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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

Kashmir: how Modi’s aggressive ‘Hindutva’ project has brought India and Pakistan to the brink – again

Abdullah Yusuf   Lecturer in Politics, University of Dundee August is immensely important in the history of the Asian subcontinent, marking the month that India and Pakistan gained independence from the British in 1947. Now, in 2019, it has once again proved momentous, when, ten days before India’s Independence day celebrations, prime minister Narendra Modi’s

Pakistan’s Envoy to U.S. Says ‘World Should Take Notice’ to Avoid New Conflict with India over Kashmir

By Tom O’Connor Pakistan’s envoy to the U.S. warned India’s crackdown on Kashmir could destabilize the region to the point of another conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbors if left unchecked by world powers. Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Asad Majeed Khan told Newsweek that “things are getting worse” in India-administered Kashmir as the “complete lockdown”

This Is What It’s Like Living Through Kashmir’s Communications Blackout

“Human rights are being snatched away as we speak.”  Pranav Dixit  Danish Ismail / Reuters For 29 days, the residents of Kashmir, the conflict-ridden state in northern India, have been living in a black hole. On midnight, Aug. 4, India’s Hindu nationalist government abruptly wiped out the legal autonomy that the disputed region has enjoyed

Kashmir seige completes 30 days despite India’s ‘normalcy’ claims

Tensions soared in India-administered Kashmir after New Delhi scrapped the region’s autonomy, cut phone and internet access, placed curbs on movement and arrested thousands, a move dubbed “illegal annexation” by activists and neighbouring Pakistan. A masked Kashmiri protester shouts pro-independence slogans in Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir, Friday, August 30, 2019. (AP) Tension remained high on Tuesday

Relieved but worried Canadians return home from Kashmir

Sabia Zargar and her son Suhaan pose in their Mississauga home after returning from Kashmir, on Saturday, August 31. J.P. MOCZULSKI When Sabia Zargar travelled to Kashmir this summer, she expected to visit family and show her 10-year-old son the places her mother grew up. What she didn’t anticipate was being stuck inside her parents’

‘We risk everything’: Reporting Kashmir amid lockdown, harassment

Journalists decry limited access to phone and internet, forces denying free movement and pressure to report ‘normalcy’. By Rifat Fareed As the crippling lockdown in Indian-administered Kashmir nears a month, journalists in the region complain of harassment by authorities, with many accusing security forces of deleting their camera footage and pressure to report “normalcy”. “This is

With meticulous planning then mass arrests and ‘torture’, Kashmir’s autonomy was lost

Residents say security forces have beaten and abused locals as they attempt to prevent a violent uprising. Warning: this article contains images which some readers may find distressing Zubair Sofi Srinagar @@zubairsofii When Jammu and Kashmir’s governor addressed the world in a press conference on 4 August, people in the Muslim-majority valley were worried. After decades

The intractable mess in Jammu and Kashmir

Christopher Snedden  New Delhi has even managed to antagonise the pro-Indian politicians in the area with its latest crackdown. It is impossible to know what is actually happening in Kashmir. Since 4 August, Indian forces have effectively incarcerated the region, with people kept indoors and more than 1600 “social activists” detained. Communications to, and in,

UN Role as a Peacemaker in Kashmir

By Beenesh Ansari United Nations was established in 1945, giving hope to the weaker states for a peaceful world without any suppression from the powerful. The Charter of UN states “to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character”. The functions of the UN were mainly based on

Insurgency in Kashmir: what comes next

By Atta Rasool Malik The situation in Indian-administered Kashmir is immensely tense. The beautiful Kashmir Valley is on lockdown, with a complete curfew since August 5. Indian armed forces have started conducting night raids, searching houses and picking up boys (potential stone throwers) since Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy was stripped two weeks ago. As The

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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


Pakistan ‘will accept’ decision of Kashmiris: Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said “Pakistan will accept” the decision of the people of Kashmir through plebiscite. Qureshi was responding to the Sky News journalist Dominic Waghorn in an exclusive interview on World View whether Pakistan had plans to “liberate” Kashmir. Waghorn noted that “there are many in Kashmir who don’t want freedom


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