CCG calls for peaceful Ramadan, urges Centre to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders

A Delhi-based group of eminent personalities led by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today called for cessation of violence during the month of Ramadan, scheduled to begin later this week, in Kashmir and urged the Centre to use the opportunity to begin dialogue with all stakeholders in the state. The Concerned Citizens Group (CCG), which visited the Valley several times during the unrest last year and held talks with separatists, also asked Pakistan to strictly observe the 2003 ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB)…

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Clashes rock Anantnag, Sopore, Hajin, Budgam, Pulwama areas post Friday Prayers

Clashes between forces and civilian protesters erupted on Friday at several places including Pulwama, Budgam and Hajin. In Budgam, the central part of Kashmir, reports said that clashes erupted between forces and protesters in Batapora, Kanihama area of Budgam district. Witnesses said that 10 youth have been arrested from Batpora and 5 from Kanihama areas of the district during nocturnal raids. They said that hundreds of protesters assembled after Friday prayers and shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.They were raising slogans against the nocturnal police raids and arrests. The protesters pelted stones on…

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Social Media ban? Politicians across Kashmir still lead a busy social media life

In spite of the state government imposing a ban on social media platforms, the who’s who of Kashmir continue to be able to post on Facebook and Twitter, including the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. Tweets sent out three days ago by the youth wing president of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) about chief minister Mehbooba Mufti meeting young entrepreneurs would have been innocuous, had the situation been normal in Jammu and Kashmir. But the state has been under a social media ban since April 26, and Waheed-ru-Rehman Para’s 140-character…

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Nine arrested for posing with Pakistan flags in photo

Police has registered an FIR against the nine men, many of them students, and seized the handmade flag and the vehicle they were travelling in. Nine men were arrested on Monday after they posed for photographs with a Pakistani flag in the hill-resort of Pahalgam in Anantnag district in south Kashmir. A senior Anantnag district police officer told  “The young men are from Chadoora area of Budgam district and they were taking pictures for fun with the flag while on a tour to the hill station.” Police has registered an…

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Merely abrogating Article 370 will not solve Kashmir problem: Amit Shah

The BJP-led NDA government is handling the Kashmir issue ‘diplomatically’ and India will ultimately ‘prevail’ there, BJP President Amit Shah on Monday said adding that merely abrogating Article 370 will not solve the problem in the valley. Shah said the prime minister is keeping a ‘keen eye’ on Kashmir and the security agencies are doing a ‘fine job’ there. “I believe that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and security agencies’ intervention, India will ultimately prevail in Kashmir,” he said appearing in the ‘Samvaad’ conclave organised by India…

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College students clash with police, SHO hit during stone pelting, Clashes trigger partial shutdown in city centre

The students of SP College on Monday clashed with the government forces in MA road area of Srinagar. Witnesses said that the students of the college staged protests inside the campus. However, police used tear gas to prevent the protesting students from marching into the streets, triggering clashes. The Station House Officer (SHO) of Kralkhud police station was hospitalized after a stone hit his head during clashes near SP College Srinagar on Monday. Witnesses said that Suhail Mushtaq was hit by a stone in his head as clashes erupted between…

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Hizb dissociates from Anti-Hurriyat statement, calls it ‘Personal Opinion’, Zakir dissociates himself from Hizb, says, ‘I stand by my statement’

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant outfit on Saturday dissociated from the statement of commander Zakir Musa in which he had threatened to behead the Hurriyat leaders for calling Kashmir struggle as a political movement. In a statement, issued from Muzaffarabad, Hizb spokesman Saleem Hashmi said that the statement of Musa isn’t acceptable and that the outfit has nothing to do with it. “This is the personal opinion of Zakir Musa,” he said. He said that the resistance leadership and Kashmiri people were taking the movement ahead through united efforts. “In these circumstances, any provocative statement…

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Two civilians killed as LoC heats up in Rajouri, Schools shut post shelling

Two civilians were killed and few others injured after a mortar shell landed on a house in Jahangir village of Nowshera along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Sources said that the armies of India and Pakistan have been exchanged heavy fire and shelling in the area since 7:15 am in Baba Khori and other areas in Nowshera sector. They said that rescue teams have been dispatched to the spot. Meanwhile, authorities have ordered immediate closure of all the educational institutions in border…

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Zakir Moosa (Hizb commander) threatens Hurriyat leadership

Militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has threatened joint resistance leaders through an audio clip viral on social media. A video clip allegedly released by Hizb commander Zakir Moosa is viral and being talked about. “Some days back the joint resistance leaders issued a statement saying Kashmir struggle is political and it has nothing to do with religion,” a man taken as Hizb commander, Zakir says in the clip adding “we just want to ask these political hypocrites if Kashmir is a political issue why are you raising slogans like ‘Azadi Ka Matlab Kya.…

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