March 2022 News

News Briefs for 27 March 2022

3 member World Bank team meets Chief Secretary

SRINAGAR 26 Mar: (KNS) The 3 member team of World Bank led by AbhasJha, Practice Manager, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, South Asia Region with Deepak Singh, Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank and Hemang Karelia, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist of World Bank as members today had a meeting with Chief Secretary J&K, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta regarding the World Bank funded projects being implemented in the Jammu and Kashmir. The World Bank team lauded the efforts of J&K government in streamlining implementation of the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP) during the past two years. Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Chief Executive Officer, J&K ERA was present in the meeting.

Govt should set up fact-finding committee to look into atrocities faced by Kashmiri Pandits, Muslims: Sandeep Mawa

Srinagar 26 Mar: Jammu and Kashmir Reconciliation Front chairman, Sandeep Mawa on Saturday said that government should set up a fact-finding committee to look into the atrocities faced by Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir valley. Talking to media persons during a sit-in protest at press enclave Srinagar, he said that since the release of The Kashmir Files movie, Kashmiri Muslims too have been saying that they faced atrocities. We are with the Kashmiri nationalist muslims, but not with those who picked up guns.

Imam Jama Masjid calls for social reforms, release of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir

Srinagar 26 Mar: Vice-president, Khateeb and Imam of Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar Moulana Ahmad Syed Naqshbandi has highlighted social issues facing people of Jammu & Kashmir especially the valley. According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), he said that many moral and social depravities have permeated the society that need to be addressed and reformed. He said people should take stock of their lives and actions in the light of Quranic teachings and sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) and see where they stand.

SPO killed, his brother injured in militant attack in Budgam village: Police

Srinagar 26 Mar: A special police officer (SPO) was killed, while his brother was injured after being attacked by militants at their residence in Chadbigh area of Budgam district in Saturday evening. An official told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that SPO Ishfaq Ahmad and his brother Umar Jan, a student, were fired upon by militants at their residence in Chadbugh village. He said that soon after the incident, the duo was taken to a nearby hospital, where Ishfaq succumbed to his injuries.

Uri Infiltration Case: NIA files chargesheet against Pakistani LeT Terrorist

Srinagar 26 Mar: National Investigation Agency on Saturday filed a chargesheet against a Pakistani terrorist of LeT in a case related to an infiltration bid that was foiled along the Line of Control in Uri area of Baramulla district last year. In a statement, a spokesperson said that the NIA today filed chargesheet against Pakistani terrorist of Lashkar-e-Taiba, namely Imdadullah @ Ali Babar @ Dujana @ 313 s/o Mohd. Hanief r/o Village 45 Shakurabad Punjab (SP)/ Wasavewala, Tehsil Dipalpur, Police Station Haveli Lakha, District Okara Punjab, under Sections 120B, 121, 121A, 122, 307, 326, 333 & 353 of IPC, sections 16, 18, 20, 23 & 38 of UA(P) Act, section 27 of Arms Act, sections 3, 4 & 5 of Explosive Substances Act and section 14-A (b) of Foreigners Act before NIA Special Court, Jammu, J&K.

Not a single Kashmiri Pandit family returned to Valley during BJP rule: Kejriwal

New Delhi 26 Mar: Accusing the BJP of doing politics over the issue of Kashmiri Pandits exodus, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked how many of the displaced people have returned to the Valley since the party came to power at the Centre. As the war of words between Kejriwal and the BJP over The Kashmir Files film intensified, the Aam Aadmi Party chief again suggested that the movie be put on YouTube and proceeds earned from it spent for the welfare of Kashmiri Pandits. Replying to a query on his remarks on the film and the BJPs criticism, he told reporters, In the last 25 years, since the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, there have been BJP governments at the Centre for 13 years, including the last eight years.

Only properties of those who wilfully harbour militants will be attached: Police issues clarification

Srinagar 26 Mar: Days after warning that properties of people providing shelter to militants or their associates will be attached under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday said action will be taken only if the house owner wilfully harboured terrorists and there was no duress. However, the police said, the onus of proving duress is on the house owner. In a statement, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Srinagar Rakesh Balwal said there has been misinformation, rumours floated by certain quarters about information provided by Srinagar Police on initiation of attachment of properties used for militancy purpose.

J&K Will Have BJP CM, Says Raina

Jammu 26 Mar: Extending an indirect invitation to National Conference president Farooq Abdullah to join his party, Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina said the saffron party will form government in the union territory and have its own chief minister. You can`t achieve anything by playing drums there. If you wish, come and play it here, he said, referring to Abdullah.

No Peace Till Kashmir Issue Remains Unresolved: Mehbooba

Srinagar 26 Mar: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday reiterated her call to the BJP government for dialogue with Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir, saying that peace would be elusive as long as Kashmir remained unresolved. She called upon people to vote for the constituents of the People`s Alliance for Gukpar Declaration (PAGD) an alliance of several parties, including the National Conference, PDP and Communist Party of India (Marxist) - in the next assembly elections to defeat the BJP`s attempt to gain power and seal its wrong decision to abrogate Article 370. Kashmir has been awaiting a solution for the last 70 years there will be no peace in the region until the Kashmir issue is resolved, and for that, dialogue with Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir is imperative, the former chief minister said.

'The Kashmir Files': J&K Reconciliation Front Demands Hanging Of Bitta Karate

Srinagar 26 Mar: President of Jammu Kashmir Reconciliation Front Dr Sandeep Mawa, a Kashmiri Pandit, burnt down an effigy of Farooq Ahmad Dar (Bita Karate) who has admitted on camera that he had killed several Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990 Kashmir militancy which led to the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits. Mawa has set an ultimatum to the government to establish a fact-finding committee to find out the exact scenes of killings by terrorists in the Kashmir Valley. He said that if the government fails to do so till 19th April, he would sit on a hunger strike for ten days. And nothing is done even after that, he would do self-immolation.

'The Kashmir Files' Should Be Watched To Learn How Terror Gripped Kashmir During Congress Rule: Amit Shah

New Delhi 26 Mar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday (March 26, 2022) extended support to 'The Kashmir Files' and said that people should watch the film to learn how atrocities and terror gripped the Kashmir Valley 'during the Congress rule'. 'Those who have not watched it must watch the movie to learn how atrocities and terror gripped Kashmir during Congress rule,' the senior BJP leader said while speaking at a program in Ahmedabad.