Six people killed in clashes, gun battles across Kashmir

Two police officers were killed in Srinagar, and three suspected fighters and a policeman died in gun battles elsewhere. Fighters in Indian-controlled Kashmir have killed two police officers in an attack in the disputed region’s main city, while elsewhere in the disputed Himalayan region three suspected rebels and a policeman were killed in two gun […]

UN experts: Loss of Kashmir autonomy undermining minority rights

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – United Nations human rights experts have expressed concern over India’s decision to strip Kashmir’s limited autonomy in 2019 and the subsequent passing of new laws, which they warned “could curtail the previous level of political participation of Muslims and other minorities”. The statement on Thursday came a day after nearly two […]

India slams UN experts over Kashmir concerns, says lack objectivity

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1613718443750880000 Fri, 2021-02-19 07:03 NEW DELHI: India has criticized UN rights experts for their concerns about constitutional changes made in the Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir, where militants have been fighting for independence for three decades, and said the officials lacked neutrality. Two Special Rapporteurs on minority issues and freedom […]

‘Event management’: Foreign envoys visit Kashmir amid shutdown

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – A delegation of foreign envoys, including from African, European and Latin American countries, began their two-day tour of Indian-administered Kashmir amid an increased blanket of security and a spontaneous shutdown in some parts of the region. Soon after their arrival on Wednesday in Srinagar, the region’s main city, the envoys were […]

Kashmiri man seeking son’s body charged under anti-terror law

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – The family members of a teenage boy in Indian-administered Kashmir, killed in an alleged gunfight, have been charged under an stringent anti-terror law for holding a demonstration in the village “demanding the return of his body”. Ather Mushtaq, 16, from Bellow village in Pulwama, was among three men killed by Indian […]

Pakistan would give Kashmiris ‘right to independence’

Addressing thousands, PM Khan said he is willing to allow Kashmiris the full right to self-determination even if they vote to stay with Pakistan. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged to allow the people of Kashmir the right to independence if residents of the disputed Himalayan territory were to vote for joining Pakistan in […]

In Pictures: How wildlife officers feed birds in freezing Kashmir

Wildlife official Ghulam Mohiuddin Dar and his colleagues are busy this winter in Indian-administered Kashmir, rowing out regularly into a frigid wetland to scatter grain to feed the birds. They feed these migratory birds to keep them from starving as weather conditions in the disputed Himalayan region deteriorate and temperatures plummet to minus 10 degrees […]

Childbirth dangerous for women in rural Kashmir during winters

Shopian, Indian-administered Kashmir – As snow fell thickly on Zirkan village, deep in the forests of Indian-administered Kashmir’s Shopian district, Akhtar Jan struggled as her contractions became more intense. It was the frail 32-year-old woman’s fourth birth and as her labour progressed, she knew the journey to the nearby hospital would be nearly impossible for […]

‘A ghost that haunts’: Living with landmines in Kashmir

One night in December 2000, Mohammad Yaqoob says he was selected by the Indian army for patrol duty along the Line of Control (LoC), the border dividing the Indian and Pakistani-administered regions of Kashmir. Twenty years ago locals it was standard but informal practice in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir for the army to select young […]

Hope in Kashmir as Modi critic Kamala Harris takes office

NEW DELHI: Some hope has sprung in Kashmir, residents of the valley say, as Kamala Harris, the new American vice president and critic of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has taken office. Harris, who was inaugurated as US President Joe Biden’s deputy last week, has been critical of the Indian government’s discriminatory policies toward the country’s […]

Photos: Kashmir resort sees tourists after back-to-back shutdowns

Snow lies knee-deep in the town of Gulmarg, or “meadow of flowers”, on Indian-administered Kashmir’s high plateau. With its blanket of white, the idyllic hill station is seeing tourists again fill its hotels and ski, sledge and trek its Himalayan landscape. The heavy influx of tourists is a dramatic change for the tourism industry in […]

Kashmir forest dwellers hope long-delayed law will stop evictions

Nomad forest dwellers in Indian-administered Kashmir are pinning their hopes on the implementation of a 14-year-old law to save their land and homes, as the government announces plans to evict tens of thousands of people it says are encroaching on protected land. Last month, the forest department of the disputed federal territory published a list […]

