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Shutdown in Islamabad (Anantnag) tomorrow

"A call for complete shutdown has been issued by Traders Union Islamabad (Anantnag)"

June 3

The traders association has called for a complete shutdown for the second consecutive day tomorrow against the police excesses.

In the wake of Shutdown call today, a complete shutdown was observed in the town. In conversation with 'The Kashmiriyat' Sajjad Hakeem, spokesperson Traders Association accused the Police of highhandedness in the town. He said excesses were committed against the shopkeepers and the civilian population which is highly condemnable. Mr. Sajjad demanded that till tomorrow evening, the shopkeepers must be paid compensation for the losses, which includes the structures that caught fire at Reshi Bazar, Islamabad (Anantnag) yesterday allegedly because of the smoke shells fired by Police. Mr. Sajjad demanded the personal intervention of the Chief Minister. He also said that the union has spoken to Transporters and they are also included in tomorrow's strike.


Published in Islamabad
Saturday, 03 June 2017 10:35

Number of Pellet victims on rise

"One Aaqib Zahoor R/o Munghaal was hit with pellets at Reshi Bazar area after which he immediately fell unconscious. He has been shifted to Srinagar hospital from District Hospital Islamabad (Anantnag) for treatment"


Sporadic clashes that began yesterday after conclusion of Friday prayers at central Jamia Masjid of Islamabad (Anantnag) resulted in the injuries of nine people which included at least 6 shoppers. Four residential houses had also caught fire after forces allegedly fired tear gas shells inside a house. Supported by Miwaiz Qazi Yasir, the Traders Association Islamabad had called for a shutdown on Saturday, which received a great response from the general public. One shopkeeper who spoke to 'The Kashmiriyat' on condition of anonymity said "Not more than 3 stones were thrown, when the troopers went berserk and started firing pellets at the shopkeepers"

Early morning today, youth came out on the streets throwing stones on paramilitary troopers deployed in the main town square of the District. The forces fired pellets, tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters, however youth in regrouped in large numbers and clashes began in the main town areas including Reshi Bazar, Lal Chowk, Qazi Mohallah. According to reports, One Aaqib Zahoor R/o Munghaal was hit with pellets at Reshi Bazar area after which he immediately fell unconscious. He has been shifted to Srinagar hospital from District Hospital Islamabad (Anantnag) for treatment. Two more youth sustained minor pellet injuries; however reports said they refused to be treated at the fear of being profiled at the hospital. 

In August last year, the Central Reserve Police Force had revealed that they used 1.3 million pellets in 32 days in Kashmir to control street demonstrations. The use of pellet guns has continued in Kashmir since then. Under attack, the Government of India is reportedly considering PAVA (Pelargonic Acid Vanillylamide) shells as an alternate  to the pellet guns in Kashmir.

The pellet injuries have been swelling despite repeated assurances from the Government, asking forces to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with the protesters. According to a report more than 600 persons suffered injuries in their one of both eyes due to pellets which have been described as “non-lethal” by the Government.

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Three residential houses catch fire after forces allegedly fired tear gas shell into a house

2 June

Islamabad (Anantnag)

Hundreds of youngsters, some wearing masks, came out to the rescue of three houses that caught fire near Jamia Masjid in Islamabad's main town. The youth putting their life in danger helped the fire workers and the shopkeepers to rescue their valuable items from the congested locality of Reshi Bazar.

The Locals alleged that the cause of fire was a tear smoke shell that was fired inside the house of Mohammed Saleem Shah (Kotar) initially and the fire spread to other two houses later. It is pertinent to mention here that Stone throwing clashes were going on in the area post Friday prayers.

A Police officer while speaking to 'The Kashmiriyat' has denied any involvement and said they are investigating the matter. He also said "it is too early to reach any conclusion." 


Published in Islamabad
Thursday, 01 June 2017 05:37


Muteeb Makhdoomi is a class 12 student at HSS, Kadipora, Islamabad (Anantnag)

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"We are well aware that the soldiers who are sent to fight us are made drunk and are offered high amounts to participate in operations, otherwise, no soldier considers it a national cause.”
June 1

