first_img UN chief urges India & Pakistan to exercise ‘maximum restraint’ on Kashmir, recalls Simla agreement The tweets have no local content, which normally should have been available to a Kashmiri present on the ground.IANSDespite the communications lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir since August 4 night, the Twitter handle of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani has apparently been active, putting out anti-India tweets regularly.Tweets from the handle @sageelani_ were largely in praise of Pakistan and Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The earlier Twitter handle @sageelani was suspended in June for its vitriolic anti-India and separatist content.The current handle has been active on a daily basis, and there is every likelihood of it being handled from across the border. The handle reflects Pakistan’s current thinking regarding the events in Kashmir after the revocation of its special status.The tweets have no local content, which normally should have been available to a Kashmiri present on the ground.Take for instance an August 4 tweet. It says “#IndiaUsingClusterBombs Pakistan we need your help!! #KashmirUnderThreat”. Pakistan alleged that India had used cluster bombs on its civilians living along the border that day. The tweet is a give-away that the handle is being managed by the ISPR, the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces.The handle specifically eulogises and thanks Asif Ghafoor, who is the head of the media wing. The ISPR is known to run fake pro-Kashmiri and anti-India handles to keep the separatist fire burning among the people of the valley.Separatist hawk Geelani is known not to run his Twitter handles. His earlier account, now suspended, was run by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC).Geelani was put under house arrest, as numerous other separatist leaders, ahead of revocation of Article 370 that gave special status to Kashmir, and division of the state into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh. Closelast_img read more

first_imgMap of Mississippi state in US locating the area where a military plane crashed on Monday, killing at least 16 people. AFPAt least 16 people were killed when a US military plane crashed in rural Mississippi on Monday evening, a regional emergency management official said.No official details were immediately available on the circumstances of the crash in northern Mississippi’s LeFlore County, about 100 miles (160 km) north of Jackson, the state capital.Captain Sarah Burns, a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps, said only that a US Marines KC-130 Hercules transport aircraft had “experienced a mishap,” with news media initially reporting five confirmed deaths.Several hours later, Fred Randle, LeFlore County director of emergency management, told Reuters that at least 16 people had perished. Randle gave no further details of the incident.A KC-130 Hercules plane. This Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John Robbart III via REUTERSThe incident was a “tragedy”, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said in a statement on social media site Facebook, but provided no details.Images posted online by news organizations showed the crumpled wreckage of a plane engulfed in flames in a field surrounded by tall vegetation, with a large plume of smoke in the sky above the crash site.last_img read more