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Police in Kashmir probe claims of staged army gunbattle

By Aijaz Hussain  Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir said Tuesday that they are investigating allegations from three families who say their relatives were killed by the military in a staged gunbattle and buried as unidentified militants. Police are taking “all necessary steps to ascertain facts” in the case, said Amritpal Singh, the police chief in Shopian

J&K Suffered $5.3 Billion Economic Loss Since August Last Year, Says Civil Society Group

The exhaustive report by leading Indian intellectuals, academics, former bureaucrats and generals talks of “systematic violations of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir since August last year Zafar Aafaq SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir has registered economic losses to the tune of a staggering Rs 40,000 crore (USD 5.3 billion) since August 2019 when the

Kashmir’s Double Lockdown Has Left 1.5 Lakh Transport Workers Without Jobs

Majid Maqbool Riyaz Ahmed, a driver from Srinagar city’s Dalgate area, earns his living by ferrying tourists from the otherwise busy TRC taxi stand number 1. For the past few weeks, he has been bringing his vehicle from home and parking it in the yard of the quiet taxi stand. Sometimes he washes his vehicle,

Pulitzer Prize 2020 for coverage of the Jammu and Kashmir lockdown

The winners of the Pulitzer Prize for 2020 were declared on Monday, 4 May, with Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan, and Dar Yasin of The Associated Press winning the prize for Feature Photography for their coverage of the Jammu and Kashmir lockdown. The prize winners were announced virtually on YouTube because of the coronavirus pandemic by

UN Rights Chief Concerned Over Kashmir Situation

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday voiced her concern over the continued curbs and detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. Updating the ongoing 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on human rights developments around the world, UN rights chief also spoke about the Citizenship Amendment

The mother shares the tale of her seven-months-old daughter Noor Fatima who lost her hand to the Indian shelling

Sahibs Matloob, 23, the mother shares the tale of her seven-months-old daughter Noor Fatima who lost her hand to the Indian shelling in Nikyal city of the District Kotli “My husband was out for work and only two of us were at home. Since she born, I was spending most of my lime at home

Story of a 6 year old girl who never get back to school

“When I reached the hospital, Misbah was laying motionless at operation table and a team of doctors was busy stitching wounds in her forehead. Her face covered with blood and her white uniform was turned red. At first sight, I was unable to believe she is alive. She is the eldest among my three children

Helplessness of Kashmiri Mothers

A helpless mother is weeping on her fate of losing her young son What would happen if, amidst darkness, around the arrival of dawn, the Indian Occupational forces, harshly strike the door of your house, summoning you to open the door or they’ll smash it. While opening it, you ended it up by losing someone

Story of 7-year-old boy shot by Indian snipers from across the Loe in Abbaspur, Poonch

SHOT AT THE POINT-BLANK Saddam’s mother decided not to send him school on the first day when the school opened after summer vacations. There was news coming from other villages being bombed from across the Loe. She was afraid that while in school, he might be harmed in case shelling starts in this bordering town.

In Kashmir, an empty bed signifies a life lost

A female Kashmiri photojournalist describes the challenges and advantages of covering the story of her homeland. by Masrat Zahra The funeral of prominent rebel commander Zakir Musa in Noorpora, a village in south Kashmir’s Tral district I was born and raised in Srinagar’s old town, where I would often watch street clashes play out between

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,

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Indian Army Killed a 70 year old Kashmiri in front of his 3 year grandson

In a heartbreaking incident, an elderly person was killed by Indian Army in Sopore today, when he was carrying his grandchild to buy milk. Family members also saying that security forces first killed his father and later started doing TRP show with toddler. “My father was brought down from the car and shot dead,” says


Continued military siege in occupied Kashmir denounced

The Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement has denounced the continued military siege and curbs on communications means in occupied Kashmir and described it the worst kind of human rights violation. APHC-AJK leader and Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement, Imtiaz Wani in a statement issued in Islamabad said that the people of Kashmir


India’s policy toward Kashmir reflects promotion of Hindutwa extremism ideology

Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider, has said that right to granting right to self-determination to the Kashmiris is the only solution to the Kashmir dispute. According to Kashmir Media Service, Raja Farooq Haider said this while addressing a seminar titled “Kashmir Issue – Revocation of Article 35-A and 370 of


Media silenced in Kashmir

Anuradha Bhasin, the executive editor of Kashmir Times, addressing a seminar on ‘Media Freedom for Kashmir’ organised in Thrissur on Tuesday by the Kerala Media Academy in association with the KUWJ. Internet and cellphones restricted, says Kashmir Times executive editor As all means of communications have been restricted, the media in Kashmir are struggling for


BJP Leader Thrown Out Of Asia Pacific Summit For Disrupting Pakistan’s Speech On Kashmir

Pakistan National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri raised the Kashmir issue at the summit. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Jolly was thrown out of the Asia Pacific Summit, 2019 in Cambodia on Tuesday when he tried to disrupt the speech of Pakistan National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri on Kashmir issue. In a video circulated


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