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Eight terrorists surrender; girl’s ear chopped off
Jammu, July 13
Terrorists chopped off the ears and nose of a girl in the Doda district last night to take revenge from her brother who had surrendered before the troops last month. The girl, Mariam Begum, was kidnapped along with her 60-year-old father, Mohammad Ibrahim, from Mehad Dhar in Doda while they were grazing their cattle.
Eight militants belonging to the Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits at a surrender ceremony in the Chander Kot area of Doda district Eight militants belonging to the Tehrik-ul- Mujahideen and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits at a surrender ceremony in the Chander Kot area of Doda district on Tuesday.
— PTI photo

Additional forces for Amarnath yatra
Jammu, July 13
As many as 64 additional companies of the BSF and the CRPF have been deployed in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the Amarnath pilgrimage amid reports that terrorists might try to disrupt the “yatra”.

Dialogue only solution, says Mufti
Srinagar, July 13
Asserting that dialogue is the only way to resolve issues, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today asked those denying to respond to the Centre’s initiative on talks to do so positively.

Indo-Pak peace process yielding results, says Sinha
Srinagar, July 13
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha (retd) has said that the people’s strong longing and preference for peace made a deep dent in one-and-a-half-decade-long militancy and the situation was fast returning to normal despite the recent spurt of isolated incidents of violence.



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A Kashmiri fisherman rows his boat in the waters of Dal Lake
A Kashmiri fisherman rows his boat in the waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Tuesday.
— Reuters

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BJP to discuss leaders’ suspension issue on July 17
Jammu, July 13
The disciplinary committee of the state unit of the BJP, at its meeting here today, decided to discuss the issue of suspension of six party leaders from the organisation at its next meeting, slated for July 17.

Two Lashkar militants, 4 labourers killed in valley
Srinagar, July 13
Two militants of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and four labourers were among seven persons killed and 13 injured in the Kashmir valley overnight, an official spokesman said.

Martyrs remembered amidst strike in valley
Srinagar, July 13
Amidst a strike in the valley on the call of the Hurriyat conference warm tributes were paid to the martyrs of July 13, 1931 at the martyrs’ graveyard here today. Leaders of mainstream and separatist organisations offered floral tributes and special prayers amid tight security.
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Eight terrorists surrender; girl’s ear chopped off
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 13
Terrorists chopped off the ears and nose of a girl in the Doda district last night to take revenge from her brother who had surrendered before the troops last month.

The girl, Mariam Begum, was kidnapped along with her 60-year-old father, Mohammad Ibrahim, from Mehad Dhar in Doda while they were grazing their cattle. Later, the security forces rescued Ibrahim, while Mariam was found badly injured.

The terrorists accused her of motivating her brother to surrender.

Meanwhile, eight hardcore terrorists, including the district commander of the Tehrik-ul-Mujhideen, Mohammad Salim Khan, today surrendered before the Army and the police at Chanderkot in Doda district. These include six ultras belonging to the Tehrik and two of the Hizbul Mujahideen.

This is the second major surrender in Doda after April 17 when 22 terrorists laid down their arms in the district.

A spokesman for the Army said such surrenders indicated the demoralisation and disillusionment sweeping the ranks of the local terrorists.

Others who have surrendered are Irshad Ahmed Bandey, Ghulam Rasool Khandey, Ghulam Mohammad Naik, Mohammad Amin Naik, Parvez Ahmed Wani (all of Tehrik), Noor Din Gujjar and Khuda Baksh of Hizbul.
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Additional forces for Amarnath yatra
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 13
As many as 64 additional companies of the BSF and the CRPF have been deployed in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the Amarnath pilgrimage amid reports that terrorists might try to disrupt the “yatra”.

The pilgrimage will begin tomorrow when the first batch of pilgrims would leave for Srinagar tomorrow. Bomb disposal and dog squads have also been deployed at strategic points.

The Maulana Azad (MAM) Stadium is overcrowded with a large number of sadhus occupying every available space. The pilgrims sleept in the open last night.

The Inspector-General of the CRPF, Mr C. Balasubramanian, said here today that 32 companies each of the CRPF and the BSF had been deployed in the state in connection with the pilgrimage. While 10 companies of the CRPF have been deployed here, 22 companies have been deployed in the Kashmir valley.

Twentyseven companies of the BSF have been deployed in the valley and five in the Jammu region.

He said the CRPF commandoes had been deployed at the MAM Stadium to meet any eventuality. CRPF personnel had been deployed at strategic points and the 20 lodging centres for pilgrims here.

The Director-General of the CRPF, Mr J.K. Sinha, recently held a meeting with senior officers of the CRPF and the Army to ensure a smooth and peaceful conduct of the pilgrimage.

Mr Subramaniam said six companies of the CRPF were deployed at Katra, the base camp of the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage for the security of pilgrims.
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Three Amarnath pilgrims die of heart failure

Srinagar, July 13
Three Amarnath pilgrims died of heart failure as “unofficial” yatra to holy Amarnath cave in south Kashmir continued despite the state government’s refusal to extend the yatra period to two months as demanded by a number of Hindu organisations.

