Chief Al-Umar-mujahideen militant outfit, Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar Tuesday said that talks with India can “never resolve the Kashmir issue”..*
*Appeal Complete Shutdown And Black Day On October 27..*
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER, 24 ÷ Rejecting the appointment of former IB chief as interlocutor for Kashmir, Zargar said that, “dialogue with India will bore no fruits. The only way to resolve Kashmir issue is trough armed struggle.” “Talks have fetched nothing, anyone who thinks that dialogue will resolve issues is making a mistake; we appeal Pakistan as well to avoid any talks with India,” Zargar said.
He also called for a complete shutdown on October 27 to protest against “Kashmir’s accession to India way back in 1947”.
Zargar said that forces in Kashmir have killed, blinded thousands including kids and women. “So the people should observe complete shutdown on October 27 and observe the day as black day.” He asked people to shut all business establishments on the day and ply no traffic on roads except ambulances.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
NIA Summons Salahuddin’s Son To Delhi..*
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizbul Mujahideen founder and chief of United Jihad Council (UJC) Syed Salahuddin, to New Delhi for questioning in a case registered against Hizbul Mujahideen in Delhi in the year 2011.
*The summons, served to Shahid through SSP Budgam, has been issued by Ajeet Singh, Superintendent of Police NIA. It reads: “Whereas it appears that you are acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case (RC-06/2011/NLA/DLI dated 25.04.2011), which I am investigating, you are hereby required to appear before me… for the purpose of answering certain questions relating to the case.”*
Shahid Yousuf is a resident of Soibugh Budgam. He was served the summons on October 16 to present himself before NIA investigators at their New Delhi office on October 24, Tuesday.
Shahid is the third son of Mohammad Yousuf Shah, known by his nom de guerre of Syed Salahuddin, supreme commander of the UJC which is a conglomerate of more than twelve militant outfits.
A source close to Shah’s family in Soibugh said, that Shahid was earlier questioned four times by NIA sleuths at their Humhama station. “He was questioned about his family and the NIA sleuths had taken his mobile phone as well,” the source said.
Salahuddin has five sons and two daughters, all of whom are married. His 70-year-old wife died of lymphoma in 2014. “She could have been treated in Delhi but the family was under financial duress,” the source claimed.
One of Shah’s sons has moved to Rambagh in Srinagar and lives there with his family while 40-year-old Shahid lives with his two brothers in a new house constructed some years ago in their ancestral village. Another son lives in the old house in their ancestral village.
Shahid has a Masters in Agriculture from a university outside J&K and he was regularised in the state’s agriculture department in March this year, after 8 years of service. He has three sons, one of whom is a patient of down syndrome.
*“Shahid is being accompanied by the younger son-in-law of Salahuddin, Syed Omar Farooq, to Delhi,” the source informed. “They flew from Srinagar at 3pm today.”*
Salahuddin, a former Jama’at-e-Islami J&K member, is founder of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. He crossed the Line of Control (LoC) at the onset of militancy in Kashmir and came back to fight Indian forces. Currently, he operates from Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
The case in which Shahid has been summoned is titled: “Terror Funding in J&K through Hawala Transaction”. It dates back to 2011 when the Delhi Police Special Cell registered a case against Hizb-ul-Mujahideen under Sections 13, 17, 18 and 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
*Following an Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Order, No. 1-11011/23/2011-IS-IV dated 15th April, 2011, NIA took over the investigation of the FIR No. 04/2011 dated 16/01/2011 Delhi Police Special Cell Police Station, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi, and re-registered the case on 07.09.2011 at NIA Police Station, New Delhi, as case RC-06/2011/NIA/DLI under Section 120(B) of IPC and Sections 17, 18 & 20 of UA(P) Act.*
“The allegations in brief are that the money from Pakistan being sent to Jammu & Kashmir through Hawala channels via Delhi is suspected to be used in funding terrorism and secessionist activities. The money so supplied might have been provided to the terrorists and their sympathizers active in J&K,” the case summary reads.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
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Non-local labourers flee from South Kashmir..*
Day after a non-local laborer was killed in Kulgam, fear has gripped other non-local laborers who have started packing bags to leave Kashmir, especially in the interiors of South Kashmir.
In Wachi constituency, hundreds of non-locals had already left the villages after posters appeared asking non-locals to leave the valley.
“Most of my other fellows have left. I am just collecting money from the people, we have worked with. In next three days I will also leave,” said Sabir Ahmed, a non-local.
Ahmed has been working in various villages of Wachi constituency from last nine years and is a known mason in the area.
“The situation has forced me to go back home. I don’t want to lose my life. I will work somewhere else either I will go to Mumbai or Delhi,” he told reporters.
However, the en masse fleeing of non-locals has hit the overall ongoing constructions works, work in apple orchards and other modes of farming.
“We were undergoing construction work. All laborers and masons have left. Even the electric fitting persons are non-locals here. We have stopped work. The laborers left a day before. They told some threat posters have appeared in which they have been given ultimatum to leave the valley,” said Ghulam Rasool, a local.
Talking to reporters, IGP Kashmir Muneer Ahmed Khan said the non-locals go to their home ahead of Diwali, so this is a routine process.
Asked if there was a fear among the non-locals after threat posters to non-locals by some “Mujahideen Kashmir” outfit, the IGP said there is no such outfit in Kashmir.
