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Srinagar: Army stops reconstruction of mosque, triggers row
Sat, Aug 29, 2015

Residents have questioned why the army itself laid the building’s foundation and why such rules are not applied to other religious places in the cantonment.

Rahul Gandhi blames PM Narendra Modi’s ‘politics of hatred’ for Gujarat violence
Fri, Aug 28, 2015

Rahul, who is on a three-day visit to Kashmir, took a dig at the BJP for calling his visit to Jammu and Kashmir a “tourism” trip.

In video message, Hizbul militant asks youths to join them, ‘our own’ cops to stop fight
Wed, Aug 26, 2015

In a departure from the practice of sending statements to the media, this is the first time a militant commander in the Valley has addressed people directly through a video message.

J&K Chief Secy ‘steps down’ over transfers, differences with govt
Wed, Aug 26, 2015

On Friday, Khanday had asked the government to delay the meet by a day, citing death of his relative. But the cabinet went ahead with the meet and ordered massive transfers in the state administration.

NSA Talks: Mufti Sayeed blames Pakistan, hopes Ufa thaw ‘will not go waste’
Mon, Aug 24, 2015

CM Sayeed said he was disappointed over the abrupt cancellation of bilateral meeting between India and Pakistan NSAs and that he wants to see both the countries "walk the bridge of trust together".

J-K: Police use force to foil party convention by Geelani
Sun, Aug 23, 2015

Terming the police action as "state terrorism", TeH said that the government in the state is run by NSA Ajit Doval and the Mufti government is a mere "spectator".

In Delhi, Kashmiri separatists are held, Pakistan reception still on
Sun, Aug 23, 2015

The separatist leaders were told that "restrictions have been imposed on their movement in the national capital" ahead a possible talks between Aziz and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, official sources said.

Hurriyat Chairman Geelani continues to be under house arrest despite CM Mufti’s ‘battle of ideas’
Sat, Aug 22, 2015

A heavy contingent of police is camped outside the 84-year-old separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Hyderpora residence and nobody else is allowed inside the residence.

Open Muzaffarabad road to all, says Mufti; BJP talks ‘soft borders’
Fri, Aug 21, 2015

Mufti’s decision to pick Uri to make his point was significant especially as it was during his tenure in 2005 that the Muzaffarabad road was thrown open for cross-border travel

J&K Congress veteran transferred Khidmat Trust property to his family before death
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is a trustee of Khidmat Trust, says this can’t happen. “This is a Congress property. We are four trustees: me, Ghulam Rasool Kar, M L Fotedar and Mangat Ram Sharma.

NSA talks: ‘All options on the table’ as Hurriyat accepts Pak invite
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

The Kashmiri separatist leaders have been invited by the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi to meet Aziz, a move about which the government is clearly unhappy, sources said.

Not just Andrabi, Geelani also ‘addressed’ JuD rally in Pakistan
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, too, addressed the rally over phone from Srinagar.

Explained: Who is Andrabi?
Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Andrabi is the founder and chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat – the women’s hard-line separatist outfit in the Valley -- that was originally set-up as an organisation for social reforms.

Andrabi booked for hoisting Pakistan flag
Mon, Aug 17, 2015

The video of Dukhtaran-e-Millat’s flag hoisting ceremony and Andrabi’s speech was later posted on social networking sites and circulated through WhatsApp.

Resurgence of home grown militancy surprises security agencies
Thu, Aug 13, 2015

After lying low for several years, militants are now ready to launch another battle and have announced their arrival by stepping up attacks on the security forces.

Abdul Qayoom Najar: Valley’s most wanted militant caught on camera for 1st time
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

The video footage, police sources said, suggested that Najar was personally involved in the attack on a telecommunication company’s showroom in Srinagar.

‘Ragda’ dance of protest in Srinagar
Wed, Aug 05, 2015

Ragda dance, an innovation by separatist leader Masarat Alam, first came up during the 2008 Amarnath land agitation.

