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Lone blames Centre for war-like situation
Srinagar, December 27
Blaming the Centre for “diverting attention” from resolving the Kashmir issue, senior Hurriyat leader, Abdul Ghani Lone, here today claimed that the government was responsible for “creating a war-like situation” in the region “to achieve its own objectives”.

Pak may use Tow missiles
Jammu, December 27

Pakistan is planning to target Indian military installations, particularly some vital posts and road communications along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, with highly lethal anti-tank Tow missiles, highly placed defence sources said here today.

Poonch accident toll 20
Jammu, December 27

The death toll in the road accident in Poonch has risen to 20 with six persons succumbing to their injuries this morning, official sources said here.

Resettlement Act should be scrapped: Panun Kashmir
Jammu, December 27
Panun Kashmir, has called upon the Centre to intervene and force the National conference government to get the Resettlement Act scrapped as it would open doors for Al-Qaida members and the Taliban to enter Jammu and Kashmir.


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An unidentified masked Kashmiri separatist militant






An unidentified masked Kashmiri separatist militant (L) shakes hands with a police officer after handing over his rifle at a camp in Srinagar on Thursday. Police authorities said seven separatist militants belonging to different militant organisations surrendered before them and handed over their arms and ammunitions. 
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Lone blames Centre for war-like situation
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, December 27
Blaming the Centre for “diverting attention” from resolving the Kashmir issue, senior Hurriyat leader, Abdul Ghani Lone, here today claimed that the government was responsible for “creating a war-like situation” in the region “to achieve its own objectives”.

“The government has been trying to link Kashmiris’ freedom struggle with Al-Qaida and Taliban to get the US support”, Mr Lone said while replying questions at a press conference at the APHC headquarters here today. He added that in order to get the US support, the Government of India had created a war-like situation.

Mr Lone held that these steps were taken by the government to divert the attention from the core issue of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

In his four-page statement, the Hurriyat Conference leader said Pakistan, the only nation supporting the struggle of Kashmiris, was facing numerous problems on the home front. He added that India wanted to cash in on the situation prevailing in Pakistan. Mr Lone claimed that the Kashmir issue had taken a backseat while the two neighbouring countries were engaged in war-like situation. He claimed that such tactics would not help the Government of India any way.

The separatist leader expressed concern over the excess being committed by the security forces on the innocent people in Jammu and Kashmir.

In this connection he also dwelt upon various instances of alleged innocent killings by the security forces in different parts of the state. He claimed that two persons killed in Doda district of the Jammu region recently were innocent civilians, and not of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, as claimed by the police. As already reported the police had claimed that two militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Haqanni and Sayed were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Doda district.

The APHC leader presented documentary evidence from the SSP, Doda, confirming that the two persons were not militants but ordinary citizens while the militants, Haqanni and Sayed had escaped.

The APHC leader expressed concern over the killings of five women belonging to the minority communities in Anantnag district last week. He said those involved in such killings were the “enemies of the freedom struggle”.
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Pak may use Tow missiles

Jammu, December 27
Pakistan is planning to target Indian military installations, particularly some vital posts and road communications along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, with highly lethal anti-tank Tow missiles, highly placed defence sources said here today.

Pakistan has moved these missiles close to the LoC opposite Akhnoor-Pallanwala, Sunderbani, Noushera, Mendhar, Poonch, Balakote and Kerni areas in Jammu-Poonch sector, the sources told PTI.

It seems that their design is to target vital posts in “chicken neck”-Pallanwala corridor and some high altitude posts and bunkers in other sectors besides some bridges, specially the Akhnoor, Rajouri and Poonch bridges.

“By blowing up bridge communication, particularly the vital Akhnoor bridge, they want to cut off supplies and movement of troops to Poonch-Rajouri sectors,” the sources said.

“Targeting vital places like Chicken-Neck and destroying posts and bunkers is to weaken defence set up in geographically weaker alignments”, they added.

The deadly anti-tank wire-guided Tow missiles could pierce 800 mm armour and hit targets at a distance of 3 to 4 km, the sources said.

These wire-guided missiles have been deployed in two places opposite “Chicken Neck” in Jalalpur (Pakistan), Kharian forward, Bhimber (Pakistan) and Mangla forward, the sources said.

In its current effort to cut off the Jammu-Poonch highway and disturb security set up in the vital Akhnoor sector, the Pakistan army may use short-range Tow missiles, the sources said.

“We have definite inputs that the other side was planning to target Indian posts by using Tow missiles,” they added.

The 320 km-long Jammu-Poonch national highway is the only road link between border districts Jammu and Poonch on the vital Indo-Pakistan border.

Pakistan’s gun positions have also been changed to intensify shelling, particularly on the Jammu-Poonch highway, and disrupt movement of the Army, in particular, and civilians in general, the sources said.

They have also brought 105 mm Pakistan field guns close to the LoC and installed them at some high altitude bunkers in vital sections in Jammu-Poonch corridor, the sources added. PTI
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Poonch accident toll 20

Jammu, December 27
The death toll in the road accident in Poonch has risen to 20 with six persons succumbing to their injuries this morning, official sources said here.

They said the six persons were hospitalised after the bus in which they were travelling fell into a 300-metre-deep gorge, in the Mandi area of the district yesterday, killing 14 persons on the spot.

Meanwhile, five critically injured passengers have been shifted to Jammu for treatment, while six others were admitted to the Poonch military hospital. PTI
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Resettlement Act should be scrapped: Panun Kashmir
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 27
Panun Kashmir, has called upon the Centre to intervene and force the National conference government to get the Resettlement Act scrapped as it would open doors for Al-Qaida members and the Taliban to enter Jammu and Kashmir.

This demand was spelt out in a resolution adopted at a day-long conference held by the Panun Kashmir in connection with the homeland demand day here yesterday evening. The resolution said its implementation would provide political and legal cover to the terrorists and fundamentalists who would cross over to the state.

Another resolution opposed the idea of granting regional autonomy. 
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