Briefing June 27 – July 3, 2021

DUSHANBE

A group photograph of top security officials from SCO members in Tajikistan. India and Pakistan NSAs Ajit Doval (second from left) and Moeed Yousuf (third from right) do not want to be seen closer.

The national security adviser’s of India and Pakistan – Ajit Doval and Moeed Yusuf believed to be behind the Kashmir ceasefire via Dubai, participated in the top security officials meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Tajikistan capital. In the earlier SCO meeting, Doval had walked out as Yusuf put on screen a map that Delhi believes is inaccurate. This time, they had no such issue but Yusuf said he did not meet Doval.

Reports in the media suggest that in the meeting Doval “proposed an action plan against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) as part of the SCO framework”. He suggested the “adoption of international standards to counter-terror financing, including an MoU between SCO and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).” Reports in Pakistani media said FATF’s International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) has prepared a preliminary report on the progress made by Pakistan on the implementation of the 27-point action plan suggesting that it has implemented 26 points. Whether it will help Pakistan to move out of the grey list will be known once the FATF’s Plenary Session meets later his month.

More than 4.1 million residents in Jammu Kashmir are vaccinated. By the way, a Rajouri doctor fully vaccinated contracted Covid19 third time.

DELHI

Kolkata newspaper, Telegraph page one illustration on June 25, 2021.

There was an interesting commentary on the symbolism of the Delhi meeting at the Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s residence. The Kolkata based Telegraph that is redefining freedom of speech in the last few years and is vocal on various issues including Kashmir used the group photograph of Jammu and Kashmir politicians with the Prime Minister and indicate how many of them spent how much time in jail. The captions read: ‘Gang Then, Guests Now’. However, the Kashmir politicians faced a lot of embarrassment as Kashmir’s legendry cartoonist; Bashir Ahmad Bashir (BAB) drew a series of cartoons that told the actual story days and hours ahead of its unfolding.

Mohammad Salim Khan, 19, a resident of Pandach Ganderbal tried to have a selfie but he slipped into the power canal at Gund and died.

LADAKH

Ahead of Jammu and Kashmir politicians meeting the Prime Minister on June 24, Leh-based socio-religious and political organisations, along with BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, demanded a separate legislature for their UT. They have reiterated a demand for safeguards under the Sixth

Leaders from Leh seeking the implementation of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India in Ladakh for protecting their identity and demography met Home Minister Amit Shah (not in picture) on September 26, 2020. On his assurance, they withdrew the decision of boycotting the October 16, LAHDC polls.

Schedule of the Indian Constitution to address people’s apprehensions relating to land, jobs, culture, language and environment after reading down Articles 370 and 35-A on August 5, 2019. It still is not known if the Leh leaders are willing to share power and decision-making with Kargil or not. Chief Executive Councilor (CEC)-cum-Chairman Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh Tashi Gyalson and the Deputy Chairman among others met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi and briefed him on these issues. They said the incumbent administration has not come up to the expectations of the people.

The Golden Cardholders in Jammu and Kashmir have availed Rs 86 crore of cashless medical help as authorities have received 70,000 claims in the first six months.

AMARNATH

Lt Governor chairs 40th board meeting of Amarnath Shrine Board on March 13, 2021

At one level, a section of decision-makers in Delhi and Srinagar were keen to hold Amarnth Yatra to display India’s capacity that Kumb Mela was just an aberration. Or, in a country where the Kumb crisis can happen, better managers can manage similar events better. Eventually, however, pandemic fears led to the cancellation of the yatra. Last week, the principal secretary to Lt Governor, Nitishwar Kumar flew a team of officers and his family to the shrine in helicopters for the pratham puja. The yatra 2021 is scheduled to start on June 28 and will conclude on August 22.

JAMMU

MC organizes training cum sanitation drive at Civil Secretariat Srinagar.

