Govt Shuts Ganderbal College after pro-Pakistan Protests

Intense clashes erupted between students of Government Degree College Ganderbal and police on Monday after pro-Pakistan protests by the students, leaving several injured. Eyewitnesses and reports said that students Monday morning assembled in the college premises and burst firecrackers to celebrate Pakistan cricket team’s win against India in ICC Champion Trophy Final. Raising slogans, the students tried to come out of the college premises to march into the streets, however police immediately reached the spot and used force on the students, triggering clashes between the two sides. Reports said that…

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Civilian injured in Army firing in Pulwama

A civilian was injured after army men allegedly opened fire in Drabgam village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday. The injured civilian, identified as Altaf Ahmad Zargar of Aglar village, was taken to a local hospital for treatment where from he was referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment. According to local residents, some army men were travelling in a Tata mobile pickup truck and while passing through the village opened fire at Zargar without any provocation. However, police officials claimed that the incident occurred when army personnel, who…

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NIA trying to frame leaders on Zakir Naik pattern: Resistance Group

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Monday said the National Investigating Agency (NIA) is being “used as a war weapon” against it “with the main objective to harass the leadership.” In a statement, the JRL said the NIA frames and raids residences of pro-freedom leaders and activists “as a pre-planned psychological crackdown so that they surrender and stop voicing the sentiments of their nation.” “Although this agency (NIA) is being projected as an autonomous body, its services are however being utilized to terrorize the leadership and defame and discredit the…

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Army on vandalism spree in Bandipora, Kulgam

Panic gripped several localities in Bandipora town after army men went berserk damaging residential houses and pelting stones at religious seminary Dar-ul-uloom Rahimya after Pakistan defeated India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday. On Monday army men went berserk in Ashtengoo village of this north Kashmir district after their cavalcade was pelted with stones on Sopora-Bandipora Road. The residents alleged that army men broke window panes of residential houses and damaged several vehicles parked on the roadside. “They broke everything that came their way,” the locals said. Residents of…

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Ultras planning attacks in Srinagar,High alert sounded: Police

The police have asked the security forces deployed in Srinagar to be on an alert and take “immediate preventive measures” after intelligence inputs suggested that militants are planning to carry out attacks in the city. Three senior police officers confirmed the alert had been issued. The alert, marked “top secret” and “urgent,” was issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir zone. However, it was leaked on social media sites, which a senior officer said could have happened by mistake. “It is a routine alert which is issued from…

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Kashmir erupts in joy as Pakistan beat India: Champions Trophy

As soon as Pakistan won the ICC’s Champions Trophy final by crushing India at the Oval, England on Sunday evening, Kashmir erupted in joy, with youth across the Valley hitting the streets to celebrate the Pakistan team’s win. During the celebrations, two youth were injured in alleged firing by government forces in Downtown Srinagar, reports said. A witness said youth took to streets at Nowhata, Rajouri Kadal, Hawal, Saraf Kadal, Habba Kadal and Nawab Bazaar and other areas of Downtown amid pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans and burst countless crackers. The…

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How to solve the Kashmir conundrum: A 5-step guide from Saifuddin Soz

At a time when the government in Delhi is caught up in the nightmare of its choice in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, it is no surprise that every Kashmiri – young or old – is grappling with questions about their future. Veteran Congress leader from Kashmir Saifuddin Soz is no exception. He sits before me like a man possessed. “General Musharraf had perhaps correctly told his fellow Generals that Kashmiris do not want to join Pakistan. Given a choice, he said, the Kashmiris would vote for Independence which…

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Cabinet approves 93 MW Ganderbal power project

The state government today approved the proposal of the Power Development Department (PDD) to implement the 93-MW New Ganderbal hydropower project on the banks of the Sindh in central Kashmir after nearly two decades of delay. The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today approved the proposal of the PDD for the implementation of the power project following the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub-Committee constituted under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister on April 28. The 93-MW project has been conceived as a run-of-the-river project on the Sindh,…

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Valley tense, Resistance group call for shutdown

High-speed Internet blocked, Kashmir varsity postpones exams The killing of three civilians, including a teenager, in two separate incidents of firing during the past 24 hours has ignited fresh tension in the region as separatists called for a shutdown on Saturday across the Kashmir valley. The killing of two civilians takes the casualty figure during the past 24 hours to 11 — which includes eight policemen who were killed yesterday and today in separate incidents. The deaths of civilians stoked fresh tension in the region as the alarmed authorities made…

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Tale of 2 funerals in Bandipora village

A pale of gloom descended Ashtengoo village in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday when bodies of a slain youth and a cop reached their homes. Naseer-ud-din Sheikh, 26, fell prey to the bullets of security forces in Rangreth Srinagar while Shahzad Ahmad Sofi, 28, a cop, became victim of a militant attack in Hyderpora on same day. Coincidently, the slain duo belonged to the same village and their houses are located at a walking distance from each other. Their death was mourned by everyone in the village. People from…

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