Objecting to army’s Iftar 4 persons injured in Shopian after soldiers fired into a gathering

Four girls were injured, one of them critically, after soldiers fired into a gathering of villagers who were objecting to the army setting up a stall for Iftaar in Shopian on Monday. Kashmir Post learnt 34 Rashtriya Rifles battalion of the army had set up an Iftaar refreshment stall outside a mosque in DK Pora, Imam Sahab area of Shopian. However, local residents said they objected to the stall set up by the army without informing them. This triggered a heated exchange between the people and the involved soldiers, which…

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Truce a cosmetic measure, solve Kashmir Issue permanently: Separatists

Terming the Ramzan ceasefire a “cosmetic measure”, separatists on Thursday sought a “comprehensive plan” to resolve the Kashmir issue either through implementing the UN resolution or negotiations between India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership. This statement was made by joint resistance leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik during a seminar on ‘Responsibility of Leadership in Safeguarding the Sanctity of Martyrdom’, which was organised by the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz at its Rajbagh headquarters. Earlier the duo held a meeting with hardline Hurriyat leader…

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Govt unlikely to accept ceasefire for Ramadan and Amarnath Yatra

Officials in the home ministry, army, and Jammu and Kashmir police said an internal ceasefire is laden with risks, while the enforcement of a ceasefire with Pakistan is contingent on the latter’s behavior. The Mehbooba Mufti government on Thursday continued to push for a unilateral ceasefire with terror groups in the state and along the border with Pakistan during the holy month of Ramzan, but New Delhi, while it will consider the issue, is unlikely to accept the proposal, particularly with regard to internal operations, several officials familiar with the development…

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#BloodBath: 5 Militants, 5 Civilians killed, 120 Injured in Shopian gunfight

5 militants, 5 civilians killed in Shopian gunfight and protests Over 120 injured in clashes with forces Soldiers came twice before getting the militants third time Valley observes shutdown against killings on Saturday Educational institutions closed for Monday KU, IUST defer exams scheduled today Before the government forces got their biggest catch since Burhan Wani’s death at the break of dawn on Sunday the search parties had twice returned disappointed from Bhat house. But the five rebels were not lucky the third time. A joint team of Army and police’s…

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AFSPA goes from Meghalaya, restricted in Arunachal, Call for lifting from Kashmir Valley grows louder

The Union Home Ministry has removed Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya and reduced it to eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, an official said on Monday. “AFSPA was totally withdrawn from all areas of Meghalaya from April 1. In Arunachal, it is down from 16 police stations to eight,” the official said. The Act has however been extended by another six months in three eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Tirap, Longding and Changlang — which border Myanmar and specific areas under eight police stations of seven…

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Student protests continue across Kashmir, Afridi asks students not to shun studies

The students continued protests across the Valley against the rape and murder of 8-year-old nomad girl in Kathua despite higher secondary schools and colleges remaining closed. The students took to roads in Ajas, Mantrigam, and Sumbal areas in Bandipora district to stage protest against the rape and murder of minor girl. The students of High School Mantrigam marched to Bandipora town amidst pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The protestors clashed with policemen near DC office, who fired tear smoke shells to disperse them. At least four students sustained minor injuries while…

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PDP, BJP partners in crime, Kashmiris may have to pay with blood: Tassaduq Mufti

Although Mufti is not the party’s official spokesman, his views carry weight because besides being a minister in the PDP-BJP government, he is also son of the late PDP patron and former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. In perhaps the strongest indictment by the Peoples Democratic Party of its alliance with the BJP since it came to power in 2015, J&K Tourism Minister Tassaduq Mufti has said that the two parties have “ended up being partners in a crime (for which) an entire generation…

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Four Civilians die, Two battling for life saving rebels in Kulgam

When the sound of a few gunshots came out of the noise of rains beating tin roofs of the Khudwani houses late on Tuesday evening, it residents, about to go to sleep, stood still as the shooting grew more steady and intense. Three Lashkar militants had found themselves under siege by the government forces with a top commander of the guerrilla outfit also trapped in a house in the Wani Mohalla locality, in Kulgam. The shooting ebbed a little as the night rolled on, and the forces closed off all…

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Mehbooba meets Modi, seeks help to end violence in valley

Three days after appealing to the country’s leadership to listen to the voices of pain from the state, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. She apprised him about the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir. During the meeting, the Chief Minister stressed finding ways and means to end the cycle of violence in the state by dealing with alienation among the youth. She said the people, who had suffered immensely during the turmoil in the past three decades, were looking up…

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Kashmir Shuts to protest Shopian killings, Solidarity Day observed across Pakistan

A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir while youth continued to engage in clashes with forces through the day in parts of Valley in protest to the killings in Shopian last Sunday in which 13 militants and 4 civilians were killed. Markets remained shut while schools and colleges were closed. There were curbs on movement of people in parts of Srinagar city to prevent protests called by Joint resistance leadership (JRL) over militant and civilian killings in Shopian. Contingents of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed…

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