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Kashmir News Updates: Pakistan summons India's Deputy High Commissioner over Tuesday's 'unprovoked ceasefire violations' across LoC

Kashmir News LIVE Updates: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the alleged 'unprovoked ceasefire violations' by Indian troops across the Line of Control which killed a civilian. Mohammad Faisal, Director General (South Asia and SAARC) and Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson, summoned Ahluwalia to condemn 'the unprovoked ceasefire violations' by the Indian forces on 13 August in Hot Spring Sector in which a 38-year-old man of Laychayal village was killed, the Pakistan foreign office said.

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Kashmir News Updates: Pakistan summons India's Deputy High Commissioner over Tuesday's 'unprovoked ceasefire violations' across LoC

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17:51 (ist)

Activist Kavita Krishnan says children being arrested in Kashmir

In an interview to Huffington Post, activist Kavita Krishnan claimed that children were being arrested in Kashmir by the police as well as the army "as an act of intimidation".  "They are making it a point to raid houses in the night and take away young boys in the night. It creates immense fear, especially among the women," she was quoted as saying. Krishnan held fact-finding mission in Kashmir, along with economist Jean Dreze, Maimoona Mollah from the All India Democratic Women’s Association, the women’s wing of CPM, and social activist Vimal Bhai.

13:52 (ist)

Rajinikanth dubs Modi-Shah as Krishna-Arjun; 'Do we want a second Mahabharat in India', asks Asaduddin Owaisi

Superstar Rajinikanth's 'Mahabharata' analogy in his praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah over the government's Kashmir decisions continues irked AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, who snapped back at the actor-turned-politician during a speech in Hyderabad. "A Tamil Nadu actor called PM Modi and Amit Shah Krishna and Arjun for abrogating Article 370 from J&K. Then who are Pandavas and Kauravas in this situation. Do you want another 'Mahabharat' in the country," Owaisi asked

13:50 (ist)

Authorities admit to protests in Soura, say 'few' pellet injuries reported

 

 

The Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a strong rebuttal recently, denying reports by foreign media, including Reuters, BBC and Al Jazeera, that hundreds and thousands of people thronged the streets of Kashmir and raised anti-India slogans in parts of Kashmir, including Sriniggar's Soura. However, on Tuesday, the MHA, in an U-turn, said  that “miscreants mingled with people returning home after prayers at a local mosque” in Srinagar’s Soura, leading to violence but not resulting in the firing of bullets."

Likewise, after there were reports claiming that there is an increase in the number of people seeking treatment from pellet gun injuries, the Additional Director General of Police of J&K Munir Khan today admitted that there have been 'few' such cases but insisted that nobody was seriously injured.

The information filtering in from Kashmir has been slow to reach the mainstream media and with enough alternate versions floating around, it has been hard to relay verified chain of events. But what is obvious from video evidence shared by foreign media, anecdotes from local journalists and the few reports that are making through the severe clampdown, is that between the layers of imposed normalcy, there certainly are sensitive pockets where Kashmiris have expressed resentment over stripping of state's special rights, and that the authorities did use force to reign them in.

 

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Aug 14, 2019 - 18:53 (IST)

No harm in J&K becoming Union Territory if people benefit from it: Ex-PDP leader Farooq Ahmed Dar

Dismissing concerns about Jammu and Kashmir becoming two union territories, former PDP leader Farooq Ahmed Dar said there is no harm if people benefit from it.
 
He cited the example of New Delhi, asserting that the national capital has continued to develop even though, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is frequently locked in confrontations with the Union government. 
 
“If people can benefit from a UT status, what's the harm?" he asked, pointing out that the state has never developed beyond being a "consumer state" since 1947.
 
“We were a consumer state in 1947 and are a consumer state in 2019. We were dependent on outside supply and we are dependent even now,” said Dar.
 
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Aug 14, 2019 - 18:21 (IST)

Detentions, arrests based on local assessment of law and order requirement, says top official

On the Shah Faesal's detention, Jammy and Kashmir principal secretary for planning commission Rohit Kansal said, "Any detention or arrest is based on local assessment of law and order requirement and taken accordingly. We will not comment on individuals."

ADGP SJM Gillani confirmed that there have been detentions under Public Safety Act, and there have been preventive arrests as well. "Some people have also been shifted out of the state," he said.

Aug 14, 2019 - 18:16 (IST)

Situation continues to be calm, says official

Jammy and Kashmir principal secretary for planning commission Rohit Kansal said at a press conference that the overall security situation in Jammu and Kashmir "continues to be calm". "There have been no major reports of any untoward incident," he said.

Aug 14, 2019 - 17:51 (IST)

Activist Kavita Krishnan says children being arrested in Kashmir

In an interview to Huffington Post, activist Kavita Krishnan claimed that children were being arrested in Kashmir by the police as well as the army "as an act of intimidation".  "They are making it a point to raid houses in the night and take away young boys in the night. It creates immense fear, especially among the women," she was quoted as saying. Krishnan held fact-finding mission in Kashmir, along with economist Jean Dreze, Maimoona Mollah from the All India Democratic Women’s Association, the women’s wing of CPM, and social activist Vimal Bhai.

