The probe, which has linked traders based in Muzaffarabad and Lahore with businesses in Srinagar, Delhi, Surat and Dubai, had come under cloud after the J&K government received information that a huge bribe was allegedly paid to investigators to leave “main accused” Tajamul Masoodi “untouched”
The Special Operations Group of the J&K Police and army had only one specific input: a group of Jaish militants, who had killed a policeman in an ambush in Rajpora three days earlier, were hiding there.
Referring to the recent investigations by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against several Hurriyat leaders allegedly linked to funds for militancy, DGP Vaid said that “it is wrong to say the case registered by the NIA and subsequent raids on Hurriyat alone have helped improve the situation”.
Around 10 Lashkar militants and commanders who had “ex-filtrated” after spending years in Kashmir are also back and the area in the outskirts of Srinagar city, the Harwan-Dhara belt, has been “activated again”.
Part XXI of the Indian Constitution, ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’, includes, apart from Article 370 — Temporary Provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir — special provisions for 11 other states, listed under Articles 371, 371A-H, and 371J.
haru Wali Khanna, a lawyer and former member of the National Commission for Women, filed the petition against Article 35A in the Supreme Court after the J&K government refused to identify her as a permanent resident because she didn’t have any documentary evidence to prove her claim
The first such Presidential Order was issued on January 26, 1950. This was replaced by another Presidential Order (the ‘mother’ order), which applied several provisions of the Indian Constitution to J&K with substantial changes, amendments and provisos.
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The plea by Seema Razdan Bhargav and Charu Wali Khanna, which came up before a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar, was tagged along with another petition challenging the Constitutional validity of Article 35A which has already been referred to a three-judge bench.
The killing of Yatoo at this juncture is a major setback to Hizbul Mujahideen because the outfit is trying to prevent Zakir Musa – a breakaway HM militant who has set up Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind – from taking the centrestage of militancy in the valley.
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 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.
J&K Advocate General Jahangir Ganai said that the Union minority affairs ministry had constituted a committee after the court had asked the Centre and the state government representatives to together take a stand on the issue.
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.
The Tribunal said that the fact that “the accused persons were terrorists who have infiltrated across the border or were crossing over to the other side cannot be ruled out because they were wearing pathan suits which are worn by terrorists’’.
Using her party’s 18th raising day rally to send across a rare and stern message to the Centre, Mehbooba Mufti warned that her government would not allow any move to close cross-LoC trade and the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road link.
The fake encounter was exposed by J&K police investigation after the families of the victims filed a missing report. This triggered massive protests across Kashmir. The government constituted a high-level inquiry commission while army too ordered a high level probe.
PDP is talking up ‘riders’ in the extension of GST to J&K, but it seems clear that the state’s special status has been encroached upon. Meanwhile a Presidential Order from 1954, which also forms the basis of the GST Order, faces a legal challenge. Jammu & Kashmir and India are at a constitutional crossroads of critical importance.
While she has earlier blamed Pakistan for the unrest in the state, this is the first time that Mufti has pointed a finger at China. Her statement comes at a time of tension between India and China over the Doklam border issue.
“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.”
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Amarnath yatra attack: Speaking to The Indian Express over phone from Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti said she had “no words to describe the pain and anguish” when she “met the survivors of the attack” on Monday night in Anantnag.