Reaction to the seven-phased polling for 87 constituencies of J&K assembly has been on the expected lines. Separatists reiterated the boycott call while unionists are divided.
Preoccupied with evaluating the possibility of holding polls in J&K, the policy makers in Srinagar and New Delhi seem to be oblivious of Kashmir’s ‘economic blockade’ entering its second stage.
PM on Friday reiterated his stand of making borders irrelevant.
In a bid to prevent the nascent initiative snowballing into a political controversy, the traders from across the LoC on Friday decided to use dual currency for trade with dollar as a reference.
On the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, a 19-member trade delegation from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir crossed the line of control, marking the resumption of trade on the Jhelum Valley Road (JVR).
The army on Friday said eight-day long Operation Chhamar Sar has concluded though they are yet to retrieve corpses of two of the 13 slain militants buried under the debris of a blasted cave.
Separatists have begun preparations for a march to Lal Chowk. The march was deferred following Ramazan and after authorities clamped unprecedented curfew restrictions in August.
Srinagar and Jammu are bracing for another crisis, this time for medicine.
People are stocking essentials, fearing curfew will return post-Eid.
Using carrot-and-stick policy, the Centre has been tough with secessionists while on the other hand, it has taken care to send feelers for dialogue to the separatists.
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