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Muscular policy cannot work in J&K, we tried our best for dialogue and reconciliation: Mehbooba Mufti

PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that a muscular policy cannot work in Jammu and Kashmir and her government tried its best to work for dialogue and reconciliation in the state. “Muscular policy cannot work in Jammu and Kashmir. We tried our best for dialogue and reconciliation in the state,” Mufti said after at a press conference in Srinagar soon after meeting Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra. She resigned as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister shortly after the PDP’s coalition partner BJP pulled out of the ruling alliance.”Mufti Mohammad Sayeed did this alliance for good of the Jammu and Kashmir considering the BJP was a big party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come to power with such a huge mandate,” she said. “We didn’t do this alliance for power. This alliance had a bigger motive- unilateral ceasefire, PM Modi’s visit to Pakistan, withdrawal of cases against 11,000 youth,” Mufti said. She said that PDP fulfilled its agenda. With the PDP-BJP coalition falling apart, the state has come under governor’s rule, which will be for the fourth time in the last 10 years. The BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it had become impossible to continue in the government in view of the growing radicalism and terrorism in the state.The decision to withdraw was taken after consulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, the party’s general secretary Ram Madhav announced at a press conference in New Delhi.The BJP blamed the PDP for failing to improve the security conditions in the Kashmir Valley. Madhav cited last week’s killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in the heart of Srinagar in the highly secured area of Press Enclave by unidentified gunmen. The same day — two days before Eid — an Army jawan was abducted while going on Eid leave and killed. “It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in the state,” Madhav said.(With PTI inputs)
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Not celebrating BJP-PDP breakup, won’t form government with any party in J&K: Omar Abdullah

The Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) on Tuesday said that it will not support any party to form the government in the state. “I met Governor NN Vohra and told him that the National Conference did not get the mandate to form the government in 2014 and neither does it has the mandate to form the government in 2018. We have not approached any party to form a coalition government. No party has approached us either,” NC leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said. His remarks came soon after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP’s general secretary Ram Madhav said it had become untenable for the party to continue in the alliance government in the state.Abdullah said he told Vohra that since no party has the mandate to form a government, he will have to impose Governor rule in the state. He said he is not celebrating the break of PDP-BJP alliance in the state but is actually mourning the death of democracy.Would have liked to see Mehbooba resigning with dignity rather than rug being pulled under her feet, Omar said. On BJP’s reasoning it pulled out of the government as the situation had gotten dire in the state, Omar said, “If the situation was not dire for the last one and half month then what constituted dire situation.” “We also requested the Governor that Governor rule should not remain imposed for a long time period. After all, people have the right to choose their government. Fresh elections should take place & we will accept the mandate of the people,” he added.
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Mehbooba Mufti resigns: Inside track of how BJP outsmarted PDP

In a game of one-upmanship, Amit Shah managed to trump Mehbooba Mufti in the J&K game of thrones. The end was near, but it was about who pulls the chord, who gets to have the political upper hand. While the alliance was in tatters post failed Ramzaan ceasefire in Valley, BJP managed to outfox PDP by making the first move. And they did, after they got wind of PDP’s gameplan. The BJP was pulling out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the party’s general secretary Ram Madhav said on Tuesday. It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in the state, Madhav said at a press conference. He said the BJP favoured governor’s rule in the state.”Keeping in mind that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and in order to control the prevailing situation in the state, we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the governor,” Madhav told journalists. The party which was leading the state government had failed to control the situation in the state, the BJP leader said. Madhav’s announcement comes after BJP President Amit Shah met BJP leaders from Jammu and Kashmir and forced Mehooba’s hand. Mufti is set to submit her resignation soon. Also read’So it has come to pass’: Omar Abdullah reacts after BJP dumps PDP Read: BJP ends alliance with PDP in Jammu and KashmirDNA can reveal that it was the ceasefire which caused the break-up. Also readBJP pulls plug on alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir: A timeline of events of rocky relationshipRecently, Rajnath Singh wrote on Twitter: “On 17th May, GoI took the decision that Security Forces will not conduct offensive operations in J&K during holy month of Ramzan. Decision was taken in interests of the peace-loving people of J&K, in order to provide them a conducive atmosphere to observe Ramzan.”The BJP actually pre-empted PDP’s move to walk away from the alliance. DNA has reliably learnt that the major bone of contention for between BJP and PDP was ceasefire extension post Ramazan.Also readBJP ends alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti resignsRead: BJP-PDP – a timeline The PDP working committee was set to meet on Thursday to ask Mebhooba Mufti to travel to Delhi and meet leaders from the Centre to convince them about continuing the ceasefire that was started during Ramazan. And it’s believed that the future of the alliance from the PDP’s perspective would have depended on the outcome of her meetings with the Centre.However, before such a meeting took place, BJP took the call to end the alliance. The PDP had 28 MLAs in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, while the BJP has 25.Another state may have just slipped out of BJP’s hands, but looking at the bigger picture of 2019, party felt it was prudent to bite the bullet now.
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India BJP pulls out of controversial Kashmir alliance

The governing BJP says increasing violence in the region has made the coalition untenable.

‘So it has come to pass’: Omar Abdullah reacts after BJP dumps PDP

Minutes after BJP announced that it is pulling out of Jammu and Kashmir government, former CM & National Conference leader Omar Abdullah gave his reaction on Twitter. In a short message, Omar said, ” ‘So it has come to pass”. Omar Abdullah in the past have been extremely critical of PDP-BJP alliance and have highlighted how two parties with completely different alliances are clinging to the power. Hence after BJP announced divorce from the alliance, Omar’s reaction was on fairly expected lines. Mehbooba Mufti has also resigned after news of BJP pulling out of the government trickling in. The BJP was pulling out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the party’s general secretary Ram Madhav said here today. It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in the state, Madhav said at a press conference. He said the BJP favoured governor’s rule in the state.”Keeping in mind that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and in order to control the prevailing situation in the state, we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the governor,” Madhav told journalists. The party which was leading the state government had failed to control the situation in the state, the BJP leader said.With PTI inputs
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BJP ends alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti resigns

The BJP has ended its shaky alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP, announced Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary.BJP president Amit Shah had called for an urgent meeting of Jammu and Kashmir BJP ministers and some top leaders in the national capital. Sources told DNA that the PDP was ‘in shock’ after hearing the annoucement.CM Mehbooba Mufti has submitted her resignation to the Governor, DNA has learned. In a presser, Ram Madhav announced that it was no longer possible for the BJP to continue its alliance with PDP. Ram Madhav said: “After discussing with everyone, we’ve decided to call of the alliance. For the last three years, BJP has tried its best to work with the PDP to ensure that there was security and development in Jammu and Kashmir.”He claimed that freedom of press was under threat citing the recent murder of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari.Ram Madhav praised the Centre for trying its best to work with the state government. He added: “Centre did everything for the Valley. We’ve tried to put a full-stop to the ceasefire violations by Pak. PDP has not been successful in fulfilling its promises. Our leaders have been facing a lot of difficulties from PDP in developmental works in Jammu & Ladakh.”Ram Madhav said: “Keeping in mind larger interest of India’s security and integrity, fact is that J&K is an integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the Governor.”Reacting to the news, Omar Abdullah tweeted: “And so it has come to pass.” He said: “The circumstances of running this government is not tenable and the fault lies with the other side.”Speaking about the alliance, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, whose party also shares an uneasy relationship with BJP called the alliance ‘anti-national and unnatural’.He said: “This alliance was anti-national & unnatural. Our party chief had said, this alliance won’t work out. Had they continued with it they would have had to answer in 2019 Lok Sabha election.”
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Separatists call for Kashmir shutdown on Wednesday against Bukhari, civilian killings

He said the strike will also be observed against the brutal killing of Bukhari, who was shot dead along with his two personal guards outside his office on June 14 by unknown gunmen. "JRL demands an international probe into this gruesome murder," a JRL spokesperson said in the statement. He said cordon and search operations had returned with a vengeance to the villages as people were being severely beaten and harassed and used as human shields. ”
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Four terrorists killed by Army forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora forest area

Four terrorists were killed on Monday morning after fresh firing broke out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora region.Quoting official sources, Global News Service in the state said that a fresh gunfight broke out between the militants and the joint team of army’s 14 RR, 22 RR, 52 RR, 18 RR, 28 RR, 27 RR, 31 RR, army’s 3 Para Commandos and special team of air force in the dense forest area of Panar.Four militants were killed in the fire exchange, the police official added.Sources also added that at least 13 more terrorists were still hiding in the forest.This is the first terror attack in the strife-torn state after the Centre announced to not extend the ceasefire and directed security forces to resume operations against the terrorists.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday urged security forces to take all necessary actions as earlier to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence and killings.Since past few days, Jammu and Kashmir have been witnessing a huge spurt in terror attacks.Two police personnel and one civilian were injured in a terrorist attack at a police patrolling party in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on Friday.On Thursday, two bike-borne terrorists attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and snatched his rifle near Sadora Railway Station in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.Further, terrorists opened fire at a joint checkpoint of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police near Pulwama’s Gangoo area on Thursday morning.One Army personnel and two terrorists were killed in an encounter at a forest area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.With ANI Inputs
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Separatists ignored govt’s peace efforts

The cold-blooded murder of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari and Rashtriya Rifles soldier Aurangzeb was the last straw that prompted the Centre to revoke unilateral suspension of operations against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.Other than the twin killings, the Centre was getting increasingly restive as all its efforts to reach out to the separatists through civil society had failed during the month of Ramzan.Informed government sources said the decision was arrived at in Friday meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in which all the pros and cons related to revocation and resumption of ceasefire were deliberated upon in the light of the two killings amid deteriorating law and order situation.Despite arriving at the decision, the Centre, however, decided to break the news later to not to dampen the spirit of Eid celebrations.Rajnath Singh tried the last ditch effort to rope in the separatists into talks during his visit to the Valley on June 7 and 8, but it failed to yield any result because of the overbearing writ of the PoK based United Jehad Council not to hold talks unless India accepts Kashmir as a dispute.Home ministry sources said a positive response of public to the truce was seen in a sharp decline stone-pelting incidents which was unpalatable to Pakistan’s terror masters. They continued to push up the scale of violence by infiltrating terrorists to kill innocent civilians while the security forces were duty-bound by their commitment to the cessation of operations.The unilateral ceasefire was also providing time to terrorists to regroup and find new safe havens, said sources.
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Truce ends, all-out operations resume in J&K

