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Srinagar: The authorities on Wednesday sought to justify continuous siege of historic Jamia Masjid in old city here for Friday prayers as inspector general of police, Kashmir SM Sahai termed it necessary to prevent violence.
Responding to a query from a student during a seminar—Youth Media and Democracy, the top police officer said that siege was warranted to check violence. “The place should be kept for religious purposes and not politics,” he said.
Without naming Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, S M Sahai said, “We will that allow any violence at the expense of allowing prayers of a single person in Jamia Masjid.
“After the prayers, there are often incidents of stone pelting, protests and rallies. We will not allow it to happen for a single person.”
Referring to violence on Eid-Ul-Fitr-, he said, “Permission was sought for allowing prayers on the Eid day but what happened later is before all of us.”
He said that there was no ban on prayers in Jamia but at the same time, “we will not allow any politics in the grand mosque.”
The seminar, organized by CRPF at B.Ed College here, was attended besides IGP SM Sahai, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo, SSP Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari and vice chancellor of Kashmir University Professor Reyaz Ahmad Panjabi.
On death of 112 civilians, allegedly at the hands of police and paramilitary CRPF, during the summer unrest, SM Sahai acknowledged that there was use of excessive force at some places. “Now these things have happened but it would have been better had it not happened at all,” he added.
The IGP said that the situation was fast returning to normalcy in the Kashmir Valley after tumultuous summer this year.
“We have been taking necessary measures to ensure that life and property of the people is safe and this stands the reason we have been arresting the trouble makers.”
The cop claimed that none of the PSA detainee was a student. “All those who have been booked under PSA are unemployed youth not students,” he said.
The police cop also blamed Pakistan of instigation violence in Kashmir while as he defended the deployment of about six lakh troops in the state. “We have a long border with the Pakistan in Kashmir and it warrants the deployment of strengthened forces,” he said, a Correspondent present in the seminar said.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Srinagar Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo said that only those persons were arrested who created violence. “Impression is being given as if entire population has been arrested,” he said, adding, “The arrests are not wanton but only those persons are detained who are involved in violence.”

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Srinagar: Urging Islamic scholars and clerics to forge unity among Muslims, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani Wednesday alleged that New Delhi was using pro-India politicians and “rapacious maulvis” to spread sectarian hatred in Kashmir.
“The anger and hatred of Kashmiri youth towards the illegal Indian occupation has rattled rulers in New Delhi, and to undermine the freedom movement, they are now trying to divide people in the name of Shia,Sunni, Deobandi, Barelvi,  Khush-Aitiqaadi and Badaitiqaadi,” Geelani said in a statement issued to KMW.
Vowing to counter “conspiracies” aimed at promoting sectarian hatred and damage Muslim unity, Geelani said the “Kashmiri nation, already suffering under the brutal oppression of Indian forces, can hardly endure bickering and internal anarchy.”
He said the tension between the Shia and Sunni communities in the Valley was due to “vote bank politics”,  and “ pro-India politicians are trying to create a wedge between the two communities for their own petty interests.”
Asking people to beware of “conspiracies” aimed at creating anarchy and disunity, Geelani said his party had proof that pro-India politicians were trying to divide  Muslims on sectarian lines.
“On the basis of circumstantial evidence, Hurriyat knows that these pro-India politicians, who talk of   unity and consensus  in the day, provoke fights between the two communities during the night.  However, we also appeal both the communities to refrain from any such activity that hurt the sentiments of others. Also, Ulema should devote themselves to forging unity between people and clearing misconceptions and misunderstandings ,” Geelani said.
Meanwhile, Geelani urged people to stage peaceful protest demonstrations against the “unabated detention and torture of youth and political activists” on December 24 post Friday prayers.

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    Srinagar: After remaining suspended for nearly five months, the Baramulla-Qazigund rail service would resume its operation tomorrow, official sources told KMW here.
    They said that the track repair works have been completed alongside redeployment of adequate security along the path for smooth working of the service, suspended in July following unrest in the Kashmir Valley.
    They said that the resumption of Qazigund-Baramulla rail service would take place in two phases.
