UN Chief Guterres concerned over Kashmir Situation

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has voiced concern over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir while encouraging “positive dialogue” to resolve the disagreements peacefully. He also said that the UN welcomes a greater role for India in addressing regional peace and security challenges. “On the development front, India already is, and can become an even greater regional development force, helping other countries of the region forge a better future,” Guterres told PTI in an email interview here ahead of his visit to India beginning Monday. He said the UN welcomed…

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Day began with Abductions, ended with Funeral; Three Cops abducted, shot dead in Shopian

On Thursday evening, Firdous Ahmad, 28, a police follower from Batagund — a sleepy village in Shopian — had returned home to announce his public resignation during the Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid in the district due to the constant militant threats. But hours before he could do that, he was abducted by militants along with two other policemen from adjacent villages and shot dead. The killings of the two police employees and a special police officer have sent shock waves across the country. Villagers say the toll could…

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BJP didn’t stay course… Atal’s vision was missing: Mehbooba Mufti

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that she and her party suffered significantly from the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was broken abruptly in June following three turbulent years in power. “Of course, I did,” Mufti remarked when asked if the alliance’s collapse left her and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the bigger losers. “We had to bear the wrath of the people. The love and affection they showered on me when I was in the Opposition turned into anger and hatred…

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Will boycott local polls unless assured protection for Article 35A: National Conference

Days after National Conference appealed the people to vote in the upcoming municipal and Panchayat elections, the party Wednesday said it will not participate the elections unless the government of India and the state government assure protection for Article 35A. President of NC, Farooq Abdullah announced the decision after chairing a meeting of the core group, the party’s highest decision making body in which challenges to article 35A were also discussed. “The core group unanimously decided that National Conference will not participate in these (Panchayat and ULB) elections unless and…

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Kashmir On Edge: Strike halts life across Kashmir, Chenab Valley, Pirpanjal

Article 35A Row: Protests across Kashmir, restrictions in Srinagar parts, Separatists caged, SC hearing today Normal life was badly hit in Kashmir, Chenab valley and Pir Panjal region on Thursday due to the unprecedented shutdown following a strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the challenging of Article 35-A, the hearing of which is scheduled for Friday in the Supreme Court (SC). While authorities imposed restriction in Srinagar downtown, people largely observed civil curfew in protest against the attempts of tinkering with Article 35-A that provides special rights and privileges…

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Supreme Court to hear Article 35A case on Friday, Guv, State to urge SC to defer hearing

A bunch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Article 35-A has been listed for hearing on Friday. The petitions would be heard by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India DipakMisra in the court No. 1, commonly known as Chief Justice’s court. Two other judges of the bench are Justice A M Khanilwar and Justice Chandrachud. The petitions figure at serial number 18 among the cases listed for August 31. The petitions are being heard at a time when new Governor Satya Pal Malik has taken…

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Kashmir issue can’t be resolved with bullets: Narendra Modi

Repeating the words used last year on Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said Kashmir’s problems could be resolved only by embracing its people, not with bullets or abuses. In his speech on the 72nd Independence Day at the Red Fort here, he said his government was following the teachings of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Atalji called for ‘insaniyat’ (humanity), ‘Kashmiriat’ (eclectic Kashmiri culture) and ‘jamhooriyat’ (democracy). I also said that the issues in Kashmir could be resolved by embracing the people of Kashmir.” Modi…

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Anxiety deepens as SC defers hearing on constitutional validity of Article 35A

The Supreme Court today said that a three-judge bench would decide whether the pleas challenging Article 35A, which provides special rights and privileges to the natives of Jammu and Kashmir, should be referred to a five-judge Constitution bench for examining the larger issue of alleged violation of the doctrine of basic structure of the Constitution. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A Khanwilkar adjourned the crucial hearing on as many as five petitions “to the week commencing from August 27” on the grounds that they pertained to…

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Kashmir on edge – Kashmir, Chenab Valley shuts to protect Article 35A

Separatists caged; Amarnath yatra, train service suspended Normal life came to a grinding halt in Kashmir and parts of Chenab Valley due to strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) to protest against any tinkering with Article 35-A, which grants special privileges to residents of the State. Shops, business establishments and fuel stations in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley remained closed. The public and private transport was off the roads. Even three-wheelers were off the roads across the Valley. The contingents of police and CRPF men were deployed…

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Kashmir braces for shutdown ahead of SC hearing on Article 35A, Protests held in Kashmir, Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar

Kashmir is bracing for street protests and a two-day strike amid fears that Article 35A, which bars outsiders from owning property or getting jobs in the restive state, will be repealed when the Supreme Court hears a petition on Monday. Trade groups, civil society and other social organisations have come together with separatists and political parties amid fears that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning to revoke the provision in an attempt to change the state’s demography. Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik under…

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