Muscular policy on Kashmir is brainless policy: Yashwant Sinha

In an apparent swipe at the Centre, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today said a ‘muscular policy’ on Kashmir is a brainless one as muscles do not have brain. Speaking at an event to launch a book, written jointly by former chiefs of intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan – A S Dulat and Asad Durrani respectively besides author Aditya Sinha, he suggested India must talk to Pakistan in order to resolve the Kashmir issue. Referring to recent media reports, Sinha said Indian media says Pakistani Rangers are pleading for…

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Hurriyat will talk to GOI: Prof Abdul Gani Bhat

Days after Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) rejected Delhi’s unilateral Ramadan ceasefire in Kashmir, former Hurriyat chairman Prof Abdul Gani Bhat Tuesday said Hurriyat Conference would talk to Delhi as fighting war is not an option anymore. “I don’t say I should be invited for talks. But the consensus will evolve over the time and people who want to talk will talk to both India and Pakistan,” Prof Bhat told Kashmir Post over phone. Bhat has been a strong supporter of dialogue throughout his political career. “Fighting a war is no…

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‘Our goal is clear, we want freedom’: Mirwaiz on Social Media

In an angry response to government curbs on him and other leaders of the Joint Resistance Leadership, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday took to social media for reaching out to people, and put out a 30-minute long video message coming down heavily on the government. Without naming Prime Minister Narendera Modi, the Mirwaiz said Kashmir struggle was not for the development of roads or seeking economic packages but purely for seeking right to self-determination as promised by Indian leaders themselves. Irked for being disallowed to reach martyr’s graveyard Eidgah to pay…

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Hurriyat was ISI creation, Regrets giving ‘Factions’ free run in Kashmir: Pakistan’s former Spy Chief

In what is believed to be the first such confession to emerge from Pakistan, the country’s former spy chief Mohammad Asad Durrani has admitted that the Hurriyat was the creation of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Durrani, who served as the ISI chief from 1990-1992, the years when the armed separatist violence broke out in Kashmir for the first time on a mass scale, said, “I think that the formation of the Hurriyat to provide a political direction to the resistance was a good idea.” But what he didn’t consider a…

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Narendra Modi calls for ceasefire, Mehbooba praises the ‘Difficult Decision’

Arriving in Jammu and Kashmir days after the announcement of a ceasefire for Ramzan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to youths to return to the mainstream, calling himself “a disciple of Kashmiriyat”. Welcoming the ceasefire as a sign of the Centre’s “big heart”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti assured the PM that the people would respond to the gesture. Inaugurating the 330 MW Kishanganga Hydel Power Project, Modi said in Srinagar, “Whether it is the withdrawal of thousands of cases against students or the decision of ceasefire taken in…

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J&K can provide electricity to entire country: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Jammu and Kashmir has the potential not only to generate electricity to meet its own needs, but also to provide power to other parts of the country. The government is making efforts to ensure that all households in the state are electrified, as the focus is to improve the existing power distribution system, the PM Modi said. “Jammu and Kashmir has many rivers that have potential for electricity generation. This state has the potential not only to meet its own requirements, but can also…

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Hold protests across state on Friday against Palestine Massacre: Joint Resistance Leadership

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, today appealed to “the freedom loving people of Kashmir” to organize peaceful protests in every nook and corner of the state on May 18, after Friday prayers to demonstrate their solidarity with Palestinian brothers. “The widespread genocide of the innocent people of Palestine is a brazen attack on humanity and we strongly condemn the use of brute force against the helpless people including women and children,” the JRL said in a joint statement. “Palestine and…

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Land Row: JCCI requested PM Modi to sack Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh

Jammu’s premier trade body, the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh for saying “army was harassing people”. “Chamber feels that a person holding the second highest constitutional post in the state of J&K and speaking against the credentials of Indian army by such irresponsible utterances is not in national interest,” reads the letter signed by JCCI president Rakesh Gupta and other officer bearers. The letter said the Chamber will always stand by the army in “any given…

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SC defers hearing on petitions challenging Article 35A

The Supreme Court on Monday deferred hearing on petitions challenging Article 35A of the Indian constitution which permits only subjects of Jammu and Kashmir to get employed in state government and allows them to buy property in J&K. Centre told the bench that the matter is very sensitive and since the interlocutor is making efforts for a solution, the court should not pass any interim order at present as it would be counter productive. Representing the J&K government, advocate Rakesh Dwivedi said SC has already settled the issue by ruling…

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Center rejects Mehbooba Mufti’s Ramadan, Yatra ceasefire call

Government of India (GoI) today formally rejected Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s call for ceasefire in the State to ease tension during Ramadan and the Amarnath yatra. Speaking to the media, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Indian Army has to firmly handle any terrorism which threatens the peace and harmony of Jammu Kashmir as a state and of the rest of country. The Army’s position is that it has to be firm on terrorism.” She said Jammu Kashmir was an integral part of India. “Terrorism has to be eliminated by the…

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