Why a growing number of Kashmiri youth are picking up guns

Sajad Ahmad Beigh, a 23-year-old herder from south Kashmir’s Shopian district, left his home with a flock of sheep into the nearby woods on a summer afternoon early last month. He never returned. A week later, his brother Khurshed Ahmad was informed by the Indian army officers that Sajad was shot dead in a gunfight in Sugg village, 4km (2.5 miles) away from his home. “He was very young. We had no idea what happened to him,” Khursheed, Sajad’s brother, told Al Jazeera. “It was not a thing he would discuss. We had…

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Don’t sell Property to outsiders: APHC (M)

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has advised people to be very vigilant and not sell their land or any property to outsiders at any cost adding that government should stop issuing domicile certificates to outsiders “with the view to change the demographic character of Jammu and Kashmir, which is causing great concern among people and could have serious consequences for the region.” In a statement issued here, the APHC said executive members Prof. Abdul Ghani Bhat and Bilal Ghani lone called on ailing executive member and former APHC chairman Maulana…

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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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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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ASEAN coalition supports OIC communique on Kashmir Situation

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has expressed full support to the communique of the recent OIC Contact Group Virtual Emergency meeting on the situation of Indian occupied Kashmir. In a letter to OIC, ASEAN coalition pointed out that the situation on the ground in Jammu Kashmir is dire and needs immediate attention to alleviate the sufferings of the Kashmiri civilians. It stated that since the August 2019 lockdown, there is no breathing space for the Kashmiris as the BJP Indian government has escalated its grip on the disputed…

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OIC rejects GoI’s decision to scrap the special status of J&K, asks member states to raise Kashmir Issue with India

The Organisation of Islamic Conference Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir has called upon the OIC member states to raise the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in their bilateral engagements with India with a view to safeguarding the fundamental human rights of the Kashmiri people in the occupied territory, and ensuring expeditious implementation of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. The Group also affirmed that Indian actions of August 5, 2019 and new domicile rules are in complete violation of the UNSC resolutions, international laws including the 4th Geneva Conventions, and…

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OIC to hold an emergency meeting on J&K

Meeting to bring together foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir will hold an emergency meeting via videoconference on Monday to discuss the latest situation in the disputed territory. The online meet will bring together the foreign ministers of the Jammu And Kashmir Contact Group member states: Azerbaijan, Niger, Pakistan Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the OIC said in a statement. “The meeting is part of a series of continuous Jammu And Kashmir Contact Group meetings…

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Govt identifies 67 sites for opening liquor shops in Kashmir

The J&K Government is going to open liquor sale points at different locations in the Kashmir valley, where since 1991 militant groups had declared a ban on its sale and consumption. The Excise Department has identified 183 new locations — 116 in Jammu and 67 in the Kashmir valley — for sale of liquor. According to an official document, the Excise Department has conducted a survey in exercise of the powers under rule 28 of the J&K Liquor and License Rules-1984 and Section 4 (B) of the Excise Act and…

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J&K’s Special Status was taken away so the land could be gifted to China: Iltija Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter gives big statement over Section 370 removal Iltija Mufti, daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti, has once again taken up the case of Section 370 on the pretext of a clash with Chinese soldiers in the Galvan Valley of Ladakh. She has tweeted that whether the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was taken away so that the land here could be given as a gift to China. Iltija Mufti is currently handling the Twitter account of her mother Mehbooba Mufti and through that,…

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