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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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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Kashmir Unites to condemn attack, Mehbooba, Omar, Azad, Geelani, Mirwaiz others express grief

The attack in Anantnag in which six Amarnath pilgrims were killed on Monday evoked widespread condemnation from political and social circles across Kashmir. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed deep shock and anguish over the killing of Amarnath pilgrims. “Yatris were esteemed guests of Kashmir and perpetrators of this crime have done a death blow to the ethos and culture of the state,” she said in a statement. Strongly condemning the attack, the Chief Minister said “time has come for every right-thinking Kashmiri to rise against this macabre menace before it…

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Mehbooba, Naeem RSS mouthpieces: MLA Rashid

Protesting against coalition government’s ‘anti-Kashmir policies’ independent lawmaker from Langate, Engineer Rasheed Thursday said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ‘mouthpiece’. “Mehbooba Mufti is a RSS mouthpiece,” Rashid said while responding to a question about the Chief Minister’s denial regarding construction of Sainik Colonies in Kashmir. “I respect Mehbooba and Naeem Akhtar but unfortunately both of them are nothing but RSS mouthpieces,” he said, “If they have denied the allegations why are their friends in the BJP adamant that the colonies will be constructed.” Rashid and…

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Mehbooba, Omar attend R-Day function in Srinagar

Amid tight security arrangements, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and former chief minister Omar Abdullah attended the Republic Day function at Bakhshi Stadium, the venue of main function in Kashmir valley here today. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Asghar H Samoon was the chief guest at the Bakshi stadium, who unfurled the national flag. He took salute at the parade of the contingents of various wings of J&K Police, Fire Services, CRPF, BSF and school children. Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, both attired in the traditional Kashmir ‘pherans’ with Mehbooba wearing a headscarf…

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Mehbooba, Omar, Akhtar express outrage over marathon violence

Culprits won’t be spared: PDP chief  The violence during the ‘Big Kashmir Marathon’ has evoked criticism from the mainstream political parties with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party promising strict action against the miscreants. Speaking at a function in Bandipora, PDP president and MP, Mehbooba Mufti said: “It is highly regrettable and condemnable that some miscreants appeared on Boulevard and assaulted our daughters and sisters who were among the participants of the marathon.” “It is unfortunate that these miscreants have torn clothes of female participants,” she said, urging parents and civil…

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Azad, Mehbooba, Mir greet public on Janmashtami

Former Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad Azad, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti and J&K Congress Chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir on Saturday greeted people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. He expressed hope that this great occasion will usher in an era of peace, harmony and prosperity in the state. Azad said that spirit of holy festivals is to strengthen the bonds of amity and foster brotherhood and harmony in the society. On this auspicious occasion, Azad also prayed for well-being of the people of the state. “While extending…

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