Abid Soffi

  • PDP chief Mehbooba says no plan of talks with BJP over government formation in J&K 04-01-2015 09:38 PM

    Srinagar: Rejecting reports that her party will start formal talks with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said that no such decision has been taken. "There are no such plans to talk to BJP...
  • PDP rules out compromise on Article 370, AFSPA; J&K government formation deadlocked 27-12-2014 08:29 PM

    Srinagar: Four days have passed since Jammu and Kashmir Assembly election results were declared but the deadlock over government formation continues as the single largest party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday said that it will not compromise on issues like Article 370 and Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA)....
  • BJP fails to make inroad in Kashmir valley, secure any seat in Ladakh region 23-12-2014 09:27 PM

    Srinagar: Notwithstanding the remarkable performance of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jammu region, the saffron party was not able to make inroad in Kashmir valley and also failed to open an account in the Ladakh region. Despite a high voltage campaigning by top brass of the BJP including Prime Minister...
  • PDP takes top spot in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP second; government formation a big challenge 23-12-2014 08:43 PM

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir's four-cornered contest resulted in a badly fractured mandate with no party reaching within striking distance of the halfway mark of 44 in the 87-member Assembly. Even though Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats, the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led party will...
  • J&K election: PDP demolishes NC citadel, wins 5 out of 8 seats in Srinagar district 23-12-2014 05:17 PM

    Srinagar: Making a huge inroad into the National Conference (NC) bastion Srinagar for the first time, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wrested five out of eight seats in the district. Ashraf Mir of the People\\\'s Democratic Party (PDP) flashes a victory sign to the media outside a counting center in Srinagar....
  • J&K polls: Continuing positive trend of high voter turnout, final phase records 76 per cent polling 20-12-2014 09:10 PM

    Srinagar: Continuing the positive trend of high voting percentage set by the first four phases, the fifth and the last leg of Legislative Assembly elections for 20 segments in Jammu region witnessed a remarkable turnout. Unprecedented security arrangements along the India-Pakistan border and hinterland ensured that voting was by and...
  • J&K election: 5th phase polling on Saturday, litmus test for BJP in Jammu 19-12-2014 07:17 PM

    Jammu: As many as 213 candidates, including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and four other ministers, will be battling it out for 20 Legislative Assembly seats in the fifth and the final leg of elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. This phase is very important for Bharatiya Janata Party...
  • J&K polls: Fourth phase records 49 pc polling, only 16 pc Kashmiri Pandit exercise their franchise 14-12-2014 09:24 PM

    Srinagar: Rejecting election boycott call given by separatists and spurt in terror attacks, fourth phase of the five-phased Legislative Assembly elections in 18 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a good voter turnout. Several seats, including Amriakadal which witnessed an increase of over 10 per cent against 2008, recorded a...
  • J&K polls: BJP poster girl in Kashmir Hina Bhat allegedly slaps polling officer, another candidate thrashes voter 14-12-2014 03:25 PM

    Srinagar: In an embarrassment to Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), its poster girl in Kashmir valley and Amria Kadal candidate Hina Bhat on Sunday allegedly slapped an on-duty Polling Officer in uptown Chanapora. Sources said Hina entered into a heated argument with the polling staff at a polling station in Chanapora...
  • J&K elections: Next government depends on 4th phase; Mufti, Omar, 3 other ministers in the fray 13-12-2014 05:18 PM

    Srinagar: As many as 14.73 lakh voters will get to decide the fate of 182 candidates, including chief ministerial candidates of arch-rivals National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker and three ministers, who are in the fray in 18 constituencies in the...
  • J&K polls: Days before fourth phase; all separatist leaders, 600 others taken into custody 12-12-2014 06:38 PM

    Srinagar: All separatist leaders, including chairmen of both the faction of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief, have been taken into preventive custody or put under house arrest in Kashmir valley, which is going to polls in the fourth phase in the five-phased Legislative...
  • BJP chief Amit Shah slams NC, PDP, Congress for 'lack of development' in J&K 11-12-2014 11:24 PM

    Srinagar: BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the ruling National Conference (NC)-Congress government in Jammu and Kashmir as well as on the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleging that the funds being sent by the Centre were not reaching the people of the state. However,...
  • J&K elections: Despite spurt in terror attacks, 3rd phase records 58 pc voter turnout 09-12-2014 08:42 PM

    Srinagar: Notwithstanding the spurt in terror attacks and election boycott call given by separatists, third phase of the five-phased Legislative Assembly elections in 16 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a remarkable voter turnout. Several seats, including Uri constituency - where eight Army personnel, three policemen and six foreign terrorists...
  • Strike call, restrictions cripple normal life across Kashmir as PM Modi visits Srinagar 08-12-2014 01:42 PM

    Srinagar: Normal life was on Monday crippled due to a strike called by separatists and curfew like restrictions imposed by the authorities in the Kashmir valley following Prime Minister Narendar Modi's visit to Srinagar to address a rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium. Unprecedented security arrangements have been made in the...
  • J&K polls: Srinagar turned into a fortified fortress ahead of Modi's rally on Monday 07-12-2014 07:40 PM

    Srinagar: With less than 24 hours left for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to address an election rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Srinagar, the entire city has been turned into a fortified fortress. Even though security forces are already on high...
  • Terrorists target 4 towns in Kashmir before third phase of J&K elections, 21 killed 05-12-2014 08:13 PM

