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SRINAGAR: Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to re-issue visa to a woman Maroofa Jan (a Pakistan-administered Kashmir) resident, who got married to a Kashmiri 20 years ago and has two sons. Mehbooba Mufti reacting to a tweet that requested her intervention, following which she asked Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), India to issue a long-term visa in favour of Maroofa Jan.

'Requesting @SushmaSwaraj to consider issuance of visa for Maroofa Jan of Baramulla. She got married here 20 years back & is a mother of two sons. In 2016, she had applied for VISA extension but no response from @MEAIndia. Requesting for kind consideration,' Mufti said in a tweet.  

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SRINAGAR: Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat has said that the forces will not hesitate to take strong action to deal with terror activities along the western border (Pakistan). On the occasion of the Army Day, Rawat said, “The country along India’s western border is providing support to terror groups and the Indian Army is dealing with them effectively.”

On militancy in Kashmir, Rawat said “the men had caused heavy losses to the militants with the help of other security agencies”. Along with others, the Army also provided better security during the Amarnath Yatra and the Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir. Asserting that the Army was determined to crush terrorism, Gen Rawat said the condition of the militants in Kashmir was "hopeless". "The result is that the militants have now been threatening teenagers to take to arms in Kashmir. We don't want that militants continuously keep threatening the people of Kashmir."  

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JAMMU: S. O. S. International an Organization for PoK Displaced Persons (Regd) has entered into 20th day of indefinite dharna for the resolution of legitimate demands under the constitutional rights under Chairmanship of Shri Rajiv Chuni. Today’s dharna has been lead by Mr. Om Parkash Saraf from Sunderbani assisted by Pt. Kewal Krishan, Mohan Singh, Parshotam Singh, Arjun Singh and Bishan Bakshi. At the very outset the team leader lambasted the arrogant attitude of BVJP MLA’s and MP’s who under the greed and intoxication of power have totally disconnected with refugee community. More than 80% of this population living under most miserable condition under poverty line has been completely ignored by these power hungry politicians of BJP regime. Though we made them “RAJAS” but they have forgotten their “PRAJYA” who are mostly on verge of starvation but these power hungry leaders never cared to address their genuine demands.

Mr. Om Parkash Saraf further stated that these people who are now known as refugee left their moveable and immovable properties with ardent hope that they connected themselves with India who will take care of their needs and compensate them honorably but despite lapse of over seven decades now their genuine grievances have not been addressed by BJP Government. Even rumors are being floated that Rs. 5.5 lakhs has only been disbursed by the present regime but the same is not correct as the process for disbursement of compensation was started much before the centre government came into power so no favour has been imparted by the present BJP government. Mr. Saraf further alleged that it’s not the time to gain numbers but high time to sit across the table and resolve the issue amicably in humane manner by coming up above party politics as the public is annoyed and the government will face the burnt in the coming assembly and Lok Sabha elections and will surely face the humiliation in the election and will loose seats as the refugee community constitute major portion of voting segment.

Mr. Saraf warned that the agitational path chosen by the SOS international may take violent or fierce shape in due course and the government will be absolutely responsible for any untoward happening if the issues were not resolved amicably. The main 6 key demands viz. implementation of the whole package passed by State Cabinet in October 2014 for PoK Displaced Persons, provide facilities to all displaced at par with Valley Migrants, reservation of 8 seats for people displaced from PoK in J&K Legislative Assembly, permit PoK DPs to visit to their religious places in PoK, inclusion of 5, 300 PoK DPs families living outside the State in the ambit of package passed in October 2014 and return of cash deposits with interest to PoK DPs lying with J&K Bank Mirpur.

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