India reopens famous Ladakh lake bordering China for tourism

New Delhi, India – Even as the standoff between Indian and Chinese armies continues in the Himalayan region of Ladakh for eight months now, the local administration’s decision to reopen the Pangong Tso lake for tourism has come as a glimmer of hope for the local residents. On Sunday, the administration of the newly-created federal […]

In Pictures: Indian army patrols tense border with Pakistan

From sandbagged Indian army bunkers dug deep into the Pir Panjal mountains in the Himalayas, villages on the Pakistan-administered side of Kashmir appear precariously close, on the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) that for the past 73 years has divided the region between the two nuclear-armed rivals. Tens of thousands of soldiers […]

‘I ask India to return my son’s body’: Kashmir teen’s father

On a recent chilly winter day in Indian-administered Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmed Wani shovelled the earth, laboriously digging a grave for his teenage son. There was, however, no body to be lowered inside. Stunned, a group of onlookers watched in silence. But Ahmed kept digging, now knee-deep inside the half-dug grave. Then he rose, straightening his […]

In Kashmir, empty grave for teenager killed by Indian forces

BELLOW, India: On a recent chilly winter day in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmed shoveled the earth, laboriously digging a grave for his teenage son. There was, however, no body to be lowered inside.Stunned, a group of onlookers watched in silence. But Ahmed kept digging, now knee-deep inside the half-dug grave.Then he rose, straightening his back, […]

Outrage after Indian army accused of ‘staged Kashmir killing’

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – On Tuesday, Indian forces killed three young Kashmiri men claiming they were supporters of armed groups and likely planning an attack, but their families saying they were innocent and were murdered in another case of a staged gunfight. The families of the three victims – Zubair Ahmad Lone, 25, Ather Mushtaq […]

Indian forces kill three Kashmiri men in Srinagar

India claims the dead men were armed fighters but families say they were innocent civilians. Indian security forces said they killed three fighters in Kashmir’s main city, Srinagar, after a gun battle on Wednesday, but families of the dead men said they were innocent civilians. India has been quelling unrest in the disputed Himalayan region […]

2020 saw surge in ‘harassment’ of Kashmir journalists

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – For young Kashmiri photojournalist, Masrat Zahra, the fear of getting arrested or summoned by police always lurks around. She was charged under anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), in April this year for posting “anti-national” content on social media. The case, says 26-year-old Zahra, “is like a sword hanging on […]

Indian officer accused of planting weapons on Kashmir civilians

The Indian army admitted in September that three labourers were killed in staged gun battle after public outcry. Indian police on Sunday accused an army officer and two associates of planting weapons on the bodies of three labourers killed in Kashmir to make it look as though they were armed fighters in a staged gun […]

India arrests 75 in Kashmir after local elections

The arrests came after an anti-Modi alliance won majority of seats in local elections last week. The Indian government has arrested at least 75 Kashmiri political leaders and activists to forestall political unrest after an alliance of Kashmir’s regional political parties won local elections, leaders and a police official said on Saturday. The District Development […]

India detains 75 in Kashmir after local election

SEOUL: South Korea posted its second-highest daily number of coronavirus cases on Saturday as outbreaks at a prison, nursing homes and churches continued to grow, prompting authorities to plead for a halt to all year-end gatherings.The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said there were 1,132 new coronavirus cases on Friday, not far off […]

Pakistan army says soldier killed by Indian shelling in Kashmir

Incident comes two days after 50-year-old woman was killed in attack Pakistan blamed India for. A Pakistani soldier was killed in border clashes with Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Thursday, Pakistan’s military has said. The soldier was killed in Satwal sector on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control […]

Pakistan says Indian shelling kills civilian in disputed Kashmir

A 50-year-old woman killed, three others, including a four-year-old child, wounded in the incident. A civilian has been killed and three wounded by Indian shelling in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Pakistan’s military said. The civilian, a 50-year-old woman, was killed and three others, including a four-year-old child, were wounded in the Tatta Pani and Jandrot areas on […]