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Hurriyat leaders arrested ahead of NSA talks, released the same day

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

YaseenMalik-MirwaizUmarFarooq-SyedAliGeelani-Hurriyat-SartajAziz_8-20-2015_194761_lSyed Ali Shah Geelani and leaders of the moderate faction Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Moulvi Abbas Ansari and JKLF leader Yasin Malik  had been placed under house arrest.

A heavy contingent of police was placed around the houses of these prominent leaders a few days prior to the NSA talks. The leaders of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference were invited by Sartaj Aziz for a meeting in Delhi before the latter would speak to Indian National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval.

Hurriyat (M) spokesman, Sahid –ul – Islam told Indian Express that police has lifted the cordon around the house of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. “Now there are no restrictions. We don’t know why the decision has been taken,’’ he said

Omar Abdullah, former J&K CM has out rightly condemned CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed for arresting the separatist leaders prior to their meeting with Sartaj Aziz. He tweeted, “shame on Mufti Syed for arresting on demand. He had no business following his masters orders & detaining the Hurriyat leaders like this.”

In 2014, India had called off talks with Pakistan because of Hurriyat’s involvement. However, the NSA talk this time is still scheduled on its decided day.

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Foul Smell? Chinese Learning is Trending in Pakistan Amid Deepening Ties With China

The massive collaboration dubbed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, is generating interest among Pakistani students and professionals to learn Mandarin

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Li Xue Mei teaches compulsory Mandarin lessons
Learning Chinese Trending in Pakistan Amid Deepening Ties With China. VOA
  • China’s investment of around $60 billion under CPEC collaboration is expected to bring around 20,000 Chinese to Pakistan
  • Public and private institutions are establishing links with Chinese counterparts to promote exchanges in higher education and provide research opportunities on both sides of the border
  • While both countries have traditionally enjoyed close political and defense ties, officials hope the corridor will further cement relations and bring economic prosperity to Pakistan

China is investing billions of dollars in extensive roads, railways, special industrial zones and energy infrastructure in Pakistan. The massive collaboration dubbed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, is generating interest among Pakistani students and professionals to learn Mandarin.

Li Xue Mei teaches compulsory Mandarin lessons to around 300 students ranging from grade five to middle school. She is one of the Chinese instructors at the private Roots millennium schools, where more than 7,000 children are learning the language.

“They are good and they are very excited to learn Chinese,” she said.

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She adds that writing Chinese language characters is challenging for her students, but they quickly master it. The instructor underscores the urgency of learning Mandarin.

“I think they need to learn more Chinese to learn Chinese culture and they can communicate more and they can cooperate better with Chinese people and they can work better,” she said.

China’s investment of around $60 billion under CPEC collaboration is expected to bring around 20,000 Chinese to Pakistan.

A large number of them have already moved to the country, mostly running private businesses.

Public and private institutions are establishing links with Chinese counterparts to promote exchanges in higher education and provide research opportunities on both sides of the border.

Beijing regards CPEC as “a pilot flagship project” of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a massive trade and connectivity venture aimed at linking China to the rest of Asia, Africa and Europe through both land and maritime routes.

While both countries have traditionally enjoyed close political and defense ties, officials hope the corridor will further cement relations and bring economic prosperity to Pakistan.

“History bears testimony to the fact that this great friendship has stood the test of time. But in the past four years this relationship has crossed new thresholds and culminated in the establishment of CPEC,” said Pakistani Foreign Policy Advisor Sartaj Aziz.

The nearly 3,000-kilometer long corridor China is building in Pakistan will allow its trade convoys to travel along the Karakoram Highway, snaking past snow-capped ranges, down to the deep-water Pakistani port of Gwadar. The freight will then be placed on ships bound for markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. (VOA)

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FIR filed against Hurriyat leaders under ‘Pakistan funding terrorism’ case

Kashmir separatist organization Hurriyat under attack from investigating agencies

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Separatists in Kashmir. VOA
  • Recently, top Hurriyat leaders have accepted in a video that they have taken funds from Pakistan to cause unrest in Kashmir valley (a sting operation done by India Today)
  • NIA has filed cases against these leaders. 21 sites have been raided in Kashmir and Delhi

June 03, 2017: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed FIR against the top Hurriyat leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and LeT Chief Hafeez Syed. 

Geelani’s name was also found under the Preliminary Enquiry.

The FIR was lodged after the Hurriyat leaders were seen on a video affirming that they have been funded by Pakistan to cause unrest in the Kashmir Valley (sting operation carried out by India Today). The organization holds strong separatist ideologies.

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Along with the FIR, an investigation was also carried out. A total of 21 sites were raided. 14 locations were raided in Kashmir, which included the residences of Bitta Karate, Javed Baba Gazi, and Naeem Khan. These leaders have always created unrest and chaos in Kashmir to meet their ultimate goal of separation.

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Furthermore, 7 more locations were raided in Delhi and Haryana. Investigating agencies say they have reports of businessmen from Delhi and Haryana supporting this fund transfer and are directly involved in sending money to separatists in Kashmir. The businessmen are identified.

Cash worth Rs 1 crore was recovered by the NIA from a raid in Delhi and Srinagar. NIA reveals that the hawala operators operate starting from Chandni Chowk and Ballimaran in Delhi to Srinagar.

Hurriyat’s main source of funding is through hawala and cross-border trade. The three Hurriyat leaders had agreed to receive funds from Pakistan through different channels.

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Bitta Karate also confessed on the video by India Today that he has killed a few Kashmiri Pandits, which angered the Pandits. Shouting slogans of ‘we want justice’, the Kashmiri Pandits are urging J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to take a strong action.

Many arrests are expected to follow after due investigations by the NIA.

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Fashion Show with “bullet pellet effect” as part of its ‘Kashmiriyat’ collection upsets Ex Jammu and Kashmir Chief Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister on Sunday came down heavily on the organisers of a fashion show for creating "bullet pellet effect" as part of its 'Kashmiriyat' collection

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Omar Abdullah. Wikimedia Commons

Srinagar, December 7, 2016: Omar Abdullah, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister on Sunday came down heavily on the organisers of a fashion show for creating “bullet pellet effect” as part of its ‘Kashmiriyat’ collection.

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He said on Twitter, “Am I reading this correctly? A pellet injury ‘effect’ is being created for a fashion show. That seems macabre if not downright thoughtless.”

Omar Abdullah,responded to a tweet posted on the handle of ‘VanHeusen GQ Fashion Nights’.

“#Backstagepass @sonicsarwate creates a bullet pellet effect for Shantanu and Nikhil’s Kashmiriyat collection,” the official GQ India Fashion Nights had posted.

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The former CM said that the pellets have blinded and injured scores, to recreate the injuries for a fashion show was “inexplicable even if collection (is) called Kashmiriyat.”

He asked, “Are any part of the proceeds of the show or the ‘Kashmiriyat’ collection going to help rehabilitate those hurt by pellets.”

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The GQ India handle later on, took down the ‘offensive’ tweet after Omar’s reaction.
Omar Abdullah was quick to add, “And quietly deleting the tweet does not make it any better @gqindia. Here is a screen grab in case people wonder what my tweets are about.”

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs