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10 January 20109
Excellent site... with historical facts that address the issue of how did the situation arise... Can you please throw some light on how was daily life like, before the elections of 1989? Why was there peace (if there was?) How much of trouble was there, in those times (if it was there)?Cheers
Senior Hurriyat Leader and Jammu Kashmir Peoples League Acting chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza expresses serious concern over the stepped up human rights violations by Indian troops. Mukhtar Waza condemns the recent killing of two innocent youths Mushtaq Ahmad Mir of Qalampora Pulwama and Wamik Farooq of Rainawari by Indian troops. Waza reiterated that the troops are killing the Kashmiri people without any rhyme or reason since 1947. "The Indian troops simply want to gag the popular voice for freedom in Kashmir. For this purpose, they have been committing worst human rights violations. But they have totally failed to prevent the people of Kashmir from pursuing their struggle for right of self-determination," Waza said.
It is time that the State Government does recognise the freedom of choice of those who have revised their association with gun
In his Republic Day address on January 26, 2010 Chief Minister Omar Abdullah urged militants to shun violence and come for dialogue to resolve issues amicably. He said the gun culture in the last 20 years had caused enough bloodshed and destruction. Two days later on January 28 after addressing a seminar organised by the State Vigilance Organisation in Jammu he advocated that the suspension of dialogue process between two neighbouring countries was only benefiting anti-peace forces. He expressed the hope that better sense would prevail and militants would drop the guns. "This will be in their larger interest and that of the state and its people".[Read More]Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chairman, JKNPP urged Mr. N.N. Vohra, the Governor of J&K to dismiss Mr. Omar Abdullah Chief Minister of J&K for his highly dangerous and anti-national statement seeking return of Jehadies from POK. Prof. Bhim Singh said that Mr. Omar Abdullah has become a security risk in a sensitive stage and the state cannot afford to have a hostile Chief Minister. Prof. Bhim Singh said that the Chief Minister's accusation of the Union Health Minister saying that Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad has no locus-standi vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir. This is most unfortunate that the Chief Minister having less than one-third members in the Assembly has been talking without application of his mind threatening the security of the state. Prof. Bhim Singh said that Jammu and Kashmir is not personal property of Mr. Omar Abdullah and therefore he deserves a proper treatment for his frustrated utterances fraught with dangerous consequences. Prof. Bhim Singh said that this is a new mechanism to implement Resettlement Act of J&K government which has been stayed by the Supreme Court of India on the petition of the Panthers Party. Prof. Bhim Singh threatened to take up the matter from the streets to the Supreme Court against the Chief Minister.
The election of Northern Areas Legislative Assembly has completed the most considerable constituent of the Constitutional Package enforced by the Government of Pakistan to empower the local population in Pakistan Controlled Gilgit-Baltistan region, however, allegations of massive procedural irregularities, government interference and rigging have been levelled against the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) which emerged as the single largest party in the election on Nov 12 with 11 seats from total 23. Four independent candidates also won in the elections and as per political traditions of the country have joined the ruling party-the PPP. The PPP preferred to constitute allied government with the support of its partners which already supports its government at the centre and provinces. Gilgit-Baltistan region has no representation in the Pakistani Parliament, therefore; recently, government of Pakistan enforced political reforms to fulfil public demands.
Pakistani political and democratic system has a long history of accusations of rigging and use and abuse of power by ruling parties to achieve desired results in almost all elections. Apart from the majority of the political parties some independent observers and groups have also raised the questions on the legitimacy and transparency of the recent elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. An NGO-Free and Fair Election Network in its report said that Government interference, weak administration, procedural irregularities and erroneous voter lists characterized the Gilgit-Baltistan polls. Similarly, another independent watchdog the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) which monitored the election process with more than 66 local observers also mentioned that the entire electoral process was marred by flaws caused by haste in holding the polls and insufficient preparations. The HRCP in its report regretted that the Pakistan's federal government representatives - including Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, members of his cabinet and the acting governor of Gilgit-Baltistan - tried to woo voters at government cost and with a string of financial incentives. The opposition parties also highlighted many procedural weaknesses in order to give leverage to PPP candidates.
The writer is Executive Director of Press For Peace (PFP). He could be contacted through: www.pressforpeace.org.uk)