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J&K | Mehbooba Mufti govt puts Hurriyat chief under house detention to clamp down separatist march

Authorities have placed moderate Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention and imposed restrictions in the sensitive old Srinagar city to prevent separatist-sponsored protests against the recent civilian killings on Friday.Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of separatists had called for Kashmir-wide protests after Friday congregational prayers against the “killing of civilians, indiscriminate use of pellets and vandalizing properties”.JRL is an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded the last year’s unrest in Kashmir valley that left 100 people dead and thousands others injured and blinded.“The growing aggression against unarmed and peaceful people in state has touched the alarming line and turned this beautiful place into a battle field. Authorities are desperate to cover their gruesome and inhuman acts and shielding criminals under the garb of Mistaken identity”, said a JRL spokesman.’Expressing deep anguish over the continuous silence of international community, the JRL spokesman said though several resolutions were accepted in UNO to resolve this long pending issue, no steps have been initiated to end the hostilities in sub-continent.“International community should take concrete political steps to resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute”, he said.Sensing trouble and apprehending law and order situation, the authorities were quick to take preventive measures to prevent the situation from flaring up.Moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also the chief cleric of Jamia Masjid, was placed under the house detention at his Nigeen residence on Thursday evening. “Put back under house arrest, was released yesterday evening only”, Mirwaiz tweeted with a picture showing police vehicles outside his residence.Authorities have also decided to impose restrictions in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations in Srinagar city.Official sources said complete restrictions shall be imposed in the areas falling under Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal police station. However there will be partial restrictions in the areas falling Maisuma and Kralkud police stations of Srinagar district.

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Mehbooba Mufti clamps down on separatists to thwart ‘resistance’ march in Anantnag

Strict restrictions have been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s Assembly constituency of Anantnag to thwart the march of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of separatists to the South Kashmir Township on Friday.“General Public is informed that restriction is imposed in certain parts of Anantnag town under police station Anantnag for mitigating any law and order situation”, tweeted deputy inspector general of police, South Kashmir Range.JRL had asked people to march to Anantnag for a rally to counter the narrative of the government that separatists have lost the battle for azadi in Kashmir.JRL is an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded the last year’s unrest in Kashmir Valley that left 100 people dead and thousands others injured and blinded.Authorities, however, went into an overdrive and placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention. Few days ago JKLF leader Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested when he defied orders and tried to lead a march from in Srinagar.Hurriyat hawk continues to remain under house detention at his residence at Hyder Pora.Authorities have also imposed restrictions in four police areas of old Srinagar city and two police stations areas of uptown to prevent people from marching towards Anantnag on Friday.Hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani said police arrested and raided residences of several leaders to thwart the march to Anantnag on Friiday.“Such coercive measures and repression won’t break our resolve. Most of its leaders and activists succeeded and reached Anantnag”, said a spokesman of Hurriyat.Appealing people of south Kashmir for their participation in Anantnag rally, Huriyat said that it will symbolise their dedication and commitment with “freedom movement”.On the other side a crucial meeting of moderate Hurriyat Conference was held at the Awami Action Committee headquarters at Rajouri Kadal and it was decided in the meeting Mirwaiz will try to leave for Anantnag at 11 am on Friday.“JRL leaders will address the people and announce their future strategy,” a spokesman of Hurriyat said.

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Churning in separatist camp as Pakistan premier rejects ‘Independent Kashmir’ option

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) was formed by three separatist leaders –Pro Pakistan Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and pro Independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Mohammad Yasin Malik – it was considered as mélange of three ideologies that ruffled many in the security and political establishment.A year on, a new churning is on in the JRL with Pro Pakistan leaders batting for Pakistan like never before drowning the pro-Independence voice in a din. Thanks to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for reigniting the ideological fire in the separatist camp. Abbasi pressed the raw nerve of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and other voices wanting united Jammu and Kashmir including the part under the occupation of Pakistan and China to be a “free country” when he rejected the ‘idea of Independent Kashmir’ saying it was not based on ‘reality’.JKLF was quick to dismiss the remarks of Pakistan premier by issuing a terse statement advising Abbasi to stop issuing controversial statements that may cause confusion in rank and file of Kashmiris and instead urged him to highlight the “miseries of Kashmiri people” across the globe.If it was not enough, Pro-Independence JKLF (H) Chairman Javaid Ahmad Mir too jumped onto the bandwagon saying the people of Kashmir have rendered sacrifices for the “independence” of Kashmir. “The bilateral dialogue process regarding the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan till date has yielded no results. JKLF is a firm belief that the resolution of the Kashmir issue lies in the Independent Kashmir and we will continue to represent the people of Kashmir on these lines”, said Mir.Even before the dust could settle down, Hurriyat hawk again stirred the hornet’s nest saying the Jammu and Kashmir was “naturally a part of Pakistan” and two nation theory propounded by Pakistani founders was being proved each day. “Two-nation theory is as much as a reality as it was in 1947”, said Geelani.Observers say the cracks within the separatist camp have started to widen and the undercurrent of despondency have started to show up.

Day 2 in J&K: Centre’s interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma meets youngsters even as big names stay away

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The big names stayed away but the Centre’s special representative on Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma held a series of meetings with civil society and youth groups today, day two of his visit to the Valley.Sharma, the former director of the Intelligence Bureau who is on a five-day visit to the state, is expected to meet political leaders here tomorrow as part of efforts to talk to various stakeholders and find lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir.He is spending three days in the Kashmir Valley and two days in Jammu, where he will hold talks with Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and various delegations.All separatist parties, including both factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) have ruled out engagement with Sharma, saying his appointment is only a time buying tactic.However, away from the media glare, Sharma was busy meeting delegations arranged by Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan at the heavily-fortified Hari Niwas state guest house near the Dal Lake.Officials privy to the parleys said Sharma’s engagements have so far been aimed at assessing the feelings of local residents, who have suffered the most in the decades of violence in the Valley.A PDP youth leader, a delegation of youths from downtown Srinagar, a Sikh group and traders were amongst those who have met Sharma.Waheed Para, PDP youth leader and secretary Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council, discussed problems faced by the youth and steps needed to be taken by the Centre to wean students and youth away from the cycle of violence, officials said.Para later told PTI that steps should be taken to ensure that the present process of dialogue gives dignity to people of the state.”There is anger and alienation on the ground because of the uncertainty. This needs to be addressed,” Para said.Sharma, he said, should reach out to those who have for years suffered because of the violence. “Their wounds should be nursed as soon as possible.”Talks, he said, should be held with every shade of opinion.A group of youth from downtown Srinagar met Sharma quietly last night and discussed their problems. Some suggested that the presence of security personnel should be reduced once the situation attains some sense of normalcy.While major trade associations like the Kashmir Economic Alliance and the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry have refrained from meeting Sharma, smaller trade bodies from various districts quietly called on him, officials said.They discussed problems, including taxation related issues, repayment of bank loans and difficulties in transporting of fruits.Issues regarding lack of employment opportunities and basic amenities, nepotism and the non-implementation of many central policies were also raised.A Sikh delegation, led by All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee Jagmohan Singh Raina, also met Sharma and flagged its concerns.”We told him about our demand for minority status. It has been the commitment of the state government but no steps have been taken in this regard either by the state or the Central government,” Raina said.He said the delegation impressed upon Sharma the need to hold dialogue with separatists groups if the Centre was “serious and sincere” about restoring peace in the state.Sharma, who also met several senior media personalities, is expected to meet political leaders tomorrow. These include Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress chief G A Mir, CPM leader Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami and independent MLA from Khansahib Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen.His meeting with National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah has not been confirmed.Some National Conference leaders have said the entire process of talks has been “badly handled” as there has been no formal invitation from the special representative.Soon after his appointment on October 23, Sharma had said his aim was to nurse the wounds of common Kashmiris for which he would take help of all stakeholders, including political parties — both ruling and opposition as well as smaller regional parties.

DNA Exclusive: Pakistan terror apparatus planning strikes to derail talks in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistan army, along with terror groups and ISI, has stepped up attempts to infiltrate and carry out attacks in Kashmir to derail efforts of special representative Dineshwar Sharma to initiate talks in the conflict-hit state, intelligence inputs shared with top security officials suggest.According to ground intelligence two days after the announcement of Sharma’s appointment on October 23, Syed Salauddin, who heads the United Jihad Council, an umbrella group of terror organisations active in Kashmir, in a meeting on October 25 gave instructions that 45-50 terrorists should infiltrate India and carry out strikes aiming to disrupt any efforts for a dialogue.ISI and Pakistani army officials were also present in the conference held in Muzaffarabad, according to reports based on human and technical intelligence shared with top officials in the security establishment.Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, reached Srinagar on Monday to begin talks with all stakeholders.The Centre decided to initiate talks with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir hoping to restore peace by appointing Sharma as a “special representative for a sustained dialogue” following a prolonged period of violence in the state over the last one year.The separatist Hurriyat Conference has already rejected the offer of any talks through the interlocutor.In another instance, at a meeting of 3 PoK Brigade in Kotli across the Line of Control infiltrations and cross border raids were discussed.Intelligence inputs indicate that Pakistani terror groups, with the help of Pakistani army, will continue infiltration attempts even as winter sets in.Security agencies have also indentified 10 locations from where the terrorist infiltration or a cross border raid that included Paksitani army regulars can take place. Movement of terrorists and intercepts at these locations indicate they are planning a strike.Over the last one year, since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, there has been an escalation in violence. The stone-pelting mobs including women and children clashing with security forces had become a routine affair last year. With terror outfits luring local youth and terrorists burning down schools, the dialogue process will help bringing them back to mainstream.The security forces have gunned down nearly 180 terrorists this year compared to 150 in 2016.

Have no expectations from J&K interlocutor: Dr Farooq Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day before Centre’s new interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma kicks off his ‘Mission Kashmir’, premier opposition party National Conference threw a spanner saying they have no expectations from the process and renewed their demand for autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir.For the first time since he was appointed interlocutor, Sharma is arriving in Srinagar on Monday on a six-day visit. During his visit, he is scheduled to meet cross-sections of society, though Joint Resistance Leadership of separatists have ruled out any talks with Sharma, calling the process an “exercise in futility”.”I have very little expectations from this new interlocutor. Like it has been done before, he will come and meet people. In 2010, then UPA government appointed interlocutors who visited the state and had detailed discussions with every section here,” said Dr Farooq Abdullah, National Conference (NC) President.Elaborating, Abdullah said the process took more than two months, after which a report was compiled. “What happened to that report? Did the government discuss that report in any forum, including Parliament? No. Instead it has been thrown into a dustbin somewhere in North Block. It was followed by a delegation comprising parliamentarians who visited Kashmir. What happened to that delegation and their recommendations? Nothing happened. So I expect nothing to happen now as well”, he said.National Conference president noted that since the Modi-led government assumed power, their Kashmir policy has been swinging like a pendulum. “The appointment of the new interlocutor itself is mired in controversies. Home Minister Rajnath Singh describes him as an interlocutor, whereas the very next day another minister in the PMO designates him as a mere spokesperson. So essentially when the mandate given to Dineshwar Sharma is not clearly specified, then what is the fun in having deliberations with him?” he askedRejecting the dialogue offer, a spokesman of a hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference said no section of Hurriyat or group will meet Sharma.

Don’t have a magic wand, but my efforts should be judged with sincerity: J&K special interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Centre’s special representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma says he does not have a magic wand, but wants to be judged by his actions when he starts the process of talks in the Valley on Monday.”I do not have a magic wand but my efforts have to be judged with sincerity and not through the prism of the past,” Sharma, 61, said.The former Intelligence Bureau director added that no one should jump to conclusions before the process of talks with various stakeholders in Kashmir began.”I would like to be judged by my actions,” he told PTI from Delhi.Describing his work as a “serious effort”, he added that “one should refrain from fishing in the desert”.”I am going there tomorrow to be with my people and understand their pain and suffering and find a suitable remedy to their problems,” Sharma said.Responding to criticisms which have appeared in sections of the media, he said in due course he would also meet intellectuals for their advice in achieving “this difficult national task”.Sharma, who is originally from Bihar and was a Kerala- cadre IPS officer of the 1979 batch, held the country’s top- most post for a police officer from 2014 to 2016.He said Kashmir was his “second home” as his professional journey in the premier intelligence unit began here in 1992.”Nothing has changed since I was there for the first time. Kashmiriyat, which means compassion and brotherhood, has not changed even an iota. Therefore, I am hopeful that I will be at least able to contribute towards a new Kashmir, a peaceful Valley where prosperity will be the order of the day,” he said.Last month, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while announcing that Sharma would be the interlocutor for Kashmir, had referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech from the Red Fort this year.Modi had said on August 15, “Na gaali se, na goli se, parivartan hoga gale lagaane se (Only by embracing the people, and not with abuses or bullets, can there be a change in Kashmir).”Asked about the course of action he would follow, Sharma said, “I do not have a magic wand to change the situation overnight. But having said that, I will like to emphasise during my proposed meetings beginning tomorrow, my every effort will be to work towards ensuring permanent peace in the state.”The special representative will meet political leaders, traders and other delegations tomorrow, according to a list drawn up by the state government.However, he made it clear he had his own list of people whom he would meet as well.To a question about a statement made by the Joint Resistance Front comprising separatist groups including moderate and hardline factions of the Hurriyat and JKLF that they would not meet him, Sharma said the government’s effort should not be seen through the “prism of the past”.”It is purely their choice whether they want to be a partner in peace or on the opposite side of the fence where destruction has been topping the agenda. My suggestion to everyone is that they should not see this effort of the government through the prism of the past.” he said.Efforts had previously been made by successive central governments too, he said.”I have no idea what happened to them and, therefore, I would not like to comment. I can only talk about this initiative which has been done with a serious thought process and months of hard work by many,” he said.

