A Pakistani minister in Balochistan, who is de-jure head of security apparatus in the region, has declared that genocide is the only option to resolve security crisis in Balochistan.
Home Office Minister, Sarfaraz Bugti, made the shocking comments on Sunday while talking to tribal elders in Pakistan House in Dera Bugti.
Mr. Bugti’s statement, released through news agency INP, was published late on Sunday in many mainstream Pakistani daily newspapers including Nawa-i-waqt Lahore, Daily Azadi, and Daily Jasarat.
Mostly such statements are released by the press teams of the ministers and politicians to news agencies themselves.
According to details, The Pakistani minister told tribal elders and other delegations that Baloch armed groups have challenged the writ of state and have compromised the security conditions. To establish long-lasting peace in the region for a prosperous Pakistan, the only option is to commit a full-scale genocide against the dissidents.
He claimed that the government has already succeeded in clearing many areas in Balochistan, however, a long-lasting solution has to be sought.
Four Officers appointed to the Time Scale of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service
SRINAGAR, JULY 31: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved release of Selection Grade (Rs.15,600-39,100 + GP RS.7600- pre revised) in favour of 64 officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service. 24 officers have been sanctioned Selection Grade with effect from 01.01.2017, 5 officers w.e.f. 01.01.2018 and 35 officers w.e.f. 01.01.2019. The officers sanctioned Selection Grade w.e.f 01.01.2017 are Bashir Ahmad Lone, Rishpal Singh, Vikas Gupta, Pankaj Raj Katoch, Tassaduq Hussain Mir, Narinder Khajuria, Tilak Raj Sharma, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Khalid Majeed, Charandeep Singh, Ms. Kanta Devi, Vishesh Paul Mahajan, Rajinder Kumar Sharma, Puneet Sharma, Shabir Hussain Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Khan, Haris Ahmad Handoo, Kapil Sharma, Syed Qamar Sajad, Abid Hussain, Pankaj Kumar Sharma and Suraj Parkash Rukwal.
The officers sanctioned Selection Grade w.e.f 01.01.2018 are Pawan Kumar, Mohammad Farooq Dar, Akramulla Tak, Bharat Singh and Abdul Satar.
The officers sanctioned Selection Grade w.e.f 01.01.2019 are Ms. Jyoti Rani Slathia, Sham Lal, Krishan Lal, Babu Ram, Dr. Raj Kumar Thapa, Abdul Aziz Sheikh, Manzoor Hussain, Naresh Kumar, Ms. Trishala Kumari, Ms. Kunzes Angmo, Pran Singh, Rakesh Kumar, Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Ms. Zahida Bano, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Kuldeep Krishan Sidha, Rajesh Sharma, Ashish Kumar Gupta, Rakesh Magotra, Anu Behl, Amarjeet Singh, Ms. Ankur Mahajan, Pankaj Gupta, Ms. Ulfat Jabeen, Ms. Shagun Sharma, Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Ghulam Hassan Sheikh, Ms. Namrita Dogra, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Lone, Anju Gupta, Sandesh Kumar Sharma, Showkat Ahmad Rather, Ashiq Hussain Lily, Dr. Nargis Suraiya and Naseer Ahmad Wani.
In a separate decision, SAC has approved release of grade of the Time Scale of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service in favour of Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh notionally w.e.f. 25.06.2008 to 28.02.2018 and regularly w.e.f. 01.03.2018 to 31.03.2019 i.e. the date of his retirement and in respect of Mir Munawar notionally w.e.f. 01.01.2015 to 28.02.2019 and regularly w.e.f. 01.03.2019 to 31.03.2019 i.e. the date of his retirement.
SAC also approved appointment of four officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Rural Development (Gazetted) Service, namely, Nazir Ahmad Lone (notionally w.e.f 25.09.2008), Bashir Ahmad Hajam (notionally w.e.f 01.01.2013), Fayaz Ahmad Bhat (notionally w.e.f. 01.01.2013) and Hakeem Tanveer Ahmad (notionally w.e.f. 01.01.2015) to the Time Scale of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service i.e. from the date their juniors have been appointed and regularly from a prospective date.
DGP was on day long visit to North Kashmir to review security scenario
Continuous vigil needs to be maintained to curb the activities of anti-national elements and criminals to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the State. This was stated by Director General of Police Dilbag Singh who was on a day long visit to Bandipora and Baramulla, districts of North Kashmir where he chaired meetings of Officers of Bandipora, Baramulla and Sopore.
The DGP Dilbag Singh was accompanied by IGP Kashmir, S.P Pani and DIG, North Kashmir Range, Mohammad Suleman Choudhary to review the security scenario in these districts. During his visit the DGP chaired officers meeting at district Police Headquarters Bandipora and Baramulla. The officers briefed the DGP regarding the security scenario in their respective jurisdictions.