Anti-terror operations will run at full throttle in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre said on Sunday, ending the Ramzan truce a day after Eid celebrations.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a statement that terrorists kept attacking innocent people and soldiers despite security forces exercising maximum restraint during the holy month.The decision was taken after Singh met Prime Minister Narendra Modi three days ago and briefed him about the ground situation in the Valley. Also, security establishments failed to arrive at a consensus, on whether the ceasefire should continue after Eid, despite two rounds of hectic deliberations last week, said sources.While the National Security Advisor was in favour of ending the ceasefire in view of the security concerns over Amarnath Yatra, which is scheduled to begin on June 28, the forces on the ground wanted the truce to continue to facilitate political movement.Things quickly tilted towards action on the ground after editor of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by terrorists.Two security officers were also killed in the attack. The same day, terrorists abducted Rifleman Aurangzeb and killed him in Pulwama district. Aurangzeb was a part of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Shadimarg in Shopian.In his statement, Singh said that during ceasefire while the security forces have displayed exemplary restraint during this period, the “terrorists have continued with their attacks, on civilians and security forces, resulting in deaths and injuries”.Singh directed the security forces to take all necessary actions as earlier to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence and killings.The minister explained that the Centre decided on May 17 that security forces will not conduct offensive operations in J&K during the holy month of Ramazan. This decision was taken in the interests of the peace-loving people of J&K.He said security forces implemented the decision in letter and spirit in the face of grave provocation, to enable the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramazan in a peaceful manner. “This has been widely appreciated by the people all over the country, including J&K, and has brought relief to the common citizens,” said the Union Home Minister, adding that it was expected that everyone will cooperate in ensuring the success of this initiative.Singh said that government will continue with its endeavour to create an environment free of terror and violence in Jammu and Kashmir.However, he asserted: “It is important that all sections of peace-loving people come together to isolate the terrorists and motivate those who have been misguided to return to the path of peace.”
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J&K: 45-year-old civilian shot dead by militants hours after Centre calls off truce

Hours after Centre called off the Ramzan ceasefire, militants shot dead a 45-year-old civilian when they stormed his house at Kelam village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday.The incident occurred on Sunday evening when unknown militants barged into the house of Mohammad Iqbal Kawa and fired indiscriminately at him at Kelam village. He was shifted to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.“Iqbal Kawa received gunshot wounds and later succumbed to his injuries”, said Harmeet Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Kulgam.Police have registered a case and massive hunt has been launched to nab the militants responsible for the incident.The killing comes hours after Centre called off the Ramzan ceasefire and decided to resume anti-terror operations in the strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir. Centre had declared the suspension of operations against militants from May 17 keeping in view the holy fasting month of Ramzan.Earlier, five civilians were injured when a low-intensity blast ripped through a busy public park at Manasbal in Central Kashmir district of Ganderbal “It is learnt that a low-intensity explosion occurred this evening inside a park at Mansabal. In this incident five civilians sustained injuries. All of them were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. The injured are stated to be stable”, said a police spokesman.Police have started an investigation for ascertaining the cause of this low-intensity explosion.
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Hamare bhai ke badle mein sau chaiye: Aurangzeb’s brother urges PM Modi to avenge his death

After laying Rifleman Aurangzeb to rest with full state honours, his brother appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take revenge from the terrorists as soon as possible.The bullet-ridden body of abducted Army jawan Aurangzeb, who was abducted by terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, was recovered from Gusoo area on Thursday.Speaking to ANI, Aurangzeb’s brother further said that he can avenge his brother’s death if the government fails to do so.”Hamare bhai ke badle hamein sau chahiye. Agar nahi de sakte to bata do, hum khud lenge (I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take swift action in this. 100 of their people should pay the price, for the death of my brother. If you (the government) is not able to do so, then tell us, we will do it ourselves),” he told ANI.Earlier in the day, Aurangzeb’s father Mohd Hanif made an emotional appeal to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government to eliminate militancy from the state.The deceased Army man was proceeding towards his home on account of the festival of Eid when he was abducted in broad daylight from a vehicle. After his abduction, the Jammu and Kashmir Police had launched a massive manhunt.Aurangzeb belonged to 44 Rashtriya Rifles, and was posted in Shopian district. Mohd Hanif, the father of Rifleman Aurangzeb, who was abducted and later killed by terrorists in Pulwama’s Gusoo, made an emotional appeal to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government to eliminate militancy from the state, as he laid his son to rest.Speaking to ANI, Mohd Hanif said his son sacrificed himself for the nation and added that not only Jammu and Kashmir, but the whole nation is feeling the pain of his loss.”My son has abided by his pledge, he kept his promise. He sacrificed himself for the nation and came back to me. I request central and state governments to eliminate militancy,” he said.Scores of people bid a tearful farewell to Aurangzeb at his native village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Saturday.While the jawan was laid to rest with full state honours, locals raised slogans of ‘Shaheed Aurangzeb amar rahe’ (May Aurangzeb remain immortal) at the last rites ceremony. Furthermore, locals raised anti-Pakistan slogans to express their outrage over Aurangzeb’s killing.
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3 women killed, 5 children injured in Kishtwar landslide in J&K

Three women were killed and 5 children of a nomadic tribe were injured on Saturday when a landslide hit their tent in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir.The tribal people, who take their cattle for grazing to upper reaches, had pitched a tent at the foothills in Sasho belt of Paddar tehsil, said police officials adding that a big boulder hit their tent during the landslide, resulting in death of women and injuries to children.The women, who were crushed to death under the boulders, were identified as Zeenam, 46, Maryam, 27, and Zareena, 22.The five children including two girls were injured, the police officials said.All the injured children, who were below 6 years of age, were hospitalised, they said adding the post mortem examinations of the victim women were being conducted.Their bodies would be handed over to their families after the autopsy, they said.
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Watch: Avenge Auranzeb’s murder or we will do it ourselves, Army jawan’s brother tells Modi govt

After laying Rifleman Aurangzeb to rest with full state honours, his brother appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take revenge from the terrorists as soon as possible.The bullet-ridden body of abducted Army jawan Aurangzeb, who was abducted by terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, was recovered from Gusoo area on Thursday.Speaking to ANI, Aurangzeb’s brother further said that he can avenge his brother’s death if the government fails to do so.”Hamare bhai ke badle hamein sau chahiye. Agar nahi de sakte to bata do, hum khud lenge (I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take swift action in this. 100 of their people should pay the price, for the death of my brother. If you (the government) is not able to do so, then tell us, we will do it ourselves),” he told ANI.Earlier in the day, Aurangzeb’s father Mohd Hanif made an emotional appeal to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government to eliminate militancy from the state.The deceased Army man was proceeding towards his home on account of the festival of Eid when he was abducted in broad daylight from a vehicle. After his abduction, the Jammu and Kashmir Police had launched a massive manhunt.Aurangzeb belonged to 44 Rashtriya Rifles, and was posted in Shopian district.
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Jammu and Kashmir: BJP leaders meet family of slain Army jawan Aurangzeb on Eid

Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Ravinder Raina on Saturday met the family of Army rifleman Aurangzeb, who was abducted and later killed by militants in Shopian district of South Kashmir, and said his killers would be eliminated soon.Aurangzeb was abducted on Thursday when he was on his way home in Rajouri district for Eid celebrations. His body was found by a team of police and Army about 10 km away from Kalampora in Pulwama district. He was shot in head and neck.Raina and other BJP leaders met Aurangzeb’s family in Salani village in Poonch district and condoled his death.As Raina reached the village, local people gathered in the area shouted pro-India and anti-Pakistani slogans.Raina, MLA from the border constituency Nowshera, asserted the sacrifice of army men will never go unnoticed. He said “a pall of gloom has descended on this village” on Eid.”Pakistan is involved in the bloodshed and violence in Kashmir on the last day of Ramzan before Eid,” he said, adding, “all those killers will be eliminated soon.” Raina urged the civil society of Kashmir to rise and contribute to eliminate the evil of terrorism from the Valley.BJP state general-secretary Ashok Kaul said the attack on Aurangzeb was an act of extreme cowardice as the militants targeted him when he was off-duty.BJP in-charge Kashmir Narinder Singh said the party stands with the Army jawan’s family in this hour of sorrow.
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Clashes between protesters-security forces mar Eid celebration in Kashmir, ISIS flags raised; Army jawan killed

Eid festivities and prayers in the valley were marred by several clashes between protesters and security forces and a killing of an Army jawan in ceasefire.A 21-year-old Army jawan, Bikas Gurung, was killed when Pakistani troopers targeted a patrol party along the line of control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.Militants also fired at a security forces party at Lasjan on the outskirts of the city, injuring a CRPF Jawan. Constable Dinesh Paswan has been shifted to 92 Base Hosptial at Army’s Badamibagh in Srinagar.The grenade blast which killed a protester took place at Brakpora village in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.A Kashmiri man also carried an Islamic State (IS) group flag during clashes in Srinagar. Clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies were reported from Sopore and Kupwara areas. One person sustained injuries in the clashes in Safakadal area of Srinagar city soon after the prayers.Muslims from all walks of life made a beeline for Eidgahs (prayer ground) and mosques to offer Eid prayers as a thanksgiving for the month-long fasting of Ramadhan. Big gatherings of Eid prayers were also held in Sonawar and Soura Shrines in the heart of the city, they said, adding similar gatherings were held at all districts headquarters and major towns of the Kashmir Valley. Meanwhile, the Army cancelled the exchange of sweets between the Pakistani Army and the Indian side on the occasion of Eid. Eleven BSF troops have so far been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the past five years, the latest data revealed. There will not be any exchange of sweets at Attari border on the occasion of Eid, on Saturday, between the Border Security Force (BSF) troops and the Pakistani Rangers, as per sources.This came in the light of simmering tension between India and Pakistan after the ceasefire violations in the Jammu region.The sweet exchange between the two forces is a usual trend on the special occasions, such as Eid and Diwali. According to the sources, Pakistani rangers showed interest in going ahead with the ritual, but BSF told them no.Meanwhile, Mohd Hanif, the father of Rifleman Aurangzeb, who was abducted and later killed by terrorists in Pulwama’s Gusoo, made an emotional appeal to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government to eliminate militancy from the state, as he laid his son to rest.Since few days, the state has been witnessing a huge spurt in terror activity.Earlier on Thursday, veteran journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir newspaper Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by terrorists in Press Colony in Srinagar.The incident has drawn a huge outrage in the Valley with many calling it an ‘act of cowardice’.(With PTI inputs)
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No sweet exchanges at LoC, Eid turns bitter as sepoy martyred at Nowshera

An Army jawan was today killed as Pakistani troopers targeted a patrol party along LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. The latest instance of ceasefire violation comes after four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an assistant commandant-rank officer, were killed in firing by Pakistani Rangers along the International Border in Samba district on June 13. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of mortars on routine Indian Army patrol, 700 metres inside Indian territory in Naushera sector along the Line of Control (LoC) this morning,” a senior Army officer told PTI. In the exchange of fire, Rifleman Bikas Gurung was grievously injured and succumbed to injuries. The 21-year-old soldier belonged to Khunka Khuki village of Manipur, and is survived by his mother. The unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan, especially on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, is highly unethical and unprofessional, the Army officer said, adding that the Indian troops exercised maximum restraint in spite of grave provocation. He added that the Army, however, has been forced to respond to the unprovoked firing and would give a befitting response at the time and place of its own choosing. The Army also cancelled the exchange of sweets between the Pakistani Army and the Indian side on the occasion of Eid. Eleven BSF troops have so far been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the past five years, the latest data revealed. Meanwhile, it was announced that there will be no exchange of sweets at Attari border between BSF and Pak Rangers on the occasion of Eid on Saturday.There will not be any exchange of sweets at Attari border on the occasion of Eid, on Saturday, between the Border Security Force (BSF) troops and the Pakistani Rangers, as per sources.This came in the light of simmering tension between India and Pakistan after the ceasefire violations in the Jammu region.The sweet exchange between the two forces is a usual trend on the special occasions, such as Eid and Diwali.According to the sources, Pakistani rangers showed interest in going ahead with the ritual, but BSF told them no.Tension gripped the border areas after an incident in Samba region, where four BSF personnel were martyred.The Border Security force (BSF) also confirmed confirmed the detention of two Pakistani nationals for crossing into India.The BSF identified them as Sohail Kamar from Narwal District and Ahmed from Zafarwal Tehsil of Sialkot.They were arrested on Friday evening.
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Shujhaat Bukhari: A man who epitomised the best of Kashmir

He was the sort of man Kashmir needs to find a way out from a deepening political impasse.