Kashmir issue can be resolved only through dialogue, says Geelani

Updated: Nov 4, 2017, 11:03 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dialogue is the only option to resolve the Kashmir issue and separatists are not against it, hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said here today.The Hurriyat hawk alleged the Centre “is not sincere about resolving the Kashmir issue”.”We are not against the dialogue process, but we favour only meaningful and result-oriented negotiations. We have a clear agenda and our viewpoint is unambiguous … that the issue can be resolved through dialogue,” he said in a statement.He said the onus lies with the central government to “illustrate its seriousness and sincerity” to resolve the issue.Geelani said a conducive atmosphere for negotiations is of “prime necessity”. ​

Islamic charity PFI under scanner over hawala transactions and ISIS link, likely to be banned

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a sting showed PFI members admitting that they received hawala funding from Gulf countries and ran elaborate conversion operations,it faces the possibility of a ban. Six PFI members were also nabbed by by the Kerala police on Wednesday, for allegedly joining ISIS. Police said that all six were active PFI activists who managed to move out of India, possibly with fake passports. High-level sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs have told a news channel that a ban against Islamic charity Popular Front of India (PFI) is imminent and that the decision to formally ban the organisation will be announced soon. The expose showed members of the PFI admit that they receive hawala funding from Gulf countries and ran elaborate conversion factories.Home Minister Rajnath Singh told India Today, “We have taken cognisance of your expose and initiated action. No one will be allowed to break the law in this country. After due process of law, action will be taken against those who have been found doing wrong things.” MHA told the channel that intelligent sources have been monitoring activities of the PFI over a year and a half. The Kerala police on Thursday confirmed that six more youngsters from Kannur district have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.The news about the death of one of them, Muhammed Shajil (25) was conveyed by his wife in a foreign country, to his uncle. The wife of another Rishad disclosed information about his death to her mother. Police said that these people were active workers of PFI in Kerala. The development comes amid police trying to confirm news about the death of five Islamic State sympathisers from the district in Syria.Three youths – Mithilaj, Abdul Razzak and Rashid – with suspected links to the IS were arrested by the Valapattinam police in the district on October 25 followed by the arrest of two others the next. According to some estimates around 100 Indian have left to fight for the Islamic State mainly in Syria and Iraq. Most of these cases have been reported to police by the families of these youths. In July 2016, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the Assembly that 21 Muslim youths from the state had gone missing over a month, and it was suspected that they had joined the extremist group. Earlier, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad highlighted the media sting on Popular Front of India (PFI), a Kerala-based Islamic party, and also refereed to ‘love jihad’ as he demanded a probe against its leaders.He said they should be dealt more severely than Hurriyat leaders, who are being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for terror funding. Hurriyat is an umbrella organisation of many separatist parties in Kashmir.The sting, Prasad said, has caught PFI founding members saying that they received funding from abroad and had converted over 5,000 persons to Islam, and an Islamic state was their final goal. “You in India are running a terrorist group with an aim of making an Islamic state by taking funds from abroad. Young sons and daughters are being radicalised for this. It is a very serious threat to the national security,” he said.The Information and Technology minister said the NIA was looking into cases of ‘love jihad’, adding that the agency should also investigate what the media report has highlighted. Prasad also made a reference to an alleged case of ‘love jihad’ being heard by the Supreme Court, which has ordered an NIA probe into the matter, and attacked the Left-led Kerala government’s contention in the court that there should be no probe in the matter. The BJP, he maintained, was of the opinion that people can voluntarily convert but there should be no use of inducement, allurement or fear.Due to the PFI’s activities, life of common citizens of Kerala is under threat, the Union minister claimed, urging the state government to take pro-active measures in this regard. “If the Kerala government maintains silence on the issue, we will have to say that it is sacrificing national interest at the altar of vote bank politics,” he said.With inputs from PTI

Separatists warn of unrest if Art 35 A tinkered with

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Separatists are bracing up for a major showdown against the Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir government over the State Subject Law under Article 35 A of the Indian Constitution.Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded last year’s unrest, has asked people to remain ready for another round of agitation if the State Subject Law is tinkered with.The threat comes at a time when the Supreme Court is set to resume hearings on Article 35 A. Under the article, Indian citizens other than the state subjects of Jammu and Kashmir, cannot acquire immovable property or gain voting rights in the state. Charu Wali Khanna, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir settled outside the state challenged the legality of the article in the Supreme Court on grounds that the law disenfranchises and takes away her succession rights.”People should be ready to launch a mass agitation if the Supreme Court verdict goes against the interests and aspiration of the people of the state. People should be ready to protest against any amendment or change in the State Subject laws,” said the three leaders of the JRL in a joint statement.JRL said the conspiracy has been hatched to change the demography of the Muslim majority state and if the law is revoked or amended, people from other states will purchase land in J&K and a Palestine-like situation will arise.

Stop giving conflicting statements about Kashmir: Omar Abdullah to union ministers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct his ministers not to issue conflicting statements on the Kashmir issue.Citing Union minister Jitendra Singh’s remark that “there is no such things as the Kashmir issue”, Abdullah at a delegates’ session of the National Conference asked why the Centre appointed a special representative for a sustained dialogue then.He said Dineshwar Sharma, the former Intelligence Bureau chief, who has been tasked with initiating talks with all stakeholders in Kashmir, “would be confused by now due to so many conflicting statements by several Union ministers”.After the Centre named Sharma as its representative, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said “talks would be held with everyone and the Hurriyat would be included. However, Singh said there would be no talks with the Hurriyat.”Then the MoS (Home) also said no talks would be held with the Hurriyat … This won’t work. I have a request.Please stop issuing statements … the way you did ‘note bandi’ (demonetisation) please do ‘zuban bandi’ (keep silent), put a silencer on the ministers. Otherwise, the initiative would end before it even begins… which would be unfortunate for the state and its people,” he said.The NC working president said perhaps the ministers of the central government do not listen to the prime minister.”The prime minister spoke from Red Fort (on Independence Day) … He said Kashmir’s problems can only be resolved by embracing Kashmiris. Wish the ministers had listened to your (PM) speech. It seems your cabinet colleagues were sleeping … None of them pondered over your speech,” he said.On Chidambaram’s remark about greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah said the senior Congress leader was speaking “on the basis of his experience and he was speaking for himself not for his party”.Autonomy for the state was not outside the purview of the Constitution, he said, adding that J-K “has acceded, not merged with India”.”We have safeguarded our identity. We have our own Constitution, flag and you cannot compare us with other states,” he said.Abdullah said if achieving anything under the Indian Constitution is anti-national, then he is a “proud anti-national”.The NC working president claimed the situation in the state was worse than what it was in 2014.”I am disappointed that the situation is not the same…The BJP and the PDP ruined this state. There is not a single place in the state where the people are not complaining and where they are not disappointed over their 2014 decision (of voting for the PDP-BJP),” he said.Criticising the chief minister, Abdullah alleged that Mehbooba’s handling of the state has given birth to several militant commanders in the Valley.The NC leader said the Kashmir issue cannot be resolved by economic packages or force, but it has to be resolved politically.”The resolution of the issue cannot be purchased, neither it can be achieved through the barrel of gun. Dialogue is the only solution,” he said.

Valley can’t turn into Syria: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government’s interlocutor for talks in Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, has said that the biggest challenge and the top priority are to deradicalise the youth and militants and prevent the Valley from turning into India’s Syria.The mission is to talk to anyone — ordinary youth, even a rickshawala or a thelawala — who can contribute in ensuring that violence ends and peace returns as soon as possible, Sharma told a news agency.”I am worried about the people of Kashmir. If all this picked up, the situation will be like Yemen, Syria and Libya. People will start fighting in so many groups. So, it is very important that everybody, all of us, contribute so that suffering of Kashmiris end”.On October 23, the government decided to initiate talks with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, hoping to restore peace by appointing the former Intelligence Bureau chief as a “special representative for a sustained dialogue”, following a prolonged period of violence in the state.He told the news agency that he will have to convince the youth of Kashmir that they are only ruining their future and the future of all Kashmiris in the name of whether they call it azadi, Islamic caliphate or Islam.”It is a big challenge and I will go about my job with an open mind,” Sharma had earlier told DNA. On being asked whether he will also talk to the separatist leadership of Hurriyat Conference, he had said, “We will speak to whoever is required to speak to… after consultations and a sense of the ground situation”. Sharma is a Bihar-born, Kerala-cadre IPS officer of the 1979 batch. He tracked terror networks in Kashmir and in the Northeast for decades. He is known to have compassionate view on the sufferings of the conflict-hit state. Sharma always kept a low profile and spent 25 years in the IB and headed the agency between 2014 and 2016.Over the last one year since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, there has been an escalation in violence. Stone-pelting mobs including women and children clashing with security forces had become a routine affair last year. With terror outfits luring local youth, and terrorists burning down schools, the dialogue process will focus on bringing them back to mainstream. Security forces have gunned down 175 terrorists this year compared to 150 in 2016.

Geelani, Mirwaiz, Yasin Malik call for shutdown in Kashmir on October 27

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when Centre has appointed former Intelligence Bureau Chief Dineshwar Sharma as an interlocutor to carry out sustained dialogue on Kashmir issue, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a shutdown in Kashmir on October 27. Although the call for the shutdown doesn’t appear to have been influenced by Centre’s decision to start dialogue process in Kashmir, ‘Kashmir shutdown’ call highlights the tough task ahead for Dineshwar Sharma. There have been reports which suggest that government is not averse to holding talks with Hurriyat and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has empowered Dineshwar Sharma to chart out the plan for the dialogue process. Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said Dineshwar Sharma, would decide whom he engages with for the peace talks in Kashmir.Asked if Sharma would hold talks with the Hurriyat Conference, as suggested by some state politicians, Singh said, “It depends upon him whom he talks to or engages with him.”According to a report in Greater Kashmir, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a shutdown on October 27, saying “it is an unfortunate day for the Kashmiris when we were deprived of our freedom and liberty”. Calling it as “black day and the day of mourning” for the Kashmiris, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik called for complete shutdown on the day.“71 years back India without any constitutional and moral justifications forcibly occupied the state of Jammu & Kashmir on the same day and since then Indian forces are mercilessly killing innocent and unarmed Kashmiris, vandalizing their properties and are involved in sexual assault on women,” said the JRL, in a statement, issued in Srinagar on Tuesday, reports Greater Kashmir.According to a report in Times Now, Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday rejected the peace talk offer and declared that there can be no talks until Pakistan is made a part of the dialogue. Its senior leader Moulvi Abbas Ansari said that they want a tripartite arrangement where Pakistan is included.

Rajnath Singh’s remark on Patel not being allowed to act freely admission that Kashmir not a part of India: Hurriyat

Updated: Oct 15, 2017, 07:51 PM IST, PTI

Singh said had Patel, India’s first home minister, been allowed to act freely by then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, India would not have been facing the Kashmir issue <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference said today that Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s remark suggesting Vallabhbhai Patel was not allowed to act freely to solve the Kashmir issue, was an “admission” that Kashmir was not a part of India.Addressing a political gathering in Gujarat yesterday, Singh said had Patel, India’s first home minister, been allowed to act freely by then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, India would not have been facing the Kashmir issue today.A Hurriyat Conference spokesman said Singh’s remark was an “admission that Kashmir is not part of India”.He said Kashmir “continues to be a dispute” and India itself took it to the United Nations.

