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IS PAKISTAN A FAILED STATE?
Of J&K`s division
he statement made by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah after UPA`s intention to make Telangana a separate state has surfaced many voices in our state. In his statement Omar had expressed his worry that setting of a Telangana as a separate state may ignite the demand for separate statehood for Jammu region. Pertinently, CM`s statement has sparked a debate among the masses particularly the netizens, with a mixed response. But before making any statement about separate statehood of Jammu region, we must consider the historical background of Telangana. According to annals, Telangana was merged with Andhra state in 1956 to form present Andhra Pradesh. At that time there were several agitations in Telangana aimed to invalidate the merger. Eventually, Telangana movement took birth and almost after 60 years people of Telangana are hopeful to see Telangana again as a separate state. Now taking these facts in consideration, it is evident that demanding separate statehood for Jammu on basis of Telangana would be irrational, even talking about it is absurd. Hence the statement made by CM Omar Abdullah sounds bit immature. Omar being the head of state should not make statement that can harm the unity of the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The recent announcement of setting separate police range for Ladakh region and grant more powers to Leh & Kargil Hill Development councils has already raised apprehensions among sane voices. Any division of the existing state of J&K would not be a welcome step and surely not good for the people of Kashmir. Presently, J&K state has its own constitution and enjoys special status under article 370 of Indian constitution. If Ladakh and Jammu are separated from it or we can say taken out, they will merge completely with India without any separate constitution or article 370. Therefore division of state will weaken the identity and exclusivity of J&K state. Hence those voices who support or promote separate statehood of Jammu must review their thought.
REVIEWED BY MUSHTAQ UL HAQ AHMAD SIKANDER
Two Day Conference was organized on April 17-18, 2012 by Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management (JTCDM) of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. The conference was titled as “Structuring Peace: The State and Conflict Transformation: Prospects and Challenges in South Asia”. I was also invited to present a paper at the said conference, on the second day. The different sessions of the conference were good, stimulative, academic as well as deliberative. Though the conference was about whole South Asia, but papers were read only about a few South Asian countries, that too by Indian ‘experts’. On the first day, a beautiful lady presented on “Fragile States in South Asia: An Analysis of Pakistan”. The power point presentation was superb, but the contents and generalizations were too awful at various places. The presentation generated a heated discussion on the generalization of Pakistan as a Failed State. Also the comments and generalizations about Madrasas drew flak too. The presenter acknowledged that she had based her presentation on the study of secondary sources. Hence the presentation remained of second grade. The presenter had delved on certain U.S think tank sources and data, which labeled Pakistan as a failed State. The presenter time and again also emphasized that according to the data, among the first Top ten failed states, five are Islamic nations. What characterizes a Failed State? Which are the failed States? Why are they called failed? These and a lot of other questions need to be answered. But here we are not concerned with these queries. The discourse of Failed States belongs to the Dominant hegemonic powers. Failed States discourse can’t be separated from power. For Noam Chomsky a failed state is one that fails “to provide security for the population, to guarantee rights at home or abroad, or to maintain functioning (not merely formal) democratic institutions.” On that definition, Chomsky argues, the United States is the world’s biggest failed state. The yard stick is set by the hegemonic powers whether to label a country as Failed or Not. If a country doesn’t comply with the wishes of hegemonic powers especially Uncle Sam, related various fields especially economic one, it can be labeled as Failed one; threat to the World Peace and attacked in the name of Operation Democracy and Enduring Freedom. It is what has been lucidly exposed by John Perkins in his books particularly in Confessions of an Economic Hitman. Regarding the Top Five Islamic Nations as being failed, even if we agree with the biased ranking of the World Powers, Islam has nothing to do with it. They can be African or Asian Nations. Islam is one part of their identity and it doesn’t negate the other identities. Neither is the Islamic World a monolith. The structural exploitation prevalent among the world Economic system is more responsible for their failure than any other reason. The authors of Unity or Poverty, (Reginald H green & Ann Seidman, Penguin Books, 1968, P-129), write in the chapter, “Small Countries, Large Firms”, “The divided states of Africa cannot achieve economic independence….The resources of the large firms dominating the export sectors of most states in Africa-
like the Uniliver- United Africa Company, Shell-B.P, Societe generale-Union Miniere, the ‘Mauritanian’ iron consortium, ENI, Bethlehem Steel- are far larger than those controlled by the single African state. The inability of individual African states to negotiate on an equal basis with the giant foreign combines is accentuated by the close links and harmony of interest which often-though not always-exists among such firms”. To add insult to injury the chair of the session also declared Pakistan to be a failed state. The movement demanding creation of Pakistan was a reaction of various grievances of the Muslims of sub continent towards the Hindu majority. The fear of being dominated by Hindu majority in a free India coupled with the Divide and Rule policy of the British colonial masters added fuel to the fire. Hence Pakistan was created and came into being a separate entity on 14 August, 1947. The religion was vehemently used to unite Muslims for the realization of Pakistan. The major basis of separation became the religion. Since the formation of Pakistan, a tussle ensured on its various fronts especially the Political one. The tussle was whether Pakistan which was created in the name of Islam should have imposition of Shariah or not? The ulama were on the forefront for the imposition of Shariah laws, as a number of them have legitimized the struggle for Pakistan as a duty of Islam and Muslim Faith. But the liberals thought and worked on the opposite lines. This tussle still continues which may at certain times give the outsider an impression that Pakistan is on verge of being declared as a failed state. This sense of failure increased after the end of Cold War when the militants (who were trained with the active help of U.S in order to fight its war against U.S.S.R in Afghanistan) became an independent force to reckon with. They started to act independently though the insurgency in Kashmir in early 1990s kept them busy, hence they didn’t prove a threat to Pakistani State. In the aftermath of 9/11, Pakistan decided to join the U.S led ‘War on Terrorism’, which was opposed by all the militant organizations. Still they didn’t turn their guns against the state. The moment came when the army and police launched an assault on Jamia Hafsa madrasa of girls in July, 2007. Scores of students died during the siege and attack. Within a few months of the assault the Pakistani army alongwith the U.S support started bombing the tribal areas of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. These and many other factors led the militants turn their guns against the Pakistani state, that they came to witness as stooge of U.S. It led to a situation of insecurity and massive internal crises within Pakistan, in which hand external factors can’t be ruled out. Despite the daily attacks and suicide bombings the Pakistani State still hasn’t fragmented. It is not on verge of collapse either. The conditions are ripe for a civil war that the state has successfully contained till now. The removal of once Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani by the judiciary speaks volumes about vibrancy and rule of law in Pakistan. This one step gives hope that Pakistan will survive for the decades to come and will not retrograde as a failed State.
Srinagar, Aug 05-11, 2013
Sectarian clashes and the lessons thereof MOHAMMAD ZUBAIR UD DIN The last few days have been the most pressing days of my life. My conscience contests our claim to be human beings. Utterly disturbed, confused and in overwhelming shock over the course of events which infested the different hamlets of district Budgam. In what was apparently a trivial issue, infact no issue at all, the “miscreants” snowballed it into a major sectarian strife and thereby cut at the very trunk of mutual amity and brotherhood. The economic, social and religious activities in this whole area were choked and brought to a complete halt. The life, security and property of fellow people were brazenly attacked, hardly finding a mention in our shared memories. The grief is confounded as Ramzan, sacred month of the Islamic calendar, is in progress and those who were at the forefront rather spearheading these clashes did not even took care of the respect which this blessed month deserves. The very message of Ramzan was, infact, negated. A host of questions circulate and vibrate through one’s mind. In the first place how was a trivial issue allowed to evolve into a major sectarian warfare? And equally important how did the people allow themselves to get carried away with rumors and fuelled and fired themselves with revenge and intense hatred for their brethren with whom they share centuries of mutual trust? Why did not the elders step in at the first appearance of the ghastly sectarian clashes? The conspiracy theories are being circulated. Though the matter merits a speedy and a result oriented probe, however we are in no position at present to either accept or reject the different theories put forward. True, the timing of the eruption of these sectarian clashes coincided with that of the Gool Ramban killings. The entire populace of Jammu and Kashmir was in mourning and they were protesting the brazen killings of innocent people at Gool Ramban. Pertinent to mention the people in Gool Ramban were protesting the alleged desecration of Holy Quran. The incident sparked widespread condemnation from both within and outside the state. The people were, however, yet to come to grips with the Ramban killings when suddenly this collective grief was overshadowed by the ghastly sectarian clashes in Budgam where the two major communities were pitched against each other. The dominant discourse changed as the stories of loot, arson, injuries and murderous assaults made rounds in the media. Ignorance took the place of reason and people with reason were left in quandary. There were, though, some efforts to douse and extinguish the flames but they proved sadly insignificant till the administration was awaken from its slumber sleep. The curfew was imposed but unfortunately the law enforcing agencies acted like an unruly mob and indulged in committing the excesses. Besides breaking the windowpanes , scores of people ‘indifferent to the clashes’ were physically assaulted. One elderly woman of village Dadina received the gun butts from a cop and in the process she was, unfortunately, fatally wounded. She breathed her last in SKIMS Soura signaling a “triumph” for the rioters. The situation could be brought under effective control only after army was brought in the picture. Moreover, the administration is also blamed and rightly so for not taking the adequate measures in time to check the clashes from spreading to the neighbouring areas. It is widely believed that had the administration acted in time the tale would have been different and the precious property could have been saved. Surprisingly, the police and the CRPF are “blamed” for harbouring some miscreants who in the disguise of police personnel escalated the situation and inflicted much damage upon the people. A visit to the strife torn areas was in itself self explanatory. The residents of Pusru, Babag, Pymus, Batapora, dadina and Garind were horrified at the course of events. There were a number of seriously injured persons besides the huge damage to property. Absolutely pathetic
The dominant discourse changed as the stories of loot, arson, injuries and murderous assaults made rounds in the media. Ignorance took the place of reason and people with reason were left in quandary. There were, though, some efforts to douse and extinguish the flames but they proved sadly insignificant till the administration was awaken from its slumber sleep.
