Have Not Asked For Consular Access To IAF Pilot, Want Him Back Immediately: India

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Have Not Asked For Consular Access To IAF Pilot, Want Him Back Immediately: India

 

India has not asked for consular access to the IAF pilot captured by Pakistan, and is insisting on his unconditional and immediate return, government sources said on Thursday.

They asserted that there was no question of any deal on the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. 

The sources said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has to walk the talk on investigating the February 14 Pulwama attack and that India wants immediate, credible and verifiable action against terrorists and their proxies.

“India has not asked for any consular access to the IAF pilot. We want him back immediately,” a source said. 

“The IAF pilot has to be repatriated unconditionally and immediately. There is no question of any deal,” he said.

The sources also questioned Khan’s statement on Wednesday that two Indian jets were downed in an air combat and asked “was he not briefed or did he say an untruth”.

Denouncing Pakistan’s breach of the Line of Control, they said their air force “specifically targeted Indian military facilities, while we targeted only JeM terror camp”. 

Asked on talks with Khan, the sources said Pakistan must first take “concrete and specific anti-terror steps”.

HADITH FOR THE DAY

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HADITH FOR THE DAY

BY

UMER KASHMIRI

 

Umm Habibah (May Allah be pleased with her) the Mother of the Believers reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “A house will be built in Jannah for every Muslim who offers twelve Rak`ah of optional Salat other than the obligatory Salat in a day and a night (to seek the Pleasure of Allah).” [Muslim].

Abhi Nandan, An IAF Service No is 27981, Captured By Pak Army Releases Video of  Pilot

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Abhi Nandan, An IAF Service No is 27981, Captured By Pak Army Releases Video of  Pilot

 

 

 

 

Pakistanon Wednesday claimed that it shot down two Indian military aircraft over Pakistani air space and arrested two pilots.

However, there was no official confirmation from the Indian government.

In a 46-second video released by the Pakistan Army, a blindfolded man claimed that he’s IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan.

“I am an IAF officer. My service No is 27981,” the man said in the video.

 

 

 

 

However, the veracity of the video could not be ascertained.

Pakistani military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that two IAF pilots were arrested. 

One pilot is injured and has been shifted to a hospital, while another one is unhurt, the spokesman added. 

 

 

 

 

 

He said one of the aircraft crashed in Pakistan occupied Kashmir while the other fell in Jammu and Kashmir.

 Shopian Gunfight Ended: Commander Among Two Jaish Militants Know In Memander Shopian

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Shopian Gunfight Ended: Commander Among Two Jaish Militants Know In Memander Shopian

 

 

 

 

A top commander among two Jaish militants were killed after encounter broke between militants and goverment forces in Memander area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

IGP Kashmir S P Pani confirmed  that two Jaish militants have been killed in Memander and said it was clean operation without any collateral damage.

 

 

 

 

However the identity of the slain militants is yet to be ascertained, the IGP said.

India Claims Pre-Dawn Strike Across LoC; Pak Maintains ‘Payload Dropped In Haste’

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India Claims Pre-Dawn Strike Across LoC; Pak Maintains ‘Payload Dropped In Haste’

 

 

 

 

India has carried out a pre-dawn strike on a militant camp across the Line of Control, reports said soon after Pakistan army claimed that Indian fighter jets were forced to leave after they crossed the LoC in Muzaffarabad sector.

The strike was carried out at around 3:30 this morning by 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets. The aircraft dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on a major militant camp across the Line of Control, completely destroying it, news agency ANI reported, quoting Air Force sources.

Earlier, Pakistan Army claimed that the Indian military planes “intruded” from the Muzaffarabad sector but were forced to go back after Pakistan Air Force “immediately scrambled”.

 

 

 

 

 

Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major-General Asif Ghafoor, said in a tweet: “Indian Air Force violated Line of Control, following which Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled and Indian aircraft went back.”

In another tweet, Ghafoor said that the aircraft faced “timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force” and ended up releasing “payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot”.

No casualties or damage occurred, the military spokesman said.

