Top Hizbul Commander Amir Wagay arrested in Srinagar


A top Hizbul commander active in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, was arrested in Srinagar on Friday, police sources said.

“Amir Wagay, top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, was arrested with some arms and ammunition in Srinagar district,” a source said.

“Wagay was involved in a number of attacks on security forces in Anantnag district. He was high on the wanted list of the security forces,” the source added


6 killed, 38 injured in blast in northwest Pak


At least six people were killed and 38 others injured today in a suicide blast at a market in restive northwest Pakistan’s Kurram Agency.

The bomber blew himself up in Parachinar’s Shandak Bazaar.

The blast left at least six people dead and 38 others injured, officials said.

The condition of many of the injured people was said to be critical. They were to be shifted to Peshawar for treatment.

Security forces have cordoned off the area while emergency services have been dispatched to the site.

The administration has declared an emergency at all hospitals in the area.

An Army medical evacuation  helicopter has also been flown to Parachinar for evacuation of the injured, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief over the blast and condemned the attack. “It is our responsibility to continue the war against terrorists,” he said.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar ordered an inquiry report.

Heavy deployments made in Kashmir to prevent protests


Authorities made heavy deployments of forces on Friday to prevent separatist-called protests in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir.
Police said deployments of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been made in sensitive places to prevent any “untoward incidents”.
“No restrictions have been imposed anywhere in the valley. But adequate security deployments have been made for the day,” a senior police officer said.
The pro-freedom leaders have called for protests after the Friday congregational prayers.
The protests have been called against the killings of three civilians at the hands of the government forces in Chadoora area of Budgam district on Tuesday.
Partinenetly, resistance leaders, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq are continuously under house arrest in Srinagar while Muhammad Yasin Malik has been lodged in the central jail.

Weapon snatcher travelled on NH unchecked; cops caught napping

Jammu Police has once again been caught napping with prime accused in weapon snatching at Tawi bridge on March 25 evening managing to reach safely to Shopian travelling all the way from Jammu to Srinagar on the National Highway while serious question marks are being raised over conflicting report of weapon’s recovery from Tawi river.

Shopian Police had yesterday stated that main accused in AK-47 rifle snatching (from a police constable) Amir Hussain son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat R/o Ratnipora, Shopian, had surrendered before SSP Shopian Tahir Salim along with snatched AK-47 rifle and its magazine.
However, Jammu Police officers told the reporters today that AK-47 rifle was recovered from river Tawi in Jammu at the behest of Amir Hussain, who was shifted here from Shopian after his ‘arrest’ there.
Sources wondered that when entire police machinery was put on very high alert in entire Jammu region after AK-47 rifle was snatched by three miscreants from a police constable at Tawi bridge on March 25, how the prime accused managed to reach Shopian, travelling all the way along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway despite the so-called ‘red alert’ sounded by police.
“This has once again exposed chinks in the security system along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway as well as Jammu City, where the accused slipped away so easily and reached his home town Shopian at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit was only few days away,” sources said, adding that earlier also there had been several incidents like terror attacks at Nagrota, Samroli, Hiranagar, Samba etc when security apparatus was easily breached by the militants to travel on the major Highways and roads unchecked.
They were of the view that if the theory of Shopian Police is to be believed that Amir Hussain surrendered before them along with AK-47 rifle, then the matter becomes more serious as this means that he had travelled on the National Highway along with deadly weapon.
Asserting that Jammu Police have failed to learn any lessons from the previous terror attacks wherein the militants had reached Nagrota Army camp, Hiranagar police station, Army installation in Samba and travelled from Srinagar to Samroli, sources pointed out that “repeated lapses” have raised serious question marks over the security apparatus of police.
Investigations by police have also revealed that Amir Hussain along with his two associates Masrool Ahmad Naik and Shahid Najar, both residents of Shopian, had stayed in Government Kissan Ghar, Department of Horticulture at Narwal.
The staff has deliberately not made the entry of their stay at the Kissan Ghar, sources said, adding that one of the accused Ghulam Rasool Ahangar son of Ghulam Mohammad Ahangar R/o Ahangarpora, Dool, Kishtwar, who had helped the accused in their stay at Kissan Ghar on the night of March 22 and 23, has been arrested while other staff was being questioned.
The accused had reached here from Shopian on March 22 and stayed at the Kissan Ghar, which they have admitted during the questioning.
Meanwhile, IGP Jammu Zone SD Singh Jamwal told reporters that Mohammad Amir, who belongs to rich family in Shopian district of south Kashmir, surrendered before the police last night.
“We have recovered the AK-47 rifle with 30 rounds of ammunition on the disclosure of third and main accused Amir, who was arrested from Shopian district. With his arrest, four people have been arrested in the case,” Jamwal said.
Constable Mohammad Hanief, PSO of Anjuman Minhaj-e-Rasool chairman Maulana Dehlavi, was on his way to the district police lines on foot when three motorbike-borne youth intercepted him near the main Tawi bridge in Jammu on the night of March 25.
The trio then allegedly hit the constable on head with a stick, threw chilli powder in his eyes, snatched the AK-47 rifle and fled from the spot.
IG Jamwal, however, said till now there is no militancy angle to the incident but interrogation is on. “It may be an act of criminality,” he added.
“We have worked out the case after completion of the probe in which all the three youth and one, who helped the main accused to escape, have been arrested and weapon along with ammunition recovered,” IG Jamwal said.
The police officer said the weapon was hidden in river Tawi area under a pillar near the bridge before Amir managed to escape to Shopian, where he surrendered under pressure and was arrested before being brought to Jammu.
The Chief of Police in Jammu region said Amir had changed his getup and had a hair cut to give police the slip to reach Shopian. A case is under probe whether anyone else has facilitated his escape to Shopian, he said.
On March 25, police received the information of the incident around 10 PM and rushed to spot where they found PSO Hanief in injured conditions. He was shifted to the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital, the IG said.
Subsequently, the police arrested one suspected Masrool Ahmed of Shopian from the spot with the help of a passerby, he said.
On interrogation, it was found that three persons were involved in the incident, he said, adding an alert was sounded and check point activated and photographs circulated timely.
The next morning another accused Shahid Najar of Shopian was arrested at Ban Toll Plaza during a police checking, Jamwal said. Soon Ghulam Rasool Ahangar of Kishtwar, who helped the accused to escape, was also held, he said.
Amir, who belongs to a rich family, was arrested in Shopian. On his disclosure, the AK-47 rifle along with 30 rounds has been recovered, the IG said.
Meanwhile, police has issued fresh advisories to its force in this region on the incidents of weapon snatching by militants and anti-national elements.
“We have sent fresh advisories to our police force that such incidents should not take place. The guidelines have been issued with regard to the measures to be taken by the cops to prevent weapon snatching by militants and anti-national elements,” Jamwal said.
Asserting that such incidents are a matter of concern, Jamwal said he has got assurances from his personnel that they will not be repeated.
To a question as why the youths from Kashmir chose Jammu to snatch the weapon from the police officer on March 25, the first such incident in the city, the IGP said, “They thought the security alert is not as high here as in the Kashmir valley.”