Kashmiri separatist leaders hit back at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks regrading Article 370

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmiri separatist leaders on Sunday hit back at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat over his remarks demanding “necessary” constitutional amendments for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to be “completely assimilated” with the rest of the country.Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani denounced the BJP-PDP coalition for “their unceasing attempts to tamper with the state’s political, cultural, economic and historical status”.In a statement, Geelani said, “The RSS chief and all those affiliated with ruling parties both in the state and New Delhi, through their unwise statements….All these steps and their attempts illustrate that India does not want to resolve the Kashmir issue through political means.” A spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said in a statement here, “Baghwat should go through the history and he will come to know that Kashmir is a dispute acknowledged by the world’s highest forum UN (United Nations).”Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, in a separate statement, said that “Bhagwat should think of India which is getting closer to disintegration” because of the “anti-minority policies” of the RSS.In his more than an hour-long address on Vijayadashmi, which is also the Hindutva organisation’s foundation day, yesterday, demanded “necessary” constitutional amendments for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to be “completely assimilated” with the rest of the country and batted for the rights of Hindu refugees in the state.”Necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed.”Then and then only, the residents of Jammu and Kashmir can be completely assimilated with rest of Bharat and their equal cooperation and share will be possible in the national progress,” Bhagwat said at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur in Maharashtra.Though Bhagwat did not mention it, but the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the BJP have long demanded abrogation of the Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.The Supreme Court is also hearing a plea demanding repeal of Article 35A, which allows the state legislature to define “permanent residents”. Hindutva organisations have called it discriminatory.

NIA arrests two stone pelters from south Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After cracking down on terror funding, National Investigation Agency (NIA) is now probing stone pelters in Kashmir.The agency arrested two alleged stone pelters, Kamran Yousuf from Pulwama district and Javaid Ahmad from Kulgam in the troubled south Kashmir region after an investigation.Police sources said Kamran was working as a stringer for some media outlets in Pulwama. He was picked up by the police after summons were issued against him.“NIA had issued summons against Yousuf. We picked him up and handed over to NIA. He had recently posted a picture of torching of the national flag in Karimabad on the social media,” said Mohammad Aslam, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Pulwama.Both Yousuf and Ahmad are likely to be flown to New Delhi for further interrogation.The duo’s arrests come a day after NIA issued a summon to top Kashmiri lawyer and president of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Mian Abdul Qayoom for questioning on Wednesday as a witness in the terror funding case.These fresh arrests have come months after seven separatists, including the son-in-law of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Altaf, Ahmed Shah and Shahid-ul-Islam, a top aide of moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were held in the terror and stone pelting funding cases.

Narendra Modi cannot stop us, will hoist flag of Islam on Indian subcontinent: Zakir Musa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Zakir Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander and the head of a newly created al-Qaeda’s Kashmir cell Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot stop them and they will hoist a flag of Islam on the Indian subcontinent.In a 10-minute audio message released on YouTube channel Ansar Ghazwa, Zakir Musa also threatened to ‘liberate’ India from the rule of ‘cow-worshipping’ PM Modi and Hindus, reported Times of India.Musa has extensively used the social media to instigate the locals against the Indian security forces and called for establishing of an Islamic State in Jammu and Kashmir.”Narendra Modi, the worshipper of a cow, can gather as much might with his politics and diplomacy but won’t be able to stop us… We will hoist the flag of Islam on Hind (Indian subcontinent) and we will have the Hindu rulers chained and dragged,” he reportedly said in an audio message.A dreaded militant in Kashmir also lashed out at Pakistan army and government for betraying Kashmir’s jihadi movement by supporting the US in its war against ‘mujahideen’.He also called Kashmir’s militant movement a shining example of Islamic jihad.Musa, who was earlier heading the Hizbul Mujahideen, quit the militant outfit in May 2017 after the group refused to back his statement warning that Hurriyat leaders would be beheaded for calling the Kashmir issue ‘political’.

Massive setbacks to terrorists and separatists in Kashmir Valley @ 8/21/2017 4:36:29 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The period preceding Kargil Vijay Diwas (Day) on 26 July, till after Independence Day in Kashmir Valley, has been marked by the elimination of over 120 terrorists, and at long last, the apprehension of the separatists? henchmen involved in funding and organizing terrorist and stone-pelting/heckling activities. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Northern Command, Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu, attended the `Kargil Vijay Diwas? ceremony at Drass, the second highest extreme cold area of the world in Kargil district, to honour the martyrs and interacted with some of their families and other war heroes present. Speaking to media at Drass, he assured that a Kargil-like situation will not be allowed to happen again and that the troops are totally prepared to meet any eventuality. Regarding the overall security situation in the Kashmir Valley, Lt. Gen. Anbu said: ?Army and other security agencies are working in close coordination to carry out anti-militancy operations and they have achieved many successes in the recent past, both along LoC as well as hinterland. He said it was because of the close coordination that security forces eliminated 36 militants, including some self-styled commander in the Valley during the past three months. ?Alert troops also foiled a number of infiltration attempt from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK),? he said, adding that scores of militants were gunned down immediately after they sneaked into this side, while a large number of trained militants are waiting at launch pads near the Line of Control (LoC) in PoK to enter this side before the infiltration routes are closed due to snowfall. Lt Gen Anbu said relations between the people in Kashmir and Indian Army were strengthening day by day and as a result, more than 14,500 students are getting education in 45 Army Goodwill Schools all over Jammu and Kashmir. ?This has helped more than 1,000 local youths to get employment,? he said. Without naming China, he said, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Ladakh is disputed as it has not been demarkated yet. ?We resolve the local issues, if any, at the local level,? he added. Also present was GOC 14 Crops Lt. Gen. P J S Pannu. Having planned the Kargil misadventure as early as when Pakistan?s former army chief, self-styled CEO and later President, Parvez Musharraf was the Director General of Military Operations, twelve battalions of Northern Light Infantry (NLI) were raised for this purpose. Unlike the regular Pak army dominated by major ethnic groups like the Punjabis, Pashtuns etc, NLI comprised a mix of men from the small tribes of the Kashmir region, drawn from eight major ethnic groups-Baltis (from Baltistan), Shins, Yashkuns, Mughals, Kashmiris, Pathans, Ladakhis and Turks who speak the dialects of Balti, Shina, Brushaki, Khawer, Wakhi, Turki, Pushto, Urdu and Persian. The breakdown of NLI personnel was 49 % Shias, 23 % Ismailees, 10% Noor Bakhshis and the remainder 18 % were the only Sunnis. 55% hailed from Gilgit and 35 % from Baltistan. These twelve battalions of NLI were raised by Pak army as convenient and dispensable cannon-fodder and accordingly administered poorly, as came to be known after the fighting began almost six months after their deployment in the Kargil area. Initially, following the fatal casualties of NLI personnel, Pak army disgracefully denied that they were Pakistani troops and even refused to accept their mortal remains. Later there were reports of NLI troops not receiving rations and the bodies of many of them killed being sent back to their homes only in hours of darkness as well as their next of kin lamenting that there were sugar grains stuck to their lips-an indication that they had been starving. Operation Vijay launched by Indian Army in May 1999 was fraught with many disadvantages and difficulties. Owing to New Delhi initially not believing that Kargil heights had been intruded/occupied by Pak army, Indian troops had to negotiate the exacting terrain, including almost vertical climbs to approach the advantageously positioned and well defended Pakistani troops. It was with raw courage and outstanding junior leadership that Indian soldiers successfully gained back the high altitude outposts occupied by Pakistani intruders and at the great cost of over 500 Indian armed forces personnel killed during the 60-day long war. However, refusing learn from its defeat at Kargil, Pak army and Inter Services Iintelligence have continued relentlessly to resort to various other means to keep Kashmir Valley on the boil by inciting youth through the separatists to pelt stones at and heckle Indian Army and security forces, while even helping terrorists in attacking and escaping. The zenith of eight years of anti-India operations was in 2016, when in addition to all mentioned activities, short of forty schools were destroyed by burning. Meanwhile, the Indian Army and security forces (SFs), including J&K police, relentlessly continued- again disadvantageously- to combat the terrorists while dealing with radicalized Kashmiri youth with great restraint. Results began to show by mid 2017, but at the cost of many casualties sustained by both army and SFs, even as the Chinese troops have been maintaining pressure on the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh by frequent incursions/transgressions. In 2017, till July itself, 121 Pakistani / Pak army supported Kashmiri terrorists have been killed by Army/SFs-51 on the Line Of Control (LoC) and 70 in the hinterland- a major achievement. A comparison of ceasefire violations, infiltration bids and casualties in 2016 and 2017, all till end of July, is relevant. There were 248 violations in 2016 and 368 in 2017. In both years till July, 20 terrorists each were eliminated. 40 infiltration attempts were foiled by Army in 2016 and 19 in 2017. Terrorists killed during infiltration attempts were 55 in 2016 and 54 in 2017. Personnel of Army and central armed police organization (CAPF) martyred in 2016 were 61 and 35 whereas in 2017, there have been 40 and 18 so far. 1,00,000 Army and CAPF personnel were deployed for vigil over the Amarnath yatra, which can be considered to have been successfully conducted for almost 3,00,000 pilgrims. The dastardly terrorist attack on a bus on 11 July 2017, killing seven Gujarati women and children and injuring nineteen others succeeded only because that bus did not join the protected convoy. Despite the desperation of Pak army/ISI, one basic reason for the turning of the tide this year is the public in the Valley becoming sick of terrorism and violence. The successes of Army and other SFs have come about mainly through reliable and timely human intelligence. The same populace subjected to radicalization appear to be disgusted and have been readily sharing information of the whereabouts of terrorists. The other front attacked at long last by New Delhi is that of the separatists. On 17 August 2017, National Investigation Agency (NIA) , arrested Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in connection with a case pertaining to funding of terrorist and separatist activities in Jammu & Kashmir. His arrest followed the searches conducted by the NIA on 16 August at multiple locations in Srinagar, Handwara, Kupwara and Baramulla, belonging to the relatives and employees of Zahoor Watali. The searches unearthed highly incriminating material pertaining to receipt of funds by Zahoor Watali from foreign sources and its further distribution to the terrorists and separatists in Kashmir valley for anti-India activities. Earlier, on 3rd June, 2017, the NIA had searched Zahoor Watali?s house in Srinagar and seized incriminating documents pertaining to several financial transactions and land deals. The property documents seized have shown huge amount of cash transactions in sale and purchase. Watali, who is suspected of acting as a conduit for illegally remitting funds to the secessionists, terrorists and stone-pelters, was earlier arrested in the year 1990 by the Jammu & Kashmir Police, when some anti-national activists were found present in his house at Bagat Barzulla, Srinagar. He was taken into custody along with Yaseen Malik, Sajjad Gani Lone, Bilal Lone and others and was jailed for eight months at Jammu. Earlier,on 24 July 2017, Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was arrested along with six more separatists by NIA in connection with its probe into the funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley. Altaf Ahmed Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, was in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, who had put him in preventive detention immediately after Eid. Geelani’s close aides Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah and yet earlier, Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesman of the ?moderate? Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. The others arrested are Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Nayeem Khan (of the Hurriyat’s Geelani faction) and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’. The houses of those arrested had been raided by NIA. Shah is perceived as an influential force in the Tehrek-e-Hurriyat. The NIA had recovered account books, Rs. 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups, including the Lashkar eTaiyaba and Hizbul Mujahideen from the raids. The NIA investigation also seeks to identify the network of those financing of terrorist activities, including those who masterminded stone-pelting at security forces, burnt down schools and damaged government establishments. For the first time since the rise of terrorism in Kashmir in the early 1990s, a central probe agency carried out raids to detect the funding of separatists. In 2002, the Income Tax department had raided the establishments of some separatist leaders, including Mr Geelani, and seized cash and documents, but that was of no avail, as they carried on with their anti-India activities. It is reiterated that terrorism in Kashmir Valley can only be curbed completely by nabbing all the separatists and keeping them well away from that region. The views expressed in the above article are that of Col. Anil Bhat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmiri biz man sent to 10-day NIA custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Friday sent Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali to 10-day NIA custody for interrogation after he was arrested by the investigating agency for allegedly collecting money from Pakistani-based terror organisations for Hurriyat leaders.Additional District and Sessions Judge Poonam A Bamba agreed for the custody after it contended that the accused has to be confronted with evidence in which Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and six others were earlier arrested by the agency.During the in-camera proceedings , the judge said that it was the considered opinion of that ends of justice would be met by granting the custody to the agency.According to sources, the probe agency said that it had found various suspicious documents from the accused during the searches, including details of bank accounts and cash received by him from various terror outfits.Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, appearing for the agency, sought his custody for two weeks.Watali was arrested on Thursday by the agency for alleged involvement in the case. Earlier, the agency had carried out raids at his premises and that of other suspects.

