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Kashmiris urged to observe full shutdown Aug 152017/08/14
SRINAGAR: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has called people to observe complete shutdown on August 15 (Tuesday), India's Independence Day and appealing to the teachers, students and their parents to boycott all functions related to the event. 
JRL also warned the government not to force teachers, students and their parents to participate in these functions.
Joint leadership appealed parents that they should stop their children from participating in the August 15, related functions.
"We are not against the freedom of any country and will provide them a chance to decide the future by allowing independent plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir, till then it doesn't have any moral and constitutional right to organize the freedom celebrations on the soil of this state," joint leadership said in a statement.
"India itself attained freedom from British rule on 15 August 1947 and became an independent country but only after 72 days of this freedom, this country snatched the freedom rights of the Kashmiri people and forcibly occupied this region by landing its troops on 27 October and since then this occupation continues," JRL said.
"This country merely on the bases of its military might is riding on the shoulders of the Kashmiri people and have snatched the freedom of millions of the people of this region. They said that Kashmiri nation is continuously demanding from last 70 years that India should call back its forces from Kashmir and give us a chance to decide our future.
"Kashmir is an internationally acknowledged dispute and Delhi can neither succeed in changing the status and nature of this state by its rigid and stubborn policy nor can be this region kept permanently under the forced control, they said and added that any tinkering or fiddling in article 35A won't (state Subject law) be tolerated.
Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said that New Delhi is desperate to tamper with the Muslim majority character of Jammu and Kashmir. Cautioning people against the nefarious designs of Delhi and its henchmen in state, JRL said that people in state won't allow anyone to alter or interfere with the integrity and special status of the state and will safeguard it at all costs.
"Our demand for Right to Self Determination is purely a democratic demand and India has also promised to fulfil that demand on national as well as international levels but this country backtracked from its promises and is now busy in suppressing the genuine and just voices of the Kashmiri nation," they added.
It only adds salt to our bleeding wounds when they celebrate their Independence Day in an occupied territory of Jammu & Kashmir, said they. Lashing New Delhi, the resistance leaders said that if their conscience is alive, then it is better for them to celebrate these events only in their own country, said JRL.
Paying glorious tributes to slain youth in Awenera Shopian gunfight, the resistance leadership said that they are laying their precious lives for sacred cause, extending their condolences with grieved families they said that haughty approach of Indian authorities for prevailing awful situations and continues bloodshed, JRL said that our youth are left with no option other than to resist this forced occupation. - NNI

US spent $76bn on arming forces in Afghanistan: GAO2017/08/14
KABUL: The United States has failed to enable the Afghan security forces to operate independently despite spending $76 billion on arming them over the last 16 years.
Washington could maintain its support to Afghanistan because the country's "stability and security continue to face threats from the Taliban-led insurgency, criminal networks and terrorist organisations, including the militant Islamic State group.
A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the US began providing weapons, communication devices, and other security equipment to the Afghan security forces in 2002.
About 86 per cent of the funds - $66 billion of the $76 billion - were channeled through the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund (ASFF), which was set up in 2005, according to the report.
Until April 2017, about $61 billion of the $66 billion of allocations made since 2005 have been disbursed. The largest expenditure was for sustainment, totalling 44 per cent (over $26 billions) of all ASFF disbursements.
Equipment and transportation accounted for almost $18 billion, or 29 per cent. About 81 per cent of weapons provided to the Afghan security forces were rifles and pistols.
The firepower funding also included more than 25,000 grenade launchers and almost 10,000 rocket-propelled weapons used by the Afghan Border Police. The Afghans were also given 162,643 pieces of communications equipment and nearly 76,000 vehicles.
The vehicles were primarily light-tactical vehicles like Ford Ranger pickups, cargo trucks and more than 22,000 Humvees. As many as 110 helicopters and 98 planes have also been delivered to the Afghans since 2007. - NNI

Pak envoy visits Makkah to oversee Hajj plans2017/08/14
MAKKAH: The Ambassador of Pakistan to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and member Hajj Advisory Committee H.E. Khan Hasham Bin Saddique visited Makkah to oversee the Hajj arrangements for Hajj 1438H. 
The Ambassador was received at the Main Control Office Azizia by Director Hajj and other officers and officials of the Hajj mission ...

Hizb leader Yasin Yatoo martyred in Shopian fight2017/08/14
SRINAGAR: The operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Muhammad Yasin Yatoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi, along with his two associates, was martyred in a clash at Awneera in Shopian Sunday. 
This was revealed by official sources in Srinagar.
The locals said that the commander fought undauntedly up to the last and killed two Indian soldiers and injured many troops before achieving martyrdom.
Earlier, it was presumed that Adil Malik along with Umar and Irfan were killed in fierce gunfight at Awneera in Shopian. However, after recovering body from the debris, it was identified as of Muhammad Yasin Yatoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi, the operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir. Yatoo is a resident of Chadoora in Budgam district.
The gunfight also left two Indian soldiers dead. Meanwhile authorities have directed telecom authorities to block mobile Internet services in Budgam district.-  NNI

Why Nawaz ousted' pamphlets distributed by PTI in twin cities2017/08/14
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has distributed pamphlets in twin cities on Sunday explaining reasons that led to disqualification of ex-premier Nawaz Sharif on July 28 in response to PML-N distributing copies of his iqama (residence permit) claiming his innocence.
Spokesperson for PTI maintained earlier today that Nawaz Sharif and his party attempted to mislead the people of Rawalpindi by claiming innocence showing his foreign residence permit that was crucial in verdict of the top court in a corruption case.
He claimed that PTI will inform the people about why the former premier was disqualified through pamphlets that would cite reasons.
The pamphlets that were air-dropped in different localities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad cited ten points.
This is why the premier was ousted, according to the opposition party: (1) He looted national treasure by corruption and wrong use of his designation; (2) He made offshore companies and properties on the names of his children to hide his plundered money;  (03) He tried to hide the black money by mentioning wrong details in his nomination papers, and misled the nation along with ECP, FBR, SECP and other institutions of his real assets; (04) He committed money laundering with the help Ishaq Dar and other corrupt government servants (05) He has been deceiving the federal tax-collecting institutions for past thirty years; (06) He lied in his address to the National Assembly and the nation after the Panama Papers were leaked, and tried to hoodwink the apex court instead of speaking the truth; (07) He, along with his children, tried everything possible to create obstacles in court's proceedings and in the investigation of JIT, and submitted forged documents in the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan; (08) He is not 'Sadiq and Ameen' (honest and trustworthy) by any means under the Articles 62, 63 of the constitution; (09) The apex court and the nation sought his answer for fifteen months, but he had nothing to tell except lies; and (10) It was declared by the five judges of the Supreme Court that he is not honest and trustworthy, not by five common people. - NNI

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