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Social media ban likely to Continue in Kashmir 

The state government today indicated that it may continue with the social media ban in the Kashmir valley as the ground situation has still not improved.

While seeking more time before the government actually reviews the order, the state counsel today submitted before the High Court that there was no improvement in the situation in the Valley and it was actually going from bad to worse.

Observing that the social media ban cannot be a “permanent fixture”, the High Court today directed the state government to review the “impugned” order and file a reply by May 24, the next date of hearing.

Citing maintenance of public order, the government on April 26 ordered a one-month ban on 22 social media sites, mobile phone messengers and video-uploading sites in the Valley by invoking the provision of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885.

However, the ban order was challenged by two petitioners before the High Court, which on May 8 issued notices to the respondents with directions to the J&K Government to file objections by May 16.

As the matter came up before the court today, Additional Advocate General Bashir Ahmad Dar, representing J&K Government, sought time to file objections.

However, at this point, Justice Sudhakar Ramalingam observed that “the ban cannot be a permanent fixture”, saying that there must be “periodical reviews” after assessing the situation.

“In the interest of justice, the respondents are given one more opportunity to file a reply by May 24,” Justice Sudhakar observed in his orders.

Meanwhile, Dar further submitted that a lot of lives had been lost due to the misuse of social media, adding that it was for the same reason that state was regulating social media in Kashmir.

Source: Tribune 

This Kid from Kashmir suffering from Cancer needs help

A young father-of-two from central Kashmir’s Budgam district has appealed for help to raise Rs 22 lakh to save the life of his son who suffers from leukemia.

Mohammad Ashiq’s appeal comes just three months ahead of his son Syed Abuzar’s fifth birthday.

Ashiq, a resident of remote Surasyar village, says he has sold whatever hecould lay his hands on to fund the treatment of his son since 2014 when he
was diagnosed with “isolated CNS relapsed pre B ALL” – a type of cancer.

After initial treatment at SKIMS Soura, Ashiq travelled to Delhi and Mumbai
to find the best treatment available for his ailing son.

Doctors, he says, have advised stem cell transplant with a note that it
“needs to be done as soon as possible”.

“He needs to be started on re-induction chemotherapy and provided that he has a good response with CNS being negative and marrow also negative byMRD, will need a stem cell transplant to consolidate his therapy and this
needs to be done as soon as possible,” reads a note by Dr Santanu Sen at Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani hospital and medical Research Institute.

“The total cost of BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) will be in the range of18-20 lakhs, approximately. The cost of Re-induction therapy will be approximately 1.5 to 2 lakhs,” it adds.

Abuzar is currently battling through a course of chemotherapy at SKIMS Soura.

If you want to help fund his treatment, please call on this number +91 70062 99877 or alternately transfer money into the bank account given below.

Account No: 0008040100030300

Syed Ashique Elahi

Jammu and Kashmir Bank

Branch: Chadoora

IFSC code: JAKA0CHADOO

World Doesn’t Accept India’s Opinion on Kashmir: Sartaj Aziz 

New Delhi: Pakistan foreign affairs minister Sartaj Aziz on Monday said India’s contention that Kashmir is an issue of cross-border terrorism is something the world is not prepared to accept today.

Criticising the Indian government, particularly in the light of unrest that ensued the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani, Sartaj alleged that “India had broken its own record of brutality in Kashmir”.

“International community rejects the Indian attempt to portray this issue merely as one of terrorism,” Aziz said, a day after Pakistan army mutilated the bodies of two army jawans, exacerbating the already bad relationship.

“Pakistan army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sector. Simultaneously, a Border Action Team (BAT) action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pak Army, the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated,” a statement by the Indian Army said.

Pakistan, however, continued to be in denial and affirmed that it can never “disrespect a soldier even Indian”.

Aziz questioned the credibility of India’s proposal for bilateral dialogue, calling it no longer reliable, for “India has scuttled all opportunities for a meaningful dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue”.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan conversed over the hotline in which “Pakistan rejected India’s allegations of ceasefire violation and mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers,” PTI reported.

RUSH TO BUILD BUNKERS IN AZAD KASHMIR AS FEARS GROW

NEELUM VALLEY: Residents in Azad Kashmir are racing to build underground bunkers for the first time since the 1990s, frightened by what they say is the worst cross-border violence since a ceasefire was agreed in 2003.


Months of tension between India and Pakistan have erupted into shellings and gunfire across the disputedKashmir frontier, claiming the lives of dozens of people, including civilians.

People in Azad Kashmir’s Neelum Valley say the attacks come once or twice a week, and they never know when they might have to dive for cover.

Chand Bibi has concrete and steel rods waiting to be transformed into an underground bunker where her terrified family can take shelter as the monstrous boom of shelling reawakens old nightmares.

“You are talking about fear,” the 62-year-old says. “We are near to dying at the moment we hear the boom.

