‘Terrorists Wear Pathan Suits’

Srinagar—A military tribunal that granted bail and stayed life term of five army soldiers convicted of killing three civilians in a staged encounter in 2010, said it believed the dead were “terrorists because they wore Pathan suits.” “The fact that the accused persons were terrorists… cannot be ruled out because they were wearing Pathan suits […]

Justification for granting bail scary: Omar

Srinagar—Former chief minister Omar Abdullah Saturday termed as “unbelievably scary” the “justification” for the Armed Forces Tribunal decision’s to grant bail to five army personnel convicted in the 2010 Macchil fake encounter case. The Armed Forces Tribunal suspended the life sentence awarded to the Army personnel, including two officers, for allegedly staging the killing of […]

Mirwaiz Flays Delhi Media for ‘Atrocious Lies’

Srinagar—Chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq used the live video facility of social networking platforms on Saturday after authorities foiled his bid to address the media despite a scheduled press conference. Mirwaiz delivered around 10-minute-long messages, refuting ‘wild allegations’ leveled against his person by New Delhi based news channels. […]

Plea Disposed 6-Yrs after Dutch-National Was Given 7 days to Leave Valley

Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has disposed of a plea by a Dutch national, more than six years after he was asked to leave Kashmir Valley, within seven days. Belonging to the Catholic Church, the Dutchman—Jacobus Borst—had filed the plea, urging the state’s highest court to quash two notices by the state as well […]

Govt Asks 104 KAS Officers to File APRs or Face Action

Srinagar—The state government has put to notice at least 104 KAS officers for the failure to submit details about their Annual Property Returns (APRs). Official sources said that the government has asked 104 out of total 515 KAS officers to submit the APRs by August 15 to avoid action against them as provided under law. […]

Pak PM No More Sharif: Abbasi Named Interim PM

Islamabad—Senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will run the PML-N government as interim prime minister of Pakistan for 45 days until Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shehbaz is elected as member of parliament, according to Pakistan media reports. The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified 67-year-old Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that […]

Does Nawaz’s Ouster Mean Chaos for Pakistan?

Islamabad—The ousting of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left a power vacuum at the top of the nuclear-armed country, yet experts say that in the long run it is unlikely to be destabilising. Nawaz’s disqualification Friday by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations denies him the chance of becoming the country’s first prime minister […]

The jugular as the Achilles’ heel

  The past three weeks have exposed us to an unknown strategic reality: the Chinese media. Through this ongoing tussle in Doklam, it has continued to raise the alert levels to deeper shades of pink, now near-red. This morning’s editorial in the Global Times is intemperate, calling India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj a liar […]

Nawaz Sharif vacuum

    The disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as the Prime Minister by the Supreme Court of Pakistan was a looming possibility ever since a Joint Investigation Team that was set up by the court to investigate charges of corruption against him and his family submitted its report earlier this month. Popular democratic politicians are rarely […]

‘They will never get justice’

In 2014, five soldiers of the the Indian Army were court martialed and given life sentences for killing three boys in a fake encounter at Machil in North Kashmir. Less than three years later, the Armed Forces Tribunal has suspended the life sentences and granted bail to those convicted. “They have a right of appeal, […]

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