Proposed tunnel for Karnah Valley may put end to highway travails

The thought of the approaching winter season sends shivers down the spine of frail-looking Ali Ghor Khan of Chiterkote village. The 65-year-old has braved worst winters in the past, but the last snowfall changed his life and outlook forever. People often ask him about the status of the Chowkibal-Teetwal highway, the only link to the landlocked area. Earlier this year when his wife died in Pathankot, he witnessed the horrors of this road. The memory is still fresh in his mind. Her body was carried on shoulders by his soldier…

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Nehru arrested in Kashmir after brush with sentry

Thursday 21 Jul 1946 -BOMBAY-Pandit Nehru (Natîonaî Congress leader) was arrested while trying to enter Srinagar. Nehru earlier declared that if the Ban on his entry to Kashmir were not lifted, he would defy it and walk to Srinagar, says Renter. Thc Stock Exchange and thc cotton market to-day were idle as a result of the Kashmir incidents. The local press has featured the story of an incident in which Nehru was slightly injured. Banner headlines include: “President Elect Bayoneted.” Nehru was slightly injured, on the cheek by a bayonet when he tried to push back a…

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Proposed one-stop identity card for Kashmiri’s opposed, called a conspiracy

Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) here on Saturday alleged that Government of India’s plan to issue one-stop identity card to Kashmiris is yet another conspiracy to breach the privacy and intrude into the personal lives of people of Kashmir.The Government of India has reportedly planned to issue these cards to the people of Kashmir to “increase surveillance and keep a check on militancy-related activities in Kashmir.” “This is yet another ugly Indian tactic against the people of Kashmir. India has issued Aadhar cards which contains all the details of an individual then why…

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Shiv Sena sends team to hoist tricolor at Lal Chowk

The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Shiv Sena has sent a team to Srinagar to hoist the Indian flag at Lal Chowk on Wednesday, its state chief Dimpy Kohli said on Tuesday. The party’s move comes in the wake of National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah daring the Centre to hoist the tricolor at Lal Chowk. “A special team of the Sena was today sent to Srinagar where it will hoist the tricolor at Lal Chowk tomorrow,” Kohli said. He said Abdullah had challenged “Indians to hoist the tricolor at…

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At minus 3.7 Srinagar records coldest night this winter

Srinagar recorded the coldest night this winter as the minimum temperature dipped to minus 3.7 degrees Celsius even as Leh town continued to reel under extreme sub-zero temperatures. The night temperature across Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, stayed below the freezing point on Sunday night with some places registering a dip in the mercury from the previous night, an official of the MeT said. Leh in Ladakh region recorded a low of minus 12 degrees Celsius on Sunday night, against minus 8.6 degrees Celsius recorded the previous night, the official…

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Zakir Musa’s portrait displayed during Milad procession in South Kashmir

In an extraordinary development in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the Sufi sect of Muslims displayed portraits of militants including that of al-Qaida’s Kashmir chief Zakir Musa during the Eid-ul Milad procession on Friday, police sources said. Al-Qaida emphasises on Wahhabism that discourages shrine-going and even observing the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad. Milad celebrations are in complete contradiction with the philosophy of al-Qaida, which propagates extremism and call for Islamic caliphate. Security forces allowed the procession but there were clashes in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district after some youth who were…

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High Court restricts entry of taxis in Srinagar city

In a decision likely to affect thousands of commuters, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court today directed the Traffic Police authorities not to allow entry of Tata Sumos and other taxis coming from other districts into the city. The directions were issued by a division bench of the High Court which is hearing a public interest litigation to streamline the traffic in Srinagar. As per the latest order of the High Court, the traffic authorities have been told not to allow Tata Sumos and taxis coming from south and north…

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BJP leader’s house set on fire in Sopore

The identity of the attackers was also not immediately known. Miscreants on Wednesday night set a local BJP leader’s house on fire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore in Baramulla district but there was no immediate report of casualty, a media report said. The incident took place in Sopore’s Dangarpora area, the ANI reported. However, it was not immediately clear whether BJP leader Farooq Ahmad Rathers was in the house at the time of the attack.

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‘Operation All-Out’ aimed at forcing us into submission: Joint Resistance

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Wednesday said that the “Operation All-Out” launched by the government forces in May this year to wipe out militancy was also aimed at forcing the pro-freedom leadership into submission. The JRL, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, also said that there has been no shift in New Delhi’s Kashmir policy. Instead, they said, New Delhi has unleashed a “reign of terror” in Kashmir, terming the recent assault on Kashmiri prisoners at Tihar Jail “part of a game plan aimed…

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Pakistan trying to revive Harkat-ul-Mujahideen in Kashmir

Forces on alert to foil infiltration bids Known for its war-time exposure in Afghanistan, the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), considered “dead on the Kashmir front” since its split in 1999, “is being revived to start operations” in the Valley. A note generated by intelligence agencies on the basis of communication intercepts suggests that HuM commander Masood Shaheen alias Masood Talibani has started operating from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s (PoK) Palandari area. “Talibani is commanding the (armed) groups and trying to push them into this side of Kashmir,” reads the note. Multiple intelligence agencies on…

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