Grenade Attack in Shopian:8 civilians,4 CRPF personnel injured

Srinagar:Eight civilians including three women and four CRPF personnel were injured in a grenade attack in Bon Bazaar area of Shopian on Tuesday morning.

Reports said that grenade was hurled at CPRF men deployed in Bon Bazaar area of the district. 

Sources in district hospital Shopian said that they received twelve persons who were injured in the grenade attack but “all are stable”.

The identity of the injured persons could not be ascertained immediately.



Muharram Procession teargassed in Old c

SRINAGAR:Police and CRPF men lobbed tear gas shells on a Muharram procession which started from Khanqah-i-Maula to Habba Kadal on Tuesday.

Reports said scores of members of Shia community took out a procession on 9th Muharram from Khanqah-i-Maula Srinagar to Habba Kadal, however, forces lobbed tear gas shells to disperse them off.Despite the shelling, the procession managed to reach its destination – Habba Kadal, said reports.

State government has imposed restrictions in Srinagar parts on the occasion of 9th Muharram on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Ittehadul Muslimeen president Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari condemned the ban on Muharram Processions across the valley and use of  force and teargas shelling on mourners at Khankah Mualla on Tuesday.

He  appealed the mourners to attend all the Muharram Processions according to the schedule which includes todays procession from Mandibal to NabdiPora, Zadibal.




EDI Pampore : Government forces fire rockets as gunfight enters second day


SRINAGAR:Government forces on Tuesday morning resumed operation against militants hiding inside a government building near Pampore town of Kashmir's Pulwama district.




Two forces personnel and a policeman were injured as the militants fired from inside the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Institute (JKEDI) in the fighting that began on Monday.



"Operation against the holed up militants has been resumed. Floodlights were used during the night to ensure that the militants were prevented from escaping under the cover of darkness," a senior police official said.



Rockets and heavy automatic gunfire were used on Tuesday morning to engage the militants.



The 70-room, seven-storey building is located at Pampore on the banks of the river Jhelum and 12 km from the Srinagar city centre.



The joint operation was launched by the army, the Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). 



The main building of the institute was attacked in February when militants captured it and launched a major attack on forces. Six persons - a civilian, three soldiers and two paramilitary troopers -- were killed then before three militants were shot dead.



Day 95 : Curfew in interior areas of Srinagar, shutdown across Kashmir

Srinagar: Curfew today remained in force in interior areas of Srinagar as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of the fourth day of mourning of a minor boy, who was hit by pellets during a protest.

Curfew continues in five police station areas of downtown (interior areas) city as a precautionary measure, a police official said here.


He said the curbs on the movement of people in the police station areas of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal and Maharaj Gunj have been imposed in view of the fourth day mourning of 12-year-old Junaid Akhoon, who was hit by pellets at Saidapora and later succumbed to injuries at SKIMS Hospital at Soura. He was buried on Saturday.


The official said the curbs in other areas of the city, where they were imposed yesterday in view of Muhurram, have been lifted.


With the lifting of the curbs from most areas of the city, there was increased movement of traffic around Lal Chowk this morning, while some vendors were also seen selling fruits, vegetables and other items, the official said.



Meanwhile, normal life continued to remain affected in Kashmir for the 95th consecutive day today due to the separatists call for shut down.






India's decision to seal Pak border irrational: Chinese State media



Beijing :India's move to completely seal its border with Pakistan was a " very irrational decision" and would further complicate India-China relations considering Beijing's "all-weather" strategic ties with Islamabad, a state media report today quoted leading experts as saying.



"India is making a very irrational decision, since no exhaustive investigation has been conducted after the Uri incident, and no evidence proves Pakistan is behind the attack," the Global Times quoted Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow from the official thinktank Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy, as saying.



Hu was commenting on Home Minister Rajnath Singh's announcement on Friday that the 3,323-km-long border between India and Pakistan would be "completely sealed" by December 2018.



A "completely sealed" border would further hinder the already scarce border trade and talks between the two countries, Hu said.



Wang Dehua, director of the Institute for Southern and Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Municipal Centre for International Studies, said that a sealed border would only disrupt peace efforts made by the two sides.



"The country's decision reflects its Cold War mentality, and would only cause deeper hatred among residents living in Indian- and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir," Hu added.



Since Pakistan is China's "all-weather" strategic partner, India's decision would make China-Pakistan-India relations more complicated, Hu said.



But he said a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute is in the interest of China's homeland security, especially its western regions.



Their hardline comments come ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India this week to take part in the BRICS Summit in Goa during which he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



This will be their second meeting in two months. The two met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou last month.



Yesterday, China's Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong defended China's "technical hold" in the UN on a ban on Masood Azhar, the head of Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad.



"China is opposed to all forms of terrorism. There should be no double standards on counter terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter terrorism," he had said indirectly accusing India.







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