Protests in J&K as SC hears PILs against Article 35A

Life in Kashmir on Sunday came to a standstill due to a complete shutdown called by separatists against the legal challenge in the Supreme Court on the validity of Article 35A, which bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir from acquiring any immovable property in the state.

JKNPP demands dissolution of assembly

The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) staged a protest here on Thursday, demanding immediate dissolution of the assembly. BJP to the PDP -led alliance government last month put the Jammu & Kashmir assembly under suspended animation after chief minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned following the withdrawal of support.

Led by JKNPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh, scores of activists and leaders staged a protest at the Exhibition Ground in Jammu.

Amarnath Yatra suspended for the second day

The Amarnath yatra remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Thursday from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes due to landslides, shooting stones and heavy rains. No pilgrim has departed the Bhagwati Nagar yatri niwas for the cave shrine, additional district magistrate of Jammu Arun Manhas said.

“Due to inclement weather, the Amarnath yatra from the base camp yatri niwas (at Bhagwati Nagar) via both Baltal and Pahalgam routes will remain suspended,” he said.

Cong panel to study Soz’s book

Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Congress has constituted a three-member committee to study veteran party leader Saifuddin Soz’s book, Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle. Prior to the release of the book, Soz had stoked a controversy by backing former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s assessment that Kashmiris will opt for independence if given a chance. Reportedly, his book also endorses the view. The panel comprising senior party leaders Amrit Malhotra, S Gurmukh Singh and GN Mir Laszan, will submit its view point to the party soon.

Pressure groups stalled balanced development efforts in J&K: Amit Shah

In his first comments following the break-up of the PDP-BJP alliance on Tuesday, BJP president Amit Shah has blamed “pressure groups” in J&K for stalling his party’s efforts for an equitable growth in all three regions of the state and cited worsening law and order situation in the Valley for walking out of the PDP-led government. He claimed that the decision to withdraw support was not taken keeping in mind the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “If that was the case, then it would have been done six months later,” Shah told Zee News in an interview.

Govt serious about PM's security: Rajnath

The government is serious about the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said, amid reports of an assassination plot by Maoists.

Week after DGMOs agreement, Pak violates ceasefire again; 2 BSF men killed

Nearly a week after the Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan agreed to implement the ceasefire pact of 2003 in “letter and spirit”, Pakistani rangers resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing along the IB here on Sunday morning killing two BSF personnel , including an officer, and injuring 14 civilians  in Akhnoor, Kanachak and Khour sectors of Jammu.

Abdullah advocates Indo-Pak dialogue; turning LoC into Line of Peace

National Conference president Farooq Abullah today sought that the Line of Control (LoC) should be converted in to a 'Line of Peace' while India and Pakistan should initiate the dialogue process with an active involvement of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to usher harmony and tranquillity in the state.

Jail raid: JKNPP calls Mehbooba govt a security threat, demands dismissal

Alleging the growing secessionist tendencies in the state and appeasement of separatists in Kashmir by the Mehbooba Mufti government, the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Tuesday held a massive protest demonstration in Jammu city seeking the dismissal of the BJP-PDP dispensation.

The protestors torched the effigy of ruling alliance amid slogans against PDP and BJP for having “promoted” the separatists culture and pro-Pak agenda in the state.