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Pak Army Landmine, Sniper Rifle Found In Amarnath Yatra Route: Army

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NEW DELHI: There are confirmed intelligence reports that terrorists backed by the Pakistan Army are trying to disrupt the Amarnath Yatra, the army said today, revealing that a landmine and a sniper rifle were found on the route of the pilgrimage.
"In the last three-four days, there were confirmed intelligence reports that terrorists backed by Pakistan and its army is trying to disrupt Amarnath Yatra and based on that a thorough search was conducted. We had major successes in these searches," said Chinar Corps Commander Lt General KJS Dhillon. Among the Army's finds were a landmine with Pakistan ordnance factory markings and an M-24 American sniper rifle with a telescopic sight, the officer said. The yatra route was being "sanitised for three days", he disclosed. The Army and police held a joint press conference against the backdrop of reports of an increased presence of troops in Jammu and Kashmir. Lt General Dhillon said "direct involvement of the Pakista…

US rejects India pacer Mohammed Shami’s visa on domestic violence charge

Senior Indian speedster Mohammed Shami’s US visa got rejected due to his existing police record on charges of domestic violence and adultery, and the BCCI had to step in to his rescue, according to a BCCI source. The Bengal speedster finally got the clearance after BCCI CEO Rahul Johri wrote a letter to the US Embassy, stating his achievements for the country and furnishing the full police report about his marital discord with estranged wife Hasin Jahan. It is learnt that the Indian players got their visas under P1 category (granted to members of internationally recognised foreign team of athletes). “Yes, Shami’s visa application was initially rejected by the US embassy. It was found that his police verification record was incomplete. However now it has been sorted and all the required documents have been furnished,” a BCCI source privy to the developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity. “Once the visa application got rejected, CEO Rahul Johri wrote a letter of request, citing Shami’…