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Muslims need unity to revive lost glory: AGA SYED ABDUL HUSSAIN

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BRUTALIZING EYE SIGHT

July 22-28, 2013

Gool Massacre RAMEEZ MAKHDOOMI

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n its blood soaked history, the turbulent Jammu & Kashmir state witnessed yet another massacre recently .The paramilitary soldiers had fired at protesters in the Ramban region of Jammu & Kashmir state , killing about six and wounding 40 members of a crowd demonstrating against what they said was the desecration of the holy Quran by Indian security forces. Members of the Border Security Force (BSF) had opened fire on protesters in the Gool area, killing four and wounding 40, said Home minister of state , Sajjad Kitchloo. This massacre has plunged the conflict ridden Jammu & Kashmir into yet another crisis. Clashes and protests have taken place in length and breadth of the state and scores have been left wounded in these protests. What has followed from authorities is an usual brutal response to these protests and imposing curfews. The promise of enquiry and compensation was parroted this time as well as has been the norm after very massacre. Chief Minister and his officials after every killing have offered promises to punish the culprits and these have never been implemented. The tears of these Mainstream politicians by their conduct have come to be known as crocodile tears. Thousands of youth have been killed in massacres and we have also seen thousands getting disappeared and raped. Indian state and its caretakers in Jammu & Kashmir have only had oppressive tactics to offer. The basic soul of democracy has been stabbed by not having talks with people on resolution. History will remember every massacre committed on browbeaten masses of this unfortunate land. While Gool soaks in blood it looks those in helm of affairs would wait for another massacre to happen to come up with fake promises and crocodile tears.

This crime on the bruised souls of browbeaten kashmiri nation looks quiet suffocating and miserable for us. Even beasts have rules of game but it seems in Kashmir the oppressor has no rules at all. At this heartrending juncture we all question where is the conscience of journalists like Barkha Dutt, Karan Thapar, Arnab Goswami etc who day in day out call themselves the champions of democratic ideals. It looks their empathy and compassion for humanity is blindfolded when it comes to Kashmir. RAMEEZ MAKHDOOMI

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ndia drumbeats on planet earth that it is the biggest democracy of planet earth. But in Kashmir the behavior of state seems brutally unexplainable and this has turned Kashmir into a virtual Nazi Concentration camp. Eyesight is the most precious gift bestowed to mankind from God but for people who have no sight or limited sight because of a birth defect, disease, or an accident, all of life’s experiences are dimmed and virtually meaningless. But in Kashmir the new method of torture invented has been smashing eyesight via pellet guns thus ruining their entire world. In fact the tragic tales are many as we have awoken to the recent grim reality of another Downtown boy losing his precious eyesight to indiscriminate use of pellet guns. This is not an isolated case .In 2010, Amir Kabir, 18, of Baramulla suffered a serious eye injury

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when security forces fired pellets to quell a stone-pelting mob on September. Similarly Mushtaq, a class IX student, lost an eye when he was hit by a marble hurled by a security man. A survey of 2010 by a team of doctors at Ophthalmology Department of Government Medical College had shown that at least 60 persons lost their eyesight because of the pellet guns, slingshots and tear smoke canisters used to quell the protests. Of the 60 cases, 75% were aged 16-26 years, 16% between 5-15 years, and 14% were 27-years-old or above. Ninety-five% of the victims were males. About 43% of the victims, the study showed, could only perceive hand movements, 6.7%could see only partially, and 18.4%could see nothing with the damaged eye. Shockingly, 40% of the cases were found to be ‘open globe’, meaning the pellets had pierced the eyeball. The study showed 29 patients were hit in the eyes by stones; 18 were hit by pellets; five by rubber bullets; six by slingshots and two by teargas canisters. This crime on the bruised souls of browbeaten kashmiri nation looks quiet suffocating and miserable for us. Even beasts have rules of game but it seems in Kashmir the oppressor has no rules at all. At this heartrending juncture we all question where is the conscience of journalists like Barkha Dutt, Karan Thapar, Arnab Goswami etc who day in day out call themselves the champions of democratic ideals. It looks their empathy and compassion for humanity is blindfolded when it comes to Kashmir. Such cruel handling of protests by law enforcement agencies is unprecedented and makes it clear that Jungle Raj is enforced upon browbeaten masses of Kashmir Suddenly the conscience of India should wakeup over the plight of Kashmir.


RAMADAN SPECIAL

TAQWA THE BRIDGE BETWEEN MAN AND ALLAH: Its ramifications seen in the month of Ramadân BY HUMERA QADRI

Taqwâ, a purely Arabic word is derived from the root word Waqa‘ literally meaning: to arrange, to repair, to dread, to guard, to fear, to honor (Allah), to be pious Godly, keeping watch, caution, preservative, preventive, comfortable, brave and in Islamic terminology “to fear Allah”. According to the scientific meaning, it signifies a screen between two things. Thus, if the servant submits himself to Allah’s will by carrying out all obligatory duties with which he has been commanded and abstains from that which Allah has prohibited, then his obedient actions have placed a screen between himself and Allah’s punishment. Taqwâ and its derivatives occur 250 times in the Qur’ân and essentially signifies: God-consciousness, God-fearing and in extension Piety. So Taqwâ in its original meaning is Piety, Right conduct, Righteousness,

Anyone who cultivates good manners in this month will walk over the bridge leading to paradise on the day when feet will tend to slip. Anyone who treats his kinsfolk well in it, Allah will bestow His mercy on him on the Day of Judgment . Virtue, Faith, Goodness, Justice, Fairness, Equity, Guidance, Sincerity, Truthfulness, Perseverance, Purity, Reliance on Allah, Obedience to Allah, Fulfillment of Promises and Generosity, Measurement of Imân and overall, the loyalty towards Allah. Siyâm or Fasting during the month of Ramadân is Third Pillar of Islam. Muslims wait all year long for the arrival of this month of Ramadân. Ramadân is the month of patience. A person who is ready to be patient, not to eat while he is hungry, not to drink while he is thirsty, not to lean to his lusts. To train your-

self to abstain from the essentials of life is not an easy act. It needs a strong personality to dictate self-control, self-discipline and self-restraint. Fasting develops self-control and helps Muslims overcome selfishness, greed, laziness and other faults. It is an annual training program to refresh us for carrying out our duties towards Allah. Thus, a person who can restrain himself, for the love and pleasure of Allah, deserves a reward from the Creator Himself. The hardship of fasting brings the glad tidings that the fasting undertaken for the sole purpose of pleasing Allah is sure to be accepted by the Most Merciful Lord”. Fast in which the spirit of Fasting is not observed is only an exercise in starvation but not really a Fast at all. The prophet (SAW) said “Whosoever does not give up telling lies, or acting in a false manner, Allah has no need for his giving up his eating or drinking.” Allah ordains people in the following words, “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you As it was prescribed To those before you, That ye may (learn) Self –restraint (Fasting) for a fixed Number of days; But if any of you is ill, Or on a journey, The prescribed number (Should be made up) From days later, For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, The feeding of one That is indigent. But he that will give More, of his own free will It is better for him. And it is better for you That ye fast If ye only knew Islam proceeded step by step and by degrees in the imposition of most of its obligatory duties and Fasting was no exception.(Surah Baqarah;Verse no:183-184).Verse:183 was revealed in the second year of Hijrah before Ghuzwa of Badr. The subsequent verse which superseded it was revealed a year later but was inserted here because it dealt with the same matter. In our life journey we face innumerable temptations and we must shun them and stick scrupulously to the path of righteousness and truth constitutes Taqwâ, inturn generated and attained through knowledge which is coupled with Imân (true faith). If we do not possess knowledge,

