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Sajjad welcomes Mirwaiz back to home, Centre coerces separatist leaders to change on Kashmir issue alleges Mirwaiz
Koul launches campaign for Congress candidate from Anantnag constituency
Srinagar, April 13, (Scoop News)-Expressing happiness over Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s return after a grilling session by National Investigation Agency (NIA) , Peoples Conference (PC) leader, Sajjad Gani Lone, has welcomed the Kashmir’s religious head back to home from Delhi.

In a tweet circulated on social media, Sajjad said “happy to c @ Mirwaiz Kashmir back in Srinagar. A grueling ordeal for someone as gentle as the Mirwaiz Umar sahib, irrespective of political differences he is a religious head and a uniting force for Muslims in Kashmir. I hope Delhi understands the reverence that he commands.”

Mirwaiz was summoned to Delhi by the NIA in a terror funding case earlier this week. He was questioned by the agency for three consecutive days.

Meanwhile, Mirwaiz alleged that efforts were being made to coerce separatist leadership to change their stand on Kashmir issue.

He said there was no military solution to Kashmir imbroglio and appealed the India and Pakistan to seek a political solution to the vexed issue. Mirwaiz said the policy of separatists was clear that Kashmir was a political issue which needs to be handled politically.

“The Kashmir issue has no military solution. It is a political issue and has to be dealt with politically,” he said adding New Delhi should understand that the military approach would not solve the Kashmir problem.

“There is only one way to resolve Kashmir issue and that is the political way.”

Addressing a Friday congregation at historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said the problem is an old one and dates back to 1947 and this pulpit has been witness to the growing aspirations of the people for past over 70 years.

He said recent crackdown on against separatist leaders including questioning by the NIA and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) were part of the Centre’s strategy to change the stand.

Meanwhile, former bureaucrat turned politician, Vinod Koul, appealed the members of the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community to vote for the Congress candidate from Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, Ghulam Ahmed Mir.

Koul, son of veteran Congress leader late Manohar Nath Koul, has been campaigning for his party candidate and is scheduled to visit Muthi, Purkhoo, Nagrota, Jagti and other migrant camps to moblise the voters in favour of his party candidate.

Addressing an election rally, he asked displaced community members to compare the benefits granted to them during Congress rule led by UPA and BJP led NDA led government.

Koul, who joined Congress party last month, has been following hectic schedule of campaigning for his party candidates, said all projects including Jagti township of 5,000 apartments, new apartment blocks and Buta Nagar have been built by the UPA led Congress government, government jobs to KP youth were given under PM Special package under congress government.

He said the townships for these employees at five places in Kashmir were built during the UPA government.

Congress candidate Mir is facing multi cornered contest against NC candidate Justice (Retd) Husnain Masood, Sofi Mohammad Yusuf of BJP and Mehbooba Mufti of PDP in Anantnag constituency which is going to polls in three phases on April 23rd, 29th and May 6th.

Of 99, 299 registered migrant voters in the Valley over 21,000 belong to Anantnag constituency and could prove a deciding factor in case of low turnout due to a poll boycott call given by militants.

The constituency is worst affected by militancy for past couple of years. ...
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