BJP has devil’s luck: Omar on timing of SC verdict on Rafale

In a funny aside to the Supreme Court verdict ruling out a probe into the Rafale deal, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the order could not have come at a better time for the BJP. In a reference to the BJP’s recent electoral setback where the party lost three states, Abdullah felt this verdict would take the poll heat off the ruling party. Tweeting to his three million followers, complete with a smiley, Abdullah said, “The BJP really has the devil’s luck (relax I’m not calling you devils, it’s…

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Modi was not Vajpayee, Alliance with BJP was a suicide: Mehbooba Mufti

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday termed her party’s alliance with BJP a suicide with Modi not proving Vajpayee, SAARC not used for peace in Kashmir and Pakistan becoming an election issue in India. Taking part in “Kashmir-The Way Forward”, Mehbooba said, “There is total distrust and disconnect between people of Kashmir and Delhi (Central Government). They look inwards or outwards (outside the border) for support.” On Vajpayee’s support to late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed from 2002-05, Mehbooba said, “Between 2002-05,…

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People of J&K have full faith in BJP, will get majority in Assembly: Amit Shah

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah today lauded the people of Jammu and Kashmir for braving threats and boycott calls to turn up in large number to exercise their right to franchise in Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies elections in the State, which were conducted successfully under the Governor’s rule after a gap of several years. Shah said this in a meeting while reviewing affairs of Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi today. BJP general secretary and party’s pointman on Jammu and Kashmir, Ram Madhav, Avinash Rai Khanna,…

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UN resolutions will be automatically applicable in J&K if Article 370 is abrogated: Experts

Amid periodic controversy over the abrogation of article 370, which gives special status to conflict ravaged state of Jammu and Kashmir within the Indian union, legal luminaries and academicians say if Article 370 is abrogated, the United Nations (UN) resolutions will become automatically applicable on Jammu and Kashmir. “Abrogating article 370 will pave way to implement the UN resolutions in Kashmir, because this article connects Kashmir with Indian Union. If it is removed India will be having no constitutional right to claim Kashmir anymore,” said valley’s well known legal luminary.…

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Hiba was not carrying gun or stone, why was she deprived of her eyesight: Yasin Malik

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Thursday visited Mujgund on Srinagar outskirts where three militants were killed in a gunfight with the forces on December 9. He expressed solidarity with the families whose houses were destroyed during encounter. “Kashmir is burning and Kashmiris are being brutalized by Indian aggression. Mayhem at Mujgund is actually a minuscule example of Indian aggression in Kashmir which is killing, maiming, destroying and oppressing Kashmiris at will. “All this aggression is continuing in the name of operation all-out which is aimed to…

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Seven dead, several injured in Reasi road accident

Seven persons including two minors died and three others were injured in a road accident in Reasi district of Jammu late last night. An official said an overloaded car, bearing registration number JK02H 1515 skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Damasgali Bhomag last night, leaving seven persons dead and three others injured. He said the car carrying bharatis was heading towards Chourakote from Sujandhar when the accident took place. The injured, he said, were shifted to GMC&H Jammu.

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GOI using every weapon to muzzle our voice: Syed Ali Geelani

Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani today alleged that New Delhi was using every weapon of oppression to muzzle the voice of people of Jammu Kashmir to stop them from pursuing their cause of right to self-determination. “New Delhi is suffering from arrogance of power and has tried its best to muzzle our voice but has utterly failed to do so. No power on earth can deter us from achieving our cherished goal of right to self-determination,” Geelani said while addressing mourners telephonically at the residence of 14-year…

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Civilian killings in Kashmir: A review of 2018

Kashmir valley is wrapped with armed conflict from 1989 and after post-Burhan Wani, the turmoil changed completely. The valley had seen large number of youth joining militant groups. After joining such groups, then day their picture with AK47 gets viral on social media. Parent’s appeal to return back, ADGIP request to shun violence, some return and some choose their own fate. However, all this is happening from past one year. On the other side, military forces launch cordon and search operation in order to wipe out the militancy from the…

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Saqib Bilal, teen who did a cameo in ‘Haider’ turned rebel, shot dead in Mujgund encounter

Saqib Bilal and another boy, a Class 9 student from Hajin Bandipora, were killed along with a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba militant in an 18-hour gun battle with security forces in Mujgund on the outskirts of Srinagar on December 9. He was a theater artist and had even done a brief role in a Bollywood movie. That was before he disappeared along with another boy in August. Saqib Bilal and another boy, a Class 9 student from Hajin Bandipora, were killed along with a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba militant in an 18-hour gun battle…

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At -9.5 degrees Gulmarg coldest in Kashmir

Higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir received fresh snow on Thursday while the plains witnessed intermittent rain as the minimum temperature settled below the freezing point at most places in the Valley and Ladakh region. Snow has been recorded in the higher areas of the Valley like Qazigund, Kokernag, Pahalgam and Mughal Road during the night, MeT officials said. There are reports of snow in other areas in the higher reaches of the Valley and Jammu region as well, including near the Jawahar tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu highway, they said. However,…

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