scenes could easily be noticed in these hamlets. Sahipora experienced the worst where more than a dozen houses were reduced to ashes. It literally brought tears when a woman, a mother of four or five girls lamented over the loss of her house and the theft of two cows, who happened to be her source of sustenance. I have never seen the human beings going to such wild extent where they would cease to act as human beings. A deeper introspection is needed. Our Islamic credentials are, unfortunately, very weak. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had forewarned that He feared not that Muslims would worship gods other than Allah but they would fight against each other. History offers us lessons to reflect upon but we, in our ignorance, turn blind to the same and pursue our wild instincts. We mix the mental fantasy and myth with facts and interpret the things the way they suit our vested interests. If we peep through the window of Islamic history it becomes manifestly evident that it were the hypocrites acting as miscreants who lured the Muslims to fight their fellow brethren on different pretexts in the early days of Islam. The battle of Camel is a glaring example. The mutual animosity and wars have remained the greatest weakness of the muslim world. We , unfortunately, never realize the true essence of these events and fall prey to historical exaggerations, misinterpretations and ignorance. In my earlier article I had attempted to bring fore the point that our religious preachers (with a few exceptions) rather than serving the religion are doing a great disservice to it by their all exclusive ideological and sectarian preaching and the extremist interpretations. They don’t mind issuing decrees and fatwas against people not subscribing to their beliefs. The irony is that we instead of self introspecting the tenets of Islam toe the lines of these self proclaimed Islamic preachers. The larger and the essential teachings of Islam like justice ,liberty, respect, equality, fellow feeling, tolerance, unity, honesty, truthfulness, obedience, politeness, mercy and patience are lost sight off. We proudly claim to be the followers of Holy Prophet ( SAW) but experience ‘difficulty’ in following His great teachings in our different matters or when it comes to sectarian clashes. The Holy Prophet (SAW) observed, “ By Allah ,anyone who is a threat to his neighbour is no believer”. The Quran goes further with more specific injunction to, “show kindness to near and distant neighbours,to fellow travelers and the way farers”. Furthermore, all the differences of race, community or tribe are just for mutual introduction and not for discrimination and harming each other. The Holy Prophet (SAW) is reported to have said ,” Everything of a Muslim is sacred to a Muslim ; his property, honour and blood. It is enough evil for any person to despise his (or her) fellow muslim”. Our heads should bow down in shame. It is high time we realize and appreciate our rich plural ethos characterized by strong fellow feeling and brotherhood bequeathed to us by our ancestors and consolidated over the centuries. We should stop from falling prey to the nefarious designs of the elements who are hell bent in vitiating the peaceful communal atmosphere. Why do we forget that in exercising restraint even in compelling situations the people of Kashmir have no parallel. Only in 2008 when subsequent to the Amarnath land row, communal forces were unleashed but the people over here displayed remarkable humane qualities and arranged food, water and shelter for the stranded Amarnath yatris. The mutual animosity and warfare will only lead to our collective destruction. It is high time for the political class, religious scholars, writers, civil society activists and the responsible citizens to step in and help and ensure the strained relations between the two communities be instantly cemented. Let us admit our follies, forgive each other , act in unison and start our mutual journey again. May wisdom dawn upon us.
Srinagar, Aug 05-11, 2013
Menace of eroding social fabric and values
he heart is bleeding to see the disintegration and utter ruin of our social system. The devastative effects of western dominated media have threatened the very existence of our social values to which rapidly declining employment and almost no opportunity for private undertakings and entrepreneurship have rendered youth depressed, frustrated and extremely fuelled by easy accessibility to immodesty through TV, Internet, magazines etc results in creating a rich market for immoral activities. The acquisitive state of mind and indoctrination done by the holly wood and half naked celebrities on TV shows in which the disgracing of women rules high by portraying them as only the tools of gratifying wild desires rather than to have the roles of mother, sister and wife to play. The phenomenon is starkly rising and ultimately leading to moral corruption. Youth might even start pursuing a profession in offensive activities to make a fulfillment of their extravagant needs. A steep rise in violent temperament is also to be expected viz a viz breeding crimes like corruption, Prostitution and domestic feud etc. The youth in particular is getting degraded to such an extent that it poses threat to whole social fabric. The rising cases of drug addiction the sense of extreme hatred, jealousy, envy, deceit, pretence resulting in domestic conflicts, marital conflicts, divorce, and conflicts with neighbors and relatives on trivial issues, sectarian violence and murder have become now every day phenomenon. The dignity and sanctity of individual conscience seems extinguishing day by day as enhancing the character by moral technique have been vanished. State as once regarded as the institution of incorporating wellbeing and welfare have been turned into mere institution of coercion and corruption. From the time immemorial our state was considered a nest of peace and humanity. The innocence of masses didnâ€™t nurture a sense of animosity in spite of cross cultural and religious diversity. In our state the sense of belongingness was at apex as compared to other regions of south to which spirituality have decorated our vale to such an extent that a small sin was not apparent here, but it was visible when we were having our pir wer existent which ironically our uncounted blunders have buried under the dull waters of Dal lake. The innocent climatic factor paved a sense of belongingness by which the diverse religious organs of our composite society were acting as supplementary to each other. This was the sense of social integration and human development and at present the whole past of the state in general and vale in particular seems to be drowning into the marsh of decay and degradation. The age old culture of charity is being vanished by letting the humankind drowned into the hell of deep sadness and sorrow by accelerating rate of corruption, mall administration, drug addiction, immorality, sexual abuse and more worse the sectarian divide. The recent sectarian violence witnessed in the Budgam area of vale is big example to which extent we have degrade within and much worse
than ever humanity have witnessed when the two innocent souls got silted in their very beginning. The drug addiction is not limited to the street corners and boys but the menace has entered our educational institutions and the irony is that now our female folk got empowered to such an extent that they have superseded the males in this race of devastation which can be witnessed from the recent involvement of the two girls from one of prestigious institutions of Srinagar city. The youth of our state which is acting as a leading party in the freedom struggle seems eclipsed under the shades of evil which is destroying our future by letting our present generation into the offensive obsession under supervisory environment made easily available by several government agencies, which is eating away our younger generation more so every day. The much pain is inflicted by it than the bullets which have been poured into the bodies of our loved ones who laid their lives for the precious cause. They have not laid their lives for the western style of liberalism by which our coming generation have a easy access to brothels and prostitutions, they have not laid their lives for western style immorality which they are doing unashamedly on public places and in front of their parents, they have not laid their lives for licensing us to engender anarchy and lawlessness but for the purpose of establishing a just and harmonious society based on the norms of cooperation, equality, justice, and human development. It can be said that the overall aim of our martyrs for sacrificing their lives was to create conditions of prosperity for our future generation by emancipating us from the shackles of slavery but unfortunately we are mocking with their blood by degrading their cherished values. How can be it possible now to integrate such a nation whose future lies in the hands of such persons who have inculcated the sense of deception, dishonesty and deterioration. The increasing rate of current offensive incidents in our state are taunting among which the possibilities to regenerate our social values seems rare and it seems near that the abode of our society will sunk into the yawning mire of decay and disorder. The apathy of parents towards their children is acting as fuel to fire by letting them unanswered towards their daily routines where they are spending their leisure periods and with whom. It must be ensue on the parents front to instill on their children the sense of awareness, accountability and responsibility. The teachers are having a big role to play. They have to decorate them with moral and value education then it can be said that they are truly the builders of nation otherwise the flood of moral decadence and depravity will lead our young generation into the menace of anger, offenses and criminality. Author is a research scholar at the Department of Political Science R D University Jabalpur and can be mailed at email@example.com
The increasing rate of current offensive incidents in our state are taunting among which the possibilities to regenerate our social values seems rare and it seems near that the abode of our society will sunk into the yawning mire of decay and disorder.
