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India: Lawmaker Says Killing People in Kashmir is “No Achievement”

June 23, 2018

Kashmir crisis can not be resolved through operational and military means

SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah today said the NDA government’s claim that more militants were killed in Kashmir during its rule than in the UPA dispensation actually tells how it allowed militancy and violence to re-emerge in the Valley.

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Omar Abdullah

“Actually Minister Sahib this tells the story of how your government allowed militancy & violence to re-emerge in J&K forcing the security forces to kill more terrorists,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

The former J&K chief minister was reacting to Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad‘s tweet and statement that more militants were killed under the NDA government than in the UPA rule. Prasad said security forces had killed 72 and 67 militants in 2012 and 2013 under the UPA and the figure rose to 110 in 2014 when the BJP-led NDA came to power at the Centre.

He said the forces killed 108 militants in 2015, 150 in 2016, 217 in 2017 and 75 till May this year.

Omar said the increase in the number of militants killed was not an achievement.

“You should be embarrassed by these statistics not be claiming them as some achievement,” the NC vice president wrote.


Srinagar , 20 Jun 2018

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the Party’s Core Group at Party Headquarters ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ in Srinagar to discuss the prevailing situation and recent developments in the State.

Addressing reporters at the conclusion of the Core Group Meeting, Omar said the party sought the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly to thwart attempts and plans of horse-trading as this would result in further erosion in the credibility of the democratic process and institutions in the State.In a statement issued to PTK, the National Conference Vice President said dialogue internally as well as externally was imperative and the political issue in Kashmir as well as the ensuing crisis could not be resolved through operational and military means.

Omar said there should be zero-tolerance for Human Rights Violations and the fundamental rights of the people should be upheld at all costs.

NC Vice President said the foremost concern should be to provide relief to the people of the State through a reconciliatory rather than confrontational approach and to work towards creating a peaceful, positive atmosphere in the State.In response to a question, the National Conference Vice President said Mehbooba Mufti’s Government would be remembered for its ruthless, anti-people legacy that fueled alienation in the Valley through its iron-fist approach to deal with widespread disenchantment and disillusionment that was stoked by PDP’s glaring ideological U-turns to remain in power.

Omar said PDP’s approach to deal with recurring crises in the Valley was an approach of denial, persecution and insensitivity evidenced by her silence on glaring human-rights violations where youth were used as human shields and mowed down by vehicles in stark contrast to the hollow rhetoric of the former Chief Minister.

He reiterated the party’s stand that it would neither seek support nor offer support for Government formation in the State and reiterated that the Assembly should be dissolved to thwart attempts of horse-trading which aim to discredit the aspirations of the people.

The Core Group Meeting was attended by National Conference General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Provincial Presidents Nasir Aslam Wani and Devender Singh Rana, Senior Leaders Abdul Rahim Rather, Mubarak Gul, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Ajay Sadhotra, S. S. Slathia, Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo, Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, Mian Altaf Ahmed, Javed Ahmed Rana, Sakina Ittoo, Shameema Firdous and Shammi Oberoi. (PTK)


Troops fire at anti-India protests in Kashmir, 1 killed

June 16, 2018

SRINAGAR, India — At least one man was killed and over a dozen others wounded on Saturday as protests against Indian rule followed by clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir shortly after Eid prayers, police and residents said.

Shouting slogans “Go India, go back” and “We want freedom,” hundreds of people began marching in the southern Anantnag area but were confronted by government forces firing tear gas, leading to clashes with stone-throwing protesters.

Indian policemen and paramilitary soldiers stand guard near the site of shootout in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 15, 2018. (Dar Yasin/AP)

The use of force intensified as the protesters barraged police and paramilitary soldiers with a hail of stones while the troops fired shotgun pellets, injuring at least 17 people.

One young man among the injured died at a hospital. He suffered pellet injuries in his head and throat while at least other men were hit by pellets in their eyes, medics said.

Protests and clashes also were reported at several places across Kashmir, including the main city of Srinagar, after Eid prayers concluded.

Muslim Kashmiris on Saturday were celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan and its daytime fasting.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan territory divided between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan but claimed by both in its entirety. In recent years, the Indian-controlled portion has seen renewed rebel attacks and repeated public protests against Indian rule.

