Authorities’ apathy towards people in remote areas denounced

Srinagar, February 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed concern over the total apathy of the authorities towards the people living in cities, towns and most of all in remote villages, struggling with the fallout of adverse weather conditions for the last two months without any respite.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, expressed grief and sorrow at the loss of lives in the recent heavy snowfall and avalanches across the valley and extended condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families. He also regretted the damage to homes and property in different parts of the valley due to heavy snowfall.

He said the people of Kashmir are facing the lack of electricity and water, the basic necessities of life in today’s life. “Leave alone facilities, no emergency provisions are in place. The recently reported incident of a pregnant woman losing her child and her life and the family struggling to take her body home because of blocked roads is heart-rending,” he added.

The Mirwaiz said the highways particularly the Srinagar-Jammu Highway remain blocked and thousands of men, women and children are stranded, left to fend for themselves without basic amenities. He said overpricing of air tickets is another issue and there is no one to look into this loot. It is ironical that Srinagar to Jammu tickets are costing a staggering 40,000, he added.

Strongly denouncing the launching of a Cordon and Search Operation in Bandipora, today, he said with no plan or concern to ameliorate the difficulties and sufferings of people the only activity of the authorities is CASOs meant to kill, maim, terrorize and destroy people.

He appealed to the humanitarian agencies and people concerned with human suffering to support and assist those who are undergoing immense difficulties due to harshest weather conditions.

The Mirwaiz said that the people of Kashmir had a tradition and culture to help each other in difficult times and urged them to help and support particularly those in the dense and dire circumstances.

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