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Twitter accused of censoring free speech in Kashmir

Activists and journalists allege the micro-blogging site is ‘part of the censorship imposed by the Indian government’. An Indian soldier stands guard in Srinagar, Kashmir [FAROOQ KHAN/EPA-EFE] Rights activists have raised concerns over the removal of hundreds of thousands of tweets, many of them belonging to journalists critical of the Indian government’s policy on Indian-administered

No Kashmiri Flag, Constitution Under Indian-Imposed Changes

SRINAGAR, India — India on Thursday formally implemented legislation approved by Parliament in early August that removes Indian-controlled Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status and begins direct federal rule of the disputed area amid a harsh security lockdown and widespread public disenchantment. The legislation divides the former state of Jammu-Kashmir into two federally governed territories. Government forces were

Anxious and Cooped Up, 1.5 Million Kashmiri Children Are Still Out of School

Mehak Javid Bhat, 18, center, was preparing for medical school when her high school in Kashmir shut. Thirteen weeks after India unilaterally revoked Kashmir’s autonomy, education stands as one of the crisis’s most glaring casualties.Credit…Atul Loke for The New York Times By Sameer Yasir and Jeffrey Gettleman Every day, Aliya Khan, a fifth-grader in Kashmir,

Kashmir families live in fear as loved ones are detained far from home

Relatives tell of 1,000km bus journeys to Agra where prisoners are held after Modi crackdown A reporter in Srinagar, and Ahmer Khan and Rebecca Ratcliffe in Agra The last time he saw her, Mehraj-ud-din Wani assured his wife that he would soon be a free man. Wani was speaking to his wife, Gulshan, from behind

India’s repression in Kashmir is not compatible with democracy

People take part in a rally to express solidarity with Indian Kashmiris, in Lahore, Pakistan, on Oct. 6. (K.M. Chaudary/AP) By Editorial Board WHEN INDIA’S Parliament abruptly stripped the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy on Aug. 5, the government of Narendra Modi claimed it was a prelude to a new era of

A new India is emerging, and it is a country ruled by fear

Amit Chaudhuri Modi’s vision for the country is one that stifles dissent and difference, in defiance of its people’s history Four months have passed since Narendra Modi and the BJP came back to power in India, and more seems to have happened there than in the last 40 years. The sense of severance that many

Opinion | The U.N. Can’t Ignore Kashmir Anymore

By The Editorial Board As India cracks down on a long-disputed region, two nuclear powers face off. Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, was a man on a mission at the United Nations, imploring members last week to persuade India to lift its siege of Kashmir, a longtime flash point between the two nations, which both

In Kashmir, Growing Anger and Misery

The conflict turns messier, and everyday life suffers, as the disputed territory remains on lock down. Here are images from the front lines of the Kashmir crisis. Photographs by Atul Loke Written by Jeffrey Gettleman For nearly two months, the flash-point region of Kashmir has been locked down. The Indian government has flooded it with

Imran Khan warns UN of potential nuclear war in Kashmir

Pakistan PM says he has tried to tell world leaders of growing risk of conflict with India over disputed region Julian Borger in New York and Azhar Farooq in Srinagar Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has said he has been trying to raise the alarm at the United Nations this week about the danger of

Crackdown on lawyers narrows road to justice in Kashmir

Lawyers go on strike after security forces arrest senior advocates amid unprecedented lockdown imposed on August 5. By Menaka Rao & Anumeha Yadav For nearly a month, Shafia Ganai, a softly-spoken 19-year-old undergraduate student of sociology in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora, has visited the police station every day. “The security forces took my brother Mohsin, a

India’s torture methods: new claims emerge from disputed Kashmir

Hilal Mir and Muhammad Raafi In video recorded interviews, the victims allege that the Indian army subjected them to immense physical pain and psychological pressure. “What if they circulate the video and the video goes viral?” This fear often drives Abid Khan to suicidal thoughts, and for a month now, he has been resisting his

A voice pierces the silence imposed on Kashmir

India’s communications blackout ‘felt like an assault on your dignity’ Amy Kazmin When my mobile phone rang with an unknown number, I expected it to be a marketing pitch. But it wasn’t. “Amy. This is Siddiq Wahid,” a voice said, as my brain froze. It was a Harvard-educated academic from Kashmir, the volatile region of

Kashmir, from A to Z: Children’s book highlights region’s culture

Okus-Bokus, by two female authors, comes as fears grow over loss of identity amid perceived attempts to erase culture. By Sonia Sarkar Naen, or granny, explains Kashmiri culture to her grandchildren from A to Z in Okus-Bokus [Courtesy: Onaiza Drabu, Ghazal] Granny takes little Billa and Munni for a walk in Srinagar, and stops by the

India’s actions have made separatism in Kashmir mainstream

Indian aggression against Kashmiri leaders and civilians has killed any chance for a civil dialogue. By Ruwa Shah Kashmiris run for cover as Indian security forces (unseen) fire tear gas shells during clashes, in Srinagar, August 30, 2019 [Danish Ismail/Reuters] On June 11, 2010, I came face to face with the sad and violent reality

My son is one of Kashmir’s ‘disappeared’. When will India tell the truth about their fate?

