Separatist leader Shabir Shah arrested for funding terror

In a late evening development, Jammu & Kashmir police on Tuesday arrested another separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah in connection with the alleged terror financing case on the instruction of the Enforcement Directorate, the official sources said. Presently heading separatist outfit called Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah is also part of Geelani’ Hurriyat conference and has reportedly accumulated huge wealth over period of 29 years of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir through various sources, including the Hawala channels, the official sources alleged. A police team led by the…

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India rejects OIC resolutions on Kashmir, calls them ‘Incorrect and Misleading’

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) made it clear that the OIC has no locus standi on India’s internal affairs. India on Tuesday outrightly rejected the resolutions passed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jammu and Kashmir and pointed out that these resolutions contained “factually incorrect and misleading” references to internal matters of India. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) made it clear that the OIC has no locus standi on India’s internal affairs. India’s sharp response came after the the 56-member…

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GST a Tsunami for local industry: FCIK

Terming the union GST Act as tsunami for the yet-to-evolve the industry in the valley, the Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir (FCIK) has demanded its immediate rollback. In an executive council meeting held under the chairmanship of speaker Syed Fazal Illahi, the members resolved to work in tandem with the newly formed Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC) in order to mount pressure on the state government for the roll back.of this draconian law clandestinely extended to the state. The members observed that extension of this 47th amendment was yet…

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Mushtaq Zargar’s 2 nephews among 20 held in DSP’s Lynching case

Two close relatives of Mushtaq Zargar, one of the three militants released as part of the 1999 Kandahar hijack prisoner swap, are among the 20 accused who have been arrested by the J&K Police in the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith in old Srinagar last month. The police on Monday claimed that it had so far arrested 20 accused in the lynching case and one more accused, Sajad Ahmad Gilkar, had been killed in an encounter in Budgam on July 12. Police sources on Tuesday said…

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Decades On, Vital road projects in limbo

With several road widening projects missing deadlines, the summer capital is facing major infrastructural deficit and grappling with space constraints to meet requirements of bulging traffic and human population. Major road projects in Srinagar including widening of Qamarwari-Shalteng road, Khanyar-Zadibal-Pandach (KZP), Syed Meerak Shah Road from Dalgate to Zakura were conceptualized decades back. Despite passing of several decades, they are nowhere completion. As per officials, Srinagar city is the main victim of the government’s “non-seriousness” to complete road projects. The major road widening projects in Srinagar district have been put…

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NIA says it has got solid evidence: Terror funding

Gets 10-day custody of seven arrested Hurriyat leaders As seven Kashmiri separatists, including son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, were sent to 10-day NIA custody by a Delhi court in a terror funding case, the probe agency claimed that it could zero in on them after one and a half months of painstaking investigation which gave it electronic evidence to prove their complicity. Sources in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) confirmed that the agency managed to track the details of telephonic conversations of as many as 48 local youths,…

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NIA being used as war weapon against leadership: Hurriyat (G)

Hurriyat Conference (G) Tuesday said NIA is being used as a war weapon against leadership and “local henchmen” are facilitating these arbitrary measures against leadership. Reacting sharply over arrests conducted by NIA and producing them in Delhi court, Hurriyat (G) said: “Indian government is frustrated to the extent that they frame and raid residences of Hurriyat leaders and activists on the pre-planned psychological crackdown, so that they surrender and stop voicing the sentiments of their nation, thereby covering and shielding their atrocities and barbarism against common and unarmed people.” Hurriyat…

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Failure to dredge Jhelum on scientific lines puts Kashmir at risk: Caution experts

Experts Tuesday cautioned that dredging project has not helped to address the problem of floods in any way and Kashmir stands at same stage where it had been post 2014 devastating floods. They termed the dredging of Jhelum as “ill conceived project” and warned of consequences if immediate measures were not taken to correct the things. “Dredging, the project of utter importance didn’t get the desired results. The incompetence of authorities to execute the project has added woes of a common man who is yet to come out of the…

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No buyers for energy generated from Baglihar-II hydel project

Existing power rates low; JKSPDC in loss, supplies 450 MW to state The big ‘slump’ in the market has made it difficult for the Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) to find a buyer for the energy generated from the Baglihar-II hydropower project since it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 7, 2015. Consequently, the JKSPDC decided to supply the full 450-MW energy generated from the Baglihar-II project to the state’s Power Development Department (PDD) at minimal rates to meet the electricity needs of the…

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Stone-pelting incidents: Pakistan-based JuD using WhatsApp to foment trouble in Kashmir

Seven people including Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, were arrested on July 24 by the NIA. The National Investigating Agency (NIA), which is probing the terror funding cases in Jammu and Kashmir, has found at least 28 WhatsApp groups that are being administered by members residing in Pakistan, a report said on Wednesday. A report published in ‘The Times of India’ states some cadres of terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawaa are also involved in creating such WhatsApp groups. The sources in the country’s top…

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