April 2022 News

News Briefs for 11 April 2022

Shehbaz Sharif Says India, Pakistan Must Resolve Kashmir Issue To Bring About Peace

New Delhi 10 Apr: Islamabad and New Delhi must resolve the issue of Kashmir to bring about peace between the two neighbours, Shehbaz Sharif, the likely successor to Imran Khan as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has said.Fingers are crossed now in New Delhi as India cautiously observs the ascent of the president of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) to the top office in Islamabad after the voting on the no-confidence motion against Khan in the National Assembly cut short the cricketer-turned-politician's tenure as the Prime Minister.

Despite Militant Threats, 2,100 Pandits Return To Kashmir Post Abrogation Of Article 370

Srinagar 10 Apr: Despite intermittent attacks by militants, a sizeable population of displaced Kashmiri-speaking Hindus locally called Pandits have returned to Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.Despite militants targeting migrant workers and members of minority communities, in which 14 people, including four Kashmiri Pandits were killed, around 2,100 pandits have returned to Kashmir.

Foreign Tourists Give Kashmir A Miss

Srinagar 10 Apr: Once bustling with foreign tourists, Kashmir is failing to woo foreigners courtesy of adverse travel advisories and COVID. Though the number of foreigners visiting Kashmir has witnessed a continuous dip, in the last three years there has been a sharp decline. As per the official figures, in 2019. 33,779 foreign tourists visited Kashmir, the number plummeted to 3897 in 2020 due to COVID and further declined to 1615.

Two Pakistani militants involved in recent attack on CRPF killed in Srinagar encounter: IGP

Srinagar 10 Apr: Inspector general of police Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said that two Pakistani militants of LeT, who were involved in the recent attack on CRPF personnel in Srinagar, were killed in Srinagar encounter today. Talking to media persons on the site of encounter, IGP said that both militants were neutralised in the encounter and arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of encounter. He said that the property would be also seized where militants were hiding today as has been ordered earlier by the police.

In first operation outside J&K, SIA conducts raids in Delhi, Faridabad

New Delhi, Srinagar 10 Apr: In its first operation outside Jammu and Kashmir, the newly constituted State Investigation Agency (SIA) conducted raids in the national capital region on Sunday in connection with a terror funding case, officials said. SIA teams carried out the searches at three places in Delhi, one in Faridabad in Haryana and two in Anantnag of south Kashmir, the officials said. The teams were assisted by the Delhi Police and other security agencies.

It is no longer glamorous to become a militant: Lt Gen Pandey

Srinagar 10 Apr: Militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is on the cusp of a transition as it has lost the glamour that was once associated with it, Army commander Lt Gen D P Pandey said, adding white collar terrorists are now desperately trying to lure into their ranks adolescents who may not yet have the maturity to judge right from wrong. Lt Gen Pandey, the General Officer Commanding (GoC) of Kashmir-based XV Corps, said those aged between 20 and 25 have understood that violence leads to nowhere and thus the number of new recruits is nearing an all-time low. In addition, 330 militants were killed or surrendered since January last year, he said.

Politicians Behind Exodus Of Kashmiri Pandits Now Shedding Crocodile Tears: Jitendra Singh

Jammu 10 Apr: Taking a dig at certain political leaders, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Sunday said that those who were responsible for exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, are now shedding crocodile tears and demanding an enquiry into the genocide and killings of Kashmir Pandits. He said, it is hilarious to see that after the release of 'Kashmir Files' movie, some of the leaders who were an essential part of the ruling dispensation over the last 20 years, but are today either out of power or have defected to other political parties, now ask for instituting an enquiry without explaining as to why when they were at the helm of affairs for over three decades even the daylight killers of Tika Lal Taploo, Lassa Kaul or Squadron Leader Khanna went Scot free.