Rebels have been fighting Indian control since 1989, demanding that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.

Most Kashmiris support the rebels’ cause while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.

India’s Modi to inaugurate hydro project in Kashmir, Pakistan protests

May 19, 2018

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate on Saturday a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting protest from neighbor Pakistan that says the project on a river flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with the media during his visit at Janaki Mandir, a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Sita, in Janakpur, Nepal May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar


The 330 megawatt Kishanganga hydropower station, work on which started in 2009, is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the volatile state under Modi amid frosty ties between the nuclear-armed countries.

Pakistan has opposed some of these projects, saying they violate a World Bank-mediated treaty on the sharing of the Indus river and its tributaries upon which 80 percent of its irrigated agriculture depends.

“Pakistan is seriously concerned about the inauguration (of the Kishanganga plant),” its foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday. “Pakistan believes that the inauguration of the project without the resolution of the dispute is tantamount to violation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT).”

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The Kishanganga project was delayed for several years as Pakistan dragged India to the International Court of Arbitration, which ruled in India’s favor in 2013.

India has said the hydropower projects underway in Jammu and Kashmir are “run-of-the-river” schemes that use the river’s flow and elevation to generate electricity rather than large reservoirs, and do not contravene the treaty.

A day before Modi’s trip to the northern state, at least nine people were killed on both sides of the border due to firing by each other’s security forces, officials said.

The two countries have fought three wars, two over Kashmir that they rule in part but claim in full.

India accuses Pakistan of promoting militancy in Kashmir, a charge that Islamabad denies.

Modi’s nationalist party has formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir for the first time, and the federal interior ministry announced on Wednesday it would suspend all operations against militants in the region during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

More than 130 people have been killed this year in militant violence in the Kashmir valley.

Modi, who is on a day-long visit to the state, will also flag off the construction of the 14 kilometer Zojila tunnel to provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh cities.

The government said it would be the longest road tunnel in India and Asia’s longest bidirectional tunnel, to be constructed at a cost of $1 billion.

Reporting by Promit Mukherjee in MUMBAI and Fayaz Bukhari in SRINAGAR; Editing by Krishna N. Das and Muralikumar Anantharaman

Has Modi’s policy failed in Kashmir?

April 5, 2018

India-administered Kashmir is again in the grip of violence, as protesters clash with security forces. New Delhi claims Pakistan is fueling terrorism in the area, but some say PM Modi’s Kashmir strategy is to blame.

Violence in India-administered Kashmir (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Khan)

India-administered Kashmir is under a state of heightened security, after the local government imposed a curfew in the capital Srinagar and other parts of the valley. Kashmiri separatists called a strike on Monday in protest of clashes that killed at least 20 people and left 200 injured.

At least 13 rebels and three Indian army soldiers were killed in fierce gunbattles in southern Kashmir on Sunday. Four civilians were killed and dozens injured when police opened fire at people protesting against the military operation.

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Violence has spiked in the Indian part of Kashmir since July 2016, when troops killed Burhan Wani, a young separatist leader. More than 100 people were killed in clashes that followed Wani’s death.

Since 1989, Muslim insurgents have been fighting Indian forces in India-administered Kashmir – a region of 12 million people, about 70 percent of whom are Muslim. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over Kashmir, which they both claim in full but rule in part.

Protest against Modi in Belgium (Reuters/Y. Herman)Is Modi prepared to work on a political solution to the Kashmir crisis?

New Delhi believes the crackdown on Kashmiri rebels is necessary as the secessionist movement is not indigenous and receives backing from Islamabad. Pakistani officials say their support to Kashmiri Muslim separatists is only diplomatic.

India accuses Pakistan of training and arming the rebels in the portion it controls and sending them to the Indian side, a claim its neighbor denies.

The protracted insurgency in Kashmir has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

While Indian rights activists urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to engage in dialogue with Kashmiri separatists, the Indian government says it will use more force against what it says is a Pakistan-backed militancy.

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What is Pakistan’s militancy issue all about?

Modi’s strategy

Contrary to the Indian government’s claims, many Kashmiris support the cause of the separatists and came out in droves to protest against Indian rule and military operations in the state.

