Will let people of Kashmir decide if they want to join Pakistan or become an ‘Independent Nation’: Imran Khan

Will let people of Kashmir decide if they want to join Pakistan or become an 'Independent Nation'- Imran Khan

Departing from Pakistan’s declared policy on Kashmir, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that Islamabad would let the people of Kashmir decide if they want to join Pakistan or become an “independent state”. India has asserted that Jammu and Kashmir “was, is and shall forever” remain an integral part of India. Addressing an election rally in Tarar Khal area of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) ahead of the polls on July 25, Khan also rejected claims by a leading Opposition leader that his government was working on a plan to make…

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Attempts were made to Infect Phones in Kashmir with Pegasus: Forensic Evidence

Attempts were made to Infect Phones in Kashmir with Pegasus - Forensic Evidence

Besides separatists like Bilal Lone and the Mirwaiz, the list of potential targets for surveillance includes a prominent Delhi-based civil society critic of government policy, journalists, and family members of some mainstream politicians. Besides Delhi-based Kashmiri journalists and a prominent civil society activist critical of official policy towards Jammu and Kashmir, more than 25 people from the Kashmir Valley were selected as potential targets of intrusive surveillance between 2017 and mid-2019 by an as yet unidentified government agency that is also believed to be a client of the Israeli company…

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Reminder notice by ED sends to Geelani for depositing Rs 14.40L penalty in 10 days

Reminder notice by ED sends to Geelani for depositing Rs 14.40L penalty in 10 days

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sent a reminder notice to separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, directing him to pay the Rs 14.40 lakh penalty imposed on him under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) within 10 days of receipt of the notice. The copy of the notice dated July 13 has been viewed by IANS. The Assistant Director of ED sent the reminder notice to Geelani, directing him to pay the penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh, which was imposed upon him under FEMA. The notice further asked Geelani to…

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13 July 1931 Martyr’s Day; Roads leading to venue sealed, Unionists forced to hold closed-door function

13 July 1931 Martyr's Day; Roads leading to venue sealed, Unionists forced to hold closed-door function to remember martyrs

As the authorities in Kashmir sealed off the martyrs’ graveyard in the old city area to prevent people and political parties from assembling to commemorate the killing of 22 people by Dogra forces on this day in 1931, political parties observed the day at their offices. The National Conference leaders including Dr. Farooq Abdullah paid tributes to the martyrs at the party office. “We pay our humble tributes to the Martyrs of July 13, 1931. Their sacrifices will always be remembered. We observe this day to reiterate our commitment to…

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Resolve Kashmir issue to end the cycle of killing: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Resolve Kashmir issue to end the cycle of killing - Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Hurriyat leader flags geopolitical changes in the region to call for early solution Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday called for a resolution to the Kashmir problem to bring an end to the cycle of killings. Meanwhile, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in parts of the Kashmir valley on the fifth death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’ Burhan Wani. “The recent rise in killings of Kashmiris in J&K is a grim reminder of the need to resolve the Kashmir conflict urgently and prevent the region from getting consumed by…

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Admin to stop allotment of Govt contracts to individuals, firms with ‘Links to Anti-national Elements’

Admin to stop allotment of Govt contracts to individuals, firms with ‘Links to Anti-national Elements’

Jammu and Kashmir administration is planning to stop allotment of contracts and supply orders to individuals, firms with “links to anti-national elements” and “dubious antecedents”. According to the documents, quoted in The Wire report, the JK administration has asked top bureaucrats to devise mechanisms to ensure that individuals and firms with dubious antecedents and direct and indirect links with anti-national elements won’t get any government contracts. Quoting minutes of a meeting held at the Civil Secretariat, Srinagar on May 31, the report said: “Taking serious note of the issue of…

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Kashmiris need good administration, not statehood or elections

Kashmiris need good administration, not statehood or elections

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-led central government has started its first major political outreach in the Kashmir valley on 5 August 2019, when the special status of the erstwhile state was revoked and its geography was bifurcated into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Under this outreach, New Delhi convened an all-party meeting on July 24 with the valley’s elite club of political leaders—including the chiefs of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC)—which was a significant development. After the meeting, New Delhi said that exercise of delimitation and…

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Maisuma, Batamaloo, Pantha Chowk, Hari Parbat among pockets of densely populated land in Kashmir on the defence ministry’s radar

Maisuma, Batamaloo, Pantha Chowk, Hari Parbat among pockets of densely populated land in Kashmir on the defence ministry's radar

The defense ministry claims to own the land under an agreement dating back to 1956. But revenue officials say it was under the state government until now. Four prime locations in Srinagar are among the six pockets of land in Kashmir that defense ministry officials visited this year as part of their effort to survey and demarcate plot boundaries, official correspondence accessed shows. The defence ministry has long claimed ownership over this land which measures over 190 acres, roughly the size of 50 cricket fields. It is described in the…

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What does GoI want to do in Kashmir?

What does GoI want to do in Kashmir?

Behzad Taimur Kashmir has once again been in the news. On June 23rd, last week, Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, held a “surprise” meeting with 14 political leaders from Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJK). This meeting has come to be seen as a “breaking of ice” moment following the illegal actions of the Modi government on August 5th, 2019, and thereafter. It is supposed to have begun a “political process” between New Delhi and IOJK. It is being said that this “political process” would lead to the lifting…

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Ahead of Modi’s meet, Alert sounded across Kashmir Valley

The Centre sees the Delhi talks, the first since the stripping of the special status of J&K and its bifurcation into two Union Territories in 2019, as a crucial step towards the return of elected representatives and the holding of Assembly elections. Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are on high alert as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be meeting leaders of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a coalition of mainstream parties in J&K, in New Delhi today. The Centre sees the Delhi talks, the first since the…

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