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Warrants against Geelani, Malik
Srinagar, February 9
A Special TADA Court here has issued non-bailable warrants against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah and senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mohammad Yaseen Malik in a case of showing disrespect to Indian Constitution and torching the Tricolour 18 years ago.

Pak uneasy with independent Kashmir: Mirwaiz
Jammu, February 9
Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has said that Pakistan is not comfortable with the idea of an independent Jammu and Kashmir and appreciated the stand of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad that aspirations of the people of all regions of the state need to be taken care of while deciding the Kashmir issue.

Newspaper office ransacked in Srinagar
Srinagar, February 9
Three employees of a local English daily were roughed up and its office ransacked by activists of the Javed Mir faction of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front here today, official sources said.


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25 detained for taking out Muharram procession
Srinagar, February 9
At least 25 persons, 50 according to UNI, were taken into preventive custody today as they defied prohibitory orders to take out a Muharram procession in the city.

Shahabuddin likely to be quizzed
Srinagar, February 9
The problems for RJD MP Shahabuddin seem to be far from over as the police in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to question him for his alleged links with the Hizbul-Mujahideen.

Fake currency racket busted
Srinagar, February 9
The police today busted a fake currency racket by arresting a cloth trader in Pulwama district from whom counterfeit notes with face value of Rs 2.93 lakh were recovered, official sources said.

Attack repulsed
Jammu, February 9
Security forces repulsed an attack by militants on a police post in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir last night, official sources said here today.

4 revenue men in Vigilance net
Srinagar, February 9
Four revenue officials were chargesheeted by Jammu and Kashmir Vigilance Organisation for issuing a “fake” certificate to a person which enabled him admission in MBBS course in the reserved category in 1998.


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Warrants against Geelani, Malik

Srinagar, February 9
A Special TADA Court here has issued non-bailable warrants against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah and senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mohammad Yaseen Malik in a case of showing disrespect to Indian Constitution and torching the Tricolour 18 years ago.

Taking serious note of non-appearance of the accused in the court, Additional Judge of the Special TADA Court Asmat Hussain Shah issued NBWs against the three as also another separatist leader Nayeem Ahmad Khan on Tuesday, court sources said today. The police had registered a case against 24 persons, including Shah, Geelani, Malik and Khan for showing disrespect to the Indian Constitution and torching the national flag at a public meeting organised by the now-defunct Muslim United Front at Iqbal Park on August 20, 1987.

The police presented a charge sheet in the court against the accused in 1987.

When the case came up for hearing on Tuesday, barring two accused no one appeared in the court. The Public Prosecutor informed the court that a month ago summons were issued by the court against former Chief Minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah.

However, a compliance report said there was no person of the name of Ghulam Mohammad Shah present in Kashmir even though Shah had been the Chief Minister of the state.

The next hearing of the case has been fixed for March 11. — PTI

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Pak uneasy with independent Kashmir: Mirwaiz

Jammu, February 9
Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has said that Pakistan is not comfortable with the idea of an independent Jammu and Kashmir and appreciated the stand of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad that aspirations of the people of all regions of the state need to be taken care of while deciding the Kashmir issue.

“Why only India? Even Pakistan is not comfortable with the concept of an independent Kashmir,” the Mirwaiz told PTI when asked to react on the reported statement of Pakistan President Perzez Muharraf in Davos recently where he had stated that independent Kashmir was not viable.

The Mirwaiz, who was here in an attempt to woo Kashmiri pandits to the idea of self-rule and explore their possible return to the valley, said, however, there was a certain flexibility on the part of the establishment in Islamabad and wanted New Delhi to pursue the path of dialogue earnestly.

About his visit to Jammu, the Mirwaiz said he wanted to listen to the wishes of the people in this region and also inform them about the concept of self-rule as suggested by the Pakistan President.

Asked to comment on the Chief Minister’s recent statement where he had favoured taking on board the aspiration of all people, including those in Gilgit and Baltistan (under Pakistan occupation), the Mirwaiz said “it’s a good suggestion.”

The Hurriyat also favours talking to all regions of the erst-while princely state of Jammu and Kashmir—Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and Northern Areas —into confidence, the Mirwaiz said.

The Hurriyat chief also suggested the separatist amalgam was happy as long as India and Pakistan were talking. “There is always a ray of hope as long as these two countries are talking,” he said.

About bringing back Kashmiri Pandits, he said their return should not be linked to the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

“Their return is possible only after a consensus is built between all the parties which also included the mainstream political parties like the BJP, the Congress and regional parties like the National Conference and the PDP,” he said.

“I as the Mirwaiz (religious head) favour their return as it will give a big boost to the peace process and help a solution to the Kashmir issue,” the Hurriyat Chairman said. — PTI

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Newspaper office ransacked in Srinagar

Srinagar, February 9
Three employees of a local English daily were roughed up and its office ransacked by activists of the Javed Mir faction of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front here today, official sources said.