Despite facing 20 ravaging floods, J&K yet to prepare roadmap for deluge prone areas

In a testimony of extreme non-seriousness, J&K has failed to come up with a comprehensive roadmap to minimize the damages in terms of loss of land, lives, houses and public infrastructure during the ravaging floods, which otherwise have become a regular phenomenon in the State. In this way, the Government has conveyed that it has not learnt any lesson from 20 major floods that the State has witnessed till date.
Official sources told us that the history of J&K is rife with frequent floods, which have often led to inundation of villages and large scale destruction of agricultural crops and consequent famines. The floods in State are mainly caused due to heavy rainfall in the higher catchments, rapid glacial-melt and snow-melt coupled with cloudbursts.
Before the recent floods of September 2014, the State witnessed major floods in the years 1900, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1912, 1929, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1957 and 1959. Floods were also witnessed in the years 1976, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997 and in September 2006, sources said, adding the floods of September 2014, the biggest of those that have ever hit the State, caused immense damage resulting in loss of land, lives, houses, public infrastructure and business hubs etc.
These ravaging floods brought to fore the necessity of preparation of master plan for the flood prone areas so as to initiate the measures to control the floods and provide protection against this natural calamity. Moreover, after every deluge the necessity of establishing the extensive networks for flood forecasting to give timely warning to the people was felt.
“However, till date these vital aspects have not received the required attention of the State Government and neither the master plan for flood prone areas nor network of flood forecasting has been prepared so far”, sources regretted, adding “this clearly indicates that even after facing 20 major devastating floods the State has not learnt any lesson and it wants to remain mute spectator till the loss of lives and property during such incidents in future”.
They further regretted that measures have not been taken to protect the natural drainage systems with a view to remove artificial barriers in the path of flow of excess drainage water. “Another vital aspect—promotion of watershed management through extensive soil conservation, catchment area treatment, preservation of forests, increasing the forest area and the construction of check dams to reduce intensity of floods has not received the due attention of all the concerned agencies”, sources added.
Stating that reducing encroachments on water bodies, wetlands, water courses and reclamation of land of such bodies to minimize the erosion of land was imperative to minimize the impact of floods, sources said that this necessity was stressed by the experts following worst ever floods of September 2014 but the concerned departments of J&K have yet not shown any seriousness in this regard thereby establishing that no lesson has been learnt from all the incidents of this type of natural calamity.
“These aspects even form part of the J&K State Water Resources (Regulations and Management Act), 2010 but dilly-dallying approach is still persisting on the part of Government despite the lapse of six years since the enactment of this legislation”, sources said.
Moreover, a Parliamentary Panel, which had visited the State following worst ever floods of September 2014 had pointed out all these shortcomings and had stressed the need for prompt action by all the concerned departments of J&K. However, its recommendations have been gathering dust in the official files despite lapse of two and half years.
“What was the fun of sending Parliamentary Panel to point out the shortcomings if its recommendations were not to be taken seriously by the State Government”, sources asked

Hurriyat calls for shutdown on April 2 to protest PM Modi’s visit

Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Omer Farooq and Mohamad Yasin Malik on Thursday called for a complete shutdown on April 2 to protest the proposed visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Spokesman said that calling or observing of a one day shutdown does not meet the demands of the situation but there is no other option left by the authorities. “Indian Prime Minister is visiting at a time, when situation is extreme gloomy & massacres, detentions blinding continue and there seems no letup”, said spokesman.“Thousands are languishing in jails and authorities are denying any space for peaceful political activities”, said resistance leaders in their statement.

