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News Briefs for 19 May 2022

Pakistan Summons Indian Envoy Over 'fabricated' Charges Against Kashmiri Separatist Leader Yasin Malik

New Delhi 18 May: Pakistan summoned India's envoy in Islamabad over the charges against Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Pakistan government said that the Indian Charge d'Affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and handed over a demarche conveying Pakistan's strong condemnation on the framing of fabricated charges against Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yasin Malik.

PC, NC engage in war of words

Srinagar May 18 (KNS) 18 May: J&K Peoples Conference on Wednesday hit back at the NC for calling PC President Sajad Gani Lone a former militant. Senior NC leader Javid Rana had, during a rally in Mendhar in presence of NC vice president Omar Abdullah, dubbed Sajad Lone as a former millitant. In a series of tweets on its official twitter handle PC said, the party said that the sole aim of NC is power and they can go to any extent to achieve that.

Reject those who divide people on basis of religion, region, ethnicity: Omar Abdullah

Sagar 18 May: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said the claims of the government with regards to development and employment generation is contrary to ground situation. Addressing a one day public convention at Kotranka, Rajouri Omar urged the people to maintain communal harmony and brotherhood and reject those who are conspiring to divide people on the basis of religion, region and ethnicity. The reality is that all the claims made by them have fallen flat as there was no benefit of its decision on the ground.

KPs hold candle light march in Budgam

Budgam 18 May: Protests by Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) over the killing of their colleague Rahul Bhat by militants continued for the seventh consecutive day in various parts of Kashmir. The protesting KPs held a candle light protest march from Sheikhpora to Humhama in Budgam. The KPs who are on a sit-in at Pandit colony Sheikhpora against the killing of their colleague, for the last seven days, have been demanding their relocation to a safe environment.

High-profile attack in India by Pak-based militants risks an Indian military response: Pentagon

Washington 18 May: India intends to deploy the Russian-made S-400 missile defence system by next month to defend itself from Pakistani and Chinese threats as it is pursuing an extensive military modernisation effort encompassing air, ground, naval and strategic nuclear forces, Pentagons top intelligence official has said during a Congressional hearing. India started receiving the delivery of the S-400 missile defence system from Russia in December last year, Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, Director of Defence Intelligence Agency, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a recent Congressional hearing. As of October 2021, Indias military was seeking to procure advanced surveillance systems to strengthen its land and sea borders and boost its offensive and defensive cyber capabilities.

Hurriyat calls for shutdown on May 21

Srinagar 18 May: Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday called for a bandh in Kashmir to pay tributes to Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone on their death anniversary on May 21. The separatist amalgam asked people to visit Eidgah, where the two leaders have been laid to rest, and offer prayers for them. Abdul Gani Lone, a prominent Hurriyat leader, was assassinated in 2002 during a rally to mark the death anniversary of former Mirwaiz of Kashmir Moulvi Mohammad Farooq in Srinagar.

China Building New Bridge Near Ladakh Lake: Report

New Delhi 18 May: China is constructing a second bridge in an area held by it around the strategically key Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh and it could help the Chinese military to quickly mobilise its troops in the region, according to satellite imagery and people familiar with the development on Wednesday. The bridge is being built amid the lingering standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries at several friction points in eastern Ladakh for over two years. There is no official reaction or comment by the Indian defence establishment on the new construction.

LG Vows To Punish Those Behind Wine Shop Attack

Srinagar 18 May: The killing of a wine shop employee on Tuesday in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir has widely been condemned, with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha wowing to punish the perpetrators of the attack. A burqa-clad militant dropped a grenade inside the newly opened wine shop at Dewan Bagh in Baramulla town on Tuesday night, resulting in injuries to four employees of the liquor vendor. One of them, Ranjit Singh, later succumbed to injuries.

Pandit Employees To Be Posted In `Less Vulnerable` Areas of Kashmir Now

Srinagar 18 May: firing To Get All Benefits, Says Div Com Srinagar- The divisional administration in Kashmir directed all the heads of departments on Wednesday to ensure that the Kashmiri Pandit employees serving in the Kashmir valley are posted only in less vulnerable areas such as towns and district headquarters to ensure their safety and security. "We had a meeting with all heads of departments and chief engineers. I have told them to ensure that the Kashmiri Pandit employees are posted in less vulnerable areas like towns and district headquarters," Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir P K Pole told reporters here.

Use Of Force Complicating Kashmir Conflict: Mirwaiz

Srinagar 18 May: Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday said the use of force and intimidation against people 'only complicates the Kashmir conflict further'. 'We believe that the path of seeking peaceful resolution of the Kashmir conflict is in keeping with the wishes of its people, while considering the interests of both India and Pakistan as parties to the conflict. However, hegemonic authority, use of force or intimidation of people, only complicates the conflict further,' the Mirwaiz said in a statement.