Mirwaiz prevented from visiting Pulwama

Srinagar: The government on Sunday prevented Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from visiting Kakapora, Pulwama, where a militant commander was killed on Thursday.
Mirwaiz’s close aide Shahid-ul-Islam said the amalgam’s Chairman was going to express sympathy with the family of slain Talib Ahmad Shah and the locals whose houses were damaged by forces. “But Mirwaiz sahib was put under house arrest on Saturday evening. On his direction, we sent a delegation to Kakapora,” he said.
The delegation led by Javed Ahmad Mir paid ‘glowing tributes to Talib for his supreme sacrifice’. “Because of the undemocratic and unrealistic approach of the government of India, tensions between India and Pakistan are increasing,” Mir said, adding, “continuous suppression dictatorial methods in Kashmir are compelling the younger generation to adopt militancy.”
Meanwhile, a delegation of the JKLF, while expressing solidarity with the family of the slain militant at his residence, said the youth are being pushed to the wall. The delegation, comprising JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal said, “Martyrs are our heroes who are sacrificing their today for the betterment of our tomorrow. India and its stooges, by choking space for peaceful political resistance are promoting violence but they should know that their ugly tactics will fail and the resistance movement of these martyrs will achieve its desired goal.”
Will issue formal response on NSA meeting; raise issue of ‘Indian interference’ in Pak: Sartaj Aziz
Islamabad: Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s national security adviser has said that a ‘formal response’ to the proposed meeting with his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, would be issued after completion of consultations on the agenda of the meeting. Aziz said this on Sunday while talking to the media about Pakistan’s response to the Indian proposal for the meeting of national security advisers in New Delhi on August 23.
“We are preparing the agenda for the meeting and consultations for that are underway. Once the agenda has been finalised, it would be shared with India,” he said. He criticised India for ‘jumping to guns” (sic) and blaming Pakistan for “all terrorist attacks” without carrying out investigations. Aziz said this issue will be taken up in the meeting. He said India levels allegations against Pakistan without having any solid evidence.
He also expressed the desire to resolve all issues with India through dialogue. He said he would raise the issue of alleged “Indian interference” in Pakistan with his Indian counterpart. Aziz rejected the impression that Pakistan still maintains a distinction between good and bad terrorists and said that the military operation was going on against all militants. “Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” he said.
—PTI

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