“The firing took place in an open orchard not more than 100 feet from the encounter site. They could have shot in the air to disperse the crowd, but they did not,” said Asim Ahmad, accompanying his injured cousin Jehangir, 20, who was being operated upon for a bullet wound to the abdomen.
Hiba Nisar, the youngest pellet victim of the current phase of violence in the Valley, lies anaesthetised in her mother’s lap after undergoing a surgery at Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital Wednesday.
Ten days after 20-month-old Hiba Nisar was hit in the right eye by pellets during a protest in Shopian, she wails in her mother’s arms at Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, unable to express her pain in words.
Only people with “personal or political interests” in J&K Bank are opposing the move to turn the bank into a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) and the opposition is “without merit”, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has stated.
PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti described it as a “disturbing step to snatch every bit of autonomy that our institutions have”. Sajad Lone of People’s Conference said his party’s economic philosophy is decentralisation and total liberalisation.
A day of political speculation, which drove anyone watching the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir to the edge of their seats, ended with dissolution of the 87-member Assembly after five months of Governor’s rule in the state.
As per a draft policy document, studies conducted in recent years have shown an “alarming” shift in the pattern of substance use in the state, in terms of the rise in the number of women users, decreasing age at first-use, as well as rising drug-related deaths.
NC vice-president Omar Abdullah said, “By holding elections without trying to address anger on the streets and compounding that by believing that an election without NC and PDP would have any meaning, all that the central government has been able to achieve is the least credible elections in the state.”