May 2022 News

News Briefs for 17 May 2022

Mehbooba Mufti Says 'The Kashmir Files' Responsible For Violence In Valley

Srinagar 16 May: Days after the killing of Kashmiri pandit government employee Rahul Bhat, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday blamed the Vivek Agnihotri directorial 'The Kashmir Files' for 'triggering' violence in the union territory, while also claiming that she created a safe environment for Kashmiri Pandits during her tenure.

Films Like Kashmir Files Should Be Stopped, Says Farooq Abdullah After Attack On Kashmiri Pandit

Srinagar 16 May: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said on Monday that films like Vivek Agnihotri's The Kashmir Files were giving rise to hatred in the nation and should be stopped. The film is centred on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the 1990s. Farooq Abdullah's statement comes in light of the recent killing of Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.

2 LeT hybrid militants held in Sopore, arms & ammo recovered

Sopore 16 May: Security Forces on Monday arrested two active hybrid militants of LeT along with arms and ammunition in Sopore town of Baramulla district. An official told Kashmir News Service (KNS) , that a joint team of Police, Armys 22 RR and CRPFs 179 Bn during a Naka arrested two active hybrid militant at Fruit Mandi crossing of Sopore town. He said that incriminating material including pistol and live ammunition were also recovered from his possession.

Amit Shah to chair high level meeting on J&K on May 17

Srinagar 16 May: Union Home minister Amit Shah is going to chair a high level meeting over several issues including security regarding Jammu and Kashmir on May 17 in New Delhi. Sources told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that the meeting will be held regarding security, Amarnath Yatra and other issues related to Jammu and Kashmir. They said that senior officers from Jammu and Kashmir have reached to Delhi to participate in the meeting.

Minorities more unsafe n Kashmir under BJP regime- JKPCC

Jammu, Srinagar May16 ( KNS ) 16 May: Minorities especially Kashmiri pandits and others became more vulnerable & unsafe n Kashmir, under BJP regime said JKPCC Chief Spokesperson Ravinder sharma., calling for a reply from the ruling party at the centre, which running a proxy government n jammu and Kashmir, he claimed. n a hard hitting statement, JKPCC expressed serious concern over the the deteriorated situation n Kashmir, n which minorities, outside workers and locals were targetted, time & again, for over one and half years but the centre government and UT administration failed to check it. Day by day, the attacks are becoming more lethal and selective.

Sajad Lone asks PAGD leaders why didnt they meet LG in last 3 years over killing of Kashmiri Muslims

Srinagar 16 May: Peoples Conference chairman, Sajad Lone on Monday slammed PAGD leader, a day after they went to meet LG Manoj Sinha over the killing of a KP employee in Budgam, stating that they never went to meet LG over killing if Kashmiri Muslims. In a Tweet, Lone asked PAGD leaders why didnt they meet KG in the last years when Kashmiri Muslims died. In a sarcastic manner, he, however, appreciated PAGD leaders for going to meet LG to agitate killing of KP member.

Delimitation panel report to be tabled in Parliament

Srinagar 16 May: The new electoral map of J&K would be laid before the Lok Sabha and the Legislative Assembly of Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory as and when it is constituted. Officials said that the final order of delimitation commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice (retd.) Ranjana Prakash Desai would be laid before the Lok Sabha and the Assembly of J&K.

LeT module busted in Bandipora, woman among 7 arrested: Police

Srinagar 16 May: Security forces busted a module of the Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit by arresting seven militants and their associates in Bandipora, a police spokesman said. Investigating the recent encounters in Bandipora, police and security forces busted a militant module of LeT by arresting an active Pakistani-trained militant, two hybrid militants and four militant associates including a woman, he said. He said the Pakistan-trained militant has been identified as Arif Ajaz Shehri alias Anfal, who went to Pakistan on a valid visa in 2018 through Wagah Border and infiltrated back to this side after obtaining illegal arms training.

Some people want bloodshed to continue in Kashmir: Ravinder Raina

Srinagar 16 May: BJP President Ravinder Raina on Monday said that there are some forces who want bloodshed to continue in J&K and do not let people live peacefully. He said this after visiting slain Policemans Riyaz Ahmad Thoker residence for condolence in Gudooras Pulwama. The constable was killed by militants outside his home.

India hits out at OIC for unwarranted comments on delimitation exercise in J&K

New Delhi 16 May: India on Monday slammed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for its unwarranted comments on the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the grouping to refrain from carrying out its communal agenda at the behest of one country, in an oblique reference to Pakistan. Indias strong reaction came after the OIC criticised New Delhi over the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir. We are dismayed that the OIC secretariat has once again made unwarranted comments on the internal affairs of India, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

Kashmiri Pandits continue protest in Valley

Srinagar 16 May: Protests by Kashmiri Pandits over the killing of Rahul Bhat by militants inside his office last week continued in Ganderbal and Anantnag districts on Monday, officials said. Scores of Kashmiri Pandits assembled at Tulmulla in Ganderbal district to protest against the killing of their community member, the officials said. The protesters held photographs of Bhat, who was shot dead by the militants inside his office at Chadoora in Budgam district on May 12, and shouted slogans like we want justice, the officials said.

Targeted killings aimed to keep militancy alive in Kashmir: Army commander

Jammu 16 May: Northern Army commander Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi on Monday said the targeted killings of Kashmiri Pandits and non-local labourers by militants was to keep militancy alive in Kashmir. He also said Pakistan created a facade of proxy tanzeems (outfits) to give an indigenous colour to the insurgency in the Valley after the country faced pressure internationally to stop sponsoring militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Militant outfits like The Resistance Front (TRF), Peoples Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF), Gaznavi Force, United Liberation Front, Geelani Force, Lashkar-e-Mustafa, Lashar-e-Islam and Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighter have been claiming responsibility for attacks, particularly selective killings of Hindus in the valley, during the last one-and-a-half-year, as per the reports.

Atmosphere Of Hate Deepening Divide Between Communities: Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar 16 May: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said an atmosphere of hate has been created in the country that is driving a wedge between various communities and called for efforts to arrest this trend. Abdullah said if the gap between the communities is to be bridged, the hateful campaigns like The Kashmir Files` film and incessant Hindu-Muslim debates on the media have to be stopped. "If we have to come close to each other, this hate has to be removed.