order claims.

Political heat rises on issue of non-local voters

Srinagar , August 19 : Former Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig on Friday lashed out at Jammu and Kashmirs poll officer for his statement on inclusion of non-local voters in the electoral rolls, saying the irresponsible remarks were made without authority and any legal jurisdiction. He also said there was no such law which gave voting rights to non-state subjects in the Union territory (UT), and the domicile law was about jobs and elections. The officer gave a statement about 25 lakh additional voters.

Government needs to make a statement and come out with unvarnished truth: Sajad Lone

Srinagar , August 19 : J&K Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Friday said that the recent statement by officials of the Election Commission pertaining to allowing non-locals to vote in the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir has created a new set of apprehensions amongst the people of J&K and that the government of India must come out with unvarnished truth to allay their fears. The statement of ECI officials has heightened the fears of demographic intervention and demographic change. We know the set of laws that prevail across the country but what matters here is not the application of the law but the intentions of those implementing the law, PC President Sajad Lone said in a statement.

Participatory democracy under threat in J&K: Dr Kamal

Srinagar , August 19 : The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal on Friday said that the recent announcement by J&Ks Chief Election Officer on giving voting rights to non-locals has made mockery of participatory democracy in J&K. Reacting sharply to the announcement that non-locals will be allowed to vote in J&K, Kamal said, It is against the very basis of local self-government. What is the fun of having a federal legislative Assembly, if unrelated people are able to influence the government.

Govt Unconstitutionally Changing The Demographic Profile Of J&K: Saifuddin Soz

Srinagar, August 19 : Prof. Saifuddin Soz, Former Union Minister and congress leader accused Modi administration of Unconstitutionally Changing the Demographic Profile Of J&K. I wonder and feel deeply concerned on Modis unconstitutional Formulla of Demographic Change in J&K State, especially, in Kashmir. I further wonder whether the Kashmir Mainstream has shown adequate reaction to this disastrously open move to change the demographic profile of the J&K State," he said in a statement issued to KNS.

Inclusion of outsiders as voters reflects BJP's Kashmir policy is disaster

Srinagar, August 19 : People from J&K State residing in various states of the country since decades & having purchased/ rented houses or flats across colonies throughout the 29 states do not enjoy any rights by which they can become voters of that particular constituency they are residing at. Now contrary to this the ECI stating that any outsider residing in J&K as a student, business person, state employee, labourers, even beggars living under temporary accommodation can vote & fight elections on a party ticket of his/ her choice or as an independent candidate for the Assembly Elections in the J&K UT. Can such a bizarre thing happen anywhere else in the country, asked ANC Sr VP Mr Muzzafar Shah while addressing the members of the media at ANC headquarters in Srinagar today on the ECI decision to enrolment of other state voters in the J&K voter list.

Statement of CEO on outsider voters will destroy democracy: Muzafar Baig

Srinagar, August 19 : Senior politician and former Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Baig on Friday said J&K chief electoral officer (CEO) Hirdesh Kumar Singh's statement that an ordinarily residing person, not necessarily a permanent resident, can become a voter in J&K to exercise their right to franchise has created chaos here and with it, the democracy has been destroyed. He said this while addressing a press conference. Baig added that recent announcement that non-locals working in the Union territory can vote in the upcoming elections is like rubbing salt on the wounds of people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Action against employees having terror-links will continue: LG Sinha

Srinagar , August 19 : 'New Delhi should only talk to J&K people especially youthValley people want to recover from past turmoil, prosper along with people of India in futureNo political leader in J&K is in jail or is detainedBesides, Kashmir Pandits, Kashmiri Muslims have also suffered badly due to terrorismStatehood would be given to J&K at appropriate time' Srinagar, Aug 19: Lieutenant Governor (LG), Manoj Sinha on Friday said no innocent government employee was terminated and the action has been taken against only those having terror-links. He said, “Those terminated were involved in anti-national activities. We have concrete evidences against these people.

Terrorist recruitment down in Kashmir: Police

Srinagar , August 19 : The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said there has been a significant reduction in recruitment of terrorists in Valley and their numbers have gone down as compared to the past in Kashmir.A senior police officer told Rising Kashmir that there has been a massive reduction in terrorist recruitment in Valley and fight against 'terrorism' will continue until peace prevails.He said due to successful counter-terrorism operations, there has been a reduction in number of terrorists as their leadership and maximum terror structure have been damaged.The officer said Pakistan-sponsored agencies are behind the killings of innocent people in Kashmir and recently terrorists attacked unarmed civilians in Shopian.

J&K Hawala operator involved in funding of LeT, Al-Badr arrested

Srinagar , August 19 : In a joint operation between Delhi Police and Jammu and Kashmir Police in assistance with the central agencies, a Hawala operator has been arrested, said officials on Friday. The accused was allegedly involved in the funding of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Al-Badr terror outfits. The accused has been identified as Mohammad Yaseen and was arrested from Jammu bus stand along with the terror funding amount of Rs 10 lakh.

Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif desires peaceful ties with India

Srinagar , August 19 : Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said his country desired peaceful ties with India including "a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions." He made the remarks during a meeting with the newly appointed Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Neil Hawkins, who had called on him in Islamabad, reported The Express Tribune. "A just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people is indispensable for peace and stability in the region," said PM Shehbaz.