Mehbooba, Omar, Mirwaiz welcome Modi’s Kashmir outreach

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach to Kashmir in his Independence Day address on Tuesday in which he said bullets or abuses will not help resolve the problems of Kashmir has been welcomed by moderate separatist leader, J&K Chief Minister and opposition National Conference. Moderate separatist leader and cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq welcomed PM Modi’s statement. “Welcome Modi also believes ‘Goli and Gaali’ will not help resolve Kashmir. If Insaniyat (humanity) and Insaaf (justice) replace them, resolution can become a reality,” Mirwaiz tweeted. In his I-Day address, PM Modi said, “Na…

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3 Militants, 2 Army jawans, 2 Civilians killed in Shopian gunfight

Three militants including an operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and two army soldiers were killed while five soldiers sustained injuries in an 18-hour-long gunfight between government forces and militants in Awneera village in Shopian district on Sunday, police and reports said. Three residential houses where the militants were holed up were also destroyed by the government forces, they said. An official said the gunfight which broke around 5 pm on Saturday ended at 11 am on Sunday. “As soon as the forces laid a siege around Awneera, militants present in…

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PM Modi assured ‘No Fiddling’ with J&K special status: Mehbooba Mufti

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given “100 percent assurance” that he would back the PDP-BJP government’s ‘Agenda of Alliance’ which says there will be “no fiddling” with Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday. Mehbooba met the Prime Minister amid reports that she was seeking help against attempts to alter constitutional provisions that give special status to the state. Emerging from the 15-minute meeting, Mehbooba said the basis of the Agenda of Alliance between the PDP and the BJP is that there should be no…

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Won’t tamper with Article 35A & Article 370 till alliance with PDP is intact: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday said it has decided not to tamper with or challenge any of the constitutional provisions of the state, including Article 35-A and Article 370, till its alliance with PDP remains intact. “I can tell you with full authority that BJP is not interested in challenging or tampering with any of the constitutional provisions of J&K, be it Article 35-A or Article 370,” BJP’s chief spokesman for J&K, Sunil Sethi told Kashmir Post over phone from New Delhi. He said though BJP’s ideological stand is…

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BJP to alter Article 35A on permanent residents in J&K?

Away from the attention that Article 370 usually invites, a section of BJP sympathisers are steadily pushing the party’s less-noticed promise of altering Article 35A of the Constitution, which empowers the J&K government to define “permanent residents” of the state. The article enables the state to provide special rights and privileges that permanent residents can enjoy but has been criticised by BJP as a provision that encourages alienation, deepens the concept of a separate identity and creates a political gap between J&K and the rest of India. Under the Article,…

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14 Properties of Geelani, kin worth Rs 150 crore under NIA lens

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing seven top Hurriyat separatists+ over accusations of terror financing in Jammu & Kashmir, has shortlisted as many as 14 properties allegedly owned by the head of the hardline faction Syed Ali Shah Geelani and his family members. The shortlisted properties are estimated to be between Rs 100 crore and Rs 150 crore, officials have said. TOI has accessed the list of properties under NIA’s scanner for hawala and benami transactions. This includes educational institutions, residences and agricultural lands in Kashmir and flats in Delhi…

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Abu Dujana (LeT chief), who carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh, killed in Pulwama encounter

As the encounter ended, heavy stone-pelting by locals on security forces began. Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana was killed on Tuesday in an encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir`s Pulwama district. A local militant identified as Arif Lalihaari was also killed in the gunfight that took place in Hakripora village. In a statement, the Army confirmed that wanted Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Abu Dujana was among two militants killed in the encounter in Pulwama. The operation has concluded. As the encounter ended, heavy stone-pelting by locals on security…

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Central extended three laws to J&K in PDP-BJP rule

After PDP-BJP government came to power in J&K, the government of India has extended three central laws to the state in less than two years amid a continuous push, both at political and legal level, by different right wing groups to get Article 370 scrapped. In December 2015 when the state cabinet led by former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed cleared adoption of National Food Security Act (NFSA) to J&K, the decision snowballed into major controversy. The central Act was however implemented from February 2016 despite opposition from opposition parties…

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Another Assault on Article 370, RS extends statistical data bill to J&K

RS passes bill empowering GoI to collect statistical data from JK Opposition says move overrides JK’s special status Further eroding Article 370, which accords a special status to Jammu Kashmir, Rajya Sabha Wednesday passed amendments in the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017, in the Parliament for applying it to the Jammu Kashmir. The decision comes within three weeks of the passage of the controversial Goods and Services Tax regime in the State despite protests by opposition and traders who over fears of compromise of State’s fiscal autonomy. Before the…

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NIA says it has got solid evidence: Terror funding

Gets 10-day custody of seven arrested Hurriyat leaders As seven Kashmiri separatists, including son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, were sent to 10-day NIA custody by a Delhi court in a terror funding case, the probe agency claimed that it could zero in on them after one and a half months of painstaking investigation which gave it electronic evidence to prove their complicity. Sources in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) confirmed that the agency managed to track the details of telephonic conversations of as many as 48 local youths,…

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