Asking for Kashmir Resolution no crime: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said asking for resolution of Kashmir issue is neither terror nor crime. Addressing a Friday gathering at Jamia Masjid Mirwaiz said government of India should not criminalize political aspirations which are rooted in history and principle of justice. Mirwaiz said Hurriyat Conference have always taken a realistic and principled stand and advocated dialogue among stakeholders as a means to finding an acceptable solution for all parties involved in the dispute and for friendship between India and Pakistan. He said that his…

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European Parliamentarians call for the ban of pellet shotguns on Kashmiris

An enormous cross-party group of Members of the European Parliament have called for a ban on the use of pellet guns on civilians in India-controlled Kashmir. Wajid Khan, a Labour Member of the European Parliament representing the North West of England, has authored the letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wajid Khan has been championed the cause of Kashmir in the Parliament since his appointment 2 years ago. He secured the historic Kashmir hearing in the human rights committee in February. Speaking to this correspondent, Wajid Khan said that…

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Pulwama recruiting ground for LeT, JeM: Govt report

Pakistan-based terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM) recruited the most number of locals from Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama both in 2018 and in 2019, according to a report prepared by security agencies and shared with the Prime Minister’s office, among others. Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men were killed in Pulwama on February 14 when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a bus carrying the paramilitary troopers. JeM claimed responsibility for the attack.Describing the attack, the report, a copy of which has been…

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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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