How a move to end militancy has led to a rise in the number of rebels in Kashmir

The fear of death has not only failed to serve as a deterrent but getting killed at the hands of security forces is now considered glamorous New Delhi’s Kashmir policy of tackling the conflict with iron hands has not just failed in generating desired results, but actually compounded the chaos. Operation All Out, which was supposed to be a master plan to weed out militancy and restore peace, has ended up producing more militants than the ones killed during the year-long offensive in the embattled region. In the middle of…

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‘By the time you see this, I’ll be in Heaven’: Adil Ahmad Dar

Minutes after a ghastly suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Awantipora town of Pulwama, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the outfit which claimed responsibility for the attack, released a video of the person believed to have carried out the fidayeen strike. Adil alias Waqas of Kakapora in south Kashmir can be seen in the video, sitting in the backdrop of the Jaish flag, brandishing several sophisticated automatic rifles, starting the video by saying, “By the time this video reaches you, I will be in heaven, I have spent one year as a militant…

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Admin issues advisory on meat and poultry products

To combat food-borne diseases, the Governor administration Wednesday issued an advisory on poultry and meat products and advised consumers to remain vigilant. As per an advisory issued by the Commissioner of Food Safety, Dr Abdul Kabir Dar, combating microbial contamination of food was important to prevent food-borne diseases and its adverse effects. “Consumers have to a play a role regarding safe food-handling, storage and cooking practices at home. Improper handling especially of meat, poultry and its products may become a source of food borne infections,” reads the advisory. It asked…

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Joint Resistance Leadership asks GoI to return all power projects

Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday asked Government of India to return all power projects—before declaring the restive region as 100 per cent electrified. In a statement issued here, the amalgam spokesperson while reacting to the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s claims of giving electricity to every household, said that “Kashmiri people have never gone with a begging bowl before New Delhi over electricity.” “The reality is that some vested interests and greedy politicians who sold their conscience handed over…

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Untold story of Kashmiri Pheran and its place in Kashmir’s History

Someone, who might have been fond of inertia, invented this garment in praise of the laziness and handed it over to Kashmiris who are loving it. There are many myths around the Kashmiri pheran. While some believe it was Mughal emperor Akbar who introduced the long garment in the Kashmir Vallery, others believe pheran came from the Persian travelers who invented the garment to protect themselves from the freezing cold during winters. But the popular belief is that Akbar introduced the garment to tame the brave Kashmiris and make them…

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Govt asks officials to take action against radio stations dishing vulgarity, turning stations into political platforms

The government Thursday asked Deputy Commissioners (DC) of Srinagar and Jammu to take “necessary action” against FM stations for turning into “political platforms” and dishing out “vulgarity” in the name of entertainment. The Directorate of Information today issued an order asking the DC Srinagar and the DC Jammu to take action against the FM stations in the light of guidelines framed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. In a letter to the DCs, the Director Information and Public Relations, Tariq Ahmed Zargar said FM stations had become “political podium”…

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Why Kashmiris are sharing photos of ‘Pheran’ traditional dress?

Officials in Indian-administered Kashmir have reversed an education department ban on employees wearing traditional dress to work, following an outcry on social media. “All officials visiting the office are advised to visit in proper dress code during any official visit. It is recommended that no official will visit this office wearing pheran, traditional trousers and slipper/plastic shoes,” an 11 December circular said. In response, Kashmiri social media users protested by sharing images of themselves wearing the pheran – a traditional long coat or cloak worn by both men and women.…

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JKLF chief, associates booked for ‘Attempt to Murder’, Booking our leaders in fake cases a norm now: JRL

A court here Wednesday sent chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Yasin Malik to four days remand after police brought charges of attempt to murder against him and his associates, evoking strong resentment from the pro-independence group and the Bar Association. Besides section 307 of RPC (attempt to murder), police slapped several other charges on the JKLF chief and seven of his associates after they was detained following a symbolic protest Malik led to march towards the Badami Bagh military headquarters in Srinagar on Monday. The protest march was called…

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Pheran Ban creates buzz on Social Media

A day after Kashmir Post reported on the ban on the traditional Kashmiri attire Pheran, the social media has been abuzz with numerous politicians, social activists, journalists and commoners expressing their dismay on the ban order while a miniscule number supporting the ban. The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National conference Vice President Omar Abdullah while urging the School Education Department to withdraw its order asking officials to refrain from wearing the Pheran said, “I fail to understand why pherans should be banned!” “This is a regressive order…

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Teens are dying to protect Rebels in Kashmir

It was well past midnight in the village of Balsoo when Numan Ashraf Bhat’s phone lit up with an urgent WhatsApp message: “Umar surrounded by forces.” Umar Majid Ganai, one of the area’s most wanted militants, had built a loyal youth following in Kashmir, a Himalayan region disputed between India and Pakistan where violence has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Numan, a gangly 16-year-old, was one of his most enthusiastic supporters — all of the photos downloaded on his phone were of Mr. Ganai. So when Numan learned last…

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