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Isolate terrorists, Farooq urges people
Jammu, October 7
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah and his ministerial colleagues today prayed at the mausoleum of the 14th century saint Sheikh Nooruddin, at Chrar-e-Sharief in Budgam district today for peace in Jammu and Kashmir, for the restoration of normalcy and freedom from militancy. The occasion for the prayer was the inauguration of the new shrine complex. 

Don’t bank on USA, says Sudarshan
Jammu, October 7
They stood in straight queues with bamboo canes in their hands. They sang patriotic songs and took a pledge to protect and preserve India’s solidarity and sovereignty. They vowed to safeguard Hindutava. And eight to 10 “toughies” smashed bricks and tiles to pieces with their head and fists.

6 JKIF ultras chargesheeted
New Delhi, October 7
The Delhi police has chargesheeted six militants of the Jammu Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) for allegedly waging war against the Government of India.

Intruder shot dead
Jammu, October 7
A Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) in R.S. Pura Sector here today. A BSF spokesman said that the intruder was spotted by the BSF ambush party at Katmariya village in R.S. Pura Sector early in the morning. He was shot dead when he tried to escape under cover of darkness. 


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Isolate terrorists, Farooq urges people
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 7
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah and his ministerial colleagues today prayed at the mausoleum of the 14th century saint Sheikh Nooruddin, at Chrar-e-Sharief in Budgam district today for peace in Jammu and Kashmir, for the restoration of normalcy and freedom from militancy.

The occasion for the prayer was the inauguration of the new shrine complex. The historic wooden complex was destroyed when militants laid siege to the shrine and set it on fire in May 1995. It was during this sacrilege a Pakistani guerrilla Mast Gul came to limelight.

The new shrine, a replica of the old structure, has been built at a cost of over Rs 3 crore and several lakh of rupees were to be spent to give cosmetic touches to the holy shrine.

Inaugurating the shrine, Dr Farooq Abdullah said that those behind the destruction of the shrine would be exposed. He said that in the name of Islam and Jehad militant groups and separatists had amassed fortune. They received enormous funds from across the border for creating unrest and violence which had led to death and destruction.

The Chief Minister was greeted by managers of the shrine by tying a turban on his head (Dastarbandi). Dr Abdullah said that violence and progress cannot go together. He appealed to the people to create a situation to isolate militants.

He said that war against global terrorism was taking a definite shape and “one does not know what will happen within next 24 hours.” He was referring to the American readiness to strike against Afghanistan. He lambasted separatists for encouraging those who had indulged in destruction of places of worship and the holy shrines. He asked “Does Islam permit such a desecration?

He said that Allah “will punish those who indulged in unIslamic activities.”
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Don’t bank on USA, says Sudarshan
M.L. Kak
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 7
They stood in straight queues with bamboo canes in their hands. They sang patriotic songs and took a pledge to protect and preserve India’s solidarity and sovereignty. They vowed to safeguard Hindutava. And eight to 10 “toughies” smashed bricks and tiles to pieces with their head and fists.

This was the scene at a well-attended RSS camp here this morning where the RSS chief, Mr K.S. Sudarshan, was the chief guest. Several hundred RSS activists, of different age groups, wearing white shirts, khaki shorts and black caps carried out the customary drill-cum-exercise as part of their training in self-defence and in being on the offensive.

Presiding over the camp, Mr Sudarshan wanted the Government of India to fight terrorism on its own and not bank on the USA which may have its limited interest. He said India “has the right the destroy terrorist training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir” and for this it should not depend on US support. “If the US support is available, it is good but we should not depend on it.”

Comparing the terrorist strike on the Assembly complex in Srinagar to the one against the two key installations in the USA, the RSS chief said when the US Government “has started exercising its right to fight terrorism that struck it, India needed to follow the same line.”

Mr Sudarshan had a severe dig at the Sheikh family, especially Dr Farooq Abdullah, and said that “rigged” poll in the state had been one of the factors responsible for the rise in militancy in Kashmir.

He said Sheikh Abdullah and his scions did not allow any other individual or political party to gain power which had enraged a section of people in the valley.

He said the terrorist strike on the Assembly complex was condemnable but questioned the statement of the Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, for having felt that Kashmiris had been sandwiched between two nations — a spectator like India and a terrorism-perpetrating Pakistan. He said Kashmiris were part of the Indian nation and there was no justification for Dr Abdullah to “keep the state as an independent entity.”

The RSS chief was equally critical of the Chief Minister for his recent statement in which he said he would provide bases and landing facilities to US planes on a mission to target terrorist camps in Afghanistan. He said it was the right of the Prime Minister and the Government of India to take any definite stand on such vital issues.

He repeated the much-pronounced RSS stand on Article 370 which gives Jammu and Kashmir a special status in the Indian union. He said this very Article had been the root cause for the rise of separatist forces in Kashmir and time had come when this provision of the Constitution should be scrapped. “We want close integration and not disintegration of any state in the Indian union,” he said.

Referring to the census operations carried out in Jammu and Kashmir last year, Mr Sudarshan said “the entire process is a fraud.” He demanded a fresh census in the state on the plea that enumeration and tabulation by the enumerators and others connected with the operation had been done in closed rooms in Kashmir.

In support of his contention, he cited the population growth rate in Kupwara and Baramula districts and said that nowhere in India the growth rate had been over 40 per cent. He alleged that the census authorities had “deliberately” inflated the population figure for the Kashmir valley which could be later used for facilitating increased number of Assembly constituencies as compared to the Jammu region.

His announcement that the RSS will not allow even an inch of India’s territory to be taken by the enemy was greeted with firm support by the RSS activists. He said whatever sacrifices were required for safeguarding the nation’s interests “we are ready to offer.”
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6 JKIF ultras chargesheeted

New Delhi, October 7
The Delhi police has chargesheeted six militants of the Jammu Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) for allegedly waging war against the Government of India.

In its charge sheet filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate A.K. Sarpal, the special cell of Delhi police has named Feroze Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Sayed Tantrik alias Yusuf, Mohammad Manzoor Mir, Mohammad Lateef Hajaam, Abdul Rashid Gojri and Inderjit Singh Bali accused.

Feroze and Mohammad Sayed Tantrik have been charged under Section 121, Section 121-A and Section 120-B while the rest four accused have been charged only under Section 120-B, IPC. PTI
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Intruder shot dead

Jammu, October 7
A Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) in R.S. Pura Sector here today. A BSF spokesman said that the intruder was spotted by the BSF ambush party at Katmariya village in R.S. Pura Sector early in the morning. He was shot dead when he tried to escape under cover of darkness. 
Meanwhile, security has been tightened all along the international border in view of reports that more Pakistani intruders may sneak into this side, the spokesman added. UNI
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