    “In the first phase, services would resume on Qazigund-Budgam track, they said. In the second phase, the services would resume on Budgam-Baramulla track. However no time frame has been fixed for the re-start of the services. “The 50-kilometer railway line between Budgam and Baramulla has still some repair works pending and it may take time,” the sources said.
    The decision to resume the services, they said, was taken at a high level security review meeting of Railways in Jammu on December 15.
    Sources said that all logistic requirements like rising of barracks, tele-communication network, police stations and posts, land acquisition, night vigil have been finalized. Sources said that authorities have also decided to deploy sufficient lady staff at stations to facilitate female passengers.

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      Jammu: In a New Year gift, Jammu and Kashmir government today lifted the ban on Short Messaging Services (SMS) on all post-paid mobile phone subscribers in the state but refrained from withdrawing it on pre-paid cell phones.
      The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah which was attended by state police Chief Kuldeep Khoda, Home Secretary B R Sharma and senior officials of central intelligence agencies, an official spokesman said.
      A decision was taken to revoke the ban on SMS services in Jammu and Kashmir on all post-paid connections after reviewing the overall security situation in the state. However, the ban on post-paid bulk messages will continue.
      According to the order issued today to mobile service operators, SMS service to post-paid subscribers only shall be permitted.

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      Kathmandu: Indian Army chief V K Singh was today conferred the title of ‘honorary General’ of Nepal Army, even as he asked Nepal not to allow any activity directed against India from its territory.
      Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav provided Gen. Singh with an insignia and citation of Nepal Army as part of the investiture ceremony.
      Vice-President Parmananda Jha, Defence Minister Vidya Bhandari and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood were also present on the occasion.
      Earlier, Singh called on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and discussed matters relating to strengthening relations between the two armies.
      During the meeting, Singh expressed India’s security concern saying that he expects Nepal will not allow any activity directed against India from its territory.
      In his response Prime Minister Nepal assured Singh that Nepal will not allow its soil to be used against any such activity, PM’s Office said.

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      Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, who rejoined the party recently, has stoked a controversy when he questioned whether Kashmir was part of India after he said there is only one Muslim minister in the Union Cabinet who is not from this country but who is from Kashmir.
      At a public meeting in Badaun, about 250 km from here, last night, Khan said that Ghulam Nabi Azad is the lone Muslim cabinet minister in the UPA government but he is a “Kashmiri.”
      “Only one Muslim minister (Azad) is there in the (Union) Cabinet and that too not of India, but from Kashmir. That Kashmir, which is still controversial and we don’t know whether that is part of India or not…,” Khan said in remarks that could embarrass the SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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      New Delhi: Some of the crucial documents which could throw light on Commonwealth Games deals have gone missing with the probe agencies fearing that they could have been destroyed or hidden.
      Official sources said that the key files, which contain important information on tendering, budgetary allocation and contract details, are missing from the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) office.
      They said that CBI officials have found sufficient evidence of criminal conspiracy by unknown OC officials in tampering with some documents and manipulating information in them.
      The sources said that CBI officials have made a list of documents which are untraceable.
      The revelation came during a series of searches carried out by a team of 20-30 sleuths at OC office besides its Secretary General Lalit Bhanot’s residence last month, they said.

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      JAMMU: The State Cabinet, which met here this evening under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah, ordered the following transfers in police department.
