UN says India’s ‘Excessive Force’ caused unlawful killings in its first report on abuses in Kashmir

Indian security forces used “excessive force” resulting in unlawful killings and a high number of injuries during widespread demonstrations in the Kashmir region that began in 2016, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday. The report was the first by the United Nations to spotlight human rights abuses in the Himalayan territory disputed by India and Pakistan, which U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein called “a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues to this day to inflict untold suffering.”…

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If voted to power, will bring autonomy resolution within month, Pulwama-like killings ignite passion for freedom: Farooq Abdullah

The National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that if his party is voted to power with absolute majority, his party bring a autonomy resolution in the State Assembly within a month, “which is our core agenda.” “If am blessed with good health by Allah and we’re voted to power with absolute majority, I promise that I will make this happen (regional autonomy) within 30 days after assuming power,” Adbullah said while welcoming expelled ex-BJP MLA Gagan Bhagat into the party fold. Bhagat joined the National Conference in presence…

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After Governer, President’s rule imposed in Jammu & Kashmir

After completion of six months of Governor’s rule in Jammu Kashmir, the State has come under President’s rule from Wednesday night, paving way for the union cabinet to take all policy decisions related to the militancy-hit State. President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation for imposition of President’s rule in the State, which plunged into a political crisis in June after Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government collapsed following withdrawal of support by 25-member BJP. The gazette notification issued today said the President has received a report from Governor Satya Pal Malik…

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Another blow to PDP, two leaders to join NC today

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has received another setback as two of its senior leaders Syed Basharat Bukhari and Peer Mohammad Hussain are set to join the National Conference tomorrow, just days after four party legislators quit the party. Both leaders will join the NC in presence of party president Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday morning, senior NC leader Muhammad Akbar Lone told Kashmir Post. “Hussain and Bukhari will join the NC at the Gupkar residence of Dr Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday. We have been advised…

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95238 Kashmiris killed by Indian forces since January 1989: Report

According to a report Indian forces in their anti-freedom operation, killed 95,238 Kashmiris, including 7,120 in custody, since January 1989 till date. The report said that the troops molested or disgraced 11,107 women and damaged 109,191 residential houses and other structures. It maintained that Indian troops and police subjected at least 8,000 people to custodial disappearance in the period. The report pointed out that during this year alone, Indian forces and police personnel slain 350 Kashmiris including PhD scholars, engineering students and Hurriyet leaders, Professor Dr Muhammad Rafi Butt, Dr…

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‘God save! they haven’t given voting rights to cows’: Mehbooba Mufti’s dig at BJP

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said it was the “best time” for India to hold talks with Pakistan as the neighbouring country’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan is being touted as a “proxy” for their army. If initiated now, she said, the talks between the two neighbours at this time could prove “beneficial”. “If Imran is a proxy of the Pak army then this is the best time to talk. When Imran Khan says he is ready to talk, to open corridors, then I think…

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Guv Satya Pal Malik recommends president rule in state after December 19

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik has recommended the Centre to impose President’s rule in the state after the expiry of six-months of Governor’s rule on December 19, officials said on Monday. A communication from the governor’s office has been sent to the Union home ministry which will be taken up by the Union cabinet before the expiry of the governor’s rule on December 19, they said. After the cabinet nod, the same would be signed by President Ram Nath Kovind who will issue a proclamation which declares that…

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OIC condemns Pulwama killings, asks Delhi to allow ‘Fact-Finding’ mission to Kashmir

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Monday strongly condemned the killing of seven civilians by government forces in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama district two days earlier. In a statement, a spokesman of the OIC said: “The general secretariat of the OIC expresses strong condemnation of the killing of innocent Kashmiris by Indian forces in Kashmir where direct shooting at demonstrators in Pulwama region claimed lives of a number of innocent citizens and injured others”. “The OIC general secretariat condemns this terrorist act and calls upon the international community to play its role…

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Raise voice against ‘Atrocities’ in Kashmir: Pakistan to UN, OIC

Strongly condemning killing of seven civilians by government forces in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that “only dialogue and not violence and killings will resolve the Kashmir conflict”. “We will raise issue of India’s human rights violations in Kashmir and demand UNSC to fulfill its J&K plebiscite commitment,” he said. Earlier, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on global human rights organisations to take notice of the “atrocities by Indian forces in Kashmir”, saying he was hopeful that the groups would…

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Kashmir, Chenab Valley shut against Pulwama killings

Kashmir observed a complete shutdown on Sunday against the killing of seven civilians and three militants by government forces in southern Pulwama district a day earlier, even as the police imposed strict restrictions in Srinagar’s Downtown areas to thwart possible pro-freedom protests and also placed the resistance leadership under detention. The call for shutdown, given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, evoked a complete response across the Valley. Seven civilians including a teenager and an MBA graduate who had married…

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