News Briefs for 27 August 2022
Azad To Launch His Own Party, From J&K Srinagar , August 27 : Former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is all set to launch his own party and its first unit would come up in Jammu and Kashmir within a fortnight, his close confidant G M Saroori said on Saturday. Saroori asserted that the restoration of the pre-August 5, 2019 position of Jammu and Kashmir will be part of the party’s manifesto. A former minister who was among several prominent Congress leaders of Jammu and Kashmir who resigned from the basic membership of the party in support of Azad, Saroori said their leader was ideologically secular and there was no question of him working at the behest of the BJP.
J&K Cong Downplay Resignation Spree Jammu , August 27 : Putting up a brave face in the wake of a spate of resignations by its leaders in support of Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Congress on Saturday said only those who were hibernating for eight years have deserted it and they will meet the same fate as that of former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh. It lashed out Azad, a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister who resigned from the primary membership of the party on Friday, for targeting Rahul Gandhi and said every Congressman is behind the central leadership of the party as Gandhi is the only politician in the country who has courageously stood up against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “fascist regime”. “We see Azad’s resignation as an attempt to harm the growing popularity of the Congress, especially in Jammu and Kashmir….
JKCA Scam: Court Grants Bail To Dr Farooq In PMLA Case Srinagar , August 27 : National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Saturday appeared before a special court which granted him bail in a money laundering case related to the alleged financial irregularities in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA). The Principal District and Sessions Judge here had in July taken cognisance of a charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the case and summoned him. The court will now hear arguments on the framing of charges on September 26.
Azad resigned over personal differences: Tariq Karra Srinagar , August 27 : Ghulam Nabi Azad’s resignation had nothing to do with ideological differences with the party but was mainly due to personal reasons, Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Tariq Hameed Karra said on Saturday.
Farooq Abdullah skips hearing in JKCA ‘scam’ case due to ‘health issues’ Srinagar , August 27 : National Conference president Farooq Abdullah did not appear before the court in a money laundering case related to the alleged financial irregularities in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) here on Saturday due to health issues .
As the case, before the court of Principal District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar, was called, Abdullah’s lawyer Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khan said the NC chief is not able to attend the court due to health issues.
The judge told Khan that Abdullah should be present in the court on the next date of hearing, which is listed on September 26. The lawyer assured it that the former J-K chief minister will attend that hearing.
The court had on July 23 issued summons to Abdullah on a complaint filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against him and others in the JKCA money laundering case.
Pakistan lodges protest with India over its citizen’s death in Kashmir Islamabad , August 27 : Pakistan has called in India’s Charged Affaires here to lodge a strong protest over the death of a Pakistani prisoner in Kashmir, in what it termed as a “fake encounter”.
The Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement that the Indian Charge d’Affaires was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
It said that a strong protest was lodged against the killing of Pakistani prisoner Muhammad Ali Hussain by Indian Forces in a “fake encounter”.
Hussain had been jailed in Kot Bhalwal Prison in Kashmir since 2006.
Amit Shah reviews BJP's preparations for Jammu-Kashmir poll Srinagar , August 27 : Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a meeting of Jammu & Kashmir BJP unit to discuss political and organisational issues on Friday. BJP said that the meeting was planned one week ago only, and it was a coincidence that it happened on the same day when Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned from the Congress. BJP State president Ravinder Raina said it was a significant meeting of over 2 hours, and all important issues concerning the state were discussed.
Prepare strategies & plans for uprooting terror ecosystem: DGP to officers Srinagar , August 27 : Though contribution of Jammu and Kashmir Police on different fronts is being appreciated at highest levels of the country yet we need to further improve our investigation work to hit the ecosystem of terrorism hard. This was stated by the Director General of Police J&K Shri Dilbag Singh while chairing a high level crime review meeting at Police Headquarters here today. The DGP also launched the IOS version of the JK-eCop mobile app, developed by J&K Police.
Three LeT terrorists arrested in J-K's Sopore Srinagar , August 27 : Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday claimed to have arrested three overground workers (OGWs) of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit in North Kashmir's Sopore. The arrests were made in a joint operation conducted by Sopore Police along with security forces including 22 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), and 179 BN Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Bomai chowk in the jurisdiction of Police Station Bomai on Friday evening. According to Jammu and Kashmir police, the terrorists have been identified as Shariq Ashraf, Saqlain Mushtaq and Tawfeeq Hassan Sheikh.