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Unity bid: APHC leaders leave it to Mirwaiz
Jammu, July 25
Senior separatist leaders, belonging to the APHC, have left it to the Kashmir Mirwaiz, Maulvi Umar Farooq, to negotiate with leaders of the Itihadi Force and other groups on the need for forming a major conglomerate for resuming dialogue with Delhi.

Five militants killed in J&K
Srinagar, July 25
Nine persons, including five militants, were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since yesterday. Two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were killed in an encounter with the security forces at Kreeri in Baramula district today. They were identified as Mohammad Latief Dar and Fayaz Ahmad Dar. One AK rifle, one pistol, two grenades and two pouches were seized from the site of encounter.

Pak reactivates terror launch pads
Jammu, July 25
The ISI has established camps in the PoK to train terrorists to cross through the electrified barbed wire fencing that has been put up on the international border and the Line of Control by the security forces to prevent infiltration.

NC to take up Cabinet size issue in House
Srinagar, July 25
National Conference president and former Union Minister Omar Abdullah has expressed concern over the policies of the coalition government led by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in Jammu and Kashmir.



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Rather elected NC leader in House
Srinagar, July 25
Senior National Conference leader and former Finance Minister Mr Abdul Rahim Rather has been unanimously elected as the party leader in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. The post fell vacant following the death of Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah here on June 11.

Development authority to promote tourism
Srinagar, July 25
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has constituted a development authority for Achchabal, Kokernag, Daksum and Symthan in Anantnag district, for the integrated development of these tourist places.

2 pilgrims found dead
Jammu, July 25
Two Vaishno Devi pilgrims were found dead under mysterious circumstances, official sources said today.
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Unity bid: APHC leaders leave it to Mirwaiz
Our Correspondent

Jammu, July 25
Senior separatist leaders, belonging to the APHC, have left it to the Kashmir Mirwaiz, Maulvi Umar Farooq, to negotiate with leaders of the Itihadi Force and other groups on the need for forming a major conglomerate for resuming dialogue with Delhi.

According to Prof Abdul Gani Bhat and Maulvi Abbas Ansari, former chairmen of the APHC,: “We have decided not to interfere with the plan of Maulvi Umar Farooq. In fact we have assigned the task of uniting different factions of separatist organisations to him.”

The two leaders were hopeful that the Mirwaiz would succeed in his exercise and in this connection he had several round of talks with the JKLF chief, Mr Mohammed Yasin Malik.

Prof Bhat today said: “We do not attach much importance to question whether Syed Ali Shah Geelani will join the proposed conglomerate of separatists or not. “ He said “if the Mirwaiz succeeds in bringing Jamait-e-Islami, the JKLF, the Peoples’ League and the Democratic Freedom Party in our fold our amalgam will be the biggest in Kashmir, thereby facilitating the resumption of dialogue with the Government of India.”

At the same time reports said the Kashmir separatists were not in a hurry to visit Delhi and resume the dialogue. Informed sources said the reason for it being overt threats received by pro-dialogue forces from the militants.

One senior BSF officer told this correspondent that in a bid to “discourage separatists from resuming dialogue with the Government of India and to derail the ongoing peace process activists of the Lashkar-i-Toiba and the Hizbul Mujahideen have formulated a plan to escalate violence by carrying out IED and grenade blasts in different parts of the state.

He said at present only two rebel outfits, the Lashkar and the Hizbul Mujahideen matter after the activists of Jash-e-Mohammad adopted a low profile.”

The officer said agencies across the border were helping the activists of these two outfits to sneak the Indian territory after snapping the barbed wire fence. He said after the fence was snapped at a couple of places in the Poonch and Rajouri sector the militants had started adopting the same strategy in Kupwara with the result that the level of ingress has gone up again.
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Five militants killed in J&K
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 25
Nine persons, including five militants, were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since yesterday. Two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were killed in an encounter with the security forces at Kreeri in Baramula district today. They were identified as Mohammad Latief Dar and Fayaz Ahmad Dar. One AK rifle, one pistol, two grenades and two pouches were seized from the site of encounter.

One militant and a civilian were killed while another civilian was injured in an exchange of fire between militants and the security forces at Khiram in Anantnag district today. The militant was identified as Nazir Ahmad, while two civilians, Ghulam Hassan Shalla and Sajjad Ahmad Haji were injured in the encounter. Ghulam Hassan Shalla later succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to a hospital.

Unidentified militants shot dead Mohammad Iqbal of Kreeri, Dooru in Anantnag district today.

One militant was killed in an encounter with the security forces at Jaggarpora, Handwara in Kupwara district today. A house was also damaged in the exchange of fire, the police here said.

Militants shot dead Abdul Rasheed at Dangarpora, Sopore in Baramula district last night.

One militant was killed in an encounter with the security forces at Sabra Gali Golhad, Poonch district, yesterday. One AK rifle, three magazines, 150 rounds, one grenade, four IEDs, 20 detonators, 20 plastic mines and some Indian currency notes were recovered from the slain militant.

The police found a beheaded body from Ranbiar Nalluh near Bihipora in Pulwama district today. 
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Pak reactivates terror launch pads
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 25
The ISI has established camps in the PoK to train terrorists to cross through the electrified barbed wire fencing that has been put up on the international border and the Line of Control (LoC) by the security forces to prevent infiltration.

