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Savagery in Srinagar Aimed at PM’s US visit

Savagery in Srinagar

IT was an act of savagery. The lynching of a police officer outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta in Srinagar by a mob on “Shab-e-Qadr” (night of prayers) in the holy month of Ramadan has pushed further the boundaries of brutalisation in Kashmir. The victim was Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Yusuf Pandith from the security wing of the state police supervising security arrangements  at the grand mosque from where the chief cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, delivers his sermons. The officers and men from this wing do not wear uniform. Soon after he was lynched, the officer was given a tag of being from an intelligence agency — and that too, a non-Muslim — as if such barbarism against the non-Muslim intelligence men  should be an acceptable norm.  The lynching is a blot on the fair name of Kashmir that prides itself on the human values following the path of peace and love as obligated by the Islamic scriptures. That policemen should be targets of terrorists is a well-known strategy, but the people joining the lynching of someone on one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar is self-speaking evidence how far the dehumanisation of Kashmir has proceeded.  This is the time for all the conscience-keepers of Kashmir, particularly the separatist leaders and clerics among them, to stem this rot that threatens to tear apart an already overstrained social culture of tolerance.  The hand of agents provocateur in inciting the mob on Thursday night is all too evident. The unholy puppeteers could care less for the Ramadan’s religious pieties; their objective is to keep the streets boiling and the LoC/borders sizzling till Prime Minister Modi finishes his US visit. And, if the Indian armed forces over-react, the terror-strategists would have reason to feel sadistically rewarded, irrespective of the brutalisation of the Kashmiri society. The Shab-e-Qadr mob attack is as much a challenge to the Indian security establishment as to all those who value deeply Kashmiri sensitivity and sensibility.


1.  Its a matter of shame  that the respectable elected representative of the  People and for the People have ,behaved in a very derogatory , way , which was not expected from the MLA’s. The most uncivilized pattern of behavior in the Punjab Assembly on 22 Jun 2017 was more like  trade union employees.
2.  The MLA’s forgot to maintain their dignity and image of their status putting the voters who have voted them in an embarrassing situation. They were seen fighting with Police to force their way into the assembly by pushing Punjab Police personal and asking them to show the authority and tore off the letter which was handed over to them in front of  Police Mulajims. A very shameful act which is uncalled for from any MLA.
3.  Earlier the MLA were mostly and almost uneducated but the present stream are graduates at least. Does  the fault lies with our our education system  or it is matter of lack of training and wisdom of  the newly elected first time elected MLA ‘s to the Assembly as they are not aware about the  conduct to be followed.
4.   There is need to train these raw MLA’s for 3 weeks training to teach them how to conduct themselves in Assembly and how to maintain the decorum and sanity and dignity of  the Vidyan Sabha.
Can we say the speaker has lost the control our the Assembly MLA’s . Had he taken the initiative to train all MLA’s irrespective of party affiliation he would had been respected as a GURU by All but there seems to be unkown failure on this aspect. Speaker failed to train them especially the new MLA. In this haggama none of the old MLA’s behaved in this manner but only the new ones to earn cheap  popularity among massesin an  a undignified behavior.
This confirms
(a) They have no point to discuss except slogans.
(b) They have only negative politics in mind to find weaknesses.
(c) They are not aware about the proceedings process in the house or how best the question hour can be utilized.
(d)  May be the frustration as they lost the power against their expectations and now want to make up.
  There was no issue on which such hagama should have taken place. Earlier the suspended MLA’s from APP, Sukhpal Khaira and Bains  wanted forceful entry in the vidhan sabha and they got engaged in altercation with the State Police Staff , whom they are suppose to command and give instruction for Law and order. The two MLA from APP degraded themselves and lost their respectability and dignity of being people representatives.
Ruckus In Punjab Assembly On Day Seven Of Budget Session/AAP Women MLAs Insulted In Punjab Assembly


