Army, Police Brothers-In-Arms says GoC post thrashing

Day after eight policemen were severely thrashed by soldiers at Gund area in Ganderbal district, the General officer Commanding (GoC) of army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt General J S Sandhu on Sunday said the army and police always work like brothers-in-arms. He blamed “anti-national elements” for “creating a wedge” between the army and police. “Efforts to create a wedge between army and police by anti-nationals won’t work. We are together, always working as brothers-in-arms,” the GoC wrote on his Twitter handle. His remarks, however, triggered a huge debate on Twitter.…

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Three militants killed by security forces in Anantnag

Three terrorists were gunned down by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag. The encounter broke out at around 8 pm at Wanihama village of Anantnag, following an anti-militancy operation launched by the security forces, said a defence spokesman, as per PTI. On the other hand, SP Vaid, J&K DGP said, “In a chance encounter three terrorists were killed near Anantnag by joint team of security forces.” According to ANI, the slain terrorists, all belonging to terrorist group Lashkar-e-taiba (LeT) were identified as Shaukat Louhar, Mudassir and Zibran. One AK-47,…

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Downtown Uprising: Islam at heart, qalam in hand

Nowhatta, often known as Kashmir’s Gaza strip or Tiananmen Square for being the epicenter of protests and stone-pelting clashes, Monday witnessed an uprising of another sort. The children and youth from different localities of Srinagar downtown holding qalam, a type of pen made from a dried reed, in their hand and love for Islamic art had come to attend ‘Khush Khat’, a workshop-cum-exhibition of Islamic calligraphy at Islamic Cultural Centre of Jamia Masjid, Srinagar. The centre, which recently came up at the place made famous by news photographers and television…

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Kashmir becoming flash point after China’s increasing interest in dispute: Geelani

Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani while commenting on “China’s increasing interest in Kashmir issue” said that Kashmir is becoming a flash point and “it’s disputed nature is spreading beyond limits”. Geelani said that the delay in Kashmir resolution can lead to more dangerous situation. In a statement issued today, Geelani said: China is emerging as a major alternate power against west and now stand established and since the borders of these countries are adjoining, hence China cannot remain neutral in the stressful situation between the two countries.” Geelani said…

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After consuming south Kashmir, militancy knocks again on Srinagar’s door

In 2010, security forces killed a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba militant Sajad Ahmad Khan in the Rajouri district of Jammu. Though Khan was little-known in the Kashmir Valley, his death was a remarkable achievement for the security forces. Khan was the last militant from Srinagar city, hailing from Firdous Abad Batamaloo. After him, the city was declared militancy-free. For seven years thereafter, no youth from Srinagar picked up arms, even though the city continued to hold its place as the Valley’s stone-pelting hub. But with two of the three militants killed by forces…

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JK Police looking into militant draped in ISIS flag at funeral

Pictures were shared on social media websites of a the funeral procession of a militant, Sajid Ahmad Gilkar, whose body was wrapped in an ISIS flag. The procession was taken out in Jammu and Kashmir The police are looking into a militant’s body being draped in an ISIS flag at his funeral procession in Jammu and Kashmir. Pictures are up on social media sites of Sajid Ahmad Gilkar’s body being draped in the flag of the terror group and being taken in a procession to his home in the Malaratta…

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In a first, Resistance Leaders call for end of ‘Bloodshed On All Sides In Valley’

They hailed Kashmiris for condemning the attack on the Amarnath yatris In a significant development, three top separatist leaders hailed Kashmiris for condemning killing of Amarnath yatris unequivocally. They also described that “bloodshed on all sides uncalled for.” “All bloodshed on all sides is uncalled for, unfortunate and painful and should stop and that can happen only when the reality of Kashmir is accepted and ways and means of resolving the dispute addressed by the Indian State”, the leaders said in a rare statement, which seems to be asking for…

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Water transport trial held on Jhelum to boost tourism

The trial of the water transport services was conducted today on the Jhelum river from the ghat near the GPO, Srinagar, to Fateh Kadal bridge. An official said for the trial run, two motor boats of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC), and one motor-driven “shikara” were pressed into service. The service has been jointly launched by the JKTDC and the Department of Tourism, Kashmir, to promote water transport and heritage tourism. District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone launched the service. He was accompanied by JKTDC Managing Director…

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Amarnath Yatra attack shows system has failed Kashmir, its youth: Situation is the worst in nearly a decade

Monday’s attack on pilgrims of the Amarnath yatra is one more indicator of just how badly the situation in Kashmir has deteriorated. This did not snap out of the blue the moment militant commander Burhan Wani was killed a year ago. The process has progressed over the last nine years. It is easy to lose sight of the dimensions of the current threat to national security. Youth rage is very real. So is radicalisation, in both political and religious terms, among militants and teenagers. Pakistan’s involvement has increased. The Jamaat-e-Islami…

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Kashmiris vow strike won’t smear Valley’s famed hospitality: Amarnath Yatra terror attack

It was 11 am on Tuesday at the Batangoo area in Khanabal of south Kashmir where an attack on the Amarnath yatris had occurred a night before. The area was buzzing with security forces. Online broadcasting vans of news channels were parked on the roadside. Many shops were shut in the area and journalists were sitting on the shop fronts, possibly waiting for their editors’ directions from newsrooms. Amid all this, traffic movement was normal. Everybody was aware of what had happened on Monday night. The local passengers were seen…

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