In what is termed as one of the major security breach in recent times in Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar, a group of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants posed in city centre Lal Chowk. The picture has gone viral on social media sites sending security grid in a hurdle. The said picture was released after Hizb had announced that they will be holding a “meeting” in Srinagar on November 21.
A day later, pictures of Hizb’s commander Umar alias Hanzalla posing in front of Ghanta Ghar was released on social media.
A shocking video of cheating during recent board level examination in Kulgam has gone viral on social media sites, making people to compare Kashmir with Bihar. A few weeks after the authorities were mocked by netizens for failing to provide proper hearting and lighting during exams, the video of mass cheating has raised many questions on the entire exercise. The video, which is said to be shot in Kulgam, shows young boys standing on school walls and throwing chits inside the examination centre.
Once again, unidentified gunmen surfaced in Kashmir and killed Mir Hafizullah, district president Islamabad of Syed Ali Geelani led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, from point-blank range outside his residence in Badru-Akingam village in Achabal. Mir was declared dead at the district hospital, Islamabad. After Burhan Wani’s killing in 2016, Mir was pursued by police for his active role in organizing protest rallies. He was arrested and jailed under Public Safety Act for two years. Mir was released just two months back and was home when unidentified gunmen killed him. According to family, a month before his killing, some unknown people used to roam around Mir’s house, and knock at the door at odd hours. Interestingly, while police blamed militants for Mir’s killing, Syed Ali Geelani, United Jihad Council and other resistance leaders put the blame on government agencies.
In a bid to make Pheran (traditional cloak) a cultural translator of Kashmiriyat which can be used worldwide, Shahid Rashid Bhat, a Pulwama based fashion designer, showcased his creation at India Couture Lifestyle Fashion Week, Delhi. Inspired by a sense of keeping the Kashmiri culture alive and encourage the next generation to wear the Pheran, Bhat took the attire for a walk down the ramp, literally. Shahid stole the show by showcasing around twenty designs of Pherans at the fashion event.
Since Burhan Wani’s killing in July 2016, Kashmir is literally living on the edge as bloodshed continues unabated. In the midst of another bloody week members of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, met former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and urged him to help in ending the killings in Kashmir. Seen as part of track-2 diplomacy to de-escalate situation in Kashmir, Bondevik meeting with JRL at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence is rare and important. Taking to Twitter after the meeting, Mirwaiz said Norway is known to play a constructive role in conflict resolution across the globe.
The hot pursuit of an alleged Hizb-ul-Mujahideen operative named Ansar Ul Haqe, 28, a resident of Tikan-Batapora in Pulwama, ended at New Delhi’s IGI airport when he was about to board a Srinagar bound flight. Ansar Ul Haqe was wanted in the killing of Sub Inspector Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir posted at CID Branch. Mir was abducted by militants from his car when he was on way to visit his home in Pulwama. His bullet ridden body was later found in a nearby orchard. According to police Ansar Ul Haqe, with the help of his girlfriend Syed Saika, plotted with militants to lure Mir into a trap and later got him killed. A special team was sent to nab Ansar Ul Haqe, who according to police was constantly changing his hideouts and shuffling between Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. Ansar Ul Haqe is a post graduate in English from Islamic University of Science & Technology, Awantipora.