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India’s reluctance to join OIC irks Farooq
Jammu, November 1
Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said today that he had suggested to the Central Government that India should join the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) as the country was inhabited by the world’s second largest Muslim population. He said had the government accepted his suggestion, New Delhi could have explained its case properly during the OIC meetings. “Our case goes by default because we have no member there,” he said.

APHC leaders’ security cut further
Jammu, November 1
Threats from militant outfits to several All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders notwithstanding the state government has further reduced security cover to six of the seven APHC leaders. This is the second exercise undertaken by the government during the past three weeks.

Workshop on trauma treatment
Jammu, November 1
Brig Y.V. Suri, president, International Trauma Anaesthesia and Critical Care Society, India Chapter, said a three-day workshop would be held here from tomorrow as part of training to medical officers and nurses. More than 150 delegates from different parts of the country would participate in the workshop.


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India’s reluctance to join OIC irks Farooq
Tribune News Service

Jammu, November 1
Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said today that he had suggested to the Central Government that India should join the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) as the country was inhabited by the world’s second largest Muslim population. He said had the government accepted his suggestion, New Delhi could have explained its case properly during the OIC meetings. “Our case goes by default because we have no member there,” he said.

He also suggested that a Pakistani picket near Dras should be destroyed. He said the Centre had spent crores on deploying the security forces and taking other measures but it had not demolished the picket.

He said the Indian leadership should adopt a pragmatic and strong approach towards the Kashmir issue by telling the world that the problem could not be resolved through dialogue as the issue was not negotiable.

He was speaking here at a seminar on “Jammu and Kashmir: the way ahead”. He said since the state’s accession to India was indisputable, there was no purpose of holding talks with the Pakistan Government, which was “deceitful.”

The Chief Minister regretted the soft-pedalling approach adopted by Indian leaders over the years.

Explaining the deceitful role of successive governments in Pakistan, the Chief Minister said India should have told the world how the Lahore talks were sabotaged by the Kargil conflict and the Agra Summit by the rise in violence in the state and along the border.

He criticised the demand for the trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir and said if the state was divided into three parts, it would lend legitimacy to Jinnah’s two-nation theory. He said it was unfortunate that the Muslims being killed and tortured in Kashmir by militants were called Pakistanis. “We are not Pakistanis but Indian to the core,” he said.

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APHC leaders’ security cut further
Tribune News Service

Jammu, November 1
Threats from militant outfits to several All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders notwithstanding the state government has further reduced security cover to six of the seven APHC leaders.

This is the second exercise undertaken by the government during the past three weeks. Earlier, nine out of 13 security personnel were withdrawn from duty at Mr Lone’s residence. Syed Ali Shah Geelani had been deprived of six security personnel and Prof Abdul Gani Bhat and Molvi Abbas Ansari too witnessed downsizing the security cover.

Under the latest cut personal security officers provided to Mr Geelani, Mr Lone, and Molvi Ansari have been withdrawn. It is only in case of Molvi Umar Farooq that there has been no reduction in the size of the security cover.

Official sources said the review of the security threat to each leader was carried out periodically and accordingly it was either upgraded or downsized. The sources said in the case of Molvi Umar Farooq, the threat perception was still on the higher side.

Commenting on cut in the security cover Molvi Abbas Ansari said: “When the security guards and personal security officers were deployed at our residences it was done without our consent. When it was reduced, it was done without any knowledge.” He said, “As such we have nothing to comment on.”

Meanwhile, reports said certain jehadi groups, including Al Badr and Al Barq, had been asked by Army rulers in Pakistan to stop issuing threats to APHC leaders. This direction is said to have come following complaints some Hurriyat leaders lodged with the Pakistan High Commissioner in Delhi recently.

These leaders had informed the High Commissioner that these jehadis, camping in Pakistan, had started issuing threats to some APHC leaders possibly in retaliation to their support to Gen Parvez Musharraf’s policy vis-a-vis US strike against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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Workshop on trauma treatment
Tribune News Service

Jammu, November 1
Brig Y.V. Suri, president, International Trauma Anaesthesia and Critical Care Society, India Chapter, said a three-day workshop would be held here from tomorrow as part of training to medical officers and nurses. More than 150 delegates from different parts of the country would participate in the workshop.

He said more than 50 persons suffering from trauma had been admitted in Jammu Military Hospital during the past six months. The incidence of trauma due to missile attacks and IED and landmine explosions in Jammu and Kashmir had escalated.

The Brigadier said the two government medical colleges in Srinagar and Jammu, besides other institutes and military hospitals in various parts of the state, had been receiving scores of trauma cases every month.

Brigadier Suri and Brig Puneeta Arora told the TNS that the military hospitals in the state were fully equipped to deal with the cases.

They said trauma was no longer confined to missile and blast injuries. “We have found some jawans suffering from stress trauma because of 24-hour patrolling in difficult areas,” they said adding that “trauma is no longer considered to be an area handled only by surgeons.” They explained that trauma had become a multi-speciality disease requiring surgeons, specialists in medicines, psychiatry and anaesthesia.

Brigadier Suri said between 1991 and 1993, the military hospital in Srinagar treated more than 3,000 cases.

He said though trauma had become a worldwide phenomenon because of global terrorism, people and security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir had been the worst sufferers. “We have not registered as many trauma cases in the past three-Indo-Pakistan wars and till the rise of militancy as during the past 12 years,” he said. 

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