Farooq Ahmad Dar who is much known as Bitta Karatey has finally tied the nuptial knots. His heart throb is a young 2009 batch KAS officer Assabah Arjumand.

A JKLF activist who was arrested in June 1990 and held for 17 years till 2007, Karatey is accused of killing a number of Kashmiri pandits. In 2008 he was jailed for nine more months. This is a love marriage to which the families have initially opposed and finally conceded. The young lady who took almost a year convincing her parents for the marriage has said she is honoured by this marriage. A post graduate in mass communication, she was editing a journal for SKUAST, studied peace and conflict from Germany before being posted in the GAD after qualifying KAS. But this is the not the first case in which a separatist is married to a government official. Javed Mir is married to a public prosecutor and Nayeem Khan is wedded to a university professor.


New Delhi forced Pakistan to drop Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, the PaK president, from its official delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) that is underway in Perth, Australia. It told the host country that it will walk out of the meeting if Khan remained part of the delegation, even in unofficial capacity. MEA thought the presence of Khan in such a high profile meeting was aimed at as an attempt to give PaK international acceptance. Last month PaK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed accompanied Asif Ali Zardari’s delegation to Xinjiang.


Kashmir’s three leading entrepreneurs Waseem Trumboo (TCI-MAX Cement), Asif Iqbal Burza (Ahad Hotels and Resorts) and Farooq Amin (Kanwal Foods and Spices) have flown to Nice in France to attend G20’s Young Entrepreneur Summit (YES) slated from October 31 to November 2. Around 400 major young entrepreneurs from across world’s 20 leading economies will attend the function that is supposed to evolve solution to the global crisis. Waseem would head the delegation. “We are proud to represent J&K State and are looking forward to interact with like-minded entrepreneurs to trigger a valuable dialogue between entrepreneurs and government leaders,” he said.

BJP leader Kuldeep Raj Gupta’s PSO Netar Prakash for around a decade was detained by police along with a trainee laboratory assistant Mohammad Altaf (Darhal) for running a fake currency racket in the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri. They had ganged up with Pawan Kumar, a cop posted with bomb disposal squad. Police recovered a fake currency worth Rs 17500 from Netar’s quarter along with parts of a machine, used for printing fake notes. Pawan and Altaf are in police custody as searches are underway to arrest Netar.

It happens nowhere in India excepting J&K. Last week, the thieves took away third ATM. This time it belonged to the State Bank of India and the choice was heart of the old city – the Gojwara locality. It started with the mysterious theft of a J&K Bank ATM in Paraypora. Soon after another J&K Bank ATM, this time in Magam, was stolen in the similar fashion. And the Gojwara incident is third in a row. These three high profile incidents in which there has not been any recovery speaks about the state of security and policing in the capital city. Banks usually do not lose the money because of insurance cover.

After she fought with her friend, Mohammad Buta’s daughter Kaneez, 15 crossed the international border in anger. Resident of Umravali in Sialkote, the teenager was captured by BSF during wee hours on October 22 near Nikowal. She told her interrogators that their family was opposed to her marriage so both of them decided to crossover to India and marry. They did cross but the boy went back for getting a witness to the marriage. It was at that time when the BSF captured her. After a flag meeting Kaneez was handed over to Pakistan Rangers.


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