A Kashmiri man, suspected to be a sympathiser of the banned ISIS terror group, was recently deported to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), officials said here on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
At least four persons were injured in clashes between stone-pelters and security forces today near an encounter site in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir where three militants were reportedly trapped.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Thumna village after getting information about presence of militants there, a police official said.
He said the security forces managed to pin point the location of the militants but the operation to flush them out was delayed due to presence of some civilians in the house.
There is tangible evidence to establish that the conspiracy to kill journalist Shujaat Bukhari was hatched by Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) in Pakistan and three cadres of the banned outfit including Naveed Jatt had executed the plan, Inspector General of Police Kashmir SP Pani said on Thursday.
Pani said while a Srinagar resident based in Pakistan had started an online campaign against the slain journalist, three Lashkar militants — Jatt, Muzaffar Ahmad and Azad Malik carried out the killing.
Vehicles tagged with electromagnetic chips, bike and bullet-proof SUV police convoys and scores of bullet-proof bunkers have been deployed as part of the “biggest-ever” security blanket thrown to secure pilgrims undertaking the Amarnath Yatra that begins in Jammu and Kashmir from Thursday. Over two lakh pilgrims have registered for the annual pilgrimage to the 3,880 metre high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir.
Three persons involved in the killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari have been identified by the Jammu and Kashmir Police and one of them is escaped Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist Naveed Jatt, a Pakistani national, police officials said here.
Two locals were also identified by the police and are believed to be from one of the villages in south Kashmir. Police were trying to corroborate the evidence from the ground, they said.
“About 250-275 militants are active in Kashmir valley,” General-Officer Commanding of Srinagar-based Chinar Corps (15 Corps), Lt Gen AK Bhatt told reporters in Baramulla in north Kashmir. “In the 15 Corps’ zone (across the LoC), about 250-270 in groups of 25-30 are at different launch pads, he said. “Compared to south Kashmir, there is less number of militants in north and the situation is also better in north Kashmir for which I thank the people, especially the youth, here,” he said.
Ahead of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, including its self-styled divisional commander Shakoor Ahmed Dar, were killed in an encounter with security forces, while another militant surrendered, in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Sunday.
The police said that a tip-off had been received about the presence of some militants in the Chedar Ban area of Qaimoh in Kulgam district, after which a joint team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Army and the CRPF, cordoned off the suspect house in the afternoon.