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Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, a US citizen, was arrested by the federal agency yesterday from his home in Fairfax, Virginia, on charges of being an ISI agent who lobbied for the Pakistani spy agency and army on the issue of Kashmir. The agency filed a 43-page affidavit in a US court in Alexandria in connection with the indictment of Fai and another US citizen Zaheer Ahmad, 63, as agents of Pakistan.   The copy of the affidavit is below: Source: Scribd.

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Showkat Maqbool Moon, a reporter was caught today by Jammu and Kashmir police for demanding money from a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer in North Kashmir. Maqbool, son of Mohammad Maqbool Moon resident of Noorbagh Baramulla, working with New Today news agency was arrested in a dramatic way by the Station House Officer (SHO) of Police Station, Sheeri, after the CRPF official lodged a written complaint with the police station. A police official said that they recovered 5000 rupees from his possession. Concerned SHO says “Showkat was making threatening calls to Assistant Commandant, D-coy of 129 BN CRPF, Harsh

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By Nivedita Menon The Times of India reported today that Delhi Police intercepted a call immediately after the Mumbai blasts on Wednesday, which has given them crucial clues to solving this case. Read the full report here Basically, immediately after the blasts,  the ever alert Delhi police intercepted a call from Mumbai  to the NCR to ask the person in the NCR if  ’the work had been done’ and whether ‘Sharif” had been informed. On getting the answer ‘yes’, the caller hung up, and not just hung up, but ‘immediately’ hung up. The call lasted for about a minute. This

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By Shahnaz Bashir When Muslims from Punjab in 1930’s had begun to shape public opinion in Kashmiri Muslims under “Kashmir Committee” (the name hijacked by some members of Indian National Congress a few years ago to initiate a diplomatic intervention in Kashmir) shrewd ministers of Maharaja Hari Singh organized a tour of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (real name Mohiuddin Ahmad) and Tej Bahadur Sapru into the valley. The duo tried to dissuade Muslims of Kashmir from their struggle. They, like the current interlocutors, campaigned throughout Kashmir and asked people to cooperate with the Maharaja’s government. This resulted in pacifying some

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Without music, life would be an error- Fredrich Nietzsche History is witness to the powerful influences exerted by music on human civilizations. Music, in fact, has always helped make us human. Transcending the barriers of culture, race and creed, music not only plays an important role to tie us in a single vast human family but even contribute in the processes of nation building. In Kashmir, the music that has resonated within these picturesque valleys has always connected us in our joy and in grief. For centuries, Music in our land was not merely a tool for entertainment but an

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By Iymon Ganaie | Photos by Bisma Tenzu Baramulla, July 2: “We had functions in Srinagar but Srinagar is not Kashmir. Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara is.” With these words Kashmiri writer, Mirza Waheed, started the reading of his debut novel, The Collaborator at Government Degree College, Baramulla.  A small but enthusiastic audience of students and faculty attended the reading of journalist turned writer Mirza, who read some paragraphs from his novel. The reading started with the first chapter of the book, The valley of yellow flowers.  After the reading session, an interaction session started during which the writer answered questions, of

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Public opinion runs unabated in the media – this notion is one of the most spectacular achievements in the world today. Masses are made to believe that the media is liberal, when it is only propagandized to advocate the conservative corporate interests and to obey an esurient political class – the ever powerful lobby which has the power of distribution, of decision making, of production and of financial operations. By rationale, masses have been induced to thraldom for generations. Media, for decades, has been a slave to external power. What is dictated by an elite few becomes news. Thus, there

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By Suhasini Haidar India needs to understand that the absence of violence in the Kashmir Valley is not peace, and that development and dignity for all Kashmiris go hand in hand. Pakistan must recognise that violence will never bring peace for Kashmiris, and will imperil all Pakistanis. On the face of it, this summer in India-Pakistan engagement has been defined by the discovery of Osama bin Laden, the revelations of David Headley and Tahawwur Rana, and the intense turmoil inside Pakistan that has unleashed another round of deadly attacks there. Even so, as the Foreign Secretaries prepare for their next engagement

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In what can be termed as a serious breach of secrecy, a Xerox copy of the letter written by the chief minister Omar Abdullah to union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has landed on social network ‘twitter’, courtesy a Mumbai based blogger. The brief, three line letter is a reply from the chief minister to Mukherjee’s letter addressed to the chief ministers of all the states besides heads of various political parties seeking their views on the institution of Lokpal and Lokayukta for checking corruption at higher political levels. Mukherjee in his letter had sought the opinion of the chief ministers

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Text & Photos by Bisma Tenzu Baramulla, June 20: A six-year-old child was killed today when a motor cycle was hit by a construction machine, towed to a load carrier, which was coming from Baramulla near Khawaja Bagh. The load carrier bears registration number: JK05B 9481 to which the machine was towed by some polythene rope at rear-side. While moving near the Government Degree College, Baramulla, the machine slipped off the vehicle. It collided with the motor cycle bearing registration number: JK01F 6003, which was coming from the opposite direction. Body of six-year-old kid lying after the accident. The motor