LeT Spokesperson, Dr. Abdullah Ghaznavi in an emailed statement to KNS has said that freedom movement is moving with an ever increasing pace and in the right direction. “Real face of India, 'the World's largest democracy' is open to all. India is the supporter of terrorism and is using terrorism as her state policy. History has proven that Indian army is unable to face any equipped army. Media can show images of wet pants of Indian soldiers who had to face our guns. General Bapin Rawat's statement shows his criminal mindedness. Using innocent Kashmiris as human shields and then saying it okay, doesn't suit an army chief. An army which has completely failed to fight stones can never fight guns.”
“On tour of General Danbo to Northern Kashmir and appreciating the soldiers for martyring Sabzar Ahmad, Mehmood Shah said this appreciation will not stay for a longer time, General Danbo will soon see the dead bodies of these soldiers. We are well aware that the soldiers who are sent to fight us are made drunk and are offered high amounts to participate in operations, otherwise, no soldier considers it a national cause.”
He further said that professional forces follow rules and regulations but in case of Indian army, situation is entirely different. “Their chief is a terrorist himself. His statement is being criticism by different segments of the Indian society. Media follows state policies very strictly and is trying its level best to defend army.”
“India is using all mediums to create confusions regarding the freedom movement. We want to make it very clear to the public that these are all war tactics used by the enemy. BBC has never published anything positive for the Muslims. Blood of martyrs is in the roots of this movement. Freedom is the first and the last destination. We need to be very patient and cooperative towards each other" 

With inputs from KNS

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Class work in HSSs, colleges to remain suspended in South, Central Kashmir on June 1
Prepaid Service remains suspended in Awantipora, Tral.
Stone throwing clashes in Kadalbal Pampore


May 31
The class work in various districts of Kashmir shall remain suspended on June 01 (Thursday) as a precautionary measure. According to District Magistrate Srinagar, Class work in all colleges and Higher Secondary Schools of District Srinagar shall remain suspended. The staff shall remain present in their respective institutions.
In Budgam, class work in all Higher Secondary Institutions and Colleges shall remain suspended tomorrow as a precautionary measure. However, the staff shall remain present in the institutions.According to the orders of District Magistrate Anantnag, all the educational institutions of the district including colleges shall remain closed tomorrow throughout the district. Similarly, in Kulgam, the academic activity of all educational institutions including colleges shall remain suspended for tomorrow.
Meanwhile, according to District administration Ganderbal, class work in Government Degree College Ganderbal, Government Degree College Kangan and Boys Higher Secondary School Ganderbal shall remain suspended on June 01, 2017 (Thursday), as a precautionary measure.
Similarly, according to District Magistrate Pulwama, all the Higher Secondary Institutions and Degree Colleges of the district shall remain suspended tomorrow on June 01, 2017.
According to District Magistrate Shopian, class work in all Educational Institutions of the district shall remain suspended on tomorrow.
Locals in Awantipora and Tral area complained that the prepaid mobile services remained suspended in the area for the fourth consecutive day while the Pampore area witnessed stone throwing clashes between youth and the Paramilitary troopers.
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‘Militants in Kashmir will not live to see this winter’ Army vows to wipe out militancy'


The security forces are adopting pre-emptive stance both along the LoC and in Kashmir, acting quick on intelligence to plug all loopholes for the militants to slip out.

Nearly 4,000 soldiers have been moved in to Kashmir recently to check, curb and nip the militancy in bud in addition to giving protection to Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, following the influx, deployment on ground has also increased. 

A recent report also stated that 150 Hizbul Mujhahideen militants are siting along the LoC on at the Pakistan Army location waiting to strike or trespass into Indian territory.

Meanwhile the Army has also released a list of 12 dreaded militants which includes Abu Hamas, Altaf Kaczru, Bashir Lashkar, Riyaz Ahmed Naikoo, Saddam Paddar, Waseem Osama, Zakir Musa, Abu Dujana, Junaid Matoo, Mohammed Yasin Itoo, Showket Ahmed Tak (Huzaifa) and Zeenat ul Islam. Most of these wanted militants in the A++ category hail from the Southern Kashmir

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:44

"Kashmir belongs to India"

Rajnath singh also asserted Kashmir, Kashmiri and Kashmiriyat belonged to India.

Meerut : The Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh on Monday said that the government was making efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue at the earliest, and asserted that Kashmir, Kashmiri and Kashmiriyat belonged to India. "Those who make attempts to hurt the pride of Jawans also need to be taught a lesson", Singh said during an event at Subharti University on Delhi-Dehradun highway.

On purported video clips of Pakistan killing two Indian soldiers, the home minister said that the defence forces have several times responded to such provocations and the surgical strikes was one of them. The senior BJP leader also termed the three-year term of his party-led NDA government as successful.

