Archive for September 2019

Imran Khan warns UN of potential nuclear war in Kashmir

Sep 27th, 2019 | By

Pakistan PM says he has tried to tell world leaders of growing risk of conflict with India over disputed region Julian Borger in New York and Azhar Farooq in Srinagar Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has said he has been trying to raise the alarm at the United Nations this week about the danger of



OIC expresses ‘deep concern’ over Kashmir

Sep 26th, 2019 | By

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

Sep 26th, 2019 | By

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

Sep 25th, 2019 | By

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



Crackdown on lawyers narrows road to justice in Kashmir

Sep 25th, 2019 | By

Lawyers go on strike after security forces arrest senior advocates amid unprecedented lockdown imposed on August 5. By Menaka Rao & Anumeha Yadav For nearly a month, Shafia Ganai, a softly-spoken 19-year-old undergraduate student of sociology in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora, has visited the police station every day. “The security forces took my brother Mohsin, a



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