Pheran Row: Fear of the Pheran returns to Kashmir Valley, Security forces issue fresh guideline

Security forces have been asking those wearing the loose, traditional garment – including the reporter – to take it off as they fear it may be used to hide arms. Civilians wearing pherans – the long robe traditionally worn in Kashmir in winter as protection against the cold – have found themselves under security forces’ scrutiny once again. On February 19 two policemen were killed after being shot at close range by a militant in the Baghat area of uptown Srinagar, along the high-security Airport Road. The incident was captured…

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Frisking, CASO, Crackdown returned to Srinagar City, Pheran wearing population on hit-list

Twenty-five-year-old Abid Lone grew up hearing horrifying stories from his father about crackdowns by the government forces in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. His father would be dragged out of the garments’ shop on Hari Singh High Street in the middle of the day for frisking. “It was normal for my father,” he recalled. However, it never happened with him until today. On Monday afternoon, the clocks turned back to the 1990s, when the insurgency was at its peak in Kashmir Valley and such random frisking was…

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Iran offers to mediate in bringing the Kashmir conflict to an end

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an interview to Press TV, Iran’s state television news channel has called for the need to respect the rights of the people of Kashmir in ‘determining their own destiny’ and offered to mediate and play a “constructive role” in bringing the conflict to an end. Responding to a question on “what has been the policy of president Rouhani” and what does he tell India about the situation, Zarif said, “our policy has been very clear. We emphasise the need to respect the rights…

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Army Human Rights record in J&K have raised barrier before German Arms Exports

The country is India’s sixth-largest trading partner and its largest trading partner from the European Union. Concerns over the security forces’ human rights record in Jammu and Kashmir have raised a barrier before Germany’s small arms exports to India. German regulations and covenants restrict, and often prohibit, arms sales to nations or regions where their use might cause direct or collateral damage to civilian populations and institutions. Two Indian security officials familiar with the bar on German small arms producers said these companies had failed to obtain export licences from…

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Mutton Row: The fact-finding committee recommends Rs 518 Kg for mutton in Kashmir

The fact-finding team that visited various livestock markets outside J&K to ascertain the viable rates at which mutton could be sold in the Valley Tuesday recommended the government to allow mutton retailers to sell Grade-A meat at Rs 518 per kilogram. In this regard the team comprising of members of the All Kashmir Wholesale Mutton Dealers Association, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) and local journalists that travelled to different cities and states to find the mutton prices submitted a report to the director of Department of Civil Supply, Consumer Affairs and…

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Shutdown in Kashmir to mark JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat’s 37th death anniversary

Normal life was affected in Kashmir on Thursday due to a shutdown to mark the 37th death anniversary of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 1984, officials said. Most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in Srinagar, while public transport was largely off the roads, they officials said. However, the officials said, private cars, auto-rickshaws and cabs were plying in the city. The officials said similar reports of shutdown were also received from other…

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Agencies spreading false rumors, we stand firm over Kashmir Issue: Hurriyat Leadership

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Wednesday asked people to be wary of ‘mischief mongers and agencies who are spreading false rumours’ through some media outlets that some APHC leader led by the Mirwaiz group has reached out to New Delhi asking for “apology.” On Tuesday, a local news gathering agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC) had reported that three pro-freedom leaders from Kashmir valley had met top leadership in Delhi for the first time after revocation of the limited-autonomy and bifurcation of the state into two Union territories. KDC quoting…

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Freezing temperatures bring worst water crisis across Kashmir

The officials in Kashmir insist that there is no shortage of water but the problem is arising due to the freezing of water supply lines. The Kashmir Valley is facing one of the harshest winters in decades which has given rise to the worst water crisis in three decades. Plummeting temperature is leading to the freezing of lakes, water supply lines, taps, water tanks, and motors. All the traditional de-freezing techniques used by the people have failed to yield desired results. The problem is compounded by the accumulated snow on…

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MeT predicts dry weather till Jan 31, Srinagar shivers at – 5.2°C Pahalgam coldest at -12°C

Highway opens for stranded vehicles; Air traffic resumes at Srinagar Airport The Meteorological Department today predicted “mainly dry” weather in Jammu and Kashmir till January 31. Kashmir received a moderate to heavy snowfall on Saturday, cutting off the Valley from the outside world, as both surface and air traffic were disrupted. However, the 270-kilometre Srinagar-Jammu National highway was reopened for stranded traffic today, while the air traffic resumed at the Srinagar International highway after having remained suspended on Saturday.Meanwhile, in the latest weather bulletin, Director MeT, Sonam Lotus said that…

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Air, Surface traffic halted due to heavy Snowfall

The Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which runs through south Kashmir’s Qazigund area, was also closed for traffic. A fresh spell of snowfall on Saturday cut off Kashmir valley from the rest of the country, as both air and surface traffic were affected. An official said that Kashmir-bound flights were canceled because the runway of the Srinagar airport was not feasible for landing as well as take-off due to snow accumulation. “The disruption in the air traffic is expected if the snowfall continues. Any final decision on cancellation of flights will be…

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