“Indian PM Modi’s Kashmir strategy is two-pronged: financial support for Kashmir’s development, and simultaneously using force against separatists. The policy hasn’t really been successful as resentment against the state government and New Delhi has increased manifold in the past few years. The use of force doesn’t go together with development,” Ali Raza Syed, chairman of the Brussels-based Kashmir Council non-governmental group, told DW.

“Modi’s aggressive Kashmir policy is a result of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) overall approach toward Indian Muslims,” Syed added.

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But Siegfried O. Wolf, director of research at the Brussels-based South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), is of the view that Modi has not been successful in implementing his socio-economic agenda in Kashmir as a result of an ever-increasing jihadism in the valley.

“New Delhi has been forced to see Kashmir predominantly through a security lens. Therefore, the space for political dialogue is quite limited,” Wolf told DW.

“It is true that PM Modi hasn’t achieved a major breakthrough to end the political deadlock in Kashmir, but we have to wait and see if the coalition government of the BJP and the local Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP) could work together to improve the situation,” he added.


Kashmiri youth are at the forefront of the new wave of violence. Experts say that many of these teenagers, born after the start of the insurgency in 1989, don’t feel any association with New Delhi. According to the latest census, nearly 60 percent of Kashmir’s male residents are under the age of 30, and 70 percent are below the age of 35.

“The state simply does not have enough jobs to keep its youth occupied. Apart from unemployment, there is also a need to work out a political solution,” R K Bhat, a political science lecturer from Srinagar, told DW.

Experts say the jihadist groups are using this alienation and resentment to their advantage, as the decades-old anti-India movement is increasingly moving toward Islamization.

“The rise of Islamic radicalism in the region, fostered by the Afghan War in the 1980s, had a direct impact on the Kashmir conflict. The anti-India movement became more Islamized in the 1990s with the influx of militants trained in Pakistan,” Agnieszka Kuszewska, a Kashmir expert and an associate professor at the Krakow-based Jagiellonian University, told DW.

“When I see the “Welcome Taliban” graffiti in Srinagar, two things come to my mind: 1) Some young Kashmiris and militant groups show their support to these groups merely because they want to protest against grave rights abuses in the valley; 2) It may also be framed by the security establishment, which is notorious for enforced encounters and other human rights violations,” she added.

Kuszewska believes Indian authorities must take long term steps aimed at de-escalating violence in Kashmir.

“The security forces should be held accountable for their human rights violations so that the Kashmiri people would regain trust in state institutions. The rise of religiously motivated nationalism is also a worrying phenomenon, especially in religiously and ethnically diverse parts of Kashmir. It is vital to address this trend.”

The Pakistan ‘problem’

Experts say that Pakistan’s direct involvement in the Kashmir conflict began in the late 1980s, after which the somewhat liberal Kashmiri movement took on a more religious outlook.

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Some analysts argue that had Pakistan allowed an indigenous movement to take root in Kashmir, the issue would have gained more international attention. In the present scenario, Indian PM Modi can easily conceal the human rights violations in Kashmir and intensify crackdowns on protesters in the name of fighting terrorism, they say.

“Pakistan’s Kashmir policy is based on double standards and hypocrisy. Islamabad claims it backs India-administered Kashmir’s right to self determination but suppresses Kashmiris in its part. The UN considers the entire region – both Indian and Pakistan Kashmirs – disputed,” Talat Bhat, director of the Stockholm-based Nordic Kashmir Organization that lobbies for an independent, secular and united Kashmir, told DW.

Analyst Wolf says the involvement of Pakistan in the Kashmir conflict will always complicate the issue, as Islamabad’s international reputation as an alleged Islamist hub is counterproductive for the Kashmir plight.

“One of Pakistan’s foreign policy goals is to weaken India,” he said.

“By encouraging militants in Kashmir, Pakistan has pushed India toward the present situation. Pakistani authorities believe that if India gets military involved in the Kashmir conflict, it will have a negative impact on India’s economic growth and international repute. Also, India’s rights violations in Kashmir helps the Pakistani military to justify its dominance inside Pakistan,” Wolf underlined.

Toqeer Gilani, the president of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, wants both India and Pakistan to step aside.

