Perhaps for the first time in last one decade Tulmulla hosted such a small number of Kashmiri Pandits on Khir Bhawani festival. Though the authorities had made all the arrangements and the people were in the routine summer host mood, devotees were quite a few, may be a few thousands. Almost all the important people in the governance structure reviewed the arrangements, SRTC fleet was pressed in service but there were no devotees. Naeem Akhter, a senior minister, said the lesser numbers were because a campaign was going on in Jammu that Kashmir is unsafe right now. This whisper campaign has already dented the tourist season.
The corpse is yet to be fished out from Pahroo but the story is finally out. The missing policeman Sameer Ji Kumar had gone missing in Kashmir and the Pandit disappearance has been front page news. His parents had come to Srinagar for protest. Now police revealed that Kumar was murdered by an SPO because he had sodomised his subordinate, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat. The two were friends and they gone to Pahalgam where a drunk Kumar violated him. Purpose of their visit to Pahalgam was to get Kumar’s uncle, also a cop, and take him to Kupwara, his new place of posting. They dropped him there and on way back Bhat stopped the car, got down, crushed Sameer’s head and threw him into the rivulet.
The two armies are fighting like pre-war days and its consequences are very costly for Kashmir. Still part of Poonch population is living in migrant camps. Everyday, the rival armies are showing new evidences about their capacity. But what is interesting, they have not given up the basics. Two PaK boys who had accidently crossed the LoC in recent days were permitted to go home through Teetwal. They were Wasalat Khan 13, and Mohammad Iftikhar Khan, 12. They had crossed over accidently on May 23.
People in know of things say it is so common but a girl student of Jammu University got the courage to stand up. An Associate Professor had come with an ‘indecent’ proposal to get her the best marks in the examinations. She was invited to his office for one-on-one where the teacher explained his choices and sought barter. The girl student did not accede beyond a non-veg feast. She even suggested a Kashmir wazwaan which the professor strongly objected to because he hates Kashmir. Finally the girl made the conversation public and submitted it to the JU VC. Since these things are routine, there has not been any action.
Finally, J&K government made its new choice for Information Director. It is Munir-ul-Islam, the KAS officer who was shifted out of Pulwama as Deputy Commissioner to take a position that he was made to leave twice in last one year. He joined on March 16, 2015 and led the department for five months. Again, he was posted on April 30, 2016 and this tenure was limited to 27 days. This time, he is expected to break both the records!
Almost a week after a video suggesting Tufail Qadir Mir, a resident of Bemina, joining the rebels deep into the woods, triggered a sensation, the boy is back. The news about the return of the 18 year old “prodigal son” was broken by none other than the police on the sidelines of a presser. He had gone missing on May 24, and then was seen in the FB video. Earlier the BA student faced police action for his post-Burhan activities. Police says Tufail is not alone but one of around 34 boys who returned from the edge of militancy. But how it happened? Nobody offers answers. Seemingly, family has made efforts and once they succeeded, police have behaved reasonably well, at least in this case.