Now, if you have to join the government service in Jammu and Kashmir, you cannot keep a secret at all. Earlier, the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s CID wing would check the character and antecedents of the selected candidate and the person will start working. Now, the candidates will have to reveal to the government about membership of cultural or social organizations associated with or assisted by a foreign mission or organization, details of membership or association with prohibited and banned organizations like Jamaat-e-Islami, details of membership of clubs, societies, associations, trusts and other similar bodies. Besides, the government will seek the information about details of legal proceedings against, prosecution of family members and close relatives and details of family members and close relatives having been a prisoner of war or held in an enemy country for any duration. They will have to provide details of their in-laws and their children if they are studying abroad. The candidates must also give details of all their foreign trips in the past five years, the purposes of the visits and details of the hosts they had stayed with. They must provide details of their education from the age of 15, mobile numbers used in the past five years, registration number of vehicles owned or used, their email and social media or web-based portal accounts. The rules being termed “unconstitutional” by sections of the society are allegedly aimed at creating a new underdog in Kashmir society that will be deprived of all rights.

Coronavirus’s Delta Plus variant has its first case in Jammu. The variant is overtaking all other versions of the Coronavirus across the world as it doubles its spread in seven days.

DUBAI

Fazal Haq Malik is Pro VC Amity University Dubai. In this photograph, he is seen doming the official robe in presence of his wife, son, daughter and a possible university official.

Kashmir academic and journalist, Professor Fazal Haq Malik is Amity University, Dubai’s new Pro Vice-Chancellor. A former MERC teacher at the University of Kashmir and a Features Editor at Greater Kashmir, Prof Malik availed Commonwealth Fellowship in mid-’90s to study International Journalism at City University in London. He worked with BBC for six years.

DELHI

The Srinagar couple Jahanzaib Sami Wani and Hina Bashir Beg who were arrested by police on March 8, 2020, in Delhi. Pic: internet

The NIA has opposed the bail application of a Kashmiri woman, Hina Bashir Beg before a Delhi. Arrested along with her husband, Jahanzaib Sami, she is accused of “planning a terror attack” during the anti-CAA protests. The couple, that was working in Delhi are residents of Sonawar in Srinagar.

RAJOURI

Aijaz Ahmad Dar was killed by a gang of five cow vigilantes when he was brining a just-purchased buffalos home.

A mob of cow vigilantes have lynched to death Aijaz Dar, 24 when he was on his way home. In the Thanamandi attack, two have survived with injuries.  Dar was the only earning member of his family comprising an ailing father and three sisters. Residents said Dar and two others were on their way home after purchasing a buffalo from Laam (Nowshera) when a gang of vigilantes intercepted them at Muradpur (Rajouri), attacking them with stones and sticks. They were later shifted to the hospital where Dar died. Police said all the five accused have been arrested.

KUPWARA

A minor arrested on May 28, for raising slogans at the funeral of an accident victim was set free by the juvenile justice board. Police had booked him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Police had arrested a couple of youth including a minor for sloganeering at the funeral of Mohammad Amin Dar, a resident of Bumhama. Residents said two arrested in the case were not present in the funeral.

RAJOURI

Mawya Sudan

Mawya Sudan, 24, is IAF’s first female fighter pilot from Jammu and Kashmir. A resident of Lamberi village near the LoC, Mawya was commissioned as a fighter pilot at the IAF Academy in Hyderabad during the Combined Graduation parade ceremony.  Daughter of Vinod Sudan, Mawya has been keen to fly from childhood. Her mother is a Junior Engineer at Vaishno Devi Shrine Board

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha approved the recruitment of 800 sub-inspectors in the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

POSHANA

This is the Poonch side of the breathtaking Mughal Road as captured from Pir Ki Gali. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Jammu Kashmir police inspector Sameer Jeelani, who heads, Rajouri police station was allegedly beaten by soldiers on Mughal Road when he was on way to Srinagar to see his ailing mother in SKIMS. Agitated police have registered a case against a Major rank officer and 10 others of 16-RR. The crisis erupted when soldiers denied his SUV to cross the barrier. A heated exchange led the soldiers to drag him to a barrack “Major Pandey, a CHM and about a dozen jawans beat” him up. It was a group of four cops, also posted on the post, who informed the high-ups that led to the instant visit of DIG and SSP. Army says it has announced an internal inquiry.

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