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SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 05(KMW): Further extending her policy of healing touch, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today distributed orders of appointment among a group of victims who lost their eyesight due to pellet injuries during the law and order situations in the Valley last year.
This is in continuation of her earlier measures taken for the rehabilitation of the victims of violence during the unrest of last year.
It may be recalled that on September 14 and 28 the Chief Minister had also disbursed financial assistance among two groups of such pellet victims. Besides, the Chief Minister had supervised the treatment of these victims last year as well.
Mehbooba Mufti, it may be mentioned here, has initiated a series of measures for the rehabilitation, social integration and empowerment of youth of the State. Recently the Chief Minister directed withdrawal of cases against more than four thousand youth involved in various cases of law and order nature. The step was widely hailed by all sections of society.

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SRINAGAR, Dec 05: Government of India’s representative to J&K Dineshwar Sharma managed to meet at least two Hurriyat leaders during his second visit to Kashmir last week,The Economic Times reported on Tuesday.

Sharma drove to the residence-cum-office of Abdul Gani Bhat in WazirBagh Srinagar on November 27 at around 10:30 pm in Srinagar where another Hurriyat leader was present during the meeting, which went on for around an hour, according to sources in the state government.

The meeting assumes significance as the joint Hurriyat leadership led by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have stayed away from the dialogue initiative, claiming the exercise was a ‘waste of time’, and questioned the sincerity of New Delhi.

The government, however, was desperately trying to expand the scope of the exercise and make it more credible by including the Hurriyat leaders, influential businessmen and civil society members, who till now have refrained from participating.

Bhat is part of Hurriyat led by Mirwaiz, however, since the trio joined hands in 2016, most of the constituents of Mirwiaz led Huriyat including Bhat’s Muslim Conference, have stayed away from its public functions or core group meetings.

When asked about the meeting, Bhat refused to talk about his engagement with Sharma, but quickly added that his party – the Muslim Conference — was principally in favour of dialogue and “open to meet anybody who seeks a dialogue on Kashmir, including Sharma”.

“Our doors are open for dialogue. Why shouldn’t we talk to people? We do it with pressmen. We do it sometimes with members of a delegation. We did it with Yashwant Sinha? Why not with some other people who come to see us? We feel that till the time Pakistan is not involved, there will be no breakthrough,” Bhat told ET over phone.

Whenever Hurriyat has engaged in a dialogue process in any form, Bhat has remained a pivotal figure and has been a votary of ‘consistent engagement’ despite the prevailing situation on the ground.

“India and Pakistan should engage in dialogue, that’s where the key lies. While talking to Pakistan, India should talk to Kashmiris and Pakistan should also talk to Kashmiris,” said Bhat.

During his second visit to the state from November 24 to 29, Sharma first visited Jammu and then met delegations in the volatile districts of Pulwama and Anantnag in south Kashmir. “It was a good visit,” Sharma told ET, but he neither confirmed nor denied meeting Hurriyat leaders.

On October 23, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government appointed Sharma as special representative to J&K to carry out sustained dialogue and talk to all stakeholders to understand and address legitimate concerns of the people of the state.

The appointment of Sharma is the fourth initiative of New Delhi since 2002 to send interlocutors to the state to solve the political issue. Former Union minister KC Pant-led dialogue initiative was followed by the appointment of NN Vohra, who is the current governor of the state and then UPA-II formed a three-member group comprising former bureaucrat MM Ansari, academician Radha Kumar and late journalist Dileep Padgaonkar. However, the governments that appointed them never acknowledged their reports publicly.

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Srinagar, December 5: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday confirmed that Furkan, a Pakistani Militants who took over as the divisional commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), after the elimination of commander Abu Ismail, was killed in an encounter at Qazikund in Jammu and Kashmir.
Along with Furkan, the other killed Pakistani terrorist, has been identified as Abu Mavia.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid took to Twitter and said, “Furkan, a Pakistani Militants who took over as Divisional commander of LeT after the elimination of Ismail was killed in today’s encounter at Qazikund along with another Pakistani terrorist identified as Abu Mavia. Great success for security forces!”