Got Nawaz to attend Modi’s oath: Zahoor Watali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali, arrested in a case of terror funding, is bragging about his links, claiming to have played a key role in getting then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend Narendra Modi’s oath ceremony as Prime Minister in 2014.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Watali on August 17 from Srinagar on allegations of funding terror and separatist organisation Hurriyat Conference.He has been dropping to sleuths big names, including those of politicians, bureaucrats and intelligence officials, NIA sources said.Watali is said to be a man of influence and connections. “He has been boasting of his links, but these are just diversionary tactics,” said an official, tracking developments.Watali has real estate businesses in Jammu and Kashmir and business interests in Delhi, sources said.According to NIA, Watali is suspected of acting as a conduit for illegally remitting funds to secessionists, terrorists and stone-pelters. He was earlier arrested in 1990 by the Jammu & Kashmir police. He was taken into custody along with Yaseen Malik, Sajjad Gani Lone, Bilal Lone and others, and was jailed for eight months at Jammu.Sources said NIA sought his custody and informed a Delhi court on Friday that the terror funding syndicate had international links and he needs to be confronted with various other key players. NIA was granted 10-day custody for further investigation.NIA registered a case on May 30 this year to probe links of separatist leaders of Hurriyat Conference and funding of terror outfits in Kashmir. The larger conspiracy of burning schools, stone pelting and waging war against India is also part of the investigation.Hafeez Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, has been named in the FIR as an accused, besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq), terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an all-woman outfit of separatists.Watali is the eighth person to be arrested in the terror funding case with seven others, including Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah, taken into custody earlier.Watali was arrested a day after NIA raided several locations in Srinagar, Handwara, Kupwara and Baramulla that belong to his relatives and employees.”The searches have unearthed highly incriminating material pertaining to receipt of funds by Zahoor Watali from foreign sources and its further distribution to the terrorists and separatists in Kashmir valley for anti-India activities,” NIA said in a statement.

Independent MLA offers to join separatists over Art 35A

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid today said he is willing to quit the Assembly and join the separatists on the issue of an article in the Indian Constitution by which people of Jammu and Kashmir get special privileges. “I am voluntarily offering to join Hurriyat, the joint resistance leadership of the separatists,” the controversial MLA told reporters here. He was answering questions with regard to Article 35A of the Constitution over which a debate has been triggered after it was challenged in the Supreme Court by two women from the state. Rashid said he has sought an appointment with hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and has been in touch with the separatist leader since last week. “I would love to join Hurriyat, subject to the condition that we will sit across the table, discuss what is in his (Geelani’s) mind,” he said. “When we meet him, we will try to understand what is in his mind. We have to understand each other. We have to see what better options we have so that we raise our voice forcefully,” Rashid said. Rashid said time has come for the people, including mainstream politicians as well as separatists, to unite for a larger cause. Article 35A was added to the Indian Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA questions Geelani’s sons, J&K DySP in terror funding case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA today questioned the sons of pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in connection with a terror funding probe allegedly involving Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, official sources said. It also questioned Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Faheem Ali, who handles separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq’s security, in connection with the case. Ali is the first police officer from the state to be interrogated by the NIA. While Geelani’s elder son Nayeem is a surgeon, the younger one, Naseem, is a state government employee. Nayeem is widely being seen as the one who would succeed his father as the leader of the Tehrek-e-Hurriyat, a separatist conglomerate comprising pro-Pakistan hardline groups. The brothers are being questioned here in connection with a terror funding case which has named Saeed, leader of the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, as an accused, the sources said. The NIA registered the case on May 30, accusing separatist and secessionist leaders of working in collusion with terrorist groups. The case related to raising, receiving and collecting funds through illegal means, including through hawala channels, for funding separatist and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. It also included charges of causing disruption in the Valley by pelting security forces with stones, burning schools, damaging public property and “waging war” against India. The probe agency had conducted searches in several places in the state besides Haryana and the national capital. Electronic devices and valuables worth crores of rupees were impounded. It was the first time since the rise of militancy in the early 1990s that a central probe agency conducted raids in connection with the funding of terrorist and separatist groups.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA custody of Geelani’s son-in-law & 3 others extended by 10 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA custody of four Kashmiri separatists, including the son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was on Friday extended by 10 more days by a Delhi court in a terror funding case.Special Judge O P Saini, however, sent three other separatist leaders to judicial custody for a month after the National Investigation Agency did not seek their custody.Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah and other six accused Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmed Dar were arrested on July 24 in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley.The agency had earlier sought their custody, saying they had to be taken to various places for the purpose of investigation.Shah, the son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Geelani, was in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, who had put him under preventive detention immediately after the festival of Eid last month.Geelani’s close aides Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah were arrested by the NIA from the Valley.Shahid-ul-Islam is the spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.Hafeez Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ul Dawah, the front of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused, besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Dukhtaran-e-Milat.The houses of those arrested had been earlier raided by NIA sleuths as a part of the agency’s efforts at clamping down on separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for subversive activities in the Valley.The NIA had claimed that it recovered account books, Rs 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups, including of the LeT and the HM, during the raids.

To debate J-K’s special status is to play with fire: Omar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Those seeking a debate on the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir are “playing with fire” as the issue is linked to the state’s accession to India, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said today. His remarks came after Attorney General K K Venugopal recently told the Supreme Court that the NDA government wanted a “larger debate” on Article 35A which provides special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “How can you debate special status of Jammmu and Kashmir without debating accession? You can’t. They are two sides of the same coin. J-K acceded to India on the special status that was granted to it,” Omar said. He said the BJP needs to understand that the outfits which are bringing this up are “playing with fire”. “It’s these sort of steps that glamorise Azaadi,” he said at the event ‘Understanding Kashmir’, hosted by social group ‘BRIEF’. “We have been consistent on the fact that the accession of J-K to India has been final. We have been consistent that whatever solutions we want to find, we want to find them within the four walls of the Constitution,” he said. Referring to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s statement that one can change friends but not neighbours, he said a “positive and constructive” engagement with Pakistan is a necessity to find a solution to the Kashmir problem. Blaming the Centre for the “shrinking” of political space for mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir, Omar said it has become popular to blame Pakistan for everything that is happening in the state. “It’s not just mainstream players in Jammu and Kashmir who are responsible for what is happening. The Union of India is responsible, whether it was the UPA or the NDA government. It’s popular to blame our neighbour for everything that is happening in the state but it is not true,” he said. The former chief minister said while the country knows that Pakistan fishes in troubled waters, “we also know that they are not the creators of the agitations we have seen in 2008, 2010 or 2016”. There is a fair amount of blame to be shared across the board, he said. “Who you want to blame and how much for, depends on which side you are sitting on.” Omar said the erosion of political space this time has been far more rapid than it has been in recent years and cited the state government’s failure to conduct an election in south Kashmir. “This is the first election in J&K that the Hurriyat conference has won, because since 1996 they have been saying that elections should not take place. There should be a boycott. Elections should be disrupted. On the back of the protests, you cancelled that election and handed victory to them,” he said. Omar said it was not just the political space of the regional parties that has shrunk, “even the ability of the government of India and the Election Commission has shrunk to the point that you put your hands up and walked away”. He also said he was shocked at the logic being offered for the Armed Forces Tribunal’s decision to grant bail to five army personnel convicted in the 2010 Macchil fake encounter case. “I’m shocked at the logic that’s being given. That they were wearing Pathan suits and that they cannot be treated as civilians, I’m sorry, I’m wearing one. Am I not a civilian?” he asked. The Armed Forces Tribunal had suspended the life sentence awarded to the Army personnel, including two officers, for allegedly staging the killing of three Kashmiri men in Macchil and granted them bail. Omar also spoke on the reports that Zakir Musa was heading Al-Qaeda in the Kashmir Valley, saying that there was nothing new about it. “The largest militant group operating in the Valley today is still the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and it’s predominantly made of Kashmiri youngsters and their aim is political. Their aim is to remove J&K as a part of India. Their aim is not Musa’s Al-Qaeda-driven aim,” he said. Musa is not a new phenomenon, Omar said. “You have given him the name of Al-Qaeda. But people coming and fighting in the name of religion have been doing it since the mid-90s when Pakistan found that their ability to galvanise support from local Kashmiris on a political slogan wasn’t working. “They tried to give the slogan of jihad to attract other nationalities. What were Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and others? They were religious-driven organisations. So today Zakir Musa is an extension of that,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Media not allowed entry in Mirwaiz’s home for press conference

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today did not allow mediapersons to enter the residence of Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for a proposed press conference. A posse of policemen were deployed outside Mirwaiz’s residence in Nigeen area here and concertina wires were laid on either side of the lane. Police told the journalists that since Mirwaiz was under house arrest, no one was allowed to meet him. “As Mirwaiz was supposed to address the press conference at 3 pm today, the authorities deployed the heavy contingent of forces to prevent him from addressing the press,” a spokesman of the Hurriyat said. Mirwaiz plans to now address journalists through social media at 4.30 pm.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Defence experts differ on Mehbooba’s statement on Separatists’ arrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The defence experts on Saturday were seen divided on Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti statement, dubbing the Separatists’ arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as just an administrative measure. Yesterday, Mufti said the arrests were just an administrative measure and will not solve the real problem of Kashmir. On the one hand, where defence expert P.K. Saihgal opined that Mufti follows appeasement policy, journalist Rahul Jalali said that one needs to see the context in which Mufti made the statement. ?One needs to look at the context in which Mehbooba Mufti said this. She was not critical of the NIA. What she said is that administrative measures are no solution,? Jalali told ANI. ?She continues to be soft towards the terrorists. She continues to follow the policy of appeasement. Her entire votebank is in the south of Kashmir,? Saihgal told ANI. Supporting his defence for Mehbooba, Jalali said that the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister also said that if the NIA has found evidence against the Separatists, then action should be taken on that issue. ?She, in fact, said that the only solution to Kashmir will be found by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She appreciated his leadership and hoped that Prime Minister Modi, with his attitude, will find a solution to the Kashmir problem,? he said. Whereas, Saihgal maintained that former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah?s statement that Mufti won the last election primarily because of the Hurriyat support to her is not too far-fetched. ?That is why she (Mehbooba) feels she is obliged to stand by them despite the fact, that they are traitors as far as national interest is concerned,? he said. “The NIA arrests do not solve any problems; they are just an administrative measure. An administrative measure cannot help us to resolve the situation and cannot address the real problem of Kashmir. It is important to replace it with a better idea,” she said at an event organised by the Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamentals titled ‘Understanding Kashmir’ here,? Mehbooba had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

A terrorist is a terrorist: J&K top cop plays down reports of Zakir Musa being named as head of state al-Qaeda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir’s top cop today played down reports of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa being named as the head of al-Qaeda cell in the state, saying “a terrorist was a terrorist” regardless of the terror outfit.Musa had recently broken ranks with Hizbul Mujahideen after terming Kashmir a political issue instead of Islamic struggle meant to enforce Shariah (Islamic rule) in the state.”A terrorist is a terrorist, whichever outfit he belongs to. Somebody who has picked up a gun is a terrorist for us,” DGP S P Vaid told reporters here.He was responding to a question over naming of Musa as the chief of Jammu and Kashmir unit of al-Qaeda.Yesterday, United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, in a video, had said the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir had no international agenda.”No international outfit, be it Daesh (ISIS) or al-Qaeda or anyone else, has any opportunity or is needed here,” Salahuddin had said.Asked about Salahuddin’s statement and the split in the militant ranks, the DGP said let them decide between themselves.The situation in Kashmir Valley was limping back to normalcy, he added.Responding to a query that militants were targeting families of policemen in south Kashmir, the DGP said it was their frustration.Vaid said all law enforcement agencies were supporting the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the role of separatists in funding subversive activities in the Valley.”All law enforcement agencies were in unison. We have no differences. We did support them. When the raids were conducted, the Jammu and Kashmir Police was with them,” he said.The state police chief said only time will tell whether the top three separatist leaders–chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik–would be questioned by the NIA.The press conference was called to announce Jammu and Kashmir State Marathon 2017, organised by police under civic action programme.Vaid said through the marathon, to be held on Sunday, the police wants to convey a message of peace in the Valley.”We are working with the people. Jammu and Kashmir police belongs to them,” he said.The DGP said such events would help in reducing stone- pelting in the Valley.”Yes, it will (reduce stone-pelting incidents). Marathons and sports activities will make children healthy and healthy brain exists in a healthy body, so they will think positive, he said.The marathon has been divided into five categories men full marathon, men half marathon, women half marathon, eight- km run for boys under 14 and six-km run for girls under 14.Total prize money of Rs three lakh would be given to the winners.

