The move has come within weeks of former Union minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha demanding that the Centre initiate peace talks in the Valley.
The designation, which slaps a series of American sanctions on the militant group, came against the backdrop of upsurge in its terror activities in Kashmir.
Sajad Ahmad, who was killed in an encounter in Budgam last week, went underground on June 29, had been making regular court appearances till then.
Burhan Wani’s death was the trigger for the biggest upsurge in anger Kashmir had seen since 2010. An account by a reporter of the funeral provides a glimpse into an emotional dynamic that people in the rest of India seem unaware of.
Though the Hizbul Mujahideen as an organisation still remains outside the purview of US terror lists, India sees the naming of its leader as a major step forward.
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.
Bhat is said to have been the operational chief of the Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir.
The seemingly endless cycle of tragedy in Kashmir has now embarked on a melancholic phase of competitive iconography – that of Burhan Wani the militant and Umer Fayaz the martyr.
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.
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.
Friends and eyewitnesses insist the young men killed by the police in Kashmir during an encounter last week had not in fact been obstructing army operations in any way but were mere bystanders.
Security forces have been unable to incorporate new strategies to deal with the increasing number of youth joining militant outfits in Kashmir.
Mehbooba Mufti has said the state government has not received any reports to suggest that demonetisation had an impact in Kashmir.
With the ban lifted the ‘Kashmir Reader’ put out an eight page edition today, but editor Hilal Mir is still not sure why the ban was imposed at all.
The BJP has distanced itself from the outreach, saying it was Sinha’s personal initiative.
According to police officials, curbs in the town were imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in the wake of the separatists call for a march to the area.
Separatist groups are spearheading the ongoing unrest in Kashmir and have been announcing weekly protest programmes with periodic relaxation on some days.
Separatists have extended the protest programme till September 29 but have announced periods of relaxation on some days unlike last week.
The police in Kashmir are whisking away people in overnight raids and silencing voices of dissent over the Valley.
In a red rag to the Indian government, Sharif spoke of the “murder” of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whom he described as a “young leader”. India hits back, says this shows Pakistan’s “continued attachment to terrorism.”
What Eid is this, ask people in the Valley as an unprecedented curfew and communication blockade cut them off from each other – and from the spirit of a much-loved festival.
Curfew remained in place in all ten districts of Kashmir, while additional troops have been moved in south Kashmir for operation ‘Calm Down.’
From treating pellet injuries to navigating the tension between political strife and the urge to maintain neutrality, Kashmir’s doctors share their experiences from the unrest in the Valley.
The death toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir has reached 69. Fresh clashes occurred even as authorities lifted curfew from all areas of Kashmir after 53 days.
A look at the lives of locals and those affected by pellet guns during the weeks of violence and protests in the Valley, before the curfew was finally lifted after 51 days.
The home minister has invited all stakeholders in the Kashmir issue to a discussion, even as beefed up security led to clashes, killing a teenager.
The crisis in Kashmir continues with protesters holding an ‘Azaadi march’ to the district headquarters, today, even as curfew remains in place.
An army official said they were collecting details about the incident and would soon issue a statement.
Months after clashes broke out among students at the institute, there is renewed discontent over the disruptions to studies caused by the current unrest in the Valley.
The clarification seems to imply that the situation and incidents in Kashmir are India’s internal matter and do not come under the control of UNMOGIP, which only observes and reports on ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.
Curfew remains in place in certain parts of the Valley.
The Modi government may have not begun the current slide towards chaos in the Valley, but by ignoring the many signals of growing anger that emanated from the region, it has opened the doorway to hell.
Section 144 that prohibits assembly of more than four people is still operational.
The way sensible riot control is done is to deploy sizeable numbers before rioters every day and to use attrition as their principal weapon.
Tuesday was comparatively a peaceful day in the Kashmir Valley, but security measures remained in force in anticipation of unrest.
The march was followed by short speeches urging the government to treat Kashmir as a political issue that cannot be resolved through brute force.
The number of people injured in the Valley in the last four days is at approximately 1,400.
Presence of security forces was increased in vulnerable areas even as the situation in Kashmir remained tense for the fourth day.
Hospital and police sources have said the death toll will likely rise as scores of critically injured people are being treated.
Srinagar: Now that the killing of Burhan Wani – described by the national media as “the poster boy” of Kashmir’s new wave of militancy – has unleashed a massive wave of protests across the Valley and led to the death of at least 18 people, we must question […]