No Doubts AAP lives to its anarchic reputation; outrages sanctity of Vidhan Sabha. They are all leaders by themselves and fail to listen to their nominated leader. It seems it was provocation by Sukhpal Khaira and Bains if they are not allowed inside , the other members of  their party must make hue and cry in the assembly which went out of control .
AAP MLA Parmal Singh’s Turban Taken Off In Punjab Assembly
The lady APP MLA giving communal colour to the self removed turban and spreading his hairs.
It was a day of ‘competitive hooliganism’ resorted to by the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal for grabbing the opposition space in the Vidhan Sabha and the headlines in the media in the process outraging the sanctity of the august house.
On Thursday the Aam Aadmi Party members lived up to their characteristic (ill)reputation of being THE ANARCHISTS. Their crying persecution notwithstanding, it is they who started it. One of their members tried to break the security cordon, after pushing aside the female staff in a undignified way thus so shamelessly, apparently in a bid to assault the Speaker. Others also tried to join in. Speaker had no option but to order them to be marshalled out. Instead of following the Speaker’s orders, they tried to browbeat the marshals, including the female staff. Once taken out, they started crying wolf and persecution. One of the marshals arm was fractured. Number of MLA’s misbehaved with the female staff by pushing them  but they resisted even they were wrongly touched at places during pushing.
Captain Claims AAP MLA Outraged Modesty Of A Lady Constable/Manpreet Say Akalis And AAP Hand In Hand


  The scene was so embarrassing for the speaker to watch when MLA’s were misbehaving with Female staff   of the assembly that Speaker had to Call the marshals to show the out door    to the  rudy MLA’s .
Shiromani Akali Dal, that’s desperately trying to grab the opposition space jumped in to the “defence” of AAP. The gullible AAP members walked into their trap, without realising that the Akalis were actually grabbing their space and the headlines in the media. No doubts the advantage was cashed by Sukhbir Singh Badal and Majithia who had ignited the fuel to earn upper edge to show better behavior than APP .
There was no turban falling down but as precautionary the concern MLA took off the turban and opened his hairs to show that he was manhandled. What a pity.
And to top it all the ‘seasoned statesman’, Sardar Parkash Singh Badal seized the moment to shed ‘sympathetic’ tears for the AAP legislators who were crying persecution and intimidation. Otherwise he has not been attending the Vidhan Sabha.
Former CM Prakash Singh Badal Visits AAP MLAs In Hospital / SAD Condemn Speaker For Using Force/sympathetic’ tears for the AAP legislators
Tossed turbans in Punjab Assembly bring AAP, SAD MLAs together for common cause(Removed on his own and spread his hairs)


The MLA’s Themselves are not trained for Vidhyan Sabha procedure and they  alleged  that they were forced from the house by untrained staff. Does this mean that they should had been taken on chairs while singing “He is a Jolly Good fellow” . MLA;’s have to behave nad come on the Assembly floor and discuss the issues worth diverting attention of the govt not for criticism only.
My personal views and logics
Col CJS Khera
Gen Secy
Sanjha Morcha
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Stretchers out in Punjab House

“AAP MLAs and the Akalis are conspiring to disrupt proceedings of the House. Action should be taken against all legislators who have been breaking Assembly rules and throwing papers at the Speaker, besides creating a ruckus over non-issuesCapt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister

If elected representatives are treated like this, imagine how the ruling party will behave with the commoners. Turbans of MLAs came off… it’s an insult to the Sikh communitySukhbir Singh Badal, Akali Dal president

Any effort to disrupt the House proceedings for petty political interests would not be tolerated. Anarchist activities (by Opposition MLAs) are against the sanctity of the august HouseRana KP Singh, Vidhan Sabha Speaker

Marshals attacked AAP leaders on the Speaker’s directions. They removed turbans of five MLAs and misbehaved with women legislators. I thank the SAD and SGPC for showing support and concernHS Phoolka, Leader of opposition

