Won’t succumb to threats, will continue to pursue a ​peaceful resolution of Kashmir Issue: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that he has been seeking a “peaceful” resolution of the Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of the people, and questioned how such an advocacy can be termed as “terrorism.” He also said that different “ploys and intimidations” were employed since 1931 to “silence” the pulpit of Jamia Masjid and to target the Mirwaiz family “on one pretext or the other”.Mirwaiz was addressing a Friday gathering at Jamia Masjid here, day after he was served a second notice by the…

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Srinagar figures among dirtiest cities in India

In a shocking revelation Srinagar city has been again listed among dirtiest cities across India, securing the 357th rank in Swachh Survekshan 2019 and has stepped down by 110 ranks than the previous year.The data which was revealed by Ministry of Housing and Union Affairs last week, Srinagar city has secured 357th rank with 1470.42 marks out of 4000. The survey was conducted in January 2019 and it has covered around 4,237 cities across India. According to the survey, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) has been adjudged India’s cleanest city for a…

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Polling for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat will be held in three phases?

On Sunday, when the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha polls, it left many in J&K bemused. The state has six parliamentary constituencies, but the body announced eight dates for conducting the electoral exercise. “Has there been a delimitation of Parliamentary constituencies through Presidential order?” asked former finance minister Haseeb Drabu, as he questioned Commission’s poll schedule for “eight” seats in J&K. “The last time I checked the J&K had only six (LS) seats,” he tweeted in total amusement. Even former chief minister Omar…

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Complete Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover within 2 months: DC Srinagar

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Friday strictly instructed the concerned executing agencies to complete the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh Flyover within two months.The DC who made these instructions in a meeting with executing agencies and contractors of the project assured the latter of timely provision of construction material and payments. He strictly directed the concerned agencies and contractors to work day and night in double shifts and ensure that the ?341 crore project is completed without any further delays.Dr Shahid Iqbal said the work will be monitored on daily basis,…

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The decision to apply constitutional provisions to J&K has sparked Anger and Anxiety across Valley

Kashmir’s politicians say a central law cannot be applied when the state is under Governor’s rule while people fear it’s a step towards repealing Article 35A. On February 28, the Union Cabinet extended two constitutional amendments to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. While the Constitution (Seventy Seventh Amendment) Act, 1995 will make state employees from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes eligible for reservation in promotions, the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019 will provide the newly introduced 10% quota to the economically weaker sections. The Cabinet also…

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Armed Resistance in Kashmir is ‘Not Terrorism’ and Kashmiris have Legal Right to Resist: UN

Pakistani / Kashmiri leaders and media must tell world that “armed struggle and resistance against illegal Indian military occupation and repression in (Indian occupied Kashmir) are not terrorism. In 1982, the UN “reaffirmed the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial or foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle”. The shooting down of two Indian jets by the Pakistanis and continuous violations of ceasefire at the control Line in Indian held Kashmir is just not linked…

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Fuel crisis continues across Kashmir Valley

In Kashmir where survival is the priority, from past few days a new concern has emerged among the panicked population: petrol, which has gone rare despite official claims that stocks have been replenished. Two days back, divisional commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan had announced end of petrol shortage with arrival of 67 petrol loaded tankers in valley. However, on ground situation seems otherwise. From north to south and east to west in Srinagar and other districts, Kashmir Post found many petrol pumps running dry, with either supplies being sold out…

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GOI bans separatist group Jamaat-e-Islami J&K

The Union Government today banned separatist group Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, a religious and political organisation, for a period of five years for indulging in activities “prejudicial to internal security and public order”. The notification, issued by the Union Home Ministry, stated that the step was taken in view of Jamaat being in touch with militant outfits and supporting extremism and militancy in the state. Post-Pulwama attack, several Jamaat leaders have been arrested in Kashmir. The Jamaat was banned for two years in early 1990s too.

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Valley shuts against arrest spree, NIA raids

Kashmir observed a complete shutdown on Wednesday against mass arrest of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists, the National Investigation Agency raids on residences of top separatist leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and “attempts to tinker with” Article 35-A.The two-day call for shutdown (for Wednesday and Thursday) has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. Last week, the police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists—apart from religious scholars of Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith and some separatist leaders—for unspecified reasons,…

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Chaos across Valley ahead of Article 35A hearing in Supreme Court

The mood in the Kashmir valley was one of dread ahead of the Supreme Court’s hearing of challenges to Article 35 A, which gives special rights to the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The petitions challenge Article 35 A of the Constitution, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to them. The state’s mainstream regional parties and separatist organisations all believe , despite their other differences, that the Article should stay. “Everybody is anxious. We are a…

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