Official sources said a pilgrim died after suffering a cardic arrest at Baltal base camp while a woman and another devotee died near the cave shrine last evening.

The state authorities have already announced that it cannot provide any assistance or help to pilgrims who undertake the pilgrimage before July 15, the official date for the commencement of the yatra.

The sources said so far, more than 5,000 pilgrims had undertaken the pilgrimage at the cave shrine situated over 14,000 feet above sea level.

Meanwhile, a high-level meeting here emphasised that only those pilgrims, who are registerd with Jammu and Kashmir Bank and are carrying their requisite registration slips mentioning routes, would be allowed to proceed through Pahalgam and Baltal routes.

The meeting resolved that only 3,500 pilgrims per day would be allowed to proceed to holy cave. About 2,700 people will be allowed through traditional Pahalgam route while 800 will go through the shortest Baltal route.

More than 1,50,000 pilgrims have registered themselves for this year’s pilgrimage to holy cave.

An official spokesman said the divisional administration is fully geared up for the yatra. He said adequate quantity of foodgrains, kerosene oil, gas cylinders and sugar have been kept at the halting stations.

Proper lighting arrangements would be ensured within the periphery of camping sites from 6.30 pm to 4.30 am and more generator sets arranged by the Power Development Department.

Adequate arrangements have been made to ensure the availability of drinking water for the yatris at the camp sites. Medicare facilities would be available at the camp sites and mobile medical teams with sufficient quantity of drugs would be deployed en route the holy cave.

It was also decided at the meeting that night stay will not be allowed at the cave site keeping in view the environmental hazards and high altitude.

Meanwhile, a pilgrim on way to Amarnath cave shrine was today arrested for possessing charas, foreign currency and fake registration forms.

Rakesh Sharma was arrested by the police at Aishmuqam, 70 km from here, after over a dozen fake registration forms, some Saudi Dinars and charas was seized from him, official sources said. — UNI, PTI
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Dialogue only solution, says Mufti
Ehsan Fazili
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 13
Asserting that dialogue is the only way to resolve issues, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today asked those denying to respond to the Centre’s initiative on talks to do so positively.

Addressing a function after inaugurating the first-ever flyover at Jehangir Chowk, near the Civil Secretariat here, this afternoon, the Mufti said his party and the Congress were for peace through dialogue. Referring to the initiation of dialogue by the NDA government at the Centre, he said, “We gave them a message that the valley wants peace with dignity and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue”. He added that the top priority in the common minimum programme of the coalition government was the dialogue process, which had been initiated.

The Mufti claimed that the Congress had played a major role in the initiation of a dialogue process with a cross-section of leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. He said there was a national consensus on all policies. He added that there would be no change in its policy. He said the government was ready to talk to Pakistan on all issues and to all groups in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chief Minister said the dialogue with the separatist Hurriyat Conference had been held at the highest level. He hinted at separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s “negative approach” to the dialogue process and asked such leaders to join the dialogue process. He pointed out that protests were being held whenever there was any incident of the excesses or violation of human rights at the hands of the police or security forces. He lamented that no such protests were registered when there were such incidents at the hands of militants. He asserted that there was no scope for violence when all concerned were ready for resolution of the issue through talks.

The Chief Minister complimented the Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation for completing the construction of the 370-m flyover within one year. He said the government’s priorities were roads, irrigation, water supplies, education, health and employment. The connectivity of roads was important for connecting people, he said, and referred to the commitment to the completion of the Mughal road, the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road and the Suchetgarh-Sialkot road.
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Indo-Pak peace process yielding results, says Sinha
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 13
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha (retd) has said that the people’s strong longing and preference for peace made a deep dent in one-and-a-half-decade-long militancy and the situation was fast returning to normal despite the recent spurt of isolated incidents of violence.

During his half-an-hour meeting with the Canadian High Commissioner in India, Ms Lucie Edwards, at Raj Bhavan here last evening, the Governor said that dejected over the popular mood against terrorism, particularly in the valley, the elements inimical to peace were getting increasingly isolated, an official spokesman said.

“In desperation and sheer frustration, terrorists are lobbing grenades at public places besides indulging in violence to scare away people,” General Sinha said while referring to a spurt in violence in the valley lately. He said innocent civilians were being targeted everyday and brutal methods employed by terrorists like slitting of throats and disfiguring women, which had created anguish among people. “Violence in any manifestation is against the philosophy of Kashmiryat that stands for amity, peace and non-violence,” he said, adding that religious and sentimental exploitation had not worked.

