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Return body: JK tells Centre

Govt Forwards Family Representation To MHA

AFZAL EXECUTION

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Feb 13: The state government has forwarded to the Centre the representation received from the family of Muhammad Afzal Guru seeking return of his body.According to authoritative sources, the State’s Home Department Wednesday forwarded the representation of the family to the Union Home More


Manmohan upset over delay in informing family

PM Makes Displeasure Known To Shinde

New Delhi, Feb 13: Amid widespread criticism, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed his displeasure to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over the delay in informing Afzal Guru's family about his hanging.Singh told Shinde that Guru’s family should have been informed in advance about the execution More


Respite in curfew, protests mark Day 5

Clashes In Bandipora, Bijbehara, Islamabad, Pulwama; Several Injured

SHABIR IBN YUSUF/SUHAIL AJMAL

Srinagar/Bandipora, Feb 13: Most parts of Kashmir remained under curfew for fifth consecutive day Wednesday, while clashes erupted between forces and protesters at several places across the valley. Curfew was relaxed in some areas of Srinagar and main towns but it was re-imposed in Bijbehara after More


Forces shooting to kill: Doctors

‘Victims Hit Above Waist’

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Feb 13: It seems that forces have failed to learn any lesson from high number of deaths during 2008 and 2010 agitations. Medical records of hospitals reveal that several youth injured in police and CRPF action during the past four days have been hit above the waist by bullets, pellets and More


Government bothered about ‘essentials’, not clampdown

IMRAN MUZAFFAR

Srinagar, Feb 13: In the wake of stringent curfew in Kashmir for the past five days, ministers in the state, irrespective of their status and the domain of work, seem to have been assigned with the new task: “take stock of essential commodities.”This, however, hasn’t gone well with the observers More


Monitoring Kashmir situation closely: UN

Secretary General Seeks Dialogue To Overcome ‘Difficulties In The Region’

YOSHITA SINGH/PTI/GKNN

United Nations, Feb 13: In the wake of tensions in Kashmir following the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru, UN chief Ban Ki-moon is closely following the situation in the region and stresses on the need for dialogue to help to overcome difficulties, his spokesperson said here.“The Secretary-General More


Afzal’s native village under siege

PEOPLE NOT ALLOWED TO VISIT, OFFER CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY

UMER MAQBOOL

Seer Jagir (Sopore), Feb 13: This north Kashmir village continues to be out of bounds for the fifth consecutive day Wednesday as authorities have sealed all roads leading to the hamlet, making it difficult for people to visit and offer condolences to the family of Muhammad Afzal Guru who was hanged More


His voice used to soothe our minds: Friend

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Feb 13: Kashmir was on boil. It was March 3, 1990, when Muhammad Afzal Guru, a young medico, was spotted in a protest of doctors’ at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura in Srinagar. The protest was to be carried out from the institute to United Nations (UN) office in Sonawar area More


Pancholi, Haskar withdraw as family counsels

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, Feb 13: A day after approaching the Tihar authorities seeking handing over of Afzal Guru's body to his family, two lawyers representing them today withdrew as their counsel, citing “unseemly controversies” and “suspicion” by certain political groups in Kashmir.“Now there have arisen More


Valley newspapers hit stands after 3 days

‘It Was Unofficial Gag Order Put Into Place Soon After Afzal Execution’

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Feb 13: After three days of ban on publication of newspapers in Kashmir, local dailies hit the stands on Wednesday.The print media organizations after getting nod from the administration about the publication of dailies resumed work in offices on Tuesday.The publications were suspended More


Chief Minister says there was no ban

GKNN/PTI

Srinagar, Feb 13: As several media offices resumed functioning Wednesday after a gap of four days, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said there was no ban imposed on publication of newspapers but the dailies had chosen not to print as curfew had made distribution impossible.“There is no ban More


SAC closes case against Rather

Jammu, Feb 13: The State Accountability Commission (SAC) has closed the inquiry against the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs regarding an allegation leveled by Yuva Shakti Mission in which, inter-alia, it was alleged that the Minister had given Smart Card contract to his son, an official handout More


SEPARATISTS MULL BROADER ALLIANCE

Mirwaiz To Meet Geelani; Malik To Be Taken On Board

Afzal Hanging Aftermath

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Feb 13: The execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru has forced the estranged separatist leadership of Kashmir to forge a ‘strategic unity’ to fight for their cause in the wake of new realities and New Delhi’s seemingly hardening stance on Kashmir.To begin with, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman More