Badal has forgotten how his party legislators had, in June 1986, dragged the then Speaker Surjit Singh Minhas from his chair. In the melee, Minhas’ turban had come off. Badal never apologised for that. Now, he is shedding crocodile tears… the entire drama was enacted by the SAD and AAPSunil Jakhar, PPCC president

I have never seen such a brazen display of brutality unleashed against elected representatives, and that too in the temple of democracyBir Devinder Singh, former Deputy Speaker

Turban is the pride of a Sikh. It is unfortunate that turbans are tossed at a place from where the elected members enact laws and take vital decisions for the state. The incident is condemnable. I demand stern action against the marshals involved in the actGiani Gurbachan Singh, Akal Takht jathedar


Nagra vs MajithiaA heated exchange took place between former Revenue Minister and Majitha MLA Bikram Singh Majithia and Congress legislator Kuljit Singh Nagra. Majithia wondered what level of studies Nagra had pursued for 12 years at Panjab University. The latter retorted, “I have five degrees and you don’t even have a diploma. In fact, you have nothing except your brother-in-law Sukhbir Badal. Í am proud to be a self-made man”. Not impressed by his claims, Majithia repeatedly asked the Congress leader to spell “proud”. TNSProbe into land scamThe CM ordered an inquiry into the alleged multi-crore rural land scam in Fatehgarh Sahib by the Gram Panchayat, Jheurheri. He was intervening on a call attention notice raised by Mohali MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu regarding the purchase of land at almost double the prevailing market rate. Sidhu informed the House that officials did not seek sanction from the competent authority before purchasing the land. Crores withdrawn were spent only on paper instead of being utilized for actual development works. Thus, a VB should be ordered, he demanded. TNSSports kit distribution to be investigatedChief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has promised a thorough probe into alleged irregularities in the distribution of sports kits among the youth clubs under the then SAD-BJP rule. The assurance came from the Chief Minister in the Vidhan Sabha on Thursday in response to a question asked by Congress MLA Rajinder Beri during question hour. TNSTight security in placeAdditional security was deployed at the Vidhan Sabha. Specialised police teams, such as SWAT, were present inside the House. A posse of cops was deployed at the entrance for MLAs. The watch and ward staff, right after they had thrown out the AAP MLAs, were seen flocking Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, touching his feet for blessings. TNS

Marshals injured too

  • Amanjot Singh, a marshal, suffered an arm fracture in the scuffle at the Vidhan Sabha, while Harjit Kaur,a constable from themarshal staff, lodged a complaint with theSpeaker against an AAP MLA, accusing him ofhitting her and tearing her shirt. A spokesperson for the Vidhan Sabha said AAP MLAs broke the arm of Amanjot when he was trying to stop legislators from advancing towards the chair of the Speaker.

Militant killed as Army foils infiltration bid at LoC

Militant killed as Army foils infiltration bid at LoC
Army soldiers stand guard near the Line of Control. — PTI file photo

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, June 22

An unidentified militant was killed in a gunfight as Army on Thursday claimed to have foiled infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in frontier district of Kupwara.The militant was killed in Keran sector, over 150 km from Srinagar, when militants were intercepted by Army in the forest area late Wednesday.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said operation in the Keran sector was going on.“Infiltration bid has been foiled in Keran sector. One terrorist has been killed so far and one weapon was recovered. The operation is in progress,” the spokesman said  Earlier this month, Army foiled multiple infiltration attempts from Uri, Nowgam, Machil and Gurez sector along the LoC in Kashmir region and killed at least 13 militants who were trying to sneak into the Valley

