Kashmir on Norway’s peace engagements, advocates for Tri-Party Dialogue

A sudden change of heart of New Delhi to allow the former prime minister of Norway, Kjell Magne Bondevik to visit Kashmir has come as a surprise to many but at the same time has rekindled a new hope toward bringing peace in the Valley. On November 23, Bondevik, who was Norway’s Prime Minister until 2005, on his maiden visit to the Valley met Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The former Norwegian PM, who is also the president of Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights,…

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UN urged to stop rights violations in Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir Socio-Economic Coordination Committee (JKSECC), an amalgam of several business organizations and civil society formations, on Thursday sought UN intervention to stop human rights violations in the Valley. “We appeal to the UN Secretary-General, and the conscientious powers of the world, who uphold international law, to prevail upon India to desist from trampling down on human rights, demilitarise Kashmir, revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and let people of Kashmir live a dignified peaceful life as guaranteed by international covenants and the constitution,” said Jammu and…

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223 Rebels killed in 11 months across Kashmir Valley

Surpassing last year’s militant death toll of 209, the security force have killed 223 ultras in 2018 even as there is still one month to go for this year. Last year, the security forces had launched an ‘Operation All-out’ to flush out the militants who had managed to strengthen their base following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. The incident had triggered a nearly five-month-long unrest in 2016. The high toll of militants this year — highest since 2010 — was despite the fact that the security forces had…

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Nine killed, scores injured in clashes in south Kashmir

Six militants of Hizbul Mujahedeen and Laskhar-e-Toiba including three district commanders and a Territorial Army man were killed while another Army man was injured in a gunfight at Batagund village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district Sunday morning. Meanwhile, a teenage boy was killed in subsequent clashes near the gunfight site and as many as 67 others were injured. Police said joint forces of Army’s Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K Police launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) at Batagund village of Kapran area in Shopian…

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Hurriyat leader Hafizullah shot dead in Anantnag, JRL calls for shutdown

Unknown gunmen on Tuesday shot dead a top separatist leader, Mir Hafizullah, at his residence in Badura locality in Akingam Achabal area of Anantnag district. Mir was shot dead barely 20 yards away from his home on Anantnag-Kishtwar highway at Akingam at around 10:30 am. “A car stopped on highway outside his home and a masked person alighted from it while two remained seated inside. As the masked man approached towards him, Hafizullah started asking the masked man who he was and why they had stopped outside his house. Within…

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City traffic in mess after closure of Jehangir Chowk-Naaz Cinema road

The failure to complete the construction of the Jehangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover is taking a toll on traffic in the city as the administration has adopted another faulty plan to deal with the issue. The latest diversion plan, which became effective last week, has shut a key road and pushed the vehicular traffic through the narrow lanes of Batamaloo. According to the new plan, the Jehangir Chowk-Naaz Cinema road, which is the feeder road for traffic coming from south, has been shut for the two-way traffic. Instead, the traffic movement…

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Cold wave tightens grip, Srinagar records coldest night of season

Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season on Wednesday with the mercury settling below the freezing point for the first time, even as the weatherman forecast a spell of wet weather this weekend. The minimum temperature in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir settled at a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department here said. He said the night temperature in Srinagar was nearly five degrees below normal for this time of the season. The minimum temperature at other places across Kashmir Valley…

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Sub-inspector, PDP worker shot dead in Pulwama

Suspected militants Sunday shot dead a police officer at a village in southern Pulwama district while he was travelling in his car, the police said. A police officer said that militants waylaid the car of sub-inspector Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir in Wahibugh area at around 4.15 pm and took him to nearby Romshi Nallah and “fired upon him, resulting in his instant death.” The bullet-perforated body of the officer was lying in the area for quite some time before it was recovered by a police party, the official said. “When the…

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27th October is Black Day in History of Kashmir

Kashmir is  a source of long standing dispute between Pakistan and India, which originated when the people of Jammu and Kashmir state were denied the right of self-determination in 1947. When India and Pakistan became independent on August 1947, it was generally assumed that Kashmir, as a contiguous state with a predominantly Muslim population, would accede to Pakistan. Its ruler, the Maharaja, however, on 27 October 1947 acceded to India through an improper and illegal Instrument of Accession although he has lost support of people who have established an independent…

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Kashmir to Chenab Valley, Shutdown observed against civilian killings

Life in Kashmir and parts of Chenab Valley was paralysed Monday due to shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) over the killings of civilians in a blast near encounter site in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The authorities imposed tough restrictions in parts of Kulgam town to prevent youth from taking to roads and staging protests against the killing of civilians. An official said restrictions under section 144 were imposed in main town Kulgam as a precautionary measure. The heavy contingents of police and CRPF were deployed on streets while…

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