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Pakistan Rejects U.S. Sanctions Against Kashmir Militant

ISLAMABAD, June 27 – Pakistan came out in defence of militants fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir on Tuesday, saying it was a legitimate struggle for freedom, after the United States put the head of one of the groups on its list of global terrorists. The U.S. State Department’s designation of Syed Salahuddin, the head

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Tulips Bloom in Kashmir as Indian Farmers Discover Flower Power

By Athar Parvaiz SRINAGAR, India, June 1 – As soon as his son graduated from college, Ghulam Mohi-u-Din Dar asked him to take care of the family flower business in Kral Sangri, near Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-administered Kashmir. “I knew it would be a waste of time for him to search for a

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Wounded Kashmiris Blocked from Medical Help During Clashes: Rights Group

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, Dec 6 – Indian security forces in Kashmir blocked medical care for injured protesters by firing on ambulances, holding up emergency vehicles and preying on hospital patients during clashes in the restive region this year, a health rights group said on Tuesday. At least 80 civilians were killed and more

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Indian Court Orders Release of Prominent Kashmiri Human Rights Activist

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, Nov 25 – A court in India’s restive state of Kashmir on Friday ordered police to release a prominent Kashmiri human rights activist arrested two months ago on charges of involvement in activities against the public order, saying authorities had no evidence. Khurram Parvez, 39, coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition

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Kashmir: Big Trouble in Little Aripanthan

A central Kashmir village faces death with defiance By Majid Maqbool At about 7:45 a.m. on August 16, a contingent of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops and local police disembarked from their vehicles and reportedly opened fire in the main market road of Aripanthan village, where locals usually go to buy essentials. Four youths

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Kashmiris Warn India its Crackdown is Turning Some to Militancy

SRINAGAR, India, Sept 28 – Simmering anger over India‘s crackdown on 10 weeks of protests in Kashmir risks drawing more young people to radical rebellion, demonstrators and security officials warn, as the sense of despair and alienation from New Delhi deepens. In the worst unrest in the disputed Himalayan region for six years, more than

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Curfew, Protests Mar Muslim Holy Day for Families in Indian Kashmir

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, Sept 13  – In Srinagar, Indian Kashmir’s main city, calls to prayer ringing out from mosques went largely unanswered on Tuesday, as families in the Muslim-majority region heeded a curfew that made celebrating Eid nigh impossible. Adil Lateef was an exception. The 22-year-old was able to slip out of his

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India to Replace Some Pellet Guns with Chilli-Filled Shells in Kashmir

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, Sept 5 – Indian security forces will use shells full of a chilli compound as an alternative to shotgun pellets, to control crowds in Kashmir, the interior minister said on Monday, after widespread use of the weapons wounded thousands and inflamed public anger. More than 3,800 people have been wounded

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Mapping Kashmir’s Cycle of Discontent

By Asma Khan Lone Kashmir has erupted once again, engulfed by yet another cycle of conflict and violence—its Sisyphean bane. The trigger this time is the killing of rebel commander, Burhan Wani, the tech-savvy poster boy of the militant organization Hizb Ul Mujahideen. His killing led to an outpour of emotions and anger on the

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Teacher in Violence-torn Indian Kashmir Starts Makeshift Schools

SRINAGAR, India, Aug 29 – Wedding halls and prayer rooms have been turned into classrooms in Indian-administered Kashmir as families struggle to provide children with a normal life after more than 50 days of the Muslim-majority region’s worst violence in years. At least 68 civilians and two security officials have been killed and more than

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