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This Is What It’s Like Living Through Kashmir’s Communications Blackout

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

“Human rights are being snatched away as we speak.”  Pranav Dixit  Danish Ismail / Reuters For 29 days, the residents of Kashmir, the conflict-ridden state in northern India, have been living in a black hole. On midnight, Aug. 4, India’s Hindu nationalist government abruptly wiped out the legal autonomy that the disputed region has enjoyed

‘I don’t know if my wife’s alive’ says British man after Kashmir lockdown

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

Basit Mahmood A British man says he is ‘falling apart’ after not hearing from his wife for over three weeks, after Kashmir was placed under curfew by the Indian government. Wanting only to be identified by his first name, Adeel, 33, says he doesn’t know if his ‘wife is even alive’ after a communications blackout

Kashmir seige completes 30 days despite India’s ‘normalcy’ claims

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

Tensions soared in India-administered Kashmir after New Delhi scrapped the region’s autonomy, cut phone and internet access, placed curbs on movement and arrested thousands, a move dubbed “illegal annexation” by activists and neighbouring Pakistan. A masked Kashmiri protester shouts pro-independence slogans in Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir, Friday, August 30, 2019. (AP) Tension remained high on Tuesday

Pellet Guns used by Indian Army in Kashmir

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Relieved but worried Canadians return home from Kashmir

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Sabia Zargar and her son Suhaan pose in their Mississauga home after returning from Kashmir, on Saturday, August 31. J.P. MOCZULSKI When Sabia Zargar travelled to Kashmir this summer, she expected to visit family and show her 10-year-old son the places her mother grew up. What she didn’t anticipate was being stuck inside her parents’

‘We risk everything’: Reporting Kashmir amid lockdown, harassment

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Journalists decry limited access to phone and internet, forces denying free movement and pressure to report ‘normalcy’. By Rifat Fareed As the crippling lockdown in Indian-administered Kashmir nears a month, journalists in the region complain of harassment by authorities, with many accusing security forces of deleting their camera footage and pressure to report “normalcy”. “This is

With meticulous planning then mass arrests and ‘torture’, Kashmir’s autonomy was lost

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Residents say security forces have beaten and abused locals as they attempt to prevent a violent uprising. Warning: this article contains images which some readers may find distressing Zubair Sofi Srinagar @@zubairsofii When Jammu and Kashmir’s governor addressed the world in a press conference on 4 August, people in the Muslim-majority valley were worried. After decades

The intractable mess in Jammu and Kashmir

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Christopher Snedden  New Delhi has even managed to antagonise the pro-Indian politicians in the area with its latest crackdown. It is impossible to know what is actually happening in Kashmir. Since 4 August, Indian forces have effectively incarcerated the region, with people kept indoors and more than 1600 “social activists” detained. Communications to, and in,

Among the 3,000 detained by Indian authorities in #Kashmir are Children

Aug 30th, 2019 | By

Among the 3,000 detained by Indian authorities in #Kashmir are Children Posted by Jamal Ghani on Thursday, August 29, 2019

UN Role as a Peacemaker in Kashmir

Aug 29th, 2019 | By

By Beenesh Ansari United Nations was established in 1945, giving hope to the weaker states for a peaceful world without any suppression from the powerful. The Charter of UN states “to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character”. The functions of the UN were mainly based on