Showing posts with label Kashmir. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kashmir. Show all posts

Friday, 15 June 2018

Newspaper editor Shujaat Bukhaari and two security guards killed by gunmen in Kashmir

Credits Reuters

Unidentified gunmen shot dead a prominent newspaper editor and two security guards in Kashmir on Thursday, police said.

Syed Shujaat Bukhari, editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, was leaving his office in the city centre of Srinagar when he was shot by three assailants on motorbikes, Senior Superintendent of Police Imtiyaz Ismail told Reuters.

Bukhari, who was given police protection following an attack on him 18 years ago, was hit by multiple bullets fired at a close range, Ismail said. There was no immediate word from police on the identity or possible motive of the gunmen.

Bukhari had been a strong advocate of peace in disputed Kashmir, at the heart of decades of hostility between India and Pakistan, both of which claim the Muslim majority region.

India had suspended operations against militants fighting its rule in Kashmir during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan which began last month, after weeks of sporadic violence there.

Waseem Ahmad, a local journalist, told Reuters that he heard gunfire ringing out and, reaching the location, found Bukhari and his two guards lying in a pool of blood in their car.

“Extremely shocking news,” said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who broke down in front of cameras.

“Terrorism has hit a new low with Shujaat’s killing,” Mufti said on Twitter. “We must unite against forces seeking to undermine our attempts to restore peace. Justice will be done.”

Bukhari had been part of India’s delegation for informal peace talks on Kashmir with Pakistani representatives held in Dubai last year. He was instrumental in organising several conferences for Kashmir peace.

Condemnation of his killing in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, and condolences poured in from across the country.

Calling Bukhari a fearless journalist, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Twitter the killing was an act of cowardice and “an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir”.

More than 130 people have been killed this year in militant violence in Kashmir.

“Forces inimical to restoring peace in the Kashmir valley have silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace,” the Press Club of India said in a statement, mourning the loss of Bukhari.

India has long accused Pakistan of training and arming militants and helping them infiltrate across the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) that separates the two sides in the region, a charge Islamabad denies.

The attack on Bukhari coincided with discussions being held over an extension of a ceasefire by security forces in Kashmir.

Earlier, India rejected a U.N. report that accused it of having used excessive force in disputed Kashmir to kill and wound civilians since 2016, and which called for an international inquiry into accusations of rights violations.

Source Reuters
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Kashmiri Footballer trades his boots for guns!!!



The valley of Kashmir which was previously synonymous to a slice of heaven on Earth has been turning itself into a living hell, a nightmare that people living in the state are witnessing every single day of their lives. Just like reading the weather report and a traffic update has become a routine, the newspapers report tremors of violence from the valley every single day.









Particularly, the youth of the state has been affected the most. Groups being influenced to join terrorist groups, college students indulging in stone pelting. The beauty and tranquillity of the valley has been replaced with a lull of darkness. Majid Khan, a youth icon is the recent addition to this sad reality. Majid is a known figure in Kashmir as he is a football player in Anantnag. Besides being a great player, he is your simple young 20-year-old boy who stayed with his family and was pursuing his graduation. Except, everything turned upside down! Majid left his family and shunned his home to join terrorist group 'Lashkar-e-Taiba'.


Apparently, he was influenced by his close friends and peers to join the group. The irony of the whole incident is that before this radical transformation, he was working with an NGO which is a humanitarian organisation.



“Majid Khan was also working with an NGO, and during his stint in the organisation, he recruited more than 300 volunteers from Anantnag district. The difference between the present day militancy and the one that existed in early 1990s is that the ideological conviction of the present generation is far more superior”, said an officer who is a part of the investigation. It does not comes as a surprise that his family is shattered and his mother is already begging him to come back home.

The future of this country is in grave hands. While on one side we are vying to be a world class economy in the coming future, on the other, instances like these paint a sad and depressing picture.

Courtesy Of MensXP

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Video - Kashmiri cricket club wears Pakistani jersey, sings 'Pak sarzamin shad bad'


New Delhi: A local Kashmiri cricket club has triggered a huge controversy after a video surfaced on the social media showing its players wearing Pakistani cricket team's uniform. The team members also sang the Pakistani national anthem before the start of the match.
As per reports, the match was held at the Wayil grounds in Ganderbal on April 2 – separatists had called for a hartal that day to protest against PM Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir for the Chenani-Nashri tunnel.






The team that wore the Pakistani green is named after Baba Darya Ud Din, a popular saint whose shrine is situated in Ganderbal. Their opponents wore white.

InUth reports that prior to the start of the match, the commentator announced through loudspeakers that Pakistani national anthem would be played before the match as a 'mark of respect'. The report adds that the playground is located next to the local police station.

“We wanted our team to look different and also wanted to show fellow Kashmiris that we haven’t forgotten Kashmir issue, so we found this particular theme as most appropriate and catchy,” InUth quoted a player as saying.

Watch the video:


Source Indiandefence.com
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Curfew in Kashmir after the death of rebel leader Burhan Wani

An indefinite curfew has been imposed by the Indian government in Kashmir after the rebel commander Burhan Wani was killed by the Indian forces.Killing Burhan Wani has been said as an achievement for the Indian forces against those opposed to the Indian rule.

The residents of Kashmir area , which includes a number of towns and cities , are told to stay inside their homes by forces present in Kashmir.

Burhan Wani is the chief of operations of Indian Kashmir’s largest rebel group Hizbul Mujahideen.He was killed in fighting on Friday after Indian troops, acting on a tip, cordoned a forested village in the Kokernag area, said police director general K Rajendra.

In his early 20s, Wani had become the face of militancy in Kashmir over the last five years. He was a household name and his video clips and pictures were widely circulated among young people in Kashmir. Unlike the rebel leaders of the early 1990s, Wani did not cover his face in videos widely circulated on phones and the internet.

Insp Genl Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani described the killing as the “biggest success against militants” in recent years. As news of his death spread, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in several places in Kashmir, denouncing his death and chanting slogans against Indian rule.

Indian officials, fearing more violent protests in the troubled region, suspended an annual Hindu pilgrimage to a mountain cave which draws about half a million people each year. Officials also suspended mobile phone services in southern parts of Kashmir and blocked mobile internet in the rest of the region to prevent anti-India demonstrators from massing.

Shops, businesses, schools and government offices were shut following the security lockdown and a general strike called by anti-India separatists. Authorities also postponed school and college examinations and suspended rail services.

Muslim-majority Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed in entirety by both. On India’s side, separatist politicians and rebels reject India’s sovereignty over Kashmir and have been fighting for independence or merger with Pakistan since 1989. Separatist leaders asked people to march to southern Tral town for Wani’s funeral on Saturday.

Rajendra said Wani’s body was handed over to the family but warned that no one would be allowed to march to Tral. “Only locals would be allowed to participate in his funeral,” he said. However, hundreds of protesters came out in several neighbourhoods in southern Kashmir, chanting: “Go India! Go back,” and: “We want freedom.”

Most citizens in the mostly Muslim region have long resented the Indian presence, and support rebel demands for independent or merging with Pakistan. India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two of them over control of Kashmir, since they won independence from British colonialists in 1947. More than 68,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the subsequent Indian military crackdown.

Source Guardian 
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