Srinagar, Aug 05-11, 2013
JK’s Estates Deptt: Where Even Dead Gets Accommodated
Provides Accommodation To Sweepers, Orderlies And Dead KASHMIR SCENARIO DISCLOSURE
SRINAGAR, In a brazen violation to its prescribed norms, the Jammu and Kashmir’s Estates Department has shockingly allotted residential accommodation to the sweepers, orderlies and some of persons – declared long back, Kashmir Scenario has learnt Ironically, the department has also provided accommodations to the persons living in the city suburbs some of the political workers. In a reply to quires under Right to Information Act (RTI) filled by The Kashmir Scenario, it has come to fore that the department has allotted accommodation to fake names, dead people and persons living in the city. Though 84 per cent accommodation is made available for Move Employees and rest of the accommodation is meant for government employees posted outside the division of residence, central government employees and employees of judiciary; however accommodation has not been allotted to deserved persons. According to the annexure provided by the department, flat has been provided to one Salima Bano who is working as sweeper in Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS). Interestingly the candidate belongs to Srinagar City who is in no way entitled to accommodation. Another sweeper of Shri Mahraja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital has been provided with accommodation. The irregularities have not stopped here. The flats have been provided even to orderly employees. According to the annexure provided by the department, accommodation has also been allotted to an orderly employee- Bashir Ahmad – at General Administration department (GAD). The list of persons availing the facility of government apartments also include Junior Assistants, drivers and teachers who in noway are entitled to avail the facility. At Serial Number 42 flat has been allotted to Shabir Ahmad Mundu, Driver Agriculture Department. Similarly at Serial 48, Ghulam Ahmad Dar is an Orderly employee while at serial 51, Viqar ul Nisa, a Junior Assistant have been provided accommodation. According to the norms, 5% discretionary quota is placed under the discretion of ‘the Minister Estates for persons other than the Government employees which includes Media Persons, Freedom Fighters and ex-legislators. However the department has thrown norms to winds in this quota too. Sources said that all the persons allotted the accommodation are blue eyed persons and officials managed to allot flats to them without proper procedure. At Budshah flats, the Estates Department has provided flat to the office bearer of a daily Urdu Newspaper since 1977. “One fails to understand how from past 35 years the flat is
occupied by a non-media person under the title of Journalists. The reply filled by the Estates Department show dozens of flats have been allotted to persons who were once associated with Cable TV channels which are banned from past 5 years. Among the journalists’ quota include Masood Ahmad-ex Correspondent BBC, (who never was working as an official correspondent with the Organization) Nazir Ahmad Wani Editor Subah-e-Kashmir and several other journalists are having quarters without proper orders. These journalists are still occupying estates quarters who are no longer working with the organizations under which they have been sanctioned these estates quarters. According to rules, Department should have evicted the flat holders soon after leaving the job. As per eviction rules of the Estates Department the retired or hose employees who have passed away, their quarters have to be evicted within one or two months, however discrepancies have been witnessed their also. Shamas-ud-Din Shameem was a journalist with Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar and passed away years before, however a flat is still allotted to some unknown persons in his name. The serious violations and rot in the system does not stop here only. Even the bungling has also been witnessed in payment of rent. According to reports, Lacs of rupees are pending with the dwellers. The gross violation of rules has brought miseries to the deserving people who belong to far flung areas of the state and work in Srinagar. Though accommodation has been allotted to erstwhile journalists and local government employees, the working journalists are suffering by paying huge rents. “I moved application a year before but I was told there is no accommodation. I don’t know what happened to my application. It was simply put in dust bin. There was no official response to the application,” said Sheikh Saleem a journalist. Irfan Qureshi, working as a correspondent with a national NEWS channel from past five years and belonging to a remote area, Qureshi says that he went from pillar to post to get a quarter of Estates but in vain. “They openly demand bribe for just searching accommodation,” he said. “They have issued quarters to even dead people and to the employees who belong to Srinagar city”. Pertinently, even after assurances by the concerned department, some of the oddest English dailies still don’t have their accommodations allotted. The disclosures has punctured the claims of NC led coalition government who day in and day out champion transparency and accountability.
Srinagar, Aug 05-11, 2013
Police arrests Drug Peddlers at Pampore
Wolves Jolt Baramulla
Pampore police arrested two peddlers and recovered about five kgs of illicit poppy straw while they were transporting it in auto load carrier at Konibal . During a naka checking at Konibal Road, Pampore police intercepted an Auto load carrier bearing registration number Jk13B/1088. During the checking of the auto load carrier about five kgs of illicit poppy straw was recovered. Two persons Nazir Ahmad Baigal son of Ghulam Mohammad and Mohammad Rafiq Wango son of Abdul Samad residents of Bemina, Srinagar boarding the load carrier were also arrested. A case FIR number 87/2013 under section 15 NDPS Act has been registered at Police Station Pampore in this regard.
The attacks by wild animals have sharply increased recently underlining the valleys grave man -animal conflict issue. From the past six months half a dozen of children’s have became the victims of these Wolves in the North Kashmir (Baramulla). These wolves have created great havoc to the people of this area, due to which people are in great depression. These wolves attack mostly children’s and parents are advising their children’s not to go outside their home because these wolves have no fixed time to attack. They can attack at any place of time. Authorities have VICTIM OF WOLF TERROR setup control rooms and are areas are sloppy and there are distributing leaflets urging peomeadows were these wolves reple to take precautions to prevent main hidden. There wolves are more casualties. Wild life departscamper in race and attack mostment also issued shoot at sight orly on the neck of prey. ders against these wolves which The terror of wolves they saw man eater. came in force when a 7 years Wild life experts says old boy Karman Akbar Ganie of fragmentation of habitat, shortDoulathpora Baramulla on Febage of food and growing interruary 2013 was molded to death face between wild animals and by the two man eat wolves. Kahumans are leading to rise in mran was the lonely brother incidents of man animal conflict. among two sisters.After a gap of 4 People believe that these wolves months another boy namely Adil are dozens in the number. These
State Government to setup Cement Plant at Pampore SHAH ZAHOOR In an important decision, The State Government has decided to set up one more 1,000 tonnes per day cement plant in public sector over 12 hectares at the existing J&K Cements plant at Khrew in Pulwama, an official spokesman said. He said the decision to this effect was taken at the 97th meeting of the Board of Directors of J&K Cements Limited presided over by the Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Sajad Ahmad Kichloo. The spokesman said the new cement plant at Khrew will fill the gap in demand and supply of cement in the local market. The requirement of cement in the state is about 30 lakh tonnes per year, against the installed capacity of about 15 lakh tonnes annually with an average growth rate of 10 per cent per annum which clearly indicates that installation of additional cement plant would be a feasible venture. The Board also approved enhancement in the gratuity ceiling from existing Rs 3.50 lakh to Rs 10.00 lakh for the employees of the company.
Lethpora land scam case- Four properties attached by State Vigilance Organization SHAH IRSHAD The properties including moveable as well as immovable properties raised out of misappropriated amount of approximately Rs 22.00 crores (during land acquisition proceedings for widening of National Highway funded by NHA1, Govt of India in 2010) by officers, officials at DC Office Pulwama in connivance with J&K Bank officials and private persons connected to the case under FIR No.37/2010 P/S VOK have been attached by the State Vigilance Organization. The properties include three Kanals two Marlas of land at Noorpora Tral, two Kanals five Marlas of land at Ratnipora Pulwama and two Kanals three Marlas of land at Nowgam. The market value of the properties is worth Rs 1.25 crores. Pertinently, SVO has already attached a number of properties both movable and immovable including the palatial house of alleged kingpin Farooq Jehanzeeb at Rawalpora Srinagar, frozen bank accounts worth crores of rupees by resorting to special provision of attachment under Prevention of Corruption Act svt. 2006. The present market value of these properties is more than Rs 8 crore. The investigation is at the final stage, an SVO spokesman claimed.
