Process on to grant amnesty to first time stone pelters: Mehbooba Mufti

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has announced amnesty for the first-time stone-throwers of the Kashmir valley by initiating the process of withdrawal of FIRs against them. The PDP-BJP government’s announcement comes after recommendations of the Centre’s special representative on Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma. Sharma is set to start his second visit to J&K from tomorrow (November 24). “It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first-time offenders of stone-throwing. My government had initiated the process in May 2016, but it was unfortunately stalled due to…

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Center taking steps to restore peace in Kashmir: Arun Jaitley

‘Through interlocutor, we intend to engage with all to resolve K-issue’ The Government of India (GoI) is taking all steps to ensure a return of normalcy to Jammu and Kashmir, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday. “There was a situation in the Valley when civil disobedience was at its peak. There were thousands of stone-pelters. Militants were picking their targets as they liked. Hurriyat would give a call whenever they liked and paralyse everything,” Jaitley said. He said today the situation has changed and forces have an upper hand.…

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Center creating Ikhwan-type organisations in Kashmir: UJC chief Syed Salahuddin

The United Jihad Council, an amalgam of various militant outfits, alleged on Tuesday that New Delhi is working on a plan to “create Ikhwan-type organisations” in Kashmir. Quoting a statement by UJC chief Syed Salahuddin, a local news agency CNS said: “New Delhi is fighting a losing battle in Kashmir and has always dreamt of crushing the Kashmir movement but has failed miserably. In future too, it will only taste defeat.” “There is a clear reading on the wall. Kashmir freedom struggle can’t be crushed and the sun of freedom…

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From Pro-Pak Green to ISIS Black – Kashmir’s Changing Colours

On Sunday, 19 November 2017, downtown Srinagar – the traditional hub of Kashmir’s Azadi movement – witnessed the first massive funeral procession of a militant since 1990 without the green-coloured flags. There were no trademark slogans of “Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan” either, save some slogans for Azadi, but no Pakistani national flags that had dominated Kashmir after Burhan Wani’s death from Uri to Kishtwar. The slain militant Mugees Ahmad Mir’s coffin was draped in a black Al-Qaeda/ISIS flag and the carriage bedecked with the black banners of the two ultra-radical jihadist…

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New geo-strategic risks in Kashmir

Mumbai mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s nephew was among six Pakistani terrorists killed in an encounter at Hajjin in Bandipora in north Kashmir on Saturday. This read with the killing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar’s nephew in another encounter a few days ago, shows the level militancy has scaled in Kashmir. New geo-strategic risks have surfaced, ferociously threatening the Indian nation. The euphoria over the return of footballer-turned-militant Majid Arshan Khan to his home on the appeal of his mother died within hours after an ISIS-affiliate militant commander Mugees Mir was killed…

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Pir Panjal Range receives heavy snowfall forcing roads to close

It’s snow time in Kashmir It’s snow time in Kashmir. The Pir Panjal Range, part of the Inner Himalayas, experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday morning, with temperatures dipping to below zero levels. As a result of the heavy snowfall, Mughal road closed down. On Friday, the parts of Gulmarg in north Kashmir along with Leh and Kargil towns in Ladakh region recorded the season’s coldest night. Leh town was the coldest in the state with the mercury there settling at minus 6.9 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg and Kargil recorded a low…

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Mother’s love brought Majid back, We respected his mother’s call, says Lashkar

He went on his own, returned on his own: IGP He’s a brave boy, who choose to shun militancy: GoC Victor Force We respected his mother’s call, says Lashkar A week after joining Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant outfit, an ace footballer from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district renounced militancy late Thursday evening on his mother’s call of returning home, a video of which went viral on social media. Addressing a joint news conference with Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army’s Victor Force, Major General…

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Expedite construction of Semi-Ring Road: Baseer Khan

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed the officials to expedite the pace of work on all developmental works within stipulated deadline. The Div Com was speaking at a meeting to review the progress on Semi Ring Road, NH 444, Bharat Mala and World Bank-funded projects. The meeting was attended by director NHAI and other officials from various departments. Deputy commissioners of Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Budgam, Ganderbal and Baramulla participated via video conferencing. The Div Com appreciated the work done in this regard in Pulwama and Budgam and…

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Police foils sit-in by separatists at city centre, detains Mirwaiz & Malik

Police on Wednesday foiled a sit-in protest by separatist leaders and their supporters at the historic Ghanta Ghar in city centre here and detained moderate separatist leader and cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and some of their supporters. In the afternoon, police laid siege to Abi Guzar area in uptown Srinagar and adjoining areas after the Mirwaiz and Malik addressed a joint press conference outside JKLF office and decided to stage the sit-in against the “reign of terror” by troops and the ill treatment to…

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Centre to engage more stakeholders in Kashmir Peace Talks

Though the government is looking to engage in peace talks in the valley, it has decided there will be no let up in military operations against terrorists The government is planning a range of initiatives, spread over the next five months, to push for peace in Kashmir valley, as decided during a high-level meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, an official with knowledge of the matter said. The government in October appointed former Intelligence Bureau Director, Dineshwar Sharma, as special representative for Kashmir to speak with…

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