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Pakistani govt wants us to delay Kishenganga project: Omar

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Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday accused Pakistan for trying to “delay” the Kishenganga Hydroelectric Power project along the Line of Control in Gurez.

“Both the parts of Kashmir are constructing power projects on Kishenganga and the project that is completed first will be benefited the more.”,said Omar.

Commenting on Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz’s criticism that the Centre is exploiting the natural resources of Kashmir; Omar said, “we know who pulls their strings and at whose behest they (separatists) are making such allegations”.

“The government of Pakistan and Pakistani Kashmir want us to delay the project,”Omar added.

Omar also assured people of gurez that their safety is taken as priority while the formulation and modification of Kishanganga hydel project.

“There is no threat to the existence of any tribe.Moreover, environment impact analysis of the project has not indicated any flood like situation in Wullar.”,Omar said.

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Five hurt as security forces fire on Indian Kashmir protest

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SRINAGAR, India – Five people were wounded Tuesday when Indian security forces opened fire on protesters who attacked their vehicles with stones during a demonstration against Indian rule, police said.


An Indian Central Reserve Police Force serviceman stops a motercyclist during a curfew in Srinagar

“Security forces had to open fire to ward off violent protesters who attacked security force vehicles with stones and bricks,” a police officer said, asking not to be named.

The incident took place in southern Pulwama district.

Four more people, including two policemen, were injured in two separate clashes between police and stone-throwing protesters elsewhere in Muslim-majority Kashmir valley, the officer said.

Since a wave of violent anti-India protests began in June, 111 people have been killed by security forces, mostly when they have opened fire on stone-throwing protesters during some of the biggest pro-freedom demonstrations in two decades.

Indian Kashmir has been under rolling curfews and strikes since the protests began on June 11, when a 17-year old student was killed by a police teargas shell in Srinagar.

On Tuesday, a curfew was imposed in parts of Indian Kashmir summer capital Srinagar to pre-empt a separatist march, police said.

In other parts of Srinagar, where a curfew was not in force, a separatist strike closed down shops and businesses.

The fresh violence came as Indian experts trying to defuse tensions in Kashmir have been holding a series of talks, despite opposition by separatists who have been spearheading the recent protests.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram said last week that the government had selected senior journalist Dilip Padgaonkar and professors M.M. Ansari and Radha Kumar to hold talks with separatists and other people in the troubled state.

The team arrived in Indian Kashmir summer capital Srinagar on Saturday.

They have held talks with jailed militants, university students, pro-India politicians, ordinary citizens and the region’s chief minister, Omar Abdullah.

Valley to get 2,000 troops

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Omar Abdullah will get another 2,000 central paramilitary personnel to help him “dominate” the situation in Kashmir, but Delhi believes the J&K chief minister needs more than deployment of policemen. The Centre suspects it isn’t just a mix of alienated youth and separatists hitting the streets but also state-level Opposition parties, primarily the PDP, that are active.

“The Opposition too has joined in, hoping to dethrone the CM,” a government source said.

The protests have to be dealt with politically and with police action, the source added.

On Monday, the Cabinet Committee on Security had sent a clear message to Abdullah to dominate the situation and end violence. To achieve this, the security establishment believes, the CM and his colleagues will have to focus on reaching out to the people as well.

There is a section in the Centre that feels the beleaguered CM will have to step up work on both counts: arresting miscreants, putting them behind bars and keeping them there.

An official tracking the action taken by the state police force said nearly 600 people had been arrested since June 11, when the latest round of street protests started. But only 100 are in jail today, 60 under the Public Safety Act.

“The rest have been released, on bail or otherwise… This means they will be back on the streets.”

But the Centre insists it isn’t in a position to script the initiatives for the state.

“It is up to the chief minister to respond to the situation… It is his political future at stake as well,” the government source added.

PM’s all-party meet With no let up in violence in the Valley, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to call an-all party meeting. The date is yet to be finalised, but sources indicated it might be on Friday or Saturday.

The decision comes in the wake of a demand by the Opposition in Lok Sabha that they be kept in the loop on Kashmir and the steps taken by the government to restore peace there.

After the meeting, sources said, the PM is likely to make a statement in Parliament.

The Centre, it is believed, will make every effort to persuade the PDP to attend the meet this time. The PDP had stayed away from an all-party meeting convened by Abdullah on July 12 despite a call by the PM to its chief Mehbooba Mufti.

The UPA, which has so far rallied behind Abdullah, has now asked Governor N N Vohra to send daily reports.

“It is an emerging situation. We have to keep a strict watch on the developments. The first priority is to break the current cycle of violence,” a senior minister said.