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SRINAGAR : Union minister Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said 140 militants were killed by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir between June and December 2018. He also replied Raj Sabha that in the course of time 426 stone pelting incidents were also reported in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Hansraj Ahir who was replying to a written question in Rajya Sabha said “140 militants were killed from June 25 to December 5, 2018 in the state”, he replied.

The minister of state for home said 34 civilians were injured during 426 stone pelting incidents that took place in Jammu and Kashmir in the said period of time. The minister said as many as 171 security personnel were martyred while combating with militants in Kashmir and other parts of the country, guarding borders or serving their duty in 2016, 167 troops were killed in 2017 and 163 personnel in 2018 (till November).

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SRINAGAR: A mob ransacks Kashmiri shops in Rohru Tehsil in Shimla district after severed head of calf found in market on Thursday, reports said. "Mudasir Ahmad (Kashmiri Shopkeeper) hails from South Kashmir District Anantnag told News agency Press Trust of Kashmir over phone that, angry mob first vandalized the vegetable market belonging to some Muslims. Then they attacked our shops in main market of Rohru, he said.

“Protestors were carrying hammers, iron roads, and sticks. They broke shop shutters and started vandalizing everything. Police was there but they were standing as ‘mute spectators’,” he said. There are around 5 to 6 Kashmiri shops in the market and 3 of them were looted by the mob. "During the past many years, they have never done anything which is against the aspirations of a local community or hurt their religious sentiments," he said.

"He said it has been now four days after the incident, local administration has turned deaf towards Kashmiri traders. News 18 reports said that, the police have booked 10 men over the ransacking of shops at a market in Tehsil Rohru district Shimla after severed head of calf found. The men have been booked under different sections of the Indian Penal Code for instigating and taking part in the ransacking of shops.

The FIR was registered on the basis of a statement by the Rohru station house officer, police added. It names 10 people. The police said the situation remained under control on Friday. "Kashmiri Traders Seeking Jammu and Kashmir government’s intervention, the shopkeepers have appealed Governor, Satya Pal Malik, to look into the matter." 

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SRINAGAR: Senior congress leader and former Union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said presidential rule in Jammu and Kashmir can’t change anything as far as Modi Government is rules in center, Modi wants Kashmir not Kashmiries and its facts”. While speaking to News agency Press Trust of Kashmir Mani Shankar said, “Situation can’t be normal in Kashmir until Modi govt is ruling in India, even governor rule can’t change anything so far then what presidential rule can change in Kashmir”.

“Modi government have done everything to killing people, and create is type of situation in Kashmir.  Absolutely not. There is not going to be any change on the ground. By militarising, you are not bringing in peace, it will bring in only fear in the minds of people” Mani added. “Seen from July this year with BJP break alliance with PDP in Kashmir till date the situation of Kashmir is totally worst and dangers” he added. He added “we all know that India, Pakistan and political parties have to play a major role, but there are vested interests who do not want peace in Kashmir.

"I will give you an example. Tourism is a major area that can bring peace within the state and bring all communities together. But there are people who see to it that tourism suffers in the state. Politicians created the problem and used the people of Kashmir for their survival", he said. He added that BJP play with article 35a, 370 but they can’t do anything with it adding that Kashmir has been harmed by BJP’s presence in this alliance, and the PDP too has been harmed. "The BJP has a visceral dislike of Kashmiris; it has no sympathetic understanding of what it is that is causing the unrest on such prolonged basis and in such a profound manner in the valley", he said.

When asked about 2019 elections Mani Shankar Aiyar said, “I hope its Common Minimum Programme includes a constructive commitment to dialogue with dissident elements in the valley. And on a parallel but different track, pledges to promote such relations with Pakistan as Manmohan Sigh and Musharraf were promoting, which would have definitely kept at least two-thirds of Kashmir in India but eased the situation, promoted democracy in the valley”.  

He further added, “We wish in coming years Kashmir issue can be solved as the election are coming. If congress came in power we hope that they can start talks with Hurriyat and Pakistan and solve all the issue”. He added, “I hope next government can find the way to solve all the issue with Pakistan”.