Jammu-Kashmir flash flood: The flash flood inundated vast areas along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway, washing away half a dozen houses and leaving several persons trapped. Six persons, including a 12-year-old boy, were rescued from under the debris.
Expressing dismay over recurrent flare-ups along the LoC, the chief minister said unfortunately, the people of Jammu and Kashmir were the worst sufferers of this hostility as they had to live under perpetual threat to their lives and property.
President Panun Kashmir Ashwani Chrungoo claimed the Article 370 of the Constitution infringes the fundamental rights of the Indian citizens “in context of Jammu and Kashmir state in many ways”.
The security forces had launched an anti-militancy operation in the Wanihama village of the Anantnag district, following which a gunbattle broke out at around 8 pm.
On Saturday, an Indian Army jawan was killed in cross-border firing across the LoC by Pakistani Army in Rajouri sector.
The three others have been identified as Amir Mohiuddin of Heff, Basharat Yusuf Mir of Litter and Iftikar Rather of Awneera, he said. The police probe revealed that the attack was carried out by Hizbul Mujahideen militant Nazim Nazir Dar.
“If the government thinks that elimination and guns are the only ways to curb tension in Kashmir, we are not with them,” he told reporters after an all-party meeting a day before Parliament opens for the monsoon session.
Baramulla SSP, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir said the Hizbul Mujahideen module was planning to send many boys to Pakistan on valid visa to get them trained in militant camps of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
While she has earlier blamed Pakistan for the unrest in the state, this is the first time that Mufti has pointed a finger at China. Her statement comes at a time of tension between India and China over the Doklam border issue.
The Kashmir tragedy has been so routinised and so predictable that nothing ever surprises any longer.
Just as the militants have taken a maximalist position that has to be rejected out of hand, the Central government has taken a maximalist position that has aggravated the problem. The people of the Kashmir Valley are caught between the two maximalist positions.
The officials have recovered the body of three terrorists who were killed in the encounter along with the weapons used by them, the police official said. The militants are believed to belong to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit.
Emerging from the meeting, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma told reporters that their party has raised some doubts before the government but made it clear that “nation is first — be it China or Kashmir”.
Anil Baluni also posted a video clip of the interview the former union minister had given to a Pakistani news channel in 2015. Aiyar is purportedly saying in the interview that the way of the deadlock in India-Pakistan relationship is “Remove them (BJP) and bring us (Congress) in. There is no other way”.
“Our stand is absolutely clear. You are aware that the heart of the matter is cross-border terrorism emanating from a particular country that threatens peace and stability in the country, region, and the world. We are ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir under a bilateral framework,” Gopal Bagely said.