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APHC to support initiation of dialogue on Kashmir

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has called upon Pakistan and India to hold talks at prime ministerial level to find out political settlement of the Kashmir dispute. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview in Srinagar said that Hurriyet would fully support the two countries to initiate a dialogue process aiming at resolving the long-pending dispute to ensure peace in the South Asian region. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Flash floods feared amid heavy rains in IOK

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, dozens of structures including residential houses have been damaged due to landslides caused by heavy rainfall in the Valley over the past 24 hours, police said. A landslide caused by the rain in Budgam district destroyed eight residential houses and 10 cowsheds last evening.At least 26 residential houses were damaged by the landslide, but there were no reports of loss of life, they said. The residents of the area were evacuated to safety in view of flood danger. The rainfall has also forced closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway due to landslides at some places, an official of the Traffic Department said. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Inqilabi announces award for Geelani, Faktoo

Srinagar—Chief Patron Jammu Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi (MeA) Muhammad Azam Inqilabi Sunday paid glowing tributes to jailed resistance leaders and activists and said entire nation respects their sacrifices. In a statement here, Inqilabi said people who endure hardships while striving for a just cause, for them Almighty God has promised reward and said in the glorious Quran: “Indeed those who said, ‘Allah is our Lord’ then remained steadfast, they shall neither have anything to fear nor shall they grieve. They all shall go to paradise wherein they shall live ever, a reward for the deeds they did in the world.” (Surah Al-Ahqaf, Verse 13, 14). MeA patron said Kashmir martyrs laid their previous lives for a sacred cause and “those who are in jails are like ‘Ashabe-Kahf’ and following the way of Prophet Yousuf (A.S).” ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Masarrat visits martyrs’ families

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyet leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, Masarrat Aalam Butt visited the residences of martyrs; Wamiq Farooq, Tufail Mattoo and Umar Qayyum in Srinagar.2The senior Hurriyet leader on the occasion expressed solidarity with the families of martyrs and expressed the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the liberation struggle, against all odds. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Anatomy of Pandit migration from Kashmir

FROSTY winter days were menacingly uncertain as it had been almost a year now that popular resistance had been gradually spreading in Kashmir. Start of January bought with it news of expanding Indian forces across the valley; pouring in since the onset of winter and were gradually taking over everything. Since the incidents of 1989, the collapse of the civil administration in Kashmir had been complete, coupled with continuance of decades of political indifference. Even during the 1989 kidnapping and release of Rubiya Syeed, the role of state government was already relegated to the shadows; New Delhi was gradually taking the reins. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Kashmiris misrepresented in India: Speakers

Srinagar—The literati and other speakers at ‘Sonth Literary Festival’ said Kashmiris and their sentiment had always been ‘misrepresented in India’ with news channels constantly running ‘malicious and hateful propaganda’ against the Valley. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Kashmiris support political dialogue on Kashmir issue: Mirwiaz

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has called upon Pakistan and India to hold talks at prime ministerial level to find out political settlement of the Kashmir dispute. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview in Srinagar said that Hurriyet would fully support the two countries to initiate a dialogue process aiming at resolving the long-pending dispute to ensure peace in the South Asian region. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

LA ‘drops’ Afzal Guru resolution

Jammu —In a major breather for the ruling PDP-BJP government in J&K, the Legislative Assembly (LA) has dropped the resolution on return of mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru. Legislator from Langate constituency, ErAbdur Rashid—who had moved the resolution—said “it was not subjected to balloting process.” ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Govt disclosure puts question mark on AFSPA

Srinagar —Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led government has said that the Disturbed Areas Act has lapsed in 1998, putting a question mark on continuation of AFSPA in the state. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Kashmir: Urgency in dialogue process

ALl of us remain concerned that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir should be solved through peaceful negotiations and should be willing to lend all the strength we have to the resolution of this matter.” President Nelson Mandela at the NAM Summit – September 2, 1998 ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Pak envoy continues to meet Kashmiri leaders

New delhi —Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit has continued holding consultations for the third consecutive day with separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir during which he sought their help for building an environment of peace in the sub-continent. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

PDP cashed in on anti-BJP wave: Geelani

Srinagar—Taking a dig at the BJP-PDP coalition, the Huriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani while holding a three hour long meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner at New Delhi Abdul Basit has said the “PDP is not peoples’ representative but cashed the anti- BJP sentiment to cash votes during polls in Kashmir valley.” ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Hoisted Pak flag on my own soil: Aasiya Andrabi

srinagar—Dukhtaran-i-Millat Chairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi Wednesday said she did not hoist Pakistani flag on Indian soil but hoisted it on the soil of Jammu and Kashmir which is a disputed territory and is not a part of India. She was reacting after the reports that Jammu and Kashmir police have booked her for unfurling Pakistani flag in Kashmir during Pak National Day on March 23. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Naheed quits MC, joins PML-N

Mirpur—All Jammu Kashmir Muslim Conference, once biggest stronghold of Kashmiris at the political horizon of the State of Jammu & Kashmir suffered a fresh big blow – after its seasoned woman leader and former minister Mrs. Naheed Tariq parted her ways with the party (MC) and entered the fold of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) reposing full confidence in the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the PML (N) AJK Chief Raja Farooq Haider Khan. ... Friday, March 13, 2015 Details

AFSPA revocation plea received in Delhi

Srinagar—Union Home Ministry has revealed it received a petition from J&K Government seeking phased withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the State. ... Friday, March 13, 2015 Details