Four injured in clashes between security forces, stone-pelters at encounter site

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.

Bukhari murder conspiracy hatched in Pak: Police

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.

Amarnath Yatra begins under largest-ever security cover

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.

Pak terrorist among 3 suspects identified by J&K police

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.

Over 250 ultras waiting at launch pads across LoC: Army

“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.

LeT commander among 2 killed in encounter, one surrenders

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.

Mehbooba seeks escape route from J&K mess, flashes victim card

Outgoing chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday sought to play the victim card and tried to wriggle out of the situation she has been pushed in due to the BJP’s abrupt decision to pull out of her government by saying “muscular (security) policy will not work in Jammu and Kashmir”.

The BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav had earlier said that the alliance with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) was untenable and ought to blame the State government for the rise in violence, terrorism and radicalisation in the Valley.

PDP-BJP: Alliance doomed to collapse

It seems the PDP and its leadership were taken unawares by the sudden decision of their alliance partner, the BJP, to yank support from the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government. Hence, the move is seen by Kashmir watchers as a huge embarrassment to the chief minister as well as her party.

But, it is also a fact that signs that the partnership between what her father Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had termed as ‘North Pole and South Pole’ was falling apart before completion of the stipulated six-year term of the government were there for months.

Bukhari killing: J-K Police arrests one suspect

The Jammu and Kashmir Police today arrested a suspect in connection with the killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari and two of his PSOs, Kashmir's top police officer announced today. 

Speak with clarity for us to join talks: Separatists to govt

Any effort by the Centre to find a solution to Kashmir problem “will find takers but the government should speak with clarity so that Hurriyat Conference can join the dialogue process, the separatists said on Tuesday.

“Any effort that Government of India makes in this direction will find takers in Kashmir and Pakistan. Let Government of India give clarity on what it wants to talk about and speak in one language, we are ready to join the process,” separatists Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said in a statement here.