Mirwaiz Urges Humanistic Approach for Kashmir Settlement

Srinagar, March 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has urged India and Pakistan to adopt the realistic and humanistic approach for resolution of the Kashmir dispute to avert killings across the Line of Control. According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Tragic situations can easily be avoided if India and Pakistan realize the futility of hostility and adopt the realistic and humanistic approach for resolution of the long-pending Kashmir dispute.” The Mirwaiz expressed solidarity with the people killed in exchange of firing along the Line of Control. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Ittehadul Muslimeen Patron Maulana Abbas Asnari and President Masroor Abbas Ansari in a joint statements paid glowing tributes to the three youth martyred by Indian troops at Balhama in Srinagar. A delegation of Ittehadul Muslimeen also visited Balhama area of Srinagar and expressed solidarity with the owners of the houses destroyed by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation. The J&K Muslim Conference in a statement issued in Srinagar said that loss of lives on either side of the Line of Control is because of unresolved Kashmir dispute. The statement urged the settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per relevant resolutions of the United Nations. KASHMIR VOICE
Mirwaiz Urges Humanistic Approach for Kashmir Settlement

All Recommendations from IOK for Padma Awards Rejected

New Delhi, March 19 (Kashmir Voice): In utter manifestation of discrimination against occupied Jammu and Kashmir, all recommendations from the territory, four of them made by even Governor NN Vohra, didn’t find a place in this year’s Padma awards, one of the highest civilian honors of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. Padma awards will be conferred on March 20 and April 2. According to media sources, puppet administration of occupied Kashmir had recommended nine names, four of them by even Governor Vohra, and all of them were rejected by a high-level 10-member Selection Committee, constituted by the Indian government. Majority of those who find place in the final list, prepared by the selection committee, either belong to upper caste or Hindu extremist organizations. The 2018 Padma awards selection committee comprised people handpicked by Modi-led government like Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister PK Mishra, and Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta. KASHMIR VOICE
All Recommendations from IOK for Padma Awards Rejected

Modi Govt Mismanaged Dispute in J&K: Manmohan Urges Modi to Accept Pakistan as Neighbor

New Delhi, March 19 (Kashmir Voice): Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has launched an all-out attack on the Modi government, saying it has mismanaged the dispute in Jammu and Kashmir. According to media sources, addressing the 84th Congress plenary session in New Delhi, Manmohan Singh said, “The government mismanaged the Jammu and Kashmir dispute like never before. The atmosphere in the state has been deteriorating day by day.” From foreign policy and defence to the economy, the former Prime Minister spoke on a range of issues, and was accorded a thunderous applause and a standing ovation by party leaders. He stressed that the government should recognize the Jammu and Kashmir’s special problems and “we must deal with those problems with all seriousness”. Highlighting issues that had come up between India and its neighbours under the Modi dispensation, the former Prime Minister said it was the task of the country to create pathways for an “environment of support, friendship and moving ahead together”. The Congress moved in that direction, he said, whether it was with Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, or countries such as China. “These problems are to be sorted out peacefully and not in an atmosphere of hostility and shouting at each other,” he added. On Pakistan, Singh said India must recognise it as a neighbour. KASHMIR VOICE
Modi Govt Mismanaged Dispute in J&K. Manmohan