South Kashmir residents accused security forces of ransacking property

The residents blamed the Army and the police for using force to disperse protesting villagers Residents of south Kashmir’s Heff and Shirmal villages on Wednesday accused the Army and police of ransacking their houses during a cordon-and-search operation on Wednesday. Even as the search was in progress, they protested and blamed the security forces for manhandling relatives of youths, who have joined militancy. The operation continued for several hours before it was called off. The residents blamed the Army and the police for using force to disperse protesting villagers. The…

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Srinagar-Qazigund stretch of highway to be completed by Sep 2017

Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar today said that the prestigious Srinagar-Qazigund four-lane highway will be thrown open for traffic by the September of this year and it will usher in a new era of prosperity and development. The Minister was speaking to people while inspecting the work on the project. The Minister was accompanied by Chief Engineer R&B, Regional Director NHA1, representatives of Ramky and other officials. The Minister was informed that the project earlier expected to be completed in 2016 was delayed due to the deteriorating law and…

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Stop wrong portrayal of Kashmir; Mehbooba to Media

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday again launched a scathing attack on New Delhi-based news channels for “presenting a scary picture” of the happenings in Kashmir and asked them to stop “wrong portrayal” of the situation. “What is shown on TV channels about Kashmir is not true. They show a scary picture but that’s not a reality. When tourists watch TV here, they are in a disbelief that is it the same Kashmir they are visiting,” Mehbooba said, addressing a gathering at a national-level symposium “Livestock Resources…

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South Kashmir’s youth back Musa’s Islamic ‘Struggle’

The orchards across south Kashmir are lush green as it is summer season now and a pleasing fragrance makes the rural landscape here distinct from the region’s crowded and polluted urban neighbourhoods. Amidst this picturesque landscape of Shopian district, militants lurk in shadows, gathering in large numbers in the shade of orchards where they click pictures and shoot videos. Here they are protected by a shield of sympathetic civilians even as the ‘nationalist versus Islamist’ debate has divided the separatist movement into two camps. In the villages of Shopian, many…

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Social Media ban likely to continue in Kashmir

No improvement in ground situation, state counsel tells HC The state government today indicated that it may continue with the social media ban in the Kashmir valley as the ground situation has still not improved. While seeking more time before the government actually reviews the order, the state counsel today submitted before the High Court that there was no improvement in the situation in the Valley and it was actually going from bad to worse. Observing that the social media ban cannot be a “permanent fixture”, the High Court today…

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Punjab police ‘Force Eviction’ of 3 youths from Kashmir

The police called the broker, who had helped them get accommodation, to remove them, said one of the youth Three Kashmiri youths have been “thrown out” of their rented accommodation in Punjab’s Zirakpur after police allegedly asked them to leave the place. The three were evicted hours after about a dozen policemen came to their house to verify their credentials on Sunday. “The policemen asked if we are Kashmiri and told us ‘yahan kuch karne aate ho aur wahan kuch aur karte ho’ and then asked us if we had…

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Clashes at SP College trigger chaos in City Centre

Government seems to be running out of ideas to contain the anger among students in Kashmir as there is no let up in the protests. Students of SP College Srinagar on Monday staged protests against the arrest of students by police over past weeks. They were shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans inside the premises. As soon as the protests erupted, police reached the spot and tried to pacify the students. Witnesses said the students tried to march towards the MA Road, however the police resorted to tear gas shelling to…

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People have to choose between ISIS & Kashmiriyat: Mehbooba Mufti

‘Guns, stones have only brought destruction, snatched best minds like Umar Fayaz’ J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said people have to decide themselves “whether they want ISIS or preserve their Kashmiri identity (Kashmiriyat).” Reacting to a query about the “advent” of ISIS in Kashmir, Mehbooba said: “If people from various religions lived in harmony in Kashmir for centuries, it is only because of ‘Kashmiriyat’ that we need to protect at any cost.” Pointing towards a temple, a Masjid and a Gurdwara located side-by-side near Sher Bagh area of…

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Militants appear in Hajin protest rally, delivers sermon in mosque

An armed militant accompanied by three other associates delivered a sermon in a mosque in Hajin township of Bandipora district on Friday, the locals said. According to eyewitnesses, a militant before commencement of congregational Friday prayers in Bangar Mohalla Masjid in Hajin township stood up and sought permission for delivering a sermon After being granted permission, he delivered sermon for over half an hour in the mosque. He appealed people to get united for the greater cause of freedom movement, the locals said. They said the militant was accompanied by…

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Zakir Musa warns Hurriyat, Salahuddin asks ranks to desist from issuing statements

Hizbul Mujahideen leader Zakir Musa has warned Hurriyat leaders that their heads will be chopped off and hung in the Lal Chowk here for interfering in the militant group’s “struggle for Islam”. In an audio, which has gone viral on social media, Zakir is heard saying: “I am warning all those hypocrite Hurriyat leaders. They must not interfere in our Islamic struggle. If they do, we will cut their heads and hang them in Lal Chowk”. The militant leader asserted that his outfit was clear in its motives of “fighting…

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