Revise biased promotion policy for Maj Gens: AFT

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 19

Terming the Army’s policy for promotion of Major Generals to the rank of Lieutenant General as “highly discriminatory and devoid of logic”, the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has ruled that present ‘Two Stream’ policy should be reviewed with an aim to open more promotional avenues at the top echelon.Directing the Defence Ministry to complete the exercise within four months and implement the revised policy preferably before the next Special Selection Board due in October 2017, the AFT observed that the present policy denied Major Generals of the Staff stream a chance to be promoted as Lieutenant Generals in the same stream, thereby creating a class within a class.Under the present system, when Brigadiers are promoted to the rank of Major General, and when Major Generals are promoted to Lieutenant General, they are placed in either ‘Command and Staff’ stream or ‘Staff Only’ stream, depending upon their merit.Those in the Command stream get to hold appointments where they can command field formations comprising combat elements, whereas those in the Staff stream are placed at administrative posts in headquarters or static establishments. The Bench also observed that a third category of Major Generals, Non General Cadre, also existed in some support arms and services.Maj Gen KA Muthanna, an infantry officer of 1978 seniority, had moved the AFT contending that Major Generals from the Staff stream were not considered for promotion to Lieutenant General in the staff stream.The two-stream policy was reintroduced by the Army in 2009 after a gap of 16 years, ostensibly to cater to additional vacancies arising out of the implementation of the AV Singh Committee recommendations on cadre review. It was earlier in vogue from 1986 to 1992.The AFT observed that the Defence Ministry had disagreed with Army Headquarters’ recommendations that Major Generals in the staff stream be made eligible for promotion to Lieutenant General in the same stream on the grounds that lack of command experience would result in dilution of the standards.“We strongly feel that re-introduction of the two-stream policy without taking into consideration the view of the Army who are the main stakeholders and the fact of accrual of 55 additional vacancies from 39 to 94 in the rank of Lt Gen, and not opening the avenues for promotion to one category of Major Generals, is beyond comprehension and appears arbitrary and devoid of logic,” the Bench said.“The time is absolutely ripe to have a fresh look at the impugned policy and open avenues for competent Staff Only Major Generals, who are otherwise being wasted out and de-motivated by totally closing their promotional avenues. Their morale is sapped and if they are not to be considered for promotion, a feeling of indifference and disincentive would set in, which is admittedly not good for the organisation,” the Bench observed.The AFT also ruled that though the petitioner has superannuated he will be given consideration in consonance with new policy and if found fit, will be given consequential benefits.

Centre gets 4 months

  • The AFT has told Defence Ministry to implement revised policy within 4 months
  • It observed the ‘Two Stream’ policy was “highly discriminatory and devoid of logic”
  • The aim, it says, should be to open more promotional avenues at the top echelon


Manali-Leh road opens for traffic

Manali-Leh road opens for traffic
Ladakh lifeline: The Leh-Sarchu-Manali national highway had remained closed for over five months. A file photo

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16

After remaining closed for over five months, the Leh-Sarchu-Manali national highway has been reopened for traffic. The road serves as a lifeline for the people of Ladakh region ensuring essential supplies as well as stocking for winters when the region remains cut off from the rest of the country.Due to disturbance in Kashmir Valley, this route is used by most civilians and military convoys to reach Ladakh. The 474-km-long highway is maintained by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).In Himachal, BRO’s Project Deepak is responsible for maintaining the 222-km Manali-Sarchu stretch, which include Rohtang and Barlacha passes, while the 252-km stretch in J&K from Sarchu to Leh through the Tanglang, Lachung and Nakki passes is looked after under Project Himank. Around four lakh cubic metres of snow was cleared and alternative routes were cut to avoid sinking of road portions due to heavy accumulation of snow before opening the road for traffic.

Jawan killed in Manipur ambush

Imphal: A jawan was killed and three others were injured when suspected militants ambushed an Assam Rifles party in Ukhrul district of Manipur on Thursday. The ultras exploded an improvised explosive device (IED) at Kashung about 11.15 am, the police said. The deceased was identified as Havildar Rohit. The injured were airlifted to the Leimakhong Army Hospital in Imphal. — PTI