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we cannot really show piety. To obey the commands of Allah and to carry out His laws constitutes this particular tenet of Islâm. Fasting has been made obligatory on us. We are made conscious about the needs and deprivation of those who are more in need than ourselves. This heightening of one’s sense of sacrifice is the opposite of selfishness and of a desire to exploit or oppress someone for the sake of gain. Allah does not need our hunger, but fasting helps us to develop and refine our reflex about right and wrong, our sense of love and gratitude. Ramadan teaches us how to control our animal passions, how to bring them under discipline. The end result is manifestation of a human personality that loves Allah and loves His creation that fears none but Allah, that draws all its strength from Allah and Allah alone. Ramadân is also the month of the Qur’ânic revelation. The moral and spiritual climate of Ramadân helps the flourishing of the Qur’ânic message which is the ambiance of goodness, humility, righteousness, love for good and aversion for evil. Besides the feeling of hunger and thirst, fasting teaches us to control the love of comfort. It helps us to keep our carnal desires within control. Siyâm builds and nourishes the soul of the fasting Muslim. The fasting person enriches his fasting by the remembrance of Allah, the recitation of the Qur’ân, Tarâwih, Zakâh, Sadaqah (charity), and by refraining from sins and obscenity. The fasting person lowers his gaze and suppresses his desires. He guards his tongue from vain talk and obscenities. He guards his hands and legs from the prohibitions of Allah. He employs his hands and legs in the good and various deeds. Siyâm is not the mere refraining from eating and drinking, it is also refraining from vanity and obscenity. Siyâm builds a strong will and nourishes the truthful zeal in the soul. This is achieved when the fasting person struggles to work for his livelihood and resists his desires and temptations. Siyâm builds the strength to bear difficulties and hardship and instills the charac-


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ter of perseverance. The fasting person by depriving himself from food and drink, and other necessities of life becomes capable of controlling his desires, capricious whims, and temptations. The purpose of fasting is to enable a Muslim to control his passions, so that he becomes a person of good deeds and intentions. If one fasts from dawn to sunset, but continues to be abusive and tell lies, swears wrongly under oath and indulges in other wrongful acts, then the objective of fasting has not been achieved. Anger, a common human weakness, can also be brought under control by fasting. A Muslim should keep away from all bad actions during his fast. He should not lie, break a promise or do any deceitful act. Fasting in Ramadân helps one to develop good habits and suppress or eliminate bad habits such as smoking, drinking coffee, tea, etc. One can avoid or cut down on excessive consumption of food. A fasting person has feelings of sympathy for the poor. The sense of compassion springs from the feeling of pain. Fasting is a practical means to develop compassion for other people’s sufferings. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) himself was very generous during Ramadân. Fasting elevates the person from the material life to a higher spiritual life by worshiping Allah day and night without tiredness. In Qur’ân Allah says “He created mankind from a single pair of male and female and made him into nations and tribes, to know each other. And the most honored in the sight of Allah is he Who is the most righteous and Allah has full knowledge and is well-acquainted with all things.” (Surah Hujurât;Verse no:13). It can be understood from the above justified Verse, that Taqwâ of people proves to be the backbone on which the infrastructure of a civilization rests upon. It qualifies and determines the intensity of one’s Imân. The survival of most of the prophetic Ummam(Sing.Ummah) is due to Taqwâ despite being imposed to the natural calamities and tornadoes. Taqwâ is the milestone, universal fact and truth in nature to be followed for the favours of Allah in this world and HereAfter. In Surah (An-Nisa;Verse:13), Allah says, “Verily We have directed the people of Book before you (Muslims) to fear Allah.” This rather explains that Muslims were guided to follow the path of Allah.Mankind possesses emotions the highest flavour of which is love for Allah Who exalted him(man) to the position even higher than angels. “A man should submit his will to the Will of Allah and be doer of good only and has grasped the firmest hand-hold.”(Al-Qur’ân;Surah Luqmân:22). The best example of the best socities the world could ever produced is Khayr al-Karûn (The society established under Prophet Mu-

hammad (SAW),about which Prophet himself has said, “Khayrul Qarûni Qarni Thuma-al-lazîna yalûnahum Thuma-al-lazîna yalûnahum”, which means, “The best period is mine and then period of Ashâb(his companions) and then the period of tâb‘în and Tabatâba‘în (followers of Suhâba).(Al-Bukhârî).This society proves to be the model for the future societies and rather observed Islamic sway whose social ethos was completely based on Taqwâ.All the four orthodox Khulafah would consult one another before committing any judgment. To Hadrat ‘Umar (Rad.Anhu), “Taqwâ is to protect the sanctity of faith and integrity from being polluted by the foul and filthy elements. Righteousness if practiced is the only means to attain the highest position of Allah’s proximity.” To Hadrat ‘Alî (Rad. Anhu), “Taqwâ is the spiritual faculty which appears as a result of continued exercise and practice. A man with Taqwâ is like an expert horseman riding a well trained horse and who with complete mastery and control drives his tractable steed in the direction of his choice. For indeed today Taqwâ is a shelf and a safeguard, and tomorrow (i.e.HereAfter) it shall be the path to Paradise.” Taqwâ has no bearance on formalities but in faith and true virtues of practical deeds of mankind in accordance with nature and attributes of Allah. Therefore it represents the bon between Allah and man. Moreover, man should not break away from unity instead he should glorify it by carrying out the duties prescribed by Allah ,thoroughly and well refrain strictly from anything prohibited by Him or in anything dubious. Taqwâ is the tendency to please Allah which surpasses all other wishes and desires. That is the fact why Imâm Husayn (Alaihisalam) and his companions sacrificed everything for the sake and survival of Islamic creed and taught the world lesson to please Allah and to save Islamic Principles. In fact these Shuhada recorded epics of heroism unlike away others in the entire his-

