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Ultras active despite Taliban’s fall
Jammu, November 16
Even after the fall of Kabul to Northern Alliance forces, militant groups continue to carry out strikes in Jammu and Kashmir. Yesterday, five soldiers, including a Major, were killed in armed strikes carried out by the militants in various parts of the state, indicating that the defeat of the Taliban is yet to have an impact here.

CPM for purposeful Indo-Pak dialogue
Srinagar, November 16
The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the CPM has sought a “purposeful and meaningful” Indo-Pak dialogue to resolve all issues, including Kashmir. It described the US action in Afghanistan as “inadequate and improper” a use of “counter-terror to suppress terror” was no solution to fight global crisis.

BSF camp attacked
Srinagar, November 16
At least five foreign mercenaries and three jawans were among 11 killed in separate incidents in the valley since yesterday. Three militants of the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen and one of the Al-Badr were killed in an encounter with an SOG and the Army at Lawaypora, Kanihama, in Budgam district today.

Security in Jammu region reviewed
Jammu, November 16
Heads of various security agencies reviewed the latest security situation in the Jammu region in the wake of the possibility of militants carrying out strikes on a major scale in the province after government offices reopened here recently.

25 hurt as buses collide
Jammu, November 16
Twenty five persons, including some women, were injured when two buses collided head-on and fell into a canal at Domana near here today, the police said.

Strike cripples life in Kashmir
Srinagar, November 16
The police clashed with stone-pelting mob in the downtown city today during a day-long general strike call given by the Al-Omar-Mujahideen militant outfit. The police burst teargas shells and resorted to lathi charge to disperse the slogan-shouting mob at Nowhatta, Nallahmar, Gojwara, Saraf Kadal and Rajouri Kadal in the downtown city in the afternoon.
In video: A daylong bandh in Srinagar passes off smoothly. (28k, 56k)


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The original sanctum sanctorum at the Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir reopened.

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Ultras active despite Taliban’s fall
Tribune News Service

Jammu, November 16
Even after the fall of Kabul to Northern Alliance forces, militant groups continue to carry out strikes in Jammu and Kashmir. Yesterday, five soldiers, including a Major, were killed in armed strikes carried out by the militants in various parts of the state, indicating that the defeat of the Taliban is yet to have an impact here.

The valley was not swept by anti-US and anti-Musharraf demonstrations as was Quetta and Karachi. There were some protests but a majority of people did not take to the streets, suggesting that they had their own problem which had to be taken care of . Several people felt President Musharraf had done the right thing by siding with the US Government as it saved Pakistan from political and economic disaster.

There was confusion among separatists here, particularly the APHC, following the turmoil in Afghanistan. Five days ago, the APHC chairman, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, had suggested a peace proposal under which he had called for ceasefire by India, Pakistan anti the jehadis.

His proposal was not backed by all members of the Hurriyat conference executive committee and inside reports said the proposal was discussed with Molvi Abbas Ansari and Molvi Umar Farooq.

Besides the Hizbul Mujahideen, even the United Jehad Council that monitors the activities of militants in Kashmir, turned down the proposal. Delhi has shown no interest so far since it knows that any peace proposal which has no support of the jehadis or Islamabad would not work.

The security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir has not registered any significant improvement during the past two months of the US engagement in Afghanistan. The main reason is that Islamabad has yet to stop its aid to the militants.

In the initial stages of the war against Afghanistan, some foreign mercenaries crossed back to Pakistan and occupied Kashmir.

Forcible recruitment of Kashmiri youths in militant groups and opening of new arms training centres in Jammu and Kashmir were the main features of militancy after the US bombing of Afghanistan.

There are apprehensions that after the fall of the Taliban government, US attention may shift to Kashmir. However, university teachers and some separatists are of the firm opinion that the US intervention in Kashmir would be confined to forcing Delhi and Islamabad to restart talks.
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CPM for purposeful Indo-Pak dialogue
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 16
The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the CPM has sought a “purposeful and meaningful” Indo-Pak dialogue to resolve all issues, including Kashmir. It described the US action in Afghanistan as “inadequate and improper” a use of “counter-terror to suppress terror” was no solution to fight global crisis.

Talking to media-persons here today, Mr M.Y. Tarigami, secretary, state unit of the CPM and MLA, said the solution to the problems facing India and Pakistan be raised by taking into consideration views of leaders of all political shades.

