Kashmir newspapers to hit stands from Thursday

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Kashmir newspapers, which publications were shut down for the past few days in the wake of the tense situation in the state, are likely to hit the stands on Thursday.

The state government has assured editors and publishers that their work won’t be hindered by the heightened security in the wake of recent violence that has claimed over 40 lives and left hundred others injured.

The government had put curbs on the media on Saturday and lifted the ban on Tuesday, saying the decision taken at some “local” level was a mistake. But newspapers refused print runs, alleging that the authorities were denying that the government had banned newspaper publications in the valley.

A meeting was held on Wednesday between Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and editors of Srinagar-based newspapers to resolved the matter. Editors and publishers said the Chief Minister “regretted” the ban and assured them of unhindered news gathering, printing and distribution.

Violence and tension gripped Kashmir after the killing of militant Buran Wani in an encounter with the security forces in the Valley. 

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