Friday 28 November 2014

Monday 10 November 2014

Indian Army admits to Shooting two Boys

The Indian army has issued an unusual apology for shooting dead two teenage boys in Indian-administered Kashmir. The army says it made a mistake in firing at a car they were travelling in on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday. Correspondents say it is rare for the army to admit such an error in such speedy and unambiguous terms. A senior army commander based in the Jammu region flew especially to Srinagar to address the media in the aftermath of the deaths. "We take responsibility for the death of the two boys in Kashmir," the chief of the army's northern command, DS Hooda, told reporters late on Friday.

Read more at BBC News

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Global Hand Washing Day in Dadyal

October 15th 2014: Anderhal Youth Representatives organised a 'Global Hand Washing Day' event at Government Boys School Dadyal. It's becoming more and more necessary to promote awareness of the importance of personal hygiene to encourage individuals to take the steps required to reduce the risk of infectious diseases spreading. The public must be reminded of bad habits as well as the risks associated with them. Islam encourages us to take various steps to ensure that hygiene standards are high, however, many individuals due to lack of awareness continue to be complacent when it comes to basic tasks such as washing hands with soap and  consequently, put themselves at risk. There are also various steps that need to be taken by those preparing food which are often neglected in Dadyal which often leads to stomach infections and food poisoning. It's a ray of hope to see youngsters involved in community service initiatives.

Sunday 31 August 2014

Monday 25 August 2014

AJK Police Given Professional Training & Latest Weaponry

August 2014: Police forces in Azad Jammu and Kashmir are being strengthened to enhance its professional skills under a broad-based development plan in line with the needs of the modern age, disclosed the AJK police chief. Talking to newsmen at PWD Rest House, Inspector General of Police Malik Khuda Buksh Awan said that the police force had been imparted the latest professional training related to all the disciplines and course including the anti-riots training. He revealed that the police had also been equipped with latest weaponry including shields for defense and helmets besides the latest swift means of communications. 

Flanked by SSP Mirpur Raja Urfan Salim and SSP Security for Chinese in Mirpur district Sheheryar Khan, the AJK police chief said that the police force had also been dispatched in required number to Islamabad to join the local law enforcing agencies to deal with any eventuality following the ongoing marches staged by the PTI and PAT. The IGP said that in view of the increased population and rapid progress and development in all the fields in AJK, immediate improvement in the police strength was the need of hour to maintain the sense of complete security among the masses. Awan said that the number of ladies police would also be increased in line with the international standard to ensure improvement of its professional performance. He said that recruitment for the ladies police force in AJK was being increased from 5 to 15 percent.

To a question, the IGP said that the surveillance of non-state subjects pouring in AJK was in progress and the police would unearth those involved in crimes in their home districts or other areas. He said that the registration of non-state subject residents in Mirpur division and rest of AJK was also in progress to watch the anti-social activities of the unscrupulous and mischievous elements. The move, he added, is primarily aimed to eliminate such anti-social elements from their roots to maintain overall peace and order in the area. To another question, the IGP said that police exercised the detailed scanning to unearth the non-registered Afghan nationals in AJK or whom registration by Nadra had been expired.

Such non-registered Afghans were rounded up under foreigners act in various parts of AJK including Mirpur district aimed to discourage the unlawful presence of the unauthorised illegal foreigners in the region, he said. “The plan involves a special package of the reinforcement of AJK cops on all the seven entry and exit points of AJK facing the neighbouring Punjab and KPK provinces to discourage the influx of the proclaimed offenders and vagabonds and the non-registered Afghan nationals into AJK, he said. He added that standard operating procedure for ensuring the complete security of the sensitive key installations across AJK had also been devised. Reported by The Nation. 

Two Soldiers and Four Militants Killed in Indian Occupied Kashmir

August 25th 2014 - SRINAGAR: Two soldiers and at least four militants were killed in two separate gunfights in India-held Kashmir over the weekend, an army spokesman said on Sunday. A daylong battle with a group of militants on Sunday left one soldier and four militants dead in Kupwara district, said Col N.N. Joshi, the spokesman. He said another soldier was killed in fighting in Keran sector, near the de facto border in the disputed Himalayan region. Soldiers encountered on Saturday night the militants, who had crossed the border, some 150km northwest of Srinagar, the official alleged. “In the resultant exchange of fire between army and terrorists, one soldier was injured who succumbed later to his injuries,” Col Joshi said. The violence came after India called off high-level talks with Pakistan, scheduled to take place in Islamabad, angry that a Pakistani official had met Kashmiri leaders in New Delhi.