tory of human race. Their names and deeds of heroism are recorded on the pages of history with golden letters for all generations to come. The great incident of Karbala is not the tragedy but the institution where one can learn about any discipline of life as love, devotion, respect, determination, and all the human virtues all summed up in Karbala. All the above mentioned consequences of Taqwâ would become the practical aspect of the unity of Muslims and will reduce the idea of nationality and geographical identity. Allah is pleased with his servants and answers the Dua of the fasting person, when he supplicates to Him.During the month of Ramadan, one should visit and offer prayers more frequently in the local mosques. Ramadan is a special time for visiting friends and family and sharing meals with the less fortunate. The Prophet (SAW) said, “O people! The month of Ramadân has come with His mercy, blessing and forgiveness. Allah has decreed this month the best of all months. Its days are the best among days, its night’s best among nights, and its hours best among hours. This is a month in which you have been invited by Him to fast and pray.Allah has honored you in it. Every breath you take in this month has the reward of praise of Allah. Your sleeps in worship, your good deeds are accepted and your invocations answered.” (AlBukhâri) Therefore we must invoke our Lord in earnest, with hearts that are free from sin and evil, and pray that Allah helps us to fast, and recite the Qur’ân, to give alms to the poor and the needy, to pay respect to our elders, have sympathy for our youngsters and be kind toward our relatives and kinsfolk which rather signifies the Haqûq al-Nâs (Rights of People) which ultimately guarantee Haqûq al-‘Ibâd (Rights of Allah) . Anyone who cultivates good manners in this month will walk over the bridge leading to paradise on the day when feet will tend to slip. Anyone who treats his kinsfolk well in it, Allah will bestow His mercy on him on the Day of Judgment while anyone who mistreats his kinsfolk, Allah will keep him away from His mercy. Whoever recites a verse of the Qur’ân in this month, his reward will be that of reciting the whole Qur’ân in other months. The gates of paradise remain open in this month: we must pray to our Lord that they may not be closed for us. The gates of hell are closed during this month: pray that they may never be opened for us. Satan has been handcuffed: lets invoke our Lord not to let him dominate us. Overall, May Allah make us become kinder people, better neighbors and set good examples of the teachings of Islam which we present. ThumaAmîn!


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FRAUDULENT PRACTICES

IN AGRICULTURE THE KASHMIR SCENARIO EXCLUSIVE

Despite the exposure of gross irregularities in promotions of officers of Agriculture Department by Verghese Samuel, Financial Commissioner Home Department, after the state government, a few years back appointed him as inquiry officer to probe the fraudulent practices in promotions in Agriculture Production Department, the concerned authorities have time and again displayed major failures to check the scandal related to promotions and seniority in Agriculture Department. It seems that Agriculture Department did only a cosmetic exercise and presented its earlier frauds merely in a new shape without bothering to go to the root cause of the scandal. According to the minutes of the DPC/PSC meeting held on 01.01.2013, copy of which is lying with The Kashmir Scenario total sanctioned strength of AEOs (Agriculture Extension Officers) in the department was 649 and 414 officers were in position. As per government order no: 14- Agri of 2005 dated 17/01/2005, 16 were on technical post and 30 were on SCA- Eng (Soil Conservation Asst. Engineering). So the total vacancies of AEO’s and equivalent as on 03/06/1988 were 189. On the other hand Govt. order no: 10-Agri 0f 2002 dated 25/10/2002 shows that total sanctioned strength of AEOs in the department was 625 and 467 officers were in position while there were 158 vacancies on the same date 03/06/1988. Going through the records, The Kashmir Scenario learnt that the J&K Agriculture Gazetted Service was earlier governed by a set of Recruitment Rules notified by the Governmentt. of J&K vide SRO-134 of 1978 (Rules of 1978) which provided for 100% Direct Recruitment to the entry level post through J&K Public Service Commission. However, on 02.06.1988 the Rules of 1978 were repealed by a new set of Recruitment Rules notified vide SRO179 of 1988 (Rules of 1988). However, in gross violation of Recruitment Rules of 1978 as well as Rules of 1988, about 200 VEWs were illegally promoted in 1985 & 1988. More importantly these promotions were made on the non-existent or non-vacant posts. When the voices rose against the Agriculture Department’s scam in which they illegally promoted 200 VEWs as AEO’s, the said department then started to obscure the fraud by manipulating fake vacancy list. The vacancy list was formulated tactically

to overshadow their fraudulent orders. Some other documents also unearthed their treacherous tactics in which they have mentioned that the number of Director Agriculture (class I) under cadre strength Schedule-I is only 2 but the number of officers in position as on 02/06/1988 (initial) was 4. So the excess elevation in this class was shown by extra 2 officers. Likewise, the number of Joint Director Agriculture (class II) is 5 but they have mentioned the number of the said class officers in position as 8, again with the excess of 3 officers. The other classes from Deputy Director to AEOs (class III to class VII) belongs to the same tactics with varying numbers, that resulted in 139 vacancies in which 63 of them were shown by the excess elevation. The actual vacancies in class VII was 76 as on 02/06/1988 but eight officers came to be appointed by virtue of court directions on 13/06/1988, then the resulted net vacancy after their adjustment as on 14/06/1988 was 68. The access of relevant documents to The Kashmir Scenario revealed that the Agriculture Production Department promoted 67 VEWs (Village Extension Workers) as AEOs (Agriculture Extension Officers) on 19/03/2013 vide Government Order no: 113- Agri of 2013 and they have kept 28 more promotions pending as vigilance clearance and Annual Performance Report of these candidates was awaited. These promotions were made against only 34 available vacancies in the department due to the promotee quota but the officials of the department manipulated the vacancies to help the promotees at the cost of Public Service Commission Recruited candidates and violated the Recruitment Rules and also breached the quota rule. According to the recruitment Rules, 34 posts were referred to J&K PSC vide APD’s communication No. Agri –E/86/409 on 12.10.1988 and it was requested to also provide a wait List of 15 or more which may become available by the end of the year to avoid further reference. Therefore, the Promotee quota in 1988 does not exceed 34 and promotion of officers beyond serial number 34 in Government Order No. 113-Agri of 2013 dated 19.03.2013 must be quashed. The aggrieved Direct Recruits alleged that the Administration is hell-bent upon trying to increase more and more vacancies for blue eyed promotee VEWs by resorting to one or the other unfair means. In order to help promotees, the concerned authorities even terminated 20 officers under Gov-

ernment Order no. 145/Agri of 2013 dated 05/04/2013 and also excluded 50 more officers from the Seniority list who have either left the department or expired. The said number of officers was terminated as the department alleged that they had left the department without seeking proper permission. However, the worst part and heights of the corruption in the Agriculture Production Department is that they tampered in the seniority list. From time to time a number of seniority lists of AEOs & Equivalents were issued by the Agriculture Production Department but due to discrepancies in these seniority lists none attained the finality. In almost all of the seniority lists the promote VEWs were showered the undue benefit. The documents shared with The Kashmir Scenario revealed that many of these candidates, who figure in the terminated list of 20 officers and 50 more others excluded from the seniority list of the years during which they were active part of the service for not seeking agriculture department permission for applying in Agriculture University, are in the seniority list of 2010 & 2002 while in the next seniority list they are not figuring anywhere. Some of their names are Masood Ahmad Shah, Nayeema Jabeen Shah, Manzoor Ahmad Rangrez, Ghulam Hassan Rather, Surinder Kumar Handoo bearing serial no’s: 8, 236, 276, 305 and 352 respectively. Some of them even were relieved by the agriculture department under relieving order number agri/e/45/gaz/99/287275 dated 17/05/99 but were terminated for not seeking permission of leaving the department. A noted legal expert while talking to The Kashmir Scenario said that if any officer leaves the department even without informing the department, his lien can be terminated only from the date he leaves the department, if he does not choose to come back. Under no circumstances the lien of a Government employee can be terminated from an anterior date of his leaving the department. The Agriculture department only to help the blue eyed VEWs and to shadow its previous wrongdoings is committing more and more wrongs and illegalities. On enquiring about the scandal from the higher authorities, commissioner secretary to Government, Agriculture Production Department, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon said, that I am in a meeting, if you have any query come to the office and we will look into the matter.


