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Facebook block for Valley peace

In JammuKashmir on November 21, 2011 at 7:32 am

The Jammu and Kashmir government is likely to block Facebook pages that it considers a threat to the fragile peace in the Valley.

“There is a proposal to continuously monitor the social networking site to identify pages that carry inflammatory or blasphemous content,” an official said.

“Not just that, those who upload those pages will be identified and, if possible, action will be initiated against them. There are elements who (try to) disturb peace.”

According to the official, the government is even considering an outright ban on Facebook, which has been used to rally protesters, but has so far been held back by the fear of angering the Opposition People’s Democratic Party and separatists.

It was the police that recommended the blocking of Facebook pages after an “anti-Islamic” page triggered protests at some places on Friday, a source said. The page was later blocked.

via Facebook block for Valley peace.


Mining near Vaishno Devi shrine gets nod – Times Of India

In JammuKashmir on November 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

The Jammu and Kashmir government’s proposal for mining 12,40,000 tonne per annum of high-grade magnesium deposit in land owned by the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board near the pilgrimage site, and setting up of a 30,000-tonne per annum magnesium plant have got the Centre’s nod.

The go-ahead came after the state government advocated a proposal to de-notify the 31.40sq km Trikuta wildlife sanctuary in the vicinity of the project site, and the Union environment ministry ratified it in April.

via Mining near Vaishno Devi shrine gets nod – Times Of India.

‘Most cases of HR violation are false’-Army Chief Gen VK Singh

In JammuKashmir, National on October 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm

New Delhi: Rejecting charges that the Army was not taking action in cases of human rights violations by its personnel, Army Chief Gen VK Singh has disclosed that 39 officers were among 104 armymen who had been punished in Jammu and Kashmir in this regard. He said over 95 percent of the allegations of human rights violations proved to be false and had apparently been leveled with the “ulterior motive of maligning the armed forces”.

Gen Singh, whose force is time and again accused of fake encounters and other human rights violations, made it clear in an interview to the news agency that he would not tolerate any “bad eggs” in the Army and tough action is taken against erring personnel. “In the Army, under the Army Act or military law, a procedure is followed, action is taken and the matter is out,” he said while explaining how the allegations related to any wrongdoing in the force is dealt with.

Giving details, he said 988 allegations against the Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir were received since 1994. Out of these 965 cases were investigated and 940 were found false, accounting for 95.2 percent. Allegations in 25 cases were found true.

Insisting that Army action is quick, he said 104 personnel, including 39 officers, 9 Junior Commissioned Officers and the 56 other ranks have been punished. The punishments awarded to the erring personnel included rigorous imprisonments of up to 12 years, cashiering, dismissal from service and other punitive actions.

“The meting out of justice under the Army Act is expeditious and stringent,” the General said. To justify this statement, he said out of 104 personnel, 48 were punished within three months of committing offence, 20 within six months and 29 within one year. Only two cases took two years to settle.


In this context, he also referred to the Tehelka sting operation and said all the Army personnel involved have been punished under military laws while no action had been taken against the civilians accused in the case.


When referred to the Machhil encounter in which three Kashmiri youth were allegedly killed after being labeled as terrorists, Gen Singh said two Army officers had been suspended without pay pending inquiry.

The Army inquiry into the case has been delayed as three civil witnesses were not made available till recently and their statements are now being taken, he said and promised action against those found guilty.

He, however, strongly opposed making Army personnel available to civil authorities every time allegations are levelled. The Army Chief praised J and K police and said it must be empowered to deal with terrorism.

via ‘Most cases of HR violation are false’-Army Chief Gen VK Singh.

27 terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year: Army – Times Of India

In JammuKashmir on September 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

EW DELHI: Foiling a large number of infiltration bids across the Line of Control (LoC), the Indian Army has killed 27 terrorists this year and arrested four in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, around 40 terrorists succeeded in sneaking past the security forces this year, sources in the Indian Army said here.

This year 27 terrorists were killed and four arrested while trying to cross the LoC. Out of the 175 terrorists trying to enter the Indian territory, only 35 to 40 have succeeded, they said.

via 27 terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year: Army – Times Of India.

“I appeal to them not to force Kashmiri youths to take up gun again,” : Yasin Malik

In JammuKashmir on September 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm

SRINAGAR: Inspired by chief minister Omar Abdullah’s tweet and independent legislator Abdul Rashid Sheikh seeking clemency for Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, former commander of JKLF outfit Yasin Malik held protest demonstration at Lal chowk here on Friday afternoon.

The former militant leader on Thursday had announced to step-up the campaign against hanging of Guru.

Sensing marginalization in the political field, Kashmiri separatist leaders have been putting their weight behind Abdullah who initiated the move to garner support for Guru through tweets and by statements on the private TV channels expressing reservations about the Supreme Court verdict against the convict.

Raising slogans for clemency to Afzal Guru, Malik along with his two dozen supporters took out procession from his residence at Maisuma Bazar after Friday prayers and was rounded up by the police near Hotel Taj at Budshah Chowk.

He said the entire JKLF leadership is pained at the “high drama” enacted in the state assembly on Wednesday which resulted in lapsing of the clemency resolution.

“Government of India will be setting Kashmir on fire if Afzal Guru is hanged. They hanged the founder of freedom struggle Shaheed Maqbool Bhat. The result was that Kashmiris took up the gun and Bhat was reborn in every home,” Malik said.

“I appeal to them not to force Kashmiri youths to take up gun again,” Malik said.

“The chargesheet filed in the Parliament attack case clearly mentions that Afzal Guru was not involved in the conspiracy or in the execution of the attack. But he only provided logistic support. Do they want to hang Afzal Guru for electoral gains?” Malik asked.


Now just watch YASIN MALIK here too

via After Omar Abdullah, JKLF seeks clemency for Guru – The Times of India.