Aug 14, 2019 - 17:39 (IST)

Pakistan summons India's deputy high commissioner over 'ceasefire violations'

Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the alleged "unprovoked ceasefire violations" by Indian troops across the Line of Control which killed a civilian.
 
Mohammad Faisal, Director General (South Asia and SAARC) and Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson, summoned Ahluwalia to condemn "the unprovoked ceasefire violations" by the Indian forces on 13 August in Hot Spring Sector in which a 38-year-old man of Laychayal village was killed, the Pakistan foreign office said.
 
"The Indian forces along the LoC and working boundary have continuously been targeting civilian-populated areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars, and automatic weapons, which still continues," Faisal said.

Aug 14, 2019 - 17:23 (IST)

Shah Faesal placed under house arrest

Reports quoted officials as saying that Shah Faesal is now under house arrest in Kashmir under Section 107 (security for keeping peace). The IAS officer-turned-politician is likely to stay under house arrest till normalcy returns.

Aug 14, 2019 - 17:15 (IST)

Pakistan won't tolerate any violation, says Imran Khan

Imran Khan said at the Assembly in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, "We are observing where the events go from here. Pakistan is fully ready; our army, and our people are on one page. We have decided we will not tolerate any violation and are fully ready to counter it."

Aug 14, 2019 - 16:57 (IST)

'Phone lines of heads of medical facilities have been functional'

Srinagar district magistrate Shahid Choudhary clarified on Twitter that the phone lines of heads of medical facilities have remained functional "all these days". His tweet came in response to a Reuters journalist's claim that the Government Medical College's principal had to personally visit district officials because he couldn't communicate to their from his telephone.

Aug 14, 2019 - 16:47 (IST)

Confusion prevails over unconfirmed details about Shah Faesal's arrest

There is no clarity on who detained Shah Faesal from the Delhi airport. Reuters journalist Devjyot Ghoshal and a few other mediapersons quoted the airport DCP as saying that the police at the Indira Gandhi Internationa Airport did not detain the IAS-turned-politician. The Hindu journalist Vijaita Singh tweeted that the immigration department also didn't stopped Faesal.

Officials earlier only told PTI that Faesal from sent back to Kashmir. With this development, Faesal joined a list of politicians from Jammu and Kashmir whose whereabouts are unknown. One of the reasons for this is that the Centre is continuing to remain tight-lipped about the actions against leaders from the Valley. Also, because of the communication blackout, limited journalists are able to operate on ground and get hold of credible information. This is leading to more speculations about what's going on in the state.

Aug 14, 2019 - 16:31 (IST)

Imran Khan says he will be 'global ambassador' for Kashmir issue

"We will go to UN and every other global forum. We will go to the International Court of Justice. We are mobilising the global community of Kashmiris and you will see a historic number of people come out... All our ambassadors globally are active. I am going to be the global ambassador for the cause of Kashmir and raise it at every international forum," Imran Khan said during his address.

Kashmir News Latest Updates: Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the alleged "unprovoked ceasefire violations" by Indian troops across the Line of Control which killed a civilian. Mohammad Faisal, Director General (South Asia and SAARC) and Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson, summoned Ahluwalia to condemn "the unprovoked ceasefire violations" by the Indian forces on 13 August in Hot Spring Sector in which a 38-year-old man of Laychayal village was killed, the Pakistan foreign office said.

Reports quoted officials as saying that Shah Faesal is now under house arrest in Kashmir under Section 107 (security for keeping peace). The IAS officer-turned-politician is likely to stay under house arrest till normalcy returns.

There is no clarity on who detained Shah Faesal from the Delhi airport. Reuters journalist Devjyot Ghoshal and a few other mediapersons quoted the airport DCP as saying that the police at the Indira Gandhi Internationa Airport did not detain the IAS-turned-politician.Officials earlier only told PTI that Faesal from sent back to Kashmir. With this development, Faesal joined a list of politicians from Jammu and Kashmir whose whereabouts are unknown. One of the reasons for this is that the Centre is continuing to remain tight-lipped about the actions against leaders from the Valley. Also, because of the communication blackout, limited journalists are able to operate on ground and get hold of credible information. This is leading to more speculations about what's going on in the state.

"Muslims are living in fear today in India. When I used to play cricket in India; Muslims from affluent households used to say the two nation theory wasn’t right. Today those same people say Quaid-e-Azam (Mohammad Ali Jinnah) was absolutely right," said Imran Khan, while addressing the 'Azad Jammu and Kashmir' Assembly.

He began the address saying, "We have to make the world realise that RSS ideology is exactly like the Nazi ideology. After World War II, the world made a collective decision that such genocide would never be repeated again. The RSS ideology is heading that way again."

Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal was on Wednesday detained at Delhi airport and sent back to Kashmir. He was reportedly trying to leave the country and has been reportedly placed under house arrest.