Stating this to mediapersons here yesterday, the new Inspector-General of the BSF, Mr B.D. Sharma, said three such training camps had been set up across the LoC near Rajouri.

The fencing had come as a big hurdle to the terrorists, whose infiltration had substantially decreased. Terrorists had been armed with gadgets to cross the electrified barbed wire.

He said fencing of the 187-km international border between Kathua and Akhnoor was expected to be completed a year ahead of the target in March next year. While the BSF was doing the fencing along the international border, the Army was engaged in the job on the LoC.

Mr Sharma said the ceasefire between India and Pakistan had helped speedup the fencing work. Six BSF jawans were killed and 32 injured due to firing from across the border while executing the fencing work before the ceasefire.

He said reports of Pakistan having reactivated terrorist launch pads in its territory had been received. As many as 21 launch pads along the LoC and four on the other side of the international border had again started imparting terrorist training. At least 200 trained militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Hizbul Mujaheedin and other outfits were waiting in these launch pads to infiltrate into the Indian territory.

Mr Sharma said fencing had been completed along 140 km of the border and flood lighting had been completed on 85 kms.

He said movement of Bangladeshi nationals near the Indo-Pakistan border had increased during the recent past. Most of the Bangladeshi groups were nabbed while trying to cross over to Pakistan.

The issue was being discussed with Central agencies in a bid to find a solution to the problem. They had been taking the river routes that had not yet been fenced.
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NC to take up Cabinet size issue in House
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 25
National Conference president and former Union Minister Omar Abdullah has expressed concern over the policies of the coalition government led by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in Jammu and Kashmir.

He pointed out that the controversial Permanent Residents (Disqualification) Bill, 2004, stalled by the government in the Budget session of the Assembly early this year, would again be placed in the House. Mr Abdullah said his party would also vociferously take up the issue of the huge size of the state council of ministers where over 40 per cent of the members were holding ministerial berths. This, according to the National Conference, is against the claims of the Congress, main ally of the government, which has supported the move in Parliament to restrict the strength of the council of ministers to only 15 per cent.

Mr Abdullah, who addressed a day-long session of party delegates of Anantnag district at Khannabal in south Kashmir yesterday, however, admitted that his party had committed certain mistakes in the recent past, which led to the decline in its support in the last Assembly elections.

The National Conference president claimed that the Chief Minister had been installed to sabotage the efforts regarding the restoration of greater autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. He also criticised the economic policies, healing-touch policy, human rights’ violations and killings under the present regime in the state.

Others who addressed the session included former Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, former Forest Minister Peerzada Ghulam Ahmad Shah and provincial president Mehboob Beigh.

Various resolutions were passed at the session, which included a political resolution expressing satisfaction over the resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue. It sought the involvement of all state groups in the talks to be held within a fixed timeframe. Other resolutions referred to the growing unemployment, women’s bill, transfer of Property Act and Muslim Auqaf Trust.
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Rather elected NC leader in House

Srinagar, July 25
Senior National Conference leader and former Finance Minister Mr Abdul Rahim Rather has been unanimously elected as the party leader in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.

The post fell vacant following the death of Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah here on June 11.

A party spokesman said here the election was held at a meeting of the parliamentary party held at its headquarters in Nawa-i-Subh here today. Party president Omar Abdullah, general secretary Sheikh Nazir Ahmadeh and leader of the Opposition in the legislative council Abdul Qayoom attended the meeting. 
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Development authority to promote tourism
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 25
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has constituted a development authority for Achchabal, Kokernag, Daksum and Symthan in Anantnag district, for the integrated development of these tourist places.

A similar development authority would also be set up for Lakhanpur, the gateway of Jammu and Kashmir in Kathua district, an official spokesman said, adding that the decisions were taken at the Friday meeting of the state Cabinet.

The development authorities would be on the pattern of Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg and Patni Top, which were constituted by the state government in the past two years.

Announcing the decision, the Chief Secretary, Dr S.S. Bloeria, said the nine-member development authority with the Chief Minister as chairman would be constituted. The Tourism Minister would be its vice-chairman with seven members. The members are the Minister of State for Tourism, MLAs of Shangus and Kokernag, the Financial Commissioner, Finance, the Financial Commissioner, Planning and Development, the Commissioner-Secretary Tourism, and the Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag.

The Chief Secretary said the places of tourist interest, other than Pahalgam and Gulmarg would also be developed. Development of the new tourist places has become necessary in view of the increasing tourist inflow into the valley. Achabal, Kokernag, Daksum and Symthan have tremendous tourism potential in different areas, including adventure tourism, leisure and recreation.
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2 pilgrims found dead

Jammu, July 25
Two Vaishno Devi pilgrims were found dead under mysterious circumstances, official sources said today.

The Vaishno Devi pilgrims, Goshan Devi of Uttar Pradesh and Nitu Sharma of Haryana, were found dead at Satya View Point (Devi Dwara) and Adh Kuwari, respectively, en route holy cave shrine of Vaishno Devi last night, they said, adding the police had registered cases. — PTI
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