Kashmiri prisoners satisfied with Lucknow jail facilities: UP Principal Secy

Kashmir Times. Dated: 12/2/2019 4:52:48 PM

LUCKNOW, Dec 1 (Agencies): Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary, Home, Awanish Awasthi on Sunday claimed that Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Lucknow jail were satisfied with the facilities there.
He made this statement after he paid a surprise visit to the Lucknow Jail, where many prisoners from Kashmir were shifted to during the process of the abrogation of Article 370 in the valley.
Awanish Awasthi, who visited the jail for inspection, was satisfied with the condition of the premises. He even met the prisoners from Kashmir who also affirmed that they were satisfied with the facilities and the functioning of the jail.
After Awasthi’s visit, many developments have come to fore. Many female prisoners, whose sentence is nearing completion, will likely be released before the scheduled time.
CCTV system installed in the jail premises will also be strengthened to be more effective. Solar lights and the drainage system will be further improved and vacant positions in the jail authority will be filled within the next three months.
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Evil plan exposed: Amarinder on Pak minister’s Kartarpur remarks
CHANDIGARH, Dec 1 (Agencies): Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said Pakistan Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid’s disclosure that the Kartarpur Corridor was the brainchild of their Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had exposed Islamabad’s nefarious intent behind the initiative.
Even as he expressed serious concern over this admission by the Pakistani minister, the Chief Minister said that in validating his (Captain Amarinder’s stand) on the issue, Rashid had completely bared the wicked design of Pakistan behind the corridor, which India had hoped would emerge as a bridge of peace between the countries.
The Chief Minister also took strong exception to Rashid’s remarks that “the Corridor would hurt India, which would forever remember the wound inflicted on it by Gen Bajwa with the Kartarpur Corridor.”
Terming it an open and blatant threat against India’s security and integrity, Captain Amarinder warned Pakistan not to attempt any misadventure.
“Don’t make the mistake of reading weakness in our gratitude for the opening of the Corridor,” warned the Chief Minister, asserting that India would give a befitting response to any bid by Pakistan to attack its borders or its people. Declaring that India would never let Pakistan fulfill its despicable ambitions against it, he said any such attempt by Islamabad would be met with retaliation of the kind that they would never be able to survive.
Captain Amarinder recalled that he had all along maintained that while he was extremely happy, as a Sikh, at the opening of the Corridor to enable access to Indian devotees to the historic Kartarpur Gurdwara, the threat it posed to our country could not be ignored. The Chief Minister had, in fact, been repeatedly urging caution over the matter, warning that Pakistan was trying to win the sympathies of the Sikhs by opening the corridor to further the ISI-backed Referendum 2020 agenda.
This had been quite evident from various facts, most notably that General Bajwa had disclosed the Pakistani decision to build the Corridor to then Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu at the time of Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony, said the Chief Minister.
“Imran had not even taken over then, yet their Army Chief had spoken about this to Sidhu. How was it possible unless Bajwa was the one behind the Corridor decision,” asked Captain Amarinder, recalling that he had pointed this out long back.
Given the revelation of the Pakistani minister, Captain Amarinder also urged Sidhu to be more cautious in his dealings with the Imran Khan government and not allow his personal friendship with the Pakistan Prime Minister cloud his judgment in any way, as that could be harmful to India’s interests.



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