April 2022 News

News Briefs for 24 April 2022

Pakistan Treats PoK As Colony, Says Rights Activist

London 23 Apr: Pakistan treats Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) as a colony and exploits it without giving any regard to the rights situation in the region, said a London-based rights activist. 'PoK has a colonial character, it is an illegal occupation of Pakistan. People of Kashmir hold no value for PoK government,' said Shaukat Kashmiri, United Kashmir People National Party chairman in an interview with well-known Kashmiri activist Shabir Choudhry.

2 militants killed in Kulgam gunfight: Police

Anantnag 23 Apr: Two militants, one of them a Pakistani national, were killed in an ongoing gunfight between militants and security forces, here in Kulgam district of South Kashmir, the police have said. The gunfight has erupted hours ahead of Prime Minister, Narendra Modis visit to Jammu. A Fidayeen attack was also prevented by government forces in Sunjwan area of Jammu on Friday.

Two Kashmir residents arrested in Jammu attack case: Police

Jammu 23 Apr: Two Kashmiri residents were nabbed in connection with the Sunjwan encounter that left two suicide bombers of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit dead here, a senior police officer said on Saturday. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Mukesh Singh said the police were looking for two more conspirators involved in the planning and transportation of the two heavily-armed terrorists from Sapwal in Samba district to Jammu. One of the arrested persons told police that the slain militants were Pashto-speaking either from a village in Pakistan bordering Afghanistan or from Afghanistan itself, he told reporters while addressing a press conference here.

India will not hesitate to cross border if militants target country from outside: Rajnath

Guwahati 23 Apr: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday asserted that India would not hesitate to act against militants who target the country from across the border. Speaking at a programme, where Assam-based veterans of 1971 India-Pakistan War were felicitated, Singh said the government was working to wipe out militancy from the country. India has been successful in giving out the message that terrorism will be strongly dealt with.

NIA chief visits Jammu encounter site, reviews security at venue of PMs rally

Jammu 23 Apr: NIA chief Kuldiep Singh on Saturday visited Jammus Sunjwan area where two suicide bombers of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) were killed in a fierce gunfight with security forces ahead of the prime ministers visit, officials said. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief, who reached Jammu on Friday evening, was accompanied by Inspector General of CRPF, Jammu sector, P S Ranpise. Singh, who is also the director general of the Central Reserve Police Force, was briefed about the gun battle by CRPF officers, including Commandant of 38th Battalion Dhirendra Verma, the officials said.

Political parties, social groups call for restoration of statehood

Jammu 23 Apr: A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit, a Jammu-based morcha of mainstream political parties and social organisations, including the Congress and the National Conference, on Saturday advocated the immediate restoration of statehood and democracy in Jammu and Kashmir. The All Parties United Morcha (APUM), which also includes the CPI(M), CPM, Dogra Sadar Sabha, United Peace Alliance and the Internationalist Democratic Party, sought the prime ministers intervention in addressing the shortcomings in the draft proposal prepared by the delimitation commission for J&K. Addressing a joint press conference here, leaders of the morcha, including Congress chief spokesperson and former legislator Ravinder Sharma, former MP Sheikh Abdul Rehman and former minister Ram Paul of the National Conference, observed a two-minute silence to pay tributes to the CISF officer who died in an attack by terrorists on a bus in the Sunjwan area of Jammu.

PM in Jammu Today, To Launch Projects Worth Rs 20K Crore

New Delhi 23 Apr: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of development projects worth over Rs 20,000 crore in Jammu and Kashmir, including the opening of the Banihal-Qazigund road tunnel to establish all-weather connectivity between the two regions of the union territory. Modi is travelling there to participate in the celebration for the National Panchayati Raj Day and address `Gram Sabhas` across the country, the Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) said in a statement. He will also visit Palli Panchayat in Samba district.

Red Alert In J&K On PM Modis Visit

Srinagar 23 Apr: A day after a fierce gunfight between militants and security forces here, a thick security blanket has been thrown across Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s visit to Palli Panchayat in Samba district on Sunday, officials said. A red alert has been sounded across J&K following the encounter near Sunjwan army camp on the outskirts of the city which averted a major attack with the gunning down of two newly infiltrated militants armed with suicide vests and large quantity of arms and ammunition. A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer was also killed and nine others including two policemen were injured as security forces engaged the militants after they attacked a bus carrying the paramilitary personnel in the early hours of Friday.