Terrorist is a terrorist regardless of outfit: DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir’s top cop today played down reports of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa being named as the head of al-Qaeda cell in the state, saying “a terrorist was a terrorist” regardless of the terror outfit. Musa had recently broken ranks with Hizbul Mujahideen after terming Kashmir a political issue instead of Islamic struggle meant to enforce Shariah (Islamic rule) in the state. “A terrorist is a terrorist, whichever outfit he belongs to. Somebody who has picked up a gun is a terrorist for us,” DGP S P Vaid told reporters here. He was responding to a question over naming of Musa as the chief of Jammu and Kashmir unit of al-Qaeda. Yesterday, United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, in a video, had said the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir had no international agenda. “No international outfit, be it Daesh (ISIS) or al-Qaeda or anyone else, has any opportunity or is needed here,” Salahuddin had said. Asked about Salahuddin’s statement and the split in the militant ranks, the DGP said let them decide between themselves. The situation in Kashmir Valley was limping back to normalcy, he added. Responding to a query that militants were targeting families of policemen in south Kashmir, the DGP said it was their frustration. Vaid said all law enforcement agencies were supporting the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the role of separatists in funding subversive activities in the Valley. “All law enforcement agencies were in unison. We have no differences. We did support them. When the raids were conducted, the Jammu and Kashmir Police was with them,” he said. The state police chief said only time will tell whether the top three separatist leaders–chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik–would be questioned by the NIA. The press conference was called to announce Jammu and Kashmir State Marathon 2017, organised by police under civic action programme. Vaid said through the marathon, to be held on Sunday, the police wants to convey a message of peace in the Valley. “We are working with the people. Jammu and Kashmir police belongs to them,” he said. The DGP said such events would help in reducing stone- pelting in the Valley. “Yes, it will (reduce stone-pelting incidents). Marathons and sports activities will make children healthy and healthy brain exists in a healthy body, so they will think positive, he said. The marathon has been divided into five categories men full marathon, men half marathon, women half marathon, eight- km run for boys under 14 and six-km run for girls under 14. Total prize money of Rs three lakh would be given to the winners.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Geelani and Mirwaiz should also be investigated- BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq should also be investigated for alleged money laundering activities to create unrest in the Kashmir Valley. BJP Member of Parliament and former Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh told ANI this a day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) confirmed the arrest of seven Hurriyat leaders on charges of money laundering for funding of terror-related activities and unrest. He added that the arrest of the separatist leaders will decrease unrest in the valley created and funded by Pakistan. ?There have been many discussions regarding this topic, but there was no effect, and it is noted that the unrest in the valley increases after discussions with Pakistan. There is no point in conducting discussions. A follow up in this case is needed,? said Singh. NIA Inspector General Alok Mittal told ANI, ?We had registered a terror-funding case related to Jammu and Kashmir on May 30 this year under various sections of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Thereafter, we conducted wide ranging searches in several cities and collected incriminating documentary and electronic evidence. We have also seized a large amount of cash. Based on the evidence we have collected and subsequent examinations of the persons today, we have arrested seven persons –six from Srinagar and one from Delhi.?(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Defence experts demand ‘no mercy’ for arrested Separatists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> While expressing contentment over the Government of India?s commitment to proceed against the Separatists, defence experts on Monday blatantly said that ?no mercy? should be shown to the Hurriyat. ?Many activities, such as burning of schools, stone-pelting are being funded by these Separatists. It is absolutely essential that no mercy be shown to them,? Defence expert P.K. Saihgal told ANI. Meanwhile, defence expert Qamar Agha opined that this is just the beginning and further investigation into the matter would reveal names of many big people. ?It is obvious that many big names are involved in this. It is just the first lead. They will get strict punishment if the charge against them is proven,? Agha told ANI. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), yesterday, arrested seven Hurriyat leaders on money laundering charges to fund terror in the Kashmir Valley. The arrested Hurriyat leaders were brought to the headquarters of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Delhi yesterday. All the seven of them will be produced before the Patiala House Court tomorrow. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The seven separatists include Naeem Khan, Bitta Karate, Altaf Funtus, Ayaz Akbar, T. Saifullah, Meraz Kalwal and Saheed Ul Islam. Six of them were arrested from Srinagar, while Bitta Karate was arrested from New Delhi. The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir. NIA sleuths specifically questioned separatist leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba at that time. The NIA is said to be probing all aspects of funding to separatist leaders and how they reportedly used these funds to fuel unrest in the Kashmir Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA arrest of Hurriyat leaders should lead to nabbing of bigger fish- Experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Monday?s move by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to arrest seven Hurriyat leaders on money laundering charges aimed at fomenting terror across the Kashmir Valley is just the tip of the iceberg, said experts. They were of the unanimous view that the arrest of these seven should not end up in a dead trail, but lead to the nabbing of bigger fish. ?The kind of evidence that the NIA has obtained, it is obvious that some action would be taken. The investigation should not close just at these arrests, because, I think, the investigation should go on, as a lot more will topple with the NIA. This is just the beginning, not the end. Some leaders are major operatives of the Hurriyat, some of them were former militants who have now according to them, renounced the gun and become political activists,? senior journalist Rahul Jalali told ANI. NIA Inspector General Alok Mittal told ANI, ?We had registered a terror-funding case related to Jammu and Kashmir on May 30 this year under various sections of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Thereafter, we conducted wide ranging searches in several cities and collected incriminating documentary and electronic evidence. We have also seized a large amount of cash. Based on the evidence we have collected and subsequent examinations of the persons today, we have arrested seven persons –six from Srinagar and one from Delhi.? He further said that the evidences which have been collected so far clearly prove the financial trail and the direct link between terror activities and its (money laundered) funding. A short while back, six of the seven Hurriyat leaders were airlifted from Srinagar to Delhi by the NIA and brought to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters possibly for further interrogation before being produced in the Patiala House Court tomorrow. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The seven separatists include Naeem Khan , Bitta Karate, Altaf Funtus, Ayaz Akbar, T. Saifullah , Meraz Kalwal and Saheed Ul Islam. Six of them were arrested from Srinagar while Bitta Karate was arrested from New Delhi. The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir. NIA sleuths specifically questioned separatist leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba at that time. The NIA is said to be probing all aspects of funding to separatist leaders and how they reportedly used these funds to fuel unrest in the Kashmir Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA arrests 7 people, including Geelani’s son-in-law, in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven people including Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, were arrested today by the NIA in connection with its probe into the funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, officials said. Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, was in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, who had put him in preventive detention immediately after the festival of Eid earlier this month. Besides him, Geelani’s close aides Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from the Valley, officials engaged in the operation said. The NIA also arrested Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, they said. The others arrested are Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Nayeem Khan (of the Hurriyat’s Geelani faction) and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’, they said. The houses of those arrested had been raided by NIA sleuths last month. Shah is perceived as an influential force in the Tehrek- e-Hurriyat. Hafeez Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ul Dawah, the front of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Dukhtaran-e-Milat. The raids were part of the NIA’s efforts at clamping down on separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for subversive activities in the Valley. The NIA had recovered account books, Rs 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups, including of the LeT and HM, from the raids. The NIA investigation also seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of terrorist activities, including those who masterminded the throwing of stones at security forces, burnt down schools and damaged government establishments. For the the first time since the rise of militancy in Kashmir in the early 1990s, a central probe agency had carried out raids in connection with the funding of separatists. In 2002, the Income Tax department had raided the establishments of some separatist leaders, including Geelani, and seized cash and documents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Seven Separatist leaders arrested by NIA in terror funding case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency arrested seven Separatist leaders in connection with the terror funding case.The separatist leaders are Naeem Khan , Bitta Karate, Altaf Funtus, Ayaz Akbar, T. Saifullah , Meraz Kalwal and Saheed Ul Islam.Six of them were arrested from Srinagar while Bitta Karate was arrested from New Delhi.The arrested Separatist leaders from Srinagar will be brought to the national capital today for further proceedings.The NIA, earlier in May, visited Srinagar to probe into the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned the separatist leaders regarding their involvement in raising, collecting and transferring funds through Hawala and other channels for terror funding in Kashmir.The sleuths from the agency have questioned separatist leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba in the case.The NIA is probing all aspects of funding of separatist leaders and use of these funds in fuelling the unrest in the Valley.The NIA collected details of 13 accused chargesheeted so far in the cases in the Valley in the recent past, pertaining to the damage caused to schools and public property as part of the larger conspiracy to perpetuate violence and chaos in Kashmir.The NIA had on May 20 began its probe into the allegations of funding by Pakistan to separatists in Kashmir, a long-held assertion by Indian intelligence now ‘confessed’ by a Hurriyat leader in a sting.The development came after the Hurriyat Conference suspended Nayeem Khan from the organisation after he allegedly confessed to receiving money from Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for Kashmir unrest.Khan was allegedly heard admitting in a TV sting operation that he had received money from Pakistan to create unrest in the Valley.He, however, claimed that the sting operation was fake and doctored.After the video surfaced, the NIA registered a preliminary probe against Khan, Tehreek-e- Hurriyat leader Gazi Javed Baba and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar.

