Kashmir, Banihal Shuts against civilian killings

Paying heed to the Joint Resistance Leadership’s call for a complete shutdown against militant and civilian killings in southern Kulgam district on Saturday, life came to a grinding halt on Monday as businesses, offices and schools remained closed across the Valley and in some parts of Jammu. On Saturday, a civilian Rouf Ahmed sustained bullet injuries during clashes at the gunfight site in Kulgam, and later succumbed to his injuries. Five militants were also killed in the encounter. Following the killings, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq…

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Hang the rapists of Asifa, demand raising from Chenab Valley, Kashmir, Kargil

Kashmir valley, the Chenab region of Jammu and Kargil region of Ladakh Monday witnessed widespread protests seeking death penalty to the rapists and murderers of eight-year old nomadic girl in Kathua. The students from Central University of Kashmir held protests in Press Enclave here where they waved placards and shouted slogans. “No civilized society will tolerate people who organize pro-rapist rally. The world is watching,” said Ashfaq Ahmad, a student. “It is shame that now the women are not safe even at sacred places like temples. We condemn those who…

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Article 35A is agenda of alliance with NDA, PM gave assurance on alliance: Mehbooba Mufti

For the “idea of India to accommodate the idea of Jammu & Kashmir”, Article 35A that grants special status to the State “should not” be removed, said the State’s chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported ANI. She further said that the basis of her PDP’s alliance with the BJP is that the “status quo of 370 has to be maintained”. She added that PM Modi “gave 100% assurance on the agenda of alliance”. Article 370 also accords the State special status.…

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Kashmir, as a separate country!

M.Ashraf There was recently a news item about the UN showing Kashmir as a separate country. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) have inserted Jammu & Kashmir in the “Country/Geographical area” section in their “Advanced search for Civil Society Organization”. This gives an impression of the State being treated as a separate country by the UN. Well, just showing Kashmir as a separate country may not change its present physical position but somehow it reminds one about the Kashmir’s ancient history when it was an independent…

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Kashmir, Kashmiris, Kashmiriyat belong to India: Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government is making efforts to resolve the problems being faced in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Assuring the people of the state, Mr Singh said that ‘Kashmir, Kashmiri and Kashmiriyat’ belonged to India. Mr Singh however, condemned the attacks on soldiers and security personnel saying, “Those who make attempts to hurt the pride of jawans (soldiers) also need to be taught a lesson”. He also said that the Narendra Modi government is taking steps to tackle corruption and terrorism. He said…

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Curfew continues in Valley for 29th day post fresh killings

40 injured by pellets in Chee – Anantnag Fruit growers’ body vows to back Hurriyat programme, ready to ‘face business losses’ Thousands bid farewell to Khansahib youth Kishtwar Muslim Shoura Committee declares August 15 as ‘Black Day’ Doda, Kishtwar, Banihal areas shut against civilian killings Curfew continued on Saturday in many parts of Kashmir, a day after fresh violence left three persons dead, while normal life remained paralysed for the 29 consecutive day. “Curfew remains in force in six police station areas of Srinagar — Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharajgunj…

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Coming to avenge Babri, Kashmir, Gujarat, Muzaffarnagar: ISIS video

Video features Thane resident Fahad Sheikh, slams Indian Muslim leaders The Islamic State has released a new 22-minute Arabic-language documentary on purported Indian jihadists in its ranks, providing the first interviews with five fugitive jihadists known to have joined the ranks of fighters in Iraq and Syria since 2014. The video, released online early on Friday, is the first propaganda the Islamic State has produced with content focused on India and South Asia. Thane engineering student Fahad Tanvir Sheikh who travelled to Syria in 2014 along with three other men…

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Kashmir, a rudderless ship!

M. Ashraf It is not for the first time that there is an uncertainty about not only the ultimate fate of this land but even about its day to day governance. This always happens when a ship is set on an uncharted course without any definite goal. Unfortunately, the leaders of all the streams do not outline a definite and a practically achievable goal. It is like a ship sailing from a port to port without an ultimate destination. Probably, the main problem in putting the ship on a definite…

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Kashmir, Jammu Chambers for stern action against attackers

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has demanded stern punishment for the persons responsible for the death of Zahid Rasool Bhat. The demand has also been strongly endorsed by Jammu chamber. Speaking to us, KCCI President, Mushtaq Wani said the perpetrators of the heinous crime should be booked for murder. “Criminals responsible for such acts should be booked under section 302 (murder). Police, as of now has booked them under Public Safety Act. They are murders and deserve a harsh punishment,” said Wani. Secretary General KCCI Faiz Bakshi said…

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Hajjis pray for Palestine, Kashmir

As the people from all over the world are assembling here before proceeding towards Makkah Sharief for Umrah and Hajj, Kashmir along with Palestine figures prominently in the prayers of Muslims from different nationalities. Kashmiri Hajjis are easy to identify among the lot due to their colour, psyche and looks and one can easily make out that they are different from Pakistanis and Indians. There is a tradition at Masjid-e-Nabvi (SAW) that Muslims greet each other after every Namaz and pray for peace and prosperity for each other. Despite there…

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