United Nations report on human rights violation in Kashmir baseless: Nirmala Sitharaman

The United Nations (UN) report on the human rights situation in Kashmir is baseless and without seeing the ground realities, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Friday. On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had backed the report, and called for investigating the rights situation. “I don’t expect the UNSG to say anything different. But the fact is it was a report prepared sitting somewhere else. Assessment by UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is without basis on the ground and without seeing the situation on the ground,” Ms. Sitharaman told…

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July 13, a day of Ironies and Sacrifice

Barring the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Jammu-based National Panthers Party, the entire spectrum of political ideologies in Jammu and Kashmir, including separatists observe July 13 as Martyr’s Day. Though J&K Chief Ministers make it a point to attend the function, Governor N N Vohra will skip it. On this day in 1931, twenty two common Kashmiris were killed in firing by the forces of Dogra ruler Hari Singh outside the central jail in Srinagar. The day, observed as a government holiday in J&K, marked a turning point in the…

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Youth killed, another hurt in army firing in Kupwara, Mysterious blast leaves minor dead, four injured in Pulwama

Admin closes all educational institutes in district today Traumatized mother says Salik died in her lap on way to hospital A 20-year-old youth was killed and another injured in army firing at Trehgam in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday evening. Sources said a group of youth pelted stones on army patrol party in Trehgam village in the evening. They said the army men fired directly on the youth, causing injuries to two youngsters. The injured were shifted to District Hospital Kupwara, where 20-year-old Khalid Gafar son of Abdul Gafar…

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106 Civilians killed at encounter sites in 18 month and J&K Human Rights Report ‘Nefarious Conspiracy’ By Pak says BJP

Even as the BJP had cited worsening security situation for its pullout from the coalition government, four civilians including a minor girl have been killed by forces’ firing during past three days. Police records suggest at least 106 civilians died in forces’ firing near encounter sites since January 2017. Security authorities are working on a joint strategy that would help forces avoid civilian deaths while dealing with protesters near encounter sites, DGP Shesh Pal Ved told Kashmir Post. He, however, did not share the details but insisted that the protests…

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No govt formation under way, Mehbooba met two party dissidents to stem rebellion

In an effort to stifle dissent and stem the rebellion by party legislators, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday met five MLAs, including two dissidents, to “thrash out” the differences. The dissident MLAs, who met Mehbooba included Abdul Majeed Paddar and Abdul Rahim Rather. The other three MLAs were former minister Abdul Haq Khan, Javeed Mustafa Mir and Shah Mohd Tantray. Abdul Haq’s meeting is significant as he has remained silent after he was dropped from the Cabinet by Mehbooba. The meeting of the MLAs, including the…

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Post heavy rainfall govt sounds flood alert across Kashmir Valley, Amarnath Yatra suspended

Authorities on Friday sounded a flood alert as Jhelum river flowed above the critical 21 feet mark at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district due to heavy rains over the past two days. “Due to continuous rains from the past two days, the guage at Sangam has crossed the flood declaration of 21 feet and was flowing at 21.33 feet at 6 pm,” an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control department said. The water level in Jhelum at Ram Munshi Bagh in the city was 13.34 feet at 6…

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Bipin Rawat dismisses UN report on alleged rights violations in Kashmir as ‘Motivated’

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday dismissed the recent UN report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir as “motivated” and asserted that Indian Army’s record in this regard is “absolutely above board”. “I don’t need to speak about the human rights record of the Indian Army. It is well known to all of you, it is well known to the people of Kashmir, and to the international community,” Gen. Rawat told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on cyber security here. “The human rights record of the…

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Sardar Patel was ready to give Kashmir to Pakistan in lieu of Hyderabad: Saifuddin Soz

Calling Jawaharlal Nehru and Patel “great sons of India”, Soz said Sardar Patel was a pragmatist and in “good faith, offered Kashmir to Liaquat Ali Khan”, the first prime minister of Pakistan. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was willing to give Kashmir to Pakistan in exchange of Hyderabad, but Jawaharlal Nehru was keen that the region remained with India, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz said on Monday at the release of his book on Kashmir. The Congress had asked all its leaders to stay away from the event, but former Union minister…

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Anantnag encounter marks return of cordon and search operations

At around 2 am on Friday, security forces began a cordon and search operation in Srigufwara village in the volatile Anantnag district. At 6 am, they zeroed in on a house where four militants believed to be working with the local unit of the Islamic State were trapped, after which an encounter started. Jammu and Kashmir Police officials say four militants, a civilian and a policeman were killed. They stated that among the four militants killed, two were locals. Further, the wife of the civilian who died also sustained a…

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Won’t surrender no matter how tough struggle be: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said all the parties who have ruled Kashmir since 1947, have acted as “collaborators” of New Delhi rather than standing up for the rights of the people of J&K. Addressing at the 55th foundation day of Awami Action Committee (AAC) observed as a “day of pledge” at the AAC headquarters, here at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal, he said that the Kashmir movement has witnessed a transition as today our fourth generation is on roads demanding their birthright. “We as a nation won’t…

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