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, 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 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.
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.
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".
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".
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, too, addressed the rally over phone from Srinagar.
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.
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.
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.
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, an innovation by separatist leader Masarat Alam, first came up during the 2008 Amarnath land agitation.
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.
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.
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
Abdul Qayoom Najar, one of the longest surviving militants, has been active since 1995.
Monday’s move to oust Abdullah as JKCA president is the first time his authority was challenged since he became its chief in 1980.
The police census of militants puts their strength at 142 — 88 of them local and 54 foreign nationals, mostly from Pakistan.
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”.
The J&K police sees this as an attempt to glamourise the militancy in Kashmir.
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.
The action comes after a photograph of Hizbul Mujahideen militants was uploaded on a Facebook page.
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 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.
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.
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.
While all those killed had some ties to militant outfits or separatist hardliners, different narratives have emerged to explain the mystery behind the mayhem.
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.
Slain civilian identified as Aijaz Ahmad, a resident of Mundji locality in Sopore town.
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.
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.