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News Briefs for 15 May 2022

'Kashmir Not Safe For Us': Kashmiri Pandits

Srinagar 14 May: Days after Rahul Bhat, a Kashmiri Pandit, was shot dead by terrorists at a government office in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, government employees from the Kashmiri Pandit community have made a desperate appeal for evacuation from the Kashmir Valley. In a letter to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha dated May 14, the All PM Package Employees Forum wrote, 'We, the PM Package Employees and Non-PM Package Employees request your good self to please evacuate us safely from Kashmir province and save us. Sir, in case your good self is not able to anything, we are ready to give en masse resignation... Kashmir is not safe for us.'

Every attack on our Pandit brothers is an out and out attack on very soul of Kashmir: Dr Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar May 14 (KNS) 14 May: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party President and Member of Parliament Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that spike in killings give a lie to the normalcy claims of the government vis-a-vis Kashmir. Dr. Farooq said this while interacting with a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits led by the party Minority Wing Vice President Amit Koul. The visiting delegations discussed number of issues concerning Kashmiri Pandits, particularly those living in Kashmir with the party President.

Omar questions governments normalcy claims, says post Aug 05 2019 situation proved NC right

Poonch May 14 (KNS) 14 May: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Saturday questioned the incumbent government on its normalcy claims saying that the situation on ground has vindicated his party`s stand on August 05, 2019 decisions. Omar said this while addressing a public gathering at Krishan Chander Park Poonch today. He commenced his week-long Pir Panjal tour from today.

Modi Govt Giving Special Priority To J&K, N-E: Rijiju

Srinagar 14 May: Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday that under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister, special priority is being given to the development of Jammu Kashmir, Ladakh and North East regions. Rijiju made these remarks while chairing a high level meeting with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at the Raj Bhavan here to review the development of judicial infrastructure in the UTs of Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh, an official spokesperson said Saturday. During the meeting, he said, the Minister was briefed on the present status of the infrastructure of the Judiciary under the purview of the High Court of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.

PAGD huddle at Abdullahs residence, to meet LG over security of KPs in Valley

Srinagar 14 May: The Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) has sought an appointment with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to raise the issue of safety and security of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley, a spokesperson said here on Saturday. Briefing reporters outside the residence of the PAGD president Farooq Abdullah after a meeting of the group, spokesperson M Y Tarigami, said the killing of Kashmiri Pandit government employee Rahul Bhat in Budgam has shaken the Kashmiri society. Bhat, who had got the job of a clerk under the special employment package for migrants in 2010-11, was gunned down by militants inside the tehsil office in Chadoora town on Thursday.

Protests, clash against killing of KP employee continues

Srinagar 14 May: Srinagar; A group of Kashmiri Pandit employees staged a protest here on Saturday against targeted killings and demanding their relocation to safe places outside Kashmir Valley, days after a community member was killed by militants in his office in Budgam district. Alleging that camps housing Kashmiri Pandit employees have been locked following the killing of Rahul Bhat, the protesters demanded that the authorities remove such restrictions on them. The community members are posted in Kashmir Valley under the prime ministers special employment package.

SIA Raids 12 Places In Kashmir Militant Funding Case

Jammu 14 May: The State Investigation Agency (SIA) of Jammu and Kashmir has conducted raids at 12 locations, including at the native house of the APHC Pakistan chairman in Bhadarwah, in connection with a terror-financing case, officials said. The case was registered at the Gandhinagar police station and subsequently transferred to the SIA for an in-depth investigation, they said. The sleuths of the investigating agency, with the assistance of the local police, carried out raids in Jammu, Kathua, Doda and Kashmir on Friday, the officials said.