“We demand a solution to the Kashmir conflict based on freely expressed wishes of the people. It is high time India and Pakistan announce the timetable for withdrawal of their forces from the portions they control and hold an internationally supervised referendum,” Gilani told DW.

But most Kashmir observers don’t see it happening in the near future. They say that while the Indian strategy to deal strictly with militants and separatists in Kashmir has partly worked out, sooner or later New Delhi will have to find a political solution to the crisis.

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Additional reporting by Shamshir Haider.

Several dead as India intensifies campaign against militants in Kashmir

April 2, 2018

Twenty people have been killed in Indian Kashmir during clashes between police and suspected militants, as well as during protests. Many civilians support a rebel campaign for independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Houses on fire during gun batte in Indian Kashmir (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Khan)

Deadly protests against Indian rule erupted in several parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Sunday following the killings of several suspected militants during gun battles with government forces, officials said.

A total of three Indian soldiers and 13 rebels died in the worst day of violence so far this year as clashes erupted in several locations south of Srinagar, the main city of the region.

Much of the violence took place around the village of Dragad, where seven of the alleged militants were killed, along with two soldiers.

Read more: What is Pakistan’s militancy issue all about?

Civilians killed

Four civilians were also killed and dozens injured when police opened fire on thousands of demonstrators who poured onto the streets of Kachdoora village in Shopian district, throwing stones and chanting slogans against Indian claim on the region.

Many protesters tried to march to the gun battle sites to help the trapped militants escape, and were confronted with tear gas and gunfire from Indian troops.

The new round of anti-India protests and clashes began as Indian troops launched counterinsurgency operations targeting mainly the southern parts of the disputed Himalayan region, where rebels have revived their violent challenge to New Delhi’s rule.

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Protests against Indian rule in Kashmir (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Khan)Thousands of people poured onto the streets in Indian-ruled Kashmir as gunbattles between Indian troops and rebels worsened

Protests also broke out in Srinagar, where all schools were ordered shut on Monday. Train services to south Kashmir were suspended as a precautionary measure.

Communications cuts

Authorities cut mobile data services in the most restive towns, and reduced connection speeds in other parts of Kashmir to disrupt the communications of protest organizers.

Kashmir has been divided between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, but both claim it in full.

Manufacturing consent in Indian-administered Kashmir

Many civilians in Kashmir — India’s only Muslim-majority state — support rebels who have been fighting for decades for independence or for a merger with Pakistan. Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died.

Read more: Indian police kill Pakistan-based militant Noor Mohammad Tantray in Kashmir

Last year was the deadliest of this decade in the region, with more than 200 alleged militants killed. That upsurge in violence has escalated in 2018, with 51 alleged militants already killed this year.

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Kashmir: 17 Killed in Gun Battles — Troops used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse an angry crowd

April 2, 2018

SRINAGAR (Reuters) – Indian security forces killed at least three civilians and wounded about 70 in restive Kashmir on Sunday when hundreds of people tried to prevent them from carrying out operations against suspected militants, police and residents said.


At least 17 other people, including 13 suspected militants, were killed in gunbattles during the day in southern Kashmir, police officials said, the worst violence in the region this year.

When hundreds of people came out on the streets of Kachdoora village in Shopian district to try to halt a gunbattle between militants and security forces, troops used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse the crowd. They later opened fire.

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 Indian Kashmiris clash with Indian policemen in Srinagar on April 1, 2018 during unrest following battles between suspected militants and Indian forces in south Kashmir. Habib Naqash / AFP

Local residents said that after the protests, the security forces called off the operation. Police said five militants and three soldiers were killed in the fighting.

Indian army soldiers during a gun battle with militants in Kashmir on April 1, 2018.

Muslim separatists have been waging a violent campaign against Indian rule since the late 1980s in Indian-held Kashmir.

Fighting also broke out in two other villages in the region on Sunday.

S.P. Vaid, the state director general of police, said the army received information on Saturday night about militants hiding in an area near Dragad village, about 50 km (30 miles) south of Kashmir’s capital of Srinagar and also in Shopian district.

Protesters clash with Indian policemen following gun fights between militants and Indian forces in Kashmir on April 1, 2018.

