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As FIR on Army Shopian killings divides PDP, BJP, families say investigation a ‘farce’
Sun, Feb 04, 2018

The J&K government’s decision to set up a probe and register a case of murder against the Army for the three deaths has strained relations between coalition partners Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the BJP.

Before Shopian, series of futile J&K pleas to prosecute Army men
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

No case by state against Army personnel has ever reached prosecution stage in civilian court.

Kashmir Valley shutdown over Shopian civilian killing
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

On Saturday, two youths were killed and one critically injured when Army opened fire on protesters at Ganwapora village of Shopian.

Former security guard from Jammu and Kashmir Manzoor Ahmad Dar secures IPL contract
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Manzoor Ahmad Dar is the only cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to make it to the Indian Premier League this year. While two other players from the state – Parvez Rasool and Umar Nazir – also went under the hammer, they remained unsold.

Two protesters killed in army firing: J&K police
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

While the J&K police have registered a case of murder against the army, the state government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.

J&K: Dead militant’s sister among two injured in Shopian encounter
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

One of the two women injured in the encounter has been identified as Saima Wani, 18, the sister of Sameer Ahmad Wani, who was among the two militants killed on Wednesday.

No radicalisation in schools, do not need sermons: J&K minister
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

“This (education) is a state subject and I don’t think I will take sermons from anybody,” J&K Education Minister Altaf Bukhari said. “They (Army) should do their job — their job is to secure the borders, and if the borders are secured incidents of violence will come down.”

‘Of course, madrasas need to improve, but let education be apolitical’
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

Rashidi, who studied at the Darul Uloom in Deoband, runs the Jamiat-us-Salihaat madrasa in Handwara, north Kashmir.

J-K: 15-yr-old who picked up gun, didn’t respond to father’s appeal to return, killed in Valley encounter
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

A Class XI student, Farhan had left home on the afternoon of June 14 for his Physics tuition, and did not return. A fortnight later, police told his family that Farhan had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen.

Kashmir: Friends struggle to connect schoolboy they knew with fidayeen
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Fardeen Khanday, 16, and Manzoor Baba, 22, killed in fidayeen suicide attack rare for Valley, surprised families and friends by suddenly taking up arms.

Telegram exchanges say militant killed in November was ‘first militant’ of Islamic State in J&K
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

Last week, replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (MoS), Home, Hansraj Ahir told Parliament that there is no IS or Taliban in J&K.

Kashmir research scholar ‘joins Hizbul’, family says lost contact after new year
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

Wani’s brother said his brother left home for Aligarh a month ago. “All this time, we thought he was in Aligarh. He would talk to us regularly. We don’t have any idea where he is,” he said.

Pakistan national anthem plays at J&K cricket match; three players held
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

The 1.45-minute video showed one team in green jerseys like the Pakistani cricket team. The other team was in whites.

Second big attack in Valley within a week of 2018, IED blast kills four policemen in Sopore
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Though the Jaish-e-Mohammad has, in a statement to a local news agency, claimed responsibility for the Sopore attack, police say they are still investigating the case.

Four policemen killed in IED blast in J-K’s Sopore, Mehbooba condemns incident
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

At least three policemen were feared killed in an IED blast in Sopore in Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

Jammu and Kashmir: BJP says youth killed was party worker, family refutes claim
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Sofi’s family refuted the BJP’s claim saying that he was not associated with any political party.

Parties welcome J&K Governor NN Vohra’s appeal for talks with separatists
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

However, the separatists are not excited by Vohra’s offer.

Pulwama CRPF camp attack: Valley encounter ends, Afzal Guru ‘badla’ was inscribed on gun seized
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

On Sunday, five paramilitary personnel and two militants were killed. A video, recorded before the attack, by one of the slain militants also surfaced on social networking sites.

Pulwama attack: Militants storm CRPF training camp, kill 5 men
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

Pulwama attack: Police sources said they had received intelligence inputs over the last few days about a possible attack on a military installation.

J&K govt order for its staff: No tweet, post against govt
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Calling it an order “against freedom of expression”, the state’s largest government employees’ association said that it will formulate a “strategy to counter it”.

Calling J&K’s lost boys back
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

The police promised the parents that if their children wanted to return home, the doors to the mainstream were “open”. “Every care will be taken for their dignified rehabilitation if they shun the path of violence,” said an announcement about the function on the Shopian Police’s Facebook page

Kin claim soldiers shot Valley youth outside home, Army says crossfire
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

The J&K government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killing

Amnesty for first-time stone-pelters warms homes in the valley
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

On November 29, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered the withdrawal of first-time cases of stone-pelting against 4,327 youths to create 'a positive and conciliatory atmosphere in the state'

Hurriyat leader denies meeting interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma after his party splits
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

While Bhat has expelled his party’s representative in Pakistan Manzoor-ul-Haq from the party, a rival group has expelled Bhat from the Muslim Conference.

French documentary maker Comiti Paul Edwards held in J&K for visa rule violation
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

The police said Comiti Paul Edwards was in the Valley on a business visa but was involved in journalistic activities.

Former counter insurgency cop is Jammu and Kashmir cricket CEO
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The appointment comes a month and a half after the court appointed two retired judges as the administrators of the cricket body.

Hurriyat leader breaks ranks to talk, speak up
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The Hurriyat leader said in supporting dialogue, “I probably represent the beat of each one of us in the south Asian region. I don’t want to die tomorrow in an atomic holocaust, I don’t want to burn alive with my kith and kin and the entire region. Who wants it?"

J&K police arrest one, claim to have cracked soldier killing case
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday claimed to have cracked the case of the killing of Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar of the Territorial Army, shot dead last month by militants in Shopian when he was back home on leave. The police, however, said they were investigating if the soldier had any link with militants. “We […]

Pakistan slogan repeated in Budgam cricket match
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

A crowd raised slogans in favour of Pakistan star Shahid Khan Afridi at a match where Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the chief guest. The spectators were angry after they were prevented by the Army from shaking hands with Dhoni.

Crowds turn up for MS Dhoni at match in Jammu & Kashmir
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

MS Dhoni was the chief guest for the match between the south and north Kashmir teams, played on the Kunzer grounds in north Kashmir.

Another soldier on leave found dead in Kashmir’s Shopian, police blame militants
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

“Obviously, militants are responsible for this killing. He had been shot by a bullet fired from an AK-47 rifle,” said Shopian Superintendent of Police Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar.

J&K: Forces’ joint appeal to local militants to return
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

The appeal was made days after young footballer Majid Arshid Khan from south Kashmir shunned militancy and returned following an appeal by his mother.

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack near Srinagar, J&K police rule it out
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

The Tehreek-ul-Mujhadeen had claimed the Zakura attack. Zakir Musa, who was earlier associated with Hizbul Mujahideen and later set up the Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind, too, had claimed credit for the attack.

How procedures and protests grounded planned liquor shop at Srinagar Airport
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Seeing that the proposal could trigger a controversy, the government stated there were no plans to set up a liquor shop at Srinagar Airport.

J-K High Court admits petition seeking further probe into Poonch killings
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Acting on the petition filed by the victims’ families, challenging the CBI’s closure report, the court issued notice to the CBI asking it to respond. The case has been reopened for the second time by the court.

J&K: 36th Public Safety Act against Masarat Alam, shifted to Kotbalwal jail
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

The government on Wednesday informed the court that detention orders under PSA have been passed against Alam by the Kupwara District Magistrate. A