Ghafoor also tweeted “pictures” of the spot where the payload hit.

 

 

 

 

Tensions between India and Pakistan have heightened since an attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14 that killed 40 troopers.

Kashmiri Youth Picked From Deoband Sent To 10-Day Remand

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Kashmiri Youth Picked From Deoband Sent To 10-Day Remand

 

 

 

 

Two Kashmir youth arrested from a seminary in Deoband on allegations of being JeM militants were sent to 10-day police custody by a local court on Saturday

Shahnawaz Ahmad Teli from Kulgam and Aquib Ahmad Malik from Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir were arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from the seminary town on Thursday night and 32 bore pistols along with cartridges recovered from them, police had said.

The two were produced before Special Chief Judicial Magistrate Himanshu Dayal Srivastava, who on the plea of ATS granted them police custody.

 

 

 

 

They will be questioned about their connection with JeM and Pakistan, besides who they were targeting to recruit, the spokesman said.

They will also be quizzed as to how many people they had recruited till now, the source of money they were getting, and their contacts on the basis of the data recovered from their mobile phones, the spokesman added.

Teli and Malik, aged between 20-25 years, were living in Deoband and posing as students without taking admission anywhere, police said.

 

 

 

 

They were on their job to recruit for the JeM, which has claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed, police added.—PTI

HADITH FOR THE DAY

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HADITH FOR THE DAY

BY

HAMZA WANI

 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak one, and both are good. Adhere to that which is beneficial for you. Keep asking Allah for help and do not refrain from it. If you are afflicted in any way, do not say: `If I had taken this or that step, it would have resulted into such and such,’ but say only: `Allah so determined and did as He willed.’ The word `if’ opens the gates of satanic thoughts”. [Muslim].

Kulgam Encounter: DSP Operations Aman Thakur Killed, Army Major Injured In Ongoing Gunfight In Kulgam

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Kulgam Encounter: DSP Operations Aman Thakur Killed, Army Major Injured In Ongoing Gunfight In Kulgam

 

 

 

 

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Operations Aman Thakur was killed and an army Major was injured in an ongoing encounter at Turigam area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday afternoon.

A police officer told that the DSP Operations Aman Thakur received critical bullet wounds in his head during the encounter and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival.

An army officer of Major rank also sustained a bullet wound in his leg and was hospitalized, the officer said, adding that the condition of Major is said to be stable.

Earlier during the initial phase of gunfight a militant was killed and a soldier was injured, the officer said.

 

 

 

 

 

He said that the injured soldiers has been evacuated to hospital for treatment.

He said that the body of the slain militant is lying at the encounter site and is yet to be recovered as the operation is still underway.

Earlier, a joint team of army’s 34 RR, CRPF and SOG launched cordon and search operation in Turigam village, he said.

 

 

 

 

The cordon was laid in the area following credible inputs about the presence of some Jaish-e- Mohammad militants in the area he said.

Encounter Started Between Militants And Government Forces In Kulgam South Kashmir

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Encounter Started Between Militants And Government Forces In Kulgam South Kashmir

 

 

 

 

A gunfight broke out between militants and goverment forces in Turigam area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday afternoon.

A joint team of army, CRPF and SOG launched cordon and search operation in Turigam village.

 

 

 

 

A senior Police official told that the cordon was laid in the area following credible inputs about the presence of some Jaish-e- Mohammad militants in the area.

He said that soon after the joint team of forces fired some warning shots towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants believed to be two in number including a top commander opened fire triggering of an encounter.

 

 

 

 

When reports last came in the intermittent exchange of firing was going on.

Pakistan PM Should Drop His ‘Mask Of Innocence’, Says Owaisi

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Pakistan PM Should Drop His ‘Mask Of Innocence’, Says Owaisi

 

 

 

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday called out Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to drop his ‘mask of innocence’ while criticising the Pakistan government for its role in the Pulwama terror attack.

Addressing a rally along with Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar, Owaisi said, “We would like to tell Pakistan PM not to give that message to India which he wants to seated before a camera.

