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Geelani, Mirwaiz condemn killings in Balochistan

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Srinagar, July 14: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Syed Ali Geelani while vehemently condemning the suicide bomb attack on an election rally in Mustang Baluchistan Pakistan, has called those “involved in it as ‘beastly enemies’ of the entire humanity.

Condemning the terror attack, in which 130 people were killed and over a 100 others injured, Geelani in a statement said that “it is a well-thought-out conspiracy to defame and malign this country. Pakistan faces multiple problems and cross border terrorism.”

Geelani termed it as ‘a result of deep conspiracy against Pakistan’.

 

“We condemn human killings and whosoever is involved shall face the wrath of Almighty Allah,” said Geelani.

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq too condemned the terror attack stating that terror has no religion and the pain of losing loved ones can well be felt by the Kashmiris who see the dance of death and who shoulder the coffins of their loved ones almost every day.

According to the statement, Mirwaiz said that people of Kashmir feel pained over the loss of precious lives in Balochistan terror strike as people of Valley are “themselves primary target of worst form of state terrorism.”

Mirwaiz extended his heartfelt condolences with the people Pakistan and also with the Pakistani government, stating that people of Kashmir and the leadership stands with them.

He also extended his heartfelt condolences with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the terror attack and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, on the directions of Mirwaiz, a Hurriyat (M) delegation visited the houses of 12-year-old Andleeb, 20-year-old Irshad Ahmed Lone, and 22-year-old Shakir Ahmed Khanday of Hawoora, Kulgam who were recently killed by government forces.

The delegation expressed solidarity with the bereaved families on behalf of the Hurriyat.

Mirwaiz also spoke with the parents of all the three slain over the phone and conveyed his personal condolences, stating that people of Kashmir and the leadership stands with them in this hour of grief and tribulation as “we all have to remain committed and steadfast towards achieving the right to self-determination.”

“The people of South Kashmir are bearing the brunt of forces aggression and oppression as people they have been left at the mercy of forces which is an eye opener for the world community to judge situation here,” he said.


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Upcoming snow spell: Avalanche warning issued for Kashmir, Ladakh districts

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Srinagar, Jan 19: Kashmir areas experienced fresh snowfall on Saturday, with the weather office forecasting more in store for the next three days.
“A western disturbance (WD) is presently active over the state under whose influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley till January 23 after which the intensity of the WD will start decreasing,” a Met Department official said here.
District administrations have set up helplines to help prevent any untoward incident due to the heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
As per the hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DC’s to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.
While the nightlong cloud cover increased minimum temperatures throughout the valley on Saturday, the maximum temperatures are expected to drop further, the weather official said.
Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.4 and Gulmarg minus 7.0 as the minimum temperatures.
Leh town had minus 9.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 18.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city recorded 8.3 degrees Celsius, Katra 9.1, Batote 3.9, Bannihal 2.3 and Bhaderwah 1.3 as the minimum temperatures.

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UN clearly did its job: Guterres on Kashmir human rights report

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United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their issues.
The UN chief also said he has been offering his “good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that, until now, had no conditions of success.”
Guterres was speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.
“I hope that the importance of both India and Pakistan is such in international affairs, I hope that the two countries will be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue,” he said.
The UN chief was responding to a question on his repeated urging of dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.
In relation to the human rights situation, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has produced recently a very detailed report. So, the UN has clearly done its job in that regard, Guterres said to a question by a Pakistan journalist on the situation in Kashmir.

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Day after grenade attack, forces conduct search op in Lal Chowk

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Srinagar: A joint search operation was launched by the forces and police in the commercial Hub Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on Saturday.
The search came a day after the grenade attack took place in the locality, which left a vehicle and windowpanes of some shops damaged.
Witnesses said that a large contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed near the Clock Tower here while the frisking was also intensified.
They said that drones too were used during the operation.
However, a top police official said that it was a routine exercise ahead of upcoming Republic Day.

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