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Srinagar: Sikhs stage protests over the death of a Sikh youth in police firing in Jammu; in Srinagar on June 5, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

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Jammu: An indefinite curfew imposed in parts of Jammu, following violence over Sikh militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s posters, continued for a second day on Friday.

Authorities also ordered the suspension of Internet services to check the spread of rumours in Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

The curfew was clamped on Thursday in Satwari and Mirian Sahib areas of the city.

Educational institutions in the five districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri and Poonch remained closed on Friday.

Jammu District Magistrate Simranjeet Singh on Friday ordered service providers to suspend Internet in Jammu district, both on landline and mobile networks.

He also imposed prohibitory orders banning the assembly of five or more people all over Jammu.

Street protests erupted in many places here on Friday morning as Sikhs again took to the streets to demand action against those responsible for the killing of a Sikh youth.

Jagjit Singh, son of Narvir Singh, was killed in police firing on Sikh protesters at Gadigarh area on Thursday.

The army patrolled Digiana and Satwari areas in the city. Police and paramilitary forces were also deployed in other sensitive areas.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has named Ashkoor Wani, the new deputy inspector general of Jammu-Kathua range.

Protesters on Thursday snatched an AK-47 rifle from a special police officer in Digiana in Jammu city. They wanted action against a police sub-inspector who had removed posters of Bhindranwale on Wednesday.

“We have launched a manhunt to trace the culprit and recover the weapon,” a police officer said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti condoled the youth’s death and appealed for peace in Jammu. (IANS)

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U.S. Determined To Address ‘Legitimate Concerns’ To Achieve Peace in Afghanistan

Washington opened direct peace talks with the Taliban last summer to promote a political settlement to the war.

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U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, talks with local reporters at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2018. VOA

The United States said Saturday that it was determined to address “legitimate concerns” of all sides in the conflict in Afghanistan to achieve peace.

Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. special envoy for Afghan reconciliation, tweeted the pledgefrom neighboring Pakistan, where officials are trying to arrange and host the next round of talks with representatives of the Afghan Taliban.

The insurgent group has been reluctant to send its envoys to the dialogue since its last meeting with Khalilzad’s team in the United Arab Emirates a month ago. Representatives from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the host country also attended that meeting.

The Taliban has since accused the U.S. team of backing away from holding discussions on key insurgent demands for all American and NATO troops to leave the country to allow Afghans to resolve political differences themselves.

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Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, right in backgroud, and U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, left in background, meet in Kabul, Nov.10, 2018. VOA

Washington has been pushing the Taliban to open direct talks with the Afghan government, but insurgents have refused to do so, rejecting Kabul as an “American puppet.”

“To achieve peace, we are ready to address legitimate concerns of all Afghan sides in a process that ensures Afghan independence and sovereignty, and accounts for legitimate interests of regional states,” Khalilzad said.

He called for insurgents to agree to a cease-fire, and warned that U.S. troops would hit back if they came under attack from the Taliban.

“Urgent that fighting end. But pursuing peace still means we fight as needed,” the U.S. envoy underscored in his messages via Twitter.

Pakistan promotes dialogue

Pakistan said it was trying to facilitate U.S.-Taliban discussions, hoping the dialogue would lead to an intra-Afghan peace process. Islamabad has long been accused of sheltering and covertly helping Taliban rebels orchestrate attacks inside Afghanistan. Pakistani leaders reject the charges.

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Taliban fighters are seen in Shindand district, Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27 2016. VOA

“The solution to the Afghan issue is not possible without intra-Afghan dialogue, and Pakistan considers it vital for the restoration of peace in the entire region,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told local media Saturday.

Also Read: Pakistan Increases Efforts To Save The U.S.-Afghanistan Peace Talks

Washington opened direct peace talks with the Taliban last summer to promote a political settlement to the war. Since then, media reports have said U.S. President Donald Trump is considering a plan to pull out nearly half of the 14,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan in the coming weeks.

The reported plans have worried critics, who say the move will encourage the Taliban to continue its military campaign rather than negotiate a political settlement to the 17-year-old war. (VOA)