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Islamabad, Aug 18 (KMW): Banned militant groups like the Lashker-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad and Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami, blamed for terror strikes in India, have set up camps in Karachi to raise funds to help victims of the worst ever deluge sweeping Pakistan.

Office-bearers of the groups said the ban imposed on them has compelled them to work under different names.

The work of these groups is reminiscent of their activities during the 2005 earthquake, when they had more resources than the government itself.

The groups claim they have collected millions of rupees for the flood victims and that they are engaged in relief and rescue operations in affected areas, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

The groups have given food and medical facilities to the survivors. Other militant groups engaged in relief operations are the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, blamed by India for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Harkatul Mujahideen, Hizbut Tahrir and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.


Srinagar, August 20, 2010 : Prayers resumed in revered Hazratbal shrine in outskirts of Srinagar after a gap of six days on Friday.

Eyewitness said that hundreds of people offered the Asar prayers inside shrine after it was cleaned afresh soon after the Friday Nimaz.

Earlier, thousands of people offered the congregational Friday prayers in the laws of the shrine, on outskirts of here.

“About thirty thousand devotees offered Friday prayers at the historic Hazratbal shrine in a serene and spiritual atmosphere.
People prayed for peace and tranquility in the State,” an official spokesman said in a statement here.

The six day stalemate ended after government agreed to shift the barracks in phased manner.
No prayers were offered in the historic shrine since August 14 last, which was only for the second time in the history.

As per locals people couldn’t offer prayers during 1993 siege for days together

The trouble erupted on the Saturday last after police entered inside the shrine and beat-up a group of people there following pro-freedom slogans.

People took exception of the beating and raised the demand of removal of police and troops. Later district administration.


Srinagar, August 20, 2010: Eleven of the fourteen students, who were arrested by police on August 11 for staging peaceful protests in Jammu, were released on bail Friday.

Advocate Ghulam Nabi Kaboo, who led a two-member team of lawyers from Kashmir to plead the case, told Press Bureau of India that eleven students were granted bail by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Jammu, Mohan Singh Parihar, against a bound of Rs 25000.

“The students have also been directed to present themselves whenever asked by the IO (In-charge Officer) besides not be part of any such activities in future,” said Kaboo, president of Bar Association Handwara.

The youth were detained under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act under Sections 120-B and 124 A RPC.

The released have been identified as Mudasir Hussein of Bijbhera, Sayed Saqib Aslam of Chadoora Budgam, Junaid Rashid of Soura, Adnan Qadri of Bemina, Junaid Nabi Wani of HMT, Mohammad Rayees Khan of Sanatnagar, Mudasir Habib of Budgam, Mudasir Ahmad Ganie of Awantipora, Abdi Hussain of Natipora, Shahid Bashir, all medicos of Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences (ASCOMS) and Shahnawaz Ahmad Wani son of Mohammad Amin, a law student.

Pertinently, the students were arrested on August 11 from the hostel of ASCOMS for staging peaceful protests at the Jammu University against the killing of youth in Kashmir valley.

Meanwhile, the court extended police remand of the three other youths by five days.
The youth include Mohammad Aslam son of Abdul Majeed of Rajouri, Javed Ahmad son of Mohammad Yousuf and Babar Ahmad. (PBI)


Islamabad youth shot dead, Sopore teenager succumbs

Srinagar, August 20, 2010: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police Friday shot dead another youth in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district while a teenager injured in CRPF firing in Sopore town of Baramulla district last evening succumbed to injuries at the SK Institute of medical sciences this morning. The two deaths have taken the toll to 62 in the last 71 days of unrest.

Sopore teenager succumbs; Police files murder case against CRPF

18-year-old Mudasir Ahmad, son of Nazir Ahmad Hajam injured in CRPF firing in Hajjam Mohalla of Sopore town last evening succumbed to injuries at SKIMS this morning. His death sparked off fierce clashes in Baramulla district and other parts of the Valley.