      1. Ram Lubhaya,IPS, (JK:85) Addl. DG Police, awaiting orders of adjustment is posted as ADGP, Home Guards/Civil Defence & Aux Police. 2.  .Gopal Reddy, IPS, (JK: 85) Addl. DG Police awaiting orders of adjustment is posted as Addl. DG Police, Civil Military Liaison and Internal Security in the Home Department. 3. Dilbagh Singh, IPS, (JK:87),  Director, SKPA, Udhampur  is transferred and posted as IGP, Jammu Zone vice Shri A.K.Gupta, IPS. 4. A.K.Gupta, IPS (JK: 87) IGP, Jammu Zone is transferred and posted as Director, SKPA, Udhampur vice Shri Dilbagh Singh. 5. Deepak Kumar, IPS (JK:93) presently on training is posted as IGP, Vigilance.6.  Gulzar Singh Slathia,IPS (JK:93), DIG, Udhampur-Reasi Range is transferred and posted as IG in the J&K State Human Rights Commission. 7.Abdul Qayoom Manhas, IPS (JK: 94) DIG, Traffic, Kashmir is transferred and posted as DIG, Trainings, Armed Police Headquarters. 8.  S.D.Singh, IPS ( JK:95) DIG, Poonch-Rajouri Range is transferred and posted as Joint Director, SKPA, Udhampur vice Shri Sham Lal. 9.  Rajesh Kumar, IPS (JK: 95) Director, SSG, is transferred and posted as DIG, Poonch-Rajouri Range vice Shri S.D.Singh. 10. Sham Lal Sharma, IPS (JK:96) Joint Director, SKPA Udhampur is transferred and posted as DIG, Home Gaurds/Civil Defence against an available vacancy.11. Jagjit Kumar, IPS (JK:96) Director, Civil Military Liaison in the Home Department is transferred and posted as DIG, Udhampur-Reasi Range vice Shri  Gulzar Singh.  12. Mubarik Ahmad Ganai, IPS (JK:96)  DIG  in the J&K State Human Rights Commission is transferred and posted as  DIG, Railways, J&K. 13.J.P. Singh, IPS (JK:96)  DIG,  IRP,  Kashmir is transferred and posted as Director, SSG vice Shri Rajesh Kumar. 14. Garib Dass, IPS(JK:97) SSP, Kathua  is transferred and posted as DIG,  CIV, Police Headquarter  against the post of DIG,  Personnel, PHQ. 15. Vijay Kumar, IPS (JK:97) SSP, Traffic National Highway is transferred and posted as DIG Traffic Kashmir  vice Shri A.Q. Manhas. 16. K.L.Bhagat, IPS (JK:97) Commandant, JKAP 12th Bn. is transferred and posted as  DIG, IRP Kashmir, vice Shri J. P. Singh. 17. N.D.Wani, IPS (JK:97) AIG (Personnel), PHQ is transferred and posted as DIG, CID, Kashmir  against an available vacancy. 18. S. Anand Jain, IPS (JK: 99) SSP, Reasi is transferred and posted as SSP, Rajouri vice Shri Ramesh  Jalla. 19. Manmohan Singh, IPS (JK: 99) SSP, Poonch is transferred and posted as Commandant, JKAP 12th Bn vice Shri K.L.Bhagat. 20. Ashkoor Ahmad Wani, IPS (JK: 99) Commandant, IR 6th Bn is transferred and posted as SSP Poonch vice Shri Manmohan Singh. 21. Ali Mohammad, IPS (JK: 99) AIG (Provision/Tpt), PHQ is transferred and posted as SSP, CID, Hqrs. vice Shri  Israr Khan. 22.  J.L. Sharma, IPS (JK:99)  SSP, Samba is transferred and posted as SSP, Kathua vice Shri Garib Dass.23. Bashir Ahmad Itoo, IPS (JK:99) Commandant, JKAP 14th Bn  is transferred and posted as SSP in the J&K State Human Rights Commission vice Shri Gh. Hassan Shah. 24. Israr Ahmad Khan, IPS (JK:99) SSP, CID, Headquarters is transferred and posted as SSP, Samba vice Shri J.L.Sharma. 25. Uttam Chand, IPS (JK: 02), SSP, CID, CI, Kashmir is transferred and posted as SSP, Budgam vice Aftab Ahmad Kakroo. 26. Keshav Rama Chaurasia, IPS (JK:03) SP, Kulgam is transferred and posted as SSP,  Reasi vice Shri Anand Jain. 27. Bhim Sen Tuti, IPS (JK:04)  SSP,  Leh is transferred and posted as  SSP, Kishtwar vice Shri  Haseeb Mughal. 28. Amit Kumar, IPS (JK:06) SP, West Srinagar is transferred and posted as SP, Pulwama  vice  Shri Abdul Razak. 