Parveena Ahangar Kashmir is under siege. Up to 10,000 people have been victims of enforced disappearance, including my son Javaid Women protest against India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status in Srinagar, August 2019. Photograph: Yawar Nazir/Getty Images The Eid this year was like no other. We could not even offer the obligatory sacrifice because of

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Top Kashmiri leader asks Pakistan to withdraw from peace pacts with India

Syed Ali Shah Geelani urges Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to respond to India’s “annexation” of disputed Kashmir by dissolving Tashkent, Shimla and Lahore agreements, and “re-designation” of de facto border to “ceasefire line.” Islamabad must withdraw “from all aspects” of several peace accords with India and re-designate the de facto Kashmir border Line of


OIC expresses ‘deep concern’ over Kashmir

OIC contact group meet on sidelines of UN General Assembly, ask India to ‘rescind unilateral illegal actions in Kashmir’ The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over the worsening human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir with the Indian move to scrap its special status. In a statement issued following a


UK’s Labour Party passes resolution for ‘self-determination’ of Kashmir

The UK’s Opposition Labour Party on Wednesday passed an emergency motion on Kashmir, calling for party leader Jeremy Corbyn to seek international observers to “enter” the region and demand the right of self-determination for its people. “The conference urges the Labour Party to ask Jeremy Corbyn or ensure someone is represented to attend the UNHRC


Jammu & Kashmir: Situation in Valley very bad, no freedom of speech, says Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said the situation in the Kashmir Valley was “very bad”, reported PTI. Azad, who is the leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, is currently on a six-day tour of Jammu and Kashmir. “I spent four days in Kashmir and arrived here to spend two more days in


Kashmiri leader calls on EU to react to the situation in Kashmir

Demonstration in Birmingham, United Kingdom India’s lockdown of Kashmir has caused a humanitarian and human crisis in the region. Ahead of a debate on Tuesday in the European Parliament on the situation in Kashmir, Masood Khan, president of Azad Kashmir, warns about the situation and calls on EU to condemn India’s actions. Kashmir consists of


’20 protests a day’ in Kashmir despite lockdown

Kashmir has seen an average of nearly 20 protests a day against Indian rule over the last six weeks despite a security lockdown to quell unrest, a senior government source told AFP news agency. Altogether there have been 722 protests since August 5, with the main city of Srinagar, Baramulla district in the northwest and


Allegations Of Human Rights Violations in Kashmir Must Be Investigated: UK

The UK on Tuesday said any allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir since India revoked the Article 370 of the Constitution must be “thoroughly, promptly and transparently” investigated. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told MPs in the House of Commons in the first parliamentary session after a long summer recess that he had raised the


‘I don’t know if my wife’s alive’ says British man after Kashmir lockdown

Basit Mahmood A British man says he is ‘falling apart’ after not hearing from his wife for over three weeks, after Kashmir was placed under curfew by the Indian government. Wanting only to be identified by his first name, Adeel, 33, says he doesn’t know if his ‘wife is even alive’ after a communications blackout


Among the 3,000 detained by Indian authorities in #Kashmir are Children

Among the 3,000 detained by Indian authorities in #Kashmir are Children Posted by Jamal Ghani on Thursday, August 29, 2019


France Presses India to Opt for Dialogue in Kashmir Crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron has met with India’s prime minister, discussing climate and other concerns ahead of the G-7 summit but also pressing for dialogue with Pakistan over the crisis in Kashmir. The meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was part of a marathon day of diplomacy for Macron, who is touching base with


Article 370: Kashmiris express anger at loss of special status

Indian-administered Kashmir has been in a state of lockdown ever since the government decided to strip the region of its special status, with mobile phone networks, landlines and internet access cut off. The BBC has been inside Jammu and Kashmir, to hear the voices of those most affected by the change. Amid the furious debate


Iran calls on India, Pakistan to use peaceful means to settle Kashmir dispute

Iran’s Foreign Ministry reacted to the current developments concerning the disputed Jammu and Kashmir regions, saying in a statement on Wednesday that “the Islamic Republic of Iran is closely following the recent decision by the Indian government regarding Jammu and Kashmir, and will take into careful consideration the explanations presented by both Indian and Pakistani


U.S. supports direct dialogue between Pakistan, India on Kashmir

The United States on Wednesday said it supports direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on the disputed Kashmir region and called for calm and restraint as the dispute escalated. “We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern,” a department spokeswoman said in a statement.


Protester dies in Indian Kashmir lockdown

Despite a paralyzing curfew, imposed to head off unrest, sporadic protests have been reported by residents in the main city Srinagar. A protester died after being chased by police during a curfew in Kashmir’s main city, left in turmoil by an Indian government move to tighten control over the restive region, a police official said


Sporadic protests as Indian Kashmir seethes under clampdown

Thousands of Indian security forces kept a lid on protests in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, helped by the continued suspension of telephone and internet services after the Himalayan region’s special status was scrapped this week. A protester died after being chased by police during a curfew in Kashmir’s main city, Srinagar, left in turmoil by


UK expresses concern to India over Kashmir situation

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he had expressed concern to his Indian counterpart about the situation in the disputed Kashmir region. “I have to spoken to the Indian Foreign Minister,” Raab said on Wednesday. “We’ve expressed some of our concerns around the situation and called for calm, but also had a clear readout of


Hundreds of Poor Migrant Workers Flee Kashmir Under Lockdown

Hit by a complete security lockdown in Kashmir, hundreds of poor migrant workers have begun fleeing the Himalayan region to return to their far-away villages in northern and eastern India. Some complained on Wednesday that their Kashmiri employers didn’t pay them any salary as security forces began imposing tight travel restrictions over the weekend and


‘Breaking the silence’: Report documents torture in Kashmir

Rights bodies say India uses torture as ‘instrument of control’ to quash rebellion in Indian-administered Kashmir. By Rifat Fareed Prisoners in Indian-administered Kashmir have been subjected to abuse and torture, including “water-boarding, sleep deprivation and sexualised torture”, according to a report by two rights bodies. The 560-page report released on Monday mentions solitary confinement, sleep


Kashmir group seeks UN probe into torture by India troops

By Aijaz Hussain  A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region. The Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society on Monday released