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J&K: Militants Are The Worst Human Rights Violators

On the occasion of World Human Rights Day on 10 December 2007, it becomes expedient to take a reality check on the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Separatists and other outfits organised large-scale protests in Jammu and Kashmir against alleged 'increasing human rights violations' and demanded implementation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assurance on zero tolerance to human rights abuse by the security forces. While the so-called custodians of human rights regularly cry hoarse over violations allegedly commited by the Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, they turn a blind eye to the abuses undertaken by militants since the onset of militancy in the 1980s. Acting under the behest of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), these militant outfits do not even spare innocent children and women. Also, the militant outfits have frequently resorted to selective killings on the basis of religion in order to communalise the situation for their vested interests.

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Kashmir valley continues to reel under intense cold wave

Date: 4 January 2008

The intense cold wave gripping Kashmir valley showed no signs of relenting even though there was a marginal dip in the night temperature. The night temperature recorded in Srinagar city was minus seven degrees Celsius. Other parts of the valley also recorded temperatures of identical nature, an official of the meteorological department said. He said Pahalgam recorded minus 6.8 degrees Celsius while north Kashmir border district of Kupwara saw the mercury dipping to 5.3 degrees below the freezing point. Tuesday night was the coldest this winter at minus 7.4 degrees Celsius, which is a record for last 20 years.

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