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A Complete shutdown is being observed in Shopian to mark the 8th anniversary of the incident.

May 29

Two women Neelofar Jan, age 22, wife of Shakeel Ahmed Ahangar and mother of two-year-old son Suzzane, Asiya Jan, age 17, daughter of Abdul Gani Ahangar who were sisters-in-law went missing under mysterious circumstances between 29 and 30 may on the way home from their orchard  in the Shopian region of the Kashmir valley. Aasiya was a distinction holder in her matriculation exams in the previous year and was a pre-medical student of New Greenland Higher Senior Secondary School in Alialpora, Shopian. Neelofar was Aasiya’s sister-in-law and both were residents of Bongam in Shopian area.

Little more than 12 hours later their battered bodies were found in the stream one kilometer apart. Asiya had been badly beaten. Blood streamed from her nose and a sharp gash in her forehead. She and sister-in-law, Neelofar, had been allegedly gang raped before their deaths.

 The death of sisters-in-law, Asiya and Neelofar, had triggered widespread protests across the Kashmir valley in 2009 and Shopian area witnessed consecutive shutdown for 49 days.
"How can we forget their deaths? That is a scar which will never stop bleeding, we cannot forget the sad day. Kashmir can never forget Aasiya and Neelofar" A local said sitting under a tree shade in the Shopian town which is observing a complete shutdown to mark the 8th death anniversary of the incident.
Most of the people, eyewitnesses including villagers allege that the women were raped and murdered by the government forces, however the charges were  denied by then Omar Abdullah-led state government. The government termed it a case of drowning but following public outcry, the government ordered a judicial inquiry while as the police also constituted Special Investigating Team (SIT) who in their reports did not rule out the rape and murder. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) concluded that the women had died due to drowning when the case was handed over to them. 

Fact Finding Report By The Independent Women's Initiative for Justice

"Shakeel learnt that Neelofar and Asiya had not returned home. These are trying times in Kashmir, and there is much cause for concern when people do not return home before dark. Shakeel began his search with friends and family. As night set in, Shakeel sought the help of the police and together they scoured the countryside.

The way to the orchard is crowded with the security forces - the District Police Lines, an army outpost and a CRPF camp, with night lights. The Rambi Ara Nallah that runs through is clearly visible to the lookouts in the CRPF camp, under the glare of the search lights. Before the Justice Jan Commission, the night guards, stated they had seen the search party, but conveniently noticed nothing for the rest of the night, and had no explanation for the mysterious appearance of the bodies. 

The police called off the search at 2.30 a.m. promising to restart at the crack of dawn. Around 5.30 a.m. Shakeel resumed the search. An hour later the local police joined and almost immediately the SHO Shafeeq Ahmed pointed out the spot where Neelofar's body was found. Neelofar's body was found at a shallow spot which is located about 100 mtrs  upstream from Zavora bridge over the Rambi Ara Nallah. It was observed by Justice Jan in the First Spot Inspection that the depth of the stream around the spot would be 2 -2.5 feet, with reasonably fast flowing water, but certainly not strong current to drown an adult girl. It is pertinent to note that this exact spot had been thoroughly searched by the family and police till 2:30a.m.

Asiya's body was found further downstream, 11/2 km from the army camp. The exact spot is 11/2 km down stream from Zavora bridge. The dead body was found at an elevated dry spot in the stream

Those who helped retrieve the bodies of the two women saw enough to suspect that this was a case of rape and murder. The photographs taken of the bodies as they were recovered from the Nallah showed visible signs of injuries and wounds"

Published in Shopian

May 27

Restrictions will be imposed  tomorrow in District Islamabad (Anantnag) to "prevent any untoward incident." The restrictions will be imposed following the intense clashes that were reported from various parts of the district including the main town of Islamabad, Bijbehara, Seer Hamdan, Mattan, Shangus, Achabal, Mattan, Aishmuqam, Kokernag. Clashes had also erupted in Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam areas of Southern Kashmir.

Curfew will be  imposed in the major towns of Pulwama. Strict Restrictions will be imposed in eight police stations in namely Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, MR Ganj, Rainawari, Maisuma, Kralkhud and Batamaloo "until further orders". Budgam and Ganderbal will also remain under Sec 144 tomorrow. 

A top administrative official of Islamabad (Anantnag) Abid Gani confirmed that restrictions will be imposed in Anantnag to "prevent any untoward incident"

Meanwhile phone services have been partially terminated across the valley.

Published in Islamabad
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