PDP President Mehbooba Mufti released the first issue of the party’s internal newspaper, Speak Up. It attempts to reach out to the PDP cadre, the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the party’s stand on political issues. It was released at Mehbooba’s residence in senior leaders Naeem Akhtar, Abdul Rehman Veeri and Ghulam Nabi Lone.
The editorial in the newspaper said that a little more than two years have passed since Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its special status. Since then, every decision taken by the present government has been taken with the sole aim of collective punishment and humiliation to Kashmiris. As a result, our economy is in shambles; the security situation is dire. There is a widespread feeling of restlessness, and anger is boiling over.
The voice of protest has been made criminal. Jammu and Kashmir have been converted into an open jails. A sharp decline in press freedom has also marked the period, and anti-terrorism laws have threatened journalists. The editorial said that one is punished not for breaking the law but for telling an inconvenient truth. That is why we must keep raising our voices.
Overnight Shopian operation called off after militants escape
The overnight military operation in Nowgam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district was called off on Thursday morning as militants, believed to be two in number, managed to escape, reports said.
Two army soldiers were injured in the initial exchange of fire in the encounter that broke out on Wednesday evening shortly after security forces cordoned off the area following a tip-off about the presence of militants there.
Today, massive searches were launched at the first light in the morning, however, no militant was found the present following which the joint cordon-and-search-operation launched by police and army was called off.
A top police officer said that the militants “possibly escaped in the initial phase of the encounter in which two soldiers were critically injured”.
The officer said that intelligence inputs suggested the presence of two militants including a foreigner in the area.
J&K: Unidentified person killed, SPO critically wounded in train accident
On Wednesday, an unidentified person was killed, and a special police officer (SPO) was critically wounded in a train accident in the Kakapora area of the Pulwama district.
An official told the news agency that an unidentified person was hit by the speedy train who died on Kakapora. An SPO identified as Shabir Ahmed, while trying to save the unknown person, was also hit and critically wounded.
“The injured SPO was critically wounded and is being treated at SMHS hospital,” a doctor said, adding that his condition is very bad.
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