Talks and Terror can’t go Hand-in-Hand, No engagement with Hurriyat: Jitendra Singh

Singh also refused to accept the argument that Hurriyat is an ‘important’ stakeholder in resolving the Kashmir issue. As long as the Hurriyat Conference supports terror and separatism, the government would not hold any reconciliatory dialogue with them, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday. Singh also refused to accept the argument that Hurriyat is an ‘important’ stakeholder in resolving the Kashmir issue. “Our agenda of alliance in Jammu and Kashmir says that we will talk to stakeholders. But who are the stakeholders. “Are Kashmiri Pandits not a stakeholder? Are Sikhs…

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Modi must begin talks in Kashmir before it is too late

If you watched the captions that scream out at you from your TV screens every night, their flaming orange hues designed to add to the heat, you would think that complex truths of the turmoil in Kashmir can be squeezed into 140 characters – just perfect for the Twitter age. But, like Akira Kuroswa’s Rashomon (Four people give different accounts of a rape and a murder) taught us, there can be multiple truths. Here are eight truths about Kashmir, seemingly paradoxical; simultaneously truthful. Things in the Valley have not been…

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Centre rules out dialogue with Separatists, dismisses reports of replacing Chief Minister

The central government on Thursday ruled out to hold any talks with separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir in near future, saying that its priority is to improve the situation in the Valley first. “Our priority is to improve the situation first,” Minister for Defence and Finance Arun Jaitley told reporters here when asked if the Centre had any plans to hold talks with separatist groups like Hurriyat Conference in view of the demand repeatedly made by the BJP’s alliance partner, the PDP. When asked whether there was a possibility…

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Modi sets 3 yrs for Jammu-Baramulla railway project

Asks Rlys to link Srinagar, Kargil too Amid growing concern within the government over the raging trouble in the Kashmir valley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the Railways to fast-track the project connecting Srinagar and Kargil with the rest of the country in the next three years. Once the ongoing rail project gets completed, the distance between New Delhi and Srinagar will be covered in 14 hours flat. Informing about the deliberations at the recent infrastructure review meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister, a senior official said: “The Prime…

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Mehbooba Mufti, Nirmal Singh not on same page over tackling Hurriyat leaders

Nirmal Singh not against banning Separatists Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh are not on the same page over dealing with separatist groups, including the Hurriyat Conference. The Chief Minister had recently stated that the state government would consider any request for security from separatist leaders if they approached it following a threat by former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Mussa. In contrast, the Deputy Chief Minister, who belongs to the BJP, is not against banning the Hurriyat Conference. “The Centre as well as the state will…

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Resistance Group call for collective resistance to BJP ‘Onslaught’

Moderates, Hardliners share dais at Hurriyat seminar in Srinagar Sharing the dais after a long time, moderate and hardline separatist leaders of Kashmir today said “collective resistance” was the “only option left” for the people of Kashmir to “stop the onslaught” of the BJP and the RSS. This was the “bottom line” of almost every speech made today at a daylong seminar on “Resolution of Kashmir Issue — Prelude to Peace, Guarantee to Stability” organised by the Hurriyat faction headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Hardliner Syed Ali Geelani had also…

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Don’t just blame the Hurriyat; India’s intelligence agencies too helped in funding Separatists

A sensational sting by a television channel has proved conclusively in public that Hurriyat leaders organise disturbances in Kashmir, and receive hundreds of crores from Pakistan for this. Senior separatist leader Naeem Khan admitted that they burnt 35 schools, as well as some hospitals, panchayat buildings, and police stations. Khan is the provincial president of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, the organisation that Syed Ali Shah Geelani founded and heads. What should astound us is not just the fact that this happens but the fact that the government has allowed this sort of…

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How Pakistan funds Kashmiri separatists to burn the Valley; Caught on Camera

India Today has come up with clinching evidence of Pakistan’s state and non-state actors, including Hafiz Saeed, choreographing anarchy through their agents in the Kashmir Valley. Several top Kashmiri separatists are caught on camera confessing to receiving funds from across the border. Some of them also admitted they raised money domestically, pledging to repeat the deadly events of 2016 if financed again. The stunning probe that rips apart the devious designs of anti-India forces in Kashmir includes Hurriyat’s Provincial President (Geelani Faction) Naeem Khan, Tehreek-E-Hurriyat’s leader Gazi Javed Baba, and…

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Engage in direct dialogue: United States

The US on Monday urged India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue to reduce tension as they faced-off at the International Court of Justice over the death penalty given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. “We believe India and Pakistan stand to benefit from practical cooperation,” a State Department spokesperson told PTI. When asked about the US’ stand on the case of Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer who is facing the death penalty in Pakistan, the official said, “We encourage India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue aimed…

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BJP-PDP alliance on the rocks as security establishment pitches for Governor’s rule

Two years after the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Peoples Democratic Party formed an alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, the allies are locked in a war of words, each blaming the other for rising militancy, mob violence and low voter turnout in the recent parliamentary bypolls. According to a report in the Indian Express,  a senior security official said that the alliance between the PDP and BJP is one of the causes of Kashmiri resentment and if there was Governor’s rule, it would remove this factor from the equation.Now, the security…

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