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Seven youth arrested during CASOs in Shopian

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ISLAMABAD: Indian police and troops, in Indian occupied Kashmir, arrested seven youth during Cordon And Search Operations (CASOs) and nocturnal raids in Shopian district.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the troops and police personnel conducted raids on houses after cordoning off Kanjiuallar, Wangam, Sudershan Pora, Rakhpora, Amirabad, Naristan Handew, Batapora and Dragadh areas of the district and picked up seven youth for participating in anti-India demonstrations.

Those arrested were identified as Meraaj Tantray, Afridi Hussain, Mohsin Rasheed Lone, Farooq Ahmed Butt, Showkat Ahmed Thokar, Abdul Rasheed Thokar and Azad Ahmad Itoo.

Local residents talking to media men said that amid chill people were asked by the troops and police personnel to come out of their houses.

They said that the forces’ personnel dragged seven youth out of their houses and whisked them away in an armoured vehicle.

Indian troops also conducted cordon and search operations at Nargistan, Gusoo and Tral in Pulwama district, Kulhama in Bandipora district and at Tarzoo in Sopore area of Baramulla district.

Meanwhile, sleuths of India’s National Investigating Agency (NIA) conducted raids and searches in the houses of two religious persons in Rajouri area of Jammu and in some areas in south Kashmir.

 

 

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One arrested, drugs seized in operation

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ATTOCK: The police on Wednesday arrested one accused and seized drugs in an operation.

Police said Sub-inspector, Izhar Ahmad, during routine patrolling stopped a truck for snap checking but the driver tried to escape from the scene.

The police arrested the driver accused Zaroon Shah, a resident of Jalalabad.

During snap checking, 16 packets of 8000 grams heroin worth million of rupees was recovered from the truck.

Police have registered a case against the driver.

Further probe was underway.

 

 

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3 human traffickers arrested

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Rawalpindi Circle Wednesday arrested three accused allegedly involved in human trafficking.

According to details, the accused were identified as Abdul Qayyum, Ikram Gul and Mazhar Iqbal, a press release said.

The further investigation is in progress.

 

 

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Jakarta ex-governor freed from prison after blasphemy sentence

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JAKARTA: Jakarta’s former governor has been released from prison, his assistant said Thursday, nearly two years after his blasphemy conviction fanned fears over religious intolerance in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — the Indonesian capital’s first non-Muslim governor in half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader — left Mako Brimob prison in Depok, outside Jakarta, at around 7:30 am local time, Ima Mahdiah told media.

Supporters of the former governor, who is popularly known as Ahok, gathered outside the prison, chanting and cheering his new-found freedom.

The release ends one of the most tumultuous chapters in Indonesian politics in recent memory.

Purnama had been a popular politician who won praise for trying to clean up the traffic-clogged megacity and clamp down on corruption before his imprisonment.

But his downfall came quickly after comments he made on the campaign trail during a re-election bid saw him accused of insulting Islam.

The filmed remarks, which went viral online, sparked mass protests in Jakarta, spearheaded by radical groups opposed to a non-Muslim leader and encouraged by his political rivals.

He lost the election to a Muslim challenger and was then sentenced to two years’ jail in May 2017.

It was an unusually harsh sentence — prosecutors had only recommended probation for the now 52-year-old.

“He was picked up by his son Nicholas Sean Purnama” after being released, his assistant Mahdiah said. “He will spend time with his family first, resting.”

Purnama’s case drew international headlines and a wave of criticism, including from the United Nations, which urged the country of 260 million to revise its decades-old blasphemy law.

The charge against him centred on a remark he made to voters about his Muslim rivals using a Koranic verse to trick people into voting against him, which judges ruled amounted to blasphemy against Islam.

 

 

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