Anantnag encounter marks return of cordon and search operations

At around 2 am on Friday, security forces began a cordon and search operation in Srigufwara village in the volatile Anantnag district. At 6 am, they zeroed in on a house where four militants believed to be working with the local unit of the Islamic State were trapped, after which an encounter started. Jammu and Kashmir Police officials say four militants, a civilian and a policeman were killed. They stated that among the four militants killed, two were locals. Further, the wife of the civilian who died also sustained a…

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Soz’s claims on Independent Kashmir ‘Cheap Gimmick’ to sell book: Congress

The Congress today dismissed the claims of party leader and former union minister Saifuddin Soz on the choice of Kashmiris as stray remarks and “cheap gimmick” to sell his forthcoming book and said the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit will take appropriate action. In his book, Soz has said that “independence” is the first choice of Kashmiris as he supported former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s assessment in this regard. “Musharraf had explained that if Kashmiris were given a chance to exercise their free will, they would prefer to be independent.…

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NC favours dissolution of assembly; PDP, BJP remained silent during all-party meet

The National Conference along with other parties urged Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra to take some confidence building measures besides carrying out a crackdown on corruption and cleaning the governance system. The governor, who had called an all-party meet to seek opinion of political representatives on the governance of the state, was apprised of their views by representatives of all political parties in the state. The National Conference and other parties including Panthers Party also favoured an immediate dissolution of the state assembly and to make atmosphere conducive for…

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Won’t surrender no matter how tough struggle be: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said all the parties who have ruled Kashmir since 1947, have acted as “collaborators” of New Delhi rather than standing up for the rights of the people of J&K. Addressing at the 55th foundation day of Awami Action Committee (AAC) observed as a “day of pledge” at the AAC headquarters, here at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal, he said that the Kashmir movement has witnessed a transition as today our fourth generation is on roads demanding their birthright. “We as a nation won’t…

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Need to reach minds of boys with guns in Kashmir: Saifuddin Soz

Saifuddin Soz, who stirred controversy over his comments on an ‘independent’ Kashmir, said a hardline stand against militancy would not work in the Valley. Congress leader Saifuddin Soz wants a “powerful dialogue” with “boys who wield guns”, not a hardline approach, in Kashmir. In the thick of a controversy for his remarks on an “independent” Kashmir, Soz – who has authored a book, Kashmir: Glimpses of history and the story of struggle – said in an interview that the Centre should hold talks with militants through the Hurriyat Conference, an…

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21 Top militants on ‘Hit List’ of security forces in Kashmir Valley

Twenty-one top terrorists are now on the “hit list” of security forces after Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) chief Dawood Ahmed Salafi and three of his aides were gunned down in a shootout at Nowshera village in south Kashmir on Friday. The bodies of Dawood Ahmad Sofi (known also as Salafi and Burhan), the chief of ISIS in J&K and involved in several terror attacks on policemen, snatching of weapons, stone-pelting cases, and three others were retrieved from the site on Friday. The encounter, considered as a major…

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LeT launches online magazine, says 2018 will be tough for security forces

Claiming it was helping the “common man’s struggle”, the magazine goes on to say that Pakistan has “moral and legal” obligation to support the “struggle” in Kashmir, an unfinished agenda of partition. Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, has scaled up its propaganda in the Valley by launching its online magazine and stating that the year 2018 will be “tough for Indian army and other occupational forces in Kashmir”. The first issue of LeT’s Kashmir-specific online magazine “Wyeth” carried an interview of terror outfit’s spokesperson…

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Musharraf had said Kashmiris first choice is Independence: Saifuddin Soz

Congress leader Saifuddin Soz today said that former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf was right when he said Kashmiris prefer independence to joining Pakistan, to which the BJP retorted, “Alas there’s a Pakistan outside of India and a Pakistan within the Congress.” The BJP was responding to SOz’s comment to ANI news agency about the situation in Kashmir. “Musharraf said Kashmiris don’t want to merge with Pakistan, their first choice is independence. The statement was true then and remains true now also. I say the same, but I know that it…

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Kashmir-Jammu an old dilemma

The BJP was well placed to manage it, but it chose short-term political gains The Bharatiya Janata Party’s decision to break its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and plunge Jammu and Kashmir into political chaos comes as a climax to a dilemma that the party’s government at the Centre had been facing since the State elections in 2014. On the one hand, it needed political stability and a friendly government in J&K to find a political solution to the growing insurgency and unrest in the Valley. On the…

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Four militants among six killed, Scores injured in Anantnag gunfight

Four militants, including ISJK chief Dawood Salafi, a policeman and a civilian were killed and dozens others injured after a gunfight broke out between militants and the government forces in Srigufwara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday. A police official confirmed that four militants were killed in the gunfight. He said the slain include ISJK (Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir) chief Dawood Salafi of HMT Srinagar. He identified the other slain militants as Majid Manzoor Dar from Talangam Awantipora, Ashraf Itoo from Hatigam Srigufwara and Adil Hassan Mir…

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