Who made this kid sit like this and clicked photos with the bullet-ridden body of his grandfather?

Kashmiris on Twitter are asking questions about who clicked the photo of the toddler sitting on top of his grandfather’s body at the gunfight site even when no photojournalists were present at the spot. Soon after militants attacked security forces in North Kashmir’s Sopore town, photos emerged on social media showing a three-year-old child sitting on top of the body of his grandfather. While the images of the child evoked condemnation, questions are also being raised about who captured the photos at the gunfight site and shared them on social…

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Special UN envoy for Kashmir sort during the Istanbul conference

A conference in Turkey called on Tuesday for the secretary-general of the UN to appoint a special envoy to resolve the dispute surrounding Kashmir and for it to start mediation efforts on holding a UN-sanctioned plebiscite in the region. In a 13-point joint declaration issued at the end of a virtual two-day international conference on Kashmir hosted by Istanbul University, the participants demanded an “early, just and durable resolution” in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. Welcoming recent remarks by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that Ankara is “in favor…

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Kashmir witnessed 229 Killings, 107 CASO’s, 55 Internet Shutdowns, 48 Properties razing since January 1, 2020

This bi-annual report on the situation of human rights in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir (henceforth J&K) covers the period from 1 January to 30 June 2020. The first six months of 2020 witnessed at least 229 killings in different incidents of violence. The first six months of 2020 witnessed the extrajudicial executions of at least 32 civilians in J&K, besides killings of 143 militants and 54 armed forces personnel. Children and women continued to be victims of violence in J&K as 3 children and 2 women were killed in…

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Tamil Nadu is the only state who created detention camp for foreign Tablighi Jamaat members

Families claim they have not spoken to their relatives detained in a detention camp in Tamil Nadu since April 11. Rights advocates say this detention is unconstitutional. In the first week of March, 25-year-old Mukhtar and his wife Fhedya had traveled from Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, to India’s capital, New Delhi. The couple had planned to spend a few days at the ongoing Tablighi Jamaat gathering, organised at its global headquarter in the Nizamuddin Markaz, before heading down south to Tamil Nadu. The couple was to return…

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Kashmiri Pandits objects new Domicile Rules

A day after Kashmiri Pandit leader and spokesman of Lok Janshakti Party Sanjay Saraf raised objections over the issuance of domicile certificates, a body of displaced Pandits on Sunday demanded stopping the process of issuing these certificates. They said the government should first bring back Pandits that were displaced after the eruption of militancy three decades ago. “We demand stopping of the issuance of domicile certificates until Kashmiri Pandits are rehabilitated in the Valley. It seems that the Government of India is busy in pleasing non-residents and other refugees at…

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After 23 years in captivity, Three Kashmiri men found innocent in Lajpat Nagar blast case

All three men were first arrested from Nepal for their alleged roles in Lajpat Nagar market bomb blast in 1996 They were also charged by the Rajasthan police with bombing of a state roadways bus soon after The men have been finally acquitted after 23 years in captivity Three Kashmiri youths, Mohammad Ali Bhat, Lateef Ahmad Waza and Mirza Nissar Hussain, arrested in 1996 in prime of their youths as “terrorists” but finally acquitted as “innocents” after 23 years of incarceration have been left coming to the terms of their…

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Caught between Virus and Violence

By -Muheet Ul Islam & Sheikh Uzair As 12-year-old Basim lay on a hospital bed, his father Aijaz Ahmad asked him to recite some verses from the Quran. “Papa, am I going to die?” Basim inquired innocently. The only child of his parents had suffered ninety-percent burn injuries in an explosion. Doctors had told Ahmed his son would not survive. Basim was one of hundreds of people who had visited Nawakadal, a densely populated area of Srinagar in Indian administered Kashmir to see the destruction suffered by locals in a…

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China wants India to undo the abrogation of Article 370 for withdrawal from Ladakh

By Syed Ali Mujtaba There is a Chinese proverb; the one who ties the knot can alone untie it. This proverb China wants to attribute to India to reduce the tensions going on along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China wants India to undo the abrogation of Article 370 that changed the status of Jammu and Kashmir. There are few plausible reasons making rounds for Chinese incursion into India. They are; India’s construction of Darbuk-Shyok-Daulet Beg Oldi (DSDBO) road from 2000. India along with the US and other powers…

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Chinese Inscribe huge symbol, Map onto disputed territory in Pangong

The inscriptions, located between ‘Finger 4’ and ‘Finger 5’ measure approximately 81 meters in length and 25 meters in breadth and are large enough to be clearly spotted by passing imagery satellites.  In a claim to the disputed territory, Chinese forces in the contested Fingers region of Ladakh’s Pangong Lake have inscribed a massive Mandarin symbol and map of China onto the ground they occupy. The inscriptions, located between ‘Finger 4’ and ‘Finger 5’ measure approximately 81 metres in length and 25 metres in breadth and are large enough to…

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For raising voice against Domicile Law, Mubeen Shah booked on sedition charges

Prominent Kashmir born businessman Mubeen Shah has reportedly been booked for sedition. Reliable sources told News Agency KNT that Mubeen Shah has been booked on charges of sedition after he asked people of Kashmir to put a collective fight against what he called settler-colonialism. After the abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir, authorities started issuing domicile certificates to non-locals while an IAS officer from Bihar became the permanent resident of Jammu and Kashmir. Sources added that Mubeen Shah’s Facebook post against issuance of Domicile Certificates didn’t go down…

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