RSS condemns Bukhari’s letter to Pak PM on Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday condemned Delhi Jama Masjid?s Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari for urging Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resolve the unrest in the Kashmir valley, stating that the religious leader must clarify on whose behalf he has written the letter. ?He has, in a way, given an authentication to the Hurriyat by writing such a letter without informing the government. Such authentication is against India?s interest and diplomacy. Secondly, he must come out clean and clarify to the nation in what capacity has he written the letter,? RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha told ANI. ?Has he written the letter on behalf of Sunni leaders or on behalf of Jama Masjid?s Imam or that of Indian citizen? The way he has mixed up religion with diplomacy is condemnable,? he added. Earlier in the day, Imam of Delhi?s Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, wrote a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, urging him to to resolve the unrest in the Kashmir valley. The Imam of Jama Masjid, in his letter, appealed to all stakeholders ? the governments of India and Pakistan, Kashmiri leaders and militant youth ? to declare ceasefire and resolve the issue through dialogue. In the June 22 letter, Bukhari stated that the peaceful valley has now become a valley of tears, which was once known as the paradise on earth. “The Kashmir situation is becoming volatile day by day, resulting in an increase in tensions between the two countries (India and Pakistan) as days pass. I think that more delay in the creation of a favorable environment for peace shall make the settlement of the Kashmir issue more difficult,” Bukhari said in his letter to Sharif. “Therefore, with all the intellect, wisdom and prudence at our disposal, we must make every effort to safe Kashmir from the dangerous destruction and devastation it faces and pave the way for the establishment of peace there. The common people of Kashmir are in a state of terror and helplessness as they find their dreams for peace shattered,” he added. He warned and cautioned that the Kashmir issue can neither be solved through guns and stones nor through military expeditions. “We should create an environment conducive for the talks at the earliest. Through exchange of views and dialogue on the larger issues, we all should formulate a strategy that is in the interest of both nations,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Imam’s letter to Sharif objectionable, doesn’t have authority to surpass his govt.-BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday condemned the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari and said India and Pakistan both are holding talks on the crucial issue of Kashmir, and the Imam?s doesn?t have any authority to write a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif surpassing his own government. ?He shouldn?t have written this kind of letter to Pakistan?s Prime Minister; this is wrong. This is a matter between India and Pakistan. The Governments of both the countries are having talks on the same. A single person belonging to community doesn?t have any right to bypass his own government and write a letter to the government of the other country,? BJP leader Zafar Islam told ANI. Islam further said that Shahi Imam should have condemned the acts of Hurriyat in the Valley and should have requested the Indian government to take stern action against the forces which work against the country. Another BJP leader Gaurav Bhatia told ANI that the ?tone and tenure? of the Shahi Imam was very subservient and seems like he was requesting to Pakistan. ?He is an Indian and he should speak for every Indian, every Kashmiri irrespective of his religion. The tone and tenure of the letter is as if we are subservient and are requesting Pakistan. Why does the Imam forget to condemn Pakistan and its involvement in terrorism?? Bhatia said. Bhatia further questioned the Imam why he never came out and condemned the Killing of Ayub Pandit or the Amarnath Pilgrims attack and only shows up when they wants to. Earlier in the day, Shahi Imam Bukhari wrote a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which he urged him to use his authority to end the volatile atmosphere in the Kashmir Valley by initiating dialogue with Hurriyat representatives. “The Kashmir situation is becoming volatile day by day, resulting in an increase in tensions between the two countries (India and Pakistan) as days pass. I think that more delay in the creation of a favorable environment for peace shall make the settlement of the Kashmir issue more difficult,” Bukhari said in his letter to Sharif. “Therefore, with all the intellect, wisdom and prudence at our disposal, we must make every effort to safe Kashmir from the dangerous destruction and devastation it faces and pave the way for the establishment of peace there. The common people of Kashmir are in a state of terror and helplessness as they find their dreams for peace shattered,” he added. Bukhari further said that, “As a paradise on earth, the once peaceful valley known for its joyous life has today become a valley of tears Thousands of people are living, under the shadow of AK-47, a life besieged by bloodshed. Today, it has become unbelievable that people all over the world once considered the Kashmir Valley as the paradise on earth as today it has become an abattoir. This game of death and destruction is making the situation graver. The only realistic recourse is peace and parleys.” Maintaining that millions of Indian Muslims are facing a trying situation, Bukhari appealed to Nawaz Sharif to ease tension on the borders, normalise the situation and initiate a dialogue with the Hurriyat representatives. He warned and cautioned that the Kashmir issue can neither be solved through guns and stones nor through military expeditions. “We should create an environment conducive for the talks at the earliest. Through exchange of views and dialogue on the larger issues, we all should formulate a strategy that is in the interest of both nations,” he said. “What I perceive in the context of the current situation is that positive measures aimed to ensure the dialogue process are needed, keeping in view the interests of the two countries and their people . I request you to kindly persuade the militant youth and Hurriyat leaders to agree for a ceasefire through your good offices and influence,” he concluded.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Create environment of peace in Kashmir: Jama Masjid imam to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid in the Walled City of Delhi, Ahmed Shah Bukhari, has written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in which he has urged the Centre to take immediate steps to end the volatile atmosphere in the Kashmir Valley, and create an environment of peace.”The Kashmir situation is becoming volatile day by day, resulting in an increase in tensions between the two countries (India and Pakistan) as days pass. I think that more delay in the creation of a favorable environment for peace shall make the settlement of the Kashmir issue more difficult,” Bukhari said in his letter.”Therefore, with all the intellect, wisdom and prudence at our disposal, we must make every effort to safe Kashmir from the dangerous destruction and devastation it faces and pave the way for the establishment of peace there. The common people of Kashmir are in a state of terror and helplessness as they find their dreams for peace shattered,” he added.Bukhari further said that, “As a paradise on earth, the once peaceful valley known for its joyous life has today become a valley of tears Thousands of people are living, under the shadow of AK-47, a life besieged by bloodshed. Today, it has become unbelievable that people all over the world once considered the Kashmir Valley as the paradise on earth as today it has become an abattoir. This game of death and destruction is making the situation graver. The only realistic recourse is peace and parleys.”Maintaining that millions of Indian Muslims are facing a trying situation, Bukhari appealed to Rajnath Singh and the Centre to ease tension on the borders, normalise the situation and initiate a dialogue with Pakistan.He warned and cautioned that the Kashmir issue can neither be solved through guns and stones nor through military expeditions.”We should create an environment conducive for the talks at the earliest. Through exchange of views and dialogue on the larger issues, we all should formulate a strategy that is in the interest of both nations,” he said.”What I perceive in the context of the current situation is that positive measures aimed to ensure the dialogue process are needed, keeping in view the interests of the two countries and their people. I request you to kindly persuade the militant youth and Hurriyat leaders to agree for a ceasefire through your good offices and influence,” he concluded.

Internet restored in Kashmir as normalcy returns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Life returned to normalcy in the valley on Sunday prompting the authorities to restore the mobile and broadband internet services across the restive Kashmir.Baring Tral and Shopian townships, shops and business establishments reopened and transport hit the roads again on Sunday. The Kashmir valley was under perpetual lockdown with separatist calling for the hartal and marches to mark the first death anniversary of the Hizbul Mujahideen poster-boy Burhan Wani. Wani, along with his two aides, was killed by the security forces in the encounter at Bamdoora village in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on July 8, 2016.Wani’s home town of Tral and apple rich township of Shopian observed a shutdown for the second day on Sunday. All shops and business establishments were closed and vehicles kept off the roads.Internet services were restored after security review meeting on Sunday. The services were snapped by the government after fears of rumour mongering and misusing of social media by the miscreants to mobilise mobs to mark the death anniversary of Wani.”Mobile and broadband services have been restored in most parts of the valley after improvement in the situation,” said an official.A CRPF jawan was injured when terrorists lobbed a grenade on their camp at Tral on late Saturday night. Police sources said unidentified ultras fired grenade from under barrel grenade launcher (UBGL) at the CRPF camp at Aribal Tral at 10.30 pm on Saturday. The grenade exploded with a big bang injuring a constable. He was immediately shifted to hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.Meanwhile, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has invited Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani for attending the proceedings of 44th session of the Council of Foreign ministers (CFM) to be held in Abidjan of Court Di, Ivoire on July 10 and 11.However, Geelani has written to the OIC Secretary general that he would not be attending the meet because of the alleged curbs on his movement and non-availability of travel documents.

Curfew, restrictions in Kashmir on Burhan death anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities today clamped curfew in three towns and imposed severe restrictions in the rest of Kashmir to foil a plan by separatists to hold a rally to mark the first anniversary of the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength across Kashmir and Internet services snapped to maintain law and order, officials said. Normal life came to a standstill in the valley due to a strike call given by the separatists and the curfew-like restrictions imposed by the authorities. Curfew was imposed in Tral, Wani’s home town in Pulwama district, as a precautionary measure, a senior police official said. The joint separatist camp, including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF, has asked the people to march to Tral, about 36 kms from here, to pay tribute to Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces on this day last year. The official said curfew had also been imposed in Shopian town of South Kashmir and Trehgam in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. “Elsewhere in the valley, restrictions on the movement of people are being strictly enforced,” he added. In view of the prevailing situation in the valley, the Amarnath pilgrimage has been suspended from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu till further orders. The yatra, however, continued from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Kashmir. From Jammu, the pilgrims reach Pahalgam or Baltal base camp, before proceeding to the cave shrine. All university examinations scheduled for today have been postponed. Schools were closed earlier in the week. Shops and business establishments remained closed while vehicles remained off the roads, the official said, adding that the situation was peaceful so far.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Burhan anniversary: Curfew in Tral,restrictions across Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities clamped curfew in three towns including Tral in Kashmir and imposed restrictions on the movement of people in the rest of the valley to foil the separatists’ plan to hold a rally today to mark the first anniversary of the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across Kashmir to handle any security challenges. Curfew was imposed in Tral, the native town of Wani, in Pulwama district as a precautionary measure to maintain peace in the valley, a senior police official said. The joint separatist camp, including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik-led JKLF, has asked the people to march to Tral to pay tributes to Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces on this day last year. The official said curfew had also been imposed in Sophian town of South Kashmir and Trehgam in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. “Elsewhere in the valley, restrictions on the movement of people are being strictly enforced,” he added. All the examinations scheduled for today have been postponed by universities. Normal life came to a standstill in the valley due to a strike call given by the separatists and the curfew-like restrictions imposed by the authorities. Shops and business establishments remained closed while vehicles remained off the roads, the official said, adding that the situation was peaceful so far.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Slain militant’s father urges India, Pak to show flexibility on Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujhadeen poster boy Burhan Wani, his father Muzaffar Ahmad Wani urged India and Pakistan to show flexibility in their stands and solve the Kashmir issue through talks.”India should be mentally prepared for sacrifice. Pakistan too should agree for a solution no matter if they too have to sacrifice. There should be flexibility in their stands. When there will be talks they will understand each other’s stand and what is in their heart. I am not a politician and I do not know what Pakistan wants, what Hurriyat wants and what India wants”, Muzaffar told DNA.He said the gun has become a matter of compulsion for the youth of Kashmir given the betrayal. “Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was fighting for plebiscite. He was removed from the post of Prime Minister in a jiffy. In 1975, he signed an accord which was another betrayal with people. People were illiterate and they did not know that it was a betrayal with them and started celebrating. When people felt that they have been cheated they contested elections with an intention to raise their voice for their rights in 1987,” he said.”Mohammad Yousuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin was an innocent Kashmir who contested elections in 1987. Our votes were relegated to dustbin. It gave birth to gun. There was bloodshed. So many militants died, so many were arrested and so many fled to Pakistan. Later autonomy resolution was passed and that too was dumped by the centre,” he said.”Fear of police has vanished because of the oppression. Every father asks his son to stay indoors and not go to the encounter sites or pelt stones. Sons flee home and go to the encounter site”, he said.Muzaffar, who is also the principal of a government school, said that he does not discuss about his son with his students. “The movement I wear my work clothes, I am no more the father of Burhan. I am the school teacher and I even discourage my teachers to talk about Burhan in school because I want the kids to concentrate on education,” he said.

GST is an assault on J-K’s special status: Separatists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Separatist leaders today termed the adoption of Goods and Services Tax (GST) as an “assault” on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. A joint statement by separatist leaders said Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee formed by trade and business bodies and civil society experts to look into the issue (of GST implementation) and safeguard any further dilution of the special status is a welcome step. “The leadership extends its support to it for dealing with this matter,” the statement issued by Chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik. It said “the concerns” expressed by the committee should be addressed by the authorities before any move to implement the law is taken, which will otherwise force people to resist it. Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today adopted a resolution for implementing GST regime in the state through a presidential order calling on the Centre to safeguard the special status and exclusive taxation powers of the state. The resolution moved by Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, after two days of discussions, was adopted by a voice vote even as National Conference, Congress, CPI(M) and an independent MLA protested against implementing the GST regime in the state in its present form. “The latest assault in this regard is the implementation of the GST in its current form in the disputed land, which first the National Congress and now the PDP are pushing for,” the statement said. Meanwhile, independent MLA from Langate Sheikh Abdul Rashid, reacting sharply to the adoption of the resolution, said “how many laws will you implement or erode to vanish the autonomy of the state, Jammu and Kashmir still cannot become the part of India”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Restrictions in parts of Srinagar in view of strike call

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Restrictions remained in force in parts of Srinagar for the third consecutive day today in view of a strike called by separatists to protest the killing of two civilians during an anti-militancy operation. The restrictions have been imposed in seven police stations of Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. They said while the curbs continued for the third consecutive day in five police station areas of the city – Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal, authorities today imposed restrictions in two other police station areas – Maisuma and Kralkhud. The officials said the curbs were imposed under Section 144 CrPc as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident. Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants including Bashir Lashkari, who was behind killing of an SHO and five other policemen last month, were yesterday killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district in south Kashmir. Two civilians, including a woman, were also killed during the operation in Brenti-Batpora village in Dialgam area of the district. Condemning the killings, the separatists called for a shutdown. In a joint statement yesterday, chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference – Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq – and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik urged the people to observe a “complete shutdown”. Shops, fuel stations and business establishments in Srinagar were shut, while public transport was off the roads, the officials said. They said however, some vendors had set up their stalls at the weekly flea market here. Similar reports of strike were received from other district headquarters across the Valley, the officials said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Security forces gun down LeT commander accused in the SHO killing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping their promise, security forces avenged the killing of Station House officer (SHO) of Achabal police station Feroz Ahmad Dar and five other cops on Saturday when they killed the main accused and top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Bashir Lashkari along with his aide at Brinty Batpora village in Dailgam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.The terrorists allegedly took 17 civilians as hostage and used as human shield. Securoty forces also rescued the hostages. Tensions gripped the area after two civilians, including a woman, were killed in the crossfire.Police said Dailgam security forces laid a cordon on Saturday after receiving specific information about the presence of terrorists in Brinty Batpora.One of the ultras has been identified as Bashir Ahmad Wani alias Bashir Lashkari, who was heading the five member group of LeT, which killed and disfigured the six cops including Station House Officer of Achabal police station Feroz Ahmad Dar on June 16. And the other has been identified Abu Maaz, a Pakistani national.”It is a major success for the security forces. He (Bashir Lashkari) was involved in six cases,”.”We rescued 17 civilians who were taken as human shields by these militants in the house itself. That is the great achievement. I complement jawans and officers of J&K police and other security forces,” Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir told DNA. He added, “Unfortunately two civilians lost their lives in the cross fire.”However the army claimed that the civilians died in the mob control. “Two civilians killing happened during the mob control and not during crossfire”, said an army officer at Northern Command.”RIP Feroz, Justice delivered. I hope good sense prevails, and there are no more killings in Kashmir, and we all live in peace,” tweeted Imtiyaz Hussain, senior superintendent of police, Baramulla.The civilian killings has given a fresh ammunition to the separatists to hit out at the government. Joint Resistance Leadership, an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, urged people of Kashmir to observe a complete shutdown on Sunday to protest against the murder of the two civilians.

