Bashaarat Masood


Told not to wear abaya, DPS Srinagar teacher quits school
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said, “We live in a multi-religious, multi-cultural set-up. We have a secular fabric (and) no force on any such issue will be accepted. We are not France.”

Boatman Ghulam Mohammad Guroo saved five tourists but lost fight to Jhelum river
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

He saved five tourists, but while retrieving their luggage, lost the fight to the Jhelum, the river that was his home for several decades.

DPS row: Banning female teachers from wearing abaya is serious issue, says J-K’s Education Minister
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

We live in a multi-religious, multi-cultural set-up. We have a secular fabric. No force on any such issue will be accepted. We are not France, adds the J-K”s Education Minister.

Jammu temple row: Rioters let off on directions from Nagpur, says Omar Abdullah
Fri, Jun 17, 2016

Omar said the state government was being run by the RSS by remote control from Nagpur. “Essentially, Nagpur is calling the shots in our state,” he said. “Mehbooba ji is just a puppet.”

Separatists’ meet: ‘Kashmiri Pandits welcome but not separate colonies’
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

The seminar, held at Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Hyderpora residence, was jointly organised by the two Hurriyat factions and the JKLF.

Burhan warns of attacks on Sainik colonies
Wed, Jun 08, 2016

Separate Israel-type colonies an Indian conspiracy against us: Hizbul commander in new video

Major blow to Hizbul’s Wani, key aide is held
Sun, May 29, 2016

Tariq Ahmad Pandit (25), who belongs to the area, was one of 11 militants who posed with Kalashnikovs in a photograph that became the postcard picture of the new breed of militants in Kashmir led by Wani.

Parties at Centre have treated J&K like a football: Mehbooba Mufti
Sun, May 29, 2016

Mufti attacked opposition parties National Conference and Congress and defended the decision of her father and ex-CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to join hands with BJP.

Kashmiri Pandits: J&K CM’s Mufti’s pigeon-cat analogy draws flak
Sun, May 29, 2016

Criticising her for “demonising” the people of Kashmir with this “hunter and hunted” inference, the Opposition sought an apology from the Chief Minister.

Local hand in Srinagar militant attack: Police
Sat, May 28, 2016

The confirmation would mean the first instance of local boys joining militant ranks in the city in more than a decade.

BJP backs sainik colony demand
Fri, May 27, 2016

J&K Deputy CM said that he doesn’t know of any proposal to set up a sainik colony, but added that the demand is “genuine”.

Masarat Alam gets bail, judge says India can’t have Guantanamo
Thu, May 26, 2016

Alam was arrested for allegedly unfurling the Pakistani flag and raising slogans at a Hurriyat rally in Srinagar.

Two militant attacks in Srinagar: After 3 years, is militancy back in the city?
Mon, May 23, 2016

After three years of relative peace in Srinagar, suspected militants shot at and killed three policemen in two separate attacks in the city on Monday.

BJP J&K minister faces case as farmers allege threat — ‘recall 1947?’
Mon, May 23, 2016

With the Opposition and separatists seeking his resignation, Lal Singh denied making the threat and said he would quit if the complainants repeated the charge in front of him.

J&K: Police arrest PoK militant from Baramulla, recover Aadhaar card from him
Sun, May 15, 2016

The militant commander, police sources say, belongs to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit that was responsible for the Pathankot attack.

Kashmir: Ex-militant injured in bear attack
Thu, May 12, 2016

Shah, who had crossed over to Pakistan in 1993 for arms training, was arrested by Delhi Police in 2013 when he was returning to Kashmir via Nepal under the J&K government’s rehabilitation plan.

Sainik colony: PDP turns tables, says Omar Abdullah govt gave land
Wed, May 11, 2016

Giving details of subsequent RSB meetings, Akhtar said then CM Omar Abdullah had himself participated in these meetings, barring the 76th RSB in 2014.

Sainik colony: Omar Abdullah dares Mehbooba Mufti to file a case against him
Tue, May 10, 2016

On Monday, Mehbooba attacked Omar for his remarks on the Sainik Colony controversy.