This is not the first attack.

There was Pathankot, Uri and now Pulwama.

And on behalf of India, I want to tell the Prime Minister of Pakistan to drop his mask of innocence.”

He also said that Pakistan should not worry about Indian Muslims as they are here by choice after refusing Jinnah’s proposition during 1947.

He also outlined the country’s diversity and said that the neighbouring country is jealous by the unity of Indian citizens.

 

 

 

 

“One of the ministers from Pakistan had said that they will stop the prayer bells from ringing in temples of India but I want to tell him that he doesn’t know India.

Till Muslims of this country are alive, Azaan will sound from mosques and bells will ring in temples. This is the beauty of our country which the neighbouring country sees with jealousy.

People in this country live as one and when it will come to the country we all will be together,” Owaisi said.

Owaisi also lambasted terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed for its role in the dastardly terror attack and opined that a disciple of Mohammed would never kill a person.

“I want to clearly say as a citizen of India, that this dastardly attack has links to Pakistan. It was done as per plan of Pakistan government, Pakistan Army and ISI.

I would like to tell the outfit that killed our 40 men and claimed its responsibility – you’re not Jaish-e-Mohammed, you are Jaish-e-Shayateen. You are Jaish-e-Shayateen, Jaish-e-Iblis. Masood Azhar, you are not a Maulana, you are a disciple of the devil. It is not Laskhar-e-Taiba, it is Lashkar-e-Shayateen.”

 

 

Around 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives when a JeM operative attacked their convoy in Pulwama’s Awantipora in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.
In the wake of the attack, the international community has extended its support to India in its fight against terrorism, including China which had previously stonewalled efforts to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” at the United Nations Security Council. 

Crackdown On Jamaat-e-Islami: ‘Illegal And Coercive Measures’ Will Worsen The Situation, Says Mirwaiz

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Crackdown On Jamaat-e-Islami: ‘Illegal And Coercive Measures’ Will Worsen The Situation, Says Mirwaiz

 

 

 

 

 

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Saturday condemned JKLF chief Yasin Malik’s detention and the crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir leadership, saying force and intimidation will only worsen the situation.

Police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir members in Kashmir during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, and detained around two dozen of its cadres, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz – hours after JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained on Friday night. 

 

 

 

 

 

“Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres and the arrest of Yasin Malik. Such illegal and coercive measures against Kashmiris are futile and will not change realities on ground. Force and intimidation will only worsen the situation,” Mirwaiz posted on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

The action comes days after Pulwama attack in which 49 CRPF personnel lost their lives on February 14.

Two Kashmir Residents, Alleged Jaish Members Arrested From Uttar Pradesh

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Two Kashmir Residents, Alleged Jaish Members Arrested From Uttar Pradesh

 

 

 

 

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested two alleged Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants from Deoband in Saharanpur district, Director General of Police O P Singh said on Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

The two men arrested are Shahnawaz Ahmad Teli from Kulgam and Aquib Ahmad Malik from Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. 

Both were involved in recruiting members for the JeM, the DGP told reporters. 

 

 

 

 

 

Asked whether the two men were involved in the February 14 Pulwama attack, Singh said, “It’s difficult to tell whether they came here before the Pulwama attack or after that. The probe is on.”

Sopore Gunfight Update: One Militant Killed In An Ongoing Encounter In Sopore Area Of North Kashmir

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Sopore Gunfight Update: One Militant Killed In An Ongoing Encounter In Sopore Area Of North Kashmir

 

 

 

 

One militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter which broke out in Warpora area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday.

An official sources told that one militant has been killed in ongoing encounter. However the body of the militant is yet to recovered.

Earlier in wake of the gunfight, the authorities had suspended internet services in Sopore and its adjoining areas.

Meanwhile, authorities has also ordered imposition of restrictions in Sopore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In view of the apprehension of law and order problem, restrictions under sec 144 CRPC are hereby imposed on the gathering of more than 4 persons in entire Sub-division Sopore with effect from evening 21-02- 2019 till further orders,” reads an order issued by the Additional District Magistrate Sopore.