Mudasir and seven other youth were injured when a patrolling party of CRPF 177 Battalion led by an assistant commandant opened indiscriminate fire upon a group of youth in Hajjam Mohalla locality of Arampora last evening.

Mudasir was hit by at least two bullets in chest and abdomen and was rushed to SKIMS where he breathed his last this morning.

“The teenager had suffered multiple injuries in abdomen. His intestine was ruptured. The doctors operated him last night, but he did not survive. He died this morning,” SKIMS, Medical Superintendent, Syed Amin Tabish told KMW. Meanwhile, police has registered murder case against the CRPF for killing the teenager.

“We have filed a case Fir No 413/2010 under section 302 RPC against the CRPF.

Further investigations are on,” Station House Officer (SHO) Sopore, Aftab Ahmad said. When Mudasir’s body reached his home this morning, several thousand men, women and children of Warpora, Arampora, Khushaal Matoo, Baba Yusuf, Chinkipora and adjoining villages defied curfew and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations.

Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the slain teen at Hajjam Mohalla. Amid sobs and thunderous pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the Mudasir was laid to rest at the ancestral graveyard.

Later in the day violent clashes erupted in many parts of the Baramulla district. In old town, hundreds of people after offering congregational Friday prayers took to streets and staged pro-freedom demonstrations.

Shouting “We want freedom,” “Salam-O-Martyrs,” “The Kashmir we have nurtured with our blood, that Kashmir is ours!”, “Go India Go Back,” the protesters tried to march to the civil line areas.

However, a contingent of CRPF men and police deployed on the cement bridge intercepted the procession. Forces burst tear smoke shells when the protesters tried to break the cordon. In retaliation, angry youth pelted rocks and stones on the forces sparking off violent clashes. Due to the clashes, the cement bridge presented a look of a battlefield.

Forces opened several shots in air when the defiant protesters refused to disperse. At least six people were injured in the clashes that continued till late evening.

At least twenty people were injured in CRPF and police action on protesters in Kunzer area of the district.

Reports said hundreds of people took to streets this afternoon and staged peaceful demonstrations against the recent killings. Shouting slogans, the protesters tried to march on the streets of the area.

However, CRPF and police lobbed tear smoke shells and resorted to cane charge to quell the procession. At least 20 people, reports said suffered injuries in the forces action.

Peaceful protests were also staged at Khwaja Bagh, Tapper, Pattan, Palhalan, Kreeri and other areas.

At Tapper, thousands of people after Friday prayers staged peaceful pro-freedom demonstration. The protesters were addressed by district president of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Nazir Ahmad Hamza.

Youth killed in Bijbehara

28-year-old Nazir Ahmad, son of Abdur Rehman Wani of Feroz Shah Mohalla was killed and at least twelve others, four among them suffered gunshots when CRPF and police fired upon a peaceful procession in Bijbehara town of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district this afternoon. The killing triggered violent clashes that left at least fifteen people, including a few cops injured.

Reports and eyewitnesses told KMW that hundreds of people after offering congregational Friday prayers at main chowk, Bijbehara staged peaceful pro-freedom demonstration.

Shouting “We want freedom,” “Salam-O-Martyrs,” “Go India Go Back,” and anti-India slogans, the people were protesting the fresh spate of killings by troops and police across the Valley.

When the protesters reached near police station, CRPF and police burst tear smoke shells followed by random fire upon the demonstrators.

At least twelve people, four among them suffered bullet injuries in the forces action.

The injured identified as Asif Khurshid Ganai, Mohammad Iqbal Tak, Jan Mohammad Wagay, and Nazir Ahmad Wani were rushed to hospital for specialized treatment.

However, Wani who was hit by a bullet in eye succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital.

When the body of Wani was brought to his village, thousands of men, women and children poured on roads and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations.

Shouting slogans, the people were protesting the killing of the youth.