Sainik colonies: J&K govt says no plans to allot land
Sun, May 08, 2016

Separatists, too, have warned of serious consequences if the government works towards establishing sainik colonies.

Sainik colony in J&K: CM Mehbooba says not aware of plan, Opp says ‘come clean’
Sat, May 07, 2016

On Friday, The Indian Express had reported that the state government has fast-tracked the proposal to set up sainik colonies and asked deputy commissioners of Srinagar and Budgam to identify land.

Jammu and Kashmir moves to identify land in Valley for Sainik colonies
Fri, May 06, 2016

In April 2015, the Rajya Sainik Board (RSB), headed by Governor N N Vohra, approved establishment of a Sainik colony in Srinagar close to the old airport.

In restive south Kashmir, cricket teams named after Hizbul Mujahideen militants
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The tournament, one of the organisers said, was held in the memory of Khalid Muzaffar Wani, brother of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

Bihar Chowk in Srinagar: Profiles of ‘outsiders’ in Kashmir
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

A tea vendor from Bengal for whom Srinagar has been home for 30 yrs to a BSNL employee from Hyderabad who took a ‘voluntary’ posting in Baramulla — away from the ‘outsiders vs locals’ debate playing out at NIT and other colleges in J&K, are these stories

Valley heats up: ‘Protesters below 18, our politics for those above 18’
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Security forces say the alarming alienation among the youth in south Kashmir needs a politician’s healing touch, which is missing.

South Kashmir hears echo from Dadri killing to Bharat Mata ki Jai
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Ironically, at a time when the Jammu and Kashmir state government, seen here as an alliance of the “soft separatist” People’s Democratic Party’s and the “nationalist” Bharatiya Janata Party, is held up as a bold political experiment to bridge the deep divide between J and K.

EC puts off J&K Assembly bypoll for Anatnag seat
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

J&K govt sought postponement, said law and order situation ‘not conducive’

Mentally, we are militants: That’s the angry youth chorus in South Kashmir
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

While at the National Institute of Technology in Srinagar, both Kashmiris and “non-local” boys stressed that their names not be published, here, in this corner of south Kashmir, young people insisted they be named in this report.

Kashmir valley heats up: ‘Peaceful’ north on the boil, may fan simmer in south
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Coming within 10 days of Mehbooba Mufti taking over as Chief Minister, the incidents at Handwara threatened to add one more layer to the challenges that the new PDP-BJP government faces.

J&K: Kupwara orders a tab on WhatsApp groups, chats
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

The directive comes a day after the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir called for registration of “social media news agencies” to “curb rumour mongering”.

Handwara girl meets CJM, repeats clean chit to Army
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

The girl along with her father was presented before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Handwara last evening and her statement was recorded, police said in a statement.

Handwara killings: HC queries J&K police on ‘detention’ of girl, kin
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

The mother of the 16-year-old girl, filed a petition before the High Court today seeking release of her daughter and two other relatives from "illegal detention" of police.

Handwara protests: Girl, father in custody, kin demand release
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

DIG for North Kashmir Uttam Chand said the girl’s father too was in their custody.

Handwara civilian deaths: Mehbooba-BJP govt faces first major challenge
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

The police and army will find it difficult to avoid responsibility for allegedly killing four civilians including a woman.

If students want to defend jhanda from Delhi, they should take me too: J&K education minister Nayeem Akhtar
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

What has happened on the NIT campus is nothing new, not even for this campus. It has bee going on for ages. It must be in that sense that she must have spoken.

Protests at NIT Srinagar: Outstation students meet Dy CM, rue lack of ‘liberal space’
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

The NIT authorities on Thursday allowed the students to skip the minor examinations scheduled to start from April 11 saying they would be given an opportunity to write these exams later.

Shopian encounter: ‘Facebook’ militant one of 2 killed; police van set on fire in south Kashmir
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

The incident once again highlighted the growing support for militants in South Kashmir. People took to the streets in both Shopian and Pulwama.