Bipin Rawat dismisses UN report on alleged rights violations in Kashmir as ‘Motivated’

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday dismissed the recent UN report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir as “motivated” and asserted that Indian Army’s record in this regard is “absolutely above board”. “I don’t need to speak about the human rights record of the Indian Army. It is well known to all of you, it is well known to the people of Kashmir, and to the international community,” Gen. Rawat told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on cyber security here. “The human rights record of the…

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Sardar Patel was ready to give Kashmir to Pakistan in lieu of Hyderabad: Saifuddin Soz

Calling Jawaharlal Nehru and Patel “great sons of India”, Soz said Sardar Patel was a pragmatist and in “good faith, offered Kashmir to Liaquat Ali Khan”, the first prime minister of Pakistan. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was willing to give Kashmir to Pakistan in exchange of Hyderabad, but Jawaharlal Nehru was keen that the region remained with India, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz said on Monday at the release of his book on Kashmir. The Congress had asked all its leaders to stay away from the event, but former Union minister…

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Anantnag encounter marks return of cordon and search operations

At around 2 am on Friday, security forces began a cordon and search operation in Srigufwara village in the volatile Anantnag district. At 6 am, they zeroed in on a house where four militants believed to be working with the local unit of the Islamic State were trapped, after which an encounter started. Jammu and Kashmir Police officials say four militants, a civilian and a policeman were killed. They stated that among the four militants killed, two were locals. Further, the wife of the civilian who died also sustained a…

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Won’t surrender no matter how tough struggle be: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said all the parties who have ruled Kashmir since 1947, have acted as “collaborators” of New Delhi rather than standing up for the rights of the people of J&K. Addressing at the 55th foundation day of Awami Action Committee (AAC) observed as a “day of pledge” at the AAC headquarters, here at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal, he said that the Kashmir movement has witnessed a transition as today our fourth generation is on roads demanding their birthright. “We as a nation won’t…

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LeT launches online magazine, says 2018 will be tough for security forces

Claiming it was helping the “common man’s struggle”, the magazine goes on to say that Pakistan has “moral and legal” obligation to support the “struggle” in Kashmir, an unfinished agenda of partition. Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, has scaled up its propaganda in the Valley by launching its online magazine and stating that the year 2018 will be “tough for Indian army and other occupational forces in Kashmir”. The first issue of LeT’s Kashmir-specific online magazine “Wyeth” carried an interview of terror outfit’s spokesperson…

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Soon NSG to be deployed in anti-terror operations in Kashmir Valley

The elite National Security Guards, popularly known as ‘Black Cats’, are likely to be deployed soon in counter militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir which was placed under governor’s rule on Wednesday, officials said. They said a team of NSG has been stationed in the Kashmir Valley for quite sometime and is undergoing rigorous training in the outskirts of the city. The state was on Wednesday placed under governor’s rule for the fourth time in the last one decade after the BJP withdrew support to its alliance partner, the PDP,…

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Joint Resistance Leadership writes to UNHRC, seeks setting up of CoI on Kashmir

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on behalf of people of Jammu Kashmir sent a petition to United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) demanding setting up of an independent international Commission of Inquiry (CoI) for holding comprehensive investigation into human rights violations in Kashmir. In a statement issued here, JRL said the petition describes the overall situation of human rights abuses by forces in Kashmir. “These HR violations necessitate establishment of an independent international commission of inquiry”. Citing recent report…

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To retrieve lost ground, BJP to pitch for its core agenda, Amit Shah to visit Jammu on June 23

After pulling out of the alliance in J&K, the BJP will go back to its core agenda, including the abolition of Article 370 and ending of ‘discrimination’ with the Jammu and Ladakh regions, to regain its lost ground in the state. A senior BJP leader said a campaign to return to the core agenda would start from June 23 when party national president Amit Shah is scheduled to address a function at Jammu to observe the death anniversary of Syama Prasad Mukherjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the predecessor…

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US Dismissive of Third-Party role on Kashmir Issue

Chinese Ambassador to India has suggested a trilateral cooperation between India, China and Pakistan under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The Trump administration today appeared to be dismissive of a third-party’s role in resolving the Kashmir dispute and reiterated that it is for India and Pakistan to determine any discussion on the issue. The administration’s response came in the wake of Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui’s suggestion of a trilateral cooperation between India, China and Pakistan under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). “Our policy…

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Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein UN human rights chief calls for inquiry panel on Kashmir

UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for setting up an inquiry commission for a comprehensive investigation of the human rights situation in Kashmir. Zeid, who opened the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday with a global update on human rights concerns, said he had sought to engage with India and Pakistan over the past two years regarding the situation in Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control. However, both India and Pakistan refused to give his office “unconditional…

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