“In Dragad, 7 bodies of militants were recovered including top commanders. They were killed in a gunbattle,” Vaid said, adding that the owner of the house in which the militants were trapped was also killed.

Another militant was killed in Dialgam village in Anantnag district, about 60 km (37 miles) south of Srinagar, while one was caught alive, he said.

Homes where militants took refuge during a gun battle with Indian armed forces are engulfed in flames on April 1, 2018, in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Authorities have directed schools and colleges in Kashmir to remain closed on Monday to prevent any recurrence of violence, and restrictions have been imposed in several areas.

Train services to south Kashmir have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a railways official said, and internet services in five districts have also been blocked.

In south Kashmir’s Pulwama district the local administration has imposed restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles to prevent any violence.

Battle erupts again in Kashmir as troops kill as many as 11 rebels — Pakistan and India at an impass?

April 1, 2018

In this Thursday, March 22, 2018, file photo, Jammu and Kashmir police officer consoles the daughter of policeman Deepak Thusoo, who was killed in a gunbattle with suspected rebels, during his funeral at Jagti village on the outskirts of Jammu, India. (AP)
SRINAGAR, India: Officials say at least eight rebels have been killed in fighting with Indian troops in disputed Kashmir, triggering a new round of anti-India protests and clashes.
Police say the gunbattles in southern Kashmir began after government forces raided two villages in Shopian and Anantnag districts following a tip that rebels were hiding there and came under fire. The fighting is still raging in Shopian area on Sunday.
The news of the killings led to intense anti-Indian protests and clashes in several parts of the southern Kashmir.
India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety.
Rebel groups demand that Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

The Economic Times
In three separate encounters and subsequent protests in south Kashmir, at least 11 militants including top commanders and one civilian were killed on Sunday till now.
This is one of the biggest anti-militancy operations in a single day, since 2010-11, when militancy started regaining foothold in Kashmir Valley. The killings are a major blow for militants in south Kashmir, considered to be their stronghold.
J&K police is yet to confirm the final identity of militants however police officials say top commanders were among the killed. Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani–who was released from house arrest on March 30 and allowed to address a Friday congregation after eight years—Mirwaiz Umer and Yasin Malik have called for shutdown in wake of the killings today and on April 2. They have urged people across Kashmir to offer funeral prayers in absentia for those killed in the operations, at 4:00pm today.
The government has again put Hurriyat leaders under house arrest and suspended mobile Internet in parts of south Kashmir to avoid any flow of communication and spread of rumors. All the business establishments in south Kashmir have closed and Srinagar has also witnessed instant closure of shops soon after the news of the killings spread.
Encounter at Dragad has ended while as at Kachdooru village of Shopian operation is still going on as police sources claim bodies of few more militants could be trapped in the house. In both the villages, militants were killed in the houses of police officials, including that of an IPS officer and a constable.
Intense protests are going on near both the spots, and police and paramilitary forces have resorted to heavy shelling and pellet firing to disperse the crowd. One civilian was killed and more than 50 civilians have been injured till now. At least ten youth have received pellet injuries in eyes, while another civilian has bullet injury. 20 injured including the pellet victims have been referred to hospitals in Srinagar.
J&K police chief S P Vaid confirmed that bodies of seven militants were found at encounter site in Dragad village of Shopian, while as one militant was killed in Dialgam of Anantnag, where another militant was caught alive.

Kashmir: 10 killed after fierce gun battle

March 22, 2018

Al Jazeera

Gunfight started after rebels opened fire on Indian troops in the forested area of Kupwara near the Line of Control.

Indian soldiers take positions near the site of a firefight near Srinagar last Thursday [Danish Ismail/Reuters]
Indian soldiers take positions near the site of a firefight near Srinagar last Thursday [Danish Ismail/Reuters]

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Five Indian soldiers and five separatist fighters have been killed in a fierce gun battle in northern Kashmir.

Police Superintendent Shamsher Hussain told Al Jazeera the gunfight started on Tuesday after rebels opened fire on troops in the forested area of Kupwara, a border region in Indian-administered Kashmir.

“Five security personnel and five terrorists have been killed in the gun battle. The operation is over. We are now sanitising the area,” said Hussain.

