5.4 Magnitude earthquake jolts parts of J&K

The epicentre of the earthquake was J-K-Xingjian border; no reports of casualty or damage so far. A moderate intensity earthquake occurred in Kashmir in the wee hours of Thursday. No report of casualty or damage has come from anywhere so far. “A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale occurred at 4.59 am today (Thursday),” sources in the disaster management department said on Thursday. “The epicentre of the quake was near J&K-Xingjian border and its coordinates are latitude 35.5 degrees north and longitude 77.6 degrees east.” Geologically, the…

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Agency-backed religious scholars trying to incite sectarian violence: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Wednesday said that there was a need for “unity” among religious scholars whom he accused of trying to incite sectarian violence in Kashmir. “A number of delegations from different parts of Kashmir, especially south Kashmir visited me and showed concern about the hate speeches being preached on mosque pulpits to set Kashmir on fire,” Mirwaiz said at a Seerat conference organized by Awami Action Committee (AAC). JKLF chairman, Yasin Malik, senior Hurriyat leader and Shia cleric , Moulana Abbas Ansari, also spoke at…

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At BJP rally on Dal, cadre recite Quran, Urdu poetry

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today held a first-of-its-kind rally at Char Chinari, a small island on the Dal Lake, as part of its efforts to gain foothold in the Kashmir valley. The party cadre recited Quranic verses, read Urdu poetry and underscored the need to have a strong Muslim leadership in Kashmir while seeking support from a place where it has so far failed to make any electoral gains. “Char Chinari has usually inspired poets but this is for the first time we have held a programme here and…

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‘I could not bring him back and it will haunt me forever’, A mother laments death of her militant son

Since the day her son disappeared in January—after which he joined the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)—Mehmooda Wani made frantic and often desperate attempts to locate her youngest son, thinking up ways of persuading him to give up arms and come home. But Yawar Bashir Wani, 21, never returned to meet his parents, particularly his mother, after joining militancy. He was a militant for 308 days. The end came swiftly. On Monday night, security forces blew up a residential home in Kulgam, killing Yawar and two foreign militants. One August morning, the…

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Proposed one-stop identity card for Kashmiri’s opposed, called a conspiracy

Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) here on Saturday alleged that Government of India’s plan to issue one-stop identity card to Kashmiris is yet another conspiracy to breach the privacy and intrude into the personal lives of people of Kashmir.The Government of India has reportedly planned to issue these cards to the people of Kashmir to “increase surveillance and keep a check on militancy-related activities in Kashmir.” “This is yet another ugly Indian tactic against the people of Kashmir. India has issued Aadhar cards which contains all the details of an individual then why…

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Message on Babri anniversary from Al-Qaeda in Kashmir calls on Indians to join jihad

The call was released on online jihadist feeds on Wednesday, by the new al-Qaeda affiliate formed earlier this year by breakaway cadre of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Ansar Ghazwa ’tul-Hind, the Kashmir-based affiliate of transnational terrorist group al-Qaeda, has called on Indian Muslims to “join the fields of the jihad”, claiming that “perfidious Hindus will keep changing their tactics until their mission is accomplished — and that mission is the elimination of every last Muslim, be they children or the elderly, men or women, or brothers or our sons”. The…

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I introduced Hurriyat among people but lately it disappointed me: Javaid Mir

‘Kashmir struggle not anybody’s fiefdom’ This is not the way to quit: Hurriyat (M) Senior separatist leader and chairman of his faction of JKLF, Javaid Ahmad Mir Wednesday said there was no question of joining mainstream politics and he has already submitted his resignation to Hurriyat leadership in Pakistan administered Kashmir. Mir told Kashmir Post that he has submitted his resignation before the people who actually run Hurriyat. “I have submitted my resignation through my representative before the people who actually run Hurriyat Conference in PaK,” he said. Asked the…

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