JUL 7, 2018: 3 Kashmiri youth including a teenage girl were killed by Indian security forces’ firing in the Himalayan valley on Saturday leading to thousands participating in their funeral hours after police said they were killed when government forces fired at anti-India protesters. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Faisal while condemning the latest incident of killing of innocent Kashmiri youth, tweeted, “#India continues to kill with impunity in IoK – the #OHCHR commission of inquiry must be established at the earliest #kashmirbleeds. Police said in a statement that someRead More
Indian Army Chief says peace should be given a chance, stresses on talks JUN 14, 2018 — In a major blow to freedom of press in occupied Kashmir, unidentified attackers on Thursday gunned down senior journalist and Rising Kashmir Editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar. It was not immediately clear as to how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Kashmir correspondent. Bukhari was instrumental in organizing several conferences for peace in the Kashmir Valley and was known as ‘voice of sanity’ in the occupiedRead More
JUN 13, 2018 — The campaign for self-determination in Indian-administered Kashmir broke out into major violence in 1989. More than 90,000 people are estimated to have died and 20,000 to have disappeared in the disputed Himalayan region. That has pushed their families into poverty. Today, Kashmir lies in the bottom third of Indian states on the basis of per capita income, the education and health systems are also falling to an ever lower standard. For the region’s youth, earning a living has been a challenge, especially educated young women. However,Read More
Incident is the second in less than a month involving Indian security forces vehicle killing Kashmiri protester during the weekly stone-throwing demonstrations in the restive Himalayan valley Jun 2, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Indian occupied Kashmir is once again in the grip of violence after an Indian military vehicle crushed a young man to death in the disputed valley. The funeral procession for the victim turned violent in the occupied Himalayan valley’s summer capital, Srinagar. Police fired shotgun pellets at the funeral procession after protests erupted. Security forces also sent tearRead More
May 17, 2018 (DESPARDES) — In Indian-held Kashmir, senior resistance leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Muhammad Yasin Malik have termed the rare ceasefire announced by India during the holy month of Ramadan in Kashmir a cosmetic measure. Addressing a seminar in Srinagar on Thursday, they said that cosmetic things would not work unless a comprehensive plan is made to resolve the Kashmir dispute. India on Wednesday announced it will suspend operations against militants fighting its rule in the disputed region of Kashmir during the holy Muslim monthRead More
May 11, 2018 (DESPARDES Report) — New Delhi has asked its security forces deployed in Indian-held Kashmir to focus on arrest of militants, rather than elimination (search-and-kill operations) — the death toll has mounted from a low of 117 fatalities in 2012 to 358 in 2017, and 132 so far this year. A senior government official told Indian daily The Hindu that according to an assessment by the Central agencies, the emotional upsurge at funerals of militants killed in encounters was inspiring further support for armed resistance to Indian occupationRead More
A PhD professor associated with the University of Kashmir was among those killed by the Indian forces in recent clashes between the freedom fighters and security personnel. May 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Tensions are running high in Indian-administered Kashmir, following the release of footage showing a young protester crushed to death by an Indian police vehicle. The Chief minister of Indian-controlled Kashmir Ms. Mehbooba Mufti has blamed security personnel for the death of the youth in Srinagar. IG Police S P Pani has assured that action would be taken againstRead More
The Pakistani military announced on 6 March that its army troops shot down an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that illegally entered Pakistani airspace across the line of control (LoC) in the disputed northern region of Kashmir.