Kashmiris reject Indian election, demand freedom

The Indian parliamentary election in the so-called Baramulla constituency is marked by increased deployment of Indian troops in occupied Jammu and Kashmir under the pretext of security.

According to a Kashmir Media Service report on Monday, observers argue that no elections can be free and fair in IIOJK with about one million occupation troops present. Critics claim that the so-called election is essentially a military operation and a futile exercise for Kashmiris, with New Delhi using sham polls to legitimize its illegal occupation of IIOJK.

India is accused of staging these election dramas to mislead the world about the territory’s true situation. The Modi regime seeks to legitimize its August 2019 actions by holding parliamentary elections in IIOJK.

Despite these efforts, many believe India cannot suppress the Kashmiris’ voice of freedom through such election dramas. Staging polls does not alter the disputed nature of Kashmir. The ongoing denial of Kashmiris’ democratic rights has led to assertions that India is a sham democracy.

Polls in IIOJK cannot substitute the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. Kashmiris reject these false elections, refusing to live under Indian control, and demand the immediate withdrawal of Indian troops and the implementation of UN resolutions.

40 more IIOJK employees face action on baseless charges

Alongside the judiciary, the Modi- led Indian regime is also using its election department to terminate Kashmiri employees on baseless charges as part of its nefarious agenda to purge the government departments from Kashmiri employees to advance its Hindutva agenda in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

According to a Kashmir Media Service report on Monday, in the latest move, an action around 40 government employees have been taken on the so-called charge of violation of Model Code of Conduct in the occupied territory.

“Four employees have been suspended, disciplinary action has been initiated against one besides one employee has been disengaged from services and inquiry has been started against thirty four employees”, read a communique released by the election department.

The Modi government has terminated the services of 59 employees on similar grounds since April 2021. The move has sparked controversy and criticism, with observers believing that Kashmiri employees are being selectively targeted. They slam the occupation administration, stating that the accused were not given a chance to defend themselves.

More Pakistani students repatriated from violence-hit Bishkek

On the special instructions of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, another special plane, carrying Pakistani students, reached Islamabad from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Monday morning.

Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Engineer Amir Muqam welcomed the Pakistani students at Islamabad airport. Talking to the media, the minister said that the Prime Minister Shhebaz Sharif immediately took steps to protect Pakistani students after this incident, he himself was monitoring the situation.

Amir Muqam inquired about the students’ well-being, Whoever wants to return to the country, the government of Pakistan will provide all kinds of assistance to them. The minister revealed that more flights will bring the students back home.

Separately, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar has said that the government of Pakistan is in constant contact with the government of Kyrgyzstan to ensure the safe return of Pakistani students.

He was talking to newsmen at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore after receiving the students returning from Kyrgyzstan.

Levies apprehends four proclaimed offenders in Kohlu area

Levies Force Kohlu claimed to have apprehended four proclaimed offenders in different operations conducted in Kohlu area on Monday.

Following the directions of Deputy Commissioner, Kohlu, Naqeebullah Kakar, the staff of levies station Sufaid under the supervision of Risaldar Major, Shair Muhammad Marri arrested two proclaimed offenders namely Azeem son of Nudhan and Rehmatullah alias Rehmatan son of Azeem nominated in FIR No.7/023-324-354-452-148 in an operation conducted in Sufaid area of Kohlu.

Similarly, staff of levies station Sadr Kohlu arrested proclaimed offender Bijar son of Sheru wanted in FIR No. 7/024 under section 364-A, 342-34 in an operation conducted within the jurisdiction of levies station Sadr, Kohlu.

The accused was shifted to levies station, Sadr Kohlu. Moreover, staff of levies station, Tamboo under the supervision of Risaldar levies station Tamboo, Jaffar Khan arrested proclaimed offender namely Bijar Khan son of Wali, wanted in FIR No. 8/024 under section 380-411-34, in operation conducted in the precincts of levies station Tamboo. The accused was shifted to levies station Tamboo for taking further necessary action. Further investigation is being conducted by the investigation staff of Levies Station, Tamboo.

Scams in housing cooperative societies fleece poor allottees PDP chief

Mega scams in housing cooperative societies continue to fleece poor allottees as the black sheep in government patronize this organized mafia involved in land frauds of billions of rupees, said Pasban Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Altaf Shakoor here Sunday.

Referring to a recent decision of the Sindh High Court that has filed a plan to illegally occupy plots worth billions of rupees in cooperative societies and suspending the registrar of cooperative societies, he said that these cases should be the eye opener for the Sindh government.

He welcomed that the court has also suspended a decision to supersede more than 70 societies. It has ordered the immediate removal of the registrar of cooperative societies and declared the appointment of a Grade 18 Registrar Zameer Abbasi to Grade 19 null and void.

Altaf Shakoor said that mostly corrupt people get themselves appointed as registrars of cooperative societies after paying hefty bribes to the ruling politicians. These people than mint money by fleecing allottees and occupying and illegally selling their plots worth billions of rupees. He said cooperative housing societies are the part of a mega organised land fraud mafia which is thriving under the patronage of the ruling politicians in Sindh.

He said notorious “corruption system” of Sindh government appoints administrators of these housing societies who use thugs to illegally sell the plots of allottees. He said elections in these housing cooperative societies are mostly fake and same mafias control these societies through fraudulent elections.

He said the government fully knows about this mega scam but still protect these thugs because they grease the palms of our corrupt ruling politicians.

Altaf Shakoor welcoming the SHC decision, demanded that a judicial commission should be formed to probe the mega scam of cooperative societies to provide justice and protection to ordinary allottees

CM Bugti hails Hazara community’s role in Balochistan uplift

Balochistan Chief Minister, Mir Sarfraz Bugti on Sunday said that Hazara community has always played a pivotal role in the progress and development of Balochistan.

In his message issued by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on the eve of Hazara Culture Day, he felicitated Hazara community. He said that the culture of Hazara community was having the West Asia’s tinge and local culture.

The CM said that different souls of the said community had served against key positions of federal and provincial governments and played a role not only for the development of the country but also for the province, adding that unique dishes included in Hazara culture and the dresses of Hazara community made Hazara culture unique.

He said that the colour of national unity and oneness could be found in Hazaragi literature. He said that purpose of celebrating Hazara culture day was to highlight the culture and separate identity of that beautiful community living in Quetta.

Inter exams in Sindh postponed due to heatwave

Amid the heatwave alert, the Sindh Government has postponed the date of Intermediate examinations across the province which were going to start on May 22.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah gave the orders on the recommendation of the Provincial Minister for Universities and Boards Muhammad Ali Malkani.

Sindh Chief Minister spokesman said now intermediate examinations will start on May 27 instead of May 22.

On the directives of the Chief Minister, the Universities and Boards department has issued the notification regarding a change in the date of the examinations.