One dies of mysterious gas in Srinagar While digging a well at Sikanderpora, Srinagar, in the jurisdiction of police station Rainawari, a mysterious gas emanated from the ground. Two persons Mohammad Saleem Khan son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Chowdary Bagh and Abdul Rashid Kallu son of Mohammad Ismail resident of Hassibhat Rainawari fell unconscious by inhaling the gas. Both of them were shifted to Rainawari Hospital where Mohammad Saleem Khan was declared brought dead. His body was handed over to his relatives for last rites. Abdul Rashid Kallu has been shifted to SKIMS, Soura, Srinagar for further treatment.
Hamid of Kharcheck Watergam village of Baramulla was killed by two wolves. This was followed when the 3 years old boy of HarshinarSheikhporaBaramulla, who was chased to death by the wolves. These back to back killing spear in the area has created fear psychosis among the people and panic has gripped the entire area. Then on 13 July. 07 years old boy namely Adil Hamid sheikh of hail Baramulla was brutally attacked by the wolves and chased to death. Pertinently this was the forth killing in past six months. July and August is the working season for farmers but people are afraid to going to their fields because the fear of wolves is running through their veins and usually proper to go in company. Most people complained that wildlife department is not taking any serious action against the matter. They state that authorities just believe in pomp and show as time has proven. Masses urge that need of the hour is the Government should make proper strategy to eradicate the threat of wolves from the minds of people and avoid further loss of precious
Army Subdues Massive Fire at Kandi
A major mishap was averted when troops of Rashtriya Rifles unit located at Baramulla subdued a massive outbreak of fire in Muqdam Moh of vill Kandi, during late hours of night intervening 30-31 Jul 2013. A Coy loc at Kandi COB was informed of the massive flames emanating from the house of Mr Ghulam Rasool Magrey. QRT was immediately rushed at the site of incident. With the efforts of Army pers and help of Fire Tenders, from 28 Amn Coy and Durgmulla Fire Stn, fire was controlled. It was the
combined effort of fire stn and tps which could help in controlling the spread of the fire and damage to the house could be minimized to approx 40%. The probable source of outbreak of fire is still being ascertained. The QRT carried out the dual role of prevention of spread of fire to populated locality and that of crowd mgt. The locals expressed their gratitude for prompt and swift action carried out by Army which resulted in saving precious lives and property.
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Srinagar, Aug 05-11, 2013
Significance of Eid al-Fitr THE KASHMIR SCENARIO DESK
Islam has two major holidays, Eid al-Fitr (Post-Fasting Festival) and Eid al-Adha. The word Eid itself is an Arabic word, whose root connotation is that which comes back, time after time, and rejoicing. Its particular usage in Islam, for the two major holidays, is because these two days are meant to be days of rejoicing The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, They are days of eating, drinking, and remembrance of God. [Reported by Bukhari in his Sahih, an authoritative collection of the sayings of the Prophet.] In this same spirit, the Quran mentions thatJesus, son of Mary, said: O Allah, Lord of us! Send down for us a table spread with food from heaven, that it may be a feast (eid) for us, for the first of us and for the last of us and a sign from You. Give us sustenance, for You are the Best of Sustainers. (Quran, 5: 114) Eid al-Fitr celebrates the completion of the month of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast and increase their spiritual devotions, and is meant to be a recognition the material and spiritual favors of God to His creation. On this day, Muslims all over the world thank God for the gift of fasting, in which they avoided food, drink and intercourse from dawn to dusk, out of obedience and servitude. The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan out of faith, seeking its reward, shall have all their past sins forgiven. [Also reported by Bukhari in his Sahih, and others] The many lessons in Ramadan are acted upon on this day of festivity, in order that they not be forgotten: 1. Devoting oneself to God: Muslims start the day by showering after dawn on Eid day, then go to the short Eid prayer and sermon that takes place early in the morning.
2. Recognizing ones blessings and thanking God for them: Muslims are encouraged to wear their best clothes, give gifts (especially to children) and celebrate with family, friends, and neighbors. 3. Remembering the plight of the poor and giving in charity: On Eid day, it is especially recommended to give in charity, the best time of which is before going to the mosque or prayer hall in the morning. In this and other ways, Muslims seek to join between worldly and spiritual celebration, for it is said true rejoicing is not (merely) in wearing new clothes, but in becoming true in ones devotion to God.
As a result, it is encouraged for Muslims to fast another six days after Eid during the month of Shawwal, in order to keep alive the lessons learned during the month of Ramadan, and to become of those devoted to God. It is because of this that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: Whoever fasts of Ramadan then fasts six days in the month of Shawwal shall have the reward of having fasted the whole year. (Sahih Muslim) The Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, for every people there is a feast and this is our feast. [Reported by Bukhari in his Sahih]
Are Books burden rather than friend?
A bag stuffed with books rest on their tender
shoulders. They are not allowed to enjoy the company of toys; rather these kids are compelled to be friends with books. This is the description of today’s children, who is cumbered by the heavy loads of books. The schedule of studying is so rigid for them, that they don’t get time to play. First there is classwork then homework and amidst all this work, they losing their childhood. This is the age where they can make a montage of memories, and flip through it in their adulthood. But their hec-
tic work doesn’t allow them to do so. After the exhaustive hours of school, their parents send them for tuition classes, and a majority of them also go “Darisghas” to learn Qura’an. They have become the “busy bees”. They mug up notes all day at school and back home they have to repeat the same. For in this era of competition every parent wants their kid to be first. And this concept of making children a work horse at this tender age creates a psychological problem in them.
They become more violent, aggressive, and feel that they don’t get their share of freedom. The onus for all this chaotic lifestyle should be put on the educational system which has dire need of reformation. The messy set up of education is responsive for making the tender beings a robot, who after spending an exhaustive day at school, is saddled with other home arrangements as well. The education system should be molded so that the students won’t suffer from mental fatigue.
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Journalists’ job is to report what they see on the ground: SUHASINI HAIDAR Award winning journalist Suhasini Haidar, is a Senior Foreign Affairs Editor and prime time anchor in India’s leading 24-hr English news channel CNN-IBN, also hosting the signature show, “World View with
SUHASINI HAIDAR” .
In an exclusive interview with The Kashmir scenario,
Suhasni Haidar talks to Rameez Makhdoomi. Tell us a bit about your childhood days? I grew up in Delhi. Those were really different days from the Delhi; my Children are growing up in. There was no metro
Firstly, I think it is important not to polarize reporters into one perspective or another- Kashmiri vs. non-Kashmiri. Journalists are journalists. Kashmir was the first story I covered when I joined CNN’s Delhi bureau in 1995, and has a special place for me. for starters! We cycled to many places, even to school for some years. We took public buses. It probably was as unsafe as it is now, but there was less consciousness about it. The big event of my childhood was probably the assassination of PM Indira Gandhi and the killing of Sikhs in Delhi that followed. We were all marked by the violence of those days,
and I remember the big number of families, refugees in their own city who crowded into places like Lajpat Bhawan. The stories of people we knew were horrific and I remember driving through Janpath with so much of Connaught Place burnt. Our summers were spent in Bombay (as it was known then). My mother is Parsi, and we spent time with her mother and relatives there, also Bangalore where my father’s family lived. Both cities have changed significantly from my childhood, Bangalore perhaps more than Bombay. Trains had a big part in our childhood: games my sister and I would play on the long journeys—24 hours to Bombay, 2 days to Bangalore, even longer to Chennai. Trains and books dominated our childhood days : my mother ensured that we read a lot, all the time.
How has your academic journey been like? I studied at a school in Delhi- Sardar Patel Vidyalaya. SPV emphasized everything but academics, and I had an interest in writing and public speaking. We didn’t do badly in studies, just that it wasn’t the main focus. The best thing about my education there was that the school’s philosophy discouraged learning by rote, and pushed original thought. I went to College at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, and did my Bachelor’s in Statistics. (I always loved mathematics). And then I went to study at Boston University in the US for a Master’s in Journalism.