Militant wanted for attacks on cellphone towers dead
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

According to the police, two militants, believed to be Najar and Mir, were caught in a shootout with the police on Friday evening. The militants reportedly jumped into the canal.

Wedding bells ring in communal harmony in Kashmir
Fri, Jul 31, 2015

Ichigam in Budgam district houses seven Kashmiri Pandit families, who did not migrate from the Valley when militancy erupted in Kashmir in 1990. There are around 1,400 Muslim households.

Guns ‘n’ poses: The new crop of militants in Kashmir
Sun, Jul 26, 2015

They are young, educated and wealthy. And they love wielding their guns for the camera. Bashaarat Masood on the new crop of militants in the Valley. Photographs by Shuaib Masoodi

Salahuddin expels Hizbul leader for killing civilians in Sopore
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

Abdul Qayoom Najar, one of the longest surviving militants, has been active since 1995.

JKCA row: Farooq Abdullah foils Imran Raza Ansari’s presidency bid
Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Monday’s move to oust Abdullah as JKCA president is the first time his authority was challenged since he became its chief in 1980.

Militants in Kashmir: 88 of 142 are local
Mon, Jul 20, 2015

The police census of militants puts their strength at 142 — 88 of them local and 54 foreign nationals, mostly from Pakistan.

Posters call Geelani R&AW agent, Hurriyat protests
Sun, Jul 19, 2015

The posters had been discovered in Sopore town on Friday. Pasted in the name of Lashkar-e-Islam, they were accompanied by “evidence” — a copy of a “letter of appreciation” sent by “R&AW to Geelani”.

Now, video on FB shows militants patrolling road
Thu, Jul 16, 2015

The J&K police sees this as an attempt to glamourise the militancy in Kashmir.

Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani rejects Pakistan High Commission’s Eid Milan invite
Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Hurriyat says that the decision to “boycott” the function has been taken in protests against dropping of K-word during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif in Russia.

Militants’ photo on Facebook, J&K Police turn to court for help
Sun, Jul 05, 2015

The action comes after a photograph of Hizbul Mujahideen militants was uploaded on a Facebook page.

AS Dulat’s allegation a ‘Himalayan lie’, says Syed Salahuddin’s son
Sat, Jul 04, 2015

The Hizbul Mujahideen said former R&AW chief Dulat’s claim that Hizbul chief had called up a senior IB officer to seek a seat for his son in medical college was a 'Himalayan lie'.

In J&K, school textbook caught in plagiarism row
Fri, Jul 03, 2015

In the book, meant to introduce Class X students to Economics in “a simplified manner”, most parts of the Economics section have been lifted word-by-word from the J&K Economic Survey.

Amnesty International releases damning report on human rights violations in J&K
Wed, Jul 01, 2015

Calling the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as one of the “primary facilitators of impunity” for security forces, the report has demanded its repealing.

Sopore killings: J&K cops blame Hizbul in ‘wanted’ posters
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

The posters were pasted at several places in the town Monday night and have pictures of the two men, identified as Abdul Qayoom Najar and Imtiyaz Ahmad Kundoo.

Six mysterious killings in 3 weeks: who is killing Sopore’s men?
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

While all those killed had some ties to militant outfits or separatist hardliners, different narratives have emerged to explain the mystery behind the mayhem.

High and dry on flood relief: Waters could have receded here, J&K prefers to choke outlet
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Months after the Jhelum flooded the city, the municipal corporation is filling up what would have been a vital diversion for the water should the river burst its banks again.

J&K: Fourth civilian shot dead in Sopore in last 7 days
Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Slain civilian identified as Aijaz Ahmad, a resident of Mundji locality in Sopore town.

Jammu & Kashmir government bars Hurriyat from holding seminar, speakers held
Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Hurriyat has termed the government action as “state terrorism” saying it has proved that Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s slogan of “battle of ideas” is hollow.

One more gunned down in Sopore, police clueless
Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Forty-year-old Meraaj-ud-din Dar was gunned down outside his poultry shop at Badambagh in Sopore. Police said Dar, who had two daughters, was a former JKLF militant.