Jammu shell blast kills two people; Separatists show no interest in joining Indo-Pak talks; Explosion in Jehangir Chowk; Woman candidate killed in the Panchayat elections; General A.S.Hasnain claimed no infiltration happened as yet;
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  • A shell explosion in a scrap dealer’s shop in Jammu district left two persons dead and another injured. The border belt of Jourian in Akhnoor tehsil of the district was completely rocked due to the blast. Several live shells were also recovered after the blast which were later defused.1 Reports noted that the invitation for talks to separatists from India and Pakistan is likely to be deferred as Kashmiri leaders have expressed reservations to join the process till both countries take some serious steps to resolve the Kashmir issue.2

    In another incident, mysterious explosion rocked Jehangir Chowk. Reports noted that explosion created panic following which police and paramilitary CRPF men cordoned off the area and launched searches.3 However, in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, a gunmen was shot dead a woman candidate for Panchayat elections. The woman is Hasina Begum, a Panch candidate. This is the first political killing in Kashmir since the 16 phase polls began on April 13.4

    Meanwhile, Chinar Corps GOC Lt. Gen A.S. Hasnain has confirmed there has been no infiltration bid observed from across the Line of Control so far this year. He made the observation from across the Line of Control owing to the hostile climatic conditions and the strict vigilance maintained. He reiterated the presence of Chinese troops in Pakistan Administered Kashmir as a cause of worry.5

    In other developments, police have claimed that three persons have been arrested, involved in the killing of Jamiat-a-Ahli Hadees (JAH) Chief Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah. The three accused who are arrested were members of a religio-political organization.6