Attack on Kashmiri’s continues, two dry fruit sellers attacked in Lucknow

Two dry fruit vendors from Kashmir were attacked by a fringe right-wing group on a busy road in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. The incident came to light after One of the accused men shared a video of the assault on social media, triggering outrage.However, the video of the incident was taken down from Facebook. According to reports the incident occurred at 5 pm on Wednesday in central Lucknow’s Daliganj area.In the videos, the attackers can be heard saying that they did so as they were from Kashmir.The Kashmiri men…

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Zero crimes against tourists in Jammu & Kashmir: GoI report

Exposing the negative propaganda against Jammu & Kashmir, a report by the Government of India has confirmed that there has not been a single crime reported against tourists in the state in past two years. This is despite the presence of separatist militancy in Kashmir that has only increased in the past two years.According to a report by ministry of home affairs (MHA), there has not been a single incident of crime against foreign tourists, including females, in Jammu and Kashmir while 284 such incidents have been reported during the…

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European Parliament Members ask India to ‘End Crackdown’ on Rights Activists In Kashmir

Twenty members of the European Parliament have written to Central ministers, expressing concern about “worrying signs of shrinking civil society space in India”. Twenty members of European parliament have written to the Indian government and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) expressing concern over the crackdown on human rights defenders. They have urged India to create a more open civil society space. The letter is addressed to the ministers of law and justice (Ravi Shankar Prasad), tribal affairs (Jual Oram) and social justice and empowerment (Thaawarchand Gehlot), and to the NHRC’s…

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If this isn’t​ war, what is? Handwara villagers ask after 4 days encounter

When the chatter of gunfire erupted across the village Baba Gund, at a little after 3 pm on February 28, security forces told a group of civilians to take shelter in the home of fruit seller Farooq Ahmed. As the encounter continued, a few more villagers were directed into the house, and then a few more, until there were 17 people crammed into Ahmed’s small 10 feet by 10 feet room. Afternoon gave way to evening, then evening to night, night to day, and on and on for three long…

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Health team disallowed to visit ‘Starving’ families stuck in Handwara gunfight

Government forces on Sunday allegedly disallowed a health team carrying first aid kit besides essentials including baby food and biscuits to visit five families, who according to the locals are stuck inside their houses at Babagund Handwara in this north Kashmir district, where a fierce gunfight between government forces and militants ended earlier this morning after nearly three days of siege. The incident has called into question adherence of SOP by government forces which mandates evacuation of civilian population before gunfight. A team of officials of health department, carrying first…

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Schools, Mosques, Orphanages kept outside the scope of seizure, sealing: Govt

The governor’s administration Sunday said that schools, mosques and orphanages have been kept outside the scope of seizures and sealing in the wake of the ban imposed by the government of India on the socio-religious organisation Jamaat-e-Islami. “Action is being taken against offices, assets, properties and other equipment of the banned organisation,” Rohit Kansal, the official spokesman of J&K government, said in a statement, adding that the ban is for five years and subsequent orders to do so (seizure/sealing) have been issued by the state government and the deputy commissioners.

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As Kashmir Crisis intensifies, ‘Time to settle India-Pakistan conflict for good’

In Jammu and Kashmir, taxi drivers say business is down by more than 80 percent compared with two years ago, while hotels are only getting a handful of guests Tensions soared between India and Pakistan in recent days as both sides launched said they launched air strikes Migrant workers are fleeing India’s northern state of Jammu and Kashmir and tourist arrivals have fallen to a trickle amid an escalating conflict with Pakistan, badly hurting businesses in the Himalayan region known for its scenic beauty and fruit harvests. Hundreds of taxis…

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Tampering with special status will erode mainstream in JK: Sajad Gani Lone

Peoples Conference (PC) Chairman Sajad Gani Lone Monday said any attempts to tamper with Article 35-A was bound to result in a massive backlash for mainstream thought and would result in disenchantment and disillusionment in the State. “Any tinkering with the special status of Jammu Kashmir is not only intolerable and unacceptable but would also amount to the erosion of the mainstream thought and space in J&K. It is pertinent to understand that the State’s special status is an article of faith between the people of the State and the…

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‘Something bad is brewing’ Post troop movement, and arrests, Kashmiris stock up on essentials

On Friday night, fighter jets and helicopters hovered over the city as the police, backed by the army, raided the premises of separatist groups in the Kashmir valley and arrested their leaders and activists. Then, news spread on social media that 100 companies of paramilitary troops were being airlifted to Kashmir for immediate deployment. By Saturday, fear and uncertainty gripped many residents of the troubled region who speculated about what may be afoot. Some thought it was the backdrop for a war with Pakistan following the February 14 Pulwama suicide…

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‘Force and Intimidation’ will only worsen situation: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday condemned JKLF chief Yasin Malik’s detention and the crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir leadership, saying “force and intimidation” would only “worsen” the situation. Police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir members in Kashmir during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, and detained around two dozen of its cadres, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, hours after JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained on Friday night.“Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres and the arrest of…

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