‘No right to observe RD in Kashmir: Shabir

SRINAGAR: The incarcerated Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah, on Wednesday said India had no constitutional right to observe the Republic Day in Jammu and Kashmir as the state had never been its part.

“And also, given the brutal and oppressive attitude of its forces with the people of Jammu Kashmir, it is totally unjustified that India celebrates this day in the state,” Shah said in a statement issued to press.

Shah also appealed people particularly the students of schools and colleges not to participate in any of the function organisedwith regard to India’s R-Day celebration. “It doesn’t befit us to partake or share our presence with those whose hands are smeared with the blood of our people.”

Clarifying, the DFP Chairman said, “We don’t have any issue with the people of India nor are we against the integrity of the country but given the occupational status of India vis-à-vis Jammu Kashmir, we, without any hesitation, declare this day is the ‘Black Day’ for the people of J&K.”

“How shameful it is that on one hand, India is busy in 26 Januarypreparations but on the other side, is turning this state into a virtual jail. The innocent civilians are harassed and humiliated through frequent frisking. Be it India’s Republic Day or the Independence Day; for Kashmiris, these events are no less than any trouble and nuisance,” Shah added.

Shah said 26 Januarymay be a significant day for India but for the oppressed people of Jammu Kashmir, the day is a reminder of the atrocities, brutalities and massacres committed by Indian state and its forces with them. 

“This day reminds us of all those beloved who laid their lives while fighting the Indian oppression.”

He said India, by observing this day in J&K with the might of 8 lakh forces, is perhaps trying to give world the impression that Jammu Kashmir is its integral part but the reality is that every soul of this state is demanding freedom from the clutches of India.

“It would be better for India to conform to the changing world political scenario and respect the wishes and aspirations of the people of J&K by conducting the referendum in the state,” he said.

Saluting the spirit and steadfastness of the people of Jammu Kashmir, Shah said, “Until Indian forcible occupation of J&K ends, we will continue to observe the 26 January as the ‘Black Day’.”

Meanwhile, a DFP spokesperson has supported the shutdown call on 26 January given by the Hurriyat Conference.

The spokesperson also severely criticised thestate administration for keeping the Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani and Shabir Ahmad Shah under continuous house arrest.

“Even today, both leaders were not allowed to offer the Friday congregational prayers and their residences have been turned into virtual jails. This all is aimed at creating a distance between the pro-freedom leadership and people,” he said.

Div Com for promotion of Urdu

Stresses on collective efforts to promote official language

SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon today stressed the need to take steps both at individual and collective level for the promotion of Urdu language in the state.

The Divisional Commissioner was chairing a meeting with members of Jammu and Kashmir Urdu Council, an amalgam of different literary and social organizations working for promotion and development of official language in the state. 

Deputy Commissioners from Kashmir division also participated in the meet via video conferencing. The meeting was convened to discuss measures to be taken to promote the use of Urdu language in the state.

Dr Samoon said that the state has wide array of resources in the shape of universities, schools and colleges, where Urdu language is being taught. “Now we need to abreast their knowledge with latest software, info graphics and other skills so that Urdu becomes lucrative for them in terms of jobs and enjoyable in day to day use,” he said.

The Divisional Commissioner said Urdu is a global language with its speakers found in countries like Canada and USA too. He asked the schools to take lead in promoting Urdu by issuing forms and placing signboards in Urdu. He also asked the Board of School Education to devise a simple Urdu syllabus, which will make the subject interesting for students. He suggested to Board and University authorities to start issuing bilingual marks certificates.

Dr. Samoon directed the representative of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) to develop a webpage where activities related to Urdu language like workshops, poetry recitations, recommendations, activities are constantly uploaded.

The representative of Traders and Shopkeepers pledged that they will ensure use of signboards and bill books in Urdu language too. Representatives of Urdu print media said that out of 654 newspapers, 327 are published in Urdu. Dr. Samoon asked the educational institutes to subscribe atleast one Urdu Newspaper and magazine for students to read.

The Deputy Commissioners said that number of orders are being published in Urdu language. Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Muneer ul Islam, said that 450 orders were issued in Urdu language from his office, which was applauded by the people. The representatives of J&K Bank said that they have already made Urdu operating system operational in ATMs.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of various universities, Joint Director of Information, Joint Coordination Committee of Schools and members of civil society. (GNS)

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