Shah Faesal keen to contest LS polls but won't join mainstream parties 'as of now'

Former IAS officer Shah Faesal, who quit the service recently, Friday shared his future plans, saying he would not join any mainstream political parties "as of now", or separatist Hurriyat Conference, but would be happy to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The 2010-batch officer said he was deeply inspired by the style of politics of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, but the "situation" in Jammu and Kashmir would not allow him to pursue politics their style.

J&K’s Shah Faesal quits IAS, likely to join NC

IAS officer Shah Faesal, who has been in the limelight since becoming the first Kashmiri to top the exam in 2009, resigned Wednesday, protesting the "unabated" killings in Kashmir and the marginalisation of Indian Muslims.

Four cops killed by terrorists in J&K

Four policemen were killed on Tuesday when Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a guard post outside a minority pocket in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said.

The attack took place this afternoon when four policemen were sitting in a pre-fabricated room outside the pocket that houses six Kashmiri pandit families.

A senior police official said that six Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were led by former Special Police Officer Adil Bashir, who deserted in October and decamped eight weapons from a PDP legislator.

Clear air around ex-Norwegian PM’s J&K visit: Omar to Centre

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Monday asked the Centre to clear the air around former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Mangne Bondevik’s visit to Kashmir during which he met separatist leaders.

“What are the Norwegians up to in Kashmir? Would either (External Affairs Minister) @SushmaSwaraj ji or (National Security Advisor Ajit) Doval ji care to put the visit of the former Norwegian PM to both sides of the divided state in the correct context or do we have to rely on rumours & conjecture?” Abdullah said in a tweet.

J&K Assembly dissolved after rival alliances stake claim to form govt

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was abruptly dissolved by the Governor on Wednesday night hours after the PDP staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival National Conference and the Congress followed by another bid from the two-member People’s Conference which claimed the support of the BJP and 18 legislators from other parties. The dissolution was announced by Governor Satyapal Malik in a communique released by the Raj Bhavan.

Honest, effective administration can bring back peace: Rajnath

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that peace and stability could be brought to Jammu and Kashmir through an honest, effective and efficient administration. He said this during his first visit to J&K after the imposition of Governor’s rule.

The home minister reviewed the security situation in the state at a high-level meeting attended by Governor N N Vohra, national security advisor Ajit Doval and top civil and police officials here.

SAC calls for prompt, tangible measures to boost development

Jammu and Kashmir’s state administrative council (SAC), which is equivalent of a cabinet in Governor’s rule, has called for prompt and tangible measures to give a determined push to the developmental efforts and improve delivery of governance in the Valley.

The SAC, headed by Governor N N Vohra, met here on Wednesday evening and discussed various measures to be taken on “mission mode to fast-pace delivery of development and make a shift from outlay to outcomes,” a spokesperson said.

Cong, NC rule out any govt formation attempts in J&K

Amid reports of the National Conference and the PDP approaching the Congress for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Monday said the party will not be part of any attempts at government formation in the state as it does not believe in sacrificing ideology for power.

 The Congress is in a wait and watch mode in the state, which is under Governor’s Rule after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has ruled out that the party will form a government with the PDP.