Security agencies enter 'Tora Bora' of Kashmir

A recent encounter in which four Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were killed in Budgam's Pakharpora area is being seen as the security forces' maiden entry into an area popularly known as

'Tora Bora' because of the heavy presence of foreign militants there, officials here said.

The militants are often in hiding in the area's deep forests, a maze not very different from the labyrinth of caves of Taliban-controlled

Tora Bora in northern Afghanistan, they said.

JeM chief’s nephew Tallah Rashid killed in J&K

One of the three terrorists gunned down by security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district is believed to be the son of Abdul Rauf, the key conspirator behind the 1999 hijacking of an Air India plane and brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, a senior Union home ministry official said. He is understood to have infiltrated into India about four months ago with 15 others.

Centre’s envoy Dineshwar Sharma reaches Kashmir

Dineshwar Sharma, the Centre’s special representative for Kashmir, on Monday reached here for a five-day visit to the state during which he will hold talks with various stakeholders, officials said.

Sharma, a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau, will spend three days in the Kashmir Valley and two days in Jammu, where he will hold talks with Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and various delegations, they said. In Srinagar, he is expected to meet various political leaders, student groups and youths.

Braid choppers, latest alibi to settle scores in Kashmir

The mysterious ‘braid choppers’ in the Kashmir Valley are emerging as an alibi for some people to get out of their troubles or settle scores, debunking the theory floated by anti-national elements that put the blame for the panic wave on central agencies, the state police said.

ASI, 3 militants killed in Jaish attack on BSF camp near Srinagar airport

Security forces foiled a pre-dawn attempt by the Jaish-e-Mohammed to storm a BSF camp near the high-security Srinagar airport on Tuesday, killing all three militants in an operation that also claimed the life of an ASI of the force, police said.

State Director General of Police SP Vaid said the three terrorists who attacked the BSF camp had been “neutralised”. “We are carrying out search operations inside the premises to rule out the possibility of planting of explosives,” he said.

NIA summons independent J&K MLA Rashid Engineer in terror funding case

Independent Jammu and Kashmir MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid (in pic), popularly known as Rashid Engineer, has been summoned by the NIA for questioning in a case related to the funding of terror activities in the Valley, officials said.

Rashid, who has been called for questioning on October 3, is the first mainstream politician to be summoned by the National Investigation Agency in the case. His name had cropped up during the interrogation of businessman Zahoor Watali, who was arrested by the NIA for allegedly supplying money to terror groups and separatists in the Valley.

Time right for talks to resolve Kashmir issue, says Mehbooba

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has welcomed recent attempts by the Centre and the ruling party to reach out to Kashmiris. What started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech where he asked the countrymen to embrace Kashmiris was followed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement that the Centre is willing to hold talks with all stakeholders, and further stressed upon by BJP general secretary Ram Madhav saying talks can be held with anyone.

Rajnath sees green shoots of peace in Kashmir

The situation in Kashmir Valley has improved significantly over the past year and some green shoots of peace are visible, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday as he expressed willingness to meet every stakeholder to resolve long-standing issues.