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Hurriyat leaders in tizzy over Musharraf’s offer
United Nation’s resolutions on Kashmir
Jammu, December 19
The offer of President Pervez Musharraf to drop demand of plebiscite has left separatists in Kashmir bewildered as they so far, had been thriving on the slogan of self-determination for Kashmiris.

Chief Minister hails Musharraf’s statement
Jammu, December 19
Welcoming President Musharraf’s statement that Pakistan will not press for the implementation of the 1948 UN resolution on Kashmir, Chief Minister, Mufti Sayeed, today described it as a positive development which would further boost the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan.

Rights panel asks govt to pay ex gratia relief
Srinagar, December 19

The State Human Rights Commission today asked Jammu and Kashmir Government to pay an ex gratia relief of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of a 50-year old peasant who disappeared more than four years ago.

Four IFS officials booked by vigilance
Srinagar, December 19

Houses of four Indian Forest Service officials and five employees of Integrated Water Shed Development Project were raided on Wednesday after corruption cases were registered against them, a spokesman said yesterday.



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Ex-Advocate-General dies in court
Srinagar, December 19

Former Advocate-General of Jammu and Kashmir Malik Abdul Karim passed away due to a massive heart attack in the Saddar court premises here last evening, sources said today.

Rs 1 cr for families of militancy-hit
Srinagar, December 19

The Jammu and Kashmir Government has released a financial package of more than Rs 1 crore for militancy-affected families of twin border districts of Baramula and Kupwara.

Rs 30 crore to augment water supply
Jammu, December 19

A new scheme, involving an expenditure of Rs 30.60 crore, has been taken up to augment the potable water supply in Jammu city.

Top counter insurgent leader killed
Srinagar, December 19

A top counter-insurgent leader, Hilal Ahmad Ganai, was shot dead by militants at Kunzer in Baramula district today, official sources said.

Suicide by BSF jawan
Jammu, December 18

A BSF jawan allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with the gun of his colleague at his unit in Giddan Galian area, 15 km from here yesterday, official sources said.

A tourist couple, clad in traditional Kashmiri dresses, pose for a photograph while taking a ride on a Shikara at the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Friday

A tourist couple, clad in traditional Kashmiri dresses, pose for a photograph while taking a ride on a Shikara at the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Friday. Tourist traffic to the valley has increased this winter which was attributed to the latest peace moves between India and Pakistan. — PTI

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Hurriyat leaders in tizzy over Musharraf’s offer
United Nation’s resolutions on Kashmir
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 19
The offer of President Pervez Musharraf to drop demand of plebiscite has left separatists in Kashmir bewildered as they so far, had been thriving on the slogan of self-determination for Kashmiris.

A visibly upset Maulvi Abbas Ansari, chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), when contacted on telephone at Srinagar, said that Pakistan had no right to drop the vital issue for which the United Nations (UN) had through its resolutions given the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir.

The offer of Gen Musharraf has generated heat in Srinagar and it has become a talking point in the valley. The separatists were busy discussing the fallout of the shift in the stand of Pakistan. Hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who has split the Hurriyat Conference, could not be reached on telephone. One of his aides said that he had left for Beejbehara to address a Friday congregation.

Mr Shabir Shah, another separatist leader, while welcoming the offer of Gen Musharraf said that the development had provided another opportunity for serious negotiations between India and Pakistan to solve the Kashmir issue.

Maulvi Ansari said that it was “strange” that Gen. Musharraf unilaterally made the offer that was not acceptable to the Kashmiris. Neither India and nor Pakistan had the right to sideline the right of self-determination granted through various resolutions of the UN.

He said that Kashmir belongs to the Kashmiris and the two countries cannot decide our fate themselves. No bilateral decision will be acceptable to us without the Kashmiris being a party to it.

The Maulvi said that India and Pakistan had already fought four wars on the issue of Kashmir and with both countries now having become nuclear powers we don’t want that they indulge in another conflict that endangers situation in the South Asia.

“We want that an honourable solution which is acceptable to India, Pakistan and Kashmiris”. The tripartite talks with Kashmiris as a party could be considered as a plebiscite as the sentiments of the Kashmiris would get a prominent place in the final outcome.

He said that the APHC would not accept converting the Line of Control (LoC) into an international border between India and Pakistan. Over 1.50 lakh people have laid their lives on both sides on the Kashmir issue since the partition of the country in 1947. “We neither accept the ceasefire of 1948 and nor the LoC”. The people of the pre-1947 area of Kashmir have to decide their own fate and not India or Pakistan.

Mr Shabir Shah said that it was a great offer of Gen. Musharraf in the post-Iraq scenario that would change the situation here.

He said that Gen. Musharraf had from the beginning saying that he was ready to talk on any issue with India anywhere in the world.

Mr Shah said that the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, should give a positive response to Gen Musharraf. However, a solution to the tangle should be found through tripartite talks with India, Pakistan and Kashmir being a party to it.

He said that many appreciable steps had been taken both by India and Pakistan since April towards peace, but the situation in Kashmir had refused to show signs of improvement.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mufti Sayeed, said that the UN resolutions on Kashmir were no longer important and the issue could be resolved through talks.