General Sinha gave an overview of the overall situation prevailing in the state and said that the peace process between India and Pakistan was yielding dividends which was evident from the holding of ceasefire on the border. While there had been no report of shelling on the border, infiltration had not stopped yet. He said peace in the subcontinent was imperative for development and prosperity of the region. The people of the two countries had unequivocally confidence-building measures taken in recent months. He also referred to the visit of a scouts contingent from Pakistan to the valley and said people-to-people interaction would greatly help in easing the tension.
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BJP to discuss leaders’ suspension issue on July 17
M.L. Kak

Jammu, July 13
The disciplinary committee of the state unit of the BJP, at its meeting here today, decided to discuss the issue of suspension of six party leaders from the organisation at its next meeting, slated for July 17.

Dr Nirmal Singh, party president, told this correspondent, “I have yet to receive the recommendations of the disciplinary committee as its members could not take a final decision on the matter.”

The issue pertaining to anti-party activities for which the six BJP leaders were suspended from the party had been referred to the disciplinary committee after two of the six members had submitted the reply to the show-cause notice given to them.

Asked whether the party leadership would take a lenient view of the matter, Dr Nirmal Singh said, “It has been decided in the national executive committee of the BJP that indiscipline should not be tolerated.”

The leaders suspended were charged with campaigning against party candidates in the recent Lok Sabha poll.

The dissidents, headed by Mr Chander Mohan Sharma, vice-president, refuted the charge. Mr Sharma said, that “When I did not campaign in favour of the BJP rival, there was no need to send a reply to the show-cause notice.”

Meanwhile, party sources said that number of leaders, including Mr Arun Jaitley, were trying to bring about a reconciliation between loyalists and dissidents.

Party supporters were of the view that in case the six leaders were expelled, the BJP might register further erosion in Jammu.

However, one senior BJP leader said, “Five of the six leaders suspended were of no consequence.”

He admitted that Mr Sharma was a political heavyweight. We will prefer discipline to the support of an individual,” he said.
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Two Lashkar militants, 4 labourers killed in valley

Srinagar, July 13
Two militants of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and four labourers were among seven persons killed and 13 injured in the Kashmir valley overnight, an official spokesman said.

He said an encounter took place at Danghwacha in Baramula district last night in which two LeT militants Abu Dawood and Abu Abid, residents of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) were killed.

Two AK rifles, four magazines, 132 cartridges and one satellite phone were recovered from them.

He said a mine went off the rear side of the house of Ghulam Mohammad Shah at Zeithyar Old Nishat on the bank of Dal Lake late last night.

Labourer Sajad Ahmad Bhat was killed on the spot while 12 other labourers were injured, he said adding the house was damaged in the blast.

The injured were admitted to different hospitals, he said.

The spokesman said militants attacked a Beacon project camp at Nalthi sector, 35 km from Bhaderwah this afternoon killing three labourers and injuring another.

Mohammad Jamal Lone, who was injured in a grenade blast at Handwara main chowk yesterday, died in a hospital today.

Militants fired at and wounded Altaf Ahmad Lone at Lolab in Kupwara last night. — UNI
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Martyrs remembered amidst strike in valley
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 13
Amidst a strike in the valley on the call of the Hurriyat conference warm tributes were paid to the martyrs of July 13, 1931 at the martyrs’ graveyard here today. Leaders of mainstream and separatist organisations offered floral tributes and special prayers amid tight security.

Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed, accompanied by Minister of State for Home, Abdul Rahman Veeri and senior civil and police officers was the first to pay tributes and offered fateha (special prayers). Director-General of Police, Gopal Sharma and Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Khursheed Ahmad Ganai were also present.

A police contingent reversed arms as a mark of respect to the martyrs as a police band sounded the last post. The earlier Chief Minister paid obeisance at the shrine of Khwaja Naqshband Sahib and offered fateha. The Chief Minister also flagged off four ambulances of the Jammu and Kashmir Wakf Board. Chief Executive Officer, Nayeem Akhtar, was also present.

Life was paralysed in the valley on a call of the Hurriyat Conference which remembered those who sacrificed their lives fighting autocratic Dogra rule. All shops and business establishments were closed and skeleton transport service plied.

National Conference patron and former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah and NC president Omar Abdullah also addressed a public meeting at the martyrs’ graveyard. Dr Abdullah pledged to carry on the mission of the martyrs of July 13, 1931, which his father Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah also persued. National Conference president and MP, Omar Abdullah said that people were being victimised and violation of human rights was unchecked. He also criticised the healing touch policy, opening of Muzaffarabad road, transfer of Property Act and Permanent Residents (disqualification) Bill.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, founder chairman of the Hurriyat conference and chief of the Awami Action Committee said that martyrdom of 21 Kashmiris fighting the Dogra rulers on this day in 1931, was the first massacre of Kashmiris in the 20th century. It was his grandfather, Mirwaiz Maulvi Yousuf Shah, Umar said, who led the fight against the Dogras. He added that after the forced migration of Yusuf Shah from the valley to Pakistan held Kashmir, “nobody kept the mission of freedom of Kashmiris till 1963” when his father Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq founded the Awami Action Committee.

Several other separatist organisations and leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Shabir Ahmad Shah and others paid tributes to the martyrs. Other parties included the Democratic Liberation Party, the JKLF, the High Court Bar Association and the National Front.Top

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