SPORTS

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Kashmir lacks quality football grounds:

NISAR HUSSAIN

Veteran footballer Nisar Hussain is a well known sportsman of the Jammu & Kashmir who has brought many laurels for the state in the game of football besides being a boxer of par excellence. He is currently among the senior most professional football coaches of J& K State.

The efforts shown to promote the game of football are virtually zero. Football grounds are being damaged like anything and are now very few in numbers. Even the ground at Eidgah has been vandalized to great extent.

In an exclusive interview with The Kashmir Scenario, Nisar Hussain talks to Rameez Makhdoomi.

Actually, Marcos thought that Kashmir is a lucrative market wherein he can mint money and he could not contribute anything to our football and could not even train a single player. In contrast to this we at Iqbal Sports Club have had a rich legacy of promoting quality players.

Tell us a bit about yourself? My first love was the game of boxing and I excelled a lot in this game while representing my state. Then in 1980s when I enjoyed J & K police I had also developed great inclination towards football and by the grace of Allah I shone in this game as well.

How your sporting career did got hampered when the turmoil started? As you know since 1989 when political turmoil hit this place the sporting activities got badly impacted. The sportsmen who were known for their agility were deputed for security checking purposes as the senior police officials knew we were right persons for carrying out this job.

What is your take on the steps taken to promote game of football n Kashmir?

What is your take on the football talent of Kashmir?

You would be amazed to know that on talent level I think we have more rich football talent than West Bengal. Whenever we conduct tournaments we get surprised to see the amount of talent we have. The only thing this talent needs is proper grooming and nourishment.

How do you view the efforts of Brazilian coach Juan Marcos in promoting football in Kashmir?

Why has India as a country failed to shine at ‘Global Football Map’? It is quiet a good question. Actually in India the age group which is promoted to play the game of football happens to be from 18-26 which is wrong approach as this game should be introduced and promoted from 9-16 years of age group. The country also needs to improve upon the infrastructure to shine in the global game of football.

How can we improve the realities related to game of football in our part of the world? We need to do two things in order to improve the scenario related to game of football in Kashmir. Firstly, Kashmir lacks quality football grounds and also we have lesser number of football grounds. We need to improve upon this shortcoming. Secondly, there is also dearth of quality football coaches in our part of the world.


SPOT LIGHT

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In curfew People Revived age old tradition MALIK SAMEED

SRINAGAR : History is now repeating itself in Kashmir but with a difference. Tradition is reviving in the valley but the cause is not the culture but the prevailing situation. When government banned all media tools in valley last week to keep people in dark, Valley was literary sent back to stone ages. People too turned to age old tradition to move from one place to another- water transport. When all roads in the valley were sieged by barricades, people used boats in River Jehlum to move from one place to another. In earlier times Water Transport was the only comfortable transport system as compared to uncomfortable horse riding on irregular roads. Many people in south Kashmir travelled in boats to reach Srinagar in curfewed days. “I had to reach my office in Srinagar. I travelled in boat at various places to reach finally on by pass,” said Ali Muhammad, a policeman. A boat man in Jhelum said he ferried dozens of students

and officials to and fro from Srinagar to various areas in south Kashmir. In north Kashmir also which witnessed violent clashes during the week also revived this age old tradition. People travelled in boats to reach Baramulla, Sopore and Bandipora. “I travelled in boat to from Sumbal to reach Banyari,” said Imran Mohammad a University student. The boats also transported people from Bandipora to So-

pore, Srinagar and Pattan areas. “Roads are ruled by forces or protesters so we travel safe through this transport,” said a student. Recalling this age old tradition, noted activist and poet Zareef Ahmad Zareef said most of the transportation activity was confined to river Jhelum. From Khanbal to Khadniyar, goods were transported via Jhelum,” he said. “Jhelum was our lifeline, everyone in downtown used to get his essentials at his doorstep

via tributaries of Jhelum”. Water transport in Jhelum and connected tributaries connects all major towns and many other rivulets provide a unique water transport scheme in the valley. Zareef said the continuous siege has made the people of valley adaptive and they revived this age old tradition as curfews are common now in the valley. Zareef stressed on the people and the government to take a lesson from such situations to revive water transport again the valley. Water transport was not the only tradition revived by the people Earlier people used to store sundried vegetables for harsh winters but now same are stored for the declared or undeclared curfews. Recently a women in downtown said “The sundried vegetables were useful for them in curfew as there was no shop open in the area,” she said. Zareef says these situations will help modern generation to know the value of age old traditions to at least follow it now though for different reasons.

Kashmir’s top cardiologist injured, 2 policemen killed in militant attack Kashmir’s top cardiologist Dr Sheikh Jalal-ud-din was critically injured on Thursday in a militant attack which left two of his police guards dead in the highway township of Pampore in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. Jalal (64), former director of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, and his security guards were targeted by militants near his residence at Namblabal in Pampore, 16 kms from here, on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, police said.

While Jalal’s two police guards died on the spot, the cardiologist was hit by a bullet in the left eye and was rushed to Soura medical institute in a critical condition, they said. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Police, assisted by security forces, cordoned off the area and a hunt has been launched to nab the assailants, police said. The attack comes a day after a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed in a gre-

nade explosion at Batmaloo in central Srinagar while he was being shifted to Baramulla district jail in a police vehicle. Police blamed militants for the attack, but Hizbul Mujahideen accused the cops of stage managing the attack to eliminate Shakeel Ahmad Kasana, who was arrested last year. Hizbul spokesman Baliguddin told a local news gathering agency that the outfit will carry out attacks to avenge Kasana’s death.


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Muslims need unity to revive lost glory:

AGA SYED ABDUL

HUSSAIN

Aga Syed Abdul Hussain is one of the leading religious figures in Kashmir, who is known for promoting unity in Muslim Ummah in our part of the world. He is also a known Media figure and Director of International Urdu News Agency Newsnoor.com. He is also the Bureau Chief for the Indian Sub-continent inTaghrib News Agency (taghribnews.com)

Aga is also Member World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (Islamic Republic of Iran) and also Founder Member and trustee of Bulbul Shah University. IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE KASHMIR SCENARIO, AGA SYED ABDUL HUSSAIN TALKS TO RAMEEZ MAKHDOOMI, SHAHZAD HUSSAIN HAMDANI & M. KAISER.

What are the main challenges being faced by Muslim world? Currently, the main challenge faced by Muslims world today is that we have deviated away from the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and this is leading the Muslim Ummah towards bigger problems. All we need is to be faithful towards the path set by Prophet

Muhammad (PBUH) and shun ourselves against wrong deeds. The enemy is attacking all the branches of this great religion of Islam and his aim is to attack the entire tree of Islam. We are slowly becoming prey in the hands of our enemies. We should know that the trap laid by enemies of Islam is to divide us and tragically most of the present day Muslims are getting hooked up into their trap. We should all rise above sectarian lines in letter and spirit; follow the great path of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and only by this way we can succeed. These black sheep have always been there even during the time of our Holy Prophet (PBUH). They were known as Munafiqs’. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has taught us how to fight these hypocrites and we tragically have forgotten and are heading away from the path laid by our Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and moving towards these evil forces whose aim is to harm the unity of Muslims.