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a bloody and black Friday with terrorists stepping up attacks across the valley, just four days before polling is scheduled to be held for the third phase in the five-phased Legislative Assembly elections in 16 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir, where a very high voter...
  • Jaitley's remarks contrary to historical facts of Kashmir dispute, far from reality, alleges Hurriyat 05-12-2014 05:25 PM

    Srinagar: Questioning Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's statement that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and borders cannot be redrawn, both the factions of Hurriyat Conference said that that his remarks are contrary to political and historical facts of Kashmir dispute and far from reality. Alleging that 'stubbornness'...
  • Omar reiterates his stand, says will not rest until AFSPA is revoked from J&K 04-12-2014 08:14 PM

    Srinagar: Reiterating his stand on controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that National Conference (NC) would not rest until the Act is not completely revoked from Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing election rallies in Tral, Uri and Baramulla in north Kashmir, Omar said,...
  • 71% voting in the second phase of J&K elections but slight dip in the valley 02-12-2014 08:52 PM

    Srinagar: Just like the first phase, voters on December 2 came out in large numbers ignoring the boycott call given by separatist leaders and cold weather conditions to exercise their franchise in 18 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir. Several seats recorded a remarkable voter turnout, continuing the positive trend set...
  • Polling for 2nd phase in Jammu region on Tuesday; BJP hit by rebellion in Udhampur, Reasi 01-12-2014 05:23 PM

    Jammu: The fate of 85 candidates, including a Congress minister, will be sealed by 8.04 lakh voters in nine Assembly constituencies in Jammu region going to polls on Tuesday in the second phase of the five-phased Legislative Assembly elections. Polling will start at 8:00 am and will continue till 4:00...
  • Polling for 2nd phase in Kashmir on Tuesday, cut throat competition between NC, PDP 01-12-2014 05:14 PM

    Srinagar: Over 7.32 lakh voters will decide the fate of 90 candidates, including three ministers of the ruling National Conference (NC), who are in the fray for nine Assembly constituencies going to polls on Tuesday in the second phase of the five-phased Legislative Assembly elections in Kashmir valley. Polling will...
  • J&K polls: All measure taken to ensure fair, peaceful voting in the district, says Kupwara Dy Commissioner 01-12-2014 01:45 PM

    Srinagar: Expressing hope that the district will continue its previous trend and register a high voter turnout in the Legislative Assembly elections scheduled to be held on December 2, Deputy Commissioner Itrat Hussain Rafique said that all measure have been taken to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling in all...
  • Tarigami accuses BJP of trying to divide J&K on communal lines, urges people to defeat such forces 30-11-2014 06:20 PM

    Kulgam (South Kashmir): Accusing Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to divide the state on communal and regional lines, CPI (M) state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami urged the people to defeat such forces to maintain geographical unity in Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, expressing concern over human right violations in the...
  • J&K polls: Omar seeks refuge in BJP lap, can even align with the devil to be in power, alleges Mehbooba 29-11-2014 06:02 PM

    Srinagar: Accusing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of seeking refuge in the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to secure his political future in Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said National Conference (NC) can align even with the devil to keep her party out of the power in...
  • Braving all odds, Army guards LoC in Gurez to stop infiltration before it snows 28-11-2014 05:48 PM

    Gurez: Braving all odds, particularly cold and harsh conditions at the forward posts in the border town of Gurez in North Kashmir, the Army has maintained round-the-clock vigil along the Line of Control (LoC) to stop terrorists from sneaking into this side from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) before snow blocks all...
  • J&K: Ignoring boycott call, freezing weather, over 70 pc voters come out in the first phase of polls 25-11-2014 09:05 PM

    Srinagar: Despite a boycott call given by separatist leaders and chilly weather conditions, the first phase of the five phased Legislative Assembly elections in 15 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a remarkable voter turnout, setting a positive trend for the remaining four phases in the state. A massive security...
  • J&K Assembly elections: Polling for first phase today; 7 ministers, 12 MLAs in the fray 25-11-2014 12:04 AM

    Srinagar: Over 10.50 lakh voters will get to decide the political fate of 123 candidates, including seven ministers and 12 sitting MLAs, who are in the fray in 15 constituencies in the first phase of the five phased Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Polling will start at...
  • J&K Assembly polls: Close contest between NC, Congress in Gurez constituency, PDP a distant third 23-11-2014 07:11 PM

    Gurez (North Kashmir): Notwithstanding the party's overall decline in Jammu and Kashmir's political spectrum which was evident in Lok Sabha polls, National Conference is trying to stand its ground in the border town of Gurez, which is going to polls in the first phase along with 14 constituencies in the...
  • Hit by boycott during LS polls, enthusiasm high among voters for Assembly elections in Bandipora 23-11-2014 11:33 AM

    Bandipora (North Kashmir): Asserting that unprecedented enthusiasm has been witnessed among the people towards elections in the district, Bandipora Deputy Commissioner Dr Shah Faisal expressed hope that about 70 per cent to 75 per cent electorate will exercise their democratic right this time against only 40 per cent recorded during...
  • 90 candidates in fray for 9 seats in 2nd phase in Kashmir, tough fight between NC, PDP 20-11-2014 06:22 PM

    Srinagar: Three ministers of the ruling National Conference are among the 90 candidates, who are in the fray for nine Assembly constituencies going to polls on December 2 in the second phase of the five-phased Legislative Assembly elections in Kashmir valley. The ministers who are seeking re-election from their respective...