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Srinagar: National Conference on Saturday condemned the physical assault of journalists by police at Jamia Masjid Nowhatta saying the impunity with which such attacks are taking place in Kashmir is ominous and reflective of the everyday reprisals faced by them in their line of duty. “The reports of police action against two journalists Saqib Majid and Shafat Farooq, who were covering protests at Jamia Masjid, are distressing and condemnable,” said Party Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar…

Srinagar: National Conference leader and sitting Member Parliament’s (MPs) son from North Kashmir, was Tuesday formally arrested by police under Unlawful Activities Act (ULA) for delivering ‘hate speech’ in a public rally during DDC elections. Hilal Akbar Lone, the son of MP Akbar Lone, was formally arrested from MLA hostel in Srinagar and subsequently detained at police station Hajin on Monday after he was booked by the police. A police official told News Agency Kashmir…

Pulwama: Police Monday booked and arrested National Conference District President Pulwama after he allegedly assaulted a police constable at party headquarters. Sources told news agency Kashmir News Trust that Ghulam Mohiuddin National Conference District President for South Kashmir’s Pulwama thrashed Head Constable Abdul Gani, (67/Pl) at NC office Pulwama. The Head Constable is deputed as guard commander at NC office, and he had reportedly not allowed media personnel to enter into NC office, which infuriated…

The anti-BJP narrative served PAGD just right; in fact, it is the only thing that makes the regional parties “relevant” in the current times. The last time I visited the valley’s unsettled unionist camp was back in June 2019. My editor wanted me to report on the ‘alienated’ local outfits – the feeling of ‘betrayal’ had left New Delhi’s ‘old-loyalists’ in Kashmir, hurt and embarrassed. One such unionist I had met was a close aide…

Srinagar: National Conference president and the head of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday asked the Lieutenant Governor of JK Manoj Sinha to release all those detained recently if the government wants democracy to survive in JK. Dr Farooq also demanded immediate restoration of 4-G internet services stating that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi talks about 5-G, but people of JK are craving for high-speed internet services. Talking to…

In the fray for the ongoing DDC polls are the free-floating electrons whose tribe expectedly grows during election season in Kashmir. In this first story of the three-part series on the ‘development’ polls in J&K, Free Press Kashmir takes a tour into the captive and curious world of not-so-independent candidates of the valley.  In a taciturn twilight in Kashmir’s withering fall—faintly echoing with poll-fest bugle—I received an unexpected call. “I have a story that will…

‘Apni Party is not B team of BJP’ ‘Wish SC’s verdict on Article 370 will accommodate aspirations of people of JK’  Srinagar: President of Apni Party, Syed Altaf Bukhari on Monday said that his party is not against the newly formed People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), but is against the lies they are spreading. Bukhari while talking to the media persons on the sidelines of party convention in Bandipora, said that the issue of…

Srinagar: Senior Political leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh quit People’s Democratic Party over the seat sharing agreement with other parties of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Decleration (PAGD). Beigh said, “NC is fighting on majority seats. It is not in interests of PDP. I respect Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and I wish them luck. I am leaving PDP on principle.” He also said that he was not consulted regarding seat sharing agreement with PAGD affiliated parties. “I…

Srinagar: A meeting of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of major political parties in Kashmir, will take place at the residence of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday. Aall the PAGD leaders will remain present at the meeting and will deliberate on important issues including upcoming District Development Council (DDC) polls and names of candidates to be fielded for the second phase. On Thursday, the PAGD announced the candidates…