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Islamabad, 19 October (KMW): On a request by the government of Afghanistan it has been decided to keep the friendship gates on Pakistan Afghanistan border crossing points at Chaman and Torkham closed on October 19 & 20 2018 (Fri & Sat). The decision has been taken to support Afghanistan in smooth conduct of upcoming Parliamentary elections in the country.

Both the crossing points will remain closed for all kinds of traffic except emergency cases.


Baramulla, Oct 19(KMW): At least two militants were killed in a brief exchange of fire in North Kashmir’s Baramulla town on Friday afternoon.

Sources said that two militants fired upon a naka party near Kralhal Railway Track created panic in the area. The Forces personnel retaliated, killing two militants on spot.

A police spokesperson in a statement said that at about 13:30 hours one Scorpio vehicle bearing registration number JK 01 L5792 coming from Srinagar side was signalled to stop at Naka near Kralhar, Baramulla manned by a joint team of Police and paramilitary forces.

“While being checked two militants boarding the vehicle fired upon forces party. In the brief exchange of fire both the militants got killed and one policeman received minor injuries,” the statement said.

“The following Arms ammunition was recovered from the possession of killed militants. AK Series Rife 01 No, AK Magzine 01 No, UBGL 01 No, Pistol (Chinese) 02 Nos, Pistol Magazines 06 Nos, AK rounds. 19 Nos, Pistol rounds 52, Grenade 03 Nos, UBGL Grenade -02 Nos,” said police spokesman.

“Case FIR No 176/2008 registered in Police Station Baramulla and investigation taken up,” he said.

“Driver of the vehicle has been arrested and the vehicle has been seized,” said police spokesman in a statement.


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19(KMW): The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), J&K, Shaleen Kabra today said that the counting of votes for the Municipal Polls-2018 will be held across the State tomorrow on 20th October 2018 and the results will be also declared the same day.

He said the counting updates and results shall be declared by the concerned Returning Officers from the Joint Control Rooms established at the venue of counting at the respective district headquarters.

Pertinently, the Municipal Elections-2018 were held in four phases, covering 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh electors. A total of 3372 nominations were filed for 1145 Wards and the voting was held on 8th, 10th, 13th and 16th October.

Meanwhile, according to instructions issued by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, only Counting Supervisors, Counting Assistants, Observers, Micro-observers, Persons authorized by CEO (possessing authority letter duly issued by CEO), Authorized public servants on duty in connection with the election, and the candidates, their election agents and counting agents will be allowed inside the Counting Hall.

According to these instructions, before counting begins at the designated venue in each district, the concerned Returning Officer shall ensure that no unauthorized persons is present in the counting hall.

It said no counting agent shall be admitted into the place fixed for counting, unless he/she has delivered to RO the second copy of his appointment letter after duly completing and signing the declaration contained therein and also the photo identity card issued by the RO. The election agents of the candidates are also required to produce the attested duplicate copy of their appointment letters, it said adding that the entry of persons should be strictly regulated and no unauthorized person, whosoever he/she may be, should be allowed to enter the place of counting.


SRINAGAR, OCT 18: Kashmir valley observes a complete shutdown on Thursday against the killing of two militants and a civilian in a gunfight on Wednesday.

The government forces imposed stringent restrictions in parts of Srinagar particularly the Downtown area. “The deployment of forces was increased and entry and exit points to the Old City were sealed,” they said.

At several places in the city, reports said, forces stopped pedestrian and vehicular movement.

Meanwhile, all the shops and business establishments remained shut across Kashmir wile transport also was off the roads.

Two militants Mehrajuddin Bangroo, a top Lashkar commander and Fahad Mushtaq Wani were killed in a gunfight on Wednesday with government forces. A civilian Rayees Ahmad was also killed by the forces in the encounter.

The trio was laid to rest at the martyrs’ graveyard in Eidgah last evening amid thousands of people participating in their funeral prayers. 


Srinagar, October 18(KMW): The incarcerated leader of Hurriyat Conference and People’s Political Party (PPP) Chief Engineer Hilal Ahmad War expressed deep shock and anguish over the killing of Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo , his associate and a civilian youth .

While paying glowing tributes to Mehraj ud Din Bangroo, his associate Mushtaq Ahmad Waza and a civilian Rayees Ahmad Sofi who we’re filled in a shootout with forces on Wednesday. War said “the role of martyrs would be written in golden letters in the history of Kashmir.”

A party spokesman has condemned the continuous detention of party chairman Engineer Hilal Ahmad War who has been lodged in Police Station Maisuma since October 7 and flayed the authorities for detaining hundreds of youth in the length and breadth of Kashmir and slapping of PSA on them and lodging them in different jails outside Kashmir


Islamabad, OCTOBER 18(KMW): Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa have condemned terrorist attack in Afghanistan’s Kandhar province.

