April 2022 News

News Briefs for 29 April 2022

Pakistan Has No Right To Comment On PM Modi's J&K Visit: India Hits Back

New Delhi 28 Apr: India on Thursday slammed Pakistan's remarks on the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's to Jammu and Kashmir and said Islamabad has no locus standi to comment on the matters pertaining to the union territory. Answering queries about Pakistan's remarks during the regular media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the reception that the Prime Minister got and the changes that have happened on the ground in the union territory is a very clear answer to any questions that may have been raised about the visit.

Apni Party Leader Demands Financial Help For Sarpanches

Jammu 28 Apr: Jammu Kashmir Apni Party, provincial secretary Minority Cell Kashmir and general secretary Panch Sarpanch Coordination Committee Nana Jee Wattal appealed the LG administration to provide financial assistance to families of two Sarpanchs and driver of the vehicle that met with an accident at Pattan on April 25 while returning from Prime Minister's Samba rally. He also requested for free and special treatment and medicine for those who got injured in the incident.

Two Al-Badr `terrorists` killed in Pulwama encounter: Police

Srinagar 28 Apr: Two `terrorists` of Al-Badr outfit were killed in an encounter that broke out between militants and security forces in Mitrigam village of Pulwama district on Wednesday evening, police said here. An official said that encounter broke out in Mitrigam village following inputs about the presence of `terrorists` in the area. He said that in the ensuing encounter two `terrorists`, belonging to Al-Badr outfit were killed, while arms and ammunition were also recovered.

62 `terrorists` killed in encounters this year so far: IGP

Srinagar 28 Apr: The inspector general of police Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar on Thursday said that at least 62 "terrorists" of different outfits have been killed in the Valley so far this year. Kashmir zone police while quoting IGP on its official Twitter handle said that a total of 62 "terrorists" have been killed in encounters so far this year. He said that of the total 62 killed "terrorists", 39 belonged to LeT, 06 and 02 belonged to HM and Al-Badr respectively.

Disallowing prayers on Shab-e-Qadr, Jumat-ul-Vida at Jamia Masjid Srinagar unacceptable: PAGD

Srinagar 28 Apr: The directive of the administration to not allow congregational prayers on the holy occasion of Shab-e-Qadr and Jumat-ul-Vida at the historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar is highly deplorable. According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), PAGD said that the authorities, according to reports, have asked the managing body of the Jamia Masjid not to offer prayers on Shab-e-Qadar and Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. The statement reads that the move will bar thousands of people from offering congregational prayers inside the historic mosque.

3 militant associates arrested in Kupwara: Police

Srinagar 28 Apr: Police in Kupwara have arrested three militant associates involved in cross-LoC smuggling and transportation of arms & ammunition. Based on specific information about a terrorist associate module working for terrorist organisations operating in Valley & involved in smuggling of arms & ammunition from across the LoC to be made available to the terrorists involved in spreading terror activities in the Valley, a police team led by SHO PS Karnah under the supervision of DySP PC Kupwara Syed Majeed arrested three persons from different locations. They have been identified as Mohd Amir, son of Mohd Shakoor Kalas, Nisar Ahmad, son of Manzoor Kalas, both residents of Hajitra Karnah, and Kafeel Ahmad, son of Late Abdul Rehman Bhat, resident of Sudhpora Karnah, the police said in a statement.

Govt disallows Shab-e-Qadr, Jumat-ul-Vida prayers at Srinagars Jamia Masjid

Srinagar 28 Apr: Authorities in Kashmir have decided not to allow Shab-e-Qadr and Jumat-ul-Vida congregational prayers at Srinagars historic Jamia Masjid, a move denounced by mainstream and separatist parties. The decision to not hold the congregational prayers was conveyed to the Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid the managing body of the grand mosque on Wednesday night. The government and police officials headed by a magistrate visited the Jamia Masjid premises after iftar and conveyed to the Auqaf members that authorities have decided not to allow Jumat-ul-Vida congregational prayers to be held in Jamia Masjid on the last Friday of Ramadhan, as well as no prayers or Shab (night-long prayers) to be allowed on Shab-e-Qadr at the historic mosque, a statement issued by the Auqaf said.

Delimitation panel set to submit report on JK next week

New Delhi 28 Apr: A Delimitation Commission, mandated to redraw the assembly constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir, is set to submit its report to the government next week, sources said on Thursday. The panel would also make public its award detailing the number of constituencies and their size by bringing out a gazettee notification after the report is submitted to the government, the sources said. While the report will be a much detailed document, the award will deal with basic details such as number of constituencies and their size, they pointed out.

Govt Reinstates IAS Officer Shah Faesal

Srinagar 28 Apr: The government has accepted IAS officer Shah Faesal`s application for withdrawing his resignation and reinstated him in service and his next posting would be announced soon, Home Ministry officials said here on Thursday. Faesal, who submitted his resignation in January 2019 and floated the Jammu and Kashmir People`s Movement (JKPM) party, was detained under the stringent Public Safety Act immediately after the abrogation of special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. However, after his release, Faesal gave up on politics and started dropping hints of his willingness to rejoin government service.

Military Equipment From Afghanistan Being Seized In Kashmir: Army Chief

New Delhi 28 Apr: There has been a rise in incidents of military equipment from Afghanistan being seized in Kashmir, Army Chief General MM Naravane has said, amid fears of a spillover of fighters into India as the Taliban surged back to power in the war-torn country. 'When the previous Taliban regime was there in Afghanistan in the early 2000s, we did have a little spillover. We had captured or killed Afghan terrorists (in Kashmir) also,' Naravane said during the Raisina Dialogue, a video of which was released Thursday.