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Naad- A step towards cultural
RENAISSANCE envisioned as “NAAD” to be organized by The Kashmir scenario news On 28th 0f August , the thrill and aura of Kashmir’s cultural and literacy renaissance would be invigorated via a diverse showcase of pro- magazine and K virus Group would focus on diverse realms. grammes in a mega event to be held at Kashmir university. The event Online media partners
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What motivated you to join the world of electronic media? I was always interested in the news, and was riveted to the possibilities of television after I saw CNN’s coverage of the gulf war- that spurred me on to apply for a degree in broadcast journalism. For my degree, I interned at CNN’s New York bureau, and worked at the United Nations. I guess there was no looking back!
Your analysis on foreign affairs especially Pakistan is quiet applauded, were you always interested in foreign affairs? Thank you that wwis kind of you to say. I began my career with CNN International, working at the Delhi bureau that also covered Pakistan at the time (CNN subsequently opened its Islamabad bureau). As a result, I reported on Pakistan without the ‘lens’ of India-Pakistan relations, and I would like to think I
have retained some of that approach in the years that followed. Eventually, a journalists job is to report what they see on the ground, and educate the viewer in an unbiased way.
Many Kashmiri voices fell that journalists especially from India have not been able to present the pain,expressions, life and society in a proper way. Your take? Firstly, I think it is important not to polarize reporters into one perspective or another- Kashmiri vs. non-Kashmiri. Journalists are journalists. Kashmir was the first story I covered when I joined CNN’s Delhi bureau in 1995, and has a special place for me. It is impossible to cover the story from the ground without being moved by the pain and suffering that the decades of violence haswrought. I do think that it is easy to forget that the situation is better than it was twenty years ago, and I think the remarkable coverage of several journalists has contributed to bringing the true
picture of J&K to improve that situation. However, the relative absence of violence is not peace, and I would like to see a greater spotlight on events there in our media.
Do you plan in future some news features on Kashmir? Aah, I would love to! As I said, Kashmir is a special story for me, and I try and take any opportunity to cover stories there. Unfortunately my current assignment means that I have less chance to.
Who have been your role-models? Too many role-models really, but it is journalists who cover conflict that I respect especially. I believe it takes a kind of ‘junooni’ drive to get to a story and bring out the truth of the situation on the ground despite frightening violence. They do it without the protection of armed forces or militant groups, or even the safety of crowds who are at the center of the conflict. Often these journalists put their lives on the line, even though they seldom get remembered for it. In August 2000, I witnessed many journalists being seriously injured during the Residency Road bombing. Pradeep Bhatia of the Hindustan Times died right next to us. I used to follow the reporting of Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin, who wore an eye patch after a road mine blast in Sri Lanka blinded her in one eye. I had the privilege of meeting her in Tripoli, just before the NATO bombing in 2011, and treasure the conversation we had. She had no bravado, just a commitment to cover the story, and no regrets whatsoever. Sadly, Marie died on the next big assignment she covered, during an air-raid in the Syrian city of Homs in 2012. While it is hard for most of us to imagine putting ourselves in that kind of danger, it is impossible not to be inspired by the commitment. CNN camerawoman Margaret Moth was another inspiring person. She was shot through the face in Sarajevo in 1992, yet returned to work after she recovered. I worked with Margaret on assignment in Srinagar, and was completely in awe of her. Tragically Margaret passed away in 2010, from cancer.
How far have negative tendencies like becoming ultra-nationalists reflected in journalism in our part of the world? I believe nationality, religion, beliefs are identities that we wear, but these can come in the way when you are covering a story. The tendencies you refer to are hardly restricted to our part of the world. However, your reader, viewer requires unbiased, uncolored reporting. I remember SanjoyHazarikas words—in times of conflict, we are human’s first, journalists next and citizens last.
What would be your message to those who aspire to become journalists? Anyone can become a journalist so long as you can see what is happening and communicate it to your readers and viewers. Yet very few actually do. Aspire to be the kind of journalist who sees it as a public service more than a paid profession. The rewards are many.
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POLICE BILL: Manifest and Latency People who sacrifice their liberty for the sake of security, deserve neither, and lose both. Benjamin Franklyn. SAIED RAFI I must admit that this issue is so multi-faceted and diverse that it would require more than just a cerebral effort to fathom its dimensions. Therefore, we all must continuously try and bring the scattered bits and pieces, objectively, together into one meaningful whole. So that, we all may have a look at the bigger picture. I would suggest to the reader to approach the issue with a rather detached mind. Consider this as just a perspective and an considered opinion. And that when somebody gives an opinion, one need not accept it until one is convinced, it is correct. Earnestly, I never consider anything immune to valid and constructive criticism. As I write this, my hands quiver with fear. Because, something of this sort might be considered “seditious” or even “act of terror” after some time, if at all. Nonetheless, being a part of the legal fraternity I feel rather obligated to present my rather insignificant views before the public. So that they may be able to give a more well informed response to it. Ostensibly, from legalizing arbitrary arrests and eugenics to codifying media black outs, eat into individual privacy, monitoring means of communication – wire, oral or electronic, turning almost anyone into a trafficker of information in the name of “sovereignty”, “unity” and “integrity”, suppression of political dissent as disloyalty to the State, promoting State Gundaism, encroaching upon the powers of Judiciary, undermining the “Rule of Law”, the Draft Police Bill is a virtual fascist manifesto. It envisages an all encompassing Orwellian Nanny State(straight out of George Orwell’s classic 1984 ruled by Big Brother) whose influence encovers almost every aspect of human affairs – public or private. It doesn’t end there though. Let the police apparatus make no mistake. It is apparently, the most police unfriendly legislation that would usually make the police personnel, right from a Constable to the Director General, vulnerable to the “Deadwood” scenario. How I wonder, the time and effort spent on drafting such a bill could have been judiciously and constructively channelized in drafting a social security/welfare legislation promoting Good Governance. Police Bill! I mean such legislation, in a country that professes to be the world’s “largest democracy” reposing its trust in democratic values of “Liberty” , ”Equality” , ”Fraternity” and “Justice” would be nothing less than a sacrilege. Against this backdrop, perusing the first few pages would without delay make one conclude that it is about redefining the structural and functional dynamics of policing. Police reforms! Augmenting “to protect” and “to serve” propensity amongst the police. Nevertheless, as one reads further, the devil in the detail blatantly reveals itself.
