Archive for September 2019

India’s torture methods: new claims emerge from disputed Kashmir

Sep 18th, 2019 | By

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

Sep 17th, 2019 | By

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

Sep 16th, 2019 | By

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



Kashmiri leader calls on EU to react to the situation in Kashmir

Sep 16th, 2019 | By

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

Sep 16th, 2019 | By

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



India’s actions have made separatism in Kashmir mainstream

Sep 13th, 2019 | By

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?

Sep 13th, 2019 | By

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

Sep 6th, 2019 | By

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

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

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”



Allegations Of Human Rights Violations in Kashmir Must Be Investigated: UK

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

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