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Senior pro-freedom leader and Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman – Syed Ali Geelani – on Saturday hosted an Iftar party at his Hyderpora residents in which pro-freedom leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik participated among others including lawyers, doctors, students and representatives from the trade federation.

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It is impossible to discuss the dispute between India and Pakistan over the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, without mentioning ‘the plebiscite’: the pledge made by both leaders of recently independent India and Pakistan – Prime Minister Jawaharhal Nehru and Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah – to hold a plebiscite to confirm (or reject) Maharajah Hari Singh’s accession to India in October 1947. Given the hurried nature of the accession, carried out in the face of mounting unrest in the state and a tribal invasion from neighbouring Pakistan, it was Mountbatten – in his capacity as Governor-General of India

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Two paramilitary forces’ men, including an officer, were killed in an attack by suspected militants in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday afternoon, police said.

The two men are from Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and died on the spot near Halmulla area of the district.

Reportedly, the suspected militants have been successful to leave after the attack.



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Fourteen people got injured in a grenade blast in South Kashmir’s Shopian town today afternoon.

A minor girl, among the injured, is reportedly critical and has been shifted to Srinagar.

Different eye witnesses accounts are saying that the grenade was hurled on a vehicle with cops, going for a court hearing. However, other reports say that a gun shot was heard before the grenade explosion.

The district hospital of Shopian has received the below 14 injured persons.

The injured have been identified as follows.

1. Rutba Jan D/O Shakeel Ahmad R/O Wudar

2. Zahid Ahmad S/O Mohammad Shafi Shah R/O Rawalpora

3. Aamir Hussain S/O Farooq Ahmad R/O Muloo

4. Sumaya D/O Mohammad Shafi Najar R/O Shopian

5. Sabeena W/O Mohammad Shafi R/O Shopian.

6. Rayees Ahmad S/O Ghulam Qadir Hajam R/O Ladu Pampore

7. Mohammad Yaqoob Mir S/O Ali Mohammad Mir R/O Tarkuwangam

8. Mohammad Anzar S/O Mohammad Yaqoob

9. Shakeel Ahmad Dar S/O Mohammad Abdulah Dar R/O Lajura

10. Ruby Jan D/O Shakeel Ahmad Khan R/O Kareewa Manloo

11. Shakeel Ahmad Dar S/O Ghulam Mohammad Dar R/O Shopian

12. Ayisha W/O Mohammad Shafi Sheikh R/O Hirpora

13. Sameer Ahmad S/O Mohammad Amin Naikoo R/O Pinjoora

14. Amir Hussain R/O Largam


Published at: 15:18. Updated at: 16:18


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  Before landing in Kashmir this year, I thought I had more or less of an understanding of what loaded words as conflict or occupation implied. I always tried to keep myself informed. However, when I went to the valley two months ago, I realised how little I knew about the place. Most of my certainties vanished. One in particular did, which has drastically changed my way of looking at the occupation now. I used to believe that the way of resistance through non-violent artistic, cultural and intellectual activities could exist in such places, and that the youth was not

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  Today on the International Day on Enforced Disappearances, Jammu and Kashmir’s Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) staged a peaceful sit-in protest at Pratap Park, Srinagar. Scores of family members of disappeared persons participated in the peaceful protest that was also attended by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik who expressed solidarity with the families of the victims and said that his organization would always support the APDP which is fighting for a just cause. The family members whose loved ones are involuntarily disappeared at the hands of the Indian forces during the turmoil in

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In a brazen attack a day after India’s Independence day celebrations, suspected militants Saturday ambushed a Border Security Force (BSF) party patrolling in an armoured gypsy killing two personnel and injuring 4 others near Bandarpora Koil crossing on Pulwama-Awantipora road barely a kilometer away from an Indian Air Force Station in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The attack, the fifth in six days and second on BSF according to police was deadliest which claimed the lives of two BSF personnel including an Assistant Sub Inspector. BSF officials confirmed that four jawans were critically injured in the attack who are being treated

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In a response to the petition regarding the compensation filed by survivors of Kunan-Poshpora rape case the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil (JKCCS) a human rights organization, in a statement issued to press said that Jammu and Kashmir government is not averse to paying compensation to the survivors of the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape. “In a petition filed by the survivors of the mass rape and torture case, the counsel for government stated that in principle they were not averse to the payment of compensation but sought further time for the same,” reads the statement. This comes following an initial

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Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday said that Kashmir issue being a political issue needs a political resolution rather than the developmental solution as is being mooted out by the Narendra Modi led union government. Mirwaiz was addressing a seminar here where he observed that Hurriyat Conference is not averse to socio-economic development of Jammu and Kashmir but the priority must be given to address the Kashmir’s political instability. Hurriyat (M) had organized a seminar titled “Khoon-e-Shaheedan Rang layega” to commemorate the sixth death anniversary of ‘Shaeed-e-Azeemat Sheikh Abdul Aziz’ and all martyrs of Kashmir at the conglomerates

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Kashmiri Muslim orphans wait to break their fast of Muslim holy month of Ramadan in an orphanage in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Aug. 4, 2011. (Xinhua/Javed Dar) An estimated number of orphans in Jammu and Kashmir is more than 200,000, revealed a UK-based child rights organization, Save the Children, on Tuesday during  a one day workshop on ‘Children and Print Media in Jammu and Kashmir’ organized by the organisation. The group said that out of the total number 37 percent orphans were due to the ongoing armed conflict in the state. “An estimated population of orphans