First things first. The Police Bill opens with the line “nation’s founding faith in Rule of Law….and security of the state”. Nothing can be farther from the truth. I would like to remind the reader that the “nation’s founding faith” (at least in letter) can be traced back to the Preamble to the Indian Constitution. It reposes its faith in democratic values of “liberty”, “equality”, “fraternity” and “justice”. And that the “Rule of Law” was just but an off-shoot. If the opening line is to be believed, then given the prevalent state of affairs in this misfortunate State, “Rule of Law” includes draconian legislation such as A.F.S.P.A, P.S.A and the like. (The Police Bill being next in line). Something, that is completely opposite to “nation’s founding faith”. Also, The Draft Police Bill emphasizes “safeguarding the interest of the minorities”. But, remember, “Minorities”, according to universal standards, in addition to including a numerical minority also includes a recognizable, racial, religious, ethnic group that suffers disadvantage due to prejudice or discrimination. It refers to categories of people rather than groups. It implies even though particular people might be in numerical majority, it might yet be recognized as that group against who prejudice and discrimination is practiced. In other words, a group which is in numerical minority, but enjoys privileges and is not discriminated against constitutes the majority. Hence, power variables not numerical variables determine whether a category of people is in minority or not. And that who is in “majority” and who is in “minority” given the prevailing rather uneasy state of affairs in this State, I need not say more. What’s more! The Police Bill refers to “addressing the emerging challenges faced by the police”. I must add, and with the best of intentions, that from stone pelting to tackling improvised explosive device, the State police in has been through it all. Apparently, it’s nothing but giving good face to a nasty game. ARBITRARY ARREST, EUGENICS, MEDIA BLACK OUT: The Police Bill under Section 19-22 read with Section 10 would authorize arrest of any person who is “insane, lunatic, drunkard or with illness”. And it is a clause that opens many doors for arbitrary arrest and eugenics. Insane/lunatic is he, according to psychologist, who forgets where his home is. Also not that over alcoholism is a Kashmiri problem. Now we have to ask ourselves, would it be prudent to let a police officer who has least medical/psychological background, to sit in judgment, as to who and who is not, insane, lunatic, drunkard or person with illness. Where do we draw a line between sane and insane? Such clause can be liberally used to raise finger at a particular undesirable individual, group of people or opposition for that matter. Something that is manifestly diverse in the State. One section that essentially caught my attention was Section 21 i.e. “MEDICAL TREATMENT” rather than “MEDICAL EXAMINATION”. And under “POLICE SURVEILENCE”, at that. The purpose of “medical examination” is to negate the claims of torture, if any, raised by any person who may be arrested. However,
What’s more! The Police Bill refers to “addressing the emerging challenges faced by the police”. I must add, and with the best of intentions, that from stone pelting to tackling improvised explosive device,
Srinagar, Aug 05-11, 2013 “medical treatment” is a different term altogether. What kind of medical treatment are we referring to here. I was told by my elders that during Emergency, people in general and Muslims in particular were rounded up and vasectomised against their will. Recently some women jail inmates in America were sterilized against their will. Once legalized, It can be much mush worse here. And I fear the language of the section just might be interpreted/implemented in this way. Thanks to the “third world” medieval implementation. Additionally, it would be legal to use third degree methods on such persons, for which a police officer shall be immune from any legal criminal action. Read with Section 10 Clause 2 media shall be precluded from covering and publishing any such story of possible State extremism. Or the police may allow publication which, any day, can be warped and twisted. INFRINGING PRIVACY, MONITORING THE MEANS OF COMMUNICATION: From personal to virtual privacy. One doesn’t require Ph.D. to make sense out of clauses like ”PERSONAL DETAILS FOR IDENTIFICATION TO BE FURNISHED ON DEMAND” or “SERVICE PROVIDERS TO MAINTAIN RECORDS” or “SERVICE PROVIDERS TO GIVE INFORMATION TO THE POLICE”. Referring to the details would be irrelevant here. But what matters is that the police in order to establish one’s identity can go to the extent of stripping him naked. And “he” includes “she” according to Section 2 (xlvii). The Police Bill calls upon “SERVICE PROVIDERS” to collect and maintain records. “Service Providers” is another name for private companies, share marketers, companies that provide phone/ mobile/internet services in the State. It also includes banks, hospitals, internet cafes, STD operators and other shop owners including your gym etc. Such clauses would make it obligatory on such companies/ shop owners to monitor and collect private wire, oral, electronic, personal communications and share them with the police/Govt. on demand. Hence, next time you fill up a form, or deposit or withdraw money from your bank account, go for medical tests (may be diagonosed with severe physical condition, that anyone would want to keep to himself) or check out from a hospital, surf the net on topics of your interest, all information regarding the said transaction shall be an open secret. Besides, these “service providers” would be immune and protected against any kind of legal action. Why? Because, It is the law! I am not against investigation into the criminal side of the society. However, such Bill, on the face of it tends to rope in even the innocent. And that too without Court orders. Yes I know! They would lecture “if you are doing nothing wrong, you have got nothing to fear” but I tell them “If I am doing nothing wrong, does it mean I have no rights”. Why don’t they give me passwords to their emails or social network accounts or their medical records, so that I could publish them in the newspaper! STATE GUNDAISM: If one is conversant with history, even distantly, and he comes across Section 32 to Section 36 read with Section 59 of the Police Bill, one is but constrained to be reminded of Hitler’s “STORM TROOPERS”. Storm troopers, was Hitler’s civil army, whose main assignment was to provide protection to Nazi rallies, disrupt meetings of opposition parties, enter the houses of the opposition workers without warning, and either weigh them down to silence or beat them to pulp. Let alone storm troopers. In our State itself, before 2002 there were unbridled, unaccountable and blatantly unconcealed group of renegades whose very sight was enough to instill fear in the hearts and minds of the people. However, their existence had no legal basis. Which is why, some of them rightly stand trial for the excesses done then, today. The Police Bill would allow the police to establish a crew that would aid and assist the police in discharging their duties. It seems that, these groups shall be constituted on the same lines as above, with only one
difference. This time, it would be legal. In other words, vandalism or excesses, if any, on their part shall be exempted from criminal liability in the name of (holy) good faith and extending (ever available) reasonable grounds. They shall be assigned the job of “promoting security awareness, safety awareness, prevention of crime”. Whatever that means! And as though the current Legal Apparatus suffer severe workmen shortage. However, I am quite sure the tried and tested “power corrupts” would definitely exact an impact. In other words, the Police Bill when enforced shall make the people of the State relive the mayhem, barbarism and butchery of the renegades, that have been put into cold storage since. And once legalized, there would be no way out. Their actions will be least open to be called into question, effectively, in any Court of Law. TRAFFICKING OF INFORMATION: It would be invidious to go into details. Nonetheless, Section 18, 33, 34 and 59 call for a very innovative, ingenious, state of the art monitoring and collecting of information by the people of the people, in addition to the “service providers” as discussed above. If it is related to really protecting the people (rather than “security of the state”) then there are least issues involved. Nevertheless, the question arises! Just how far they may go? Should it violate Right to Privacy (which is an off-shoot of the prized Right to Life) of those who are innocent, what is going to be the “due process” that such people could resort to against it. After all, the Govt. Can not reasonably be held immune to redress the valid and legitimate claims of the people. Moreover, it would have a well qualified negative effect as well. It would make one man distrust and fear another man, thereby, breaking the societal co-operative coherence. ENCROACHING UPON THE POWERS OF JUDICIARY: Presently, the administration of Criminal Justice System is generally, governed, regulated, and furthered by state specific Ranbir Penal Code (R.P.C.) and Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.P.C.). These are voluminous and all inclusive laws that have an extensive list of illegal acts defined and recognized as crimes. By name at that. And Civil side is governed by Civil Procedure Code and the like laws. Moreover, the modern Democratic State has been established on the Doctrine of Separation of Powers. Meaning the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary have clearly defined areas of operation. Ofcourse with some “checks and balances”. In this backdrop, almost every clause in the Police Bill that identifies a particular act or omission as criminal, appears by one name, or the other, under the above laws. The job of the police (a rather problem child of executive branch of the State), thus far, has been to take notice of such illegal act, make an investigation, and submit the result of such investigation to the Courts. It is Courts, and Courts alone that hold full dressed trial/proceedings, take evidence, and hear the parties. And finally, sit in judgment and decide the fate of the case. Justly, Fairly, Equitably, Reasonably, Impartially. Paradoxically, the Police Bill calls upon the police to resolve civil issues that may lead to crime. In other words it is calling on the executive to don upon itself the powers and functions of Judiciary. What is that would prevent the police officer from non-observance of “principles of natural justice” is not mentioned. At least in specific words. And why I humbly ask. That’s school boy thinking. That’s not all! On the pattern of old wine in a new bottle, it some how invents newer offences. Even though by definition such offences are squarely covered by Ranbir Penal Code. Example Section 131 of the Police Bill i.e. “Unauthorized use of Police Uniform” can be efficaciously dealt under Section 171 R.P.C. i.e. “Impersonation”. Section 134 of the Police Bill i.e. “interfering in the functions of police” under Section 152 read with 201, jointly as well as severally. Accordingly, Section 135
Paradoxically, the Police Bill calls upon the police to resolve civil issues that may lead to crime. In other words it is calling on the executive to don upon itself the powers and functions of Judiciary.