“The voice of the guns is horrible.”

When it comes, Bibi and her relatives pile blankets, quilts and clothes on top of their children to muffle the noise and their panic.

Soon the extended family of about 20 people will be able to flee underground to the bunker they have paid 300,000 Pakistani rupees ($3,000) to build — just under the cost of constructing a mud house in the valley, where the average worker makes around 800 rupees per day.

Sultan Ahmed is spending even more: up to 500,000 rupees for a three metre by four metre (10 foot by 14 foot) space reinforced by more than 20 centimetres (eight inches) of concrete, fortified with steel rods, and buried under nearly a metre of soil.

Some 25 people will be able to take shelter inside the bunker once it is completed, the 47-year-old teacher says.

Local mason Ghulam Hussain tells AFP his business has increased because of the renewed violence, as he packs his tools after finishing a bunker at one house to rush to another and start again.

Around half a million people live within range of Indian fire along the Pakistani side of the Line of Control, the de facto border that has divided the Himalayan region since 2003, according to Farooq Haider Khan, leader of Azad Kashmir.

He says the government plans to build “community bunkers”.

STABLE PAKISTAN IS GUARANTEE FOR SUCCESS OF KASHMIR LIBERATION: AJK PM 

Says Indian aggression at LOC is a failed attempt to divert attention of world community from the human rights violation in Occupied Kashmir.

JK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said that Azad kashmir is the first defence line of pakistan and kashmiris are standing shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces to frustrate the nefarious designs of enemy.

He was addressing National Security Workshop in Muzaffarabad on Saturday.

He said that Pak Army is fully capable to give befitting response to any Indian misadventure.

AJK Prime Minister said a strong and stablepakistan is a great guarantee for the success ofkashmir liberation struggle.

He said Indian aggression at Line of Control is its failed attempt to divert attention of world community from the deteriorating human rights situation in Occupied kashmir.

Azad J&K President Masood Khan invites Chinese investors to invest in Azad Kashmir

Islamabad: A nine-member delegation of Chinese investment group led by Senator Talha Mahmood called on AJK President Masood Khan in Islamabad.   

They discussed matters of mutual interest, including progress on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. 

On the occasion, the AJK President said accomplishment of CPEC will take Pakistan-China to the new heights. 

Masood Khan invited the Chinese investors to invest in Azad Kashmir as well, and assured them his full support in this regard.

20 MILLION MUSLIMS MARCH AGAINST ISIS AND THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA COMPLETELY IGNORES IT

In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS. This massive event that would have undoubtedly helped to ease tensions in the West was almost entirely ignored by corporate media.

Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen. Arbaeen is the event which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD.

As the Independent reports, massive crowds paid homage to the shrines of Imam Hussein and his half-brother Abbas in Karbala, where they were killed in a revolt against the Umayyad ruler Yazeed in the 7th century AD when they refused to pledge allegiance to Yazeed’s Umayyad caliphate.

Registering only as a blip on the Independent, this most amazing feat was conducted in spite of ISIS, as well as the sacred annual pilgrimage.

As the UK paper notes, the march comes as nearly 80 people, many of them pilgrims returning from commemorating Arbaeen in Karbala, were killed in the latest Isis attack in the area.

Isis has declared Shia Muslims apostates and targeted them in its bloody campaign to establish a hardline caliphate across Iraq and Syria, according to the Independent.

The brave men, women, and children marched on, knowing that an ISIS suicide bomber had just struck near Karbala the week prior.

In recent years, this march has taken on a dual purpose. Where it was once a march for Arbaeen, it now also encompasses the Shia resistance and protest against ISIS terrorists.

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“I came walking from Basra with my wife and three sons … This is the third time. We started walking 13 days ago and reached Karbala on Sunday night,” said Pilgrim Jaber Kadhem Khalif.

According to the Independent, the 40-year-old said his prayers would go to the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary group that has tens of thousands of men deployed on the front lines to fight ISIS.

Umm Ali, who came without her husband, as he is currently fighting ISIS on the front lines, said, “I came with my son and two daughters. I came from Samawa to Najaf by car, then from Najaf to Karbala on foot, to make a plea for my husband’s safety.

“We ask God to support us against Daesh [ISIS] members, to help us liberate Mosul and urge our politicians to remember the people who have sacrificed so much.

Inspite of this pilgrimage being one of the most massive marches in the world, the West conveniently ignored it. Arbaeen is magnitudes larger than the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca — yet Mecca is the only event that ever receives headlines in the West. Given the recent revelation that the Shia Muslims are also marching against Daesh, one can’t help but wonder why this isn’t all over American news.

According to the Independent, organizers of the annual Arbaeen procession in U.K. have previously spoken of their frustration over the lack of mainstream media coverage of the event.