“The outfit had given the deadline till October 25. There are still two days left. We are investigating it,” he said.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
Social media in Kashmir used for destruction: DGP..*
SRINAGAR ÷ Asking Kashmiri sports persons to use social media to further their careers, the director general of J&K police, Shesh Paul Vaid, on Monday said that Facebook and other social media platforms were being used for “provocation and destruction”.
“We don’t have that (destructive) vision,” Vaid said, addressing a sports event that was held as a valedictory function for the J&K Police and in which 182 players from five south Kashmir police districts participated.
“We want the youth of J&K to come (forward) for constructive activities,” he said, “the police see national and international players amongst you…We want players from among you to go for mountaineering to Mount Everest and let J&K Police sponsor you,” he added.
“I am thankful to the parents of these players who expressed trust in J&K Police and sent their children for participation,” he said, adding, “We are your police… we are from you. We share the sadness and pain.”
The DGP said that the police want the youth to exploit the adventure sport potential of Jammu and Kashmir, to which tourists from across the world are attracted. “Sportspersons should open Facebook accounts so that people from across the world contact you to participate in the adventure tourism… I see that vision,” Vaid added, “Not like how social media is being used for destruction… We want peace and progress in J&K.”
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the function, the DGP said, while responding to questions regarding attacks on pro-India political workers in south Kashmir, “We are taking measures and investigating the issue, following which we will take action under law against those involved.”
He also said that the “necessary steps were taken” in south Kashmir for conducting anti-militancy operations, adding, “Militancy is undergoing a phase of desperation before it ends.”
On braid chopping, he said that there was “no need to give it hype”. “We are taking strict measures against those involved in beating innocent people, and the investigation is going on in the matter,” he said when asked about the unabated braid chopping of women in Kashmir.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
*❗Batamaloo man’s beard chopped off*
Srinagar: Beard of a man was chopped off by unknown persons in Batamaloo area of Srinagar Tuesday morning.
Beard of Farooq Ahmad Bhat alias Shakoori was chopped off when he was opening his shop at Kashi Mohalla area.
“I was opening my shop when three persons asked for cigarettes,” Farooq told . He added “as soon as came closer to them they swiftly caught hold on me, used some spray and I felt unconscious.”
Farooq was taken to SMHS and after he came to his senses he found his left side of beard chopped off.
Farooq has approached police and they have started investigating the matter.
Braid chopping incidents are taking place in the valley ever since two months now.
The Batamaloo beard chopping incident is the second of its nature in the said time.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra on Tuesday appointed retired Indian Police Services (IPS) P.L. Gupta as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner in the State Vigilance Commission (SVC)..*
An order issued by Vohra through Jammu and Kashmir General Administration Department (GAD) said: “In exercise of the powers vested in me under Section 4(1) of the Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission Act, 201 1 (Act No. 1 of 201 I), 1, N.N. Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, hereby appoint Shri P.L. Gupta, IPS (Retd.) as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner in the State Vigilance Commission,” he said.
The appointment of P.L. Gupta shall take effect from the date he assumes charge of the post in the State Vigilance Commission, he added.
Meanwhile, Gazzanfer Hussain was appointed as the vigilance commissioner of the commission.
“In exercise of the powers vested in me under Section 4(1) of the Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission Act, 201 1 (Act No. 1 of 201 I), I, N.N. Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, hereby appoint Shri Gazzanfer Hussain, IAS (Retd.) as the Vigilance Commissioner in the State Vigilance Commission,” said another order issued by the Governor.
The appointment of Gazzanfer Hussain shall take effect from the date he assumes charge of the post in the State Vigilance Commission, Vohar said in his order.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
Fed up with corruption in RTO, Govt outsourcing issuance of driving license..*
In a bid to tame corruption and reform the system at Regional Transport Office, the stategovernment has decided to outsource issuance of driving licenses to third party.
Moreover registration certificate of new vehicles will be issued by dealerships from November with a view to discourage agents who were charging hefty sums from applicants.
The decision, as per sources in the Transport department, was taken after complaints of rampant corruption and hijacking of RTO’s functioning by agents.
Officials privy to the development said, that government is finalizinga company which would be handed over the job of issuing driving licenses.
Currently, licenses for driving are issued by the RTO office after conducting driving tests.
“But on ground, agents used to play a big role in issuance of licenses because of their understanding with officials,” said a senior Transport department official.
Minister for Transport, Sunil Sharma, confirmed these developments.
“Yes we are going to outsource driving license issuance as we want to bring in transparency and accountability in the system.”
“By 2018, Transport department is going to be fully computerized,” Sharma said adding, “Our main objective is to provide services to people at door steps and also discourage unscrupulous elements.”
The minister said that the department from November this year would issue registration from dealerships from where people purchase their vehicles.
“This decision has been taken so that the people don’t have to visit RTO office,” he said.
As per an order (No. 09p-TC of 2017 dated 12-10-2017), registration of fresh non-commercial vehicles in Jammu and Kashmir “shall mandatorily be assisted through authorized dealers” for the “convenience of general public”.
The order says no registration authority (RTO/ARTO) shall entertain any file for new non-commercial vehicles manually or fees in cash or draft from the applicant from November 2017.
“Authorized dealers shall prepare complete file consisting of form no. 20 (Application), form no. 21 (sales letter), form no. 22, invoice of the vehicle, temporary registration number, pan card (or form 60 up to Rs 50000 transaction), address proof and the insurance of the vehicles and deposit the same in the concerned registration authority (RTO/ARTO) for approval and generation of registration number of the vehicle,” the order said.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)