Let youth create a Jantar Mantar in Kashmir (Open space for debate): Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Even as the unrest in Kashmir continues, the Hurriyat Conference is facing challenges from two sides. On one side the National Investigation Agency is probing Hurriyat leaders for alleged money laundering. On the other side, renegade Hizbul Mujahideen commander and presently the head of an Al Qaeda affiliate, Zakir Musa, is presenting the struggle in Kashmir as a religious war. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq discusses these challenges as well as the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, in a conversation. Q. Are you happy with the new state of affairs in Kashmir and…

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Pakistan & Joint Resistance Leadership is ready to talk, but is India ready? Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

‘This generation is fed up with subjugation, suppression and status-quo. Sadly, that is why some youngsters are taking to guns’ In a freewheeling interview Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq quotes that both Pakistan and joint resistance leadership is ready to talk, but the question is, is India ready? The current situation in Kashmir, especially after Burhan Wani’s killing, has turned world attention back on Kashmir. Isn’t it right time to materialize that attention into a dialogue? Resistance leadership has always been advocating a speedy resolution of the Kashmir dispute,…

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Scrap Art 35A and get ready for battle: Farooq Abdulla to Center

NC chief says joining the fight upto Hurriyat ‘It will affect Jammu more than Kashmir’ National Conference President and three-time chief minister, Farooq Abdullah warns New Delhi of dire consequences if the Supreme Court abrogates Article 35-A that provide special rights and privileges to Jammu Kashmir residents. In the first part of the free-wheeling interview the veteran politician shares his views on how bad things can get for New Delhi and in Jammu Kashmir if the apex court abrogates the law extended to J&K through a constitution order in 1954.…

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Opportune time to restart talks with Resistance Group: Mehbooba Mufti

In an exclusive interview, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti says dialogue or engagement should not be confused with appeasement as the exercise is for reconciliation In her first interview since the Amarnath attacks in which eight yatris were killed, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti says the widespread condemnation of the attacks showed Kashmiriyat is still most important for Kashmir, and advocated restarting the dialogue with separatists. There had been several reports and intelligence on a possible attack on the Amarnath Yatra. Where does responsibility for the…

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Everything is Fair in Love And War: Ram Madhav on Human Sheild Video

Architect of the BJP-PDP alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir, Ram Madhav speaks about the situation in the Valley. The BJP general secretary talks about the violence during the by-poll in Srinagar constituency, and justifies the controversial video in which armed forces are seen using a Kashmiri man as shield in front of their jeep. Edited excerpts: Kashmir Post (KP): The Kashmir Valley is on the boil once again and complicating matters are ministers in the government who are saying ‘pathhar ka jawab bullet se dena chahiye’. Do you agree with such…

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‘It was very difficult for India to retain Kashmir but that movement (Ikhwan) did it’: MLA Usman Majeed

From a top militant in Pakistan to becoming the lawmaker in J&K, Bandipora MLA Usman Majeed wore hats. The gun-wielding counter-insurgent once was the leading light of Awami League, the political party that Kukka Parray floated. Now a Congressman, who drives to assembly in Pajero, Usman offers his version of his take off in a detailed interview: KP: Every time you talk on security related issues you are accused of an Ikhwani? Usman Majeed: They are doing it out of frustration to divert attention because they don’t have any argument…

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Floods in 2014, Unrest in 2016, Start-ups faced the worst in Kashmir; Dr M I Parray

J&K’s Entrepreneurship Development Institute had emerged an incubator where boys and girls were taught and encouraged to become employers rather than employees. With perhaps the highest known success rate in new enterprises, Tilangana and Kabul were keen to copy its DNA. In last eight months, it survived two protracted gun-battles that devastated its two buildings. Dr Mohammad Ismail Parray, its Director, who started it from one room, tells Kashmir Post that enterprises in Kashmir need much more beyond resources, motivation, and the market Dr M I PARRAY: We had some training…

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‘Element of Fear is Gone’ for Kashmir’s Youth; Parvez Imroz

Parvez Imroz, a leading rights activist in Kashmir, speaks to Al Jazeera on the current unrest and its fallout. By : Majid Maqbool Indian-administered Kashmir has been in turmoil since July 8 when rebel commander Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces. More than 70 people have been killed and thousands have been wounded in the ensuing unrest, including hundreds with serious eye injuries from pellets guns fired by Indian security personnel, who have faced criticism for using excessive forces against the protesters. The disputed region has mostly remained…

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“Move fast before Kashmir explodes” : M Y Taragami

PM has not said a word even though Kashmir is burning: M Y Tarigami Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami, a senior legislator of Jammu Kashmir, has been a voice of sanity in troubled times in Kashmir. The sole representative of the CPI (M) in Kashmir, he has won from the Kulgam constituency repeatedly in 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2014. He can by no stretch of the imagination be called a separatist being a mainstream politician who has taken firm positions on important issues in the past. Tarigami is deeply disturbed and worried…

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq – Once bitten, Twice shy

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads his faction of the Hurriyat Conference, has been continuously under house arrest for the past two months. He is considered a moderate separatist leader, but he has turned a hardliner now as the Union government continues not to listen to the voice of Kashmiris. In this interview, he expresses his frustration. Excerpts: Why do you think the situation erupted like this? It was the most obvious reaction to the kind of provocations that the people of Kashmir were being routinely subjected to since the infamous…

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