May 2022 News

News Briefs for 18 May 2022

Kashmiri Pandits Protest Against Dr Farooq's Statement

Jammu 17 May: Displaced Kashmiri Pandits today expressed strong resentment over the statement of National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah and held a strong protest outside Press Club Jammu. A large number of Kashmiri Pandits affiliated to BJP assembled near Press Club Jammu and raised slogans against National Conference and its chief Dr Farooq Abdullah on his statement issued yesterday on Balkrishan Ganjoo and banning of 'Kashmir Files' movie.

Killings aimed at pushing you out of Kashmir: IGP to protesting KPs at Budgam

Bhat Shabir Srinagar 17 May: Inspector general of police Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar on Tuesday said that visited protesting Kashmiri Pandits at Sheikpora village of Budgam and stated that the killings were aimed at pushing Kashmiri Pandits out of the Kashmir Valley. Talking to the KPs, who are holding a sit-in protest at Sheikhpora following the killing of their member Rahul Bhat, he urged them not to make any statements, which will enemy succeed in their evil designs. IGP told them that the agenda of the enemy was to turn the people against the government and that they should not make such statements, which will help their enemy.

To restore sanctity of human life biggest challenge in Kashmir, can`t expect it`s restoration from past regime rulers

Srinagar May 17 May: Stating that human sanctity is biggest challenge in Kashmir to restore, People`s Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday said that it is non existent especially in case of Kashmiri muslim. In a tweet lone said that the sanctity of human life in Kashmir has to change but its restoration cannot be expected from ruling regimes of the past who have participated in killings. "The biggest challenge in Kashmir is to restore the sanctity of human life.

Unity key to having J&K`s dignity restored: Omar Abdullah

Joined by party leaders 17 May: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said the greatest strength of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is Unity, which has stood severest strains from time to time. This Omar said in his address at Islampur Thana Mandi Rajouri. JKNC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Senior leaders Mian Altaf Ahmed, Javed Rana, Chief Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq, Provincial President Ratan Lal Gupta, YNC Provincial President Aijaz Jan, OBC Cell head Abdul Gani Teli, SC Cell head Vijay lochan, Dy Political Secretary to VP Mudassir Shahmiri, partys local unit functionaries were also present on the occasion.

Efforts underway to drive wedge between Gujjars, Paharis and Kashmirs: Omar

Srinagar 17 May: National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said the greatest strength of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is unity, which has stood severest strains from time to time. Diversity of our state is tremendous. Deep inside our hearts beat together.

Wine shop employee killed, 3 injured after militants hurl grenade inside shop

Srinagar 17 May: One person was killed while three more were injured when a militant hurled a grenade at a newly opened wine shop in north Kashmirs Baramulla on Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, an unidentified militant, disguised as a buyer, hurled a grenade inside the wine shop at Dewan Bagh in the district. Police said the militant hurled a grenade at the wine shop which exploded with a bang, leaving four persons injured.

Home Min directs for pro-active anti-militancy ops, hassle-free Amarnath yatra

New Delhi 17 May: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday advocated pro-active coordinated anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir as he held three back-to-back meetings to review the situation there as well as arrangements for the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra and asked security forces to ensure zero cross-border infiltration to wipe out militancy in the union territory. The marathon meetings held by the home minister came in the backdrop of recent targeted killings in the valley which included a Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat, who was gunned down by militants last week. During the meetings, which was attended by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, DGP Dibag Singh and other top central and union territory officials, Shah was informed that this years 42-day-long yatra, beginning on June 30, will have a Radio Frequency Identification Card (RFID) for every pilgrim besides an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh.

India rejects Pak resolution on J&K delimitation

New Delhi 17 May: India on Tuesday described as farcical a resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the neighbouring country has no locus standi to interfere in internal matters of India. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi categorically rejected the resolution and asked Islamabad to stop cross-border terrorism and shut down its infrastructure of terrorism. We categorically reject the farcical resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on the subject of the delimitation exercise in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

Fully Prepared To Deal With Infiltration Along LoC: Army

Jammu 17 May: A top army official on Tuesday said that Indian troops are fully alert along the Line of Control (LoC) to foil any infiltration bid, asserting that militant camps are still operational across the border. "Our troops deployed on the LoC are fully alert. If any infiltration bid is made by the enemy, we will foil them 100 per cent," the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 16 Corps, Lt General Manjinder Singh, told reporters in Reasi on the sidelines of the unveiling of a sports calendar for 2022-2023.

KP Employee Killing: Protests Continue For Day 6

Srinagar 17 May: Protests continued for the sixth day Tuesday in Kashmir over the killing of Kashmiri Pandit employee Rahul Bhat, even as a top police official assured the protestors a permanent peace will return to the valley soon as security forces will eliminate all terrorists "within one-and-a-half year". Kashmir Zone Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar also urged the protesters to be patient and not get carried away by political parties". The Kashmiri Pandit employees, who had returned to the valley under the Prime Minister`s Employment package for the migrants, held protests at various places including at migrant colony in Budgam and Anantnag.

British Peer Claims Charges Against Yasin Malik Are Fake

London 17 May: A British peer has accused the Indian government of bringing fake charges against Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik during a debate in the House of Lords about human rights in Kashmir. British-Pakistani peer Lord Hussain, whose oral question on the human rights situation in Kashmir triggered Tuesday's debate, said: 'Many Kashmiris believe that in the past fake charges have been brought in the courts against prominent leaders like Maqbool Bhatt and Afzal Guru that have resulted in their execution. Now another very prominent Kashmiri leader who has a huge following in the UK as well is on trial this week. Kashmiris suspect the Indian government wants to get rid of him too. His life is in real danger. Will the government use their good offices to protect Yasin Malik's life? His release would be widely welcomed.'