We Find A Voice: Kashmir Once again shot into international headlines

Historically, Kashmiris since 1819 have always greeted the voices raised from outside the state against their oppression and in support of their cause. In 1934, when Mahatma Gandhi in response to a missive by a Kashmiri Pandit leader, Prem Nath Bazaz wrote to him in a letter dated May 15, 1934, “Seeing that Kashmir is predominantly Mussalman it is bound to become one day a Mussalman state. A Hindu prince can therefore only rule by not ruling, i.e., by allowing the Mussalmans to do as they like by abdicating when…

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Geelani, Mirwaiz congratulate Tayyip Erdogan on election success

Hurriyat conference (g) chairman Syed Ali Geelani extended his congratulations to Tayyip Erdogan for “his success” in the June 24 presidential elections and “appreciated Turkey’s development, success in economy and a stronger position in the international arena,” statement said. “Our long and painful walk to freedom demands and deserved more practical and concrete steps from every freedom-loving nation especially the collective forum of Muslim countries—so that there is an end to our sufferings and we are allowed to live an honorable and peaceful life,” Geelani in a statement said. Geelani…

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Ahead of Eid-Uz-Zuha (Bakra Eid), Govt backs campaign against animal sacrifice

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) is launching a campaign to crack down on the slaughter of animals for sacrifice, ahead of the Muslim festival of Bakrid, or Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice), which will be celebrated on August 21-22. Volunteers of the agency will watch out for and report any instances of cruelty to animals. “If anyone does animal sacrifice, that is punishable, no animal is exempted.” said SP Gupta, chairman of the board, a statutory advisory body under the union environment ministry. “People are not aware, they…

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A referendum in the Indian part of J&K should ask the people a simple question: Do you wish to stay in India or not?

Nothing is ever new in Kashmir and nothing ever changes. Every party, whether local to J&K or from the Rest of India (ROI), has failed to either win the support of the people or to contain the dissidents of one colour or another. J&K remains the only state where ROI needs to send delegations of MPs (obviously they never visit the state on their own) or interlocutors ( whose reports are invariably ignored). In no other state in ROI, mobile phones are jammed if the PM is visiting. J&K (or…

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BJP ‘Disowned its own initiative’: Former CM Mehbooba Mufti hits back in anger

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) “disowned its own initiative” in Jammu and Kashmir by withdrawing from the coalition government, said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday, reacting in detail after resigning as the state’s chief minister. Mehbooba, who led the coalition government, wrote on Twitter to express her opinion after the state came under governor’s rule on June 20 and BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said the “PDP-led government” had discriminated against Jammu and Ladakh regions. “Allegations of discrimination against Jammu & Ladakh have no basis…

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Shujaat Bukhari gunned down by militants on orders from Pakistan: J&K Police

The Jammu & Kashmir police department has got some concrete clues on the killing of Shujaat Bukhari and expects to crack the case soon, even by the end of June, senior police officers said on condition of anonymity. The officers, who are directly involved in investigations, added that Bukhari was gunned down by terrorists on instructions from across the border, most probably for trying to promote peace in the Valley. According to them, this was seen unfavourably by separatists and the Jamait-e-Islami leaders on both sides of the Line of…

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Amit Shah reviews party’s strategy, preparation ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls

BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday reviewed the party’s preparations and strategy for the Lok Sabha election due next year during his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the saffron party withdrew support from the PDP-led government. Shah, who reached the winter capital this morning for a day-long trip, will address a rally to mark “historic martyrdom anniversary” of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. The BJP chief was accorded a rousing reception with party’s youth wing taking out a bike rally from the airport to the state guest…

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Shutdown against civilian killings today: Joint Resistance Leadership

Expressing concern over resumption of Operation All-Out and CASOs in Kashmir which has resulted in killing of four civilians in past one week, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a complete shutdown against “planned genocide of Kashmiri youth” on June 25. In a joint statement, the JRL said the forces have resumed the Operation and when people resist to forces’ harassment action they are met “showered with pellets and bullets with a sole aim of killing them”. “We…

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Amit Shah’s anti-PDP tirade draws flak, even from BJP’s own, PDP hits back

All political parties, including the BJP, have termed saffron party president Amit Shah’s allegations against the PDP’s discriminating policies with Jammu and Ladakh as half-truths. Most leaders were of the view that Shah’s speech made in Jammu on Saturday lacked conviction as he desperately tried to safeguard the BJP. “Whatever Amit Shah said in Jammu indicated two things: one, he was totally defensive; and two, he virtually exposed his own ministers. While they were in government, the BJP ministers did not assert their position and authority just to keep the…

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