Shujaat Bukhari: Killing of Kashmir journalist shakes India

Shujaat Bukhari’s death causes anguish across India where he was seen as a rare voice of moderation.

Up to Human Rights Council to act on recommendation by rights chief on Kashmir: UN SG spokesperson

Members of the UN Human Rights Council will decide on the future course of action on the human rights chief’s call for a high-level independent international probe into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir and PoK, a spokesperson for UN chief Antonio Guterres has said.Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq’s remarks came following the launch of the first UN human rights report on Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).India rejected the UN report, terming it as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated and a selective compilation of largely unverified information.Also readIndia slams UN report on human rights in J&K as ‘fallacious, tendentious and motivated’ In a strong reaction, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the report is “overtly prejudiced” and seeks to build a “false narrative”.”This, as you know, is a question for the member States of the Human Rights Council. The High Commissioner, High Commissioner Zeid, has made that proposal to the Human Rights Council. And we will see and evaluate what the response will be,” Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq told reporters here yesterday.Also readIndia rejects UN report on J&K human rights violationHe was responding to a question on whether the Secretary-General supports an independent international probe into the alleged violations in Kashmir and PoK.When asked again if the Secretary-General supports a probe into the situation in Kashmir, Haq said the UN Chief has long believed that the parties need to resolve the situation in Kashmir on their own.Also readThrow it in the dustbin: Subramanian Swamy slams ‘highly prejudiced’ UN report on Kashmir”We will have to see what the Human Rights Council determines as a result of this report that was carried out by the Human Rights Office .As with all questions regarding mandates by Member States, it’s up to Member States to determine the sort of mandates that the United Nations will have.Haq said while the High Commissioner has called for an independent probe, it is up to the members of the Human Rights Council to see how they will respond to that recommendation.”What the High Commissioner has done and what the Human Rights Office has done is provide a report with the best information they have available, even though they lacked the sort of access that they needed to either of the areas of Kashmir. At this stage, now that they have the reports in their hands, the Member States of the Human Rights Council can determine whether any other steps are needed,” Haq said.
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Shujaat Bukhari murder: Intelligence unit suspects Pak terrorist Naveed Jatt role in attack

Intelligence sources on Friday claimed that Naveed Jatt, who recently escaped from Srinagar hospital, may be one of the three bike-borne killers who killed Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari. Jatt is already under NIA scanner in connection with several terror attacks in Kashmir.The development comes barely hours after the Jammu and Kashmir Police released the photographs of Bukhari’s suspected killers and appealed to the general public for valuable information leading to their arrest. The CCTV footage obtained by the police shows the three bike-borne attackers who came wearing helmets with their faces covered.While the one riding the bike was wearing a black helmet, the second was hiding his face and the third was wearing a black mask. The image also shows the second pillion rider carrying a bag.Also readThousands bid tearful adieu to slain Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari Bukhari and his personal security officer were killed outside his Press Colony residence in Srinagar on Thursday, leaving him in a pool of blood. The noted journalist was about to break his Ramzan fast with Iftar (evening meal), when the incident occurred.On Friday, Omar Abdullah, several members of the Mehbooba Mufti government, top police officers, JKLF Chief Yasin Malik were among the thousands who attended the funeral of the slain editor. Bukhari’s body was creamted in his ancestral graveyard at Kreeri Baramulla. The atmosphere was heavy with grief with people still coming into terms with the untimely and brutal death of one of the most well-known journalist of the valley. People from all walks of life attended the funeral to pay their heartfelt tribute. It was raining heavily perhaps in sync with the sombre atmosphere prevailing during the funeral. Also readRising Kashmir not silenced by terrorists, publishes edition despite assassination of editor Shujaat BukhariOn February 6, Mohammad Naveed Jatt of Multan Pakistan pulled off a dramatic escape from Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in Srinagar after his associates shot dead two policemen who were accompanying him for medical checkup.Jatt alias Abu Hanzullah alias Munnu alias Chotu, a resident of Sahiwala, Multan in Punjab Pakistan, was arrested in a joint operation by Jammu and Kashmir Police, 62 Rashtriya Riffles and 18th Battalion of CRPF in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on June 20, 2014.Also readShujaat Bukhari shot dead: Omar Abdullah’s last heart-wrenching conversation with Rising Kashmir editorJatt, who was then acting as district commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba in south Kashmir, had told his interrogators that he was trained in the same “Aksa” camp where Kasab had undergone arms training.A prized catch Jatt had given insight of Lashkar’s working in Pakistan, to his interrogators. He had told his interrogators that Lashkar bosses had become increasingly cautious after the arrest of Kasab.Sources said he had told his interrogators that Lashkar top trainers were teaching the militants not to repeat the mistakes made by Kasab during the attack in Mumbai. Particularly the cadres were being trained how to conceal identities while speaking over phones and avoid landing into custody in which Kasab failed.A school dropout, Jatt was admitted in the Lashkar training camp as a shepherd by his father when he was 12 years old. For four years he was taking care of cattle and alternately training in arms before he was sent to Kashmir in 2012. From early 2013 he was operating in south Kashmir and has been involved in number of killings and attacks on security forces.
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Thousands bid tearful adieu to slain Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari

Family members and friends bid a tearful adieu to Rising Kashmir Editor-in-Chief Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead by unidentified assailants yesterday.Bukhari and his personal security officer were killed outside his Press Colony residence in Srinagar on Thursday, leaving him in a pool of blood. The noted journalist was about to break his Ramzan fast with Iftar (evening meal), when the incident occurred.On Friday, Omar Abdullah, several members of the Mehbooba Mufti government, top police officers, JKLF Chief Yasin Malik were among the thousands who attended the funeral of the slain editor. Bukhari’s body was creamted in his ancestral graveyard at Kreeri Baramulla. The atmosphere was heavy with grief with people still coming into terms with the untimely and brutal death of one of the most well-known journalist of the valley. People from all walks of life attended the funeral to pay their heartfelt tribute. It was raining heavily perhaps in sync with the sombre atmosphere prevailing during the funeral. Omar Abdullah, who had expressed his condolences on Thursday rushed to Bukhari’s house on Friday morning to pay his last respects. He later accompanied the body during the cremation. Bukhari’s newspaper Rising Kashmir gave a heartfelt tribute to its slain editor on Friday’s edition. It promised not to cow down by the terrorists and promised to carry Bukhari’s vision forwards. Mohammed Syed, a longtime friend of Bukhari described the latter as a “good human being”. He also could not digest the fact that he was no more. He told ANI, “I have been associated with Mr. Bukhari for long. He joined Kashmir Times as a junior when I was there. In no time, he mastered the craft of writing and acted as a team man. He used to share his views with others. He has gone way ahead in his profession.”The senior journalist went to say that he was dedicated and efficient in his profession.Political leaders such as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi offered their condolences, calling the killing a “cowardice and a mindless act.” The Editors Guild of India condemned the “dastardly attack” on Bukhari, calling it a “new low.” The Jammu and Kashmir Police have released images of the men suspected to have killed Bukhari. In the two pictures released, three men can be seen riding a motorcycle with their faces covered. The state police have appealed to the public to identify the suspects. With ANI inputs
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Army jawan abducted, shot in Jammu and Kashmir

The bullet-ridden body of an Army jawan was recovered from Pulwama district hours after he was abducted en route home to celebrate Eid with his family. His body was found by a team of police and Army at Gussu village, about 10 km away from Kalampora, in Pulwama district.He was shot in his head and neck, police said. Rifleman Aurangzeb of 44 Rashtriya Riffles (RR) was kidnapped when terrorists intercepted a private car at Kalampora village in Pulwama. The terrorists abducted Aurangzeb but let the driver go. The incident occurred in the morning when troops stopped a car at Shadimarg and asked the driver to drop the soldier near Shopian for his onward journey via Mughal Road.“A resident of Poonch in Pir Panjal valley of Jammu, Aurangzeb was going home via Mughal Road to celebrate Eid with his family. We are ascertaining the details,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Senior superintendent of police, Pulwama, Mohammad Aslam said there are reports that the soldier was going home when he was abducted. “The Army is unable to contact the soldier. Currently, they are busy with search operation to trace him. We will register a case once the Army gives us a formal compliant,” he said.Three Cases Of Abductions Reported From Kashmir Last YearMay 10, 2017: Terrorists abducted Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz (22) of Rajputana Riffles from the residence of his maternal uncle in Batpora village in Shopian district. He had gone there to attend his cousin sister’s marriage. He was taken to the neighbouring Harmain village and shot dead.Sept 27, 2017: Terrorists stormed the house of Kashmiri BSF jawan Mohommad Ramzan Parrey (aka Rameez). The terrorists fired indiscriminately on the inmates killing him and injuring three members of his family at Hajin area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.Nov 25, 2017: Terrorists killed sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar of 175 Territorial Army (Engineers), who was on leave at Wothmula village, Shopian district.
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Bullet-ridden body of Army jawan Aurangzeb abducted by terrorists found in J&K’s Pulwama

The bullet-ridden body of an Army jawan was recovered from Pulwama district hours after he was abducted by militants on his way home for Eid celebrations, police said today.Aurangzeb, who was ‘buddy’ of a company commander, was abducted by militants at Kalampora in Pulwama this morning when he was on his way home in Rajouri district for Eid celebrations.His body was found by a team of police and Army at Gussu village, about 10 km away from Kalampora, in Pulwama district.He was shot in his head and neck, police said.Aurangzeb belonged to 4 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry and was posted at the 44 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Shadimarg in Shopian, they said.At about 9 am, Army men from the unit stopped a car asking the driver to drop Aurangzeb in Shopian, officials said, recounting what had happened.Terrorists stopped the vehicle as it approached Kalampora and abducted the jawan.Reacting to the development, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Another piece of terrible news to add to an already horrible day. May Aurangzeb rest in peace. Allah Jannat naseeb karay(sic).” During the day, veteran journalist and ‘Rising Kashmir’ editor Shujaat Bukhari and his two personal security officers (PSOs) were shot dead by terrorists outside the newspaper’s office in the heart of Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital.Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer Tiger, who was the local Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was killed in the encounter at the Drubgam village of Pulwama district in May.He was an A++ category terrorist and wanted in connection with several terrorist attacks in the area.His killing was part of the Indian Army’s all-out offensive against the Pakistan-backed terrorists active in the Kashmir Valley.The Narendra Modi government at the Centre had earlier given a go-ahead to the Army and the other security agencies to eliminate terrorists active in J&K.Bhat’s killing was seen as a major breakthrough for Army and a huge setback to the Hizbul Mujahideen.The anti-terror operations targeting Pakistan-backed A list terrorists began shortly after the encounter of local Hizbul Mujahideen posterboy Burhan Wani, whose killing had triggered a massive protest in the Kashmir Valley.
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Shujaat Bukhari was defending journalism, human rights on social media hours before his killing

