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Kulgam family claims militant killed in Machil was their 14-year son

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Kulgam, June 21: Zahid was just 14 when he wanted to become a militant. When local militants refused to take him along, he managed a visa last year and reached Pakistan administered Kashmir. On June 6 when Army claimed that it killed three militants who were trying to infiltrate into this part of Kashmir from Machhil Sector, this young boy was one among the slain militants. He was buried in Tanghdar area but his family back in Breharada Yaripora village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district is continuously protesting from past fortnight, demanding his body should be exhumed and handed over to them.
Today villagers of Zahid’s native place hit to roads and demanded his body be handed over to family. The family members are camping in Kupwara urging upon civil and police administration to return Zahid’s body to them. So far, they have not succeeded in their endeavor.
Two photographs of Zahid Rashid Bhat have gone viral. A lollypop is in the hands of Zahid in one of the photographs while another photograph is of his dead body and in both photographs there is a similar identification mark on the right side of his face.
“He was just 14 when he wished to join militant ranks. All our efforts to persuade him and keep him away from militancy proved futile. He contacted some local militants who advised him to study because he was so young and innocent, fond of confectionaries,” said one of his sisters to news agency CNS.
“We don’t know how he managed a visa for himself and reached other part of Kashmir. We had never expected that he will be the part of militant group and will get killed,” she added.
A local told this Reporter that showing inclination towards militancy at such a young age is unprecedented. “Who would have thought that a young boy fond of lollipops will take to arms? It is only infatuation and nothing else,” he added.
The locals threatened to stir and agitation and block roads if Zahid’s body is not handed over to the family. (CNS)


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People of Anantnag will defeat deceptive policies of BJP, PDP, others: Congress

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Srinagar, April 22: Asserting that people of Anantnag will defeat the divisive and wrong policies of Modi and Muftis in present elections, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has reiterated its appeal to people to ensure the defeat of deceptive policies on the part of PDP-BJP.

In a statement the Party spokesperson has expressed confidence that people of Anantnag will vote in large numbers against “divisive and wrong policies” adopted by PM Narinder Modi, Muftis and others, who were hell bent upon to divide people for electoral gains, but, at some time, he felt confident that they (people) have realized  how much damage has been caused to Jammu and Kashmir state in every respect by PDP-BJP unholy alliance to serve their vested interests.

Time has come to respond to their opportunist and divisive policies by ensuring their defeat in the elections, as that, will ensure peace and development in the State, Spokesperson said.

 

I would appeal the people of entire Anantnag to cast their vote in favour of Congress Party in large numbers to ensure that Communal, divisive and opportunist forces were defeated miserably.

Both PDP and BJP owe an explanation to people for betraying them and playing with their emotions for the sake of coming into the power, the spokesperson added and said the defeat of PDP-BJP in the present elections will be an appropriate response to their opportunism, exploitation and betrayal, Spokesperson said.

He said Congress Party will not allow PDP, BJP or any other political force to play with the sentiments of people for political mileage and is fully capable to defeat their designs. Congress Party has always taken care of urges and aspirations of the people in all the three regions and is fully committed to ensuring equitable development of J&K.

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Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark

‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’

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Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.

During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.

“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.

 

Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”

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PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir

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Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.

In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.

Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.

 
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