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Thousands protest in Kashmir over rape of three-year-old

Police said the girl was hospitalised in critical condition on May 8 but her condition has stabilised. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Indian-administered Kashmir, angered by the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl by a neighbour who lured her to a school bathroom, which escalated into intense clashes between protesters and

Kashmir Again at Crossroads

What Future Holds for Kashmir if BJP Wins Indian Elections 2019? Ishaal Zehra General elections are underway in India, and in next four weeks, 900 million people there will be eligible to cast a vote to choose their next Prime Minister. Polls predictions so far suggests the potential re-election of BJP with Modi in power

From scholars into militants: Educated Kashmiri youths are joining an anti-India insurgency

By Joanna Slater SRINAGAR, India — He was the kind of professor students adored, always ready to help with books, advice or small loans. His colleagues in the sociology department found him reliable and ambitious, a scholar whose research on consumerism might propel him to a post elsewhere in India. So it was out of

‘Living here is expensive. Dying here is extremely cheap’: Kashmiri voters speak out

By Sugam Pokharel and Nikhil Kumar, CNN Kashmir resident Gulam Rasul has seen it all: Two wars between India and Pakistan which were sparked by the disputed region as well as dozens of other armed conflicts. Over the years, he’s given up dreaming for peace. “If you can’t give us peace, give us the bunkers

Kashmir – An 18-Month-Old Victim in a Very Old Fight

Renewed conflict in Kashmir is killing and blinding the young as politicians remain unwilling to find a just resolution to the old dispute. By Malik Sajad Mr. Sajad is a graphic novelist from Kashmir. = Malik Sajad, a writer and visual artist, is the author of the graphic novel, “Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir.”

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

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‘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


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