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Police Bill i.e. “punishment for Atrocities against women” is evenly covered by Section 294, 354 R.P.C. and Section 67 I.T. Act. Similarly, Section 136 Police Bill i.e. “Causing Nuisance and Violation of Public Order” can be effectively dealt under section 133 Cr.p.c. that deals with “removal of nuisance” read with Section 144, 147 R.P.C. and the like. Besides, this bill uncannily, tends to confer power of compounding certain offences on the Executive. Something that is and must remain purely a judicial function. (Compounding of offence means bringing the parties together to arrive at a consensus and offer terms for mutually pardoning the offence committed against the wronged party, without pressing the charges further, and end bitterness amongst them). In short this Bill has a tendency to distort and blur the line between Executive and Judiciary. Something, that lies at the very heart of the modern democratic state. CRUSH POLITICAL DISSENT The people of State of J&K in general, and Kashmir division in particular, have diverse political opinions and inclinations. And at times, political landscape experiences an occasional hot exchange. However, the broad and vague provisions of the Police Bill can be interpreted in a number of degrees. One of them generally would be, to brand political opponents as traitors or anti-nationals. Though their aim might be anti-governmental. Something that is already prevalent at this point in time! However, the Police Bill would adequately arm the police/administration in power to come down heavily on such political opponents. And this time, they will have no “Rights”. It implies that the multi-pronged heterogeneous character of polity of the State is most likely to be in danger. These groups before taking out a procession or rally, shall be required to first register the event and venue with the administration in power. Whether they would get the go ahead is a secondary question. Just as they used to do in erstwhile U.S.S.R. Coupled with above mentioned avers, by all means, it would be safe to say that it would signify the decay of the multi-pronged political system itself. Not to mention, its social and individual consequences. I fear that such a state of affairs might start an uncontrollable and unending chain reaction of disorder in the State. OF POLICE APPARATUS On the face of it, this Bill, per se, appears very taxing on the mental as well as physical health of a police officer himself. Well after reading the draft Bill cover to cover, quintessentially Chapter IX, I have fairly concluded that the police officer may have least security of tenure and that terms and conditions seem a bit rickety. (Police officer includes, Constable to the Director General). A police officer would always work under tremendous executive, and by extension, psychological pressure. On the one hand, he would be required to do the duty to his utmost, even to the peril of his life, while on the other side he may receive treatment of a wager. Besides, this Bill, tends to proscribe police officers from formation of associations and also limits freedom of speech. A police officer would always run the risk of being relieved of his services, by way of dismissal, removal, or compulsory retirement on mere ground of being “physically or mentally unfit” (Section 9). Even moral and conscientious police officers, who are likely to question the demerits that the implementation of this Bill may unleash, would find themselves being charged of gross misconduct, corruption, moral turpitude, or ill health to say the very least. And who knows! Per-
haps, they might find themselves eligible to receive the prescribed “medical treatment”. UNREASONABLE Now get ready for a shocker. The Police Bill under Section 136 will send you to jail for one month and shall also hold you liable to fine should you do the following acts/offences. Cleaning your car or furniture on the road. Wash utensils in flowing stream which is done in routine in the country side. A daily laborer (redewala) pushing his reda for his livelihood during daytime. Even if he picks a bit of an additional load to earn some extra bucks. Urinating on the road will now land you in jail. As though the Govt. have built a urinal every hundred meters. Petting a dog or a cow would end you up behind bars. Milking a cow, or should your pet dog, out of territorial instincts, bark at a stranger, you can find yourself behind bars. Protecting yourself would be an offence. If you are buying a cinema ticket in a rush and you break the line to push your way through, you are inviting a whole lot of trouble. Offering a valid and constructive criticism of the Govt. in power, which is the bed rock of democracy, would be construed a breach of law. I mean your normal “Indian” behavior would invite you prosecution. To cut the long story short, the fundamental rights are under severe threat. There are many more, a lot more, issues left unaddressed. Example, making these geographical enclaves called the “Special Security Zones” that would resemble apartheid havens. Moreover, somehow, this Bill envisages a situation that gives an impression of a perpetual anarchy, a state of war in the offing. This draft Bill, apparently, misplacedly, terribly seeks east-German or Soviet throwback. However, it must be remembered that it would be terrible and blunderous political adventurism to exhume, revive and re-enforce what has become a part of the museum of history. Rather than embarking on such disaster of an adventurism, or trying to assume the role that resembles Mafia, the State authorities must try to come up with something positive like Social security programmes of Scandinavian Countries or promoting Good Governance. It’s my humble request to the legislators of this State, not to let such a document pass into law. Their children and their children’s children won’t be as fortunate as to escape the vicious tentacles of this Bill. After all this Bill is going to turn the Constitutionalist, by definition, a terrorist. Fitted with body armor, stun grenades, tear gas canisters, pallet guns, tasers, shot guns, assault weapons, and armored vehicles, the prevalent state of affairs in the State has already marked a transition from rather democratic to an unofficial Police State. The sight of which alone is enough to petrify a commoner into submission. Now imagine, what it would be like to live in an official one. One cannot hold the whole society guilty of a wrong committed by an individual. And to address and effectively deal with such wrongs, the current laws in force are more than sufficient. And above all, rights in general, and fundamental rights in particular, neither are imaginary, nor made up, nor a cute idea. Rights are not rights if they can be taken away. If rights could be taken away, they are rights no more. They are mere privileges and just temporary privileges. The Illegal, we to immediately. The Unconstitutional, takes a little longer. HENRY KISSINGER.
Srinagar, Aug 05-11, 2013
Traffic plan before and on the Eve of Eid-ul-Fitr-2013 unveiled SRINAGAR August 01, 2013: In view of ensuing Eid-ul-Fitr, thousands of vehicles are expected to throng the city Hub at Lal Chowk. Traffic Police Srinagar has made elaborate arrangements to discourage traffic gridlocks along Residency Road and M.A Road stretches which otherwise puts the common man to a lot of inconvenience as the whole area gets converted into a shopper’s paradise. No Passenger vehicle shall be allowed to ply on Residency Road from Radio Kashmir upto Hari Singh High Street on one side and along Moulana Azad Road from SRTC Crossing to Jehangir Chowk on the other side except Emergency and on duty vehicles. Restrictions shall remain in force from 06.08.2013 till Eid-ul-Fitr prayer. No 407 vehicle will be allowed on Residency Road and Moulana Azad Road from 06.08.2013. However these vehicles shall be diverted as mentioned below:a) The passanger vehicles who are moving on Residency Road will now be diverted via Abdullah bridge, Rajbagh, Lal Mandi, Shargari, Exhibition. b) The vehicles who have to move from Batamalaoo towards MA Road shall be diverted at Jehangir Chowk, Old Secretariat, Tankipora, Habbakadal, Barbar Shah, Baba Dharam Das route and at Maisuma interior. At Baba Dharam Das, the vehicles bound for Hazaratbal and Soura shall take left turn and vehicles bound for Nishat, Shalimar shall proceed towards Kohankhan DalgateBadyari chowk and onwards. The general public is requested to pool in their vehicles so that the load on the city roads is reduced. The shopkeepers will not be allowed to park their vehicles in front of their shops. However, they can use the parking space in the nearby parking slots as mentioned below:PARKINGS:- Parking for shopkeepers/business establishments: From 06.08.2013 all Shopkeepers/business establishments of Lal Chowk area shall park their vehicles before 0900 hours at authorized and designated parking places i.e;
For Residency road market :- Polo view parking and Press colony SDA parking and Sangermal parking to be utilized. For Lal chowk :- Municipal parking near Lala Rukh Hotel,Sheikh Bagh parking and Old KMD Adda parking near Fancy Fabrics to be utilized. For H.S.H.S and Jahangir Chowk:- Exhibition parking, parking near Estate Quarters HSHS, Iqbal park parking. a) Parking for customers: The customers to Residency Road, Regal Chowk and Lal Chowk shall park their vehicles in the designated parking space at Polo view parking in sports Council ground ,Sheikh Bagh parking near Forest Lane. They shall also park their vehicles in temporary parking at SRTC Yard.
Single lane parking:- The customers can park their vehicles at Banquett Hall parking on M.A road, along the boundary wall of Pratap park (M.A road), between two yellow lines on Residency Road and Regal Chowk. However parking within single yellow lines will not be allowed. Customers will be allowed to park their vehicles for only 20 minutes within two yellow lines. No parking Zone: Regal Chowk ( Kohli) upto Ganta Ghar and Gurdawara upto Amira Kadal, Amira Kadal towards HSHS (right side of the road) and from Budshah bridge upto Dalgate (left tube of M.A road).
AN EVENING OF COMMUNAL HARMONY AND IBADAT –E-IFTAR Evening of 03 Aug 13 was unique when distinguished media fraternity and senior citizens from across the spectrum of religions joined in for Iftar Party to celebrate the holy month of Ramzan. The evening was special with Kashmiriyat at its best, carrying the traditional flavours marked by Ibadat, Iftaar and Kashmiri delicacies. Expressing their solidarity with the Security Forces in maintaining peace and tranquility, the guests had turned up in large numbers to attend the Iftar Party at Badami Bagh Cantt. Officers representing various states and religions were present to felicitate the guests and to share the multi-ethnic and multi religious spirit towards celebrating the sacred month of fasting and festivity. The atmosphere was charged with the feeling of bonhomie and oneness
representing the essence of the manner in which the Awam, the media, the Security Forces and civil administration are working together to usher in an era of harmony and happiness in the area. Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, the GOC Chinar
Corps conveyed his good wishes to all the people of the Valley for the holy month of Ramzan and prayed for sustained peace and prosperity of the Kashmiri society.
