Shutdown tomorrow to protest the mass arrest, censorship and any tampering with article 35-A: Joint Resistance Leadership

The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday called for shutdown tomorrow to protest the mass arrest, censorship and any tampering with article 35-A. In a statement issued here the leadership said that the arbitrary arrest of JKLF chairman Yasin Malik and the “mass crackdown and illegal detention” of more than 150 Jamat e Islami cadre and leadership including its Ameer Abdul Hamid Fayaz last night in nocturnal raids across the valley looks to be not only part of the…

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‘Fight against terror, not Kashmir’: Modi denounces attack on Kashmiris

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday denounced reported attacks on Kashmiri youths in some parts of the country following Pulwama terror attack killing at least 40 soldiers on February 14. PM Modi said Kashmiri youths should not be targeted anywhere in the country. Speaking at a public rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk, PM Modi said, “Our fight is against terror, the enemies of humanity… Our fight is for Kashmir not against Kashmir, not against Kashmiris.” “What happened to Kashmiri youths in the last few days…It does not matter whether the incident…

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‘Force and Intimidation’ will only worsen situation: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday condemned JKLF chief Yasin Malik’s detention and the crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir leadership, saying “force and intimidation” would only “worsen” the situation. Police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir members in Kashmir during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, and detained around two dozen of its cadres, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, hours after JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained on Friday night.“Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres and the arrest of…

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100 Companies of central armed forces rushing to Kashmir

Union home ministry has called for an urgent deployment of hundred more companies of central armed forces in Kashmir. “We have to urgently deploy CAPFs in Jammu & Kashmir. It is requested to provide 100 coys of CAPFs (CRPF – 45,BSF-35,SSB-10 & ITBP 10) to Govt of J&K with immediate effect and till further orders. IG (ops), CRPF is requested to ensure immediate movement of forces in coordination with IG (ops) of all forces,” read a Home Ministry letter to the state government, copies of which have been also sent…

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Yuva Sena sacks activists who allegedly assaulted Kashmiri Students

Two Kashmiri students were allegedly attacked by activists of the Shiv Sena’s youth wing in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal on Wednesday night, becoming the latest incident of the kind to occur after the Pulwama terror attack. A video clip of the assault was widely shared on the social media. The eight accused were affiliated to the Yuva Sena, which has since taken action against them. Police said they have been arrested on the basis of a First Information Report (FIR) filed at a local station. According to the FIR, the two Kashmiri…

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Traders hit streets against mob attacks on Kashmiris across India

Kashmir based trade bodies and members of civil society on Friday held a joint protest at city centre Lal Chowk against mob attacks on Kashmiris in various states. The organisations which had called shutdown and protests included both factions of Kashmir economic alliance, all factions of Kashmir traders and manufacturers federation, Kashmir chamber of commerce and industry, Bapar Mandal Mahraj Gunj, Shehar-e-Khaas traders coordination committee and valley based transporters along with several other trade associations. Members of civil society representing Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies also took part…

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Yasin Malik, Jamaat leaders detained ahead of the hearing on Article 35A

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik was detained in Srinagar Friday night, ahead of the hearing on Article 35A in Supreme Court which is likely to take place on Monday. Malik who is also part of the Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) was detained in a police station. On February 11, the Jammu and Kashmir government had sought adjournment of hearing on the contentious Article 35 A case in the Supreme Court. About two dozen people associated with the Jamaat-e-Islami were also arrested from central, north and south Kashmir as…

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‘Ensure Safety of Kashmiris across India’: SC issues notice to Centre, 11 states

The court said the Union home ministry will issue advisories to all the state governments to ensure the protection of Kashmiris in their respective states. It asked the chiefs of the state police to ensure the safety of Kashmiris. The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the central government and 11 states, seeking their response on a plea for its intervention to prevent the alleged attacks on Kashmiri students after last week’s terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. The notice has been issued to Jammu and Kashmir,…

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Lookout notice for three men involved in anti-national sloganeering

The J&K Police have issued a lookout notice for three suspects who allegedly raised anti-national slogans outside GGM Science College in Jammu on February 11. The police have released the photographs of the three men and have sought support from the public to identify them and inform the cops accordingly. Recently, the situation outside GGM Science College, Jammu, had turned ugly after a few miscreants allegedly raised anti-national slogans, evoking sharp reaction from the students. Reacting to these slogans, a few students had allegedly thrown stones on the stranded passengers…

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Protests after 3.30pm against rising mob attacks on Kashmiri’s: Traders Union

With no let up in mob attacks against Kashmiris in various states following a recent militant attack in Pulwama, various trade organisations have called for a complete protest shutdown after 3.30pm in Lal Chowk and Downtown areas on Friday. These organisations, among others, include both factions of the Kashmir economic alliance (KEA), all factions of the Kashmir traders and manufacturers’ federation (KTMF), the Kashmir chamber of commerce and industry (KCCI), Shehar-e-Khaas traders’ coordination committee and Valley-based transporters. Earlier, the trade bodies held a meeting wherein the decision to observe the…

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