Indefinite curfew continues for second day running in Kishtwar

SRINAGAR: KIshtwar town in southern Kashmir remained under an indefinite curfew for the second cvonsecutive day Saturday following outbreak of communal clashes on Friday. On Friday, Kishtwar town located about 220-kilomters from Jammu, witnessed widespread violence and arson. The local administration had to call in the army to stage a flag march and restore order, […]

Zakat Mismanagement and Its Redressal

Last few years have seen increasing number of Kashmiris voluntarily paying the compulsory Islamic annual tax known as Zakat and, astonishingly, it has corresponded with increasingly more begging hands visible particularly in the month of Ramzan.  This is intriguing in the backdrop of mushroom growth of charitable institutions and seminaries who claim to provide free […]

Baseer Khan posted as DC, Kotwal as SP Kishtwar

SRINAGAR: The state government late Friday evening posted Baseer Ahmad Khan, IAS, director Panchayat Raj as new Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, vice Muhammad Saleem, IAS, who was directed to report to the general administration department for further orders. Meanwhile government also removed existing Superintendent of police Dr Sunil Gupta and placed Sanjay Kumar Kotwal, commandant JKAP […]

Separatist Camp Calls For Calm

SRINAGAR: Leaders from the separatist camp has appealed all sections of society to maintain communal harmony and observe brotherhood. “We appeal people to remain peaceful and observe brotherhood and communal harmony,” senior Hurriyat leader Shabir Ahmad Shah said. He demanded dissolution of VDCs and said: “VDC’s have become terrorist groups and are involved in various […]

Probe Ordered Into Kishtwar Violence

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday night ordered a high-level inquiry into the Kishtwar clashes in which two people were killed and 20 others injured. “It is hereby ordered that Jammu Divisional Commissioner Shantmanu is appointed… to inquire into the incidents of violence and arson and the consequent loss of life and property that […]

Violence Mars Eid in Kishtwar, 2 Killed, Army Out

KISHTWAR: Curfew was imposed and army called out in Kishtwar town after violence between two communities during Eid prayers Friday left two persons dead and dozens others injured.   Officials said curfew was clamped immediately after the violence, and two columns of the army deployed in Kishtwar town to assist the civil administration to control […]

Central forces rushed to Kishtwar

New Delhi: Central paramilitary forces have been rushed to Kishtwar town following communal clashes in the region Friday, R.P.N. Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs here said. “Forces rushed to Kishtwar. We are coordinating with J&K government and assisting in every way possible,” Singh wrote on social networking website Twitter. “Five companies from Jammu […]

Top Officers Shunted Out

KISHTWAR: The Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district were tonight shunted out in the wake of communal violence that left two persons dead there.  Deputy Commissioner Mohd Saleem has been transferred to the General Administration Department and he will be replaced by Basheer Ahmed Khan, official sources said here […]

Educational institutions shut

JAMMU: Government tonight ordered closure of all government and private schools and colleges in view of the bandhcall given by BJP to protest against the communal clashes in Kishtwar.  BJP has called a bandh in Jammu tomorrow to protest against the communal clashes in Kishtwar district which was accompanied by cases of arson and stone-pelting.  […]

Geelani Calls For Protest Shut-Down

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for a general strike in Jammu and Kashmir today after clashes in Kishtwar town on Friday. “We appeal to people of the state to observe a general strike on Saturday against the biased approach of the state administration in dealing with the situation in Kishtwar,” […]