Ex-President CSNGEU Demands Airlifting Of Kashmiri Employees’ Families From Jammu

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Ex-President CSNGEU Demands Airlifting Of Kashmiri Employees’ Families From Jammu

 

 

 

Former President Civil Secretariat Non-Gazetted Employees Union has impressed upon the Governor Satya Pal Malik for safe passage of families of civil secretariat employees to Kashmir.

 

 

 

 

Rouf Ahmad Bhat, former president CSNGEU requested the governors administration for free airlifting of the families from Jammu due to the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway.

 

 

 

He termed the attacks on Kashmiri employees in Jammu “a ploy by vested interests” and emphasised on the employes to maintain communal harmony.

Houses Destroyed By Rains And Snowfall In Udhampur Jammu

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Houses Destroyed By Rains And Snowfall In Udhampur Jammu

Incessant rain and snowfall over the past one month have destroyed as many as nine houses in Jakhed panchayat area near Dudu in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district.

Families of people whose houses were destroyed and forced to seek shelter in nearby areas are now demanding assistance from the administration.

Ghulam Hasan, whose house has been destroyed, told ANI, “Due to continuous snowfall and rainfall since last week a landslide occurred and our houses have been completely destroyed. Nine families have been affected by this and we are taking shelter in nearby areas.

We want to plead to higher authorities to provide us relief.”

Around 2500 hectares of land has also borne the brunt of the landslide.

 

 

 

 

District Administration has taken cognizance of the event and Deputy Commissioner Ravinder Kumar has assured of speedy assistance to the adversely affected families.

Speaking to ANI, Kumar said, “Because of snowfall and rainfall many areas have been adversely affected. We will provide immediate relief to affected families.

It has been brought to our notice that nine houses have been damaged.

Electricity supply is affected; PHC pipelines and roads are also damaged. The continuous spell has done much harm. We are assessing the situation.”

Heavy snowfall and rain had thrown daily life out of gear in many areas of the valley.

 

 

 

 

On January 31, fresh snowfall and landslides had forced the Jammu-Srinagar highway, which is the only road link of the state to the rest of the country, to close for traffic.

HADITH FOR THE DAY

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HADITH FOR THE DAY

BY

TAWHEED WANI

 

Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to supplicate: “O Allah! To You I have submitted, and in You do I believe, and in You I put my trust, to you do I turn, and for You I argued. O Allah, I seek refuge with You through Your Power; there is none worthy of worship except You Alone; that You safeguard me against going astray. You are the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists; the One Who never dies, whereas human beings and jinn will all die”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

KCCI Holds Jammu Chamber Responsible For Violence Against Kashmiris, Threatens To Snap Trade Ties

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KCCI Holds Jammu Chamber Responsible For Violence Against Kashmiris, Threatens To Snap Trade Ties

 

 

 

 

Holding Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry responsible for the arson and mob attacks on Kashmiris in Jammu in the aftermath of Pulwama attack, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday said that it has been watching with growing concern the role being played by their counterparts. 

In a statement issued on Tuesday after addressing a press conference, the leadership of KCCI said that the Jammu Chamber had issued a call for Jammu Bandh on the February 15, 2019. “Resultantly, the State witnessed incidents of violence and harassment of our people. Lives and properties of our people were put to grave risk. Delicate secular fabric, regional peace and brotherhood was threatened. Our people in Jammu, Dehradun and other places were inflicted with injuries and pain. Students were asked to leave educational institutions and college premises. Shops of our people were ransacked and set on fire. Vehicles belonging to them were set ablaze.  Negative propaganda by print and electronic media fomented communal behaviour. Our people had to run from place to place to save themselves from goons and hooligans.”

The statement said that criminal proceedings have been initiated against 150 miscreants. “We believe that the State action should have been swift to prevent damage to properties and to ensure safety of our people.”