Don’t you believe that within the Ummah there are blacksheep who are damaging the very spirit of our religion in comparison to other countries perceived as anti-Islam? The enemies of Islam are worried about the return of self-esteem of Muslims. Look at Iran, after Islamic revolution it has shown how progress and development can be achieved via following the path of Islam. And after successful Islamic revolution these forces are wreaking havoc in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq so that other Muslim countries do not revive lost prestige and some black sheep within Muslim community are aiding these evil efforts which is highly unfortunate.

How far the educational backwardness among Muslims


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Naad- A Step towards Cultural Renaissance Come ending August, the thrill and aura of Kashmir’s cultural and literary renaissance would be invigorated via a diverse showcase of programmes in a mega event to be held at Srinagar. The event envisioned as “NAAD” to be organized by The Kashmir Scenario News magazine and K Virus Group would focus on diverse realms .The mega event would feature several enthralling features viz… Short movies, Sufi Gazals, Sufi Dance, Play, Rofu, Group Dance, Singing. We are optimistic that the event would go a long way in showcasing the cultural and literary magnificence of Kashmir in a big way.


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INTERVIEW

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Srinagar, July 22-28, 2013

especially the lack of quality educational institutes is hampering the growth of Muslims? We need to bear in mind that the time when Turkey demolished the institution of Khilafat, the downfall and education backwardness among Muslims started. We once contributed to zenith of education and research. Even BretendRusell had lauded the role of Islam in developing education and research related paradigms. If we follow path of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and teachings of Holy Quran we will achieve the advancements in education and research and the great achievements made by Iran after Islamic revolution bears testimony to this fact.

What we witness in Nigeria, Algeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan the minorities have faced constant attacks and western propagandists are giving an impression quiet vocally that Islam believes in crushing other faiths. Your take on this? This level of tolerance is a personal one. Islam clearly preaches and practices tolerance. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was epitome of tolerance and revolutionized the once barbaric Arabic society towards betterment and positivity. If we are faithful towards the path set by our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) than only we can be successful and develop tolerance. If one finds any Muslim doing any destructive activity in the name of Islam, one should recognize that he is not amongst us because such Munafiqs are meant only to defame the Religion of Islam. If one looks at Iran, it is not an Islamic government of a particular sect but Government of all Muslims. In Iran every minister and official follows teachings of Islam and ardently prays.

How do you view the recent Army Coup in Egypt? Egypt as a country has now awakened. The President Morsi in his first speech stated that he is president of every Egyptian but then could not live upto his promises. Nevertheless, this coup is condemnable as they were afraid that Egypt should not develop into an Islamic state. Morsi and Ikhwan did commit some errors but those cannot justify this coup.

Do you feel that there is any ray of hope for Muslims in this era of darkness? Yes, Muslims are awakening in all countries from Pakistan to Saudia Arabia and realizing that following path of Islam is the panacea of their problems. One needs to bear in mind the fate of Musharaf and Hosni Mubarak and we should take these as lessons for the future that American and anti-Islam dictators are no more acceptable in this part of the world. In Qatar too, we are witnessing positive changes. Even in Kashmir all the puppet politicians and leaders will lose their power of tyranny if we are able to usher in an era of Islamic revolution. Muslims have begun to understand that dictatorships are nothing but pro-western puppets. In Iran one has seen under leadership of Imam Khomeni (RA) how a nation can prosper while following the path of Sunnah and Quran.

How do you view the pro west regime of Saudi Arabia?

Yes, Islam has been ushered via holy land of Saudi Arabia. The present scenario is a bit low, seeing the present government in Saudi Arabia acting as puppets in the hands of the west and Israel.

How do you view the slavery of Kashmiris since hundreds of years?

We have learnt through history that during the Islamic era from Bulbul Shah to Yousuf Shah Chak, we were the rich and proud class. But our own painful sectarian division landed us into clutches of slavery. We need to learn from teachings of Islam that discipline is just for achieving success and lack of discipline has hurt us.

Why has Iran lend support to secular Bashrul Assad of Syria? It is true that Assad is a secular leader and Iran has been his vocal critic in that context. But in present war of Syria, the Iran nation is behind Assad despite differences for many reasons. Under his leadership, Syria has been base camp for anti-Israeli freedom fighters of Hamas and Hezbollah. He has been the only Arab leader who has been vocal critic of the aggression and brutalities of Israel. Iran above all, believes that change have to be ushered via public revolution not through Western backed militias. So Iran is bound to support the Syrian regime based on the principles of righteousness.

What you perceive is the Kashmir issue: Religious or political? Yes, definitely the issue of Kashmir is Islamic in nature as it pertains to Muslims and although some leaders who call it secular should understand this fact as they themselves use religious platforms to highlight the grave issues pertaining to this conflict. Calling the Killed one martyr and raising religious slogans suggest that this is purely Islamic issue. We only need unity and no one has to leave his sect but we have all to respect the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). All the Muslims, be it Sunni, Shia, Hanafi, Shafi,Hambili, should offer nimaz at one mosque to revive lost unity. Muslims need unity to revive lost glory.


INFORMATIVE

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Sustainable ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Srinagar, July 22-28, 2013

BY DR.MANZOOR AHMAD YETOO

The emerging field of sustainable entrepreneurship, has its roots in the concept that grew out of the conservation and environmental movement of the 1970’s. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines ‘sustainable’ as “...relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged; b: ... or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods…” sustainable development ties together concern for the carrying capacity of natural systems; that is the load capability of nature to support all life, i.e., natural capital, and human challenges of economic growth. Dating from the 1970’s when the concept emerged in reference to establishing limits on developed growth, the term “sustainability” was and is used to blend ecology and economic growth, with terms such as ‘limits to growth’ and ‘steady state economy’ contributing to the environmental movement that caused wholesale changes in building and zoning codes across the nations, relating to economic development, particularly land development. The idea that we have unlimited resources to be developed was challenged by the newer idea of limited resources that must be wisely developed in concert with nature has resulted in competing forces which have shaped our economic development over the last forty years. Practitioners of sustainable development consider it to have three elements: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and sociopolitical sustainability. Special interests groups on both sides of the spectrum have laid claim to this concept to perpetuate their own agendas. However, a common sense approach, in my mind, has always been the preferred, particularly when we almost unanimously agree in today’s world that there is a natural limit to resources which must be recognized. An example of how the free market is used to accomplish sustainability is the work pioneered by the Santa Fe Institute’s Dr. Brian Arthur who applied natural principles of biology to the study of economics, in particular economic growth; which has become known as ‘The Santa Fe Approach’. Arthur was very interested in explaining how economic markets work, how business forms, in terms the natural world, and how the human organization, in order to grow, must adapt and assimilate to its environment, constantly adjusting to changes. The ‘The Santa Fe Approach’ was a leading concept that helped to