Thousands of people participated in the Nimaz-e-Jinaza (funeral prayers) of the slain youth at Martyrs graveyard Bijbehara.

Fierce clashes broke out in the area after the youth was laid to rest.

Hundreds of angry youth carrying stones and sticks attacked the police station and set on fire a police vehicle and a scooter.

A vehicle of the forest department and a portion of court building were also torched by the protesters.

Dozens of teargas canisters and scores of shots in air by CRPF and police failed to disperse the defiant protesters who clashed with forces till late evening. At least fifteen people, including four policemen were injured in the clashes.

Reports of post-prayer protests and clashes were also received from Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama districts of South Kashmir.

In Pulwama, thousands of people took out a peaceful procession from bus stand. Chanting pro-Azadi slogans, the procession passed through different areas of the town before dispersing peacefully. Peaceful protests were also staged in Kakpora area.

In Shopian, at least twenty people, three among them were critically injured when CRPF and police opened fire and lobbed tear gas shells to quell the pro-freedom demonstrations that erupted after Friday prayers at Bongam, main chowk, Tak mohalla, main chowk and other areas.

Three of the critically injured youth have been removed to Srinagar for treatment.
In Srinagar, the capital city thousands of people staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations today.

Reports said groups of youth took to streets in Rainawari this morning and staged demonstrations to protest the alleged atrocities of the CRPF troops and police.

Shouting, pro-Independence, pro-Islam and anti-India slogans the protesters tried to march through the streets of the area. However, CRPF troops and police confronted the protesters leading to clashes.

Forces fired several tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters who were hurling rocks and stones.

The ding-cong clashes continued for nearly an hour. However, no reports of any injury were received.

At least four people were injured as violent protests also broke out in Khanyar area this afternoon. Reports said groups of youth after offering Friday prayers tried to stage pro-freedom demonstrations.

However, forces foiled the attempt of the youth triggering off clashes.

CRPF and police lobbed tear smoke shells to disperse the stone pelting youth.

Three people were injured in the clashes
Force was also used by police and troops to quell pro-freedom demonstrations in Brein, Nishat this morning.

Locals charged CRPF and police of firing tear smoke shells inside the residential houses.

Forces, they said also smashed several window panes of residential houses.

Clashes also broke out in Nowhatta, Gojwara, Kawdara, Soura, Anchar and other areas.
Situation peaceful: Police

In a press release issued here this evening, a police spokesman said that barring few incidents of stone pelting in Bijbehara, Shopian, Baramulla and Handwara situation remained by and large peaceful.

The spokesman said that two people were injured when police opened fire in self defense to chase away a huge mob that tried to set police station, court complex and SDPO office on fire with petrol bombs. One of the injured youth, the spokesman said succumbed to injuries.
“Twenty policemen including an SHO were injured.

The unruly mob set ablaze two trucks and a Bike outside the police station,” the spokesman added.


Prominent Kashmiri voices Castigate government

Srinagar, Aug 13 (KMW): In what can be termed as the bloodiest day in the history of Ramadan in Kashmir, several people were shot dead by security forces in the conflict ridden Kashmir.

The day began on a tragic note when a student of 10th class was shot dead.

According to different media reports and eyewitnesses, as people were coming out of a mosque after offering dawn prayers at Mirpora mohalla in Trehgam town, they were confronted by CRPF personnel on the grounds that undeclared curfew was in force in the area.

This led to an argument between the worshippers and CRPF, upon which the latter opened fire and killed a boy, identified as Mudasir Ahmed Zargar, S/O Gulam Hasan Zargar, a resident of Trehgam.

A 60-year-old woman, identified as Jana Begum W/O Muhammad Sidiq Malik was also injured in the incident.

If this was not enough.
The 65-year-old man, identified as Ali Muhammad Khanday, hailing from Pattan area of north Kashmir Varmul district succumbed to his injuries at SK Institute of Medical Sciences this afternoon.

