NDA Govt will find permanent solution to Kashmir issue: Rajnath

‘Kashmir is ours, Kashmiris are ours and Kashmiriyat is also ours’ Amidst the ongoing unrest in Kashmir valley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said the NDA government would find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue. Addressing a public reception in this western part of the tiny Himalayan state, Singh said Pakistan had been trying to destabilise India by fomenting trouble in Kashmir. “But I want to tell all of you that our government will find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue,” he said, without elaborating. The home minister’s…

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NIA registers preliminary inquiry into funding of Separatist leaders

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a preliminary inquiry into funding of Hurriyat leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Naeem Khan. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a preliminary inquiry into funding of Hurriyat leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Naeem Khan. According to ANI sources, a team of NIA sleuths led by senior members has reached Jammu and Kashmir for further inquiry regarding funding of Hurriyat. The NIA will probe whether separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Naeem Khan and others were funded by…

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Restoration of peace in Kashmir top priority: Jaitley

Minister doesn’t outrightly reject dialogue with separatists Union minister Arun Jaitley today did not outrightly reject the possibility of talks with separatists, but said the focus at the moment was to first improve the situation in the Kashmir valley. When asked whether the Central government will have a dialogue with the Hurrriyat Conference, Jaitely responded with: “Let the situation become normal that is the top priority. As and when we decide, the Central government will make a statement.” The Peoples Democratic Party which shares power with the BJP in J&K…

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Students stopped from taking march triggers fresh clashes in Srinagar

Stone-pelting students of a college in old Srinagar on Wednesday clashed with the security forces after they were stopped from taking out a march to press for release of those arrested during earlier such protests. Stone-pelting students of a college in old Srinagar on Wednesday clashed with the security forces after they were stopped from taking out a march to press for release of those arrested during earlier such protests. The students of Gandhi College boycotted their classes and came out on the main road at Babademb in downtown city…

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Student protests continue; Scores injured

Forces use teargas, pellet shelling to restrain protesters from blocking Srinagar highway At least 15 students were injured during clashes with security forces in north Kashmir after posters carrying the Hizbul Mujahideen stamp surfaced on the premises of educational institutes, asking students to protest. Hundreds of college and higher secondary school students came out on roads, chanting anti-India slogans and threw stones at the security forces personnel deployed at Pattan in Baramulla district, nearly 30 km north of Srinagar. Police officers said the students were asked to protest after the…

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Separatists respond to Zakir’s threat, say disunity will sabotage movement

In a joint statement, separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik asked all political and militant organisations to fight for freedom with “vision and wisdom”. In their first reaction to a death threat issued by militant commander Zakir Rashid Bhat, Kashmir’s separatist leaders on Sunday evening warned that any disunity in the “freedom camp” will give the Indian government a chance to sabotage the movement. In a joint statement, separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik asked all political and…

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‘Be Tough but Just’, Centre’s message to officials in Kashmir

Amid continued unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre has asked the state government to be tough against those taking law into their hands but ensure no innocent person is harassed. The message was put across by Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi during the meetings he had with top civil and police officials in the course of his visit to the Kashmir valley on Thursday. The message of the central government is clear that security forces have to be tough against terrorists and those involved in stone pelting but no…

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Army’s Cordon and Search Ops (CASO) return to Kashmir after 15 Years

Cordon and Search operations in Kashmir were abandoned 15 years ago by the army in view of inconveniences faced by locals Two days after terrorists dragged out a young army officer, tortured and murdered him, the army decided to make “cordon and search operations” a permanent feature of its anti-terror operations in Kashmir. The procedure, which was followed rigorously at the height of militancy in Kashmir in the 1990s, had been abandoned 15 years ago in view of the inconvenience locals faced during such operations. The biggest cordon and search…

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BJP under fire as south Kashmir turns into ‘Safe Zone’ for militants

Faces flak over coalition partner PDP’s soft approach towards ultras The BJP is facing intense pressure, within and outside the party, to prevail upon its coalition partner PDP to take effective steps to wipe out terrorism from south Kashmir, which is being touted as a “liberated zone” by militants on the social media. With the killing of soldiers going on unabated in different parts of the state, the BJP has been pushed to the wall by its sister organisations for not taking up the issue with the PDP. As many…

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Fresh clashes across Valley, Students skip classes to clash with forces

There is no let-up in student protests in the valley with fresh clashes breaking out between the protestors and government forces in Srinagar city and Pulwama town on Tuesday. The busy Maulana Azad Road near Lal Chowk witnessed pitched battle between students and forces disrupting traffic and business activities in the commercial hub of the city. Students of S P Higher Secondary School and Women’s College clashed with the forces who fired several tear gas shells to chase them away. The students have been demanding stern action against the police…

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