The identity of rebels has yet to be established as the gunfight ended late on Wednesday.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

The fighting took place near Halmathpora, one of the nearest villages before the Line of Control (LoC), a demarcation line that divides the disputed territory between Indian and Pakistan administered parts.

The region has witnessed a spike in violence since the beginning of the year. Cross-border shelling has also intensified with both sides accusing the other of targeting civilian homes along the border.

Rising tensions

On Sunday, five family members were killed and two more critically wounded after Pakistani shelling in the Poonch area of the Jammu region, further souring relations between the two South Asian neighbours.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, which Pakistan denies.

The two countries have fought three wars over the Himalayan territory, which they both claim in its entirety.

Rebel groups have largely been suppressed by Indian security forces in recent years, and public opposition to Indian rule is now principally expressed through street protests.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep among Kashmir’s mostly Muslim population and many people support the rebels’ cause against Indian rule.

Kashmir is one of the most militarised regions in the world, as India has stationed about half a million soldiers in the disputed territory.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the decades-old conflict.

Manufacturing consent in Indian-administered Kashmir


Manufacturing consent in Indian-administered Kashmir


India: Two militants killed in overnight Srinagar encounter after attack on BJP leader

March 16, 2018

The encounter started on Thursday afternoon after militants fired at the security officer of BJP’s Anwar Khan in Khunmoh area and escaped. The officer, Bilal Ahmad, received a minor “(bullet) grazing injury on one leg”.
INDIA Updated: Mar 16, 2018 08:15 IST
By Abhishek Saha
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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Army soldiers take positions near a gunbattle area between militants and military forces at Balhama area of Khunmoh on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 15, 2018. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)
Two suspected militants were killed in an overnight encounter on the outskirts of Srinagar which started after they fired on security officers of a BJP leader and tried to escape, officials said on Friday morning.

“Two bodies of militants have been recovered so far, whose identities are being ascertained. Along (with) the bodies, incriminating materials which include weapon and ammunition have been recovered as well,” a police press statement said.

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The encounter started on Thursday afternoon after militants fired at the security officer of BJP’s Anwar Khan in Khunmoh area and escaped. The officer, Bilal Ahmad, received a minor “(bullet) grazing injury on one leg”.

Security forces cordoned off a cluster of houses in the area to track down the militants who later fired at a search party, triggering a gun fight.

A CRPF personnel who was injured in the gun fight is said to be stable and recovering.


Pakistani Rebel Freed From Indian Hospital in Kashmir Raid — Breakout Assisted By Other Pakistanis — Fled on a motorcycle

February 6, 2018


Indian paramilitary troops stand guard at a hospital in Srinagar on February 6, 2018. (AFP)
SRINAGAR, India: Two gunmen opened fire Tuesday in a hospital in India-administered Kashmir where a Pakistani militant was brought for treatment, an official said, escaping with the high-profile prisoner and killing a police officer in the daring assault.
A manhunt is underway after the assailants stormed the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar and opened fire on police guarding Naveed Jutt, a Pakistani rebel imprisoned in the restive province since 2014.
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Naveed Jutt
“The militants attacked the policemen inside the hospital, killed one accompanying the Pakistani prisoner, and fled on a motorcycle,” deputy inspector general of police Ghulam Hassan Bhat told AFP.
He said another officer was critically wounded in the audacious daytime attack in the heart of the capital city of Indian Kashmir. Patients and hospital staff panicked but none were injured.
Terrorists fire shots inside Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar at IndiaTV News
Bhat said a manhunt was underway to capture Jutt, an influential rebel who ranked second in command of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group at the time of his arrest.
The Pakistan-based militant group is active in Indian Kashmir, regularly staging armed assaults on the roughly half a million Indian soldiers deployed to the divided Himalayan territory.
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Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital Srinagar.
India blames Pakistan for arming, training and deploying militant groups, including LeT, to foment unrest in the part of Kashmir controlled by New Delhi where many support the rebel cause.
Islamabad denies the allegations, saying it only provides diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for a right to self determination.
Pakistan and India both control parts of Kashmir but claim the whole of the territory and have fought two of their three wars over it since independence in 1947.
LeT has been blamed for a string of deadly attacks inside India, most notably the Mumbai carnage in November 2008 that left more than 160 people dead in violence on the streets of the financial capital.