BJP hatching conspiracies to influence referendum process: Geelani

“Pro-Indian parties rhetoric about prevailing situation is just a political gimmick and added that they are responsible for tampering and fiddling with article 370.” Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said, that authorities in New Delhi are hellbent to tamper with the Muslim majority character of Jammu and Kashmir. Cautioning people against the nefarious designs of Delhi and its henchmen in state, Geelani said that people in state won’t allow anyone to alter or interfere with the integrity and special status of the state and will safeguard it…

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Ready to quit assembly, join Hurriyat: Er Rasheed

Independent legislator and Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) chairman Er Rasheed on Thursday offered to resign from assembly and join united Hurriyat “for the larger Kashmir cause of right to self determination”. Rasheed made the remarks during a press conference in Srinagar in response to Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s call to pro-India politicians to join the Hurriyat. “It is not time to blame each other but work for resolution of Kashmir dispute and stop New Delhi from its utterances and efforts, it is indulged in changing the dispute…

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Valley braces for unrest over Article 35A

The Hurriyat as well as mainstream opposition parties, including the Congress and CPM, are bracing to oppose any move to scrap or dilute Article 35A of the Constitution. Though separatist factions and mainly the Hurriyat groups have called for complete shutdown to protest against any “fiddling” with Article 35A by a larger SC bench, the mainstream combine, led by former CM and MP Farooq Abdullah of the National conference, warned the Centre of dangerous consequences if it even tried to dilute the Article. Article 35A offers special privileges to state…

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Srinagar records hottest night of season

Srinagar recorded the hottest night of the season so far at 22 degrees, three degrees above normal, while there was no respite from hot and humid weather during the day in the Kashmir. A Met department official rain and thundershowers could occur at isolated places during the next 48 hours in valley. He said Srinagar recorded the hottest night of the season after mercury surged and settled at 22 degrees, against 21 degree recorded yesterday. The night temperature was around three degrees above normal. Meanwhile, the hot and humid temperature…

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Joint Separatist Leadership warn Govt, call for shutdown on Aug 12

The joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday called for Kashmir-wide shutdown on August 12 against the “ongoing genocide of Kashmiris, onslaught on common people and attempts to change the state subject law in Jammu and Kashmir.” In a joint statement here, the leaders said: “People of Kashmir will observe a complete shutdown on Saturday (12 August 2017) and register their protest against these anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmir actions.” They said the ongoing “killing spree, genocide of young Kashmiris, hooliganism of government…

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Militants funerals & Social media are fertile recruiting grounds for terrorists in Kashmir

Yawar Hussain Wagay, a teenager newly recruited by the Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in an encounter with Kashmir security forces on Thursday. He had been a militant for around a fortnight. His family knew that he was going to join the militants — he’d told a cousin — he’d been in touch with militants. One day, he went for evening prayers and never returned. Yawar had been booked for stone-pelting and would frequent the funerals of militants, where he was recruited. After that he made his choice: The gun. Militants…

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Center, State govt’s pushing youth towards militancy: Opposition

“PDP earlier sought votes to keep BJP at bay but after the elections were over, the party in the lust of power forged an alliance with it, which resulted in anger among the youth,” Saying that the dialogue is the only way out to resolve the Kashmir issue, the mainstream opposition parties on Saturday blamed central as well as the state government for pushing Kashmiri youth to join militant ranks. The mainstream opposition parties, including National Conference (NC), Congress and People Democratic Front (PDF) blamed the anti-Kashmir policies of Narendra…

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Jehangir Chowk–Barzulla Expressway Corridor nearing completion: Akhtar

Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar today said that 65% of physical work on the prestigious Jehangir Chowk–Barzulla Expressway corridor has been completed, with rest of the project expected to be completed by the end of this year. The Minister said that the work is underway in double shift on the Rs 350 crore project, which is first of its kind in the Kashmir division. “So far Rs 175 crores have been spent on the project undertaken by J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) under JK Urban Sector Developement Investment Programme…

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Smart and intelligent traffic lighting soon, to ease traffic snarls

Srinagar city, which is faced with traffic congestion, is set to get a smart and intelligent traffic lighting system which will help in smooth vehicular movement on its busiest streets and junctions. In the first phase, 10 such smart and intelligent lights are being installed by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on the spots identified by the Traffic Police. The lights will be connected to a central control room, from where the traffic will be managed. The Traffic Police Department has already submitted a report about identification of the spots…

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Youth in the Valley find inspiration in ‘Heroics’ of militants: Crackdown no deterrent in Kashmir

On Thursday morning, Mudasir Ahmad Kirmani travelled over 15 kilometres to a small village in Kulgam district after Suhail Ahmad Tantray, a young Hizbul Mujahideen militant, was killed along with his associate, Aaqib Itoo, in an ambush laid under a bridge by the army in Gopalpora village in wee hours of Thursday. Kirmani, 19, a tall, skinny boy — wearing blue jeans and a baggy shirt — stood out on the attic of a single-storied house, surrounded by wailing women, on the edge of the ground where the dead body…

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