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SRINAGAR: During his maiden visit to Jammu and Kashmir as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Home Affairs, Congress leader Anand Sharma on Friday met former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah.

Sharma discussed the political situation of the Union Territory after August 2019, the issue of full statehood and the early Vidhan Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

SRINAGAR: During his maiden visit to Jammu and Kashmir as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Home Affairs, Congress leader Anand Sharma on Friday met former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah.

“Met former J&K Chief Ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah and @OmarAbdullah. We discussed the political situation in the state post Aug 2019, full statehood and early Vidhan Sabha elections in the state,” Sharma tweeted. 

Taking to the microblogging site, Sharma yesterday informed that he, along with MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, talked to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and took stock of education, healthcare and other development projects at Lal Chowk, Srinagar.

SRINAGAR: City Police distribute face masks to Kashmiri Shiite Muslims during a Muharram procession at the Zadibal area, in Srinagar on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

“First visit after the state of Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two UTs as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Home Affairs to talk to people and take stock of education, healthcare and other development projects. With fellow MP Ravneet Singh Bittu at Lal Chowk, Srinagar,” Sharma tweeted.

Killing of Ghulam Hassan Lone

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday condemned the killing of Apni Party leader Ghulam Hassan Lone, who was shot dead by terrorists at his residence in Devsar-Kulgam.

“Unfortunately there seems to be no end to the spree of political killings in Kashmir. Unreservedly condemn the killing of Apni party leader Ghulam Hassan Lone. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family,” Mufti tweeted.

SRINAGAR: City Police distribute face masks to Kashmiri Shiite Muslims during a Muharram procession at the Zadibal area, in Srinagar on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

Taking to Twitter, Abdullah wrote: “Very sorry to hear about the assassination of Ghulam Hassan Lone in Devsar area of South Kashmir. This renewed trend of targeting mainstream politicians by militant outfits is very worrying & I condemn the same in the strongest possible terms. May Allah grant the departed Jannat.”

Earlier, Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari expressed profound grief over Lone’s killing.

Two militants killed in Awantipora

Two terrorists have been killed so far by the security forces in an ongoing encounter in the Khrew, Pampore area of Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir.
The police also recovered some incriminating material, including arms and ammunition. “#AwantiporaEncounterUpdate: 01 more #terrorist killed (Total= 02). #Search going on. Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition recovered. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” tweeted the handle of Kashmir Zone Police.
Further details are awaited as the operation is in progress.
On August 13, two days before Independence Day, a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was killed during an encounter in Kulgam. (ANI)