Hinting at the decade-long trouble in Kashmir, the CPM leader pointed out that “application of force from either side” had not paved the way for any solution. In this connection, he questioned the role of Pakistan on the occasion of the announcement of unilateral ceasefire by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee last year. Mr Tarigami had earlier last year, for the first time urged the Centre to announce a unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir to address the basic issue concerning the whole state.

He also asked the Government of India to reduce the number of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir adding that it led to a sense of alienation among the masses.

Mr Tarigami said whole moving forward along the path of dialogue, the government should take certain confidence-building measures for creating an atmosphere “conducive to free and frank exchange of views for the settlement of the issues”. These measures included the strict enforcement of the rule of law, due recognition to human rights and proper care for safeguarding the interests of the youth to prevent them from going astray.

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BSF camp attacked
Tribune News Service and UNI

Srinagar, November 16
At least five foreign mercenaries and three jawans were among 11 killed in separate incidents in the valley since yesterday.

Three militants of the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen and one of the Al-Badr were killed in an encounter with an SOG and the Army at Lawaypora, Kanihama, in Budgam district today. The militants of the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen were identified as Tayab, Sajid and Farhan.

The police said four AK rifles, 14 magazines, 134 rounds and five hand grenades were recovered from the site of the encounter.

Unidentified gunmen shot three persons in separate incidents since yesterday. Mohammad Ashraf Khan was shot at Nagmulla in Safapore in the Ganderbal area, the police said.

Manzoor Ahmad Ganai of Kokernag in Anantnag was shot here last evening. In another incident, gunmen shot Ashoor Wagay in the Kulgam area of Anantnag district last night.

Elsewhere in the valley, the ultras killed six persons, including three jawans, and attacked a BSF camp while two securitymen, including a JCO, were injured in a blast during the past 24 hours.

Officials said the extremists fired a couple of rockets towards the BSF camp in north Kashmir late last night. However, no damage or loss of life has been reported.

The ultras threw a hand grenade on the house of the Chairman of the Salfia College and School, Mr Ghulam Nabi Parray, at Parraypora last night. The explosion shattered the windows of the house, but no one was injured. A police spokesman said the militants fired upon a patrol party at Chinpusepora Ajas in Baramula district, resulting in the death of three jawans.
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Security in Jammu region reviewed
Tribune News Service

Jammu, November 16
Heads of various security agencies reviewed the latest security situation in the Jammu region in the wake of the possibility of militants carrying out strikes on a major scale in the province after government offices reopened here recently.

The GOC, 16 Corps, Lieut-Gen. J.B.S. Yadava, presided over the meeting of the Unified Headquarters today. Those who participated at the meeting included the Principal Secretary, Home, Mr G. Phunsog, the DGP, Mr A.K. Suri, the IGP, Mr R.V. Raju, and the IG, CRPF, Mr S.C. Kukeraj.

Emphasis was laid on better coordination among various security and intelligence agencies for foiling the game plan of the militants. Some officers stressed on the importance of better border management so that ingress and egress could be checked. It was stated that the ISI and the militants could focus their attention on the Jammu region and kick up violence.

The security agencies were advised to keep a strict vigil on crowded places, including the railway station, bus stands and busy trading centres. It was also suggested that security and intelligence agencies should exchange notes so that field reports could be cross-checked and operations launched against the militants.

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25 hurt as buses collide

Jammu, November 16
Twenty five persons, including some women, were injured when two buses collided head-on and fell into a canal at Domana near here today, the police said.

Residents and policemen rescued passengers from the buses, adding the injured had been admitted to Jammu Medical College. PTI

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Strike cripples life in Kashmir

Srinagar, November 16
The police clashed with stone-pelting mob in the downtown city today during a day-long general strike call given by the Al-Omar-Mujahideen militant outfit.

The police burst teargas shells and resorted to lathi charge to disperse the slogan-shouting mob at Nowhatta, Nallahmar, Gojwara, Saraf Kadal and Rajouri Kadal in the downtown city in the afternoon.

Shops and business establishments in Srinagar and other major towns of the valley remained closed and traffic was off the roads due to the strike. Work in government offices and public undertakings was also affected.

Educational institutions, courts, bankswore a deserted look. UNI
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