pave the way for a new field in economics called ‘ecological economics’. The concept of sustainable development has been furthered enriched by the new field of ecological economics popularized by Dr. Robert Costanza who founded the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) . The objective of ecological economics is to ground economic thinking and practice in physical reality, especially in the laws of thermodynamics and biological systems. It accepts as a goal the improvement of human wellbeing through economic development, and seeks to ensure achievement of this through planning for the sustainable development of ecosystems and societies. Ecological economics distinguishes itself from neoclassical economics primarily by the assertion that economics is a subfield of ecology, in that ecology deals with the energy and matter transactions of life and the Earth, and the human economy is by definition contained within this system. This system is defined as natural capital, which consists of all non-renewable resources such as oil, coal, gas, and minerals, and renewable resources such as ecosystems that comprise the planet, in both quantitative and qualitative terms. It involves such terms as ‘carrying capacity’ which refers to the ability of nature to support human activities, and goes to the center of what sustainable development is, and from which emerged sustainable entrepreneurship. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines an entrepreneur as one who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of a business or enterprise. Often we use business and enterprise interchangeable to refer to the same thing. The word ‘entrepreneur’ comes from the French word ‘entreprendre’, which means “to undertake”. In a business context it means to undertake a business venture. Entrepreneurship and small business are typically used synonymously, interchangeably and presented as one in the same. Actually, entrepreneurship differs from small business in four critical ways: amount of wealth creation, speed of wealth accumulation, risk and innovation. In the case of acceptable definitions of sustainable entrepreneurship, where reference is made to the common good, I would like to clarify that sustainable entrepreneurship cannot and should not be about establishing some kind of social common good, as in a communal framework associated with planned econo

mies such as the former Soviet Union, East Germany, Cuba, Venezuela and Socialists African counties. It is an oxymoron to do so. Rather, in my view, sustainable entrepreneurship is the process of sustaining a level of entrepreneurial development as to create a paradigm shift in economic activity such that national GDP, job growth, capital investment, technology advancement, and quality of life is unmatched, unsurpassed and unequalled. we realize this seems a bit altruistic and sounds like Utopia. But it is not. We can and should strive through local, state and national efforts to seek to establish an economic mentality that is strategically focused on entrepreneurship and authentic organic economic growth at the community level across JAMMU & KASHMIR. We can and should incorporate the concept of sustainability into the free market consciousness and allow the consummate entrepreneur, who seeks wealth creation within a tremendous riskreward environment, through sustained invention and innovations, to achieve success. We can least forget that it was , has and will be entrepreneurial development that made our country great. Our state Jammu and Kashmir is lagging behind the entrepreneurship development and large chunk of population especially our youth face a lot of unemployment problems due to flop corporate sector and dependence on Govt. jobs. However it is worth to mention here that some initiatives have been taken by our Govt. to boost entrepreneurship development by setting entrepreneurship awareness institutions , but million dollar question is do we have in it the edge of sustainable entrepreneurship? And are we aware about such programmes? Is our ignorant entrepreneur given due awareness about sustainability? Do we have expertise for this purpose? We need more of that now and try to introduce sustainability expertise in all sorts of entrepreneurship development or else we will end with unsustainable growth and will be responsible for a catastrophe for already dwindled corporate sector of Jammu and Kashmir. (The author is an expert in environment ,project & waste Management, occupational safety& health & pollution control &empanelled expert in Indo European Chamber and commerce &Industry) (You may reach him at manzooryetoo@yahoo.co.in)


SPECIAL REPORT

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Srinagar, July 22-28, 2013

MGNREGA: Boon or BANE NISAR MALIK,

GhulamNabi Malik a local said “NREGA was the best scheme implemented by Central Government”. The work that was estimated in 6 figures but the concerned people completed it in 4 figures and still the concerned authority sanctioned it in 6 figures in their own favour. He further added that they were told to fill up the form of job card but still they were not issued the same therein.

The most important of all rural programmes to be ushered in recent past is Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). It was started as National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. MGNREGA is a job guarantee Act implemented by legislation on 25Th August 2005. The MGNREGA provides 100 days of employment every year. This act was introduced with an aim of improving poverty level of rural people, irrespective of the fact whether or not they live below poverty line or are Skilled or unSkilled. MGNREGA was launched on 02nd February 2006 from Anantpur District of Andhra Pradesh and initially covered 200 of the “Poorest” District of the country within a small span of time it spread over to 626 Districts across the country; irrespective of gender, geography, age, skill or caste. The only thing that is needed is that it should be implemented efficiently and effectively in the country which has a record of misusing nearly 70% of money meant for developmental purposes. During the year 2011 the scheme was widely criticized as it was not more effective. Despite its best qualities or purposes it was not free from controversies of Poor quality, lack in infrastructure and poor funding. But on the other side, the scheme is also focused;as it vanished the Social and gender discrimination with 23% workers consists of Scheduled Castes, 17% ofScheduled Tribes and 50% of Women’s folk. The scheme led to most development in Rural areas on water conservation, harvesting, afforestation, flood control and digging of new Tanks/ Roads. Employees are given work of land leveling. The proposal of any work is

first given by the Panchayat to the concerned office. Then the office decides whether the work should be sanctioned or not. In North Kashmir’s Baramulla district we encounter mostly disappointing story over NREGA implementation. According to “Abdul Hamid Bhat” belonging from Chandkoot(one of the village of Baramulla), “Initially the scheme was on right track but with the passage of time it lost its track because the work done through NREGA didn’t remain successful”. He further added that in his village 55 lakhs were sanctioned on different works through NRGEA but according to him it seems hardly 10 to 20 lakhs of amount spent on different works. In Kashmir, NREGA was launched in the year 2007,initially the work was very less because the people were not aware about the scheme. As the time passed people came to know about the scheme that resulted in its Upliftment in every village of the concerned block. Most people are saying that with its upliftment corruption also aroused and most of the works were done on Nepotism basis. They are also saying that the concerned authorities (Contractors) did not took proper care which resulted in controversies in most of villages. As a matter of fact, wells were digged in villages through NREGA with a turnover of

around Rs. 60,000/- then these wells were used as Pit Holes and Animal dung is stored in these wells instead of water. In NREGA, a labourer can work freely; he is not bond to any kind of restriction and can get his wages through bank. In Kashmir Women’s doesn’t prefer to work in NREGA but time may come they will also prefer to work under this scheme. GhulamNabi Malik a local said “NREGA was the best scheme implemented by Central Government”. The work that was estimated in 6 figures but the concerned people completed it in 4 figures and still the concerned authority sanctioned it in 6 figures in their own favour. He further added that they were told to fill up the form of job card but still they were not issued the same therein. Ghulam Mohi-Din Parray from Baramulla, a concerned NREGA (Contractor) say’s “Basically there is no contractor in NREGA” this word is introduced by people themselves. Village Level Workers (V.L.W) is the main contractor of NREGA after Block Development Officer. The work is done by his order. This so called contractor is there to mark the attendance of the labourer. Realities suggest time may come when MGNREGA may succumb to verger’s’ if funds are not utilized in proper and sophisticated manner.


