The separatist leaders said that for any meaningful dialogue to take place, the government must first acknowledge that there is a dispute that has to be resolved.
Supporting senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s assurance to Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in light of alleged terror threats, Saifuddin Soz also said that the “absurd vilification” of Kashmiris was only leading to their alienation.
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.
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.
The traditional strike day was added back to the Hurriyat’s protest calendar after party member Hilal Ahmad War publicly protested its omission.
At a public convention attended by thousands on November 13, the PDP questioned the Hurriyat’s protest methods and what it aimed to achieve.
Very few Kashmiris define Azadi as a complete break up of ties with India and a vast majority of them do not want to join Pakistan
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.
The BJP has distanced itself from the outreach, saying it was Sinha’s personal initiative.
When the struggle against the tormentor becomes a torment itself, it is imperative to speak out.
Rajnath Singh’s task now is to make Kashmiris believe that the prime minister meant what he said about being willing to consider any solution within the Indian constitution. He has five days to do it in.
The separatists were not born separatist. What drove very many Kashmiris over to the other side were our policies, postures and pretensions, and “our” politicians and their arrogance and aberrations.
The government should hold multiple rounds of talks, engage with experts on the possible solutions already laid out and be ready to work with Pakistan.
Keeping promises – and not repeating slogans and rhetoric – holds key to winning confidence of state’s people, Opposition MPs to tell Modi government on Wednesday.
Hurriyat leaders refuse to hold talks with opposition MPs, insist government invitation for dialogue is “deceitful”.
The all-party delegation begins its Srinagar visit today. But they won’t be talking to the Hurriyat, the only political force that appears to have legitimacy in the Valley.
Several Hurriyat leaders and associates have been arrested since Saturday, even as government makes plans to hold talks with Kashmir separatists.
Though I reject the slogan, merely demanding azadi will not be a crime unless one goes further and commits violence, or organises violence, or incites imminent violence.
The crisis in Kashmir continues with protesters holding an ‘Azaadi march’ to the district headquarters, today, even as curfew remains in place.
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.
Tuesday was comparatively a peaceful day in the Kashmir Valley, but security measures remained in force in anticipation of unrest.
An official said that police and paramilitary personnel had been deployed across Kashmir for strict implementation of the prohibitory orders.
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’.
Mirwaiz welcomes Modi government’s stand that separatists have every right to meet with Pakistani and other foreign representatives in India.
India’s hardline stance against the Hurriyat that became apparent in 2014 will be under scrutiny later this year during the Heart of Asia Summit.
Like JNU, the people of Jammu and Kashmir too need the space to be able to debate all issues openly – free from the violence that pro-separatist groups use to ensure there is no space for dissent.
The police is also keeping a close eye on social networking sites as the Million March call has generated a lot of support on social media.
New books by Nandita Haksar and Meera Khanna are a valuable addition to the literature on Jammu and Kashmir
Seven mysterious killings last week – with a three-year-old as the latest victim – have sparked widespread anti-government anger, though the police blame inter-militant rivalry for the violence
The state High Court ruling upholding a 1932 ban on beef has Kashmiris fuming – and is bringing together its many political and religious factions in a rare show of solidarity
Sadly, the Modi government allowed itself to lose sight of why it had wanted to hold talks about terror in the first place.
The stand taken by the Modi government on the Hurriyat is a dramatic departure from the more tolerant ambivalence displayed by the previous Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee administrations.