GOI using so-called dialogue to dilute Kashmir movement: Syed Salahuddin

The chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC) and supreme commander of Hizbul Mujhahideen Syed Sallahudin today hit out at New Delhi for what he termed as “using talks as an instrument to dilute the intensity of freedom movement in Kashmir.” “Under the garb of so-called dialogue, successive regimes in New Delhi have always tried to create a smokescreen in the eyes of international community,” Salahuddin said. “Our stance in this regard is crystal clear that the dispute of Kashmir can be resolved by implementing the UN resolutions on Kashmir or…

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Joint Resistance Leadership calls for shutdown on January 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir

Joint Resistance Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday has called for a complete shutdown in Lal Chowk, Srinagar, Handwara and Kupwara towns on January 21, 25 and 27 respectively. The spokesman said that shutdown will be observed at Gaw-Kadal and its adjacent areas on January 21, Handwara town on January 25 and Kupwara on January 27. The JRL spokesman said that on 21st January, a public rally will also be held at Gawakadal, this was stated by the Joint resistance…

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We believe in dialogue, but separatists not forthcoming: Mehbooba Mufti

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday hit out at separatists for not participating in the dialogue process initiated by the government of India’s “special representative” Dineshwar Sharma. “The government is making very serious efforts to address grievances of people in Jammu and Kashmir, but it cannot force anybody to talk,” the chief minister said, while replying to the discussion in the legislative council on motion of thanks on the governor’s address. Without naming anyone, the chief minister said: “For dialogue, the government appointed an interlocutor and gave him the rank…

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Tensions brewing in Kashmir after Hizb issues acid attack threat contesting panchayat polls

Ahead of the next month’s crucial panchayat elections, which will be a litmus test for the PDP-BJP coalition government, the Valley has been gripped with fear after Hizbul Mujahideen threatened to pour acid into the eyes of those who participate in the polls. The open threat by Riyaz Naikoo, the operational chief of the Hizb, comes days after the Hurriyat also asked people to stay away from the polls. In a video that has gone viral on social media, Naikoo is seen asking another top militant commander from south Kashmir’s…

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Sniper squads to take down terrorists in Kashmir Valley

NSG has acquired the latest sniping weapon PSG 1 Alpha 1 Sniper and 7.6 mm Beretta sniper rifle. A specially trained squad of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu & Kashmir Police (JKP) is likely to take down the next fidayeen attackers by sniping them. The personnel have been trained by the National Security Guards (NSG) over the past one year in Manesar and more recently in the Lethapora CRPF training camp in Pulwama. Director General (DG) Sudhir Pratap Singh said, “Sniping…

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Clear skies cause dip in temperature across Kashmir region

Cold wave continued to prevail across Kashmir as the mercury fell to -6.1°C in Srinagar city last night. The freezing cold gave a tough time to the city residents as water supply was hampered due to frozen taps. The Dal Lake continued to be partially frozen for the second day. “The sky remained bright and clear throughout the day due to which the mercury is further expected to dip by a few notches in the coming days,” said Sonam Lotus, Director, Meteorological Department. The official said the weather would mainly…

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Hizb threatens to pour acid in eyes of those who contest panchayat elections

The rural body polls, which could not be held in 2016 following violence after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, are scheduled to take place from February 15. Kashmir’s indigenous militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen has purportedly threatened to “pour acid” into the eyes of those who would participate in the upcoming panchayat elections in the state. The threat was conveyed in a clip circulated on social media. The outfit, for the first time, also publically acknowledged killing some of those who participated in the past elections, but said…

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For playing Pakistan’s national anthem cricket teams booked in Bandipora

Several players are also reportedly detained after a video of the incident went viral. Two cricket teams have been booked and several players were reportedly detained for standing in honour of Pakistan’s national anthem being played before the start of a match in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The arrests were made after a video of the incident, which took place on January 3, went viral on social media. In the video, two cricket teams – one wearing green and another white – are purportedly seen standing in attention in two…

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Lingering Kashmir issue threat to peace and stability in South Asia: Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi

Senior separatist leader and president Anjuman Shari Shian, Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi has hailed the “stand” of Pakistan against the United States, saying the latter “is plotting against Islamabad and Iran to weaken these countries.” Addressing during congregational Friday prayers, Aga Syed Hasan said the US remarks over Afghanistan against Pakistan are uncalled for as “Pakistan has sacrificed everything to curb the activities of terrorists. “Pakistan’s refusal to support the US in Afghanistan and its stand against America is laudable and represents the aspirations of people of Pakistan. “At…

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