Srinagar, Aug 05-11, 2013
Baramulla Police recovers Cocaine worth crores Baramulla police recovered cocaine approx. worth 10 crore from a truck that had returned from Pakistan Administered Kashmir. According to district police authorities, on a specific input Baramulla police intercepted a truck bearing registration No. JK02F-0127 driven by one Abdul Ahad Ganie of Mawar Handwara, this afternoon. The truck had gone to POK on Thursday with a load of Bananas from fruit Mandi Srinagar which were delivered to one Faizan Traders POK. During the search of the truck on its return near Sheeri 09 Packets (approx.10Kgs) of contraband cocaine was recovered from the truck. The consignment of the contraband was concealed in a tyre on the overhead toolbox. On being questioned the driver and conductor of the truck admitted that they had brought the illegal drugs from Pakistan Administered Kashmir which were to be delivered to some conduit in Srinagar. A case FIR No. 47/2013 has been registered in Police Station Sheeri and investigation taken up. The estimated market value of the substance is Rs.10 Crore. approx. in the international market. Further investigation is going on.
IFTAR ORGANISED BY ARMY CAMP ZIRAN SRINAGAR : An Iftar party was organised for villages of Tangmarg at Ziran by Artillery unit on 31 Jul 2013. Mr Sheikh Tariq, Executive Magistrate, Beerwah and a large number of Sarpanches, villagers and teachers joined the Iftar. The Iftar featured warm discussions between the Army and the civil dignitaries on the problems faced by the villages and in further strengthening the strong bond between AWAM and Army. After Iftar, Maghrib prayers were offered which was followed by a grand dinner for the invitees. All villagers including Sarpanches and teachers were very happy and appreciative of the Army for the Iftar party.
Magloo Family lauds Lalbazar Police Recently, in a positive example of intelligent and dynamic policing, the Lalbazar police station in a record time of 8 hours solved a theft case. Pertinently, the thieves had stolen jewelry with worth more Rs.15 Lac from the house of Fida Hussain Magloo son of Mohammad Abdullah Magloo resident of Madeen Shaib Lalbazar. According to information available, Lalbazar Police in a swift action arrested two burglars and recovered golden ornaments worth over 15 lakhs and cash 11000 within eight hours of the commission of crime. Soon after crime acting on information, a Police team was rushed to the spot. The scene of crime was preserved. Inspection of the scene of crime lead police to some clues which led to the arrest of a lady. In this regard, the family were the crime was committed by the burglars have expressed tremendous applause for the proficiency displayed by Lalbazar police especially Sub-Inspector Tauseef Lone, SHO Nazir Ahmad, Head –Constable Nazir Ahmad. The family members while talking to the Kashmir scenario Stated –“We are highly grateful towards Lalbazar Police as they have displayed high class excellence in solving the burglary committed in our home in record time. We have received all our stolen articles back.”
Chief PMG launches “Customer First” campaign in J&K from Lakhanpur In a move to bring people closer to Post Offices and provide them customer friendly services the Department of Posts has launched “Customer First” campaign in Jammu and Kashmir. The campaign today formally launched by Sh. John Samuel, Chief Postmaster General, J&K from Lakhanpur, the entry point to the state of Jammu and Kashmir after dedicating the modernized Post Office at Lakhanpur to the people under “Project Arrow.” During the campaign various activities will be carried out focusing on identification of potential customers, customer satisfaction and encouraging staff to know the relevance of customers. The fully modernized and computerized post office from where the “Customer First” Campaign has been launched will also provide Post Shop services, Philately services in addition to mail services, Speed Post, Parcel and Banking services. The modernized Post office has been designed on modern lines and provided with best infrastructure to provide
postal facilities to locals and tourists under one roof. Mr. John Samuel, Chief Post Master General speaking on the occasion said since the business volumes of India Post in J&K has seen tremendous growth in the recent years the department is now focusing to strengthen its relations with its customers & the Campaign will prove a mile stone in this direction. “The campaign will focus on identification of potential customers business as well as individual, their requirements, customer satisfaction for which a survey will be conducted by providing feedback forms and encouraging staff members to know the relevance of Customers by providing them best available services at post offices including better ambiance and pleasant atmosphere” said Mr. Samuel. The chief PMG further added that people can write to him directly sharing their experience of postal services for further improvement and a link will also be provided on the J&K Postal Circle’s website www.jkpost.
gov.infor feedback during the campaign. “Every origination is making efforts to increase business. But it is not possible without customer friendly relations and as India Post is also in business in different fields it is imperative to have sound relations between people visiting Post Offices and the Department” said the Chief PMG while informing that “during the campaign people will be encouraged to visit post offices, know about the services available and interact with the staff which has been imparted the soft skill training.” He said the modernized Lakhanpur Post Office identified for the launch of“Customer First” campaign as thousands of tourists from different parts of country are coming in J&K and being the gateway to the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an ideal place for being with this endeavor. Chief PMG added that modernized Post Office Complex has been tailor made to fit the needs of customers as well as arriving tourists having Post Shop facilities.
Jumat-Ul-Vida observed across JK Historic Jamia Masjid witneessed largest Congregational Prayers
SRINAGAR, August 2: (GNS) Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of this blessing month of Ramadan was observed today across Jammu and Kashmir State with reverence and religious fervor while as Jumat-ul-Vida was also observed as Youm-e-Quds and Youm-e-Kashmir (Quds and Kashmir Day) in the state. Reports reaching Srinagar based news gathering agency GNS said that thousands of people joined the prayers at centrally located historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, hence witnessed the largest congregational gathering. Chairman of APHC (M) Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq on the occasion delivered the Friday sermon, throwing light on the importance and blessings of the day. The second largest congregational gathering was witnessed at Hazratbal Shrine here where thousands of people offered Jumat-ul-Vida prayers. From early morning thousands of devotees’ bound vehicles could be seen on their way to Dargah, Hazratbal. The congregational prayers were also held at all Masajid and Shrines in Srinagar including Masjid Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith, Gawkadal, Asar-e-Sharif, Janab Sahib Soura, Asar-e-Sharif Shehri Kalashpora Ziarate-Makhdoom Sahib, Khanqah-e-Mualla and different Imambaras. In North Kashmir, people in large numbers offered the Jumat-ul-Vida congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid Hanfia, Jamia Masjid Ahle Hadith, Jamia Masjid Murshadin, Markazi Jamia Masjid Muqam-eShahwali in and around Kupwara town. Huge congregational prayers were also offered in Ziarat-e-Sharief Muqam-e-Shahwali and Drugmulla areas of the district. In Baramulla, the biggest congregational prayers were held in Bait-ul- Mukarram Jamia Masjid. Huge congregational prayers were also witnessed in Khankah Sopore, Jamia Masjid Paattan and Jamia Tangmarg. Thousands of Muslims also offered Jumatul-Vida prayers in all other districts of state including Baderwah, Banihal and Ramban areas. Meanwhile, special prayers were offered for the freedom of Kashmir. In this connection, the Hurriyat Conference
(M) had formulated a resolution which was put before the huge congregations at Masjids, Imam Baras, Khanqahs, and Shrines by the Hurriyat leaders for their approval. A huge demonstration was held against Israeli occupation of Palestine and Bait Ul Muqqadas at Chadoora town in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district. The demonstration was held to mark the Youm-e-Quds. Meanwhile, peaceful protest marches were taken out from across the Kashmir Valley including Srinagar, Budgam, and Baramulla which went through their respective markets. The processions were attended by people from both the Shia and Sunni communities which according to locals was a great achievement. “Israel and USA are our common enemies and they don’t kill us in the name of Shia or Sunnis but they kill us in the name of Muslims, so why shall we not fight against this enemy together” said one of the protestor. Youth also held protest demonstrations against the alleged massacre of Muslims in Myanmar and Assam here in this South Kashmir town. As soon as the Friday congregational prayers concluded youth carrying placards and banners reading Stop Genocide against Muslims in Myanmar and Assam”, “Down with US and down with Zionists” marched towards Lal Chowk. They were also shouting slogans against US, India and Myanmar government. Kargil town also witnessed huge gathering as a mark of solidarity march for the occupied people of Palestine by the imperialist and Zionist forces .Thousands of people observing fast had gathered at Qatilgah for the Friday prayers. They led a procession of more than ten thousand people carrying banners in all colors in support for the people of Palestine. The enthusiastic crowd was chanting slogans against the Zionist regimes. Number of religious scholars addressed the crowd. They spoke at length on the issues of growing human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir State and condemned the recent Ramban killing. The renowned scholars stressed the fasting people to observe patience and redeem the true teachings of Islam. (GNS)
Srinagar, Aug 05-11, 2013
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