The recruitment of child combatants – as volunteers or conscripts – whether by a militant group (like the Hizb) or the security forces is a violation of international humanitarian law.
The Hizbul Mujahideen has distanced itself from Musa’s threat to behead Hurriyat leaders for terming the Kashmir struggle political and not religious, but some militant outfits have come out in support of him.
Even with the hangul on the brink of extinction, the Kashmir government and forest department continue to fumble over effective conservation plans.
The PDP-BJP government has banned 22 social media platforms, claiming that continued instability in the Valley forced the government to take the harsh measure.
While tensions in Kashmir are on the rise again, numerous large cracks are beginning to show in the ruling coalition.
Jammu and Kashmir police has issued an advisory asking its field personnel to avoid returning to their homes for the next “few months”.
Farooq Ahmad Dar says he was beaten with gun butts and wooden sticks, and paraded through many villages while tied to the jeep.
Some may see Abdullah’s statement in support of the stone-pelters as a departure from mainstream politics, but it is a familiar game that every political party has played in Kashmir when in opposition.
In a joint statement, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin said Pakistan’s proposal amounts to changing Kashmir’s disputed nature.
State opposition parties and political observers see this as a continuation of the “iron fist” policy, with the state and Centre choosing to not learn any lessons from last year’s unrest.
Bipin Rawat’s warning to civilians trying to protect militants will only spur further anger, especially at a time when support for militancy in Kashmir is very high.
Security forces have been unable to incorporate new strategies to deal with the increasing number of youth joining militant outfits in Kashmir.
Maharaja Hari Singh is a symbol of Jammu’s dominance across the state, but for J&K’s Muslim majority, he was a tyrant. A resolution declaring his birth anniversary a state holiday could pit one region against another.
The traditional strike day was added back to the Hurriyat’s protest calendar after party member Hilal Ahmad War publicly protested its omission.
Tassaduq Hussain Mufti’s plunge into politics comes at a time when the state is gearing up for by-elections for two Lok Sabah seats – Anantnag and Srinagar.
Only persons born in undivided Jammu and Kashmir or descended from such persons are entitled to permanent residency rights in the state. Hindu refugees from PoK have received residency but not migrants from Pakistan.
Sajad Ahmad Malik was killed on December 1 by the army in an “encounter” for “decamping with a rifle” from a police station. His family and locals dispute the official version of events, with state Congress chief G.A. Mir terming the killing a “political murder”.
According to police statistics, the number of stone throwing incidents fell drastically in October – before demonetisation – and has remained stagnant since.
Some are afraid that the “relaxations” offered to students as “bait” for taking the exams in November and not March will mean children missing out on their education.
At a public convention attended by thousands on November 13, the PDP questioned the Hurriyat’s protest methods and what it aimed to achieve.
Businesses and school-going children have suffered the most from the long period of shutdown in the Valley.
Twenty-eight schools have been set on fire in less than two months. The government and the separatists continue to trade blame for the attacks, with little effort to prevent them.
Rayees Ahmad Mir, a minor, has been arrested under the Public Safety Act, while his father is allegedly being unlawfully detained.
Students are protesting the state government’s decision to hold exams despite schools being shut for 100 days this year.
Most villagers cannot afford to start a fresh life away from the zero line, and bear the brunt of hostilities between India and Pakistan.
The police in Kashmir are whisking away people in overnight raids and silencing voices of dissent over the Valley.
Karra’s decision may become a rallying point for the dissenting voices within the PDP, putting the already beleaguered government in more trouble.
‘A beginning can be made by implementing the recommendations of the five working groups constituted by the then prime minister’, the chief minister said.
A section of the national media in India has come under fire for misrepresenting the present situation in Kashmir and for portraying a false narrative.
Srinagar: Fourteen-year-old Insha Malik lies unconscious in the surgical ICU of the Sri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in Srinagar, her eyes pierced by pellets. The damage caused to her vision, according to a doctor attending her, is irreparable. “Her right eye has been ruptured and her left eye is […]
The government has reached out to separatist leaders for help in restoring clam, a request the Hurriyat says it can do nothing about since the government itself says they are a ‘threat to peace’.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti faces a stiff test of her new government as protests by Kashmiris escalate
Agitating students have stood by their demands and continue to boycott classes in spite of a meeting with senior government officials, while the state police is upset by allegations of ‘anti-nationalism’ against them
After months of protracted dialogue with the BJP, Mehbooba Mufti has been sworn in as chief minister. But navigating a coalition with a party ideologically opposed to the PDP may be her toughest challenge.
Fresh elections appear increasingly likely in J&K as government formation talks reach an impasse, allegedly over the PDP setting too many conditions.
Mehbooba Mufti recognises her party’s alliance with the BJP has cost it support, yet she cannot walk away from her father’s legacy. By demanding New Delhi adhere to an agreed ‘roadmap’, she hopes to square the circle.
Manzoor Ahmed Dar disappeared after being picked up by the army in Srinagar in 2002. On Tuesday, his family performed his last rites, vowing to continue their struggle for justice.
The PDP-BJP alliance has been full of problems and any miscalculation by Mehbooba can be politically fatal for her party
Jammu and Kashmir will have its first female chief minister but Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s mastery over the art of politics will be sorely missed by Mehbooba Mufti and the PDP.
When militancy was at its peak in Kashmir, thousands of men disappeared only to get reduced to statistics in government records. Aware of this grim reality, their families want only one assurance from the government.