29. Vivek Gupta, IPS (JK: 07) awaiting orders of posting is posted as SP, Leh vice  Shri Bhim Sen Tuti. 30. Sujit Kumar, IPS (JK:07), SDPO, Mahore is transferred and posted as SP, South,  Srinagar vice Shri Irshad Ahmad. 31. Sunil Gupta, IPS(JK: 07) SDPO, Kishtwar is transferred and posted as  SP, West City, Srinagar vice Shri Amit Kumar. 32.M. Suleman Chowdhary, IPS (JK: 07) SDPO, Qazigund  is transferred and posted as  Addl. SP, Budgam vice Shri Rajesh Kumar Sharma. 33. Shri Ghulam Hassan Bhat, SO to ADGP, Armed/Law and Order is transferred and posted as AIG (Personnel), PHQ vice Shri N.D.Wani.34. Syed Kifayat Hyder, SSP, Security, Kashmir is transferred and posted as SSP, Traffic, National Highway vice Shri Vijay Kumar. 35. Mansoor Ahmad Untoo, SSP, Baramulla is transferred and posted as SO to ADGP, Armed/Law and Order, J&K vice Shri Ghulam Hassan Bhat. 36. Sheikh Mehmood, SSP, awaiting orders of posting is posted as Commandant, IRP 6th Bn vice Shri Ashkoor Ahmad Wani. 37. Raghubir Singh, SSP awaiting orders of posting is posted as SSP, Raliways, Jammu vice Shri Vijay Kumar. 38. Rafeequl Hassan, SSP awaiting orders of posting is posted as SSP, Security Kashmir vice Shri Kifayat Hyder. 39. Vijay Kumar, SSP, Railways, Jammu is transferred and posted as Commandant, IRP 15th Bn against an available vacancy. 40. Ramesh Kumar Jalla, SSP, Rajouri is transferred and posted as SSP, Anantnag vice Shri B.A. Khan. 41. A.K. Mahajan, Commandant, JKAP 8th Bn is transferred and posted as SP, Railways, Katra against an available vacancy. 42. Mahadeep Singh, Commandant IRP 9th Bn is transferred and posted as Adll. SP, Kathua vice Shri Anil Kumar  Magotra. 43. Abdul Rashid,  Addl. SP Kupwara is transferred  and posted as Commandant,  JKAP 8th Bn vice Shri A.K. Mahajan. 44. Rupinder Kumar Chalotra, Addl. SP, PCR, Jammu is posted as SP, PCR, Jammu against an available vacancy.45. Varinder Kumar Bali, Commandant, JKAP 3rd Bn. is transferred and posted as Commandant, IRP 9th  Bn vice  Shri Mahadeep Singh. 46. Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Addl. SP, CID (SB), Kashmir is transferred and posted as Commandant, JKAP 3rd Bn vice  Varinder Kumar Bali 47. Ghulam Jeelani Dhar, Addl. SP, VIP Security, Kashmir is transferred and posted as Commandant, JKAP 11th Bn vice Shri Abdul Rashid Bhat. 48. Des Raj Bhagat,  Dy. Commandant, IRP 6th Bn is transferred and posted as Addl. SP, PCR, Jammu vice Shri R.K.Chalotra. 49. Gh. Hassan Shah, SP, J&K State Human Rights Commission is transferred and posted as Commandant, JKAP 14th Bn vice Shri B.A. Yatoo. 50. Mir Mohammad Choudhary, SP (Human Rights), CID Hqrs. Is transferred and posted as Commandant, IRP14th Bn vice Shri B.A. Makhdoomi. 51. Mohammad Shafi Mir, Dy. Commandant, IRP 14th Bn is transferred and posted as Commandant, IRP 12th Bn. 52. Bashir Ahmad Khan, SP, Anantnag is transferred and posted as SP, Bandipora vice Sheikh Junaid Mehmood. 53. Abdul Razak Khan, SP, Pulwama is transferred and posted as SP, PTWS, Jammu. 54. Rafiq Ahmad Vakil, SP, Handwara is transferred and posted as Commandant, JKAP 6th Bn vice Shri Mohd. Yousuf Shah. 55. Ghulam Rasool Dar, Commandant, IRP 12th Bn is transferred and posted as Addl. SP, Pulwama vice Shri Rajesh Bali. 56. Abdul Rashid Bhat, Commandant, JKAP 11th Bn is transferred and posted as SP, Anti-hijacking, Srinagar, vice Shri  Bakar Hussain Samoon. 57. Mohd Yousuf Shah, Commandant, JKAP 6th Bn is transferred and posted as  SP, Security Headquarters against an available vacancy. 58. Mohd Syed Pannu, SP, Awantipur is transferred and posted as SO to IG Armed/IRP Kashmir. 59. Bashir Ahmad Makhdoomi, Commdanant, IRP 14th Bn is transferred and posted as SP (Human Rights), CID HQRS vice Shri Mir Mohammad Choudhry. 