“In the interest of promoting regional relations, the Kashmir Chamber and Jammu Chamber had agreed to support issues of common interest relevant to the trade bodies and not to create situations vitiating atmosphere. Unfortunately the Jammu Chamber failed to live upto expectations. There is no manner of doubt that the cause of violence was the result of Jammu Bandh. CCIJ failed to anticipate consequences.” 

The statement said that KCCI urges them to adopt multidimensional thinking before taking any such decisions in future. “On top of it, post event response of CCIJ has been conflicting and confrontational hardly conducive to restore peace.”

KCCI said that it recognizes that a serious attempt has been and is being made to prevent tourists to visit our State in the forthcoming tourist season. “Already statements have appeared on social media that no tourist should visit State for next three years. All these attempts have to be thwarted. Tourism sector has already suffered and it cannot be allowed to suffer further because of few individuals and groups who are out to create hatred and enmity amongst various communities. Forthcoming elections cannot be fought on the sweat and blood of our people. The attempts to gain political  mileage out of tragedies is condemnable.”

“Apart from above, there are several other challenges which our nation has to face in the current times. Among those challenges are the writ petitions filed in the Supreme Court of India questioning constitutional status of our state. Such issues, KCCI recognises, are not issues between two parties but involve millions of people of our State. These issues are serious. KCCI on its part will do everything to protect and safeguard the constitutional status of this state and will not allow its dilution at any cost.”

 

 

 

 

The KCCI therefore urges as follows:

1.      That the Jammu Chamber exercise restraint and take effective steps to protect regional harmony;

2.     That the Governors Administration issue appropriate orders for reconstitution of the Toll Tax Committee;

3.      That the Civil Society of the country take measures to protect and re-assure our people wherever they may be in the Country.

4.     That the print and electronic media be more sensitive to the prevailing situation while reporting news relating to our State and people.

5.      That people exercise utmost care while uploading content on the social media and not circulate provocative content.

 

 

 

6.      In case State machinery fails to bring to justice people who have caused immense harm to our people at Jammu and other States, KCCI has decided to work out other alternatives, in consultation with other stakeholders, which may include snapping of trade ties with those who are bent upon destroying our nation politically, economically and socially. In that eventuality KCCI should not be held responsible.

General Administration Department J&K Is Ready With Proposal Of Transfers & Postings Of Top Bureaucrats

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General Administration Department J&K Is Ready With Proposal Of Transfers & Postings Of Top Bureaucrats

 

 

 

 

General Administration Department  is ready with Proposal of Transfers & Postings of Deputy Commissioners.

 

 

 

Sources told that Order to be issued any time when Chief Secretary returns back to Jammu from Delhi, where he has gone to attend high level meetings after the Pulwama attack.

 

 

 

Chief Secretary has already given a green signal for transfer of top bureaucrats and the top police officers.

Jammu Curfew Update: Curfew Continues In Jammu For The Consecutive 5th Day

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Jammu Curfew Update: Curfew Continues In Jammu For The Consecutive 5th Day

 

 

 

A curfew imposed in Jammu since February 15, continued on Tuesday for the fifth consecutive day, police said.

“The curfew imposed on February 15 will continue in Jammu today. A decision on its relaxation will be taken later in the day,” police sources said.On Monday, authorities had temporarily relaxed the curfew from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., in parts of Jammu’s south city areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the curfew was imposed, there have been no untoward incidents.Meanwhile, authorities have of strict action against people who are uploading fake, inflammatory posts and pictures on social media.
Rakesh Gupta, President of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told the media here on Tuesday that all Kashmiris living in Jammu were safe, adding that it was the duty of all sections of the society to stand alongside their Kashmiri brothers and sisters.

He also warned those raising anti-national slogans in Jammu.“Jammu will not tolerate anything that goes against the interests of the country. Communal harmony, brotherhood between Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians is the bedrock of India and anybody trying to erode it would be playing directly into the hands of India’s enemies,” Gupta said.

 

 

 

 

The curfew was imposed after miscreants torched vehicles and damaged several others carrying number plates of the Kashmir Valley in protest against the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama that killed 49 CRPF troopers.