Kashmir in hysteria, Panic grips Valley, locals throng ATM’s, Petrol Pumps

A series of alarming official orders that talked of an upcoming crisis situation, additional troop deployment and an advisory to tourists and yatris to immediately leave the Kashmir valley has left the residents in panic and guessing. The orders, which got leaked over the past week, have slowly built a pressure cooker situation in the Valley and left the people here apprehensive about a possible unrest. The panic deepened on Friday afternoon when the state government issued a security advisory asking tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to leave the Valley “as…

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Rush of additional troops, RPF on standby, Seeking details of mosques, Triggers rumours of plans to revoke Article 35A

An order directing the zonal superintendents of police to provide the list of mosques in the city and its management committees was passed on Sunday night. This adds to the speculation about some major decision in the offing regarding Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, news agency PTI reported. The order issued by the Srinagar senior superintendent of police to the zonal SPs reads, “Please provide details of mosques and their managements falling without your respective jurisdictions as per enclosed proforma to this office immediately for onward submission to higher authorities.”…

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Kill those who rob your state: Satya Pal Malik to Rebels

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday raised eyebrows when he asked militants, whom he said were just 250 in number now, to kill those who have robbed the wealth of Kashmir rather than police guards. “…These boys with gun are killing their own people for no reason. They kill PSOs (personal security officers), SPOs (special police officers). Why are you killing them? Kill those who robbed your country; those who robbed the whole wealth of Kashmir. Have you ever killed anyone of those?” Malik said while speaking…

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Religious affair turned into ‘Military Exercise’: Curbs on highway for Hindu pilgrimage anger local residents

The ban on civilian traffic on the crucial highway in Kashmir during daytime and train services in the wake of the ongoing Amarnath yatra has triggered chaos and anger across the Kashmir valley. Two back-to-back orders were issued on Monday and Tuesday to ban the civilian traffic between Kashmir and Jammu divisions for five hours daily and to suspend rail service between Qazigund in Kashmir and Banihal station in the Jammu division, respectively. The unprecedented orders were taken in the wake of the ongoing pilgrimage and will continue for the…

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Yatra 2019: Train Services, Civilian traffic movement on highway to remain suspended from 10:00 to 15:00

Northern Railways has decided to suspend train services between Qazigund and Banihal from 10 am to 3 pm, starting July 3 till completion of ongoing Amarnath Yatra. “Train operations will remain suspended between Qazigund-Banihal railway section from 10 am to 3 pm till completion of Amarnath Yatra,” reads a communication issued by the Railway authorities. Authorities have banned civilian traffic movement to allow free and secure movement of vehicles carrying Amarnath pilgrims on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only all weather road connecting the Kashmir valley with Jammu. However, the decision…

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Amit Shah to visit Kashmir today, focus remains on development and security

On his first trip to Kashmir as Union home minister on Wednesday, Amit Shah will discuss the consolidation of recent military and non-military gains in the Valley. He is also expected to ask governor Satyapal Malik about the developments that led him to conclude that leaders of the separatist Hurriyat Conference were ready for a meaningful dialogue with the Centre, according to people familiar with the matter. Shah and home secretary Rajiv Gauba will fly to Srinagar on Wednesday afternoon and return a day later. A senior government official told…

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Talk Or No-Talk, Talk of the town

Doors open for talks if Hurriyat believes in Constitution: BJP Hurriyat (G) tight-lipped on talks with GoI Encouraging that Hurriyat ready for talks: Governor Kashmir can be resolved through dialogue, not militarily: Hurriyat (M) Talks must be held with Hurriyat: Farooq Abdullah JK BJP opposes talks with Hurriyat Mehbooba welcomes Hurriyat’s readiness to talk Doors open for talks if Hurriyat believes in Constitution: BJPBJP national vice-president and in-charge J&K Avinash Rai Khanna today said they would talk to the Hurriyat leaders only if they believed in the country’s Constitution. “I…

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As PDP is moving towards a makeover, Muzaffar Baig would be getting a bigger role

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is mulling considerable changes in its party constitution to transfer many of the powers of the all-powerful president Mehbooba Mufti to its patron Muzaffar Hussain Baig in a bid to revive its fortunes ahead of the Assembly elections. In its dismal performance in the parliamentary elections, the PDP lost all three seats in the Kashmir valley, and among the losers was the party president Mehbooba Mufti. That was a big blow to the party as it was aware of the anger of people against its…

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Two deserter SPO’s among four JeM rebels killed in Pulwama

Four rebels of Jaish-e-Mohammad ( JeM) including two Special Police Officers (SPOs)-turned-rebels were killed in a 15-hour-long gunfight with forces in a village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday. A police spokesperson said on a specific information about presence of rebels at Panjran village in Litter area of Pulwama, a cordon and search operation was launched on Thursday evening by joint party comprising army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police. “As the searches were going on, hiding rebels fired on the…

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Four rebels, Civilian killed during two gunfights in south Kashmir

Four rebels and a civilian, who the police said was an associate of the rebels, were killed in two gunfights in south Kashmir on Friday. While two Hizbul Mujahideen rebels and a civilian were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Shopian district, two rebels were killed in an encounter in the Tral area of Pulwama district. They are believed to be associated with the Jaish-e-Mohammed and their identity is yet to be ascertained. One of the rebels killed in the Shopian gun battle has been identified as Adil…

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