Mistaken for ultra, civilian killed in Army firing in Arunachal

Bijay Sankar Bora

Tribune News Service

Guwahati, June 15

A civilian was killed by troops of Assam Rifles during a counter-insurgency operation at Kangsa Basti in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh in the wee hours today.Though the Army called it a case of mistaken identity, locals staged a protest alleging that an innocent civilian identified as Thingtu Nimu was shot dead without a reason.Kohima-based defence spokesman Colonel Chiranjeet Konwer said: “The Army had laid an ambush in Kangsa Basti of Changlang district after receiving intelligence inputs about movement of a group of hardcore terrorists in the area. A man made very suspicious movements and on being challenged he rushed towards the ambush party. This forced the Army to open controlled fire, which resulted in his death. It is a case of mistaken identity.”The Army has been engaged in counter-insurgency operations in insurgents-infested Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Myanmar.The killing of the civilian in Changlang district comes just a couple of days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during an India-Myanmar border area situation review meeting at Aizawl, told the Assam Rifles, which is operating along the India-Myanmar border, to exercise restrain while dealing with people living in the bordering areas.

Army says…

  • An ambush was laid in Kangsa Basti of Changlang district after the Army received intelligence inputs about movement of a group of hardcore terrorists in the area
  • A man made ‘very suspicious’ movements and on being challenged he rushed towards the ambush party
  • This forced the Army to open controlled fire, which resulted in his death. The Army termed it a case of mistaken identity


Bulletproof combat vehicles stationed in border districts

Bulletproof combat vehicles stationed in border districts
Police officials inspect an armoured vehicle in Bathinda on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pawan sharma

Varinder Singh

Tribune News Service

Bathinda/Faridkot, June 14

The Punjab Police have come out with 16 bulletproof combat vehicles to counter gangsters during encounters.These specially designed, light armoured vehicles based on the Mahindra Scorpio platform and branded as ‘Scorpio Rakshak Plus’ have been stationed at sensitive points in districts on the Indo-Pak border, districts bordering Haryana and Rajasthan and in the Commissionerates of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar.The plan to purchase these was conceived by the state police after the Dinanagar terror attack when they had to requisition such vehicles from Jammu and Kashmir. But the project has seen the light of day during the incumbent Congress government.“We have got a bullet-proof ‘Scorpio Rakshak Plus’ today. It not only has bulletproof steel shells but also bulletproof glasses with holes for firing from inside the vehicle. There is an opening in the top to mount and operate a light machine gun (LMG),” said Bathinda SSP Navin Singla.MS Chhina, IG, Bathinda zone, said the vehicles would be useful in Bathinda, Mansa, Faridkot, Fazilka and Ferozepur districts, which shared borders with Haryana and Rajasthan and also for police officials deployed in districts along the Indo-Pak border where drug smugglers were active.ADGP (Law and Order) Rohit Chaudhary said these 16 ‘moving bunkers’ have been allocated to border districts and important cities like Bathinda, Jalandhar and Mohali. “Our troops will be ready with minimum response time to tackle any armed conflict with gangsters and other outlaws,” he said.

Pakistan violates truce in KG, Nowshera sectors

Pakistan violates truce in KG, Nowshera sectors
Smoke rises from the area in Nowshera shelled by Pakistan.

Jammu, June 12

The Pakistani army this morning violated ceasefire in the Krishna Ghati sector and Nowshera sector of Poonch and Rajouri district, respectively.“The Pakistani army initiated indiscriminate firing with small arms, automatics and mortars in the Krishna Ghati sector from 6.20 am today. At 8.45 am, the Pakistani army started unprovoked firing with small arms, RPGs, recoilless rifles and mortars in the Lam area of Nowshera sector. The Indian Army responded strongly and effectively,” the Jammu-based defence PRO said.“In the Krishna Ghati sector, the firing ended at 8.15 am, while in the Lam area, it ended at 10.10 am,” the PRO said.Since Saturday night, the Pakistani army has violated the mutually agreed truce on the Line of Control (LoC) six times. The Indian Army has responded in equal measure. Meanwhile, the cross-border firing has brought back fear among people living in villages along the LoC. — TNS