Hours before he fell to the bullets of unidentified gunmen, Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari had vigorously defended his work on Twitter when some Delhi-based journalists accused him of doing “biased” reportage on Kashmir, and had posted the UN report on alleged human rights violations in the Valley.One of his last tweets read: “First-ever @UNHumanRights report on #Kashmir calls for #international inquiry into multiple violations”.Bukhari, who had a distinguishable tall frame and husky voice, said in another tweet, “In #Kashmir we have done Journalism with pride and will continue to highlight what happens on ground.” As the news of his cold-blooded killing spread, social media reacted with surprise and disgust about the cowardly act as politicians, journalists and common people expressed their condolences and condemnation at the barbaric act.”The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.Congress President Rahul Gandhi, too, expressed his anguish about the killing of the editor who was one of the most important voices of Kashmir.He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu & Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed, he said on Twitter. The killing took place in heavily guarded Press Enclave near the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar when Bukhari, in his 50s, was going from his office there to attend a Iftar function.”We’re deeply dismayed to hear about the killing of Shujaat Bukhari, editor of @RisingKashmir. He was a brave and outspoken voice for justice and equality in Jammu and Kashmir,” Amnesty India said in its message.Director General Press Information Buerau Sitanshu Kar said, “Extremely saddened by the way the voice of #shujaatbukhari, one of the finest journalists of J&K, has been silenced. His voice of moderation will be missed by all.”RJD leader and former deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav wrote “shocked & saddened by the unfortunate news of @bukharishujaat ‘s death. Indeed darkest days for fearless & independent journalists in the country. Govts must ensure speedy investigation & punish the perpetrators. Where we are heading as a country?”Former army commander in the area Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain said, “Very pained to hear of the shooting of Shujat Bukhari, Editor of Rising Kashmir. Long time associate, over 20 years. Played a very important role in Kashmir. Regret to learn that he is no more. May his soul rest in peace. What will the trts/Separatists aim to achieve with this.” While one of the personal security officers (PSO) guarding him was killed, another policeman and a civilian were injured, they added.The condition of the two injured in the shooting, which comes a day ahead of Eid, is critical, they said.It was not immediately clear how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Kashmir correspondent.Bukhari was instrumental in organising several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley. He was also part of the Track II process with Pakistan.
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Shujaat Bukhari’s killing ‘new low’ in rapidly deteriorating environment for media persons in JK: Editors Guild

The Editors Guild of India on Thursday said the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari is a “new low in a rapidly deteriorating environment” for media persons in Jammu and Kashmir and called upon the state government to ensure their safety and bring to book the culprits.It said an attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir that is going through militancy.The Guild also called upon the state and central governments to enhance security for all journalists in Jammu and Kashmir.It said Bukhari was a voice of moderation and a courageous, big-hearted editor who mentored a large number of young journalists from Kashmir.”Recent weeks have also seen threats of violence against many journalists in different parts of the country. The killing of Bukhari is a new low in a rapidly deteriorating environment for media practitioners in Kashmir, in particular, and in the country in general,” the Guild said in a release.It also called upon the Centre to take note of the developments and take necessary steps to ensure a situation where the media can discharge its duties without any fear of violence.Veteran journalist and Rising Kashmir editor Bukhari and his two PSOs were shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside the newspaper’s office in the heart of this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital.Bukhari, who was in his 50s, was leaving his office in Press Enclave in the city centre Lal Chowk for an iftar party when he was shot, officials said.
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Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Shujaat Bukhari, a BBC contributor, is killed outside the offices of Rising Kashmir, which he edited.

Who was Shujaat Bukhari? Veteran journalist was known as ‘voice of sanity’ in Kashmir

In a shocking incident, veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari was gunned down outside his Press Colony residence in Srinagar on Thursday.Known as the ‘voice of sanity’ in restive Valley, Bukhari had survived three assassination attempts on previous occasions.At present, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Rising Kashmir, a Srinagar-based newspaper. He had extensively worked with The Hindu and was Bureau Chief of the esteemed daily.Recipient of World Press Institute USA fellowship, Bukhari had done his Masters in Journalism from Ateneo de Manila University, Manila as a fellow of Asian Centre for Journalism. Bukhari was also a fellow at East West Centre at USA’s Hawaii. According to information provided by Rising Kashmir website, Bukhari was an extensively travelled journalist, who used to write in English, Kashmiri Urdu. He was also the president of Adbee Markaz Kamraz, the biggest and oldest cultural and literary organization of Valley.
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Amarnath Yatra 2018: Pilgrims to get radio-frequency tags for additional security

Vehicles ferrying pilgrims to Amarnath Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir will be equipped with Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags as part of enhanced safety measures, officials said today.The 60-day long annual pilgrimage in south Kashmir will commence on June 28 and culminate on August 26.”The vehicles used by the Amarnath yatris, shall be tagged with RFID tags, which shall enable the security forces to have real time information on their movement and location,” Commandant CRPF, Ashish Kumar Jha said. Highlighting that the decision was taken at a meeting between police and CRPF that was addressed by SP Vaid, DGP, J&K, and V S K Kaumudi, Special DG, CRPF, Jha said the tags will aid in providing assistance in case a vehicle breaks down or the pilgrims need help. Tagging facility will be available in a special dedicated lane at Lakhanpur for vehicles from other states while, the Bhagwati Nagar Base Camp in Jammu will be another major point for tagging vehicles, he said.Vehicles at taxi stands, bus stands, railway station and the airport at Jammu will also be tagged, he added. The forces shall be undertaking a multipronged approach to sensitise yatris as well as tourists on the need to register their vehicles during the period of the yatra, as it will be in public interest, he added.Devotees throng the shrine to worship the Shiva Lingam, which is formed inside the cave every year as the water dropping from the cave’s roof freezes. A multi-tier security will be put in place for the smooth conduct of the pilgrimage which attracts a few lakh pilgrims every year. Tracking of pilgrims’ movement through satellites, installation of jammers, CCTV cameras and bulletproof bunkers, deployment of dog squads, quick reaction teams and thousands of security personnel will be a part of the security drill along the pilgrimage routes as the situation in Kashmir Valley continues to be volatile, the officials said.Situated in a narrow gorge at the end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath shrine stands at 3,888 metres, 46 km from Pahalgam and 14 km from Baltal in Jammu and Kashmir.
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In Kashmir, CRPF jawans break Ramzan fast to donate blood to cancer patient

Two CRPF jawans went beyond their call of duty and broke their Ramzan fast to donate blood to a woman suffering from cancer as part of the forces’ ‘madadgaar’ initiative for locals of the Kashmir Valley.Officials said the CRPF ‘madadgaar’ helpline received a call few days back from Kishtwar resident Anil Singh seeking help to obtain blood units for his sister Pooja Devi, who is suffering from leukemia.The requirement of the Singh family was six units and they informed that while they have arranged for two bottles of blood from their family members, they still are looking for four units, a senior official said.Four personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) posted in Srinagar, Sub-inspector Sanjay Paswan and Constables Ramnivas, Mudasir Rasool Bhat and Mohammed Aslam Mir volunteered for the blood donation.Bhat and Mir, who are observing Ramzan fast, broke their fast and donated blood, he said.All the four personnel went to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) yesterday where the woman is admitted for treatment, he said.The CRPF, that is deployed for security duties in Jammu and Kashmir, had launched the 24X7 helpline ‘Madadgaar (14411)’ in June last year to help any valley resident who is in distress. The helpline is manned by the CRPF personnel. About two weeks ago, a similar call was made to the helpline from Ashiq Hussain of Doda whose hydrocephalus (a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain) suffering newborn baby required immediate surgery.The CRPF got the surgery conducted free of cost at a government hospital, the official said.
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J&K: Army jawan Aurangzeb, involved in encounter of Hizbul terrorist Sameer Tiger, kidnapped from Shopian district

An Army jawan involved in the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Sameer Tiger was allegedly kidnapped from the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.According to reports, the jawan has been identified as Aurangzeb and is a resident of Poonch. News agency that the jawan was kidnapped from the Pulwama district from a bus. He was supposedly going home when he was intercepted by a group of heavily-armed terrorists who kidnapped him at gunpoint. He was abducted while he was travelling in a bus.The J&K Police has begun a formal investigation into the matter and the 23 Rashtriya Rifles, with which the jawan was attached, has been duly informed. His kidnapping comes several weeks after two dreaded Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including Sameer Tiger, were gunned down in a fierce encounter in Pulwama.Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer Tiger, who was the local Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was killed in the encounter at the Drubgam village of Pulwama district in May.He was an A++ category terrorist and wanted in connection with several terrorist attacks in the area.His killing was part of the Indian Army’s all-out offensive against the Pakistan-backed terrorists active in the Kashmir Valley.The Narendra Modi government at the Centre had earlier given a go-ahead to the Army and the other security agencies to eliminate terrorists active in J&K.Bhat’s killing was seen as a major breakthrough for Army and a huge setback to the Hizbul Mujahideen.The anti-terror operations targeting Pakistan-backed A list terrorists began shortly after the encounter of local Hizbul Mujahideen posterboy Burhan Wani, whose killing had triggered a massive protest in the Kashmir Valley.
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Two terrorists killed, soldier martyred in encounter in north Kashmir’s Bandipora

After days of combing, the Army finally managed to neutralise two terrorists deep inside the jungles of Panar in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. A soldier was also martyred in the encounter. The operations started on June 9 when troops were attacked by the terrorists in the forest area. The area was immediately cordoned and operation to flush out the terrorists was launched.Since the area was huge with dense forests, the attackers managed to change locations to avoid contact with forces. However, army plugged all entry and exit routes to prevent their escape. Sources said there were multiple contacts (gun fights) with terrorists in all these days. However, after days, troops achieved success on Thursday when they neutralised two terrorists. However, the army lost one of its soldiers,”Two terrorists killed and one army soldier martyred in the ongoing operation in Panar forests”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.The killing has come on the day when crucial security review meeting is to be held in New Delhi to take a decision whether to extend the Ramzan ceasefire beyond Eid.Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Shesh Paul Vaid will represent the state in the meeting. “There were many terrorist incidents particularly grenade attacks. Two of our cops were killed yesterday. But other parameters have shown an improvement. Stone pelting, killing of civilians and killing of security force personnel has decreased. We will give our inputs. Let us see”, Dr Vaid told DNA.Figures reveal that since Ramzan ceasefire on May 17, there have been 53 militancy related incidents across Kashmir, in which 33 people including 24 terrorists, four civilians and five security men were killed. Of the total terrorists, 22 were killed near the Line of Control (LOC). The slain terrorists were either newly infiltrated or were trying to infiltrate from the other side of the LoC. Since the ceasefire is not applicable to the counter infiltration grid, therefore army carried out its operation against the infiltrators on the LoC. Terrorists have carried 18 grenade incidents since the ceasefire in which 46 people including 17 security men were injured. Terrorists have looted two banks and snatched six rifles from the cops besides carrying out series of standoff attacks targeting the security forces.On June 7, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a security review meeting in which Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti strongly advocated the extension of the Ramzan ceasefire.
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Army personnel martyred, 2 terrorists killed in ongoing operation in J&K’s Bandipora

An army personnel was martyred while two terrorists killed in an anti-militancy operation in Bandipora’s Panar forest area in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. The operation is still underway, police said. The Centre had announced a ceasefire in the month of Ramzan but terrorists have only intensified attacks ion the security forces in the last couple of weeks. Last night, a policeman and his minor sister were injured when suspected militants barged into their house and fired at them in Shopian district. Militants entered the house of the police personnel and opened indiscriminate fire on the residents, a police spokesperson said.Asked about any increase in militant recruitment since the unilateral ceasefire was announced by the Centre at the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan, a top Army official said on Tuesday that there are no indications as such at the moment.General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, Lieutenant General A K Bhatt said there are no indications of an increase in militant recruitment during the unilateral ceasefire by the Centre in Kashmir, but Pakistan is still trying to push ultras from across the LoC into the valleyHe also noted that people of Kashmir have responded well to the Centre’s announcement of non-initiation of combat operations (NICO) during Ramzan and some peace has been achieved in the valley.Since the ceasefire, some peace has been achieved and the public has responded well to it. We will be happy if there is no civil casualty in these 30 days of Ramzan, he said.(With PTI inputs)
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Chef Atul Kocchar sacked for Priyanka Chopra terrorism tweet

Michelin-starred chef Atul Kocchar tweeted Muslims had “terrorised” Hindus for 2,000 years.