A security personnel also lost his life during the encounter between the army and terrorists while a security personnel suffered injuries. (News Agency)

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Srinagar, December 03(KMW): Jammu and Kashmir Police has issued a strongly rebuttal of statement of JKLF Chief Yasin Malik regarding one Tanvir Ahmad War alias Binda War of Drangbal, Baramulla presently lodged in Central Jail Srinagar. The accused was actively involved in 2016 unrest in old town Baramulla who had been moving around on the tricycle provided to him earlier by Army as a goodwill gesture. He spearheaded violent mob violence in Baramulla Town pushing young boys on forefront of trouble endangering their lives. He would decorate his tricycle with Pakistani flags and make announcements from Public Address Systems instigating people for violence. On one occasion he with the help of his gang hijacked 4 tippers loaded with stones and got them unloaded on roads of old town Baramulla to block these roads so that police was prevented to act against the miscreants. Moreover this person has been continuously involved in instigating and engineering violence in Baramulla since 2008. In year 2008 he compelled and forced Sheikh Aziz to lead the procession who at the advice of many stakeholders wanted to return back from Sheeri Baramulla. The accused who was atop a truck threatened the slain leader with dire consequences and told him if he could march ahead with disabilities, what excuse had the leader had? This person despite his disability has been making good use of his tricycle to travel and headed a gang of stone pelters who would help him in undertaking his antisocial activities.
He is involved in 16 cases of instigating and engineering mob and street violence.

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Srinagar, November 26: Srinagar police arrested five gamblers while gambling in SanatNagar area and recovered stake money of rupees 10,300 from their possession.
Acting on an information, Srinagar police raided a gambling site at Sannat Nagar area and arrested five persons who were identified as Saleem Khan resident of Chanapora, Muzzamil Bashir resident of Jawahar Nagar, Shabir Ahmad resident of Rambagh, Aijaz Ahmad resident of Rawalpora and Showkat Ahmad resident of Rambagh from the gambling spot. A stake money of rupees 10300/- and playing cards were recovered from their possession.
A case FIR number 227/17 under section 13 Gambling Act was registered in Police Station Sadder registered and investigation was taken up.

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Srinagar, November 26: Taking a serious note of the reported remarks of the Labor Department ( shops and establishments) that the authorities will “ensure closure of shops”, a per the recently issued diktat of weekly off for various areas of Srinagar, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) President, Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan said coalition sarkar was playing with fire by provoking the trader community of Kashmir.
In a statement Khan who also heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance said: “We have already appealed to the government that the weekly off calendar for Srinagar is anti-business diktat that will hamper the business interests of the traders earning livelihood in a place like Kashmir where markets are of often off due to security restrictions or strike calls.”
“Not a day passes when market or other is not closed duo to turmoil, so in given conditions we cannot keep the markets shuts,” he said.
Citing an example, Khan said: “Moreover, people love to visit ShahereKhaas on Fridays as it houses most of the shrines and masjids. Keeping the market closed on this day, is a conspiracy to kill the business activities. Same is true for other areas.”
He said likewise the Central Business District around Lal Chowk is equally often closed. “In a conflict zone the traders need to be given some relaxations to earn livelihood but it seems that that government is interested to make traders take to streets again and again,” he said.
Asking traders to be prepared, Khan said: “If the concerned authorities try to enforce market closure in accordance with the new calendar, the entire locality will observe shutdown while KTMF team will instantly visit the affected market to decide about future course of action,” Khan said.
The KTMF chief said if the government remains reluctant on its “anti-business” stand then the traders will be left with no options but to go for a massive agitation, onus of which shall lie on the government.
He also appealed the entire trade fraternity of Kashmir to be united for his cause and be prepared for a “decisive agitation because otherwise our livelihood is being snatched.”

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Srinagar, Nov 26 : Militants attacked the house of a senior Congress leader with hand grenades followed by heavy firing in north Kashmir district of Bandipora early Sunday morning, official sources said.

However, no injury was reported, they said.

The sources said the militants hurled a hand grenade followed by heavy firing with automatic weapons towards the house of Congress leader Imtiyaz Parray at Hajin, Bandipora. Security forces, guarding the house of Congress leader, also retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for some time. However, the militants managed to escape under the cover of darkness. (news agency)

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Srinagar, Nov 20 : The weekly Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) left on Monday morning from here to cross over to other side, official sources said.

The weekly bus with eleven passengers left Srinagar this morning for Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector to cross over to PaK, sources told news agency.

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Srinagar, Nov 20 : Property worth crores of rupees has been damaged in a devastating fire in the commercial hub in south Kashmir district of Anantnag early Monday morning, official sources said.

They said that the fire broke out in major commercial hub Cheni Chowk and Reshi Bazar in Anantnag, about 55 km from here in Anantnag district at 0200 hours. About a dozen tenders were rushed from different parts of the district to control the leaping flames, clearly visible from a distance.

Sources said that more than a dozen buildings and shops were damaged in the fire which was brought under control after about four hours.

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Srinagar, Nov 19 : Curfew like restrictions continued for the second successive day on Sunday in the downtown, Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and areas under two police stations in the civil line and old city.

The historic Jamia Masjid also remained closed for devotees and security forces deployed in the Jamia market and outside to maintain and law and order.

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