YOUTH CORNER

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Srinagar, July 22-28, 2013

GENERATION GAP Fissure in Relations ARUSHA FAROOQ

Contemporarily, our parents know the word “Facebook” because of coyness they feel in front of their children and the youth with their vigor and modern outlook, and elders with their old-fashioned ideas seem to stand at opposite poles. The opposite poles give birth to the gap, which is nothing but certain psychological and emotional gap between parents or elder people and the younger ones. Bulging generation gap creates misunderstanding and lack of attachment between the parents/elders and children. This gap is the result of the fast paced development of the society. In earlier times two or three generations live in the same lifestyle and environments as the development was so slow. But today, nearest past is very much outdated and the world is more advanced each day. Parents do not even know many of

PROBLEMS FACED BY THE STUDENT COMMUNITY

the modern technologies and equipment’s their children use. They often come to clash with each other. The elders hold fast to the old values of life. The youth who have been brought up in the present age of rapid transformation do not understand the elder’s point of view. The youth feels chocked if the old standards of conduct and behavior are forced down upon them. On the other hand, the elders stick to old traditions and customs. They fail to understand and appreciate that the wings of change are blowing everywhere and they must change accordingly. This gap becomes more visible when youth try to run forward and the elders try to pull them back. So, the main reason for the generation gap is the lack of communication between parents and children.

Competitive Era-Parent’s Maniac

ARABIA ALTAF

Students should not be overloaded with their studies at school level. They should be able to cope with their studies. Every student may not be alike. Some of them can easily grasp things while some cannot. But everybody should be given equal thought at school. They should not be overburdened with homework. Parents should not impose heavy pressure on them to secure high marks rather encourage them to ensure they become good human beings. While at college level the concerns are different. There is a continuous hike in fee structure in every college. Parents have to spend a handsome amount of many to make their child: a student. This problem often passes over to students when they are frequently reminded of it. It leads to mental stress and anxiety, this world of cut throat competition, the fear of failing and letting family down gets on the nerves and in this mental stress many students resort to suicides.

It is, therefore, of utmost importance for parents to lay down bridges of communication between themselves and their children from earliest days. From their busy schedule they (parents) should sacrifice their leisure time to participate in their children hobbies. The success of parenting lies in how effectively they avoid the generation gap or ignore the differences with kids. However, on the other part youth have one thing more to realize. Of course! They have every right to reject what they consider to be useless. But by doing so they should not discard the truth. With mutual faith and understanding, the old and the young will come. As we have witnessed many of our elders with Facebook profiles, youth should also pledge to overshadow this gap. So, the generation gap will be removed.

AARIF HAMDANI

Parents brought us, they are the only mentors to embark us on to row a boat of career in our life, but haplessly they have fallen behind. They need to understand that it’s not necessary that their

wards would be able to compete with their desires, which they have once settled in their minds. In Kashmir intelligence is judged on the basis of marks and grades you have scored in your school Examinations. If you are 90% holder then it’s good and if 95% holder then its excellent, comparison always fizzles out your determination and hard work behind any score you do. Our parents fail to understand that talent needs prodding, adversity waters it away and appreciation makes its roots stronger.

Parents think intelligence does means KAS officer, intelligence is a degree that can be attained only by cracking MBBS or Engineering seat for them else you are just a trash. Talent is god gifted, it can be sports, studies anything. The matter of fact is what you love to do is your talent. For example, a bookworm cannot be a stalker. God decides everyone’s destiny not parents. Parents cannot go beyond God’s laws, so why did not they change their laws and stop torturing and pressuring their children.


WEEKLY ROUNDUP

Centre, State equally responsible for Ramban killings: PDP PDP leaders said JAMMU: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed both Centre and State Government for the gruesome killing of four innocent people in the unprovoked firing on the unarmed citizens in Gool area of Ramban district. Party regretted that instead of taking action against those who were responsible for murdering innocent people, both Centre and State Government were brazenly trying to passing the buck on such tragedies to evade their responsibilities. Party cautioned that such attitude of both Centre and State Government would be proved disastrous for the State and it would increase alienation among masses. Addressing a meeting, which was convened today to discuss prevailing situation in Jammu region following Gool incident, PDP leaders expressed their anguish over attitude of both Centre and State Government after the incident. They termed magisterial inquiry announced by the government after firing incident as mere eye-wash to shield those who were responsible for this massacre. Questioning intention of the State Government to properly investigate the incident and to single out the real culprits, PDP leaders said that first of all FIR should be reg-

SHEIKH KISAR PULWAMA:- Anantnag police along with 40 Bn. CRPF and 90 Bn. CRPF busted a hideout of militants at village Larmoo Tral, Awantipora and recovered large quantity of explosive material from the hideout, which include 75 Kgs of Neo Gel 901, 08 Detonator plate, 500 gms of RDX Powder, 03 Bottles of Potassium par magnate, 01 Bottle Aluminum fine powder and 16 Fuse Conductors. Case FIR stands registered and investigation has been set into motion.

SFC Official dies in road accident.

A range manager of State Forest Corporation (SFC) Pervaiz Ahmad Bakshi Son of Abdul Gani resident of Akingam, Anantnag and posted at Pahalgam range died when a Tipper hit his Maruti Car near Euro Kids, Paya Bug, Mattan in Anantnag District. Two other occupants of the Car identified as Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh Son in law of Abdul Aziz Kochroo and Farooq Ahmad Mandoo Son of Gulam Qadir got injured and were admitted in District Hospital, Anantnag.

NAAT Competition Held at GDC Pulwama.

Government Degree College Boys Pulwama organized a “NAAT COMPETITION” at school premises . Many students of Different colleges of valley participated in the competition. Romisa Mushtaq of Govt. Women’s college Nawakadal got Ist Position, Talib Jahangir of GDC Char-i-Sharief got Second & Syed Rizwan of SP College Srinagar Third. All the position holders were awarded by Rs2000, Rs1500 & Rs1000 respectively by the chief gust Mushtaq Ali Mir, Principal GDC Pulwama.

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that failure of the State Government to protect lives of innocent people has badly shattered faith of the common masses.

istered regarding this case and government should order Judicial probe. They said that announcing magisterial inquiry after every such incident has become a routine matter. “More 120 innocent youth were killed in 2010 summer unrest but not even a single person has been booked so far for such killings”, they said and regretted that during the last nearly five year the present regime has developed a culture to shield those who were responsible for committing atrocities on innocent civilians. They said that government has rather appreciated inhuman acts of such persons by giving them out of turn promotions and awards. PDP leaders said that failure of the State Government to protect lives of innocent people has badly shattered faith of the common masses. They regretted that the process of peace and reconciliation which was started during the regime of Mufti Moham-

Hide out busted in Tral Explosive material recovered

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mad Sayeed has been reversed by the present dispensation through its misdeeds and failures. A two minutes silence was also observed in the meeting to pay tributes to those who lost their lives in firing incident. Meeting also expressed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Rangil Singh, T S Bajwa, Balbir Singh, Fallail Singh, Rashid Malik, Surinder Choudhary, Hussain Ali Bafa, Jagjeet Singh Jagga, R K Bali, Satpal Charak, Amreek Singh Reen, Sukhvinder Singh, Surjeet Kour, Susheela Jamwal, Som Nath Dogra, Chatter Singh Saini, Bhushan Lal Dogra, Baldev Singh Pappa, Varinder Singh Sonu, Daljit Singh Dicky, Bikram Singh, Rafiq Malik, Puneet Jamwal, Chaman Angral, Anju Bhan, Badri Nath and others were present in the meeting.