Restrictions in parts of Srinagar against separatists’ protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities today imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar as a precautionary measure against protests by separatist groups over the US’ decision to declare Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a “global terrorist”. Restrictions have been imposed in five police stations in downtown (old city) areas of Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. They said the curbs were in force in areas under the jurisdictions of police stations Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal. The order to impose restrictions on the assembly of people under section 144 of the CrpC was issued by district magistrate (deputy commissioner) Srinagar as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident, the officials said. Separatists in Kashmir and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir- based United Jihad Council (UJC) have called for protests after Friday prayers today against the US’ decision to declare Salahuddin as a global terrorist. In a statement issued here yesterday, the separatists said, “This unjustified move by the US government to appease Government of India and their (US) silence regarding the oppression and human rights situation in Kashmir, is not acceptable to the people of Kashmir who will strongly protest against it across the valley post Friday prayers”. The statement issued jointly by chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference–Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq–and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik said protests will also be held against the “illegal and arbitrary” arrests and detention of the separatist leaders, activists and youth and raid on homes across the Valley. The UJC, a conglomerate of over a dozen militant groups active in the valley, also called for protests after Friday prayers against the US government’s decision.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hurriyat delegation visits slain DySP’s family, expresses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A two-member delegation of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led Hurriyat Conference today visited the house of lynched police officer here to express condolence and sympathies with the bereaved family. “A high-level delegation comprising of Mohammad Shafi Khan and Sheikh Yasir Rouf Dalal, on the direction of Mirwaiz, visited the Nowpora residence of slain DSP Mohammad Ayoub Pandith and expressed their condolences, sympathies and solidarity with the bereaved family, including his son,” a spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat said in a statement here. He said the delegation conveyed the condolence message of Mirwaiz to the bereaved family on the occasion and prayed for the departed soul. The delegation informed the family that Mirwaiz and Hurriyat does not “endorse the brutality of any sort or from any quarter,” the spokesman said. He said Mirwaiz and Pandit families have a long religious and social connection. The police officer was on security duty at Jamia Masjid when he was lynched by a mob during ‘shab-e-Qadr’ prayers, drawing strong criticism from different quarters, including Mirwaiz.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K cop’s lynching: Special Investigation Team formed to probe incident, 5 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the lynching of an officer outside Jamia Masjid here and said it has arrested five of the 12 persons identified in connection with the crime.”An SIT headed by an officer of the rank of superintendent of police has been formed for speedy investigation of the lynching incident in which Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was killed on the night of June 22,” a police official said. He said the investigation was heading in the right direction as more arrests had been made in connection with the killing.Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid here, triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnation.”We have identified 12 persons in connection with the case and five of them have been arrested so far,” Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI. While two persons were arrested yesterday, three more have been picked up since.”Two of the arrested persons are those who were injured in the firing at the time of lynching,” Vaid added. He said police has resolved not to spare the people behind the act.”It is the resolve of Jammu and Kashmir Police that we are not going to spare these rascals,” he said, adding that investigation into the case was underway and everything would be clear once the report comes. “Let the investigation be completed. Only then can we say what happened,” he said.Asked whether moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was present in the Jamia Masjid when the incident took place, Vaid said, “It is a matter of investigation.”Vaid has also ordered the transfer of a senior officer from the area where a mob lynched Pandith.The order late yesterday said SP (North Srinagar) Sajad Khaliq Bhat been transferred and asked to report to the J&K Police headquarters.Nowhatta, where the lynching took place, falls under the jurisdiction of the North Srinagar SP.Sajad Ahmad Shah, the additional SP (Traffic City), Srinagar, will look after the duties of the SP (North Srinagar), the order read.

ED registers case against terror outfits, Hurriyat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday registered a case against Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and members of Hurriyat Conference, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Dukhtaran-e-Millat under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED will now investigate flow of money through hawala and other illegal domestic and international channels which are provided for carrying out separatist and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. This comes after the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) raided 14 places in Kashmir and 8 in Delhi in connection with reports of terror funding in the Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Geelani rolls out red carpet for Amarnath yatris

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Denying any threat to the Holy Amarnath Yatra, Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday decided to roll-out red carpet for the yatris saying they will receive them as their revered guests.”Terror threat to the upcoming Amarnath Yatra is a brazen lie and aimed at maligning and discrediting the political struggle of Kashmir… It is our age-old tradition. In future too we will follow this tradition with same spirit and receive the yatris as our revered guests,” said Geelani.The annual yatra will take off on June 29 and culminate on the Raksha Bandan Day, which falls on August 7. More than two lakh pilgrims have so far registered with Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) for the annual pilgrimage.More than 200 companies (each company has a strength of 100 men) of paramilitary forces are being deployed for maintaining the security of the yatris right from the Jammu base camp to the holy cave shrine. This is in addition to the local police and other security forces presently posted in Kashmir.”Kashmiris are not against any religion or its followers. We are pursuing a legitimate struggle for our fundamental rights. Amarnath Yatra is being conducted for decades and the people here have treated these yatris with unique hospitality. People have always been hospitable, descent and received them as their guests,” said Geelani.Situated in a narrow gorge at the altitude of 3,888 metres, the holy Amarnath cave is accessible from two routes in Kashmir Valley. The 46-km Pahalgam–Holy cave trek is an ancient pilgrimage route which is covered in five days. There lies the ice lingam of Lord Shiva that is formed naturally and waxes and wanes with the moon. The new 14-kilometre Baltal-Holy cave route is now preferred by the pilgrims since it is shorter though steep, and journey can be completed in a day.”During the uprising in 2008, 2010 and 2016, people, despite restrictions and curfew, received these yatris with open arms and provided shelter and food,” said Geelani.

What else can you expect: MoS Ahir on separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq supporting Pak cricket team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir on Thursday said that separatists who are funded by Pakistan are expected to make remarks like Kashmiri separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq made.‘What else we can expect from these people who are getting favours from Pakistan. The statement by him is against India and a threat as well. It’s very sad,’ Ahir told ANI.He further said that whatever funding Pakistan has supported these separatists with, has been probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday asserted that more attention should be given to Kashmiris who support and aspire to become Indian cricketers rather than to separatists like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.The PDP’s reaction was on Mirwaiz’s tweet, wherein, he congratulated Pakistan for entering the finals of the Champions Trophy after defeating England by eight wickets in the semi-final on Wednesday.Talking to ANI, PDP leader Waheed Ur Rehman Parra said victory of any cricket team shouldn’t be used for petty politics.He cited the example of Kashmiri cricketer Pevez Rasool, who plays international cricket for India.‘I think the people, who follow the Indian cricket team, see the players as their role models. And, you have cricketers like Pervez Rasool. There is a Pervez Rasool in every Kashmiri village. We just need to explore that and should not really fall into the statement of politics,’ said Parra.He lamented that the ‘celebrations’ of people like Farooq become news but not of those who celebrate India’s victory.‘There is no offence to such celebrations (Mirwaiz’s) , but the problem is that the people who celebrate for the country are not getting acknowledgement across the country,’ said the PDP leader.Farooq cheered for the Pakistan Cricket Team after its win over England in the first semi-final match of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.Pakistan’s win in Cardiff was celebrated in Kashmir with the locals taking to streets to burst firecrackers.The chairman of Hurriyat Forum tweeted, “As we were finishing taraweeh, could hear the fire crackers bursting, well played team #Paksitan. Best of luck for the finals!”Pakistan thrashed England by eight wickets to enter the Champions Trophy finals.Chasing a paltry score of 212, Pakistan crossed the line for the loss of two wickets and with 12.5 overs to spare.Their chase was spearheaded by Fakhar Zaman (57) and Azhar Ali (76), who laid a solid foundation by sharing a 118-run opening stand.Pakistan will now play the winner of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh to be played today in Birmingham.

