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Farooq Abdullah’s brother Mustafa Kamal pitches for freedom for Kashmir

Senior National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal on Saturday stoked a controversy saying Kashmir will be independent as neither India nor Pakistan loves the people of the Valley. “By heart, both of them do not treat us as their own. Neither India nor Pakistan loves us…. In my opinion, Allah has destined independence for us and we will get it,” Kamal said here after paying tributes to his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 110th birth anniversary. Kamal said that his elder brother and the then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, following the 1996 assembly elections, had said even if he tore his heart out to show he is an Indian, he would not be believed. “Same is …

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IS a live threat, can’t be ignored in Valley: Army

The terror group, Islamic State is a live threat that cannot be ignored in the Valley, the top Army officer said today. “The IS is a live threat that cannot be ignored. It is a cause of concern and we are monitoring it,” General officer Commander of Army’s 15 Corps Lt General Satish Dua told reporters. The Corps Commander, who heads the army in Kashmir, was replying to a question about the possibility of the Islamic State forging an alliance with the militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaishe-e-Mohammad for expanding its activities to the valley. “All the security forces and the intelligence agencies are monitoring this. That is all I can say,” Lt Gen Dua said. On the recent attack …

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India’s Role in Resolving Kashmir Issue Will Continue: Omar Abdullah

With the US distancing itself on Kashmir issue, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the absence of a third party does not absolve India of its responsibility to find a solution to the problem. “The absence of 3rd party intervention doesn’t absolve India of its responsibility to find a solution…,” Mr Abdullah wrote on social networking site Twitter, referring to US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby’s statement on the issue today. Earlier, Mr Kirby had said that the US has no role to play in Kashmir issue and it is for India and Pakistan to address the problem through dialogue, a day after Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif raised the matter with US Secretary of …

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Pro-Pakistan leaders detained ahead of Geelani’s rally

Several separatist leaders were allegedly detained ahead of hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s planned rally coinciding with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 7. The moderate faction of Hurriyat, led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Sunday extended its support to Geelani’s rally. JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, Democratic Freedom Party chief Shabir Ahmad Shah and several second rung separatist leaders were detained late last night and early today by police, their aides claimed. “Malik and three other JKLF leaders were detained last evening and lodged at police station Kothibagh,” a JKLF spokesperson told PTI. However, senior police officials did not respond to repeated calls. A police spokesman refused to comment on the alleged detentions. Shah, …

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Spurt in number of youths joining militancy in Kashmir: Army

Army today said there has been a spurt in the number of youths taking to the path of militancy in Kashmir valley over the last two years. “The figure (of local youth joining militancy) is little over 40, same as the last year. “But it is definitely more than 2013 and 2012… Yes, to that extent there is an increase and it is something of concern for all the agencies here,” General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt Gen Subrata Saha told reporters at a function here. The Army commander said the infiltration attempts have intensified as 19 militants were killed in nearly a dozen bids along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir this year. “This …

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Mufti Mohd Sayeed directs shifting of CRPF camp from Pahalgam

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today issued directions for relocation of a CRPF camp from Pahalgam as part of efforts aimed at improving the existing infrastructure to attract more tourists to the popular hill resort. The chief minister issued directions for shifting the paramilitary forces camp to an alternate site during a visit to Pahalgam, where he was also briefed about the steps taken by Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) in maintaining the 46-km Pahalgam cave track, an official spokesman said. Sayeed also instructed the chief executive officer of PDA to prepare a plan for the revival of Old Pahalgam Club. The chief minister also interacted with Amarnath pilgrims at the PDA helipad and he was informed that …

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Mufti frames committees to sort out dual administration issue

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today framed committees to sort out the issue of dual administrative control of many areas of governance following creation of new districts in the state in 2007. “People have to suffer a lot due to this dual control and I wish to see this issue sorted out at the earliest,” the Chief Minister said while chairing the District Development Board (DDB) meetings of Ganderbal and Bandipora. The meeting took place at Ganderbal today. Sayeed constituted two committees, headed by respective Divisional Commissioners, which would examine and submit detailed recommendations for permanently resolving the contentious issue, an official spokesman said. He said after creation of eight new districts, lot of areas continue to remain in the …

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Omar Abdullah attacks Sajad Lone for supporting RSS

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today attacked Sajad Gani Lone after the separatist-turned-minister in PDP-BJP government stated that he was close to BJP since the times of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Following the Peoples’ Conference leader’s interview to a local daily in which he supported the presence of RSS in Kashmir, Omar attacked the Minister for Science & Technology and Animal Husbandry in PDP-BJP government, over his portfolio. “And for this all Sajaad got was a few sheep & goats to look after! I’m sure the RSS will help next time around,” Omar wrote on twitter today. Lone hit back at the former chief minister saying “@abdullah_omar oh I forgot I have renewable energy too which …

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Geelani should do yoga to differentiate between right and wrong: Lal Singh

Jammu and Kashmir Health Minister Chowdhary Lal Singh on Saturday advised hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani to practice yoga to be able to distinguish between right and wrong and said separatists who object to yoga “themselves don’t know about Islam”. “They themselves don’t know about Islam. They are stupid,” Singh replied to a question on some separatist outfits objecting to yoga. Asked which ‘asana’ he would recommend to Geelani, Singh said, “He must do an asana that keeps him calm and makes him differentiate between right and wrong.” He earlier said that International Yoga Day would be celebrated at district, tehsil and village levels in the state and the main event held at Gulshan ground in Jammu, …

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All decisions regarding Jammu and Kashmir happen first in Nagpur: Omar Abdullah

National Conference (NC) workers, led by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, today took out a massive protest rally against the PDP-BJP government in the state, breaking police barricades and braving baton charge to reach Srinagar’s historic Lal Chowk. Mr Abdullah led the rally from Sher-e-Kashmir Park, where hundreds of his supporters from across the Valley were waiting for the NC working president, to highlight the “failure” of the state government which completed 100 days last week. As Mr Abdullah began to walk from the venue along with senior party leaders, NC workers, including women, jostled to catch a glimpse of their leader – giving security personnel a tough time to deal with them. The NC workers, carried …

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