Police, CRPF lock horns over Watergam incident

Sahai Asks Cops To Exercise Restraint

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Feb 13: Inspector General of paramilitary CRPF, SS Sandhu on Wednesday said that Watergam firing incident, in which a youth was killed earlier this week, is being portrayed in a “wrong way.” Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir S M Sahai asked forces personnel to exercise restraint while dealing with More


Government employees asked to report to duty

Srinagar, Feb 13: The State Government has directed its employees to attend their duties ‘without fail.’According to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, the identity cards of the employees would be treated as curfew/movement passes. More





  • Briefs

PFL, DPM demand Afzal’s body

Srinagar, Feb 13: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Freedom League on Wednesday said the people across the Valley were facing lot of hardship due to continued imposition of curfew following the execu¬tion of More



  • National

LEFT PARTIES QUESTION ‘SECRETIVE OPERATION’

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, Feb 13: Left parties today questioned the ‘secretive’ manner in which Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged and the "denial" of right to move a review petition. "The rejection More




  • Opinion

A peace process gone missing

Will parliamentarians live up to their institution by ceasing to paralyse it?

MY TAKE

RADHA KUMAR

On the day Afzal Guru was given the death penalty, TV talk shows were abuzz about whether the decision was political. Their assumption, clearly, was that it should not be. I accept the government's position More



  • GK Magazine

'I Hope My Forced Silence Will Be Heard'

'STF made [me] an [a] scapegoat in all this criminal act which was designed and directed by STF and others which I don't know. Special Police is definitely the part of this game because every time they forced me to remain silent.'

FOR THE RECORD

MUHAMMAD AFZAL GURU

Respected Shri Sushil Kumar,Hello I am extremely thankful and feel very much obligated to you that you have taken up my case and decided to defend me. From the beginning of this case I was neglected and More




  • Letters

Nation hanged

Afzal  Guru is finally hanged. Indian politicians and intelligentsia  by and large welcomed the development. They saw it as a culmination of the legal process completing its due course. But in More



  • Editorial

Internet Gag

The ongoing trouble over the hanging of Afzal Guru in Valley differs in one important respect from the previous unrests: it is the complete internet blockade which has severely restricted the access of More



  • Business

Inflation hits aam admi,food prices skyrocket

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Feb 13: With government failing to tame the inflation, food prices are touching new highs everyday.  The consumers are feeling the pinch of the inflation, while people belonging to the middle More



  • Sports

Parvez Rasool is brilliant all-round cricketer: Bedi

Chennai, Feb 13: Off spinner Parvez Rasool, with figures of 7 for 45 in Chennai, was doing more than merely welcoming the Australians on their edge-of-seat tour of India. Offspin and Australians do not More



  • Kashmir

Lawyer who secured death sentence for Afzal disapproves secret hanging

It is a human rights violation, family ought to have been first informed: Prosecutor Gopal Subramanium

SPOTLIGHT

New Delhi, Feb 13: The very lawyer instrumental in securing death sentence for Afzal Guru disapproves of the secretive manner in which he has been executed without being given an opportunity to meet his More



  • Srinagar City

Police start helplines in 'caged' city

‘We want to reach out to people’

SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI

Srinagar, Feb 13: Amid continuous curfew to quell protests against hanging of Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru, police have come up with helplines in the city for “convenience” of people. & More




  • Jammu

Traffic disrupted on highway

M M PARVAIZ

Ramban, Feb 13: Traffic remained disrupted on Jammu-Srinagar highway for more than six hours following landslides triggered at Seri near Ramban township on Wednesday morning.As per official reports landslides More



  • South Asia

Salah-u-Din for unified political leadership

Flays Pak Govt’s silence over hanging

Afzal Hanging Murder Of Justice And Law: UJC

NISAR AHMED THOKAR

Islamabad, Feb 13: Urging pro-freedom leadership to forge unity, the UJC leadership on Wednesday said a unified political leadership in Kashmir with a strong resistance movement at its back was the only More



  • World

Obama announces troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

LALIT K JHA\PTI

Washington, Feb 13: US President Barack Obama today announced to bring 34,000 American troops back home from war-torn Afghanistan in the next one year as he warned North Korea and Iran to meet the international More



  • PaK

Afzal’s hanging can’t suppress Kashmir movement: PaK PM

TARIQ NAQASH

Muzaffarabad, Feb 13: Prime Minister of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK)   Chaudhry Abdul Majeed on Wednesday said that persecution of Kashmiris would not deter them from carrying forward More




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