Khanday was injured when paramilitary forces opened fire on him this morning at Pattan town, some 28 kms from here.

Adding salt to the wounds of kashmiris, another massacre took place in Sopore.

Two more youngsters were shot to death and several other were wounded in north Kashmir’s Sopore town as paramilitary CRPF is said to have opened fire on a peaceful procession in the town this afternoon.

By evening reports were pouring in from Bandipora to Palhallan and mattan to Nowhatta of several critical injuries to protesters in alleged security forces firing.

Commenting on this gloomy scenario, senior pro-freedom leader Hilal Ahmad War, Chairman People’s Political Party (PPP) said, “The days are now numbered for the government of India its Occupational Forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

Worst form of atrocities and unprecedented human rights violations are committed by brute forces of India in Kashmir.

They have converted whole Kashmir into an active war-zone and a colossal cantonment. Killing of 4 innocent Kashmiris on the second auspicious day of holy month of Ramadan prove that Govt. of India has formulated a new genocide policy whereby fourth generation of Kashmir freedom Movement are made target by the occupational forces in order to deter them to take the responsibilities of the movement which India is scared of. If Govt.

India will follow the philosophy of live and let live it will surely concede the demand of the 14 million people of Jammu and Kashmir that they want to shape their political future according to their Will. By doing so not only India but whole South –Asia will be at peace.

Zamrooda Habib, Chairman Muslim Khwateen Markaz, (a constituent of Hurriyat (G)),said, “We are speechless to describe the level of atrocities committed by India in Kashmir.

Killing of Kashmiris on the day of fasting aptly proves the brutal mindset of India in Kashmir.

The sacrifices of our martyrs will bear fruits and we will be soon liberated from clutches of Occupation”.

Babar Jan Qadri, A Peace Activist said, “The manner in which peaceful protests are scuttled in the disputed region of Kashmir, it will give rise to violent forms of résistance, which would burn down the entire region in flames.

India needs to accept Kashmir as disputed region and solve this dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri masses”.

Ground realities suggest that the overall scenario related to human rights in the Valley of Kashmir is getting from bad to worse and reailties call upon the government of India to address Kashmir issue immediately.


(CNN) — Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho has rejoined former coach Jose Mourinho after completing a transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old, who made 22 appearances for Chelsea last season as the London club clinched their second English Premier League title, signed a two-year-deal.

Carvalho will join his international compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu, becoming Madrid’s fifth signing of the close season.

“Chelsea Football Club can confirm it has agreed terms with Real Madrid for the transfer of Ricardo Carvalho,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“Chelsea would like to thank Riccy [Carvalho] for his six years of service, and we wish him well in his future career.”

It is the second time Mourinho has signed Carvalho. After winning the European Champions League with Porto in 2004, a side which featured Carvalho at the heart of the defense, Mourinho took the central defender with him to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth $31 million.


Srinagar: At least eight persons were injured when paramilitary forces opened fire on demonstrators in Pampore town in the outskirts of Srinagar Wednesday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said that at least eight persons were injured, six of whom had received gun shots, when a peaceful demonstration was fired upon at Konbal in the world famous saffron-growing town of Pampore. The injured have been shifted to various hospitals.

Further details are awaited.


NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement on autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, saying autonomy for the state won’t be tolerated.

The BJP targeted the prime minister in Parliament on the issue and termed it as unfortunate.

Manmohan Singh had on Tuesday night said that the Centre was willing to consider autonomy for the state within the ambit of the Constitution.

Reaching out the people of the state, Singh told a meeting of representatives of various political parties from the state in New Delhi that if there was a consensus between them on autonomy, the Centre would consider it within the ambit of the Constitution.

“We are all servants of the Constitution. There are many shades of opinion in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir. I and my senior ministers present here show our seriousness in addressing the issues,” he said.

Prime Minister said that he was aware of the alienation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and that it had to be removed. “Jammu and Kashmir residents must have a life of self-respect and dignity,” he emphasized.