Massive fire rocks

SOGAM

Nature once again showed its wrath and fury on 18 July 13 in Sogam, Kupwara when a massive fire struck at main Sogam market. On night 1718 July 2013 a massive fire probably due to short circuit engulfed at least 22 shops in main Sogam market at around 02:30am. There was a widespread hue and cry and the people started making frantic calls to 28 Rashtriya Rifles Army Camp located nearby, the police station and the fire brigade. There was one universal call for help from all; “Save the Masjid”. The Jamia Masjid which was in close proximity to the blazing shops was the main concern of all. Immediately, a party of 28 Rashtriya Rifles led by the Company Commander Maj Abhijit Biswas reached the site along with a Water Bowser. The fire brigade tenders under Sub Inspector MA Khan was pressed into service. Army Water Bowser was utilised as a replenishment of water to the fire tenders. The JKP under DSP Zahoor Wani also came to supervise the efforts. The fire was soon localised with tremendous

professionalism of the Fire Brigade service assisted by the Army and Police. The DSP along with the Company Commander helped co-ordinating the efforts, channelizing them towards the Government Treasury Office and the Post Office thereby saving the fire spread to the Jamia Masjid. They also ensured that the security of the area was also maintained to avoid any collateral damage. After two hours or continuous efforts, the Fire Brigade personnels and jawans of 28 Rashtriya Rifles brought the fire under control and prevented it from spreading further. All were relieved to see the Jamia Mas-

jid safe. Brigadier D P Pandey, Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles along with Col Harpreet Singh, Commanding Officer 28 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion came to the site and took stock of the situation. The Commander, 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles appreciated the efforts of fire brigade department, jawans of 28 Rashtriya Rifles and the police and applauded their dynamism and courage in controlling the situation. He further assured the AWAM that Army has been and will always be there for the need of the Awam and the Government.


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Human Rights Watch Castigates

RAMBAN KILLINGS

THE KASHMIR SCENARIO DESK

The world renowned Human Rights Watchdog Human Rights Watch issued a statement on the civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban. The Statement reads – “The Indian government should appoint an independent commission to promptly and transparently investigate the killing of four protesters by Border Security Force (BSF) troops in Jammu and Kashmir state, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should act to end the BSF’s longstanding impunity for large numbers of killings over many years. The unclear circumstances resulting in the deaths of four protesters, and the wounding of nearly a dozen more people, highlight the urgency of an independent inquiry. The BSF reported that on July 18, 2013, in Ramban district, its troops interrogated a local resident who it said “made baseless and false allegations about being mistreated.” After protesters gathered and “started stone pelting vigorously on the BSF post,” troops fired at the protesters in self-defense, the BSF said. Local residents allege that BSF soldiers entered a mosque during a search operation and were rude and disrespectful to the mosque staff. When unarmed protesters gathered at the post, the BSF troops called for police support. The security forces then opened fire on the protesters, the local residents said. The loss of life at the Ramban mosque needs a prompt investigation by an indepen-

dent commission,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director. “Any finding of illegal use of force by BSF troops should result in prosecutions. Too often the BSF’s version of events is simply accepted, allowing killing after killing for which no one is held to account. Senior Indian officials have responded appropriately to the incident, but need to follow up with action, Human Rights Watch said. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that it is “highly unacceptable to shoot at unarmed protesters.” Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has promised an investigation and said that “any use of excessive force or irresponsible action will be dealt with strictly.” Previous investigations of BSF abuses have often been delayed and prosecutions stalled.” Human Rights Watch also maintained that it has previously documented misbehavior and serious human rights violations by BSF troops along the Bangladesh border. The Statement further reads “Border guards, who are deployed to prevent infiltration, trafficking, and smuggling, had engaged in numerous cases of unlawful use of force, arbitrary detention, and torture, and killed over a thousand Indian and Bangladeshi nationals. The BSF was ordered to exercise restraint and use rubber bullets instead of live ammunition, which led to a decrease in the number of people fatally injured, though unlawful killings continue. The government has repeatedly failed to prosecute BSF personnel responsible for serious abuses. Inquiries by the National Human Rights Commission receive a standard

Infiltration bid foiled: One militant killed Alert Army troops deployed on the Line of Control in the Gurez Sector of Kupwara foiled a major attempt of infiltration by the militants, resulting into killing of one militant and injury to another. According to Defence Spokesman, Based on specific information from intelligence agencies regarding likelihood of militants attempting infiltration in Gurez Sector of the frontline Division of North Kashmir, vigilant troops detected three militants moving in the forest area on the our side of Line of Control. The militants were immediately engaged by firing from the post located along the fence.

The fire was very effective and resulted in the killing of one militant t, while the remaining two managed to escape under the cover of thick foliage. However, one terrorist was observed to be injured. One AK 47 and two rucksucks containing War Like and other administrative store were also recovered from the site. Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, the Chinar Corps Commander, commended the troops for their dedication and high degree of alertness. He also congratulated all the security agencies for their synergy and said that the operation in Gurez Sector was a mark of jointness.

response that fatalities occurred when troops had to fire in self-defense. Human Rights Watch called on the Indian government to publicly order the security forces to follow the United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. The Basic Principles state that security forces shall “apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force and firearms,” and that “whenever the lawful use of force and firearms is unavoidable, law enforcement officials shall: (a) Exercise restraint in such use and act in proportion to the seriousness of the offence and the legitimate objective to be achieved; (b) Minimize damage and injury, and respect and preserve human life.” Furthermore, “intentional lethal use of firearms may only be made when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.” It further states -“Since the shootings, violent protests have broken out in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir, and authorities have imposed curfews in some areas. Human Rights Watch called on organizers of protests to take steps to deter supporters from engaging in violence, including attacks on law enforcement officers. “Security forces sometimes react with gunfire when outnumbered by an angry crowd, which is why they need to be properly trained in nonlethal crowd control methods,” Ganguly said. “Incidents that end in shootings are not only terrible for all those involved, but set the stage for unnecessary bloodshed in the future.”

Omar Abdullah condemns killing of protesters in Ramban Extending his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, the Chief Minister cautioned the people that some vested interests would like to exploit the situation. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condemned the killing of protestors in Ramban area of Jammu region and said such incidents had the potential to jeopardise the peaceful atmosphere in the state. “It is highly unacceptable to shoot at unarmed protesters just because they were reportedly protesting manhandling of an Imam of their area” Omar said in a statement. He said there was no justification or rationalization of this “deplorable” act. “This shocking act warrants and demands the severest of condemnation in the strongest possible terms,” he said. Extending his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, the Chief Minister cautioned the people that some vested interests would like to exploit the situation. “Many amongst us wait for such incidents to occur in order to exploit such situations,” he said without naming any separatist or political group.


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