BJP’s Bandipora leader, his brother, father shot dead

Bandipora, July 08 (KNO): Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Bandipora leader, Sheikh Waseem Bari, his father and his brother were on Wednesday shot dead by the unidentified gunmen outside their residence in Muslimabad area of Bandipora district. Official sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that Bari, his father Bashir Ahmed and brother Umar Bari were shot at by the suspected militants outside their residence in Bandipora. The residence of Bari’s is located just opposite of Bandipora Police Station. Hospital sources also confirmed to KNO that all three were declared dead on…

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Blood spilled in Kashmir will drown India: SAS Gilani

Veteran Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani while reacting strongly to the killing of a 65-year-old man before his three-year-old grandson by Indian troops in Sopore, the other day, has said that the blood, spilled in the territory will drown Indian imperialism forever. Syed Ali Gilani in a twitter message in Srinagar, today, prayed for eternal peace for the martyr, Bashir Ahmad Khan, a resident of Srinagar. “I wish I could go to their family. They have shown utmost courage. May Allah bestow the martyr highest place in Jannah,” he said.…

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Who made this kid sit like this and clicked photos with the bullet-ridden body of his grandfather?

Kashmiris on Twitter are asking questions about who clicked the photo of the toddler sitting on top of his grandfather’s body at the gunfight site even when no photojournalists were present at the spot. Soon after militants attacked security forces in North Kashmir’s Sopore town, photos emerged on social media showing a three-year-old child sitting on top of the body of his grandfather. While the images of the child evoked condemnation, questions are also being raised about who captured the photos at the gunfight site and shared them on social…

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Ailing Syed Ali Shah Geelani Quits Hurriyat Conference

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, 90, has resigned from his faction of the Hurriyat Conference, 17 years after he was chosen as its lifetime head, citing the inability of the leaders of the grouping to raise their voice against the Centre’s move to divest Jammu & Kashmir of its special status in August last year as one reason. He also blamed internal bickering, financial irregularities within the grouping’s Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) chapter, and attempts by its leaders to seek positions of power. In an audio message released…

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Anxiety across Kashmir as admin orders stocking up of LPG for two months, seeks school buildings for security forces

Two separate government orders on stocking up of LPG cylinders for two months in the Kashmir valley and on vacating of school buildings for the security forces in Ganderbal, adjoining Kargil, has triggered a fresh wave of anxiety among the locals, in the wake of India-China face-off. Described as a “most urgent matter”, an Adviser to Lt. Governor G.C. Murmu has passed directions in a meeting on June 23, “to ensure sufficient stocks of the LPG in the Valley as the supply gets affected due to closure of the National…

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Three Indian soldiers killed during clashes with PLA in Galwan Valley

India China border row: Indian army said there were casualties on both sides. All the deaths are from thrown stones and rods used by soldiers. The army did not comment on this. By: Tahaa Yaseen Three Indian army personnel, including a commanding officer, have been killed in a “violent face-off” with Chinese soldiers in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, an Indian army spokesman has said. The Chinese military also suffered casualties in the clash, the editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times newspaper said on Tuesday. It was the first such confrontation…

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Indian forces eliminated five rebels in Shopian

Government forces killed at least five rebels during a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir on Sunday, sparking violent anti-India protests by residents, the Indian army and locals said. Army soldiers and counterinsurgency police surrounded a village in the southern Shopian area early Sunday following a tip that militants were hiding there, said Col. Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesperson. Searches by troops triggered an exchange of gunfire that killed five militants, Kalia said. The fighting sparked protests and clashes as hundreds of residents tried to march to the site of the…

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After spending close to 10 months in detention, PSA revoked against Shah Faesal and two PDP leaders

By : Tahaa Yaseen Former bureaucrat turned Jammu and Kashmir politician Shah Faesal is likely to be released after spending close to 10 months in detention since August 14, following the Union Territory’s decision to revoke the Public Safety Act (PSA) slapped on him and two other senior politicians from the Peoples Democractic Party (PDP)- Sartaj Madani and Peer Mansoor—leaving former chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti among the few prominent leaders from the region who continue to be in detention after the abrogation…

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Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo trapped in Pulwama, Gunfight On, Mobile Internet snapped in Kashmir

An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in the Beighpora area of Pulwama district, a police spokesman said. “Police last night launched an operation on a specific input at Beighpora. Senior officers are monitoring it since last night,” he said. The spokesman said a contact has been established with the militants and a “top militant commander” is trapped. “Exchange of fire is going on. Further details shall follow on due course,” he said. The search operation was launched in Beighpora last night with the security forces also moving…

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Army Colonel, Major, Two soldiers, a Police officer, and 2 Rebels killed in Handwara gunbattle

Five forces personnel including a Colonel and Major-rank officers, a Police sub-Inspector, two other army men, and two rebels were killed in a fierce gunbattle at Chajimulla village in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday. A senior police officer said the cordon and search operation was launched Army, Police and paramilitary CRPF on Saturday following intelligence about the presence of rebels in the Village, surrounded by forests. Srinagar-based defense spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the anti-militancy operation was launched based on the intelligence input that rebels were taking…

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