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Five Pakistani Soldiers killed in Neelam Valley……….

At least 5 Pakistani soldiers were killed after Special Forces of indian Army targeted a Pakistani army vehicle on Neelam Valley road on Sunday. The vehicle fell into Neelam river and five soldiers drowned in the river.

Pakistani troops later targeted forward posts of Army. The intermittent firing in the area continued

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has confirmed the incident and said that Indian Army targeted an army vehicle which fell in the river at Athmuqam. The ISPR said the body of one of the soldiers had been found while the search for the others was under way.

“Pakistani troops effectively responded to the ceasefire violation”, the ISPR added

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Communal harmony Shown at Baltal, Kashmiri Muslims walk hand-in-hand with Hindu pilgrims, offer service and help to Yatris………

At a time when security of Amarnath pilgrims has become a matter of debate following a recent attack in Anantnag, the decades-old pilgrimage continues to showcase communal harmony and brotherhood on ground.

In this Amarnath yatra base camp in Ganderbal district, the assistance rendered to Hindu pilgrims by local Muslims paints a picture of how communal harmony and peace mark the pilgrimage time in the Valley

Scores of Kashmiri Muslims form a huge chunk of service providers here who facilitate the annual pilgrimage every year. Thousands of Kashmiris have this year again joined the yatra, offering  their services as workers, pony-wallas and palanquin-bearers, thus helping aged or ailing pilgrims in climbing the difficult mountainous trek of Baltal up to the Amarnath cave.

Hundreds of locals have also put up stalls at this base camp, as well as another base camp at Pahalgam in Anantnag district, offering different kinds of goods to the pilgrims.

Many locals risk their lives and brave difficult treks, torrential rains, hot or humid weather conditions all along the yatra route to ensure a safe and comfortable journey of the pilgrims.

“Amarnath yatra is beyond business for us. Apart from earning our livelihood, it gives us an opportunity to serve thousands of visitors every year who come to Kashmir,” Shabir Ahmed, a local service provider, said.

“We have been coming here for years now to provide services to Amarnath pilgrims who reach the base camp and then leave for holy cave for ‘darshan’. Cutting across religious lines, we ensure that the guests don’t face any inconvenience and that they stay safe and comfortable during the pilgrimage.”

The Amarnath pilgrims here are all praise for the hospitality and helping nature of Kashmiri people.

“An impression is given by some vested elements that the situation is very tense in Kashmir and it is not wise to perform the yatra. But coming over here, one comes to know how hospitable Kashmiris are. People here provide us every kind of help during the pilgrimage,” Kamlesh Yadav, a pilgrim said.

The pilgrims say the yatra would be incomplete without involvement of locals.

Mukesh Kumar, a pilgrim from New Delhi, said it’s all “due to cooperation and support of Muslim community that our religious journey has been successful.”

“Islam teaches us peace, harmony and tolerance towards other religions and it is this principle which has been guiding us all along,” said Bashir Ahmed, a service provider.

He said Amarnath yatra creates a bond of friendship, love, religious tolerance and compassion between Muslims and Hindus.

The civil and police administrations also work tirelessly to ensure successful and peaceful Amarnath pilgrimage.

Police arrested Four OGWs of Hizbul Mujahideen in Shopain including a Cop and a Bank Employee……..

Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested four over-ground workers of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit in south Kashmir’s Shopian district who they said were involved in an attack on a Special Police officer last month.

The accused include a police constable, a bank employee and a private school teacher

“Pursuing the investigation of case FIR number 138/2017 under section 307 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act and 16 ULA (P) Act of Police Station Shopian  of attack on SPO Khurshid  Ahmed in Imamsahab on 11th of June 2017, Shopian police has arrested four individuals for their involvement in providing logistic support and participation in the furthering the said criminal act,” said a police spokesman.

“During the course of investigation, it has [been] revealed that the said attack was carried out by HM outfit based in Shopian.”

“One Nazim Nazir Dar on the direction of other HM militants namely Saddam Padder and Irfan Abdullah Ganie, both residents of Heff carried the attack,” he said.

The spokesman said that four over-ground workers provided logistical support to the militant group.

The accused were identified as Amir Mohidin, resident of Heff, working  as RE in a bank Chitragam; Constable Towseef Ahmad of Chakoora, Basharat Yusuf Mir resident of Litter, working as private teacher and Iftikar Rather @Jamshed resident of Awneera.

“After sustained questioning, they were arrested and are being investigated for their roles,” said the spokesman.

“Investigation so far conducted has revealed their complicity in entering into criminal conspiracy for carrying future attacks at the behest of this group for targeting some more policemen and civilians.”

Accident of Amarnath Yatra Bus in Banihal 11 killed, 35 injured…………

Eleven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 35 injured after a bus they were travelling on met with an accident and fell into a gorge on Srinagar-Jammu highway near Banihal on Sunday, police said.

An official said that a bus carrying yatris was heading towards Srinagar when it met with an accident after a tyre burst at Nachilana onthe highway.

More details awaited.

Cop Arrested in Amarnath attack case…….

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Monday’s Amarnath Yatra attack has arrested a local policeman on suspicion of aiding the strike.

Claiming a major breakthrough in cracking the attack, the SIT is also questioning a ruling PDP legislator in connection with the case

“The SIT is questioning a ruling PDP legislator since the arrested policeman, identified as Touseef Ahmad of state security wing, was posted on the legislator’s personal security,” police sources said.

The policeman belonging to Pulwama district was picked up on Thursday by the SIT following a phone intercept.

“The police are trying to ascertain as to who provided the details about the movement of the vehicle during the Yatra,” the sources said.

So far, around 20 persons have been detained for questioning by the police in connection with the investigations into the attack. IANS

Amarnath Yatra Bus Attack: Woman Pilgrim Succumbs to her injuries………

A woman devotee, injured in the deadly attack on Amarnath pilgrims, succumbed at a Srinagar hospital late last night .

Lalita, 47, succumbed to injuries at the SKIMS Hospital here, a police official said.
With this, the death toll in the 10 July attack has climbed to 8.

On July 10 Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including five women, were killed and 15 injured when a bus carrying at least 56 passengers was attacked at  Anantnag, on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.