Pakistan described the cancellation of talks as a setback for closer relations with India’s rightwing government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India’s military says it has stepped up operations to flush out “suspected Pakistani militants” moving across the Line of Control. On Saturday, Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged fire along the border further south in the region of Jammu, resulting in four deaths and forcing villagers to flee their homes. Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2014

Friday 11 July 2014

Friday 4 July 2014

Monday 9 June 2014

Shafique Shah Lord Mayor of Birmingham

Councillor Shafique Shah has been appointed as the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. Shafique's family originates from Dadyal, Azad Kashmir. The father of five became Lord Mayor on Monday 9th June 2014. His wife, Sadia Shafique became Lord Mayoress of Birmingham. 

The telecoms engineer grew up in Bordesley Green and has represented the inner city area as a councillor since 2005. He said: “What I am looking forward to is the opportunity to meet as many regular, hard-working citizens of the city that time will allow. “I intend to accept as many invitations as I can to visit city schools and meet the young people that will be the future leaders of our city.” Coun Shah went to Sir Wilfred Martineau School and later graduated in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. He worked as a senior manager for a telecoms company before branching out into business for himself and has travelled widely on business – including to China. 

“I have, as yet, not found any city as welcoming and warm as my home of Birmingham. I always feel proud to say I am a Brummie. I will work hard as an ambassador for our great city to show the world all the positive aspects Birmingham and its citizens have to offer.” Coun Shah is chairman of governors at Bordesley Green Girls School and has previously campaigned to increase the number of school places in the area. The new Lady Mayoress is a full-time mother and active member of her local community. She wants to use the position to support charities and voluntary groups. Coun Shah, a Birmingham City supporter, takes over from devoted Aston Villa fan Mike Leddy whose year as Lord Mayor is coming to an end.

Extracts used from Birmingham Mail

Sunday 8 June 2014

Foreign NGOs Spying on Azad Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD: Former Inter-Services Intelligence director general Hamid Gul has said that the recent visit of Nawaz Sharif to India was quite disappointing and asked the prime minister to adopt a strict Kashmir policy during his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Addressing the ex-servicemen society at the Central Press Club on Thursday, the former intelligence chief said that foreign agencies (NGOs) were merely spying on Muzaffarabad instead of doing anything constructive in Azad Jammu Kashmir. He also outlined future plans by his son Abdullah Gul for forming a platform for youth, after seven years of continuous research and hectic efforts.

He informed the retired army officers that that he had phoned Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Senator Ishaq Dar and had received assurances to look into the welfare of the retired officers who had always been badly sidetracked in all budgetary concerns. Deliberating over the organization of ex-servicemen, he said that this organisation was kept in abeyance for 17 years by none other than former president Pervez Musharraf. Gul said that ex-servicemen would evolve into one strong and constructive organization, which would also take due part in social and welfare projects of Muzaffarabad, doing away with the 'assistance of foreign NGOs.' The occasion concluded with a declaration applauding services of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, also demanding a Fauji Foundation Hospital branch in Muzaffarabad.

Karachi Airport Under Attack

08/06/14 Karachi, Pakistan: Heavily armed gunmen have attacked Karachi's international airport, killing at least five security guards and hurling grenades, reports say. Pakistani media reported between four and 10 gunmen had attacked Jinnah International Airport's old terminal. Dawn News said security personnel had surrounded the airport and sealed off roads, and the army had been called in. All operations at the terminal have been suspended and flights are being diverted, it said. Staff are being evacuated. Billowing smoke The security guards killed were said to be part of the Airport Security Force (ASF). A doctor at Jinnah Hospital told Associated Press five bodies had been brought there, as well as one wounded person. Dawn said the gunmen had infiltrated from the Fokker Gate area. Some reports said they had cut through a barbed wire fence. There is no indication yet who is carrying out the attack. An ASF spokesman told Agence France-Presse that the gunmen had reached the runway and that a "gun battle is continuing between terrorists and [armed] forces".

Dawn reported that some attackers had managed to get inside one plane and that three planes had been damaged. Geo News said two attackers were also reported dead and that smoke is billowing from the terminal. The terminal is not normally used for commercial flights but for cargo and special VIP operations. Pakistan has been fighting an Islamist insurgency for more than a decade, with the Pakistani Taliban the main militant group. Karachi has been a frequent target for insurgent attacks. Gunmen attacked a naval base there in 2011, killing 10 personnel and destroying two aircraft in a 17-hour siege.

Reported by BBC News

Monday 2 June 2014

Academic Success for Faiza Qurban of Girls High School Mohra Kanyal

Faiza Qurban of Girls High School Mohra Kanyal received a medal and a certificate from the Education Minister Mian Abdul Waheed for her academic achievements. 

Khalid Bhalote Administrator MCD - Dadyal Online Interview

An interview of Khalid Bhalote (Administrator MCD - Baldiya Dadyal) by Sameer Hussain (MD Dadyal Online) recorded in the MCD Office in Dadyal, Azad Kashmir (December 2013). 

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