Kandahar police chief General Abdul Raziq and a journalist were killed and three Americans wounded in the attack after a high-profile meeting in Kandahar.

Military Spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor shared the message of COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Twitter.

General Bajwa said, “Wish to see Afghan and other security forces succeeding to bring an end to this prolonged violence in Afghanistan.”

He added, “Peace in Afghanistan is essential for peace in the region. Support all initiatives towards this end.”

PM Imran Khan also took to Twitter to condemn the attack.

Khan extended condolences to President Ashraf Ghani, the families of the victims and the people of Afghanistan.

He said “Peace and security of Pakistan is inextricably linked to peace and security in Afghanistan.”


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 16(KMW): The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shaleen Kabra this evening said that overall 4.2% polling was witnessed in the 4th and Final Phase of Municipal Polls-2018 in Srinagar and Ganderbal today.

Kabra said Ganderbal witnessed 11.3% polling in 12 Wards were 38 candidates are in the fray. He said Srinagar witnessed 4% polling were 24 Wards went to polls today.

The CEO said repoll was also held today at Polling Station No: 9 Bachidarwaza of Makhdoom Sahab (Ward No: 41) where 5 candidates are in the fray.

He said the cumulative poll percentage in all the four phases is 35.1%.

The Counting of votes will be held on 20th October 2018, for which, Kabra said, all arrangements have been put in place.

Municipal Elections-2018 were held in four phases, covering 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh electors. A total of 3372 nominations were filed for 1145 wards.


Srinagar, Oct 15: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Monday called for a shutdown tomorrow in poll-bound areas of Kashmir.

JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik asked people to observe complete protest shutdown on October 16 in areas going to polls in the last phase of “sham elections thrust on them by the authoritarian state”.

“As in the previous three phases, people will again demonstrate their total rejection and disregard of this futile exercise by staying away and boycotting it completely,” said the JRL.

New-Theed, Harwan, Nishat, Brane, Dalgate, Pantha chowk, Palapora, Tarabal, Kawdara, Hawal, Alamgari-Bazar Gilli-Kadal, Nowshara, Lal-Bazar, Botshah-Mohalla, Umer-Colony, Jogi-Lankar, Kathi-Darwaza, Lokut-Dal, Bud-Dal, Hazratbal, Tailbal, Habbak, Chatterhama, Zakura Soura, Buchpora, Ahmad-Nagar, Pattan, Ganderbal, Pampore, Khrew, Pulwama, Shopian, Dooru and Verinag are going to polls tomorrow in the last phase of municipal elections.


Srinagar, Oct 15: Former Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday appealed Ali Garh Muslim University authorities to revoke the suspension order of three Kashmiri students.

“Pushing youth to the wall will be counterproductive. Centre must intervene in withdrawing cases against students & AMU authorities must revoke their suspension .The respective State governments outside JK should be sensitive to the situation & prevent further alienation,” Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.

Pertinently, AMU management suspended three Kashmiri students after a row erupted when some Kashmiri students of AMU gathered near the Kennedy Hall on the campus to hold prayer meetings for Manan Bashir Wani, a 27-year-old PhD student who had quit the university to join militant ranks in the Valley. On Thursday, Wani was killed in an encounter with the security forces in Shatgund village in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

“It will be a travesty to punish them for remembering their former colleague who was a victim of relentless violence in Kashmir,” Mehbooba Mufti added.


Srinagar, October 15(KMW): People’s Political Party (PPP) leader and Chief of Azaad Jammu Kashmir and Pakistan Chapter Mian Muzaffar Shah Monday staged a protest in Rawalpindi, Islamabad –Pakistan against Indian military occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. Besides others, the protest saw the participation of professors, lecturers, college students and PPP activists.

Speaking with media on the occasion, the PPP leader, Mian Muzaffar Ahmad Shah paid glowing tributes to martyr Dr. Manan Wani and asked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop genocide in Kashmir. He expressed his anguish and concern over the brutal killings of Kashmiri Muslims day in and day out at the hands of Indian occupational forces.

The protestors’ holding banners and play-cards reads “Hey UNO! Break the Silence, Implement UN Plebiscite Resolutions on Kashmir”, “Hey UNO! Free Kashmir, Give us Right to Life”, and to Modi,“Hey Modi- Stop genocide in Kashmir”.PPP AZD 2

PPP leader pledged that the struggle to liberate the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir from the clutches and occupation of India will continue and we (people of Jammu and Kashmir) will fight politically, militarily and diplomatically for our birth right till India concedes our right of self-determination. Besides, Mian Muzaffar several other dignitaries also spoke on the occasion.