Daily Archives: July 6, 2018

Workers’ welfare schemes stopped for last 2 years

Karachi, July 06, 2018 (PPI-OT): A 5-member delegation of labour leaders of Karachi Site area on Thursday called on to provincial caretaker minister for labour and human resources Simon John Daniel at his office and apprised him about the issues of labourers. Delegation comprised of Khawaja Mubasher Zubair chairman SITE labour forum, Irshad Bhutto joint secretary SITE labour forum, Muhammad Aslam Tanoli vice president national trade union, Israr Ahmed Kohinoor employees union and Gul Zameen Khan of SITE union.

Labour leaders apprised that welfare schemes which include death grants, marriage grants and scholarships for workers’ siblings had been stopped for last two years by the workers welfare board. They added that 70 percent flats at Maymar Labour colony had been allocated to workers; however, there is scarcity of civic facilities water, electricity and gas.

Labour leaders were of view that we are not demanding any funds from Sindh government adding that SESSI and workers welfare board Sindh were run on the funds contributed by workers. They demanded to appoint welfare mind-sets as heads of SESSI and workers welfare board Sindh who could facilitate workers instead of installing bureaucratic setups.

Caretaker minister for labour and human resources told them that he has directed labour department, SESSI and workers welfare board administrations to computerize all the record of registered workers and centralized data should be created for making access of workers to welfare measures trouble-free. He told them that he has also directed SESSI administration to stop local purchase of medicine so as to provide quality medicine to workers at SESSI healthcare facilities. “Though he came for shortest period, he is trying it’s hard to ensure some relief to workers”, Simon John Daniel assured labour leaders.

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Curbs in Srinagar, Juma prayers not allowed at Jamia Masjid

Srinagar, July 06, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities, today, did not allow to offer Friday prayers in historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar as restrictions were imposed ahead of the second martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

Indian troops had martyred Burhan Wani along with his two associates in Kokernag area of Islamabad district on July 8, 2016. Burhan’s martyrdom had triggered mass uprising against the Indian occupation in Kashmir and the men in uniform had killed around 120 civilians to crush the uprising.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar termed Shaheed Burhan Muzaffar Wani as the pride of Kashmir and the founder of new age resistance, paid rich and glowing tributes to all those martyred in 2016 uprising.

He remembered and paid glowing tributes to the charismatic commander and young leader, Shaheed Burhan Wani, on eve of his second martyrdom anniversary. The spokesman said Burhan Wani is yet another golden page of the history of the ongoing freedom movement who will always be remembered as the pride and honour of Kashmir as he successfully represented the sentiments of the youth of Kashmir.

He denounced the Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh’s recent statement about Kashmir and said that Kashmir is neither an issue of development nor administration. He said that Kashmir dispute pertained to the future of millions of Kashmiris and it could only be resolved by giving them their inalienable right to self-determination.

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Kashmir settlement imperative for regional peace: Waza

Srinagar, July 06, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League Chairman (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, has said that settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people is essential for ensuring permanent peace in the region.

Mukhtar Ahmad Waza said this while addressing a gathering in Shangus area of Islamabad district. He said, Kashmir is a political and humanitarian issue and it is our consistent stand that this issue can be resolved through a meaningful dialogue among Pakistan, India and the people of Kashmir in line with the relevant UN resolutions. He maintained that the Indian military might cannot muzzle the genuine aspirations of Kashmiri people.

Paying glorious tributes to Shaheed Burhan Wani on the eve of his second martyrdom anniversary and the martyrs of 2016 mass uprising he said that the unparalleled sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri people for the Kashmir cause would not be allowed to go waste and the ongoing freedom movement would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs.

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Policeman killed, cleric injured in occupied Kashmir

Srinagar, July 06, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the body of a policeman was found in Kulgam district. The policeman identified as Javaid Ahmed Dar who was reportedly abducted on Thursday evening from his home in Vehil area of Shopian district was found dead at Pariwan in Kulgam district.

Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen shot at and critically injured a cleric, Molvi Muhammad Ashraf Thoker, in Pulwama district. Molvi Muhammad Ashraf Thoker, the Imam of a mosque at Parigam in the district was rushed to local hospital from where he was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. His condition is stated to be critical.

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Sehrai demands return of martyred youth’s body to family

Srinagar, July 06, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth, Mudassir Ahmad Wani of Barzulla area of Srinagar, demanding return of his mortal remains to his family.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai addressing a condolence meeting at Mudassir’s residence in Barzulla said, “The policy of denying mortal remains of the youth to their kith and kin is a brazen violation of religious and human rights.”

He expressed deep condolences with Mudassir’s father, Ghulam Muhammad Butt, and other members of the bereaved family. He said, “The role of young generation and their precious sacrifices for the sacred cause will not go in a vain.”

The TeH Chairman condemned the repressive policy of the occupation forces to prevent the burial of the martyrs according to the religious rituals and to deny the families of the martyred youth the last glimpses of their loved ones.

Reiterating the pledge to take the ongoing freedom movement to its logical conclusion, he said, “It is the best way to pay tributes to the martyrs, if we try our best to fulfill our commitments to take this sacred movement to its logical end.”

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Sumjhi expresses concern over arrest spree in IOK

Srinagar, July 06, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, has expressed serious concern over the arrest spree unleashed by the Indian forces and cautioned the authorities to end the reign of terror in the Valley.

Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the repressive and suppressive measures would not be able to force Kashmiris to submission and despite the arbitrary measures, detentions, humiliations and denial of political space they would pursue their cherished mission.

The APHC General Secretary while referring to fresh arrest spree and night raids in south Kashmir particularly in Islamabad district said that several youth including Shabbir Ahmed Rathar, Mushtaq Ahmed Sheikh and Aijaz Ahmed Malik had been arrested and booked under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA).

He said, police stations have been turned into torture cells where the youth are being tortured on the directives of the occupation authorities. He said that the authorities were hell bent to subject the people to terror and pushing the youth to the wall.

Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi cautioned the authorities that through the use of brute force, things will only worsen. The people of occupied Kashmir are facing the worst human rights abuses and the international community must help them in their struggle aimed at securing their right to self-determination.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, in a statement in Srinagar condemned the atrocities being perpetrated on the political detainees languishing in different jails. He said, “Subjecting detainees to physical and mental torture is against the norms of humanity and democracy.”

He said that the illegally detained JKLF leader, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, lodged at Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu was recently brought to a Srinagar court for hearing of a false case registered against him. He was immediately shifted back to Kot Bhalwal Jail, he said. Noor Muhammad Kalwal also paid rich tributes to Ghulam Mohiuddin Deejo on his death anniversary and described him as a dedicated activist of JKLF who sacrificed his life for the Kashmir cause.

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