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SRINAGAR: Para-military troopers allegedly thrashed a government employee on Srinagar-Jammu highway near Barsu area of Awantipora here in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The victim who has been identified as Fayaz Ahmed Khan of Pohru Pulwama was admitted in the hospital for treatment. Eyewitnesses said the victim had an argument with the troopers after they stopped him without any reason. The troopers according to them pounced upon the victim and injured him critically. “Blood oozed out from the nose of the victim,” they said. A large number of people assembled near the spot of incident and protested against the troopers. 

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SRINAGAR: Stating that People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has neglected the hardships of people during its three and half year misrule in the State, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and Party Candidate from Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency has said South Kashmir will give a befitting reply to PDP and teach a lesson to the party this time for the loss of precious lives and injuries to thousands of youth.

He also said that people will never forgive PDP for ensuring inroads to BJP-RSS in the valley for the sake of getting Chief Ministerial post, but they (People) will respond by defeating this opportunist party, the spokesman in a statement said. Mir was addressing a series of public meetings in Shangus Assembly segment.

Mir said that mood of the people in south Kashmir was indicative of PDP’s defeat in the ensuing elections and victory of Congress party with a thumping majority, for the fact, south Kashmir has experienced worst due to the lust for power, betrayal and backstabbing on the part of PDP, which will continue to remain source behind anguish and anger among the people.

Taking the opportunity of ensuring election, Mir  referred to By-Elections to Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency and said it was the same PDP which  got the polls cancelled after sensing defeat, for the fact, PDP Leadership was well aware that they would lose this seat and tactfully ensured deferment of Polls and then got these cancelled under the garb of disturbing situation, rather than creating congenial atmosphere PDP played tricks and ensured cancellation of polls with the full support of Centre Govt, he said.

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SRINAGAR: The Government of India’s order to suspend cross-LoC trade between parts of divided Kashmir via Salamabad (Uri) and Chakan-da-Bagh (Poonch) routes is a huge setback to peace process. We were demanding measures for strengthening and streamlining the existing trade and travel arrangements across the LoC and modalities for introducing additional Cross-LoC CBMs. The decision of the Central Government to suspend the cross-LoC trade is detrimental to peace process.

Instead of providing the cross-LoC traders with banking and telephone facilities, the GoI has virtually taken a reverse gear. Flourishing cross-LoC trade would have helped in peace process as it was one of the biggest confidence-building-measures (CBMs) between the two countries. If the cross-LoC trade routes were being misused for illegal inflow of weapons, narcotics and fake currency, as claimed by Government of India, a proper mechanism could have been evolved to stop it. Suspending the trade is not the answer to these issues.

We demand that instead of closing the trade, the two countries should expand the trade list to cover all items manufactured or produced in the two parts of Kashmir and double the number of trading days, allow trucks carrying cross-LoC trade goods to their final destinations, and open additional routes of Chumb-Pallanwala on the Bhimer-Jammu side and Khoiratta-Noshehra on the Kotli-Rajauri side as these are the shortest and most viable routes for cross-LoC trade.

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