News Briefs for 19 June 2022
Farooq Abdullah withdraws his name as oppositions presidential candidateSrinagar 18 Jun: National Conference
president and member parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday withdrew
his name from consideration as opposition president candidate and
stated that he still has more active role to play in politics in Jammu
and Kashmir. In a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) ,
he said that he was grateful to West Bengal chief minister Mamata
Banerjee for proposing his name as opposition candidate for presidential
election. I am honoured to have had my name proposed as a possible
joint opposition candidate for the office of President of India by
Mamata Banerjee Sahiba.
IED recovered on Baramulla-Handwara Highway, defusedAsif Malik Langate June 18 (KNS) 18 Jun: The army on Saturday
recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) along Baramulla-Handwara
Highway near Langate area of Kupwara district. An official told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that on a specific
information, an army patrolling party detected a suspicious cylindrical
metal object, connected to a battery and wires, following which a bomb
disposal squad was caller in. He said that traffic on the road was also stopped and area was cordoned off by police and army.
Bad Weather Forces Troops To Call Off Kulgam Op After 5 DaysKulgam 18 Jun: The security forces on Saturday called off the operation at Mishipora-Kujjar area of Yaripora hamlet of Kulgam after five days, officials said. The operation was called off due to bad weather conditions, they said. News agency KNO quoting an unnamed official reported that after the killing of two local Hizb militants on Thursday, no fresh contact was established with militants during searches.
Police officer killed by militants in SambooraAnantnag 18 Jun: A senior police official was found dead, his body riddled with bullets, a little distance from his home here in the Samboora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The killing is the latest, in a string of such killings, by unidentified gunmen here in South Kashmir in particular.
The slain has been identified as Farooq Ahmad Mir, son of Abdul Gani Mir, a Sub-Inspector of the police force. He was presently posted at IRP 23 Batallion and was home on leave while he was killed.
Curfew relaxed for 12 hours in Bhaderwah, educational institutions likely to reopen on MondayBhaderwah, Jammu 18 Jun: Curfew was relaxed for 12 hours from 7 am in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bhaderwah on Saturday as the overall situation in the town, which witnessed communal tension days ago, remained peaceful, officials said.
Curfew was imposed in Bhaderwah in Doda district on June 9 following communal tension in the wake of protests over remarks by now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and some social media posts by local right-wing activists in her support.
Police Foils Attempt By Army Aspirants To Block Highway In KathuaJammu 18 Jun: Police on Saturday foiled an attempt by Army aspirants to block Jammu-Pathankot highway in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, where youth Congress activists also staged a protest in the winter capital demanding immediate rollback of the new Agnipath' scheme. A group of youth, who have already cleared physical and medical tests and were waiting for their written examination to join the Army over the past couple of years, staged a demonstration against the new recruitment policy at Chadwal in Kathua district, officials said.
Kashmiri Pandits, Muslims Need To Unite Against Radicalised Elements: KPSGSrinagar 18 Jun: Kashmir (Policy & Strategy) Group- KPSG headed by a senior Advocate and a distinguished Fellow USI-Ashok Bhan,at an extraordinary meet today has decided to endeavour and facilitate an Intra Kashmiri communities out-reach and dialogue. There is a dire need for mutual trust and confidence between the communities of same ethnicity namely Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims to build a united fight against the radicalised elements and the terrorism including the new age hybrid terrorists and their OGWs.