2 More Protesting Youth Killed, 100’s Injured On Day 64

SRINAGAR: At least two civilians were killed and over scores injured in fresh firing by the police and paramilitary forces in the Shopian and Anantnag districts of south Kashmir on Saturday, taking the death toll in the Valley to 82. Sayar Ahmad Sheikh, 26, died when the security forces fired tear gas shells and pellets […]

V K Singh Says Use Of Pellets ‘Sensible’

NEW DELHI:Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh, also a former Indian Army chief, on Saturday described pellet firing as non-lethal and said it was a “sensible and well-thought” decision by the Union Home Ministry to use the weapon for controlling protesting crowds in the Kashmir Valley. “Pellet firing is non-lethal. The Home Minister’s […]

Geelani, Salahuddin Masterminding Violence: BJP

NEW DELHI: The BJPs national general secretary and its Kashmir point person Ram Madhav on Saturday said Pakistan-based militant commander Syed Salahuddin was masterminding the ongoing unrest in the valley through Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. In a TV interview, Madhav said the two-month long unrest – the deadliest the valley has suffered in […]

Why The United States Is Unlikely To Get Involved Over Kashmir?

The United States spokesperson, Mark Toner, in a reference to the rising bilateral tensions between India and Pakistan has said, “It’s clearly in the security interests of the region that they work to de-escalate tensions and that they have dialogue”. Toner has added, “And that’s something we constantly encourage for just that – or out […]

Kin of Slain Driver Refute Police Version

Srinagar: The kin of the slain CAPD contractual driver Saturday strongly refuted the police claim that described his killing as ‘death in road accident’. The 47-year-old man, resident of Aali Kadal Srinagar, succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura after what his relatives said ‘was beaten to pulp by the paramilitary CRPF at Hyderpora’. The […]

‘Separatists Face Threat From Pak’

Jammu: Justifying the security extended to separatist leaders of Kashmir Valley, Union minister Jitendra Singh today said they faced threat from Pakistan which might attack them to blame it on India. Singh said the Kashmir unrest was first such turmoil in the world in which number of the civilians injured are more or less equal […]

Junket for Kashmir

WHEN faced with a problem you can’t solve, what do you do? Why, declare a national holiday and hope people are satisfied. That’s what the PPP government did in the 1990s, and since then, we demonstrate our support for the Kashmir cause by staying home on Feb 5, taking it easy. Of course, this is […]

Fake Outreach to Kashmir

The NDA government’s approach over the last two months in Kashmir has amounted to ignoring the scale of casualties and depth of suffering. A real worry is that the Modi government’s analysis of the problem leaves it very little scope to reach out to Kashmiris, let alone explore a political solution The two-day all-party delegation […]

Mehbooba In Jammu: Ate More ‘Golgappas’, Studied Less

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti recalled her high school days while laying the foundation stone of a postgraduate medical college in Jammu. “Aapne seriously mehnat ki, maine nahin ki. Maine class 12th mein padhaai kam ki aur golgappe zyada khaaye (You have seriously worked hard, I haven’t. I studied less and ate […]

Now PDP-coterie takes over Information Dept!

Srinagar: Even as the state government has mysteriously stopped release of advertisements to a section of newspapers, particularly the Kashmir Observer during the prevalent crises in Kashmir, it was reliably learnt that a coterie from within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) is resorting to the “Bandar Baanth” of the commercials to kill two birds with […]

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