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Top Kashmiri leader asks Pakistan to withdraw from peace pacts with India

Nov 12th, 2019 | By

Syed Ali Shah Geelani urges Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to respond to India’s “annexation” of disputed Kashmir by dissolving Tashkent, Shimla and Lahore agreements, and “re-designation” of de facto border to “ceasefire line.” Islamabad must withdraw “from all aspects” of several peace accords with India and re-designate the de facto Kashmir border Line of



Twitter accused of censoring free speech in Kashmir

Nov 1st, 2019 | By

Activists and journalists allege the micro-blogging site is ‘part of the censorship imposed by the Indian government’. An Indian soldier stands guard in Srinagar, Kashmir [FAROOQ KHAN/EPA-EFE] Rights activists have raised concerns over the removal of hundreds of thousands of tweets, many of them belonging to journalists critical of the Indian government’s policy on Indian-administered



No Kashmiri Flag, Constitution Under Indian-Imposed Changes

Nov 1st, 2019 | By

SRINAGAR, India — India on Thursday formally implemented legislation approved by Parliament in early August that removes Indian-controlled Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status and begins direct federal rule of the disputed area amid a harsh security lockdown and widespread public disenchantment. The legislation divides the former state of Jammu-Kashmir into two federally governed territories. Government forces were



Anxious and Cooped Up, 1.5 Million Kashmiri Children Are Still Out of School

Nov 1st, 2019 | By

Mehak Javid Bhat, 18, center, was preparing for medical school when her high school in Kashmir shut. Thirteen weeks after India unilaterally revoked Kashmir’s autonomy, education stands as one of the crisis’s most glaring casualties.Credit…Atul Loke for The New York Times By Sameer Yasir and Jeffrey Gettleman Every day, Aliya Khan, a fifth-grader in Kashmir,



Kashmir Black Day

Oct 25th, 2019 | By



Kashmir families live in fear as loved ones are detained far from home

Oct 17th, 2019 | By

Relatives tell of 1,000km bus journeys to Agra where prisoners are held after Modi crackdown A reporter in Srinagar, and Ahmer Khan and Rebecca Ratcliffe in Agra The last time he saw her, Mehraj-ud-din Wani assured his wife that he would soon be a free man. Wani was speaking to his wife, Gulshan, from behind



Kashmiri children among prisoners in India crackdown

Oct 17th, 2019 | By

 More than two months after New Delhi revoked the autonomy of Indian-administered Kashmir, thousands of Kashmiris are still in jail. Among them are children as young as nine-year-old. Some families accuse the Indian government of torture and abuse which has even led to suicides – allegations denied by India’s security forces. But people are



India’s repression in Kashmir is not compatible with democracy

Oct 14th, 2019 | By

People take part in a rally to express solidarity with Indian Kashmiris, in Lahore, Pakistan, on Oct. 6. (K.M. Chaudary/AP) By Editorial Board WHEN INDIA’S Parliament abruptly stripped the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy on Aug. 5, the government of Narendra Modi claimed it was a prelude to a new era of



A new India is emerging, and it is a country ruled by fear

Oct 9th, 2019 | By

Amit Chaudhuri Modi’s vision for the country is one that stifles dissent and difference, in defiance of its people’s history Four months have passed since Narendra Modi and the BJP came back to power in India, and more seems to have happened there than in the last 40 years. The sense of severance that many



Opinion | The U.N. Can’t Ignore Kashmir Anymore

Oct 3rd, 2019 | By

By The Editorial Board As India cracks down on a long-disputed region, two nuclear powers face off. Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, was a man on a mission at the United Nations, imploring members last week to persuade India to lift its siege of Kashmir, a longtime flash point between the two nations, which both