Involve everyone in Kashmir talks: Mirwaiz to Center

Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday that said he favoured unconditional dialogue with the government of India but said that the best chance of success would be if it followed the Vajpayee government’s doctrine. Farooq, who is Kashmir’s chief cleric, noted that in the Vajpayee formula “all parties were involved,” referring to the simultaneous communication that the Kashmiri separatist leaders were allowed to have with New Delhi as well as with Islamabad and counterparts in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. “We want a mechanism to be prepared for talks where everyone…

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Amit Shah, Rajnath, Madhav discuss Kashmir post BJP meet

BJP president Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and some other party leaders including Ram Madhav and Ram Lal closeted Monday for an hour-long meeting, where they are believed to have discussed issues related to Jammu and Kashmir among others, sources said. They met at the home minister’s residence after the BJP executive meeting here and is said to have reviewed the political situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said. While details of the meeting were not immediately available, according to sources the leaders are believed to have…

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Dialogue offer must evoke positive response: Sartaj Madni

Welcoming the unconditional offer of dialogue from the Centre on Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party vice-president Sartaj Madni said it should evoke positive response from all those interested in ending the stalemate. The Peoples Democratic Party leader was referring to BJP general secretary Ram Madhav’s statement on his arrival here. The PDPleader said people of Jammu and Kashmir had been the worst sufferers of uncertainty and instability arising out of contentious issues and confrontation. “Now is the time that reconciliatory gestures from New Delhi are not put to any doubt and…

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Won’t fiddle with Article 35A, 370 till we are in coalition with PDP: Ram Madhav

BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav Thursday has told party leaders from Valley that the government won’t fiddle with the Article 35-A and Article 370 till they are in the coalition with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said. Sources said Madhav held closed door meeting with BJP Kashmir unit workers and functionaries at Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh’s residence, here. “During the meeting, Madhav assured the BJP workers that the Government of India (GoI) will stick to the Agenda of Alliance with PDP and won’t fiddle with…

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PDP, BJP have divergent views on Rohingya deportation in J&K

The PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir have divergent views on deportation of Rohingya Muslim refugees living in the State with PDP favouring their stay saying nothing adverse has been found against them while the saffron party advocates their deportation. “We favour Rohingya Muslims stay in the State as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has already made it clear that there is no adverse report from any intelligence agency against the Rohingya Muslim refugees living in J&K,” PDP chief spokesman Mehboob Beg told Kashmir Post. As per J&K government, atleast…

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Differences widen in BJP camp ahead of Ram Madhav’s visit

Kashmiri leaders oppose Rohingya refugees deportation, Article 35A abrogation Differences have cropped up between the leaders of BJP representing Kashmir and Jammu region over the deportation of Rohingya Muslims and abrogation of Article 35-A which prevents outsiders from owning property in state. The split has widened ahead of the visit of party national general secretary, Ram Madhav, to Kashmir tomorrow. Kashmiri Muslim BJP workers and leaders have made it clear to the party high command they “must stop hurting our religious feelings and political emotions”. While the Kashmir unit leaders…

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Rajasthan ATS seeks details of Home Dept officials in Arms licence scam

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Rajasthan that is investigating the inter-state arms licence scam has sought details of top officers posted in the J&K Home Department since 2001. The ATS has asked the J&K Government to file a report of officers and employees, some of whom are allegedly hand in glove with the arms dealer concerned, along with their approved samples of signature and handwriting. “Kindly make available a list of officers and employees who have been posted in the Home Department from 2001. Also, admitted and undisputed specimens of…

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Kashmiris don’t need lecture on Secularism: Omar to Modi

In a scathing rebuttal of Narendra Modi’s charge, former Jammu Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said the migration of Pandits from Kashmir took place under Jagmohan, who was appointed governor by the central government which was supported by BJP. He said Modi’s statement on the issue was an insult to Kashmiri people. He said, “When Kashmiri Pandits left the Valley, Jagmohan, who has not parted ways with BJP yet, as far as I know, was ruling the state (as Governor). Farooq Sahib was not in power.” “Jagmohan was appointed…

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To get feedback on BJP ministers, party brass to meet MLAs

Meeting scheduled with Amit Shah in New Delhi on Sept 25 Amid allegations that BJP ministers had brazenly “bartered” the party’s core ideology just to enjoy power with the PDP in J&K, the high command has called a meeting MPs and legislators from the state on September 25 to get the feedback. The meeting is scheduled to be held at New Delhi on the sidelines of the national executive committee meeting on September 24 and 25. BJP national president Amit Shah and other central leaders will hold an interaction with…

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Some Rohingyas ‘linked to Pak terror groups’: Centre to Supreme Court

The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court not to interfere in the Rohingya issue as it was a policy decision to deport them and that some of them were “linked to Pakistani terrorist groups.” As the apex court heard a petition challenging their deportation to Myanmar, the central government told the judges that this was an “essential executive decision “taken in the larger national interest.” The Centre also said that the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar started in 2012. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M.…

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