He hoped that Mr Vajpayee would be able to break the ice when he visits Pakistan next year to participate in the SAARC meeting.
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Chief Minister hails Musharraf’s statement
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 19
Welcoming President Musharraf’s statement that Pakistan will not press for the implementation of the 1948 UN resolution on Kashmir, Chief Minister, Mufti Sayeed, today described it as a positive development which would further boost the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan.

Speaking on the conclusion of the session of the legislative council here, the Mufti said that Gen Musharraf’s statement was a pragmatic move based on ground realities.

He said that for the first time in the past 50 years a concerted effort had been made by both countries towards the restoration of peace in the sub-continent.

The Chief Minister said that the talks on the resumption of rail, road and air links between the two countries was a positive contribution towards the peace initiative launched by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. He hoped that there would be further improvement in the relations between the two countries after the upcoming SAARC summit being held in Pakistan next month.

He expressed optimism that the improvement in relations between the two countries would lead to the restoration of peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that the current session of the legislature was historic as for the first time it had supported the peace initiative on external and internal fronts to address all aspects of the problem.
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Rights panel asks govt to pay ex gratia relief

Srinagar, December 19
The State Human Rights Commission today asked Jammu and Kashmir Government to pay an ex gratia relief of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of a 50-year old peasant who disappeared more than four years ago.

On a complaint of Feroz Ahmad Wagay that his father Ghulam Hassan Wagay left home on August 5, 1999, and never returned, SHRC Chairman Justice Ali Mohammad Mir recommended to the state government granting of an ex gratia relief of Rs 1 lakh in the case.

However, Justice Mir asked the complainant to furnish an undertaking before the Deputy Commissioner that the amount would be refunded to the government in case the disappeared person returned home.

Wagay had filed the complain on April 12, 2001.

The SHRC had sought a report from the state police and the crime branch which reported that the disappeared person was an illiterate peasant of about 50 years, not affiliated to any political or militant outfit. — PTI 
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Four IFS officials booked by vigilance

Srinagar, December 19
Houses of four Indian Forest Service (IFS) officials and five employees of Integrated Water Shed Development Project (IWDP) were raided on Wednesday after corruption cases were registered against them, a spokesman said yesterday.

The spokesman for the Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Organisation said the cases were registered against these officials for indulging in corrupt practices and abuse of official position.

In connection with the investigation, searches were conducted at the residential houses and other premises of these employees both at Jammu and Srinagar.

The documents and other evidence obtained during search were being scrutinized, he said.

The spokesman said FIRs were registered against IFS Project Director Mohammad Amin Kawoosa, the then IFS Project Director Mr Surjit Singh Bali, the then IFS CEO Farooq Geelani, Mufti Nazim, Dr Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, Mohammad Shafi and Hafiz-ullah Masoodi. — UNI
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Ex-Advocate-General dies in court

Srinagar, December 19
Former Advocate-General of Jammu and Kashmir Malik Abdul Karim passed away due to a massive heart attack in the Saddar court premises here last evening, sources said today.

Many political parties have condoled the sudden death of Karim who had continued to practice after retirement as the Adovcate-General of the state.

Opposition National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah and President Omar Abdullah have expressed grief over the lawyer’s demise.

In a joint message, they said he (Karim) was a great lawyer and a respected person and his death was a loss to the entire state. — PTI
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Rs 1 cr for families of militancy-hit

Srinagar, December 19
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has released a financial package of more than Rs 1 crore for militancy-affected families of twin border districts of Baramula and Kupwara.

An official spokesperson said the ex-gratia relief for the families had been allotted to Deputy Commissioners of both the districts.

He said with this so far an amount of Rs 5.50 crore had been released as ex-gratia relief in both the districts during the current financial year.

Meanwhile, to develop better relations between the police and public, a daylong meet was organised by the Police Department at Sopore yesterday.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Muneer Ahmad Khan presided over the meeting which was attended among others by members of traders federations, prominent citizens and local officers. — UNI
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Rs 30 crore to augment water supply

Jammu, December 19
A new scheme, involving an expenditure of Rs 30.60 crore, has been taken up to augment the potable water supply in Jammu city.

The scheme envisages the use of water from the Tawi to meet the requirements of old Jammu city particularly Sarwal, Bakshi Nagar, Roop Nagar and adjoining areas, the Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control, Qazi Mohammad Afzal, said here yesterday. —PTI
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Top counter insurgent leader killed

Srinagar, December 19
A top counter-insurgent leader, Hilal Ahmad Ganai, was shot dead by militants at Kunzer in Baramula district today, official sources said.

Sources said militants fired at Ganai, alias Lala Ikhwan, near the main market at Kunzer on the Srinagar-Gulmarg road this afternoon. He was immediately shifted to hospital where he was declared dead. — UNI
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Suicide by BSF jawan

Jammu, December 18
A BSF jawan allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with the gun of his colleague at his unit in Giddan Galian area, 15 km from here yesterday, official sources said.

Constable Surinder Singh of C-company of 60 battalion snatched the gun from constable Baldev Singh of B-company and shot himself, they said.

Sources said that the jawan was in a state of depression for the past few weeks.

A case has been registered at Gadigarh police post. — PTI 
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