Yasin Malik detained, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JKLF chief Yasin Malik was today detained while moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq placed under house arrest to prevent them from attending a programme here to pay homage to the 12th Mirwaiz of undivided Kashmir on his 50th death anniversary. Malik was taken into preventive custody from party office at Abi Guzar locality in the heart of the city, ahead of his visit to Eidgah locality in downtown Srinagar. He was scheduled to take part in a programme to pay homage to Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Yousuf Shah, a religious scholar who was the first to interpret the holy Quran in Kashmiri language. Shah, who went into exile in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 1947, died on December 12, 1968 at Rawalpandi but his death anniversary is commemorated in accordance with Islamic lunar calendar on 17th day of the holy month of Ramzan. The separatists had planned a programme at Aali Masjid to commemorate the 50th death anniversary of Shah who served two terms as the PoK president in 1952 and 1956. He had also served as an education minister there. The moderate Hurriyat Chairman was placed under house arrest last night and was not allowed to visit Aali Masjid today to attend the meeting. Prior to his arrest, Malik said, “Every peaceful political activity has been banned and this suppression is taking an extremely ugly turn as condolences meetings, social programs and even personal meetings between two people are being halted and barred by police.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA grills Geelani’s son-in-law Fantoosh in terror fund probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmir hardline separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law, Altaf Ahmed Shah, was today questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with its probe into the funding of terror and subversive activities in Kashmir. Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, arrived at the NIA headquarters here this morning and was questioned by a team of officials about the alleged funding of the Geelani-led Tehrek-e-Hurriyat, offical sources said. His Srinagar house was raided by NIA sleuths, who also searched the premises of others, such as Shahid-ul-Islam, a close aide of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who heads the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, and businessman Zahoor Watali. The NIA had collected “some material” from Shah’s residence which was scrutinised by the sleuths before he was called for questioning here, the sources said, adding his examination would carry on for a few days before his statement was recorded. Apart from being the son-in-law of Geelani, Shah is percieved to be influential in the policies of the Tehrek-e- Hurriyat. The NIA had conducted raids last Saturday and Sunday on the residences of separatists and businessmen in the Kashmir Valley, Jammu, Delhi and Haryana’s Sonepat and Gurgaon. Among those raided were separatists Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’. Hafeez Saeed, Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ul Dawah, the front of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Dukhtaran-e-Milat. The raids were part of NIA’s efforts to clamp down on separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for subversive activities in the valley. The NIA had recovered unaccounted account books, Rs 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups including LeT and HM. The NIA investigation also seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of terrorist activities, including those who threw stones at security forces, burned down schools and damaged government establishments. Bank accounts and lockers revealed during the probe had been frozen. Besides electronic gadgets, phone diaries and documents such as rough receipts and vouchers had been seized from alleged hawala operators, financiers and office bearers of separatist groups. During the searches, a few thousand Pakistani rupees and currencies belonging to the UAE and Saudi Arabia as well LeT and HM letterheads were seized by the NIA. The NIA has alleged that since cross-LoC trade, at Uri in Kashmir and Chakan-da-bad in Jammu, was based on a barter system, some businessmen “under- or over-invoiced” their bills, and the difference in payment was later used for promoting subversive activities in the valley. This is for the first time since the rise of militancy in Kashmir in the early 1990s that a central probe agency has carried out raids in connection with funding separatists. In 2002, the Income Tax department had executed searches against some separatist leaders, including Geelani, and seized cash and documents. However, no criminal case was registered then. The NIA has also roped in the government’s cyber security arm to analyse electronic evidence collected during its raids. Twenty-two laptops and computers, 100 mobiles and nearly 200 pen drives and memory sticks had been sent to the Computer Emergency Response Team-India (CERT-IN) for creating backup files. The CERT-IN will also provide other technical details related to the data, the sources said. The CERT-IN has also been asked to look for deleted material in the electronic gadgets, they said. The NIA raids were carried out following the questioning of three separatist leaders — Nayeem Khan, who was seen on TV during a sting operation purportedly confessing to receiving money from Pakistan-based terror groups, ‘Bitta Karate’ and Gazi Javed Baba of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, in the national capital last month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Unity among opposition parties good for democracy: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today defended its vice president Rahul Gandhi’s efforts to bring all opposition parties together saying such unity is healthy for democracy. The BJP had tried to do the same thing when it was in the opposition during the UPA rule, senior Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said. Gandhi, who had on Saturday attended an event in Chennai to celebrate the 94th birthday of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, had said the opposition would unitedly “fight and defeat” the attempts of the BJP and the RSS to “thrust one idea” on a country that celebrates diversity. “It is a good step because all the opposition parties should be together on issues that the nation is facing. The unity displayed by opposition parties in Chennai… was issue-based. It is healthy for democracy,” Maken said. “The BJP too, when it was in the opposition, used to forge such unity against the Congress. There cannot be two sets of rules – one for you when you are in opposition and the other for opposition parties when you are in power,” he said. Asked about Rahul Gandhi’s comments that he is reading the Upanishads and the Bhagwad Gita, Maken said the BJP and the RSS have to understand that these scriptures primarily teach unity among people. “They teach about harmony among different sets of people. Some political parties try to divide the polity and the nation. Rahul ji has given them a befitting reply by saying that these religious scriptures teach how to unite people, they teach how to forge harmony among people and not to create discord among people,” he said. The Congress spokesperson also attacked the BJP-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir for its approach towards Hurriyat leaders saying “all throughout we have seen the double-talk, double-speak” of the BJP. He said when the Congress was in power in the Centre and the state, peace prevailed in the Valley and everything was quite close to normal over there. Maken said ever since the Congress lost the elections, “we have seen escalation of violence and discord in the Valley, deterioration of security situation, lesser participation of people in the electoral process”. “The BJP speaks something else, does something else,” he said. Maken said the responsibility of bringing peace in the Valley rests with the Centre and the state. “It is their (BJP and PDP’s) responsibility and it is unfortunate that the situation has escalated to this level where there is no peace in the Valley, no faith in the political leadership. The confidence to improve the situation is only worsening by the day,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No compromise on safeguarding nation’s security Centre on NIA raid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Centre on Sunday said the raids conducted by the National Investigation Agency against Separatist leaders is the outcome of the strong will of the people of the Valley who do not want to he held back by influential forces, adding that there is no compromise as far as safeguarding the security of the nation is concerned. ?I can say that there is no compromise as far safeguarding the security of the nation is concerned and as far as the professional approach of security agencies, as well as military and para military forces is concerned,? Union Minister Jitendra Singh told media here. Stating that people of Kashmir Valley want the ?bluff? created by separatist leaders to be called off, he said the youth of the state want to so participate in every activity. ?They (people of Valley) do not wish to be deprived of the opportunities which are available to the youth of the other states. It is the will of the common people of Kashmir Valley that this wheel of fear which is meant to keep them deprived should be undone,? he added. Meanwhile the NIA continued to carry out raids against Hurriyat leaders including spokesman Ayaz Akbar in Srinagar and Jammu. The NIA yesterday initiated raids at 23 places in Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana in connection with funding received from Pakistan for terror and violence in the Valley. The agency conducted search at the residences and offices of the separatist leaders. NIA sources told ANI that the agency had earlier registered a Preliminary Enquiry into the case which was later converted into a Regular Case (RC). “The NIA raids are underway against Hawala operators, and at separatist leaders’ house, office and commercial locations,” sources told ANI. Around eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital were also raided, they added. The NIA yesterday initiated raids at 23 places in Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana in connection with funding received from Pakistan for terror and violence in the Valley. The agency conducted search at the residences and offices of the separatist leaders. The NIA sources told ANI that the agency had earlier registered a Preliminary Enquiry into the case which was later converted into a Regular Case (RC) last evening. “The NIA raids are underway against Hawala operators, and at separatist leaders’ house, office and commercial locations,” sources told ANI. Around eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital were also raided, they added. Following the raid, the Hurriyat criticised Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government over the National Investigation Agency (NIA) crackdown against its leaders. However, Minister of State Home Hansraj Ahir assured that the action against separatism in Kashmir won’t stop till the separatists are taught the real meaning of ‘Azadi’. Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a joint statement, alleged that the NIA has been given the task “just to drag and involve Hurriyat leadership into fabricated cases to pressurise the leadership”. “All these state sponsored tactics won’t deter us from pursuing our mission, nor these coercions, suppressive and aggressive measures will make us to surrender,” said the statement. The Hurriyat alleged that “India has simultaneously launched a propaganda war to discredit leadership and (Kashmiri) people’s struggle for which tremendous sacrifices have been made”. The Hurriyat leadership said that “it is their (centre’s) frustration and we will continue to pursue our cause and won’t budge in front of such dogmatic elements”. The Hurriyat leadership also warned Delhi of dire consequences “if all these harassing measures are not stopped forthwith and said that if these unnecessary raids are not stopped, people will take to streets and resent these arbitrary measures with their full might and will”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA continues raids against Hurriyat leaders in 5 more locations in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In continuation of Saturday’s searches by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at multiple locations here and in Haryana with regard to terror funding by Pakistan, the probe agency on Sunday took up fresh searches at five more locations.According to NIA sources, searches are underway at four locations in Kashmir and one in Jammu.During the course of searches, Pakistani currency (a few thousand) and currencies belonging to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have been found and seized apart from other incriminating material.The NIA on Saturday initiated raids at 23 places in Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana in connection with funding received from Pakistan for terror and violence in the Valley.The agency conducted search at the residences and offices of the separatist leaders.NIA sources told ANI that the agency had earlier registered a Preliminary Enquiry into the case which was later converted into a Regular Case (RC).”The NIA raids are underway against Hawala operators, and at separatist leaders’ house, office and commercial locations,” sources told ANI.Around eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital were also raided, they added.Following the raid, the Hurriyat criticised Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government over the National Investigation Agency (NIA) crackdown against its leaders.However, Minister of State Home Hansraj Ahir assured that the action against separatism in Kashmir won’t stop till the separatists are taught the real meaning of ‘Azadi’.Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a joint statement, alleged that the NIA has been given the task “just to drag and involve Hurriyat leadership into fabricated cases to pressurise the leadership”.”All these state sponsored tactics won’t deter us from pursuing our mission, nor these coercions, suppressive and aggressive measures will make us to surrender,” said the statement.The Hurriyat alleged that “India has simultaneously launched a propaganda war to discredit leadership and (Kashmiri) people’s struggle for which tremendous sacrifices have been made”.The Hurriyat leadership said that “it is their (centre’s) frustration and we will continue to pursue our cause and won’t budge in front of such dogmatic elements”.The Hurriyat leadership also warned Delhi of dire consequences “if all these harassing measures are not stopped forthwith and said that if these unnecessary raids are not stopped, people will take to streets and resent these arbitrary measures with their full might and will”.

J&K: Terrorists rattled by India’s tough stance at border, says defence expert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence expert PK Sehgal on Sunday said that the attack on the Army convoy in Jammu was an outcome of the ‘anxious’ terrorists from the Valley being rattled by India’s change in policies at the border and otherwise.Sehgal said that the way India is handling Pakistan at the Border and the National Investigative Agency (NIA) raids at the residences of Hurriyat leaders were hurting Islamabad.”Pakistan will continue to indulge in this for the simple reason – India’s change stance and policies are beginning to hurt them grievously. We are unveiling an iron fist at the Border. We adopted a similar stance as far as Hurriyat is concerned,” said Sehgal.”There are around 300 terrorists in the Valley. But let me tell you their days are numbered, but before they are flushed out, they will continue to make such damages to the Indian Army,” he added.Two jawans were martyred after heavily armed terrorists attacked an Army convoy in Qazigund area of Anantnag district yesterday.The Army convoy, which was on its way to Jammu from Srinagar, was indiscriminately fired upon by militants near the Lower Munda toll post.According to reports, militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Activities hampering peace in J-K will be dealt firmly, assures Nirmal Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the National Investigation Agency (NIA) launching a massive crackdown on Separatists over terror funding in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday asserted that central government will be firmly dealing with the activities hampering peace in the Valley. ?The central government has shown that this government is not going to tolerate anything wrong. Activities which will hamper the peace of the Valley will be dealt strongly; also the government is not going to compromise. Law will take its own course,? Singh told reporters. Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir earlier in the day said that action against the separatists in Kashmir won’t stop till they are taught real meaning of ‘Azadi’. The NIA has seized at least Rs. 1.5 crore cash, and incriminating documents in the raids conducted on Saturday in Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana at locations related to Separatist leaders. The letterheads of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hijbul Mujahideen (HM), pen-drives, laptops have also been seized from the locations. Some of the Separatists’ names, whose locations are being raided, are Hurriyat leader Raja Kalwal, and the recently suspended Hurriyat leader Naeem Khan. The NIA had started its probe on May 20 after a sting operation showed Naeem Khan confessing receiving funding by Pakistan to separatists in Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crackdown on terror funding: NIA conducts raids in Kashmir and Delhi, targets separatist leaders, hawala dealers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday carried out searches at 14 places in Kashmir and eight places in the national capital in connection with terror funding received from Pakistan for carrying out subversive activities in the Valley.The NIA, which had earlier registered a Preliminary Enquiry, converted it into a Regular Case (RC) last evening and began searches in the wee hours at the residences of second-rung separatist leaders in the Valley.Around eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital were also raided, official sources said.Among those raided were close aides and kins of hardline separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others in the Hurriyat Conference.Two places in Sonepat were also being searched by the NIA teams in this connection.The raids follow questioning of three separatist– Nayeem Khan, who was seen on television during a sting operation purportedly confessing to receiving money from Pakistan-based terror groups, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’ and Gazi Javed Baba of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, in the national capital last month.The separatists were allegedly receiving funds from the chief of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, including pelting stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments.

Srinagar-Jammu highway closed over separatists’ protest call

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed for traffic today in view of the separatists’ call for a march to Tral to pay tributes to Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat and his colleague, who were killed in an encounter with security forces recently. The chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chief Yasin Malik had asked people to reach Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in large numbers today to pay tributes to the slain militants. “The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has been closed and no movement of any sort of traffic on either side is being allowed,” an official of the traffic department said here. He said the decision to close the nearly 300-km highway the only all-weather road connecting the Valley with the rest of the country was taken in view of the prevailing situation as the roadway passes through south Kashmir. Mughal Road, also in south Kashmir, which passes through Shopian and is an alternate fair-weather roadway connecting Jammu with the Valley, has also been closed for traffic from Bafliaz towards Srinagar, the official said. He said Srinagar-bound vehicles on Kargil-Sonamarg road were also being restricted due to the prevailing circumstances.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Separatist leaders to appear before NIA in Delhi tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned two Kashmiri separatist leaders to its headquarters in Delhi tomorrow in connection with a case related to the funding of terror and subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Farooq Ahmad Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’ and Javed Ahmed Baba alias ‘Gazi’ of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat have been asked to bring certain bank and property documents, besides other papers, before the NIA team that had questioned them here for four consecutive days earlier this month. The questioning comes after the central probe agency, formed in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, named Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba chief Hafeez Saeed, hardline Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Jammu and National Front Chairman Nayeem Khan in a Preliminary Enquiry (PE). Khan has since been suspended from the Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference. The case is based on a sting operation, aired on a news channel, in which Khan was purportedly shown confessing to receiving money from Pakistan-based terror groups through hawala channels. Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’ and Baba alias ‘Gazi’, who are also named in the PE, will be again questioned for their alleged involvement in raising, collecting and transferring funds through hawala and other channels for terror funding in Kashmir as well as fuelling unrest and promoting stone-pelting in the Valley. The NIA has also collected details of 13 accused charge- sheeted so far in the Valley in recent cases related to causing damage to schools and public property as part of a “larger conspiracy to perpetuate chaos” in Kashmir. During their stay here, the NIA team, headed by its additional director general, also gathered evidence collected by the Jammu and Kashmir Police about the burning of schools. Khan had allegedly claimed in the sting operation that the educational institutions had been targeted under plans hatched in Pakistan. The schools were damaged last year after banned Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8. The NIA’s PE alleged that the separatists were receiving funds from the LeT chief to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, including pelting security forces with stones, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Clashes near Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid leave two injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons suffered pellet injuries today in clashes between stone-pelters and security forces in the vicinity of the historic Jamia Masjid in old Srinagar after the Friday prayers, police said. The clashes broke out soon after the congregational prayers ended at the Jamia Masjid and other nearby mosques and shrines, a police official said. He said two persons suffered pellet injuries during the clashes and they have been admitted to a hospital here for treatment. The condition of both injured is stated to be stable. The official said intermittent clashes were going on in the area. Earlier, moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led a protest march inside the mosque precincts against Army chief’s commendation card to Major Leetul Gogoi, who had tied a Kashmiri man to his jeep as a human shield against stone-pelting on April 9. Holding placards, the protestors raised slogans against the government and the Army and demanded action against the Major. Separatists had called for peaceful protests today after the Friday prayers against the honouring of the Army officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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