60. Aftab Ahmad Kakroo, SP, Budgam is transferred and posted as AIG (Provision/Tpt), PHQ vice Shri Ali Mohammad. 61. Haseeb Mughal, SP,  Kishtwar is transferred and posted as SSP, Baramulla vice Shri Mansoor Ahmad Untoo. 62. Ramesh Kumar Bhat, SP, awaiting orders of posting is posted as SO to IGP, Armed/IRP, Jammu. 63. Sheikh Junaid Mehmood, SP, Bandipora is transferred and posted as SP, CID (CI), Kashmir vice Shri Uttam Chand. 64. Shahid Mehraj Rather, SP, Shopian is transferred and posted as Addl. SP, Crime, Kashmir vice Shri Abdul Waheed Shah. 65. Haseeb-ur-Rehman, Dy. Commandant IRP, 2nd Bn is transferred and posted as Addl. SP, Kupwara vice Shri Abdul Rashid. 66. Abdul Qayoom, SP, Headquarters Srinagar is transferred and posted as Addl. SP, CID (SB), Kashmir vice Sheikh Ab. Rashid. 67. Maqsood-ul-Zaman, SP, Hazratbal is transferred and posted as SP, Traffic City, Srinagar against an available vacancy. 68. Javid Iqbal Matoo, SP awaiting orders of adjustment is posted as SP, Kargil vice Shri Aijaz Ahmad Bhat. 69. Mubassir Latifi, SP, Ramban is transferred and posted as SP, Kulgam vice Shri Keshaw  Rama Chaurasia. 70. Suhail Munawar Mir, OSD, ZPHQ, Kashmir is transferred posted as Dy. Commandant, IRP 12th Bn against an available vacancy. 71. Jatinder Singh Johar, Addl. SP, Hqrs. Jammu is transferred and posted as SP, City North, Jammu vice Shri Randeep Kumar. 72. Anil Kumar Magotra, Addl. SP, Kathua is transferred and posted as SP, Ramban vice Shri Mubassir Latifi. 73. Bakar Hussain Samoon, SP, Anti-hijacking, Srinagar is transferred and posted as SO to IGP, Traffic, J&K. 74. Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, SP, Kargil is transferred and posted as SP, Headquarters, Srinagar vice Shri Abdul Qayoom. 75. Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Addl. SP, Budgam is transferred and posted as Addl. SP, Rural Jammu vice Shri Mohan Lal . 76. Rajesh Bali, Addl. SP, Pulwama is  transferred and posted as Addl. SP, CID (CI), Batote against an available vacancy. 77. Mohammad Aslam, SP (Ops), Srinagar is transferred and posted as SP, Handwara vice Shri Rafiq Ahmad Vakil. 78. Ramesh Kumar Angral, Dy. Commandant IR, 18th Bn is transferred and posted in CID Hqrs, J&K.  A post of Dy Commandant IRP 18th Bn is transferred to CID, Hqrs for drawal of pay of the officer. 79. Shailender Singh, Addl. SP, Security Jammu is transferred and posted as Addl. SP, Hqrs., Jammu. 80. Mohan Lal, Addl. SP Rural, Jammu is transferred and posted as Addl. SP,  Doda against an available vacancy. 81. Mohammad Arshad, SP, South Srinagar is transferred and posted as SP, Awantipura vice Shri M.S.Punnu. 82. Tahir Sajad Bhat, Dy. Commandant IRP 1st Bn is transferred and posted as SP, (Oprs) Srinagar vice Shri Mohd Aslam. 83. Randeep Kumar, Addl. SP, North City, Jammu is transferred and posted as Dy. Commandant, IRP 13th Bn against an available vacancy. 84. Fayaz Ahmad Lone, SP on his repatriation from UN Mission is posted as Dy. Commandant, IRP 16th Bn against an available vacancy. 85. Mumtaz Ahmad, awaiting orders of posting is posted as SP, Shopian vice Shri Shahid Mehraj. 86. Abdul Waheed Shah, Addl. SP, Crime, Kashmir is transferred and posted as SP, Hazratbal vice Shri Maqsood-ul-Zaman. 