How to solve the Kashmir conundrum: A 5-step guide from Saifuddin Soz

At a time when the government in Delhi is caught up in the nightmare of its choice in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, it is no surprise that every Kashmiri – young or old – is grappling with questions about their future. Veteran Congress leader from Kashmir Saifuddin Soz is no exception. He sits before me like a man possessed. “General Musharraf had perhaps correctly told his fellow Generals that Kashmiris do not want to join Pakistan. Given a choice, he said, the Kashmiris would vote for Independence which…

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Valley cricketers to interact with Adam Gilchrist

The budding cricketers from Jammu and Kashmir will get a rare opportunity to interact with cricketing legend from Australia, Adam Gilchrist in New Delhi on 19 June. The interaction is being coordinated by Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo, said an official handout. “Besides, a T-20 cricket match is also being played between J&K CM’s Eleven and G M College Delhi in the Australian Embassy Ground New Delhi on 19 June which would be followed by interaction with Gilchrist in the Conference Hall of Delhi University,” J&K State Sports…

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Cabinet approves 93 MW Ganderbal power project

The state government today approved the proposal of the Power Development Department (PDD) to implement the 93-MW New Ganderbal hydropower project on the banks of the Sindh in central Kashmir after nearly two decades of delay. The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today approved the proposal of the PDD for the implementation of the power project following the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub-Committee constituted under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister on April 28. The 93-MW project has been conceived as a run-of-the-river project on the Sindh,…

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Valley tense, Resistance group call for shutdown

High-speed Internet blocked, Kashmir varsity postpones exams The killing of three civilians, including a teenager, in two separate incidents of firing during the past 24 hours has ignited fresh tension in the region as separatists called for a shutdown on Saturday across the Kashmir valley. The killing of two civilians takes the casualty figure during the past 24 hours to 11 — which includes eight policemen who were killed yesterday and today in separate incidents. The deaths of civilians stoked fresh tension in the region as the alarmed authorities made…

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Jammu Muslims seek protection, Action against miscreants

Muslims holding protest outside Ustad Mohalla Masjid in Old Jammu City after Friday prayers against ‘provocative slogans’ of miscreants last night. The protesters demanded stern action against the miscreants who shouted provocative slogans calling Muslims to come and fight them. They also sought security in minority areas. The incident happened last night when Muslims were in Masjid for Traveeh. Some bikers shouted provocative slogans against Muslims, and also challenged them to come out of Masjid and fight them. The frightened the community members went to police station Pacca Danga but…

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Tale of 2 funerals in Bandipora village

A pale of gloom descended Ashtengoo village in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday when bodies of a slain youth and a cop reached their homes. Naseer-ud-din Sheikh, 26, fell prey to the bullets of security forces in Rangreth Srinagar while Shahzad Ahmad Sofi, 28, a cop, became victim of a militant attack in Hyderpora on same day. Coincidently, the slain duo belonged to the same village and their houses are located at a walking distance from each other. Their death was mourned by everyone in the village. People from…

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Kashmir ex-CMs become semi-separatists out of power: Jitendra Singh

He pointed out that 14 students from the Valley cleared the civil service examination this year and referred to 11 officers from Kashmir who recently graduated from the IMA. Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said chief ministers in Jammu and Kashmir often turned into “semi-separatists” when out of power, a remark seen as a veiled attack on NC leader and former CM Farooq Abdullah. Singh, questioning the “conviction” of separatists, said they drew privileges such as air ticket concessions, sought subsidised treatment in hospitals or “lobbied” for their offspring…

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SHO, 5 Cops killed in Achabal ambush; LeT claims responsibility

In one of the deadliest militant attacks in recent times, six policemen including a station house officer (SHO) were killed in an ambush on a police party in Achabal area of this south Kashmir district Friday evening. The attack took place in Thajiwara village of Achabal, some six kms from Anantnag town at around 6 pm. Two civilians were also injured in the shootout. The attack came hours after two to three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants including district commander for Kulgam Junaid Matoo were believed to have been killed in Arwani village…

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2 Protesters shot by security men at the encounter site in Arwini

Top LeT commander, aide ‘killed’ in Kulgam encounter A top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander is among two militants believed to be killed in an ongoing encounter in the Arwini area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, 42 km south of Srinagar. Two civilians have also been shot dead, allegedly by security forces, during clashes that erupted around the site of the encounter. Though the firing has stopped at the encounter site, the bodies of militants are yet to be retrieved and the operation is still not over, officially. According to reports, security…

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Clash erupt in Sopore, Pampore, Pulwama, Tral, Srinagar (Downtown) scores injured

Protesters clashed with police and paramilitary forces in Srinagar and Sopore areas of Jammu and Kashmir after Friday prayers. In Nowhatta area of Downtown Srinagar, youth staged protests after congregational weekly prayers. Police and paramilitary forces deployed in the area used tear smoke shelling to disperse the stone-throwing protesters, triggering clashes. In Sopore, youth assembled near Markazi Jamia Masjid Sopore and raised pro-freedom slogans. They were protesting against the killing of two civilians in firing by government forces in Rangreth and Arwani areas of Srinagar and Anantnag respectively. Youth pelted…

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