Bashaarat Masood

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J&K: 7 killed as security forces open fire on protesters after encounter in Pulwama

While police said the civilians were killed when they came “dangerously close” to the site of the encounter, eyewitnesses said they were killed more than an hour after the gunfight. At least 23 other civilians are reported to have been injured.

After marathon meet, ‘disgruntled’ Muzaffar Baig appointed PDP patron

The development comes amid a rebellion in the PDP, with former MLA Abass Wani resigning from the primary membership of the party on Monday.

Panchayat polls in Kashmir: In first seven phases, no contestant on more than half panch seats

Of the 13,347 panch (member) seats that went to polls in the first seven phases, 7,387 remain vacant as no one contested the elections. Also, in 3,453 other seats, candidates were elected unopposed.

J&K: Senior PDP leader Haseeb Drabu resigns from party

In September, Mufti had nominated Drabu to PDP’s high profile Political Affairs Committee (PAC), which he had refused to be part of.

Pitch Battle: J&K administration reaches out to ‘Heart of Srinagar’ with T20 cricket

Officials said that this was just the beginning of the plan to reach out to the youth from old city, and more such matches will be held in the coming days.

Jammu and Kashmir parties slam plan to change residency certificate rules

Calling Jammu and Kashmir a sensitive state, the political parties have warned of “serious ramifications” in case of any changes to the PRC rules.

J&K student who joined militant ranks returns after appeals from his family

The student is the second militant to return to the mainstream after appeals from his family — last year, Majid Khan, a budding footballer-turned-militant, quit the Lashkar-e-Taiba and returned home after his mother’s appeal.

Farooq Abdullah claims Sajad Lone’s father brought militancy to Valley

Abdullah’s statement came after Sajad Lone had earlier said that his party is against “dynastic politics”.

After Kartarpur, Mehbooba Mufti bats for opening of Sharda Peeth route in PoK

Mehbooba Mufti has written to PM Narendra Modi over the issue.

LeT commander behind Shujaat Bukhari’s murder killed near Srinagar

Police had named Naveed Jatt and two local militants, Azad Ahmad Malik and Muzaffar Ahmad, as the prime suspects behind Bukhari murder’s on June 14 this year.

Ex-Norwegian PM’s visit rekindles hopes for talks in Valley

Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik met top separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik besides delegations of the KCCI and the High Court Bar Association.

Sajad Lone has company: PDP’s heavyweight Muzaffar Hussain Baig offers to join

Sources said Baig’s move is also meant to pre-empt moves afoot in the PDP, NC and the Congress to come together and stake claim to form the government in the state which is under Governor’s Rule since the  BJP-PDP alliance came unstuck.

Hurriyat leader shot dead in Anantnag

A statement by the joint separatist leadership, comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik, blamed the government for killing and called for a complete shutdown in the Valley on Thursday.

Four Hizbul militants killed in Shopian encounter, jawan succumbs to injuries

At least six militants were killed in the district this week, and militants abducted at least eight civilians from different villages and killed two of them on suspicion of being informers.

J&K: Two militants killed in encounter with forces

As the joint team zeroed in on the target house, the militants hiding inside, opened fire, triggering a gunfight. Two militants were killed in the brief encounter.

J&K panchayat polls: 64% turnout in Valley, 75% in Jammu; polling peaceful

While Udhampur registered 83.62 per cent polling, Kathua registered 80.2 per cent, Rajouri 78 per cent, Ramban 75.31 per cent and Poonch 70 per cent.

Sniper active in Valley killed, was nephew of Jaish chief Masood Azhar: J&K Police

Officials said that the killing of Haider is a major success for security agencies, particularly after he was identified as the deputy of the Jaish’s sniper squad that has recently entered the Valley.

Police officer abducted on way home, shot in Valley

With militants targeting police personnel on leave, the department, in another advisory to police training schools in the state, had said leave should not be granted to trainees from South Kashmir.

In a first for Kashmir, third death in suspected sniper attack, IGP raises alarm

Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Rajendra Prasad was shot in the face around 1 am, while guarding a power grid station, and succumbed to his injuries.

J&K: Terrorists attack Rashtriya Rifles camp in Tral, one jawan killed

The militants carried out the attack on 42 Rashtriya Rifles camp in Luragam around 9 pm, killing sepoy Ngamsiamliana, who was on guard duty, they said.