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In pictures: Funeral of martyred youth, civilian killed in Shopian area

By Vikar Syed Braving chilling cold thousands participated in the funeral procession of a local martyred youth Irfan Ahmad Bhat in Shopian. Photograph by Vikar Syed for The Kashmir Walla Thousands of people on Sunday attended funeral procession of slain youth killed in an encounter at Khudpora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. Braving chilling cold,

Of life and death in Kashmir

By Sanna Irshad Mattoo When the black smoke settles down on a pile of debris, a layer of ash adds up on the remnants of memories. With each gunfight, fallen militant, funeral, a house turns into a mound of broken concrete and charcoal, underneath hiding years or decades of life. Slowly, within a few moments, remnants

Group of British MPs present report on Kashmir’s ‘human rights tragedy’

In a report presented to the UK Parliament, The All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG) has condemned the Indian government for using “excessive force against Kashmiris and refusing to allow independent observes” from Britain to enter Jammu and Kashmir to monitor the true scale of the “human rights tragedy” there. Labour MP Chris Leslie, the chairman

In Kashmir, Indian Forces Security Searches Lead to Sexual Abuse

India’s renewed Cordon and Search Operations are proving a nightmare for Kashmir’s women. By Qadri Inzamam Zareena (name changed on request) remembers every detail of that evening: “There was a commotion outside. A group of policemen made their way into the lawn and started kicking and breaking whatever their eyes fell on. We were looking

India’s Modi may spark more violence in Kashmir with intensified strategy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may intensify a crackdown on militants in Kashmir, which risks more violence. His recent actions, including ending an alliance with a regional political party, could trigger more aggressive policies in the troubled area that could incite backlash from locals. The United Nations has accused India of widespread human rights violations

Reporters assaulted by paramilitary officers in India Kashmir

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir state should identify and punish the officers who assaulted freelance reporter Muheet ul Islam, and allow journalists to do their jobs without fear of retaliation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officers from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), a paramilitary group, at approximately 11 a.m. on June 2

Kashmir’s award-winning tormentor

In India today, those who torture in Kashmir are held in high esteem. by Mirza Waheed An ordinary man was tortured in Kashmir in April last year. He was beaten, strapped with ropes to the front of a military vehicle and a cardboard placard was forced on his chest. He was then paraded as a

Mass Uprising in Kashmir

By Seema Mustafa If what is happening currently in Kashmir is seen as anything short of a mass uprising then New Delhi is clearly deluding itself. The hard and angry actions by the Indian Army that has seen large scale human rights violations in the Valley has not quelled the protests but indeed intensified these.

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Shopian: Family, locals reject police claim, maintain Shahid was civilian

Locals on Sunday rejected police claims regarding civilian Shahid Manzoor Mir, one of the two persons killed during an encounter in Khudpora, Gagran area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. The other slain has been identified as Irfan Ahmad Bhat son of Ali Mohammad of Bandzoo Pulwama at present Gund Haadu, Memendar, Shopian. In a statement,


Will take Kashmir movement to its logical end: Awami Action Committee (AAC)

Awami Action Committee (AAC) on Sunday renewed its pledge to support the ongoing movement for right to self determination and termed the present situation in Kashmir highly “sensitive and explosive.” In a statement here an AAC spokesman said that party leaders and activists participated in an important meeting at party headquarters Rajouri Kadal here and


Ten policemen resign in Jammu and Kashmir in two days after fresh wave of attacks on cops

On 31 November last year, security forces zeroed in on the village of Futlipora minutes after four militants entered into a house for hiding. After long gun battle, which started in the evening and continued till the next day afternoon, three militants were killed while one managed to escape. But, Mohammad Lateef Bhat, a resident


People sacrificing lives for dignified Kashmir solution: Waza

In occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, has said that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute and the Kashmiri people are sacrificing their lives for a dignified solution to the dispute. Mukhtar Ahmed Waza while addressing a public gathering at Ashmuqam in Islamabad district said, neither New Delhi nor can


Modi’s visit to Kashmir: Joint Hurriyat calls for Lal Chowk chalo on May 19

The Joint Hurriyat leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik Monday called for Lalchowk Chalo on Saturday May 19 against the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The leaders, as per a statement, strongly condemned the atrocities committed against people throughout the Kashmir. “The proposed visit of the Indian


JKLF founder Amanullah Khan: First Kashmiri to address press conference at UN’

Paying rich tributes to the JKLF founder Amanullah Khan, senior leader Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday said he was a symbol of struggle and his tireless work for Kashmir would remain a corner stone of the struggle for ages to come. “He (Khan) was a noble son of soil who from his youth till the


Until Kashmir issue is resolved, ‘dance of death and destruction will have no end’: Geelani

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday said that the peace, stability, and development of whole South Asia are connected to the resolution of the Kashmir issue. “For peace and development of the region, 5 million people of the whole of Jammu and Kashmir have to decide their future political destination,” Geelani


At least four killed after rebel-army gun battle in Kashmir

Dozens of protesters who came out in support of the rebels are wounded in clashes with Indian security forces. by Rifat Fareed Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Four civilians and an Indian soldier were killed in a gun battle in southern Kashmir, sparking mass protests across the region in which dozens were wounded during clashes with


Kashmir students clash with India police

Students protesting Indian rule in disputed Kashmir clashed with government forces on Thursday . Government forces fired tear gas to stop students from marching at several colleges in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar. The students chanted anti-India slogans and marched on the streets in the city center while demanding an end of Indian rule


The systematic use of rape as a weapon of war in Kashmir

Rouf Dar The rape and murder of Asifa Bano contains within it the story of Kashmir’s marginalised communities. On January 10, Asifa Bano, an eight year old Muslim girl from the Bakerwal community was abducted from Rasana village in Jammu and Kashmir. It was later found that she had been drugged, tortured and raped while