Article 35A Row united Kashmir: Saif-u-Din Soz

Senior Congress leader Professor Saif-u-Din Soz Wednesday said Kashmir must unite for seeking dismissal of petitions challenging Article 35A before the Supreme Court, and advised New Delhi to take the course of talks with the angry people of Kashmir. “Perhaps, the Joint Resistance Leadership could talk better, if the talks had opened,” Soz said, addressing reporters at his Humhama residence. “I congratulate the Kashmiris for showing unity in defending the special position of Jammu and Kashmir enshrined in constitution of India and in constitution of J&K.” The veteran Congress leader…

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Kashmir, Banihal Shuts against civilian killings

Paying heed to the Joint Resistance Leadership’s call for a complete shutdown against militant and civilian killings in southern Kulgam district on Saturday, life came to a grinding halt on Monday as businesses, offices and schools remained closed across the Valley and in some parts of Jammu. On Saturday, a civilian Rouf Ahmed sustained bullet injuries during clashes at the gunfight site in Kulgam, and later succumbed to his injuries. Five militants were also killed in the encounter. Following the killings, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq…

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UN should resolve Kashmir Issue in peaceful manner: Turkey

The UN should resolve the Kashmir issue in a peaceful manner and Turkey supports Pakistan’s efforts to find a peaceful solution, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday as he held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi here. During their talks, both sides agreed to enhance the bilateral economic and strategic cooperation. Turkey supported the view that the Kashmir issue should be resolved by the UN in a peaceful manner, Cavusoglu said during a joint press conference with Qureshi here. “The (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) group that has been…

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India regrets, Separatists hails UN rights chief’s remarks on Kashmir

India has voiced regret over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir being raised in the UNHRC after High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet made a reference to Kashmir during her opening statement to the Council. Bachelet, the new UN human rights commissioner who succeeded Zeid Raad al-Hussein, in her opening statement to the Council on Monday made a reference to Kashmir, saying the Human Rights Council’s recent report on the human rights situation “has not been followed up with meaningful improvements, or even open and serious discussions on how…

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GoI can’t alter Kashmir Dispute by using judiciary: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said Government of India (GoI) cannot alter the “disputed status of Kashmir” by using judiciary, executive, armed forces or the Parliament. Addressing a Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, the Mirwaiz while referring to Article 35-A case in the Supreme Court (SC) said the Indian constitution itself had guaranteed certain special rights to the people of the State till a referendum was conducted. Referring to the statement of the National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, the Mirwaiz said he had removed…

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Fayaz Ahmad Wani, youth killed during anti-CASO protest in Pulwama

A young man was killed and four others sustained injuries on Monday when government forces fired live ammunition into protesters during a massive search operation in several villages of Pulwama district. The slain man has been identified as Fayaz Ahmad Wani son of Muhammad Ahsan Wani of Chewa-Kalan, Pulwama. The operation occurred on the heels of recent abductions of policemen’s kin by militants in Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag. A police official said government forces launched a massive search operation in more than a dozen villages including Murran, Dadora, Shangarpora,…

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Massive search operation on in Pulwama

Security forces started a massive search operation on Monday in around two dozen villages of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said. The operation began following reports about the presence of militants in the villages of Putrigam, Rohmu, Rajpora, Matrigam, Goosu, Frasipora and others. “So far, there has been no reports of any exchange of fire in any of the villages included in the search,” a police officer said. This is not the first such operation in the south Kashmir area undertaken by the security forces. These operations known as…

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Fear spreads as families of JK cops turn collateral – ‘It is an open war on Police’

Alarm and despair spread among the Jammu and Kashmir policemen and their families after a series of abductions of relatives of policemen in south Kashmir by suspected militants on Thursday night. The abductions were triggered apparently in response to the police detaining for questioning the family members of some Hizbul Mujahideen militants including those of operational commander Riyaz Naikoo on Wednesday night. A couple of families of militants in Shopian alleged that their houses were ransacked and set ablaze allegedly by security forces on Wednesday night hours after four policemen…

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Attacking families of militants pure revenge: Joint Resistance Leadership

Joint Resistance Leadership Thursday condemned the ploys being employed by the authorities to punish, intimidate, harass and humiliate the families of militants. In a joint statement, the JRL, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Miwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said such measures will only worsen the situation and turn it ugly and out of control. The JRL said arbitrary arrest of 70-year-old AssadullahNaikoo, father of HizbulMujahideen commander ReyazNaikoo and two brothers of another militant Lateef Tiger, burning down the homes of two armed youth Shahjahan and Syed Naveed in Shopian…

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NN Vohra, Centre, Army were on same page over Kashmir Situation

Narinder Nath Vohra’s term as Governor of Jammu and Kashmir can easily be defined as an era when the Centre, Raj Bhawan and the Army were working together to bring peace and stability to the trouble-torn state. There was never an occasion during the past decade when the Centre did not rely on Vohra for his advice in dealing with tough situations in Kashmir for he had earned a reputation as an insightful administrator who knew every bit of the J&K psyche and who would make all efforts to contain…

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