PDP rebels go all out against Mehbooba, says they are against Mehbooba not party

For the first time, the rebel group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) jointly came out in public on Friday to counter the statement of party president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who earlier in the day cautioned New Delhi that engineering a split in her party would prove dangerous. The rebel legislators said they were not acting at the behest of New Delhi to split the PDP or form a government with the BJP. “It is a serious allegation. We are elected people and if you brand us like…

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UN Secretary-General backs Zeid’s call for Kashmir human rights investigation

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has backed Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s call for an international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir saying that it represents the “voice of the UN”. He also defended at a news conference on Thursday his own report on children in armed conflict that referred to situations in Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. He denied India’s assertions that his report overstepped his mandate and that Zeid’s had no mandate and said that they were both covered by the “the general mandate…

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Salaudhins, Yasin Maliks will be born again if Delhi resorts to horse trading: Mehbooba removes rebel MLC

Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti Friday said if New Delhi resorts to horse trading of lawmakers in Jammu Kashmir then new Salaudhins and Yasin Maliks will be born again. “There can’t be any horse trading without New Delhi’s intervention. But this will have disastrous results,” Mehbooba said while talking to reporters after laying wreaths on the occasion of Martyrs Day at Martyrs graveyard in downtown Srinagar. Meanwhile, Shunning the kid-glove approach, Mehbooba Mufti has taken action against one of the Peoples Democratic Party rebels, removing him from the post…

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IAS topper Shah Faisal gets govt notice for tweet on rape, calls it ‘Love letter from Boss’

IAS officer from Kashmir Shah Faisal had tweeted “Patriarchy+Population+Illiteracy+Alcohol+Porn+Technology+Anarchy = Rapistan!,” in April over a story titled “Porn addict rapes 46 year old mom. An Indian Administrative Services officer from Kashmir who topped the coveted civil services exam in 2010 said on Friday that the government has issued him a show-cause notice over an April tweet commenting on a story of a man raping his mother. “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia,” Shah Faesal wrote while sharing on Facebook and Twitter an official…

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Dissolve Assembly to end horse trading: Omar to Vohra

‘No improvement in Kashmir situation under Governor’s rule’ Former chief minister Omar Abdullah Monday demanded dissolution of Legislative Assembly to put an end to rumor mongering over government formation and horse trading of legislators. “National Conference is demanding dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly. The rumors mongering of horse trading of legislators or breaking of political parties for alleged formation of alternate government will be solved with the dissolution of assembly,” he said addressing media persons at party headquarters here. “We are not demanding immediate polls. We understand that to…

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Govt formation possible? BJP leaders hold meet with Sajad Lone

Days after pulling out of the government with its coalition partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national General Secretary Ram Madhav Wednesday held a two-hour long meeting with senior BJP leaders and People Conference (PC) Chairman Sajjad Gani Lone here in a local hotel. Madhav was accompanied by BJP State President Ravinder Raina and some former ministers of the party including former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta. According to sources privy to the meeting, Sajad is believed to play a “crucial role in the future…

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Amarnath Yatra flagged off from Jammu, Gets largest-ever security cover

The first batch of 2,995 pilgrims, including 120 sadhus, left the Jammu base camp in 110 vehicles on Wednesday morning for the holy Amarnath shrine in south Kashmir. The convoy was escorted by security forces. K Vijay Kumar and BB Vyas, both Advisers to the Governor, along with Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam flagged off the first batch of pilgrims. A traditional puja was performed before the flagging off ceremony at Bhagwati Nagar here. This year, two convoys departed from Jammu — one for Chandanwari at Pahalgam and another for Baltal…

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UN report opportunity for India, Pakistan to reboot Kashmir Policy

The exhaustive 49-page report, which urged all parties to end the cycles of violence and ensure accountability for past and present abuses, has generated palpable buzz in both India and Pakistan. The political dimensions of the dispute between India and Pakistan have long been centre-stage, noted the report, but this is not a conflict frozen in time. “It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues to this day inflict untold suffering,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, urging…

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Governor’s rule in J&K presents chance to formalise ‘All-Party Long-Term Strategy’ for state

The recent collapse of the PDP-BJP political coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, has once again led to the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the state. This is undoubtedly a combination of political gamesmanship and the deteriorating security situation in the Valley. The killing of the journalist, police personnel and the army soldier on his way home for Eid, were the proverbial ‘last nail in the coffin’. The timing of the abrogation of the alliance was to a great extent, influenced by the increased threats to the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra. A…

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Governor’s rule in J&K is not muscular policy: NN Vohra

In an exclusive interview with HT, NN Vohra said governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir would mean better governance and more focus on development. Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir does not mean a hard line, muscular security approach, as many commentators believe, the state’s governor indicated in his first interview after this was enforced on June 20, a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) broke its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and pulled out of the Mehbooba Mufti government. On the contrary, it means better governance…

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