Day 73:‘Shell’ Shocked Girl Dies Of Heart Attack

Srinagar: A 19-year-old girl died of cardiac arrest in Shopian district during security forces action against stone-pelting protestors Monday, taking the toll in the ongoing unrest in the Valley to 92, while a school building caught fire under mysterious circumstances in nearby Anantnag district. Khushboo, daughter of Mohammad Hussain, collapsed during the clashes between protestors […]

Court Directs Investigation Into Vessu Youth’s Killing

SRINAGAR:Judicial Magistrate Qazigund has directed SSP Kulgam to get investigation in the killing of 20 year old, Basit Ahmad Ahangar, in an FIR (235/2016) done “by any other officer other than Dy SP and SHO Qazigund”. Basit was killed on 3rd September when forces allegedly targeted and fired pellets on him, resulting in his death […]

AMU Expels Kashmiri Over ‘Objectionable’ Post On Uri Attack

Aligarh: A Kashmiri student was on Monday expelled from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for posting “objectionable” comments on Facebook over the militant attack on the army base in Uri. AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen Zameer-Ud-din Shah took a “very serious view” of the issue and expelled the student, who was pursuing Masters in Organic Chemistry, […]

Sharif Writes To UNSC Over ‘Dire Situation’ In Kashmir

New York: Ahead of his address to the UN General Assembly, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has written to the permanent members of the Security Council over the Kashmir issue saying it is a “constant source of tension and instability” posing a threat to world peace and security. Sharif has written to the Heads of […]

6 Reasons Why Military-Action Against Pakistan Is Not Option For India  

By and by, the Modi government is discovering the harsh truth: India just doesn’t have room for manoeuvre in its Pakistan policy. Public demand wants military action against Pakistan for the Uri attack yesterday. Terrorist attacks against Indian security forces in border areas used to be a thing of the ’90s. Lately, they have returned: […]

Step back from the brink

Two days after the Uri attack which killed seventeen jawans and injured many others, South Asia is agog with anticipation of what next. The signals from New Delhi have so far left nobody in doubt as to the next course of action, but all are curious as to what form this action takes. The central […]

Gandhi grandson: India has lost Kashmir

In some ways the game is over in Kashmir Valley. When someone like Tariq Ahmed Karra, one of the PDP founders, resigns from Parliament and party, citing “administratively inhuman and politically unethical blunders”, and likens the government’s repressive methods to those of the Nazis, it is time to realise that rejection of India seems complete […]

Reason, rather than rage

  This week begins with India and Pakistan perched on the edge of a full-blown crisis. The prospect of missteps plunging the two states over the edge is real. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is under pressure from parts of its own rank-and-file, from inflamed public opinion, and from sections of the military, to authorise the […]

Hard times help us recognize who care for us

There is a famous saying in Persian meaning ‘all bad times have one good thing in common – help you identify who really care and who only boast of.’ Bad times aren’t alien to Kashmir. It is imperative to identify elements, individuals and institutions, differentiate in them and beware of them.   Beware of the […]

Why has no one demanded Mehbooba Mufti’s resignation?

In any other state, the death of 81 people in two months would have triggered an outpouring of demands for the resignation of its chief minister. But Kashmir might be another country – life here appears to be collateral for democracy, presumably to be forfeited every time there are street protests. Or otherwise, India’s security […]

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