UN Experts Urge Release Of Khurram

GENEVA – A group of United Nations experts today called on the Government of India to immediately release human rights defender Khurram Parvez, arrested last month for alleged activities against public order.  Parvez is the coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCSS), and the chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances […]

5,000 Arrested In 3 Months In Biggest Ever Crackdown In Valley

SRINAGAR: As the unrest in Kashmir following the death of Hizb-ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 enters 103rd day, the police have arrested more than 100 people in different parts of Kashmir in the last 24 hours. In other words, at least four people have been arrested by the state police every hour. […]

Weapon Snatching ‘Test’: The Form of New Militancy?

SRINAGAR: Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Zakir Rashid Bhat, who replaced slain militant commander, Burhan Wani, has in a video statement urged potential recruits to snatch weapons from police and paramilitary forces and then join militant ranks. “Many of our brothers have taken the path of ‘jihad’ and joined our ranks by snatching weapons. All those brothers […]

‘Waving Chinese flag endorses ‘anti-India’ resentment in Kashmir’

Srinagar: The appearance and waving of Chinese flags in North Kashmir recently has sent shock waves among Intelligence Agencies of India. Reliable Defence sources said that strict directives have been passed to security personnel particularly police to ensure no Chinese flags appear in any part of Kashmir Valley. For the first time on 14 October […]

Work Like Brothers to Solve Kashmir, Ex Chinese Envoy to India, Pak

New Delhi: A top Chinese diplomat has called upon India and Pakistan to “work like brothers and solve the Kashmir dispute bilaterally.” Sun Yuxi, a Chinese diplomat who has served both in India and Afghanistan refused to comment on the recent terror strike in Uri and Pakistan’s interference in Kashmir saying it’s a problem that […]

Set Clock To The Right Time; Govt Tells J&K Bank

Srinagar: In a bid to restore law and order in restive Kashmir, the government has asked the state-owned J&K Bank to “set the clock to the right time” with regard to the working hours at its branches. In the past weeks of continued unrest, the business units of the bank across Kashmir would often operate […]

Hurriyat (G) Unhappy Over Traffic Movement

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) Wednesday criticised the movement of traffic in civil lines areas of Srinagar and alleged that “government is trying to give a feel of normalcy by its paid agents despite every sort of oppression.” In a statement Hurriyat (G) spokesman stressed upon people to strictly follow the protest programme of the leadership […]

Disconnecting Geelani from people will not help

Over the past some days,  the Kashmir Observer tried hard to contact Hurriyat G chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani for an interview on the current situation. But all access to the Azadi patriarch was denied, not by the Hurriyat, but by the government. Our correspondent was denied entry to Geelani’s besieged residence at Hyderpora. Nor […]

Learning From Kashmir’s Summer of 2016

      The indefatigable, mostly indefectible and often irascible A.G. Noorani wrote in Frontline that the Kashmir revolt of 2016 constitutes the third major crisis in the dispute over the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The conventional assumption was that the author meant the preceding crises of 2008 and 2010 were the first two. But he was […]

Retreat by Moscow?

India’s diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan encountered a determined Chinese block at the Goa Brics summit, and the bad news from New Delhi’s point of view is that old ally Russia is more in China’s corner than India’s on this one. Thus the Brics summit declaration specifically mentioned terror groups that are of interest to […]

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