APDP, JKCCS Document Torture In Kashmir

SRINAGAR — Prisoners in Jammu and Kashmir have been subjected to abuse and torture, including “water-boarding, sleep deprivation and sexualised torture”, according to a report by two rights bodies. The 560-page report released on Monday mentions solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, and sexualised torture including rape and sodomy, used as torture techniques against Kashmiris. Other torture methods […]

Exit Poll Results: Congress Headquarters Deserted, BJP’s Abuzz 

NEW DELHI — A day after the exit polls predicted another term for the NDA, contrasting emotions were visible at both ruling and opposition camps with the BJP headquarters abuzz with preparations for results on May 23 and the Congress headquarters wearing a deserted look, devoid of excitement.  Barring a few stray party workers visiting […]

Imran Govt Mulls Backchannel Talks Revival With India

ISLAMABAD — The Imran Khan-led Pakistan government is actively considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomacy with India to iron out issues hindering the resumption of peace talks between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, official sources said on Sunday. Since assuming office in August last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan repeatedly reached out […]

Eidgah Rally: Restrictions In Old Srinagar Today 

SRINAGAR — The authorities have decided to disallow a march called by Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Old City of Srinagar district on Tuesday. The authorities have ordered imposition of restrictions in parts of old city in view of a shutdown call was given by Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL) on Tuesday (May 21) […]

High Court Quashes Masrat Alam’s 37th PSA Order

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has quashed the 37th detention order under PSA of Muslim League chairman Masrat Alam Bhat and directed his release him from the preventive custody “if not required in connection with any other case.” Holding Alam’s detention illegal, a single bench of Justice Rashid Ali Dar quashed the […]

40 Youth Joined Militancy So Far This Year: Army 

JAMMU — At least forty Kashmiri youth have joined militant ranks since January this year, an Army commander said on Monday. He however blamed Pakistan for this. “Pakistan has been continuing with its efforts to show this (militancy) as an indigenous movement. Today, they feel absolutely starved because of the very effective counter-infiltration grid of the Indian Army,” […]

UNHRC Seeks Kashmir Details, India Calls It ‘Closed Chapter’

NEW DELHI — Three special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have written to India and sought details on steps taken to punish or provide justice to victims and their next of kin in 76 cases of torture and arbitrary killing in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990, a media report said on Monday. […]

Attempts To Glorify Nathuram Godse

Patriotism “said Samuel Johnson is the last refuge of the scoundrel. In India, there has been an overwhelming debate on patriotism over the years. It became the national discourse after BJP came to power in 2014. Now there is a contesting idea of rating Nathuram Godse as a patriot.  For me, I am adamant on […]

Merits of Martyr’s Week 

Awami Action Committee headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has announced a week long programme from 18 May to remember Kashmiri martyrs. Remembering the martyrs means endorsing the cause for which men, women, elderly and Kashmiri youth laid down their lives. It is commendable that Awami Action Committee has continued with its practice in this regard. […]

‘We Were Cheated By Delhi’

SRINAGAR — Kashmir has witnessed just around 20 percent people exercising their franchise in general elections. This is being seen as yet another proof of the growing marginalisation of the mainstream political parties in the state. But the party which  appears most discredited is the PDP. It’s disastrous alliance with the BJP has driven it to […]

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