Neither Shall AFSPA Be Lifted

New Delhi: The Union government has ruled out the possibility of either lifting Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) or diluting it in any form in the strife- torn state of Jammu and Kashmir. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made the Centre’s position clear at the all-party meet in the capital today morning. He was […]

‘Rights Panel Can’t Probe Armed Forces In Militancy-Hit Areas’

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) cannot investigate alleged excesses by armed forces in militancy-affected areas such as Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir because the panel is a recommendatory body, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi rebutted the NHRC’s offer to probe more than 1,500 alleged […]

Protest Calendars: What Is The Plan B?

Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (united) has issued yet another calendar that stretches beyond Eid-al-Azha. It is now more than two months, after the killing of popular militant commander, Burhan Wani, that calendars have been issued diligently. It needs to be stated here that people have followed the calendars scrupulously. But now since it has been […]

Day 61:‘Shell’ Shocked, Elderly Man Dies Of Heart Attack

SRINAGAR: An elderly person died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday in Chawalgam Kulgam after forces fired a shell to disperse protesters in the area. As per the locals, Abdul Gani Wani, 70, of Chawalgam died of cardiac arrest after forces fired shells at the protesters. “The protests broke out in the area early today after […]

After Hurriyat Snub,All-Party Team For Talks With ‘All Stakeholders’

New Delhi: The All Party Delegation that visited Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday pitched for dialogue with all stakeholders, to which the government said it was prepared for discussions with all but made no reference to separatist Hurriyat Conference. At a three-hour long meeting, members of the Parliament who were in the delegation called for […]

Hurriyat Dares Centre To Show ‘Perk’ List

SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday said media reports about the Centre mulling tough steps against separatist leaders of Kashmir was an attempt at “fooling and misleading” the people of India. “These tactics are aimed at fooling and misleading the people of India and creating hysteria so that the attention of the people of India […]

Pakistan Urges UN To Probe Kashmir Killings

Islamabad: Pakistan has urged the UN to conduct an inquiry into the killings that took place in Jammu and Kashmir over the past two months and demanded a free and fair plebiscite in the disputed region, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday. Pakistan Prime Minister’s recently appointed special envoy on Kashmir Awais Leghari highlighted the […]

Kashmir lifeline of Pakistan: Pak Army Chief

SRINAGAR: Describing Kashmir as Pakistan’s ‘lifeline’, Pak Army chief General Raheel Sharif has said the true solution of the Kashmir issue lies not in ‘raining bullets’ upon people in the Valley but in ‘heeding’ to their voices and respecting their aspirations. “The true solution for this struggle for self- determination resides not in raining bullets […]

Tehran-Riyadh in Furious Public Battle as Iranians Miss Hajj

TEHRAN : Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Saudi authorities of “bigoted extremism” late Tuesday in an increasingly bitter war of words over Iran’s exclusion from this year’s hajj pilgrimage. Javad Zarif was responding to a claim by Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, that Iranians were “not Muslims”. “Indeed, no resemblance […]

United States rules out sanctions against Pakistan

Washington:The United States on Wednesday ruled out sanctions against Pakistan saying that the country’s recent counter-terrorism operations were ‘encouraging’. On being asked if the US would consider placing sanctions on Pakistan for not taking enough action against terrorist networks, the US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said, “I don’t think we’re even at that point…We continue to have conversations […]

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