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Rift between Hizb and
Jamait-ul-Mujahideen deepens

Jammu,May 8
The rift between the Hizbul Mujahideen and Jamait-ul-Mujahideen has further deepened with the former accusing the latter of violating the code of conduct set by the Muzaffarabad-based United Jehad Council. The rift further surfaced when Jamait-ul- Mujahideen Secretary General, Rafia Rasool, in an article published in the Srinagar-based weekly ‘‘Chattan’’, said the serial grenade attacks in Srinagar on April 14 carried “a message” for the government that militants continued to be up and kicking.

3 killed, soldier kidnapped in J&K 
Srinagar, May 8
Three persons were killed and a soldier was among two persons kindapped in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, an official spokesman said. Three top commanders of Al-Omar Mujahideen (AOM) were arrested by the army and the Jammu and Kashmir police in a joint operation in North Kashmir, a defence ministry spokesman said.

‘Darbar move’ offices re-open in Srinagar
Srinagar, May 8
Amid stringent security the biannual ‘darbar move’ offices, including the civil secretariat, re-opened here today after functioning in Jammu and Kashmir’s winter capital for six months. The Civil Secretariat and other related offices had closed for the ‘darbar move’ in the winter capital of Jammu on April 29.



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Rift between Hizb and Jamait-ul-Mujahideen deepens
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Jammu,May 8
The rift between the Hizbul Mujahideen and Jamait-ul-Mujahideen has further deepened with the former accusing the latter of violating the code of conduct set by the Muzaffarabad-based United Jehad Council.

The rift further surfaced when Jamait-ul- Mujahideen Secretary General, Rafia Rasool, in an article published in the Srinagar-based weekly ‘‘Chattan’’, said the serial grenade attacks in Srinagar on April 14 carried “a message” for the government that militants continued to be up and kicking. He had also claimed that Hizbul Mujahideen activists too were associated in carrying out these serial blasts.

Soon after the write up was published Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman, Jamait-ul Islam, shot back, in his write up in the same paper, saying that “Hizbul Mujahideen does not believe in hurling grenades.” He said exploding grenades at public places caused immense inconvenience to people and invariably resulted in the killing of civilians.

Jamait-ul-Islam held Jamait-ul-Mujahideen responsible for “violating the code of conduct set by the United Jehad Council.” He said those resorting to grenade attacks were indulging in anti-people activities.

Against this Rafia Rasool has said since senior activists of militant outfits could not hold a press conference serial blasts were an attempt to convey a message to the government through mediapersons that the struggle for Kashmir’s liberation had not been given up.

The covert and overt support of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad to Jamait-ul-Mujahideen has widened the chasm between Jamait-ul-Mujahideen and Hizbul Mujahideen .

Since Lashkar and Jaish were not members of the United Jehad Council the two outfits wish to register their presence in Kashmir without the patronage of the council. The two plan to weaken the United Jehad Council by lending logistic and weaponry support to Jamait-ul-Mujahideen which is a member of the Jehad Council.

And as compared to Hizbul Mujahideen both the Lashkar and Jaish are opposed to the ongoing peace and dialogue process, including the confidence building measures between India and Pakistan. Hizb leaders, if tackled properly, could be involved in the dialogue process.

The council supremo, Syed Salahuddin, had, at one time, indicated that he was planning to form a forum which could take part in political activities. However, he had to change his mind under pressure from hard core separatists from across the border.

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3 killed, soldier kidnapped in J&K 

Srinagar, May 8
Three persons were killed and a soldier was among two persons kindapped in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, an official spokesman said.

Three top commanders of Al-Omar Mujahideen (AOM) were arrested by the army and the Jammu and Kashmir police in a joint operation in North Kashmir, a defence ministry spokesman said.

An official spokesman said militants shot at and wounded Zuber at Pazipora Ganderbal last night. He was shifted to the hospital where he died today.

He said Javed Ahmad, a released militant of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), was kidnapped and later killed by militants at Nadigam in Pulwama.

The body of Bashir Uddin was recovered from the Kund forest in Anantnag district.

He said militants kidnapped a constable of the Indian Reserve Police (IRP), Mushtaq Ahmad, and Javed Ahmad Bhat from Bandipora in Baramula last night.

The Defence Ministry spokesman, describing the arrest of AOM militants as a major success, said the arrests were made during a search operation conducted after receiving specific information.

He said self-styled “chief of operations” in the Kashmir valley, Nazir Ahmad Ganai, alias Nazir Cobra, was wanted in several militancy related incidents.

Two other militants —Bashir Ahmad and Mushtaq Ahamd — were also wanted and carrying rewards on their head. The spokesman said some fake identity cards and incriminating documents were seized from them. —UNI 

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‘Darbar move’ offices re-open in Srinagar

Srinagar, May 8
Amid stringent security the biannual ‘darbar move’ offices, including the civil secretariat, re-opened here today after functioning in Jammu and Kashmir’s winter capital for six months.

The Civil Secretariat and other related offices had closed for the ‘darbar move’ in the winter capital of Jammu on April 29.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad attended the office here for the first time after assuming office.

After being sworn-in as the 10th Chief Minister of the state on November 2 last year, Mr Azad had to move to Jammu as the offices had already shifted to the winter capital.

The Chief Minister was presented a guard of honour at the Civil Secretariat here at 10 a.m.

The ‘darbar move’ practice between the two state capitals — Srinagar for six summer months and Jammu for six winter months — was started in 1872 during Maharaja Ranbir Singh’s tenure.

Nearly 10,000 government officers and employees have moved to Srinagar for the next six months.

The State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) had provided trucks and buses for shifting records and transporting officials from Jammu to Srinagar respectively.

The Civil Secretariat, which houses the offices of the Chief Minister, his Cabinet colleagues and other top bureaucrats, is the nerve centre of official activities.

The authorities deployed police and security personnel in the city. The police and security personnel were seen thoroughly checking the vehicles, passengers and the pedestrians at several points in the summer capital. — UNI 

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