The activists of the separatist outfit barged into the office of ‘Greater Kashmir’ newspaper at Pratap Park at around 4.30 p.m. and started smashing computers and windowpanes, according to an FIR lodged by the employees of the daily. Three of the staff were also roughed up, they said.

The employees claimed that JKLF activists were infuriated as the newspaper did not carry a press release of the outfit issued yesterday. “The activists had called in the morning and threatened us, but we took it lightly,” a reporter working with the newspaper said.

Three computers, the main server of the office and some windowpanes were smashed, the employees said.

The incident took place despite heavy security arrangements just outside the newspaper’s office in view of the attempts made by several separatist and religious groups to take out a Muharram procession defying prohibitory orders.

A case has been registered at Kothibagh police station and one person has been detained in connection with the incident while the police is looking for the other suspects, the sources said.

Leaders of several separatist outfits, including Chairman of the rival faction of JKLF Mohammad Yaseen Malik and Mohammad Yaqoob Vakil of the Awami Action Committee visited the newspaper office to express their solidarity. — PTI

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25 detained for taking out Muharram procession

Srinagar, February 9
At least 25 persons, 50 according to UNI, were taken into preventive custody today as they defied prohibitory orders to take out a Muharram procession in the city.

Shia Muslims, carrying religious banners, took out a procession at Maulana Azad Road but police contingents deployed there prevented them from marching towards Imam Bara at Zadibal in downtown city, official sources said.

When the processionists did not disperse, the police took into preventive custody 15 of them and lodged them at Ram Munshi Bagh police station, the sources said.

Another group of Shia Muslims assembled at exchange road in the city and started marching towards the Imam Bara defying the prohibitory orders. However, the police foiled their attempt to take out the procession, the sources said, adding 10 of them were taken into custody and lodged with the other detainees.

The sources said the detentions were effected to maintain law and order in the city.

The traditional Muharram processions to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, have been banned by the Jammu and Kashmir government since 1990 to prevent any untoward incident. — PTI

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Shahabuddin likely to be quizzed

Srinagar, February 9
The problems for RJD MP Shahabuddin seem to be far from over as the police in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to question him for his alleged links with the Hizbul-Mujahideen.

Shahabuddin, who has been in judicial custody after his arrest last year in connection with various cases, including murder and abductions, could face tough questions as the state police claims that he had received two consignments of arms from Kupwara in early 2000 which included AK rifles as well, official sources said.

They said they had earlier asked the Bihar police to help in tracing the MP but could not get him.

After his arrest last year following recovery of some arms, the Jammu and Kashmir police is now preparing grounds for questioning him after a militant of the Hizbul-Mujahideen outfit said during interrogation that he had supplied AK rifles and pistols to him in Delhi. —  PTI

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Fake currency racket busted

Srinagar, February 9
The police today busted a fake currency racket by arresting a cloth trader in Pulwama district from whom counterfeit notes with face value of Rs 2.93 lakh were recovered, official sources said.

Ghulam Mohammad Malla was arrested after the police recovered fake currency with face value of Rs 2.93 lakh from his shop at Litter in Pulwama district, the sources said.

Confirming the arrest and recovery of counterfeit notes, Senior Superintendent of Police, Pulwama, Viplav Kumar told PTI that the police was on the hunt for the source of the fake currency racket.

Asked if the money was being used to fund militancy in the state, Mr Kumar said, “it is too premature to comment. Investigations have begun into the case and we will see what comes out of it.” — PTI

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Attack repulsed

Jammu, February 9
Security forces repulsed an attack by militants on a police post in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir last night, official sources said here today.

Militants had fired with automatic weapons on the post, forcing the guards to retaliate, the sources said. The exchange of fire continued for half-an-hour without causing casualty on the side of the security forces, they said.

Meanwhile, a top Lashker-e-Toiba militant was arrested by security forces from Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Acting on a tip off, the security forces raided the house of LeT “district commander” Mehraj Khalid Banday, alias Abu Tallah, in Bharat village of Doda district last night, official sources said today.

Banday, who had come to meet his family members after two years, was arrested in the raid. — PTI

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4 revenue men in Vigilance net

Srinagar, February 9
Four revenue officials were chargesheeted by Jammu and Kashmir Vigilance Organisation for issuing a “fake” certificate to a person which enabled him admission in MBBS course in the reserved category in 1998.

As per the charge sheet presented in the court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption here, the then tehsildar Habibullah Mir and three other officials Ghulam Hassan Raina, Altaf Hussain Lone and Ghulam Mohammad Bhat had issued a fake backward class certificate to Imran Nazir Mir of the Pinglena area of Pulwama district, vigilance sources said today.

The officials, by allegedly tampering the documents, had shown Imran as a resident of Achgoos village, an area declared educationally backward by the state government. — PTI

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