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Lashkar commander killed in encounter
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

A joint team of the army intercepted a car carrying Mohammad Ayub Lone, the Lashkar commander. Police officers said the militant, also known as Ayub Lelhari, fired at the forces and was killed after a brief encounter.

Hizbul Mujahideen appoints Mohammad Bin Qasim as new chief after Yasin Yatoo’s death
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

While there is no militants by the code name of Mohammad Bin Qasim on the police radar, police sources say that the new commander could be Riyaz Naikoo, the Divisional Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen for south Kashmir.

CRPF pellets in chest kill Pulwama youth
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

In another incident, over a dozen civilians were injured in Shopian where an encounter between militants and a team of the army, police and paramilitary forces raged for almost 20 hours.

Big blow to Hizbul Mujahideen, top commander Yasin Yatoo killed
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, IG (Kashmir Zone) Muneer Khan described the killing of Yatoo as a “very big success”. “He was one of the top commanders active here. It was a difficult operation in a place surrounded by orchards and nullahs, but we were successful,” said Khan.

Article 35 A fears unite arch-rivals Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Article 35 A is a provision of the Constitution that empowered the J&K Constitution to define “permanent residents” of the state. It was added to the Constitution through “Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954,” issued by the President under Article 370.

Farooq Abdullah warns of ‘greater revolt’ if status altered
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Abdullah called the Centre’s position a BJP-RSS conspiracy to erode the state’s special status for demographic change. He urged opposition parties to unite to thwart any such move. . He insisted that it should not be given a regional colour.

Amarnath attack: Three held for helping LeT militants
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Asked if the militants wanted a flare-up of communal tension by attacking the pilgrims, Khan said the pilgrims weren’t the focus of the Amarnath attack.

‘Dujana and Lelhari were part of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Musa said that Dujana and Lelhari “faced difficulties” from Pakistan-based militant leadership after they joined his Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.

India bringing Hindutva to Valley: Hizbul commander
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

Hizbul chief asked non-Muslims in Kashmir to live without fear the way they have been living for centuries. “I appeal to my people that they should not let their non-Muslims neighbours feel that their love and amity for them has lessened.”

No space for Islamic State, al Qaeda, says Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin on Thursday warned “defeatist elements”, who want to “launch Daesh (IS) like organisation in Jammu and Kashmir”. He said there is no space for any international organisation “like Daesh (IS) and al Qaeda” in the state.

Police: Two Hizb modules busted, cop in one of them
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

“The module had plans to send many boys to Pakistan on valid visas to get them trained in terrorist camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” said Mir Imtiyaz, Superintendent of Police, Baramulla

17 Amarnath pilgrims killed in accident
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

“Eyewitnesses gave us different versions. Some said a tyre of the bus burst and the driver lost control. Some said that the brakes didn’t work,” Deputy Superintendent of Traffic Vishal Manhas said

Shadow over tourism in Valley: 30 per cent pilgrims visit other sites too
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

“The Amarnath pilgrimage affects our tourist season in a positive way,” said president, Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir. “We don’t know the exact economics of the Yatra as there’s been no study of it. But certainly 25-30 per cent of these pilgrims would double as tourists.”

Amarnath Yatra: A long, up-and-down journey
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The Amarnath Yatra symbolises the best of Kashmir’s old syncretic ethos. It has had its moments of crisis, but a militant attack on pilgrims remains unacceptable to the Valley at large. The Indian Express tell the story.

Amarnath Yatra attack: Anger, protests in Kashmir
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Protesters started pouring in groups from early Tuesday to protest against the killing. A group of social activists arrived first, followed by representatives of the Valley’s tour and travel operators, political activists and the members of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI).

Amarnath terror attack: Importance of the Yatra
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

In 1994, Pakistan-based Harkat ul Ansar said they would not allow the yatra until government removed bunkers at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar. The bunkers were removed, but the militants announced other demands. The yatra, however, was peaceful that year.

Pay Rs10 lakh compensation to ‘human shield’ Farooq Ahmad Dar: Rights body to J&K govt
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

The SHRC, however, didn’t rule on the role and culpability of the Army officer, citing “limited applicability of the Protection of Human Rights Act 1993 to the state of Jammu and Kashmir”.