Superstar Rajinikanth's 'Mahabharata' analogy in his praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah over the government's Kashmir decisions continues irked AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, who snapped back at the actor-turned-politician during a speech in Hyderabad. "A Tamil Nadu actor called PM Modi and Amit Shah Krishna and Arjun for abrogating Article 370 from J&K. Then who are Pandavas and Kauravas in this situation. Do you want another 'Mahabharat' in the country," Owaisi asked.

akistan's prime minister Imran Khan expressed solidarity and said that he supports Kashmiris in their struggle for self-determination, as he began celebrations marking Pakistan's Independence Day. He will make a speech in the Legislative Assembly to speak on the Kashmir issue.

Hitting back at the governor for "taking a U-turn" on his offer to visit the state, Rahul Gandhi addressed Jammu and Kashmir governor as Master — a spin off to his own last name Malik stretched on as Maalik meaning master — to mock at what Congress calls the 'undemocratic way' in which Kashmir's special status was abrogated.

Rubbishing claims of any major incidents of violence reported in the Valley, Khan says, " Whenever a situation takes shape in the Valley, our neighbours try to vitiate the atmosphere, you have seen certain videos that have been circulated from 2016. There have been localized incidents which have been contained...few pellet injuries have been reported but no major injuries...we have taken all precaution to avoid collateral damage."

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday asked all the deputy commissioners to direct sarpanches to hoist the national flag in their respective panchayats on Independence Day. In a meeting held at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday evening, Malik reviewed the to-date status of the prevailing security, law and order and provision of basic and essential services to people in the state, PTI reported.

The governor was apprised of the full dress rehearsal for Independence Day that has been done in every district of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh and that necessary arrangements have been put in place for smooth conduct of the celebrations, the report said.

The security lockdown imposed by the Centre was tightened in the restive Kashmir Valley on Wednesday in view of Independence Day on Thursday. The government had deployed several thousand troops in addition to the forces already present in the Valley ahead of its announcement to scrap Article 370 and 35A earlier this month.

News18 reported that the movement of people has become more restricted, in lieu of Independence Day. "The central government had already deployed tens of thousands of additional soldiers to the region as a preemptive measure," the report said.

Imran Khan will celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir where he is scheduled to address the legislative assembly.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday said it is hopeful of further relaxations in the security clampdown after the dress rehearsal for the August 15 Independence Day celebrations conclude in various districts.

Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal told a press conference here that while prohibitory conditions were relaxed in various parts of Kashmir, the Jammu region was "almost entirely" free of restrictions.

Kashmir News Updates Pakistan summons Indias Deputy High Commissioner over Tuesdays unprovoked ceasefire violations across LoC

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"Restrictions, however, do continue in parts of Kashmir," he said.

"We are hopeful that once the full dress rehearsals for Independence Day being carried out in various districts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh conclude, there will be further relaxations," he said.

He added that the curbs would be relaxed in parts of the Valley in a phased manner based on the assessment of local authorities.

The security clampdown was imposed after the Union government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5 and said the state would be bifurcated into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Restrictions were first eased in Kashmir on August 9 to allow people to offer Friday prayers at local mosques. Curbs were also relaxed ahead of Eid al-Adha, which was celebrated on Monday.

Kansal said the administration was following the overall policy of "relaxation and easing out" in all parts of the state and the Eid al-Adha celebrations and prayers were peaceful.

He added that there is a "constant endeavour to ensure that people are not obstructed and are facilitated in every possible way".

The principal secretary said the administration is hopeful that the Independence Day celebrations will be carried out in a "grand and benefitting manner" in all parts of the state.

He said all necessary arrangements have been made to ensure smooth Independence Day celebrations.

As far as the issue of communication is concerned, 300 public points have been set up for the locals, from where they can speak to their dear ones. Over 5,000 calls were made in one day, Kansal said.

He added that medical services of all kinds are continuing "normally and unhindered" and the apprehensions in this context are not true.

Routine outpatient department (OPD) operations, admissions, surgical procedures are going on, Kansal said, adding that all kinds of normal and emergency medicines are in adequate supply.

Last week, 13,500 patients were treated in OPDs in Srinagar district, while there were 1,400 admissions and 600 procedures of all kinds, he said.

Kansal said the national highway is functioning normally and over 100 heavy vehicles, trucks carrying LPG cylinders, oil trucks and about 1,500 light motor vehicles and buses have moved over the last 24 hours.

"The flight operations are normal too," he added.

Asked about the government's response over some propaganda material being circulated on social media platforms like Twitter, Kansal said, "Due cognisance has been taken of all the fake handles and of any items that create disaffection and it is being tackled at the appropriate levels legally, procedurally and through appropriate measures."

"Whenever our attention is drawn to any fake accounts or any attempts to spread disaffection or peddle misinformation or create mischief, they are being dealt with procedurally, legally and through all available measures with the government," he said.

Asked by reporters about the proposed plans for unfurling the tricolour on August 15 at various places in the state, including at Lal Chowk here, Kansal said the occasion would be celebrated with respect and grandeur.

"Independence Day celebrations have a certain system. It is a national festival and it will be celebrated with respect and grandeur. I have nothing to say about specific individuals," he said.

The principal secretary said some arrests had been made following a local assessment of the situation.

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