Bashaarat Masood


Militant in Burhan Wani photo killed, cop dead in another attack
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

In the list of the Valley’s 12 most wanted militants, Shah was one of 11 militants in a group photograph uploaded on social media by militant commander Burhan Wani a year before he was killed in July 2016.

Will fight for rights of Valley kids: Kailash Satyarthi
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Kailash Satyarthi was in Srinagar as part of the Bharat Yatra, flagged off in Srinagar by CM Mehbooba Mufti, to raise awareness about crimes against children.

A day in the life of a photojournalist in Kashmir: The other side of the picture
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

A photojournalist was recently arrested for allegedly instigating people to pelt stones and being present at the spot of every protest. “But isn’t it our job to be there,” asks Muneeb-ul-Islam

Kashmir braid chopping: Restrictions in place as separatists call for protest
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

The state government has constituted a Special Investigation Team, set up helplines in every district and announced a reward of 6 lakh for information leading to the arrest of braid choppers.

Three militants, BSF officer killed in gunbattle near Srinagar airport 
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

On Tuesday, officials said, bodies of the three attackers were recovered from the inner and outer perimeter of the 182 Battalion camp, which is situated on a plateau adjacent to the airport.

In Valley unrest, casualty is school education
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Education Minister Bukhari said the situation in 2016 had demanded that schools be opened.

J-K: Suspected fidayeen attack BSF camp near Srinagar airport; operation underway
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Initial reports suggest a militant has been killed while three BSF jawans have been injured. However, there is no official confirmation yet.

In J-K, Opposition parties target BJP ally PDP after Mohan Bhagwat’s speech
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat reiterated the Sangh’s stand on special constitutional status accorded to J-K, the mainstream political parties in the Valley trained their guns on the coalition govt in the state.

Grief, anger at home of constable killed in J&K: Why are you here?
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Not many in Hajin are ready to talk about what happened to BSF constable Ramzan. And those who are willing to, do so in worried whispers and on the condition that they should not be named.

Kashmiri research scholar questioned by NIA was to get married next month
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

His teachers called Fazili a brilliant student who was awarded the Maulana Azad National Scholarship for his academic performance.

Kulgam: Villagers say they chased away braid chopper, police deny incident
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

“There was no such incident today. I had personally gone to the village,” Superintendent of Police Kulgam Shridhar Patil said. “The villagers use it as an excuse to pelt stones on the army.”

Jammu and Kashmir: BSF constable dragged out of his home, shot dead by militants
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

J&K Director General of Police S P Vaid said: “Three to four militants came to the BSF constable’s residence and started shooting. He was dragged out of his house and shot.”

Kulgam villagers protest braid chopping incidents, blame security agencies for it
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

"Some women have gone into depression after these attacks. In one case, a girl jumped from first floor and broke her knees"

Top Hizbul commander Abdul Qayoom Najar killed in Uri encounter
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Active for 18 years, cops had no picture of elusive militant

J-K: SPO throws grenade from police car, saves colleagues
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

On Sunday morning, suspected militants hurled a grenade on a police vehicle in Sopore. The vehicle was parked outside a State Bank of India branch that also houses a CRPF camp.

Jammu and Kashmir: NIA summons businessman, traders’ give shutdown call
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

As a precautionary measure, the J-K Police have decided to impose restrictions on civilian movement in the areas falling under police stations of Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Khanyar, Safakadal and Rainwari in downtown Srinagar.

Three militants killed, police say Uri attack repeat averted
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

As a joint team of police and Army cordoned off the village and zeroed in on the target houses, the militants opened indiscriminate fire.

Bilar Dar, 18-yr-old who cleaned Wular lake, savours PM Modi’s praise
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

For over five years, Dar has been earning a modest living by cleaning the Wular lake —the largest water body in Kashmir that has been choked by polythene and plastic bottles.

Rajnath Singh in J&K: Why his reassurances have not reassured the Valley
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The vast majority of the people of Jammu and Kashmir fear that the attack on the state’s special constitutional status is an attempt to “change the demography” of the only Muslim majority state in India.