“The Kashmir issue is not about governance, economic packages or incentives; neither it is a law & order problem, resistance leaders maintained. It is a political issue related to human society”, they said .
“People are striving for their right to self-determination, however India is not responding and nor they honor the aspirations of suppressed people”, statement said.

“State is reeling under black laws like AFSPA and Indian forces enjoy impunity to kill or blind whosoever comes in their way”, they said.

Blaming authorities for shielding wrongdoers, resistance leaders said that in absence of any accountability, till now no accused was awarded punishment or tried under law.

Leadership while addressing on Narinder Modi, said that all rhetoric about development or constructions of tunnels and roads are futile and won’t succeed to lure us. “We have presented unparalleled sacrifice and nourished the movement with pious blood. We don’t nourish any animosity with Indian prime minister, however it is frightening & painful that instead of taking notice of genocide in state, he is awarding and rewarding assassins”, they said

Referring to disappeared persons, leadership said that it is painful that he never took interest to inquire about those disappeared in forces custody, seven thousand unmarked graves and even preferred to turn blind eye towards gruesome events of Kunan Poshpora like episodes.
Resistance leadership expressed their shock that elections are being enacted amidst continuous bloodshed. They said that elections enacted under the shadow of gun has lost its credibility and the sole aim of this drama is to mislead international community. Syed Ali Geelani, Omer Farooq and Mohamad Yasin Malik in their statement reiterated that Kashmir issue can’t be resolved through these elections as the core issue is related to aspirations and sentiments of 15 million people.
“You must understand the fact that today the youth of Kashmir are demanding nothing except, the right to self-determination”, said leaders in their statement.
“India tried its methods, deployed forces and made various efforts to lure people with construction works and development, however of no avail”, said resistance leadership.
“It is better to shun stubborn attitude and acknowledge realities and aspirations, said they and it will also prove positive for people in India and pave way for their overall development”, they said


5o year old man wishes to donate eye for pellet blind

The public notification of a man from Aanag-Nanil village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag District is doing round of social site with people calling him the real ‘Mard-e-Momin’.

His name is Ali Mohammad Sofi, who has given a notice in local newspaper to announce that he is willing to donate his one eye for the poor pellet victim of valley.
Sofi who is in his fifties while talking to this correspondent said that seeing the recent turbulence that led to the agony in several homes in Kashmir, he decided to donate his eye for one who is victim of pellet which have turned them blind.
Hundreds of people have shared his public notice which attracted huge number of public feedback. Many users on social networking compared Sofi with the Late Mufti Muhammad Syed who according to these users is a ‘Mard-e-Momin’ to his daughter and Chief Minister for the state Mehbooba Mufti.
Pertinently the Mehbooba has terms her father ‘Mard-e-Momin’ while saying that his father was not offering prayers five times a day but only on Eid (Islamic festival?). Her reference to praise Mufti was severally criticised by all sections of people, especially the video byte of the Chief Ministers was treading on social site for many days, facing sarcasms.
Meanwhile the public notice of Sofi got attention on social sites by the users which made him to receive praises.
Sofi who is a labourer told that he has willingly decided to donate his eye for the poor pellet victim as he firmly believes that Almighty will be happy to him if he does so.
He said, “I have given notification in a newspaper, which reads; i want to inform that i want to donate my one eye to the person who has lost his vision due to the pellets.”
He said that he has published notification last year in December, but since the he has got just 7 to 8 calls from the victim families.
“I see scores of people turning blind due to pellet guns used against them during recent uprising. I have two daughter and lone son, they are married.  I am happy if my eye matches any victim and he can see again”, he said happily.
When asked about the reaction of his family members and relatives about his decision, he said initially they felt scared but he persuaded them adding that they now support his decision of greater deed.
Sofi angrily replied when asked if you donate your eye, you would be partially visually impaired that “how you know if Allah gave me more vision in one eye as a reward”. “I am committed to my decision. Now I am waiting for a needy whom my eye matches”.
Worth to mention there are many who wishes to donate their organs after death, but there are few brave and humane people on earth who do it being alive. Kashmir needs more people like Sofi to prove the world that this is the real land where humanity exists to the extent that people scarify themselves for each other


Gunmen barge into govt employee’s house, set car on fire

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Unidentified gunmen barged into a government employee’s house in central Kashmir’s Budgam district and set fire to a car belonging to one of his relatives, police said Sunday.
Mohammad Subhan Bhat, who works in the Baramulla District Jail, was not present in his house in Chadoora area of the district when the incident took place late last night.
The gunmen took away a vehicle belonging to Bhat’s nephew and later burnt it, a police official said.
A hunt has been launched to nab the gunmen.