IED blast and bomb scare

19 January 2022

Militants on Tuesday triggered off a low-intensity improvised explosive device at Ziyarat Qaimoh-Kader Road, the area falling between Yaripora and Qaimooh in south Kashmirs Kulgam district, officials said. There was no casualty reported in the incident which created panic in the area, a police officer said. He said that soon a contingent of police and army reached the spot and cordoned off the area, he said.

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What J&K Is Talking About

New Year Brings Little Cheer to J&K

Although terrorism declined in J&K during 2021, political discontent has shown every sign of increasing. This is attributed to the lack of a democratically elected government, no clarity on when state elections will be held and uncertainty on several key issues related to the future of the state. The political vacuum is being filled mostly with negative rhetoric from the Valley's main political parties while the BJP remains unable to address many critical concerns of the people. The economy remains depressed. Political initiative during 2022 is imperative for a break from the negativity of current times. [3 January 2022]

Kashmir Parties Furious Over Delimitation Proposal

Political parties in Kashmir Valley are furious over the Delimitation Commission's proposal to allot more seats to Jammu Division. The Delimitation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir has proposed six additional assembly seats for Jammu region and one for Kashmir while reserving 16 constituencies for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The Kashmir division currently has 46 seats and Jammu 37 seats. Virtually every single Kashmir Valley centric political party has said the proposal was unacceptable. National Conference which attended the Commission's meeting said it won't sign the draft proposal. Sajad Lone said that it`s a kind of shock for those who believe in Democracy. CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Monday said it is another step to further dis-empower Kashmiris politically.

[21 December 2021]

Apni Party Chief Takes on PDP President

Apni Party president, Altaf Bukhari is the first Kashmiri politician to directly challenge Mehbooba Mufti's political line. He accused her of shedding crocodile tears for the people of the Valley while the truth is that she herself responsible for worsening the situation in Kashmir. 'Why are they sitting at Jantar Mantar. First they should give answer about innocent killings which have taken place during their tenure,' he said. Bukhari said that if politicians will run away from elections, then it has only two interpretations, either they want to leave politics or they are afraid. 'Anyone who joins politics has to face the people and it is only the people who decide who will be their representative,' he said. [10 December 2021]

Truth About 1947 Invasion Suppressed

The truth about the 1947 October invasion of Kashmir by Pakistan backed forces has unfortunately been forgotten by most in the Kashmir Valley thanks to the efficacy of Pakistani propaganda. Most Kashmiris in the Valley today either are not aware or choose to ignore the fact that it was Pakistan that precipitated the war in Kashmir by sending in Afghan invaders followed by regular Pakistan Army forces. Kashmiris defended Srinagar against the attackers but in many places Kashmiri women were raped and killed, towns looted by the invaders. Finally, in desperation the Kashmir maharaja acceded to India, an action that was formally accepted by the then Governor General of India, Lord Mountbatten. Kashmir was saved by the arrival of Indian army. Since then Pakistani propaganda has tried to distort truth and force its own narrative. [28 October 2021]

Kashmir Accedes to India

People of Kashmir not Pakistan are the real stakeholders in J&K

One of the reasons why Pakistan has stepped up violence and terrorism in J&K is because it wants India to talk to it. After Taliban victory the Pakistan military establishment feels it is in a position to get concessions on Kashmir from New Delhi. But these will remain wishful thinking as Indian Home Minister Amit Shah said that for peace he will talk to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and not to Pakistan.Amit Shah lashed out at former Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah. 'Dr Farooq Sahib has suggested that we should talk to Pakistan. Let me clarify, if we will talk, we will talk to people of Jammu and Kashmir and its youth only, no one else. The so-called mainstream Kashmiri politicians such as Dr Farooq and Mehbooba Mufti have always played a double game to appease Pakistan and play along with the generals in Rawalpindi. [26 October 2021]

Insights Analyses Backgrounders

Kashmir Problem Stems from Pakistan's Desire to Dominate Narrative

The real cause of the unrest and violence in Kashmir is Pakistan's desire to dominate the narrative on the issue and ultimately fulfil its objectives of annexing the territory. Unfortunately, the events of October 1947 have been distorted by Pakistani propaganda.

Could the Clock be Turned Back on the 5 August 2019 Decision?

Could Jammu & Kashmir once again revert to its previous state: unified and complete with special privileges? To answer this question, one needs to enumerate what are the diverse political constituencies with a stake and say in this matter.

Questioning the Unending Cycle of Protest

For the first time in decades many local Kashmiris are beginning to question the wisdom of repeated calls for life disrupting hartals, strikes and protests for one cause or the other.

Remembering the Assassinated

One of the biggest lies has to do with the assassination of two key Kashmiri figures - Maulvi Mirwaiz Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone. The pro-Pakistan lobby have projected these killings as the work of Indian agencies and commemorate their death anniversaries by organising anti-India rallies and calls for Kashmir's accession to Pakistan.

Kashmir - Under the Shadow of the Jamaat

The Jamaat remains active all across South Asia and continues to propagate its vicious ideology in the name of Islam which is essentially a religion of peace and brotherhood. The Jamaat has used religion to further its brutal aims and become a powerful political force in various parts of South Asia.

Key Issues in Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh

Kashmir Solidarity Day: A Recurring Drama put up by Pakistan Army

It is good to remember the Kashmiri who have died fighting for a cause they believed in. But who will remember the hundreds of Kashmiris who were killed by the goons of Jamaat and other Pakistan Army agents during the armed struggle?.
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Pakistan's Unstoppable Killing Machine

The Pakistan Army must keep its terrorist warriors gainfully employed to prevent its Islamist cauldron from solidifying and becoming dysfunctional. Thus, the killings in Kashmir must continue.
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SAS Geelani and the death of the Pakistan Dream

Among the proponents of the Pakistan agenda was a thin, unsmiling Islamist called Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He had worked his way up the ladder of the Islamist organisation Jamaat e Islami (JeI) Kashmir, working ceaselessly for the accession to Pakistan.
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