87. Mohd Shrief Chouhan, Dy. Commandant, IRP 15th is transferred and posted as Addl. SP, Security, Jammu. It is further ordered that:- (i) Shri Deepak Kumar, IPS (RR:93) (S.No. 5) and Shri Gulzar Singh Slathia, IPS (SPS:93) (S. No. 6) above shall work at their new places of postings  in their own pay and grade till their promotion to the Super Time Scale (IGP) in the Pay Band-4  of  Rs. 37,400-67,000 with Grade Pay of  Rs. 10,000/- w.e.f. 1st January, 2011. (ii) Officers at S. Nos 14 to 17 shall work at their new places of postings in their own pay and grade till their promotion to the Super Time Scale (DIG) in the Pay Band-4 of Rs. 37,400-67,000 with Grade Pay of Rs. 8900 w.e.f. 1st January 2011. (iii)  Officers at S. Nos. 29 to 32 shall work at their new places of postings in their own pay and grade till their promotion to the Senior Time  Scale of IPS in the Pay Band-3 of Rs.15600- 39100 with Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/- w.e.f. 1st January, 2011.

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      Srinagar: Rebuffing General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the 16 Corps, JP Nehra’s claim that the Indian Army has “zero tolerance” for human rights violations, Syed Ali Shah Geelani Tuesday said his led Hurriyat Conference would provide “documentary evidence” to Amnesty International if it sends a team to probe custodial torture and other “human rights abuses” by Army  in Kashmir.

      Geelani while alleging that New Delhi had discreetly handed over more special powers to the Army said Nehra’s zero tolerance claims was a “blatant lie” because the Indian Army “is guilty of war crimes in Kashmir.”
      “The army‘s real face has been exposed by several fake encounters. The recent example of Army killing innocent Kashmiris for medals and money lies before all in the form of Machil fake killings. In fact, the Army has been given a more active role on the pattern of 1990s, and is treating both political activists and ordinary citizens like militants,” Geelani said in  a statement issued.
      He also rejected Nehra’s claim that the Army orders probes into human rights violation allegations against its men and takes prompt action against the guilty. “Have the killers of Jaleel Andrabi been punished?  Has the army prosecuted any of its men responsible for killing or disappearing thousands of innocent civilians in custody?” Geelani  said, alleging that the Army continued to give third degree “torture” to youth in rural Kashmir.

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      Srinagar: In an effort to promote cricket in Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar based ‘Kashmir Sports Academy’ has shortlist three players to be trained professionally in Mumbai.
      Organizers of the camp, Showkat Masoodi and Dr Ajaz Ashai, said that camp was held here last week in which three players were short listed.
      “This is small effort to promote cricket in Kashmir and the shortlisted players will be imparted professional training in Mumbai,” Showkat Masoodi, proprietor of Mass Sports Industry, Eidgah (cricket bats manufacturing), said.
      Dr Ajaz Ashai, former physiotherapist with Mumbai Ranji team said that main aim to organize the camp was to support budding cricketers to fulfill their dream.
      “There is lot of talent in Kashmir and more often, we see players lack behind due to this lack o proficiency about the game. Our effort is aimed to hone their skills so that they can compete with best,” says, Dr Ajaz Ashai, who is physiotherapist consultant of India’s top cricketer, Sachin Tandulkar.
      In all 22 players attended the camp held at Eidgah here in old city and the players were shortlisted by Mehjoor Ali and Mudasir, Kashmir’s senior players.
      The shortlisted players would be looked after by Chief of Kashmir Sports Academy, based in Mumbai—Gowher Nabi Wani, the organizers said.

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