Summit between US-North Korea ‘good precedent’ for Indo-Pak talks: Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shehbaz

Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s brother and PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif has asked India to resume peace talks with Islamabad, saying the Singapore summit between the US and North Korea should set a good precedent for both the bickering neighbours to follow.”Ever since the start of Korean War, the two nations have been at odds with one another – both threatening to use military force with their nuclear arsenals facing each other.”If the United States and North Korea can return from the brink of a nuclear flashpoint, there is no reason why Pakistan and India cannot do the same … beginning with a dialogue on Kashmir whose heroic people have resisted and rejected Indian occupation,” Shahbaz Sharif said in a series of tweets.He further said: “It is time for comprehensive peace talks in our region. International community must focus on the peace process in Afghanistan. Dialogue between Pakistan and India over Kashmir should also resume so that the long-festering Kashmir dispute is resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions.” This is a rare statement from Shahbaz Sharif on India, contrary to his elder brother (Nawaz Sharif) whose one of the major reasons behind his ouster, as many political pundits here say, was his efforts to normalise ties with New Delhi.Marking an epoch in the history of the decades-long tense relationship between the US and North Korea, leaders of the two countries yesterday met in Singapore for a summit where the North’s Kim Jong-un pledged to work toward the “complete denuclearisation” in return for security guarantees from Washington.Shahbaz, who is a prime ministerial candidate from his party, also asked India to leave behind the past tensions between the arch-rivals and starts afresh.”The US and North Korea talks should be a role model for Pakistan and Indian. If they can return from their previous hostile positions of attacking each other, Pakistan and India can also resume composite dialogue,” he said.The leader said a dialogue between Pakistan and India over Kashmir was needed to resolve the long-festering dispute in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.The PML-N chief said if his party returns to power in July 25 elections, it will promote peace in the region with a focus on Afghanistan, as peace in Afghanistan is “inextricably intertwined” with peace and security in Pakistan.He welcomed the initiatives mooted by the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban for ceasefire in Afghanistan during Eid-ul-Fitr.Terming it as a positive first step towards promoting an Afghan-led Afghan-owned peace process, Shahbaz said the PML-N government had played a pivotal role in initiating steps for peace in Afghanistan, including hosting the first-ever direct, face-to-face talks between the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban in Murree in July 2015.
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No indication of increase in militant recruitment during Ramadan ceasefire: Indian Army

There are no indications of an increase in militant recruitment during the unilateral ceasefire by the Centre in Kashmir, but Pakistan is still trying to push ultras from across the LoC into the valley, a top Army official said here today.General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, Lieutenant General A K Bhatt also noted that people of Kashmir have responded well to the Centre’s announcement of non-initiation of combat operations (NICO) during Ramzan and some peace has been achieved in the valley.Asked about any increase in militant recruitment since the unilateral ceasefire was announced by the Centre at the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan, the Corps commander told PTI ‘There are no indications as such at the moment and we hope it will come down”.Also readGlimpse of peace in South Kashmir; all thanks to Ramzan cease ops‘Since the ceasefire, some peace has been achieved and the public has responded well to it. We will be happy if there is no civil casualty in these 30 days of Ramzan,’ he said.The GoC said any decision regarding extension of ceasefire will have to be taken by the government but the Army was ready to implement any such decision.Also readPM Modi praises Afghan President’s Eid ceasefire to achieve peace ‘That decision has to be taken by the government and we are ready to implement any such decision,’ he said.Asked about infiltration attempts from across the LoC, Lt Gen Bhatt said there were attempts by Pakistan, but the troops were deployed to stop them.Also readSecurity review meet soon to decide on ceasefire extension: Rajnath Singh‘As far as infiltration is concerned, Pakistan is still fully engaged in attempting infiltration, but our troops are deployed to stop such attempts,’ he said.On spike in weapons snatching incidents in the valley, the Corps commander said it was the frustration of the militants.‘This is their frustration. Police have foiled many such attempts recently and the police are responding to it very effectively,’ he said.Earlier, Lt Gen Bhatt inaugurated the Army’s Kashmir Super 30 (Medical) free residential coaching for NEET aspirants.‘It is a proud moment and a happy moment for us that we have selected 30 students from across the J-K for the Super 30 (Medical). I am sure these students will get good coaching and secure admission in best colleges across the country and earn a name for themselves, for their parents and for the country,’ he said.Lt Gen Bhatt said the endeavour of the forces is to join the youth of the valley with the mainstream.‘I am sure these students, who are our future, will make full use of the opportunity to move forward in life’ It has been our main aim, especially since the last one year, to engage youth. The aim behind all our activities is to join the youth with the mainstream,’ he said.
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Stone-pelters should be shot dead: BJP MP DP Vats

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP Dr. DP Vats has said that the stone pelters in Jammu and Kashmir should be shot dead.”I read about the withdrawal of cases against stone-pelters but I think those pelting stones should be shot dead,” Lieutenant General (Retd.) Vats said on Saturday.On June 7, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation in the state announced that all stone-pelting cases against children in Jammu and Kashmir will be withdrawn.Speaking at the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Conclave in Srinagar, Rajnath said, “When I was in Delhi, I met Afshan Ashiq (Kashmiri Footballer) and she told me that she had been a part of stone pelting incidents earlier, but ever since she got into sports, her life was turned around. Sports can bring a change in your lives. Children can be misguided easily but we know the truth that is why we have withdrawn all stone-pelting cases against them.”On a related note, the Jammu and Kashmir government had approved the withdrawal of cases against the first offenders of stone pelting in February this year.State agricultural minister Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, while replying on behalf of Minister for Home informed: “that the government has approved the withdrawal of cases registered against first-time offenders during the period 2008-2017, on the basis of recommendations of the committee constituted by the government”.He said these include 61 FIRs involving 530 persons of Shopian.Hanjura also informed that 4,066 FIRs have been registered against 14,208 stone pelters during the last three years in the Kashmir Valley.
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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Talk to each other, PM Narendra Modi orders security bodies

Concerned about projects pertaining to security forces, intelligence and probe agencies remain on paper even after discussions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed to form two sets of teams – one comprising experts and the other with implementing officers – to initiate action on the ground.The move comes after the Prime Minister’s Office noticed that many projects and ideas discussed could not be implemented because of improper ways and lack of coordination between agencies, sources told DNA.PM Modi has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Intelligence Bureau, police chiefs of states and union territories, Central Armed Police Forces and Central Police Organisations to “initiate action in a time-bound manner and communicate the action taken in this regard”.According to the sources, the PM said that working groups consisting of five to seven officers should be established to deliberate on the issues raised during the meetings with the Central government and “to develop expertise in a particular field in an institutionalised manner”. “These groups should work through the year by holding regular meetings,” said a source.Sources also stated that the states should also form a group of officers in the age group of 40 and 45 years as to ensure that the expertise or project developed in an institutionalised manner percolate to the lower level officials. These group should also train future leaders of police. These groups should solely focus on the action on the ground.Modi has also stressed that the agencies not to work in isolation. “There should be prompt sharing of knowledge, information, and technology,” the source said. “The mutual coordination among the agencies should be a matter of commitment rather than a mere formal mechanism.”In many instances, it has been found that forces remained deprived of good works carried out by each other due to poor coordination. Like the online model adopted by the Uttar Pradesh police on women security has not been implemented by other police forces. Similarly, lack of coordination between state police forces, Central Armed Police Forces and intelligence agency are resulting in huge casualties in Naxal-infested areas of Chhattisgarh and other states.It has been also found, said the sources, that working in tandem has helped security and intelligence agencies locate many terrorists holed up in Jammu and Kashmir.
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DNA EXCLUSIVE: The 1991 RAW snoop that saved a Min’s daughter

While India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)’s intercepting a telephonic conversation between former Pakistan Army chief Pervez Musharraf from Beijing and his chief of staff Lt. Gen. Mohammed Aziz during the Kargil crises is well-known, not much is known of a 1991 RAW intercept that led to the release of former union minister Professor Saifuddin Soz’s daughter Naheed (28), who was abducted by terrorists in Srinagar.RAW sleuths had recorded conversation of the then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his Beijing visit, speaking to his information minister Maulana Kausar Niazi, asking him to convey to people concerned that the act of kidnapping was “un-Islamic act and Naheed should be released”.In a forthcoming book, Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle accessed exclusively by DNA, former minister and author Prof. Soz mentions that the then Prime Minister Chandrashekhar had confided to him that RAW had intercepted Sharif’s call.”The PM had told then chief of RAW that he was happy to know that India’s communication system was in good shape and complimented the RAW for having done its duty,” records the book. PM Chandrashekhar had asked the minister of state for home Subodh Kant Sahai not to make any statement related to the kidnapping in the Parliament, till he spoke to Pakistan high commission in India, Abdul Sattar. The PM summoned Sattar to his own office and told him to convey to Sharif, who was in China to ensure Naheed’s release. Next morning, RAW chief came rushing to the PM with transcripts of Sharif’s telephonic conversation with his minister Niazi, who was made points man to seek Naheed’s release.While making public the famous telephone conversation between General Musharraf and his chief of staff did earn India’s sympathy and exposed Pakistan’s complicity in the Kargil war, many RAW sleuths believe that it led to drying up of such intelligence later. Major General V K Singh, who headed technical division of the RAW said that after the communication was made public, Pakistan closed satellite link between Beijing and Islamabad. “It is impossible to estimate the value of intelligence that would have been obtained, if the link had continued to be used,” he said.In 994 too, the RAW had picked by conversation between former Pakistan President Farooq Leghari and Interior Minister Naseerullah Babar, who with the help of then DGMO Pervez Musharraf were raising Taliban. One of the key officials involved in the project Col. Imam was later brutally killed in February 2011 by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).Naheed was abducted by the Jammu & Kashmir Students’ Liberation Front (JKSLF) to seize the leadership of the secessionist movement. Former bureaucrats recall that meeting the kidnappers’ demands by releasing their accomplices would have meant a disturbing replay of the events of celebration by terrorists as was done a year earlier following the release of Rubaiya, daughter of then home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. What surprised analysts was that groups like the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and the JKLF had condemned Naheed’s abduction and asked for her release. To give a face saver to the terror group, the administration released Mushtaq Ahmed, who the police said was not wanted for any heinous crime. Even JKLF chief Amanullah Khan, who in April 1990 had announced the killing of Kashmir University Vice-Chancellor. Mushir-ul-Haq, this time made an appeal for Naheed’s release.
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Ex J&K min’s brother held in Rajasthan for abusing Mehbooba Mufti

