Kashmir: Civilian killings threaten new anti-India protests

By Rifat Fareed Shopian, Indian-administered Kashmir – When darkness descends on the quiet villages of Shopian, everything falls silent. But Sunday evening was different. A quick rattle of gunfire echoed through Pahnoo village in Shopian, a southern Kashmir district that has witnessed increasing violence in recent months. Six men, all locals and two of them

By Rifat Fareed Shopian, Indian-administered Kashmir – When darkness descends on the quiet villages of Shopian, everything falls silent. But Sunday evening was different. A quick rattle of gunfire echoed through Pahnoo village in Shopian, a southern Kashmir district that has witnessed increasing violence in recent months. Six men, all locals and two of them

Kashmir: Born To Fight


How custodial killings were covered up in Kashmir

By Anando Bhakto Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir – At around 6:30am on January 20, 1994, the Indian Army cordoned off the Barzulla Baghat locality in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. An announcement was made from the parapet of a nearby mosque, asking men to assemble at a ground behind the Saddar Police Station. “We

Kamran Yousaf is a Journalist Kamran Yousuf a Journalist or Terrorist? Kashmir Photographer Is Jailed, Pending Answer

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — He is known as one of Kashmir’s gutsiest news photographers covering the intensifying hostility in his home region, and when violence broke out he was always among the first to the scene. But the photographer, Kamran Yousuf, 21, has been stuck in jail since September — the victim, his friends and family

Afzal Guru: The Hero of the Kashmir’s Struggle

By Sajjad Shaukat The 9th of February is being celebrated as the martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru whom India secretly hanged and buried inside the Tihar jail complex on February 9, 2013. It triggered protests in Kashmir and widespread condemnations from various political and human rights organisations. Afzal Guru was convicted in 2001 Parliament

India: Unchecked Attacks on Religious Minorities

Reform Laws Choking Freedom of Expression, Association (New York, January 18, 2018) – The Indian government failed to stop or credibly investigate vigilante attacks against minority religious communities during 2017, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing its World Report 2018. Many senior leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) publicly promoted Hindu supremacy and

The Myth of Indian Republic Day for Kashmir

Every year, 26th of January is being celebrated by India as the Indian Republic Day. But, the day is being observed by the Kahmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and all over the world, including their Pakistani brethren as the Black Day in protest against Indian illegal occupation of Kashmir. By

The Forgotten and Unending Tragedy of Kashmir

By Haroon Malik “There were people dying everywhere getting massacred in every town and village, there were people being picked up and thrown into dark jails in unknown parts, there were dungeons in the city where hundreds of young men were kept in heavy chains and from where many never emerged alive, there were thousands

Indian Violation of the UN Resolution Regarding Plebiscite in Kashmir

By Sajjad Shaukat Every year, January 5 is celebrated in remembrance of the pledges of the UNO; as on this very day in 1949, UNCIP (United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan) resolution was adopted in which Kashmiris right of self-determination was granted through a free and impartial plebiscite, while still living under Indian occupation.

A Never-Ending Nightmare in Kashmir

By Jean Drèze First-hand accounts of torture in the ‘Structures of Violence’ report are extremely disturbing. Ending human rights violations in Kashmir requires not only the repeal of draconian Acts but also respect for the law. “Like all the detained youth, I was beaten, and hung upside down. I was kept naked, tied to a

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Kashmir: Thousands hit the streets after army killings

Tens of thousands of angry protesters poured onto the streets throughout Indian-controlled Kashmir, hurling rocks and shouting anti-India slogans after soldiers killed four civilians and two suspected fighters. Many protests on Monday centered around the town of Shopian, where the shooting occurred. There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries during the demonstrations, which

Kashmir Valley shuts down after woman killed in Shopian encounter

By Peerzada Ashiq Normal life was affected in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday after authorities imposed restrictions in view of a bandh call given by separatists to protest killing of a woman during an encounter between security forces and militants in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. Most shops, offices and business centres remained shut

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the Trump decision

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has strongly condemned the Trump decision of announcing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and appealed the Islamic Countries to act. “People of #Kashmir strongly denounce the US Presidents move to announce #AlQudsAlSharief (Jerusalem) as the so-called capital of Israel, we urge the UN to take action in accordance with

An earthquake measuring 5.1 struck north east of Thang, Jammu and Kashmir

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale struck 111 km north east of Thang, Jammu and Kashmir today in the early morning hours. There was no immediate report of any injury or destruction in parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Further details are awaited. Yesterday, an earthquake of 5.5 magnitudes on the Richter scale jolted

The US Dilemma

By Lt. General Tariq Khan (Retired) The US finds it does not know how to dismount the tiger. The US is finding the war in Afghanistan a little too hot for its liking and why not; it was a war that remained in search of strategy and failed to find it. It’s not that I

Dear America: It’s Your Turn to ‘Do More’

By Ishaal Zehra “We need to give attention to the important role Pakistan plays in the Afghanistan issue, and respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and security concerns”, said the Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi over a telephone conversation with US State of Secretary Rex Tillerson on August 23. “China stands ready to keep communication and coordination with

US Stuck In the Graveyard of Empires

By Ishaal Zehra Media reports claim that the American President, Donald Trump, has let loose to his advisers who were tasked to craft the new US strategy in Afghanistan, blasting them strikingly for their startling failures in America’s longest war in Afghanistan. According to some senior officials, he even suggested firing the war’s top military

Trump is grossly misled on Pakistan, here it is how?

By Atta Rasool Malik On 21 August 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump spelled out his long awaited ‘Afghan Policy’ while addressing American officers and soldiers at historic U.S military base, Fort Myer, Virginia. His speech was televised nationwide during prime-time in the United States.  Millions of others around the globe also listened to American President

Plight of detainees in jails deplored

In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has appealed to the international community and human rights organisations to take cognizance of the plight of illegally detained pro-freedom leaders and activists languishing in different jails. The APHC Spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the authorities were prolonging their detention on one pretext

Hurriyet leaders continue to visit martyrs’ families

In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders and activists continued to visit Islamabad district to express solidarity with three youth, martyred by Indian troops, recently. A delegation of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet led by Bashir Ahmad Qureshi and Umar Aadil Dar visited the families of the youth in Awoora area of district and expressed condolence with them. The delegation paid