Officials said, “Security forces noticed some suspicious movement near Bhim Nallah in Gurez area of Bandipora district this morning. A gunfight broke out after the militants opened fire towards security forces’ positions.”
For India, designation of Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terror outfit is going to be a big diplomatic victory as it will also put Pakistan under pressure to rein in Hizb and its leadership in that country.
The incident took place days after Army killed Hizbul Mujahideen chief Yasin Yatoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi in a gunbattle at Awneera village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
According to officials, constable Reyaz Ahmad died at SKIMS hospital in Soura. He was among the four security force personnel injured in the attack on August 14.
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh on Tuesday said that Bharatiya Janata Party will take a call on issues like Article 370 and Article 35 A when it forms the government on its own in Jammu-Kashmir. “The BJP stand on Article 370 and Article 35 A is very clear and we still stick to our […]
Sources said the activists will remain in detention till official function at Bakshi Stadium here concludes. Meanwhile, former CM Omar Abdullah termed the detention of activists as a “fixed match” by the government in which BJP is a coalition partner.
In his Independence Day speech on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the problems faced in Kashmir can be resolved if the nation comes together and embraces the people of that state. He added that bullets and abuses will not help the state make progress.
Speaking on the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley, Singh said- “Conditions have changed thereafter for the worse, and the implementation is getting delayed. I cannot say that this will happen in a year or six months. It cannot be done in a hurry.”
A police official told news agency PTI that militants opened fire at the security forces while they were conducting searches.
Mehbooba Mufti and other mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have opposed any move to abrogate Article 35 A. She had last month warned that there will be “no one to shoulder the Indian flag’’ in the state if its special status is tampered with.
Sources said that the raids were conducted in connection with investigations into a 2014 case under Foreign Exchange Management Act involving crores. The group conducts pilgrimage services besides handicraft exports business.
Move to re-open debate on Article 35A is unwise — loose talk on J&K’s special status will only deepen distrust
The PIL, seeking that Article 35A be struck down, said the state government, under the guise of Article 35A and Article 370, has been discriminating against non-residents who are debarred from buying properties, getting a government job or voting in the local elections.
The Congress along with CPI(M) and other mainstream parties attended an all-party meeting convened by main opposition National Conference in Srinagar on August 7 to chalk out a strategy to defend Article 35A of the Constitution.
A J&K Police survey found 209 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by militants since 1989, leading to the registration of 140 cases in police stations across the Valley. Years later, chargesheets had been filed in only 24 cases. The festering wound of Pandit migration has remained a reason why even genuine political demands of Kashmiri Muslims continue to be viewed through a communal prism.