‘Small men occupying big Offices’, Disappointed at India’s arrogant response: Imran Khan

Reacting sharply to the cancellation of talks between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, Imran Khan on Saturday termed India’s move as “arrogant” and “negative” to his call for resumption of dialogue between the two countries. “All my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture,” tweeted Khan. Imran Khan @ImranKhanPTI Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come…

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47 SPO’s, Cops announces resignation, Home Ministry Rejects

Three policemen were abducted and killed while a relative of one of the slain cops was set free after abduction in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on early Friday. A police officer said militants abducted three cops from Batgund and Kapren Shopian early on Friday and “later killed them brutally in an inhuman act.” The slain cops were identified as Nisar Ahmad Dhobi son of Abdul Rashid resident of Kapren, Shopian, Firdous Kuchay son of Abdul Gani and Kulwant Singh son of Dhoop Singh, both residents of Batagund, Shopian. “Bodies of…

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Bollywood’s comeback a boost to Kashmir Tourism

Bollywood is slowly returning to the Valley after staying away from it for quite a long time. A few film crews have shot in Kashmir this year, including at Srinagar Airport after more than three and a half decades. To attract more film crews, tourism department officials will soon visit Mumbai to extend a fresh invite to actors and filmmakers. “This year, Salman Khan and John Abraham shot here. Filmmakers Bunty Walia and Vidhu Vinod Chopra also shot here and we are getting more queries. We are planning to go…

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Rajni Sethi, BJP mahila leader threatens suicide over ticket allotment

Within hours of the issuance of list of candidates for the urban local bodies elections, women activists of the BJP raised a banner of revolt on Friday, accusing the party leadership of “importing” candidates from other parties and selling party ticket to influential people. Women leaders have reasons to air their grievances because some women family members of the Sangh Parivar leaders have been preferred over BJP women activists for ticket allotment. This morning a group of women workers of the party led by state Mahila Morcha president Rajni Sethi…

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BJP to disclose candidates identities after nominations

Although the list of party nominees for the Jammu region was released on Thursday, the BJP has decided not to make public the names of its candidates from the Kashmir valley before filing of the nomination papers. The step has been taken in view of security threats to party leaders and candidates. Instead of officially releasing the lists, the party has decided to silently handover the mandate to its candidates from the Valley, so as to maintain secrecy. Sources said the names of BJP candidates would be made public only…

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Citing Burhan stamps, Cop killings, India calls off Swaraj-Qureshi meet

Nearly 24 hours after agreeing to it, the government Friday called off a meeting between the foreignministers of India and Pakistan in New York, citing the brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant BurhanWani. Announcing the cancellation of the meeting, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the incidents “exposed” the “true face” of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan to the world as well as Islamabad’s evil agenda behind the proposal for talks. India on Thursday accepted Khan’s request…

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Abduction, Killing of policemen cast shadow on polls in J&K

The abduction and killing of three policemen in south Kashmir’s Shopian early on Friday have vitiated the already tense atmosphere for the upcoming municipal and panchayat elections in the state. The killings have prompted a double impact: a wave of fear among local special police officers (SPOs), many of whom took to social media to distance themselves from the police department, and triggered more worry among people who have been associated with the local bodies. “With each passing day, the atmosphere is turning scary. The incidents of violence are continuing,…

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Day began with Abductions, ended with Funeral; Three Cops abducted, shot dead in Shopian

On Thursday evening, Firdous Ahmad, 28, a police follower from Batagund — a sleepy village in Shopian — had returned home to announce his public resignation during the Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid in the district due to the constant militant threats. But hours before he could do that, he was abducted by militants along with two other policemen from adjacent villages and shot dead. The killings of the two police employees and a special police officer have sent shock waves across the country. Villagers say the toll could…

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Resignation videos emerge across Kashmir after three cops where kidnaped and killed

Shortly after the bodies of three policemen killed by militants were found in south Kashmir’s Shopian today, several videos messages emerged on social media that purportedly show special police officers announcing their decision to resign. A senior Kashmir police officer said they are yet to authenticate the claims being made in the video messages. At least six such messages have emerged and are being circulated widely. The Union Home Ministry in Delhi, however, rebutted the claims. “Jammu and Kashmir Police have confirmed that these reports are untrue and motivated. These…

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Ahead of Local Elections, Panchayat offices under attack in Kashmir

In the first 48 hours of nominations opening for 422 municipal wards, not a single candidate has applied. Just weeks ahead of local elections in Jammu and Kashmir, panchayat offices are being set on fire in Jammu and Kashmir. In the last four days, eight panchayat offices have been set on fire. The police complaints or FIRs accuse only unnamed people and so far nobody has been arrested. The centre is determined to go ahead with the polls despite boycott by the two main regional parties – National Conference and…

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