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‘By the time you see this video, I will be in Jannah’

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Srinagar, Jan 01: While the third militant’s body was recovered from the attack site at Lethpora, Pulwama, on Monday, a video featuring one of the slain attackers went viral on social media in Kashmir.
Seventeen-year-old Fardeen Ahmad Khanday, of Tral, is seen in the video surrounded by assault rifles, grenades, and communication devices, as he goes ahead with the chilling message of his own death while urging youth to “join the fight against India”.
“I will be touring the gardens of Jannah by the time this video reaches you,” Fardeen says, pronouncing his own death.
In a calm tone, he asserts that the government’s narrative of unemployment as one of the reason for youth joining militancy was “mere propaganda”.
“Youth are joining militant ranks because they want to fight for their people and against the brutalities unleashed by the Indian government.
“The tyrants have left no stone unturned in killing and maiming innocent people, outraging the modesty of our women, and looting our precious resources,” he says in the eight-minute video.
He warns youth about how their “life and faith are at stake” and insists them to “come forward and join militant ranks at the earliest”.
Refuting the “claims” of central government that they were “successful in eliminating every militant of JEM” from Kashmir, he challenges them by saying “it’s impossible to defeat us”.
Fardeen while giving a fleeting reference to Babri Masjid demolition, attacks like Pathankot, Tangdhar, Pulwama police lines asked the youth to join militant ranks.
He however believes that “his martyrdom will not bring freedom”, but it doesn’t mean the “people stop fighting for Jihad”.
The teenager said that “nation will get freedom only when youth are not scared of making sacrifices.”
Scores of people participated in the funeral prayers of deceased JeM militant Fardeen Khanday at Hayuna Tral.
Fardeen was laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-Indian chants at his ancestral graveyard in Nazneenpora Hayuna area of Tral.


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Not ready for politics: Iltija Mufti

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New Delhi, Feb 18:  Iltija Mufti, daughter of detained former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday said she is not yet ready to join politics.

Speaking at the Indian Women’s Press Corps here, Iltija said she doesn’t think she will be a good politician. She said her mother wants to keep a check on what she speaks.

“I am not ready for politics,” she said. “I don’t think I will be a good politician.”

 

Hitting out at the Centre for banning social media in Kashmir, she said it is “absurd” that Kashmiris are not allowed to access social media.

The J&K government has banned all social media sites in Kashmir to “curb their misuse for propagating rumours and false information”.

On Monday, the J&K police said it has registered an FIR against social media users who defied government orders and misused social media platforms.

“I will go to Kashmir and use VPN, let them slap an FIR on me,” she asserted.

She said former Chief Ministers, her mother and Omar Abdullah, acted as a buffer in Kashmir which the government has removed by abrogating Article 370.

She dared Home Minister Amit Shah to go to Kashmir.

“People are angry, if Home Minister Amit Shah walks on the streets in Kashmir, I will salute him,” Iltija said.

She said Kashmiris should sue the Modi government. She said her faith in the Indian judicial system has been shaken and she said she could even approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

“I think the government should be sued, when British left India, they bled us dry. We should demand compensation. We have lost Rs 18,000 crore,” she said. “Don’t mind approaching the international court. If we can’t rely on Indian courts where can we go?”

Iltija questioned the BJP and said if the party feels her mother is anti- national why did they enter into an alliance with her party in 2014.

“Was the BJP sleeping?” she asked. “Was it in coma?” She said the BJP had struck an alliance with the PDP and said that it will not touch Article 370.

She said people in Jammu are also unhappy with the abrogation of Article 370 and claimed that if elections are held in Jammu right now the BJP would be wiped out.

She said that her loyalty is with the country and not with the BJP. “If speaking against the BJP makes me anti-national, I don’t mind being called one,” she said.

Iltija asked that “if Kashmir has gravitated towards Pakistan in the past seven months, then who is to be blamed?” IANS

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Delimitation exercise: Wait till JK elects LA: Soz to Centre

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Srinagar, Feb 18:  Former Union minister Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said the Centre should undertake the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir only after the Union Territory elects a legislative assembly to prevent arbitrary distribution of seats. The Congress leader’s remarks came a day after Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora named Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra as his nominee for the proposed Delimitation Commission for Jammu and Kashmir.

“The Union Home Ministry has prioritised to institute Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission. This is on expected lines,” Soz said in a statement here. On the provision for increasing the number of seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in the J-K Reorganisation Act, 2019, he said, “The implication lies in the distribution of seats between Jammu and Kashmir.”

“In my opinion, the best course available to Union Home Ministry is to wait for a democratically elected Legislative Assembly, where the subject will be discussed to be followed by the decision. Otherwise, the system can suffer considerable tension,” he added. Soz appealed to the people of Kashmir to put forth their arguments for a fair share of the assembly seats for the valley in a democratic and constitutional manner.

 

“They will succeed that way only. I want to remind the people that the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, which forbade delimitation till 2031, is no longer in existence,” he said. According to the J-K Reorganisation Act, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly will have seven more seats after the delimitation exercise. Before Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act in August last year, the effective strength of the Assembly was 87, including four seats falling in Ladakh region which is now a separate Union Territory without a legislature. Twenty-four seats of the Assembly continue to remain vacant as they fall under Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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NIA files chargesheet against 2 LeT militants

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Jammu, Feb 18: The National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, who were arrested near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg last year.

The charge sheet was filed against Khalil Ahmad Kayani, 34, and Mohammad Nazeem, 23, both residents of Tedaban village under Khurshidabad tehsil of Pakistan administered Kashmir’s Haveli Farwad Kahuta district, at an NIA special court in Jammu.

“The case is related to the arrest of the two accused near Nilkanth Nala approximately 700 metres on the Indian side of LoC in Gulmarg Sector of district Baramulla and recovery of arms, ammunition, grenades, IED material, including explosives and detonators, Pakistan-made medicine and eatable items etc from the forest area near LoC, at their instance by the Indian Army on 21.08.2019,” a spokesperson of the agency said.

 

The spokesperson said their investigation has revealed that Kayani and Nazeem were in contact with their LeT handler and the Pakistani army in PaK.

“They were engaged in the task of concealing arms, ammunitions, explosives across the LoC in the forest area of the Indian territory for the use by Pakistani terrorists to carry out the terrorist activities in India further investigation is continued in the case,” the spokesperson said.

The official said they were booked under section 120B of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC), sections 13, 18, 20, 23 and 39 of UA(P) Act, section 7 and 25 of arms act, sections 4 and 5 of explosives substances act and sections 3 and 3A of Egress and Internal Movement (Control) Ordinance, 2005.

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