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Twenty four people including a block president of the state opposition National Conference, Nissar Ullah Khan, have been booked for damaging public property and attacking a police team in Poonch district.

“On May 1, Mohammed Rafiq, a resident of Golid village, died under mysterious circumstances, after which some of the residents of his village including several workers of National Conference held a protest there,” a police officer told PTI.

When a police team reached the spot, it was attacked by the protesters who started pelting stones at them, he said.

“Several policemen were injured and several police vehicles damaged in the stone pelting,” he said.

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Kashmiri Pandits during protests at Jantar Mantar, Delhi. Photograph courtesy: twitter.com/BhawnaKak A day after opposition party National Conference said that separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits will not be allowed, Kashmiri Pandits on Sunday held a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi demanding their rehabilitation in the Valley. Members of the community gathered in large numbers at Jantar Mantar demanding that the State and the Centre take them into confidence before any decision on their return to the Valley. They also demanded that the Jammu and Kashmir government reopen prosecution cases against all who involved in the killings of Kashmiri

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Opposition party National Conference on Saturday said they will not allow the Jammu and Kashmir government to go ahead with its plan to set-up separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits. Instead they will work on the resettlement of Pandits in their native places, PTI reported. “We are against separate clusters for Kashmiri Pandits. We welcome them (to Kashmir), but we will not let the government to create separate colonies for them,” NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar was quoted saying. Sagar said National Conference has always supported the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their native places in the Valley. “We have always said that we

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National Conference on Tuesday trained guns against the government, questioning the move of issuing Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs) at the school level. “The government must come clear over the issue of granting PRCs at the school level. Has the system that was in vogue in JK since 1927 failed to deliver that the PDP is mulling to introduce a new one in the state,” asked general secretary NC Ali Mohammad Sagar. Talking to KNS he maintained further that there is a proper system of according PRCs to the people of the state. “A person has to apply and then a

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National Conference party convention in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday witnessed chaos and confusion as the two groups of the party raised slogans against each other while in the midst of the bedlam, Provincial President of the party for Kashmir province Nasir Aslam Wani lost his cool and kicked a party worker. Eyewitnesses said that National Conference had organized a party convention in Beehama Ganderbal at their district office. As the convention started, scores of supporters of Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar stood up and raised slogans against the party. These workers alleged that the party is in no mood to

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday disclosed that he had met the All India Congress Committee (AICC) chairperson Sonia Gandhi 10-days ago conveying her that NC will not forge any pre-poll alliance with the state Congress for the upcoming assembly elections in the state. Omar maintained further that NC patron and his father Dr Farooq Abdullah will not contest the assembly elections as his health does not allow him to fight the elections. In an exclusive chat with  Kashmir News Service (KNS), the chief minister stated that he had a detailed meeting with Ms Sonia Gandhi in New

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By Fahad Shah [I]n the political arena of the Jammu and Kashmir, a little known family before 1930s which made it to the pages of history is the Abdullah’s of Kashmir. Starting from Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who belonged to a shawl weaver family and became the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, to the current Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, his grandson, the family has been in the mainstream politics of the state over the years. Born in 1905, Sheikh Abdullah emerged as the powerful political figure of the then princely state, Jammu and Kashmir, but after his political defeats in

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By Fahad Shah | New Delhi The Jammu and Kashmir will be having a shrine board for the Chandi Mata Machail Dham pilgrimage in Kishtawar. The board will be constituted if the bill, placed in the legislative assembly by a Congress party member, will be passed. The pro-freedom leaders, however, have been demanding the dismantling of the earlier shrine boards and oppose this proposed one. A copy of the bill, passed by Legislative Council on October 10, 2012, was laid on the table of the house for the consensus of the Jammu and Kashmir state legislative assembly by the Secretary

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Indian-controlled Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah By News Desk Srinagar, Indian-Controlled Kashmir The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Sunday said he was ready to take up the matter of officially inviting Hurriyat Conference leaders for a dialogue, with New Delhi, “in case they show an indication of willingness for talks with the Government of India”. In an interview, he said that he doesn’t see any signifigant move on Kashmir issue before India and Pakistan elections. “If the Hurriyat people give us an indication that they are ready for talks and are waiting for an invitation, I will definitely

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Eleventh February is remembered as Maqbool Butt’s death anniversary. Every year demonstrations are held in many parts of world. His followers and the people of Kashmir demand the return of his remains from Tihar Jail, where he is buried, to Kashmir. Kashmiri groups, on both sides of the dreaded line of control and all over the world, remember him well. After five years Young men in early twenties, and some younger than that crossed over to Pakistan-held Kashmir in late eighties to return as armed guerrillas and started the armed movement in Kashmir. Yasin Malik was one among them who

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