Not just article 35-A: Centre won’t do anything to hurt feelings of J-K, says Rajnath Singh
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

"Our permanent solution is based on five Cs — compassion, communication, co-existence, confidence-building and consistency,” Rajnath Singh told a press conference in Srinagar during his visit to the state.

Militant surrenders during gunfight after rifle fails in Shopian
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Police have identified the militants killed as Tariq Ahmad and Altaf Ahmad of Hizbul Mujahideen who were involved in several attacks on security forces.

Rajnath Singh reaches out to J-K police, says have come with ‘open heart’
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

“I appeal to everybody, if anybody has any complaint, he should talk directly to us. I am ready to talk with an open heart. I haven’t come to Kashmir with a closed heart and mind,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

Kashmir cop resigns on Facebook video over ‘call of conscience’, detained
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

“He (Sheikh) has posted a video on Facebook which we don’t take as his official resignation,” IG, Kashmir, Muneer Khan told The Indian Express. “He has not given anything in writing”.

Separatists liken NIA to ‘Gabbar Singh’
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Malik said NIA raids in Kashmir were aimed to pressure people to “stay away from the movement”.

Article 35-A: Ex panches, sarpanches meet in Srinagar, say PM Modi should assure Kashmiris their constitutional rights will be honoured
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Mir was referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent speech from Red Fort that Kashmir issues can be resolved not through “goli or gali” but through embracing the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Article 35 A: Separatists announce protest calendar
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

The Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Hurriyat Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF leader Mohammad Yasin Malik, issued a five-day protest calendar starting from August 25, calling it an RSS conspiracy to change the state’s demography

J&K students disrupt police cricket match
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

A cricket match was being held at the high-security playground of Government Degree College in Khanabal, Anantnag, on Wednesday morning. The college students suddenly entered the playground and started hurling stones at the policemen guarding the venue

J&K welcomes verdict but wary of BJP pushing ‘agenda’
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Nayeema Mehjoor, chairperson of J&K women’s commission, told The Indian Express that the Valley has seen few cases of instant triple talaq. In the few cases that emerged, “we involved different clerics from different schools of thoughts, and in most instances they refused to validate the talaq”

Lashkar commander killed in encounter
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

A joint team of the army intercepted a car carrying Mohammad Ayub Lone, the Lashkar commander. Police officers said the militant, also known as Ayub Lelhari, fired at the forces and was killed after a brief encounter.

Hizbul Mujahideen appoints Mohammad Bin Qasim as new chief after Yasin Yatoo’s death
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

While there is no militants by the code name of Mohammad Bin Qasim on the police radar, police sources say that the new commander could be Riyaz Naikoo, the Divisional Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen for south Kashmir.

CRPF pellets in chest kill Pulwama youth
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

In another incident, over a dozen civilians were injured in Shopian where an encounter between militants and a team of the army, police and paramilitary forces raged for almost 20 hours.

Big blow to Hizbul Mujahideen, top commander Yasin Yatoo killed
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, IG (Kashmir Zone) Muneer Khan described the killing of Yatoo as a “very big success”. “He was one of the top commanders active here. It was a difficult operation in a place surrounded by orchards and nullahs, but we were successful,” said Khan.

Article 35 A fears unite arch-rivals Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Article 35 A is a provision of the Constitution that empowered the J&K Constitution to define “permanent residents” of the state. It was added to the Constitution through “Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954,” issued by the President under Article 370.

Farooq Abdullah warns of ‘greater revolt’ if status altered
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Abdullah called the Centre’s position a BJP-RSS conspiracy to erode the state’s special status for demographic change. He urged opposition parties to unite to thwart any such move. . He insisted that it should not be given a regional colour.

Amarnath attack: Three held for helping LeT militants
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Asked if the militants wanted a flare-up of communal tension by attacking the pilgrims, Khan said the pilgrims weren’t the focus of the Amarnath attack.

‘Dujana and Lelhari were part of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Musa said that Dujana and Lelhari “faced difficulties” from Pakistan-based militant leadership after they joined his Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.