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‘Need Kartarpur like initiatives to resolve Kashmir issue’: Mehbooba Mufti

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Srinagar | PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said instead of violence and bloodshed, the Kashmir problem can be resolved through “Kartarpur like initiatives”.

“Bold, honest and humanitarian initiatives are needed to resolve Jammu and Kashmir problem. It is worthwhile to witness that Kartarpur corridor was opened on a day when so many human lives were taken by terrorism in Mumbai in 2009 (2008),” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief said.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, which will facilitate easy passage to Sikh pilgrims to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. The decision to build the passage — from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the International Border — was taken by the Union Cabinet on November 22.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor on the Pakistani side on November 28. Mehbooba further said in the statement, the decision taken by Pakistan is appreciable and the same was reciprocated with grace and statesmanship by the leadership of our country.

By taking the decision of opening the Kartarpur corridor, country’s leadership has exhibited statesmanship that too when electoral exercise is on, she added.  “It has given us an idea that electoral considerations cannot any longer hold back the governments from taking decisions that are aimed to improve the ties between two countries,” she said.

The PDP chief also pitched for the opening of Sharda shrine corridor in Kashmir across the Line of Control where Hindu devotees and pilgrims could go without hassle.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the opening of Uri-Muzafarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot routes for the people were a big achievement, she stressed.  Condemning the recent killings in Kashmir, Mehbooba said as the wounds inflicted by past violence were still fresh, nine more people were killed this week in the valley.  Urging the youth to shun the path of violence, she said there were solutions available within the democratic and diplomatic space.

Expressing deep sense of loss for the continuing bloodshed which included teenage gunmen, civilians and armed forces, the PDP chief said each one of them counts for a tragedy at an individual level.  The people at the helm should adopt humanitarian approach in resolving the crises which loom large over the state, Mehbooba said.

“Trigger happy approach will not solve the Jammu and Kashmir problem. Confidence building measures, dialogue and reconciliation are the only ways that could protect the state from an apocalypse,” she added.

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Naveen Patnaik not interested in Odisha’s development: Yogi Adityanath

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Bhawanipatna/Nachuni (Odisha) | Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik has “betrayed the people” as he is not interested in the development of the state.

Addressing party workers at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district and later at Nachuni in Khurda district, Adityanath called for a change in the state government to make Odisha prosperous.

He said Odisha can also develop like Uttar Pradesh if a BJP government is installed in the state.

“Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is not interested in the development of the state, rather in his personal agenda. He (Patnaik) has betrayed the people of Odisha,” Adityanath said and called up the people to end the 19-years of BJD rule in order to make the state prosperous.

He criticised Patnaik for not implementing the Centre’s popular welfare schemes like Ayushman Bharat and PM-Kisan.

“The poor people have been deprived of the benefits being given by the BJP-led central government,” the UP CM said.

Slamming the Odisha government for its alleged inefficiency, the firebrand BJP leader said the Naveen Patnaik government has constructed only 17 lakh pucca houses for the people in the last 19-years of its rule while the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has provided 20 lakh houses to the poor in less than two years.

“If the BJP is given a chance to form the government in Odisha, the state will witness quick development like Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

Odisha will witness the state as well the national elections in a few months.

While lauding the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme, Adityanath said Odisha government’s KALIA yojana has no stability and is shrouded in corruption from the beginning.

“While the UP government has so far identified 1 crore beneficiaries for PM-Kisan, Odisha government has not prepared its list,” Adityanath alleged.

The UP CM also criticised the Odisha government for taking credit in providing rice to poor people at Rs 1 per a kilogram for which “bulk of the finance was borne by the Centre”.

While the BJP-led central government is contributing Rs 29 for one kg of the subsidised rice, the Odisha government’s share is mere Re one, he claimed.

In his speech at both the places, Adityanath showered praise on Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for his work and said Ujjawala Yojana had provided 12 crore new LPG connections in the last four-and-half-years, more that what was achieved since Independence.

Adityanath also flayed the opposition for making fun of the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).

“When subsidies under the Ujjwala Yojana started getting credited to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries, they (Opposition parties) understood the PMJDY’s importance,” he said.

The BJP government’s agenda is development for all, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, he said, adding that Odisha has a crucial role to play in the upcoming parliamentary elections to make Narendra Modi Prime Minister for the second time.

He asked party workers to put up a spirited effort to replicate BJP‘s success in the state as they have done during the 2017 panchayat elections.

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India objects to Pakistan’s use of abusive language at ICJ

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The Hague | India on Wednesday strongly objected to the abusive language used by Pakistan’s counsel in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), urging the UN court to draw a redline.

Harish Salve, the former solicitor general of India while presenting India’s case before the ICJ, drew the court’s attention to the abusive language used by Pakistan through its counsel Khawar Qureshi on the second day of the hearing.

“The language echoed in this court… perhaps this Court may lay down some redlines. The transcript is peppered with words such as shameless, nonsense, disgraceful… India takes exception to being addressed in this fashion in an international court.

“India strongly objects to abusive language of Pakistan’s counsel,” Salve said as the International Court of Justice began the second round of public hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India.

On Wednesday, India will have a maximum of 90 minutes to submit its final arguments in the case. Pakistan will also get 90 minutes to respond to India’s arguments on Thursday.

The ICJ is expected to deliver its verdict in the summer of 2019.

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Govt created situation where calls of violence against Kashmiris being openly executed: Yechury

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New Delhi | CPIM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday alleged that the government has “tacitly and overtly” created a situation in which calls of violence against Kashmiris were being given and executed.

In a Facebook post, he said the terror attack in Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives, was a result of “colossal failure of politics” in the state.

“Instead of fixing responsibility, upholding the basic democratic norm of accountability, we see that the Modi government has misused the support given by the political opposition to bring the perpetrators of this heinous terror attack to justice, to hide its failures.

“It has tacitly and overtly created a situation where calls for violence against Kashmiris, who are as much a citizen of India as any RSS member, are being openly given and executed. This is shameful, undemocratic and blatantly ‘anti-national’ politics from BJP-RSS,” he said.

He said there should be accountability and fixing of responsibility for the loss of lives.

“Particularly when the J&K governor talks of intelligence failure. In 2008, after Mumbai terror attack, the Union home minister and the Maharashtra chief minister had to resign. The current establishment cannot hide behind the coffins of our martyred jawans,” he said in his post.

Yechury claimed that the number of local militants has risen during the tenure of this government and alleged that the number of deaths of both civilians and security forces has also risen during this period.

“In playing petty politics, the Modi government has finished all middle ground in Kashmir and strengthened the militancy. Who is accountable for the mess now? BJP governors speak of boycotts of Kashmiris? Will this enable normalcy to return,” he asked.

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