“Unfortunately [some] media outlets have gone for stories that to some extent can be divisive. If a group of Muslims does something good, it’s not mentioned or the religion is not mentioned. But if someone does something [negative], it is on the front page and their religion is mentioned,” Mohammed Al-Sharifi, a volunteer at last year’s event told the Independent.

And he is right.

Many of the stories on Muslims in the U.S. that make it on to the mainstream are those that stoke divide. When a Muslim hero saves hundreds of lives by jumping on a bomb — which actually happened in July — the mainstream and theIslamophobic alternative media is mum.

Those who would judge 1.6 billion people by the actions of just a few are creating a narrative in which innocent lives are put in danger.

Throughout history, most mainstream religions have perpetuated extreme violence upon the world. To attempt to paint Islam as the problem is no better than labeling all Catholics murders for the inquisition.

But peace and empathy are enemies to the establishment who need you to hate others. When the establishment can paint things as black and white, it is easier for you to be controlled. Consequently, this is the exact mission of ISIS.

As the Free Thought Project’s Jay Syrmopolous points out, if there is one thing that Islamic fundamentalists and Islamophobic fascists agree on, it’s that there should be no“gray zone;” only black and white.

The gray zone is the zone of peaceful coexistence. Eliminating the gray zone – and rendering a world as black & white as the flag of the Islamic state is the ultimate goal of fundamentalists on all sides.

In fact, a recent ISIS publication, titled Extinction of the Grayzone made clear that the strategy has been at play for the past 14 years.

“The grayzone is critically endangered, rather on the brink of extinction. It’s endangerment began with the blessed operation of September 11th, as these operations manifested two camps before the world for mankind to choose between, a camp of Islam… and a camp of kufr – the crusader coalition.”

The way to truly defeat ISIS is by rendering their fear and divisive tactics impotent. We need to show ISIS, and those being manipulated by their tactics, that tolerance and freedom are far more powerful than bigotry and hate — which is why, coincidentally, not a single American mainstream outlet reported on the tens of millions of Muslims marching against ISIS.

Please share this story with your friends and family who may find themselves subject to the fear mongering in the media of Muslim violence. You can bow down to the will of ISIS by allowing their hate-filled rhetoric and divisive tactics to cloud your mind with fear and hatred. Or, you can rise up and stand against those who would drive a wedge through the heart of humankind. The choice is yours.

Pakistan will benefit from CPEC, says Gilgit-Baltistan CM

Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafizur Rehman has said that all China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects will be completed by 2029.

Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafizur Rehman has said that all China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects will be completed by 2029 and the entire country would benefit from it.

“Today, Russia is getting closer to Pakistan as the government is steering us out of isolation internationally with its correct economic policies,”The Express Tribune quoted Rehman, as saying at the Karachi Press Club on Saturday. He said that the country has wasted numerous opportunities earlier but CPEC would certainly boost the economy. 

Stating that the work on the Rs 35 billion fiber-optic cable laying project under CPEC has been completed in Gilgit-Baltistan, Rehman said an alternate communication system to the region will be provided by it. He claimed that work on the Karakoram Highway had been completed whereas the construction on other sections is under way.

The Chief Minister said Land acquisition has also been completed with Rs 10 billion less than the original amount for construction of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam. Asserting that areas bordering China have a potential to generate 60,000 mega-watts electricity, he said that a joint power company will be established under Chinese power investment programme to tap these opportunities. “This will add 60,000MW to the national grid, which will cost Rs 2 per megawatt or less,” Rehman said.

Britain urges Pakistan, India to resolve Kashmir crisis

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Britain’s top diplomat on Thursday urged Pakistan and India to find a lasting solution for Kashmir a day after a deadly exchange of fire killed more than a dozen people in the disputed Himalayan region.


But after meeting with Pakistani officials, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters in Islamabad that it was up to the two South Asian countries to resolve the crisis and that Britain should not “prescribe a solution or act as a mediator.”

India meanwhile summoned a Pakistani diplomat to lodge a protest over what it said were continued violations of a 2003 cease-fire. Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said Pakistani troops had helped “terrorists” infiltrate Kashmir, where they killed three Indian soldiers and mutilated one of their bodies, which was found Tuesday.

India had vowed to retaliate after the body was found, and on Wednesday the two sides blasted away at each other across the Line of Control, the latest in a series of violent exchanges in recent weeks. Indian fire struck a bus on the Pakistani side, killing at least 10 people. Another two Pakistani civilians and three Pakistani soldiers were also killed. There was no immediate word of Indian casualties.

The nuclear-armed rivals each claim Kashmir in its entirety and have fought two of their three wars over the dispute.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a high-level security meeting to review the Kashmir situation on Thursday and said “we will never abandon our Kashmiri brethren in their freedom struggle,” according to a government statement.

Pakistan’s air force chief Sohail Aman meanwhile warned India against escalating the dispute over Kashmir into full-scale war, saying that Pakistani troops “know full well how to deal with them.”

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