Human shield row: SHRC directs J-K govt to provide Rs 10 lakh as compensation to victim
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Human shield row: On April 9, when the Srinagar parliamentary constituency was going for a re-poll, an army officer Major Nitin Gogoi tied a civilian to the bonnet of army vehicle and paraded him 19 different villages of district Budgam.

Blocked: Valley tabloid’s FB page that had Burhan Wani sketch
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

The weekly tabloid is published by the Greater Kashmir Communications Centre that runs Jammu and Kashmir’s largest circulated English daily, Greater Kashmir, as well as an Urdu daily and an Urdu weekly. 

NIA notices to mosque, school linked to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

The Hurriyat said although the NIA has an office in Srinagar, it has deliberately asked the Masjid and school officials to come to Delhi to “further harass and trouble them”.

J-K House passes GST resolution, Minister Haseeb Drabu assures safeguards
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Drabu, however, didn’t explain how these safeguards would be implemented, which prompted the Opposition to raised slogans in protest as Speaker Kavinder Gupta put the resolution to a voice vote.

Mehbooba Mufti apologises for Imran Ansari’s remarks in Assembly
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

“I was taken aback (by Ansari’s words),” Mufti said. “The words that were used weren’t appropriate. I personally apologise for it.” Sports Minister Imran Raza Ansari had used the expunged words against National Conference legislator Devender Singh Rana.

J-K Assembly debates GST, Opposition says ‘bid to attack idea of J&K’
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

The resolution talks about safeguarding the special position of the state, but the Opposition termed it vague. The Opposition urged the government to make its own GST law — like it had done for VAT.

Militant recruitment up in north, central Kashmir: J-K police
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

In fact, militancy has seen a resurgence in some parts of south Kashmir where there wasn’t any militant presence for about a decade now. However, what has worried security agencies is a similar trend in north and central Kashmir.

Pulwama encounter: Two militants killed, three Armymen injured
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

Two militants were killed and three members of the Army’s elite para commandos were injured in a 12-hour joint operation by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and the CRPF in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.  Several civilians were injured as police used force to disperse protesters who gathered in large numbers and threw stones […]

NC says will not accept GST in kits present form, traders form committee to give alternative proposal
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

J&K is the only state that has not yet rolled out the new tax regime. The J-K government has convened a special session of the assembly on July 4 to discuss and extend the constitutional amendment 101 to the state to facilitate the implementation of GST.

Jammu and Kashmir: Ram Nath Kovind meets Mehbooba Mufti, PDP offers full support
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Speaking at the meeting, several BJP and PDP leaders termed Kovind’s candidature for the post of president as an “empowerment of the disadvantaged sections” of the society.

Struggle will go on, say J&K separatists
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

“Ban or no ban, as far as Hurriyat is concerned, we would continue to strive for our right to self-determination, which has been accepted by the UN, and even accepted by America and others”.

Syed Salahuddin designated global terrorist: How much does he matter in the Valley?
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

The Hizb is not just the largest militant outfit, it is also credited with the resurgence of militancy in recent years – slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani was the outfit’s operations chief in the Valley and was instrumental in promoting militancy in Kashmir.

Delhi family of four among seven killed in Gulmarg cable car mishap
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

The family of four, comprising a couple and their two daughters, were taking a joyride on the cable car — between Gulmarg and Kongdori — at the time of the incident. The four have been identified as Jayant Andraskar, his wife Manisha Andraskar and their two daughters Anagha Andraskar and Jahnavi Andraskar.

‘No politician shows up when cop in J&K dies’
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

A few officers vent anger on social media

‘No politician shows up when cop in J&K dies’
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Few officers vent anger on social media

In Valley, celebrations after Pakistan win
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

People came out in groups to celebrate Pakistan's win over India in the Champions Trophy Final.

Hizb leaders at LeT duo’s funerals leave agencies worried
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

LeT militants Matoo, Nasir Ahmed Wani and Adil Mushtaq were killed in an encounter in Anantnag district on Friday.

J&K to miss GST deadline
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

As the special session of the assembly was convened on Saturday, it was adjourned indefinitely immediately after the obituary references.

Mehbooba Mufti for talks to end J&K crisis
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The first day of the session was specially for obituary references but NC leader Mohammad Shafi took on the government over the killings and the government’s failure to initiate dialogue.