Naveed Iqbal

Articles By Naveed Iqbal

Concerns of All-India services officers raised with govt: DGP

Earlier this week, officers from the IAS, IPS and the IFS met Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam at his residence to apprise him of their concerns with regard to “a possible merger of the cadre with the AGMUT cadre or postings to ‘any’ third cadre”.

J&K cadre officers meet chief secy over possible merger, postings outside

Officials familiar with the proceedings of the meet told The Indian Express the Chief Secretary “has assured the cadre that their interest will be safeguarded”.

With 3 panels, J&K admin gears up for transition to UTs

The state’s administration has constituted three committees to chart the necessary administrative steps and legal formalities in the run-up to October 31, when the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act comes into effect.

If we pick up 5, we keep one… just a few hundred with us: J&K DGP

In an interview to The Indian Express over a month after the clampdown in the state, J&K Police chief Dilbag Singh says the detention rate is much lower than the pick-up rate.

Posters on benefits in South Kashmir, courtesy Army

Lt Gen K J S Dhillon, responding to a question about whether the Army was driving the information campaign on its own or if the effort was being directed by the Centre, said at a press conference on September 4: “There is no organised campaign.”

J&K: 290 booked under PSA since August 5, says official

The Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) allows the government to detain a person without trial for a period of three to six months.

Investor summit on cards, Valley business leaders in detention

The summit was expected to be held from October 12-14 but the dates are likely to change. Ironically, their detention comes when the administration is preparing to host a Global Investment Summit in the state, with an official saying they expect investments worth Rs 10,000 crore.

J&K police report: 280 law and order incidents in 3 weeks, Srinagar tops list

At least 80 civilians have sustained pellet injuries in these incidents, official sources said, adding that two persons are currently undergoing treatment in hospitals.

Schools in shuttered Valley re-open but parents fearful, kids stay away

On Monday, The Indian Express visited 13 schools in Srinagar - all in the city’s relatively peaceful Civil Lines area. Of these, 11 schools were locked while security guards at the two remaining schools said neither students nor the staff had arrived.

Landlines from today, schools re-open next week: J&K says ‘gradual’ easing

“Keeping in view the evolving situation, as well as the cooperation of people in maintaining calm and peace, we are now taking measures to ease the restrictions in a gradual manner,” Subrahmanyam said.

Eid cheer missing in Valley, people pray at local mosques, movement curbs remain

Although prohibitory orders were relaxed to allow people to offer prayers, the security lockdown and downing of communication lines continued for the eight consecutive day. Police and paramilitary personnel had placed barricades on all roads and there were strict curbs on movement of civilians.

Under cover of night, ailing try to find way to Srinagar hospitals

The Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, usually packed with patients and attendants every night, now receives a trickle. Its corridors and wards are more or less empty and ambulances are stationed outside, in a row.

‘Eid is in a couple of days… Will they allow us to use our phones?’

The crowd grew as the day progressed, with men and women walking in from all parts of the city. “Eid is in a couple days, I wish they would allow us to use our phones that day. Do you think that will happen?” they asked each other. DC Shahid Iqbal Choudhary was not in his office.

J-K: Pilgrims, tourists head out, others on edge at Amarnath Yatra

With apprehensions of a curfew being imposed allayed for another day, tourists checked tickets online or asked others to join them to take the road out of Kashmir.

Jitters in Valley: J-K calls off Amarnath Yatra, tells tourists to leave

The BJP gave the meeting a miss. Later, a delegation led by Mehbooba Mufti met the Governor and expressed concern about the situation in the Valley. Malik, in turn, informed them that there were serious and credible terror threats to the Yatra.

National Conference delegation meets PM Modi, cautions against any ‘precipitous step’

The meeting was attended by NC vice-president Omar Abdullah and Anantnag MP Justice (retired) Hasnain Masoodi. The party delegation also sought Assembly elections “before the onset of winter.”

Joint plan to defend special status: J&K parties assert need for consensus, united approach

In a statement, Mufti urged all stakeholders in the state to make a joint effort “to prevent this catastrophe that can potentially lead to unimaginable problems”.

J&K parties look at joint plan to defend Article 35A

Article 35A empowers J&K legislature to define the state’s Permanent Residents.

As more troops arrive, parties in Valley warn: Don’t touch Article 35A

There is fear in the Valley and in Muslim-majority districts of Jammu and Kargil that the move to remove Article 35A — which empowers the J&K Legislature to define permanent residents of the state — is intended to change the demography of the Muslim-majority state.

Acquitted in Samleti blast case: After 23 years, they return to parents’ graves, unfamiliar faces

On reaching, Mohammad Ali Bhat (48) flung himself on the mound crying: “I wanted my father to extend his arms and hold me so I could tell him I am finally home.”