Taliban-e-Kashmir leader Zakir Musa boasts of revealing information to Indian army that led to rival jihadi group deaths

A rift between terrorist groups in the Valley is out in the open with Taliban-e-Kashmir leader Zakir Musa claiming that he provided specific information to security forces about half a dozen jihadis who were killed by the Army in the last seven days. All the six militants killed in the two operations belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba and included dreaded names such as Junaid Mattoo and Nisar Ahmed. In a video message purportedly issued by Musa’s group, the newly raised terror outfit claimed that it had provided information to government forces…

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Ahead of Burhan Wani’s death anniversary, security forces take steps to prevent attacks by resistance

Ahead of the last Friday prayer of the Ramzan and the death anniversary of slain terrorist Burhan Wani, security forces have beefed up their presence along national highways and the hinterland. Expecting a turbulent fortnight starting with the last Friday prayer of the Ramzan up to the death anniversary of slain terrorist Burhan Wani in Kashmir on July 8, the security forces have beefed up their presence along national highways and the hinterland to prevent separatists from carrying out attacks in the state. “There will be a spurt in attempts…

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Sealing of Jamia Masjid, Unacceptable, Unjustified: Geelani

Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Friday denounced sealing of Jamia Masjid, laying restrictions and placing Hurriyat leadership under house arrest. “It is unacceptable and unjustified. Local administration is practically nonexistent while as those sitting in Nagpur rule the roost,” Geelani said in his statement while accusing authorities of “waging war on people”. Criticizing house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, and Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Geelani said: “They are continuously being placed under house arrest by authorities and barred from conducting their religious…

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With 42 killed, bloodiest Ramzan in Kashmir in years

At least 42 people, including nine policemen, were killed in Kashmir in June in what could be the bloodiest Ramzan in the Valley in recent years. The toll includes 27 terrorists and six civilian deaths. A senior police officer told TOI that Friday’s lynching has resulted in fear among the lower rungs of security forces. Although the killing drew criticism from all quarters, security forces believe it’s insufficient to deter people from acting against cops. “Although she (Mehbooba) was very hard in her statement against the attack on police ,…

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18 Civilians killed at gunfight sites in Kashmir since last 15 months

At least 18 civilians have so far been killed at gunfight sites by government forces in Kashmir in the past 15 months, official records have revealed. Of 14 civilians killed in the first three months of 2017, eight have died due to firing by J&K police, Central Reserve Police Force and Army near the gunfight sites, the official records accessed by Kashmir Post have revealed. The firing on protesters has almost become a new phenomenon in the Valley where government forces fire upon civilian protesters who storm the gunfight sites…

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Amarnath Yatra 2017: First batch to leave Jammu on June 28

The first batch of pilgrims for the Amarnath yatra will depart from the Jammu base camp on June 28 under tight security. All arrangements have been made by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) and the state government for the smooth conduct of the annual 40-day pilgrimage. Security agencies are also on their toes to ensure safe and secure pilgrimage to the shrine located in south Kashmir. While the yatra will start on June 29, the first batch of pilgrims will be flagged off by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh…

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Kashmiri, Dogri, Bodhi compulsory subjects for class 9 and 10, Language our identity; Mehbooba Mufti

In a landmark decision the state government Monday made Kashmiri, Bodhi and Dogri languages compulsory for 9th and 10th classes in the areas where these languages are spoken as mother tongue. As per government order no 333 EDU OF 2017 issued on 19-06-17, the three regional languages will be treated as compulsory sixth subject for class 9 from academic session 2018-19 and for class 10 from 2019-20 in all government-run and recognized private schools of the state. The three languages were already taught from class 1 to 8 throughout the…

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No threat to annual Amarnath Yatra: Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said that there was no threat to the annual Amarnath Yatra, scheduled to begin later this month, stressing that the pilgrims were “our revered guests”, who would be received as per the age-old traditions. “The terror threat to the upcoming yatra is a brazen lie and aimed at maligning the freedom movement. Kashmiris are not against any religion or its followers. However, they are pursuing a legitimate struggle for their fundamental rights,” he said in a statement issued here late last…

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664 ‘Stone Pelters’ lodged at Juvenile Home since 2011

More than 664 juveniles booked on charges of stone-pelting have been lodged in Kashmir’s lone Juvenile Home at Harwan here since 2011, official data has revealed. The data, compiled by Superintendent of the Juvenile Home, reads that 664 juveniles, involved in incidents of stone-pelting, have been received and bailed out from 23-9-2011 till 17-6-2017. Interestingly, stone-pelting tops the list of categories of alleged offences for which the juveniles have been booked for and lodged at the Juvenile Home. Since 2011, 38 juveniles have been booked in murder cases, but 35…

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Creating atmosphere of fear for Amarnath yatris aimed at discrediting K-struggle: Geelani

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Sunday said: “Creating terror threat perception during the upcoming Amarnath Yatra is a calculated move aimed at maligning and discrediting the political struggle of Kashmir”. In a statement issued today Geelani also denounced what he called misinformation campaign carried by “Indian media.” Geelani said: “People in Kashmir while continuing with the age-old tradition of providing best hospitality to pilgrims have always been friendly and generous to visitors and particularly to Amarnath Yatries.” Geelani said: “Amarnath Yatra has been conducted since decades and the…

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