Twenty days after he used abuses and invectives against chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Jammu and Kashmir police has arrested 48-year-old Chaudhary Rajinder Singh alias Babby, brother of senior BJP leader and former forest minister Chaudhary Lal Singh, from Rajasthan.On May 20, Babby had used derogatory language against Mufti during a rally demanding CBI probe into the rape and murder of the eight-year-old tribal nomad girl in Kathua.”He has been arrested in Udaipur. Our team had gone to Rajasthan to arrest him. He is being brought to Hiranagar,” said Shridhar Patil, superintendent of police, Kathua.On May 27, Jammu and Kashmir police had issued a look-out notice against Babby, urging people to inform them about the whereabouts of the absconder. He was booked under section 501/ 509 Ranbir Penal Code (RPC), 66/67 Information Technology Act Police Station Hiranagar and is evading arrest”, read the notice.The incident had occurred on May 20 when Rajinder Singh climbed atop a vehicle and used derogatory language against Mufti while his supporters, carrying tricolours, cheered and jeered. The act was caught on camera and a video went viral.The incident has sparked massive uproar and outrage across the restive state. Cutting across the ideological lines, main opposition National Conference (NC) demanded FIR against the leader.
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Kupwara: Army foils infiltration bid, at least five terrorists killed

In a major win for security forces, a massive infiltration bid was foiled in the Keran Sector on Sunday morning. Five terrorists were killed today as the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.An infiltration bid has been eliminated along the LoC in Karen Sector (Kupwara district), a defence spokesman said here. He said five militants attempting to infiltrate into this side of the LoC have been killed. The operation is in progress, the spokesman said. The death toll is expected to rise once all terrorists are flushed out. Jammu and Kashmir BJP unit on Saturday said the notion that alleged excesses of security forces were driving Kashmiri youths to militancy has been proven wrong as the forces have not conducted any operation during the ongoing fasting month of Ramzan, but still some youths have joined terror ranks. The purpose of the government behind the (Ramzan) ceasefire was to normalise the situation in the Valley…it has proved beyond any doubt that the youths are not joining militancy because of the excesses of security forces,” BJP spokesperson Brig (Retd) Anil Gupta told reporters here. Security forces did not conduct any operation (since the beginning of Ramzan last month) but still some youths joined terror ranks. We need to look for reasons why the youths are joining militancy and the civil society of Kashmir had a greater role to play and look why the youths are deviating from the right path, he said. Gupta said the central dispensation would never hurt the morale of the security forces.
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India wants good relations but Pakistan has to take initiative: Rajnath Singh

India wants good relations with all its neighbour, but Pakistan needs to take initiative and stop using it soil for promoting terrorism against India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.”As far as Pakistan is concerned, it is our neighbouring country. We want good relations with all our neighbours,” Singh told a press conference here. The Union Minister said that Pakistan needs to make efforts in this direction. “It should take the initiative by stopping use of its soil for aiding and promoting terrorism (against India),” he said.He was replying a question on the possibility of resuming peace talks with Pakistan in the backdrop of a purported IB report detailing ISI plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Replying to another question with regard to security of Amarnath yatra in the backdrop of Ramzan ceasefire, Singh said that for “peaceful people, the month of Ramzan is very pious month. The PM had announced ceasefire so that they do not face any difficulty during Ramzan”.He said the government will review the security situation and will talk to others stakeholders. “Whatever will be right, will be done,” he said.Replying to another question on whether the BJP had “surrendered” before ally PDP on the issue of ceasefire and was going soft towards separatists, Singh reiterated that “for talks, there is need for people to be right minded and not like minded”.Singh also said that the Centre had taken up with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti the issue of FIRs against security persons.Asked whether the government will withdraw the cases against security forces in Kashmir Valley, who are often confronted by stone pelting mobs, as they have given amnesty to stone pelters in Kashmir, he said, “Amnesty was given earlier. We have talked to chief minister in this direction (withdrawal of FIR against security force personnel)”.Asked whether his 5C formula announced in September 2017 during his visit to Kashmir has yielded any result, he indicated that the situation had improved considerably.”The movement, which is seen in other parts of the country, was witnessed by me on the roads of Kashmir and people in large numbers responded to me. At the sports stadium, 5,000 people had gathered, in which there were locals too and it was very peaceful”, he said.In September 2017, during his visit to Kashmir, Singh had said: Our government is keen for the permanent solution of the Kashmir problem and I want to implement a five-point programme which could be called as 5-Cs ; compassion , communication , co-existence , confidence building measures and consistency.
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Rajnath Singh reaches out to Pak shelling-hit border dwellers in Jammu region

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday met border dwellers affected by Pakistani shelling in R S Pura belt of Jammu region and assured them that bullet-proof vehicles will be stationed there for their use during firing from across the border.Singh, who arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on a two-day visit on Thursday, also told them that more bunkers would be built in the border areas to save lives during shelling by Pakistan, according to officials.Forty-seven people, including 20 security personnel, have been killed and over 130 injured in the R S Pura sector in Pakistan shelling and firing this year.During their interaction with the Union home minister, the border dwellers, living under fear, demanded that bunkers should be built in every house to prevent casualties.They said also called for strict implementation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement with Pakistan to bring an end to the shelling from across the border.Singh assured them that five bullet-proof vehicles will be stationed in the region for use by the people living close to the border.The Centre has already given a sanction for construction of over 14,400 bunkers at a cost of Rs 415.73 crore along the Line of Control and the international border in Jammu division.Before flying for Jammu, he visited the border district of Kupwara and met several delegations, besides Gujjars. He also had a meeting border migrants.According to official data, there were 1,252 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir between January to May 31 this year.Singh, who was in Srinagar yesterday to review the ongoing suspension of security-related operations during Ramzan, had said that the Centre was ready to hold a dialogue with all “right-minded” to usher in peace in the state.
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Pakistan bans social studies books for showing Kashmir as part of India

Pakistan has banned social studies books in private schools in Punjab province for showing Kashmir as a part of India in the map of Pakistan printed on them.The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB), a government body, also lodged a complaint with Lahore police for registration of a criminal case against the administration of the private schools and publishers of the books for committing a ‘grave mistake’.All the district executive officers of the province have been directed to confiscate all these books from the warehouse of the private schools.PCTB Managing Director Abdul Qayyum issued a notification yesterday banning the books on social studies in private schools across the Punjab province with immediate effect.”The books on social studies for Grade II, IV, V, VII and VIII have controversial/objectionable contents, especially with reference to the map of Pakistan” showing Kashmir part of India, the notification says.To stop such mistakes in the future, the board says, “No person shall, except with the prior approval of the board, print, publish, sell or prescribe in an institution any textbook or supplementary material.” The notification also states that the board shall not approve printing, publication or sale in an institution of any textbook or supplementary material which contains anything repugnant to the injunctions of Islam or contrary to the integrity, defence or security of Pakistan or any part of Pakistan, public order or morality.
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Farooq Ahmad Dar, Kashmiri tied to a jeep, refuses Rs 50 lakh offer from Bigg Boss

Remember Farooq Ahmad Dar, the 29-year-old who hit the headlines in April last year after being reportedly used as a human shield by Major Gogoi. He was reportedly offered Rs 50 lakh by reality TV show Bigg Boss to become a participant, but he refused.Dar was quoted by the Hindu: “I was offered ₹50 lakh by Big Boss producers in July last year. They even told me that tickets for me were ready.” However, TV channel Colors responded by calling it speculation and refused to confirm or deny whether they offered Rs 50 lakh to him. The offer reportedly came three months after images of him tied to an Army jeep went viral.Ahsan Untoo, head of the International Forum for Justice who is Dar’s petitioner before the SHRC said: “We were pursuing his compensation case when an unknown Big Boss producer approached him on phone. However, Dar is not a celebrity but a victim.”Also readWasn’t forced to check into hotel with Major Nitin Leetul GogoiThe J&K government had rejected the SHRC recommendation for Rs 10 lakh compensation to Dar.The Jammu and Kashmir human rights commission had directed the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used as a “human shield” by an Army man against stone-pelters.Also readMajor Gogoi case: Local court asks police to furnish report; woman says went to meet armyman on ‘free will’The central government, however, opposed any compensation to Dar, saying there should be no sympathy with stone-pelters. The compensation awarded to Dar was for the “humiliation, physical and psychiatric torture, stress, wrongful restraint and confinement” that he underwent when he was tied to the bonnet of an Army vehicle to ward off stone-pelters, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) said in its judgement. “I have no doubt in my mind that Farooq Ahmad was subjected to torture and humiliation, besides (being) wrongly confined,” the judgement issued by SHRC chairperson Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki said.He observed that the action led to trauma, resulting in psychiatric stress “which may remain with him for the rest of his life”. The commission asked the J&K government to comply with the direction within six weeks.The judgement is recommendatory in nature and would need the approval of the state government for implementation.Also readMajor Gogoi briefly detained after fracas at Srinagar hotel, J&K Police order probeDar, an embroidery artisan, was tied to a jeep by Major Leetul Gogoi, as a shield against the stone pelters who had allegedly surrounded a group of armed personnel. Shortly after the incident, Major Gogoi was honoured with a commendation card by the Army chief for “his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations”.With inputs from PTI
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Civil societies hail Centre’s Ramzan truce in Kashmir

Civil societies come out in support of the Centre’s cease-ops, announced in Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan, saying it is definitely going to improve the relationship between Delhi and Srinagar. They also appealed that the cease-ops be extended indefinitely and that the “government strives to bring some modicum of peace to this beleaguered region”.The Centre for Policy Analysis held a meeting in New Delhi to discuss the current situation with representatives from the state wherein its member stated that it is the primary responsibility of a democratic government to protect the lives and liberties of its citizens.“In conflict situations. it is incumbent upon the government to explore every avenue of conflict resolution short of the use of coercion, force, and intimidation,” Centre for Policy Analysis stated.It further pointed out that the democratically elected Central government to seriously address and redress the grievances of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.“We urge it to resolve the problem in accordance with the tenets of the Constitution of India. This is the obligation that democracy places upon people who occupy positions of power. History will not forgive them if they default on this obligation to the people of the country,” the society said in a statement.
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Pakistan should take India’s help if it cannot stop terrorism from its soil: Rajnath Singh

The Centre is ready to hold talks with all “right-minded” people in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan, but the neighbouring country should stop terror activities emanating from its soil, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.He said if Pakistan is unable to stop terrorism from its soil on its own, it should take India’s help.The minister is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation in the state “Dialogue can be held with everyone. It is not necessary to be like-minded to hold talks but it is compulsory to be right-minded,” said Singh offering an olive branch to the separatists.The Home minister said while the Centre was ready to talk with all people and groups concerned, the Government of India has appointed a special representative for holding dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.”The special representative has not been appointed for sightseeing. He has come here 11 times so far,” Singh told reporters here.The minister was referring to the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as special representative to Jammu and Kashmir in October last year.
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Pathankot court frames charges against seven accused in Kathua case