While addressing the officers, the DGP said that Jammu and Kashmir Police from last three decades has been fighting the challenge of terrorism with utmost courage, ensuring security and safety of the public. DGP said that peaceful atmosphere and security of the people is our prime concern for which we have to ensure peace and order in the State. He directed Police officers that all nefarious designs of unlawful elements be curbed. The DGP emphasized that a continuous vigil needs to be maintained and people support be ensured to curb the activities of anti-national elements and criminals.
The DGP once again stressed for strict action against the people involved in drug trade, saying that the menace is proving dangerous after every passing day. He directed the officers to take strict action against the rumour mongers, trying to create fear and panic among the people.
The meeting at Bandipora was attended by SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik, Dy.SP Headquarters, Bandipora Mir Murtaza Hussain and other officers. (GNS)
Srinagar: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, joined Army troops in the militancy-infested south Kashmir region on Wednesday to carry out patrolling, guard duties and similar responsibilities just like other soldiers.
The former Indian cricket team captain will be staying with his 106 TA Battalion (Para) till August 15 and undertake duties with the troops, Army officials said.
“Lt Col Dhoni arrived here today and has joined his unit,” one of the officials said.
The unit is deployed in the militancy-infested south Kashmir region as part of Victor Force.
The 38-year-old World Cup-winning captain’s two week stint with his unit was approved by the Army headquarters last week on Dhoni’s request.
Dhoni was accorded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. He is also a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps.
The wicket-keeper-batsman has been conferred the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award, by President Ramnath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Amid mounting speculation around his international retirement after India’s semi-final exit from the 2019 World Cup, Dhoni had told the Board of Control for Cricket in India he will take a two-month sabbatical from the game to serve his parachute regiment.
Dhoni had made himself “unavailable” for India’s tour of West Indies but ruled out immediate retirement a day before the selectors met in Mumbai to pick the squads for the West Indies tour, starting on August 3.
The Territorial Army is a part of the Army. Its role is to relieve the regular Army from static duties and assist civil administration in dealing with natural calamities and maintenance of essential services. (PTI)
Three persons died while as eleven others were injured after a vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident at Kunfar Nallah in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Reports reaching GNS said that the vehicle (Tempo JK02AM-0657) skidded off the road and fell down into a deep gorge at Kunfar Nallah today in the evening.
Confirming it, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Ramban Dr Basharat Hussain Inkalibi told GNS that soon after the mishap, a rescue operation was launched and all the fourteen injured persons were evacuated to District Hospital Ramban.
Three among them were declared brought dead by the doctors, ADC said.
The deceased include driver of the vehicle namely Khaleel Ahmad, a resident of Ramban.
ADC further said that the conditions of two persons among the injured are said to be serious and were referred to GMC Jammu for specialized treatment. (GNS)
Srinagar, July 31: Evading a direct response to a question on whether the Centre had any plans to revoke the constitutional provisions giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said on Wednesday the Narendra Modi government would take necessary steps for the benefit of the state at an appropriate time.
“The BJP”s stand on it (repeal of Article 35A of the Constitution) is very clear but it is not the party which is going to decide (on the matter). The decision will be taken by the prime minister and his government, but I can assure you that whatever decision they will take, will be in the interest of the state,” Madhav told reporters here.
He said the state”s political parties were creating an atmosphere of fear in Kashmir by linking the movement of central armed paramilitary forces with other issues to save their political turf.
“Leaders of local regional parties are creating fear psychosis for their political interests. Moving forces in and out of Kashmir as per the requirement of the security grid is an ongoing process. Extra forces are brought in for Amarnath Yatra or elections, like there is going to be block level elections for panchayat. But linking the movement of forces with other issues is being done for personal interests,” he said.
Article 35A of the Constitution gives powers to the state to define the state’s permanent residents.
Authorities on Wednesday said that the Amarnath Yatra will remain suspended till 4th August in view of inclement weather prediction.
“India Meteorology Department has predicted heavy rainfall for next few days all over Jammu and Kashmir, which may cause landslides and shooting stones on highway between Jammu and Srinagar, particularly in the stretch between Ramban and Banihal, which is highly vulnerable to landslides and shooting stone,” said an official.
He said the track from Baltal and Pahalgam has become slippery and slashy due to heavy rainfall and the situation is likely to aggravate in next couple of days in view of weather advisory issued by IMD.
“In view of inclement weather conditions, shooting stones and landslides particularly in Jammu region, Yatra will remain suspended till 4th August, 2019.”
The ED on Wednesday questioned former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah in connection with a money laundering case related to alleged financial irregularities in the state’s cricket association, officials said.
They said Abdullah appeared before the central agency at its Chandigarh office and his statement was being recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed the money laundering case after taking cognisance of a CBI FIR.