The district and sessions court here today framed charges against seven of the eight accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, officials said.The eighth accused in the case is a juvenile. The trial in the case began on May 31 with the seven accused being produced before the district and sessions judge after after the Supreme Court shifted the hearing outside Jammu and Kashmir.The case was transferred by the Supreme Court from Jammu and Kashmir to Pathankot in Punjab for a fair trial following a plea by the victim’s family.While transferring the case from Kathua to Pathankot, about 30 km away, the apex court directed day-to-day in-camera trial in the case.According to the 15-page charge sheet of the Jammu and Kashmir’s Crime Branch, the girl from a minority nomadic community, who was kidnapped on January 10 this year, was allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district. She was kept sedated for four days before being bludgeoned to death.
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Centre concerned about the well-being of Kashmiri youth living along border areas: Rajnath Singh on visit to state

The Centre had decided to withdraw cases against those “misled into stone pelting” as it was concerned about the future of Jammu and Kashmir’s youth, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.Singh, who arrived at the state’s summer capital today, is on a two-day visit to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.”We believe that children anywhere are the same. We understand that some youth were misled into stone pelting…”Children can make mistakes… That is why we decided to withdraw the cases against those children who were involved in stone pelting,” he said.The Union Home Ministry late last year had ordered to withdraw cases against youths involved in stone pelting.Singh appealed to the youth not to tread the path of destruction and said the Centre and the state government had initiated several schemes to help them secure their future.”I want to appeal to the youth that they should take the path of development… They should not go on the path of destruction,” he said at a sports function at the Sher-e-Kashmir Indoor Stadium here.”There is extreme love in the heart of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Jammu and Kashmir.”It is our responsibility to provide a secure future to the youth of the state and it can be done with the power of education and miracle of sports,” Singh said.Lauding the state government for carrying out works for improving the sports infrastructure, the Home Minister said funds will not be a problem for promoting sports in Jammu and Kashmir.”Funds will be provided for promotion of water sports at Mansar and Pahalgam… Funds will be arranged for development of sports infrastructure,” he said.”With the help of the Jammu and Kashmir government, we will change the face and destiny of the state,” Singh said Singh felicitated several sportsperson from the state, including Parvez Rasool, Mehrajuddin, Rajinder Singh, Manzoor Dar and Tajjammul Islam.”The state of Jammu and Kashmir has great talent and many more such sports persons can come out of the state if the conditions are right,” he said.Several roads leading to the stadium were sealed by security forces, leading to massive traffic jams in the south area here, officials said.The traffic situation is expected to ease after the Home Minister moves to SKICC on the Dal Lake’s banks where he will review the security situation later in the day, they said.Earlier, the traffic in south Srinagar city came to a grinding halt today due to security arrangements for Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir.The roads leading to Sher-e-Kashmir Indoor Complex at Wazir Bagh here have been sealed as the home minister is scheduled to attend the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Conclave 2018 organised by the state sports council.The vehicles are being checked by security forces at Rambagh intersection before being allowed to pass which has caused a massive traffic jam.The traffic jam spread to areas like Gojgi Bagh, Bund side, Jawahar Nagar, Batamaloo, Rambagh and Lasjan, eye witnesses said.They said traffic cops are trying to ease the traffic, but have not been successful so far.This is the peak hour for traffic in the city because of the office hours as well as schools which open at 9 am.
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‘Was blinded by barrage of stones’: CRPF driver, booked for killing civilian, narrates Nowhatta incident

A CRPF driver who has been booked by the Jammu and Kashmir police after his vehicle mowed down three civilians, killing one, on Friday in Srinagar, has said that he was blinded by a barrage of stones after it came under attack by stone pelters. “The crowd had overpowered the vehicle, shaking it violently. I was blinded by a barrage of stones, and my car was shaking, I did not realise that someone had come under the wheel,” Vishal Ji Pawar, who has been driving for CRPF for a year, told India Today. Three men were injured after they were allegedly hit by a CRPF vehicle during clashes between protesters and security forces in Nowhatta area of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. One of the men, 21-year-old Kaiser Bhat, later succumbed to his injuries. The state police has booked unidentified stone-pelters for attempt to murder and rioting while it charged the CRPF driver with rash driving after the death of the man. The clash took place on June 1 after Friday prayers ended at the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar’s Nowhatta area. A group of youths had started pelting stones at the security forces, with some of them attacking a CRPF vehicle.While a picture initially circulated on social media showing three men under the CRPF vehicle, video clips that surfaced soon after showed how the vehicle had come under intense stone pelting. Pawar said the situation was worse than what looks in the video. “It is much worse than it looks on video. It was the worst day of my life,” he said. SS Yadav, who was sitting next to Pawar when the vehicle came under attack, said this was a matter of survival.”I have faced stone pelting earlier also, but never like this. For us, it became a matter of survival. I had placed my hand on the gun. But in my heart I was praying that I wouldn’t have to pull the trigger,” Yadav said. The mob had also tried to pull out Yadav as the driver stopped briefly amid the heavy stone pelting. “They tried to pull me out but luckily the CRPF soldier behind me forced the door shut. I knew the gun was not an option, there would be casualties. No one would have fired till I said so,” Yadav recalled.
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J&K sex scandal: Former BSF DIG, 5 others sentenced to 10 years in prison

A special CBI court today sentenced five people, including a former Border Security Force DIG, to 10 years in prison in the 2006 Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal.Pronouncing the quantum of sentence in a packed courtroom here, judge Gagan Geet Kaur said the convicts deserved no leniency. The court had held the five guilty on May 30.The convicts were brought to the court under tight security. Some of their family members were present there.Minor girls were pushed into prostitution in the scandal in which senior officials and politicians were alleged to be involved.Those sentenced to rigorous imprisonment are former BSF deputy inspector general KC Padhi, former J&K deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Ashraf Mir and three others Masood Ahmad alias Maqsood, Shabir Ahmad Langoo and Shabir Ahmad Laway.Any period spent by them in custody during the trial will be set off against their term of imprisonment.The court came down heavily upon Padhi and Mir, saying such acts could not be expected from those the society regarded as its protectors.The five were convicted under Section 376 of the Ranbir Penal Code which deals with the offence of rape.The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on Padhi and Mir, ordering that they will undergo another year of rigorous imprisonment if they defaulted on its payment.It slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 each on Masood Ahmad, Langoo and Laway, who will serve another six months in prison if they failed to pay.The amount will be used as compensation for the loss of the victim’s reputation and dignity, mental harm and loss of opportunity of education, the judge said.”A victim of rape inevitably suffers acute trauma. Rape itself brings enormous shame to the victim,” she said.It was unfortunate that sexual violence against women still existed in the 21st century, the court observed.The court rejected the contention by the convicts that they did not have knowledge of the age of the prosecutrix.With the prosecutrix being a minor, the question as to whether she was habitual to sexual activity or not is immaterial to determine the issue of consent, it was held.Langoo was charged with raping the victim twice when she did not accept his marriage proposal.The court rejected the plea for a lesser sentence for former BSF officer Padhi, who cited factors such as his old age (67), killing 40 militants while being posted in J&K and serving the nation.Earlier, on May 30, the court had acquitted former Additional Attorney General of J&K Anil Sethi and another accused Mehrajuddin Malik.Two other two accused, Sabeena, who ran a brothel, and her husband Abdul Hamid Bullah died during the course of the trial.The infamous scandal hit the headlines in 2006 when J&K police recovered two CDs showing Kashmiri minors being sexually exploited.The minors were coerced into prostitution and supplied to top police officials, bureaucrats, politicians and surrendered militants.During the investigation, J&K police prepared a list of 56 suspects including some high-profile people for their alleged involvement in the sex scandal.The case was shifted to the Central Bureau of Investigation in 2006 after the names of some ministers also surfaced.The Supreme Court shifted the case to Chandigarh later that year.The then J&K chief minister Oman Abdullah had submitted his resignation in 2009 when an opposition leader linked him to the case.J&K Governor N N Vohra, however, refused to accept the resignation.
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Pakistan-based terror outfit announces revival in J&K

Pakistan-based Al Badr terrorist outfit seems to be undergoing a revival on the terror map of Jammu and Kashmir. A designated Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States, Al Badr has gone on a massive recruitment spree in the restive south Kashmir region.Four local youth have joined the outfit in the last few days and the outfit has claimed responsibility for the grenade attack at Tahab in Pulwama district in which seven people, including four CRPF men, were injured on MondayA proscribed organisation, Al Badr had been rendered defunct after its last surviving terrorist Muzaffar Ahmad Naikoo alias Muz Molvi, a resident of Sopore, was killed by security forces in Machwa area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district in January 2017.However, Al Badr recently released a 4:24-minute video of heavily armed, masked terrorists announcing their arrival in Jammu and Kashmir.Sitting on a floor with two heavily armed, masked men dressed in black Khan suits standing guard, a diminutive looking, hooded man claiming to be the self-styled divisional commander of Al Badr, Hamza Burhan, said the outfit has the strength of 100 ultras and in next few weeks another 200 youth will be joining them.”Currently, our number is 100 and in a few weeks’ time, we will add another 200 youth in our ranks. Those youth will be preferred who have an Islamic bent of mind. As you know we have already brought a few boys in our fold,” said Hamza.What has sent alarm bells ringing is that the new outfit has threatened to target political activists and cops in the valley. “We want to inform people that they should not go near the posse of police, Army, CRPF or pro-India political workers. We will target the security vehicles and cops wherever we find them,” he said.Established in 1998, Al Badr drew most of the cadres from Pakistan who infiltrated into Kashmir to wage Jihad. A banned outfit, Al Badr, however, suffered major setbacks when security forces wiped out its leadership.Senior Superintendent of Police, Pulwama, Mohommad Aslam said they are investigating the matter and trying to unravel the mystry. “It is a matter of investigation. We are verifying their claims. We cannot rule out the recruitment of few boys. Unless we get confirmation on the ground, we cannot say anything,” he said.
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3 terror attacks in a day rattle Jammu and Kashmir, put question mark on Centre’s Ramzan ceasefire

Terror revisited Kashmir on Tuesday when gunmen carried out three attacks in a day across the Valley.Latest being the attack on a highly-fortified army camp at Hajin in Bandipora district on late Tuesday evening. Police said terrorists opened heavy fire on the camp of 13 Rashtirya Riffles, which was retaliated forcing the ultras to take a hasty retreat.Senior Superintendent of Police, Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfikar Azad told DNA that terrorists opened fire on the army camp and later fled from the scene. “They fired at the army camp of 13 RR and escaped from the spot”, he said.Sources said a group of terrorists attacked the army camp from two sides but alert security forces immediately swung into action and retaliated forcing the gunmen to flee from the scene. “Stand off attack by terrorists on Hajin army camp. Own troops retaliated”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Security forces have rushed in reinforcements and combing operation has been launched in the area. “Standoff firing by terrorists on security forces at Hajin. Retaliated by the security forces. Combing of the area is going on”, tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.This was the third such attack of the day in Kashmir. Earlier in the day, terrorists detonated a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in apple rich town of Sopore damaging a security force vehicle. “IED blast in Sopore at Yemberzal wari. Security forces’ vehicle suffered damages. No loss of life or property reported”, said Kashmir Zone PoliceLater in the evening, the terrorists appeared in Hawal area of Srinagar and fired at the sentry guarding a Sufi Shrine with an intention to loot weapons. However, the alert sentry immediately fired back forcing the militants to flee from the spot.“Alert Sentry on noticing suspicious movement at Mirza Kamil Sahib Shrine in Hawal fired few shots. No loss of life or property. All arms and ammo safe”, tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.
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Watch: Residents of PoK accuse Pak security forces of illegal encroachment

Residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s (PoK) Kotli district have accused security forces of illegal encroachment. “What is your right to do this? You first captured our estate, and now, you are capturing our plots. We will not leave,” the residents can be heard saying in a video clip.PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) often stage widespread protests against Pakistan’s ill treatment of the region and its people.The residents blame Pakistan for exploiting resources from PoK and for being responsible for the poverty and underdevelopment in the region. The locals, including various leaders and activists, have also been accusing the Pakistani Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of enforced disappearance, extra-judicial killings and human rights violation.India has been bearing the brunt of Pakistan sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir since over three decades.
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No unprovoked attack from across the border shall go unanswered: Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said no unprovoked attack from across the border shall go unanswered and defence forces have been given room to hit back. The minister was responding to questions on the firing along the Indo-Pak border despite the two sides agreeing for a truce.”We shall keep our borders safe, forces have been given room to respond to any unprovoked firing. We shall ensure that no unprovoked attack goes without response,” she said.The defence minister also said it is not her ministry’s role to determine whether the ongoing Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir has been successful or not.”We have been given room to hit back when there is unprovoked attack. The Defence ministry’s role is not to assess whether ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir has been successful or not,” Sitharaman said.In response to a question on the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) sanctions impacting Indo-Russian defence ties, the minister said it has conveyed to the USA that New Delhi procures its defence equipment and spare parts from Moscow.The sanctions, she said, cannot impact this as the ties go a long way back.
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Watch: Pakistani outpost destroyed by BSF firing in Jammu’s Akhnoor sector

For the second time in less than a month, Pakistan has been compelled to appeal for respite after Border Security Forces pummelled their outposts in Jammu’s Akhnoor sector on Sunday A video accessed by Zee News shows BSF targeting Pakistani outposts. The footage shows smoke from a Pakistani outpost after it was destroyed by BSF fire. The firing by BSF was done in retaliation to firing by Pak forces which had resulted in the death of two BSF personnel, including an officer. Several civilians were also injured. The heavy firing from the Pak side lasted almost 12 hours in the Pragwal area of Akhnoor, Kanachak and Khour sectors of Jammu district and ended 12 days of lull in border skirmishes.The firing from across the border in violation of the ceasefire agreement prompted a strong and effective retaliation by the BSF, forcing Pakistani Rangers to buckle down. A commander-level meeting was held at 17:30 pm on Monday with both sides committing to ensure peace.Also readAfter 11 grenade attack in J&K, BSF, Pakistani Rangers hold meet, decide to ensure peace on borderThe BSF last month said that Pakistan had ‘pleaded’ with them to stop firing along the International Border.Amid ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops despite DGMO level talks, the Border Security Force (BSF) officials met Pakistani Rangers on Monday to ensure peace in border areas. “A BSF-Pak Rangers Sector Commander level meeting was held at 05:30 today. Meeting went off in a conducive atmosphere with prime focus to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border,” said BSF PRO (Jammu Frontier). The next meeting is scheduled to held on June 21.The official said that today’s meeting is likely to bring firing-free environment, particularly for border area villagers on both sides. “Commanders on both sides agreed to keep talks on at every level to develop confidence between two border guarding forces,” he said.Also readPakistani Rangers plead with BSF to stop its fire assaultJammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has urged both the Directors-General of Military Operations (DGMOs) to talk again to stop bloodshed and shelling on the borders. “It is unfortunate that despite talks between the two DGMOs this has happened. It should not have happened. The DGMOs of the two counties should talk again because people from both sides are dying. Bloodshed and shelling should be stopped,” she said.With inputs from PTI
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Two grenade attacks rock Kashmir again

Even as the Ramzan ceasefire is in effect, two grenade incidents rattled south Kashmir’s Shopian and Pulwama districts on Monday and injured 23 people, including four CRPF and four policemen.The first incident occurred in the afternoon at the Batpora Chowk in Shopian. “Around 12 civilians are reportedly injured. A young girl has suffered critical injuries in this explosion while four policemen also sustained injuries,” said a police spokesman. The injured were shifted to nearby hospital and the police has initiated investigation in the matter.”It is a cowardly act. The area was bustling with activities when militants lobbed the grenade on the civilian population,” said Shailendra Mishra, senior superintendent of police, Shopian.Later in the evening, militants surfaced at Tahab area of Pulwama and lobbed a grenade at a CRPF party. Seven people, including four CRPF men, were injured in this incident.Senior SP, Pulwama, Mohommad Aslam said, “They have suffered minor injuries and all of them are stable.”With this, the number of grenade explosions in the valley over the last four days has risen to 11.
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Set up digital broadband networks in disaster-prone areas: TRAI

To strengthen the country’s communication networks in case of natural or man-made disasters, telecom regulator TRAI has recommended setting up of a pan-India broadband public protection disaster relief (PPDR) communication network, based on 3GPP PS-LTE technology.Existing PPDR networks in the country are analog and digital systems that support narrow band voice and data communications. The introduction of advanced broadband PPDR communication networks will act as a great enabler in decision making.In its recommendations released on Monday, TRAI said a hybrid model of broadband PPDR network should be set up in India. A dedicated network for BB-PPDR communication funded by government should be created in metro cities, border districts, and disaster-prone areas and other sensitive areas like Jammu and Kashmir, and the North East by PSUs like BSNL/MTNL.The existing commercial network can be leveraged in other regions through any telecom service provider.The regulator recommended creating a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under the ministry of home affairs to plan, coordinate, and steer the nationwide broadband PPDR communication network, besides implementation and subsequent operation.Operators should be mandated to provide mobile BTS and backpack devices in case of disaster when terrestrial network gets damaged/ dysfunctional.An advisory committee including representatives from public safety, state government, central government, and Ministry of Communications, should provide domain-specific advice to the SPV for conception, implementation, operation, and maintenance of the broadband PPDR communication network.The department of telecom should work out timelines to phase out existing analog networks in PPDR.Also, new spectrum assignments may be done only for deploying digital equipment. It is recommended to carry out pilot tests before implementing the broadband PPDR dedicated network (dedicated spectrum and network), funded by the government, at five zones identified as disaster prone/sensitive areas to evaluate the efficacy of the proposed network.The plan for migration of existing legacy equipment on to the new network is to be formulated after conducting a comprehensive study during this pilot testing, TRAI said.A dedicated spectrum for this communication network needs to be identified. TRAI said 2×10 MHz (814-824/859-869 MHz) of dedicated spectrum should be allocated nationwide to the SPV on no-cost basis for LTE based broadband PPDR networks. Twenty megahertz of spectrum in the frequency range 440-470 MHz (preferably 450-470 MHz) should be allocated for future evolution of broadband PPDR. For both these recommendations, necessary amendments may be carried out in the NFAP accordingly.
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BJP takes refuge in Pakistan whenever it loses: Congress

The Congress today alleged that the BJP takes refuge in Pakistan by seeking to polarise and divert public attention whenever it loses an election.The opposition party’s attack came after BJP leader Sambit Patra tweeted a purported video of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saaed delivering a speech against Prime Minister Modi and wrote, It’s not just the yet formed ‘Mahagathbandhan’ that desperately wants to stop India from having Modi as its PM in 2019″.Patra later said, Of course this is not a comparison! Modi Ji’s attack on Black Money and corruption is getting the opposition in India on one page while his attack on terrorism & Surgical Strike is pushing Hafiz Saeed to desperation! This proves that the Modi government is moving the right way! Another BJP leader reportedly compared the opposition to “Osama supporters”.In response to the BJP leaders’ remarks, the Congress said whenever the BJP loses, it takes refuge in Pakistan in its bid to polarise and divert public attention.”The BJP knows it cannot win on development, that is why they try and divert by bringing in the name of Hafiz Saeed. They do not think at all,” Congress leader Pawan Khera said.The BJP lost the crucial Kairana parliamentary bypoll in Uttar Pradesh last week to a united opposition.”The BJP speaks in multiple languages, their ideological forefather which is the RSS is the hydra-headed monster which speaks, behaves, acts in various languages contradicting each other,” Khera said.He said such remarks reflect the BJP leaders’ mindset and asserted that the people of the country had understood this and would no longer get befooled by such words.He alleged that the prime minister was not focussed on governance in the country and was abroad most of the time.Khera claimed that Kashmir has been burning under the NDA rule with normal life shattered in the northern state.”We do not see a coherent consistent policy on Kashmir as far as Modi Government is concerned,” he said.Taking a dig at the prime minister over his foreign trips, Khera said, “Every 11 days in the last four years at an average you were abroad, sometimes with agenda — without results, sometimes without agenda — definitely without results.” To a question on Nitish Kumar, Khera said both the Bihar chief minister and the prime minister should understand that people of the country would no longer be befooled.
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Nowhatta victim’s kin questions Hurriyat, exposes separatists’ double standards

Amid fresh tension over the death of a young man in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowhatta, a video of that boy’s relative unmasking the double standards of the Hurriyat leadership has gone viral.In a 1 minute, 30 seconds long video tweeted by news agency ANI, the unidentified relative of Nowhatta victim Kaiser Bhat is seen questioning the Hurriyat leadership. In his broken voice, the emotional relative accuses the senior Hurriyat of instigating violence. ‘On one hand, (Syed Ali Shah) Geelani saab says don’t send your children to Christian schools and on the other, he calls Shabir Shah’s daughter, who was schooled at DPS, as a role model.’He said that people are now scared of Hurriyat. Talking about the 21-year-old, who was killed during an attack on the CRPF van in Nowhatta, the relative said that ‘the poor kid didn’t even know what shahadat (martyrdom) means. His body was kept on road for your (Hurriyat) politics.’The video comes after the Jammu and Kashmir police booked the Central Reserve Police Force men for rash driving after Bhat was mowed down by their vehicle at Nowhatta in the old Srinagar city on Friday. Kaiser Bhat, 21, was among two young men who were run over by a CRPF vehicle when it was trying to manoeuvre through a stone-pelting mob. The injured were immediately rushed to the Sher-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, where Bhat succumbed late on Friday night.Jammu and Kashmir police has registered two FIRs against the CRPF men and the stone-pelters under different sections of law. “Police has taken cognizance of the matter and initiated due proceedings. Investigation is on,” said a police spokesman.In the first FIR, police has registered a case under section 307 (attempt to murder), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon) 149 (unlawful assembly) 152 (Assaulting or obstructing public servant when suppressing riot) 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) and 427 (Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). In the second FIR, Police has registered a case under section 279 (rash driving) and 337 (causing hurt by endangering life or personal safety of others) of RPC.CRPF spokesman Sanjay Sharma said the registration of the case is a formality. The officials said another 16 were missing mainly from the twin districts and a probe was on to ascertain whether they have joined any terror group.
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