Bashaarat Masood


2 civilians killed near J&K encounter site
Mon, Feb 15, 2016

A crowd of protesters started pelting stones at security forces at Lillhar in the Kakapora area near the encounter site.

Centre behind threat to Geelani: Hurriyat
Sun, Feb 14, 2016

Gangster Ravi Pujari has allegedly called up the Hurriyat Conference office in Srinagar and threatened to kill its chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Gangster threatened to kill Syed Ali Shah Geelani: Hurriyat
Sun, Feb 14, 2016

Akbar said Pujari also spoke to a news channel and threatened to kill Geelani, who is currently in New Delhi.

Signing memorandum for Afzal Guru’s mortal remains was political compulsion: Cong, PDP MLAs
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

A year after they signed memorandum seeking return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru, the Congress and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators call signing of the memorandum a political “compulsion”.

They (BJP) know which measures need to be taken: Naeem Akhtar
Mon, Feb 08, 2016

Akhtar, PDP chief spokesperson, spoke to Bashaarat Masood

J&K govt formation: To BJP or not to BJP, the ifs and buts
Mon, Feb 08, 2016

Mehbooba Mufti’s indecision in forming a government in J&K stems from visible signs of a fall in her party’s popularity after tying up with the BJP, write BASHAARAT MASOOD & MIR EHSAN

Anger in Valley over survey on sect, militant & separatist links
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

Separatist groups have already warned of protests and described the first-of-its-kind move by police as “an attempt to divide Muslims of the state on sectarian lines”.

J&K Governor calls for talks today, PDP signals phone call from Delhi may bring back BJP alliance
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

J&K BJP team in Delhi for talks; NC and Congress welcome Raj Bhawan move

In the Valley of discontent, PDP’s options are all double-edged
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

The party’s decision to ally with BJP was an unpopular move in the valley – an acknowledgement for the first time came from the party president Mehbooba Mufti as well.

PDP alliance with BJP unpopular, have to reassess: Mehbooba Mufti
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

In Delhi, a senior BJP leader said the party’s central leadership was “unimpressed” by the delay in government formation, and that it would harden its stance.

Father of man deported from UAE for ‘IS links’ says son a very simple boy
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

The NIA had arrested Azhar and the other two suspected of having IS links upon their arrival at New Delhi's international airport Friday.

Teachers protest in Srinagar, calls reform ‘humiliation of teaching community’
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

The section of teachers is miffed over the “anti-teacher” policy of the department and “dictatorship of the bureaucrats”.

No Islamic State in Kashmir, such talk helps defame freedom struggle: Hurriyat chairman
Sun, Jan 24, 2016

Reacting to the IS statement that Pakistan army has used Kashmir for its own ends, Geelani said Pakistan army has been solidly behind the people and “freedom struggle” of Kashmir.

Two days after son’s ‘funeral’, Kashmir woman breathes her last
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

On Thursday, the family held her funeral at the same Rawalpora government school's ground, with hundreds of locals attending it.

Mufti’s son Tasaduq addresses party leaders, doesn’t talk politics
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Tasaduq's speech assumes significance as he is being slowly drawn into politics after his father's death.

Mufti’s son rise in Kashmir politics: Dynasty is destiny?
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

Tasaduq would be the third member of Mufti family to join politics after his father and sister.

14 yrs after chemist from Kashmir went missing, family holds his funeral
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

Dar, a chemist, was allegedly picked up by security forces on this day in 2002, and the family’s search for him since then took them everywhere — from interrogation centres to army camps and police stations to jails.

1 held, several detained for ‘rumours’
Tue, Jan 19, 2016

“We have picked up many people for questioning,” IGP, Kashmir, Javed Mujtaba Geelani said.

J&K govt: PDP puts BJP on hold, but praises PM Modi on Pakistan
Mon, Jan 18, 2016

On government formation, the party feels that the agenda of alliance is a sacred document for us and there has been much progress on that under (Mufti Mohammed) Sayeed.

Omar Abdullah scotches rumours of tie-up with BJP
Mon, Jan 18, 2016

“All he has said is that if any proposal comes from BJP it will be discussed by Working Committee of the party for a decision,” Omar tweeted.

Farooq Abdullah takes U-turn, says never said NC will join hands with BJP
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

The senior leader asked the BJP and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to dissolve the assembly and call fresh elections if they are not able to form a government.

PDP leaders meet today at Mehbooba residence
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

The party has invited members of its extended core group for the meeting, which is scheduled to be held at the Muftis’ Fairview residence and chaired by party president Mehbooba Mufti.

J&K Govt formation: PDP waits for BJP reply on time frame of agenda
Sat, Jan 16, 2016

The PDP has been demanding implementation of the ‘agenda of alliance’ drafted by the two coalition partners for running the government smoothly.

PDP keeps BJP waiting, Finance Secretary Watal meets Mehbooba Mufti
Fri, Jan 15, 2016

Watal, however, told The Indian Express: “I only met (her) to offer my heartfelt condolences on the passing away of the honourable Chief Minister, her late father, who I held in high regard.”

Hurriyat chairman Geelani slams Pakistan plan to make Gilgit fifth province
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Calling Gilgit-Baltistan an integral part of J&K, he termed the plan a “violation of the UN resolutions” on Kashmir. He also called it a “betrayal” of Kashmir by Pakistan.

Jammu and Kashmir: Uri gravedigger who testified in unmarked graves probe dies
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Atta Mohammad had buried more than 200 bodies — mostly of young men, and all of them unidentified — and as caretaker of the “martyrs’ cemetery” of Bimyar in Uri.

As Mehbooba takes time on J&K govt formation, BJP admits to ‘a delay’
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

In the 87-member J&K House, the PDP has 28 seats (now 27 following Sayeed’s death), BJP 25, NC 15, Congress 12 and others 7.

J-K: Mehbooba breaks down as she meets party leaders
Mon, Jan 11, 2016

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, on Sunday had her first meeting with party leaders after the demise of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

As Sonia Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari meet Mehbooba Mufti; suspense continues over govt formation
Mon, Jan 11, 2016

The meeting is seen as politically significant as BJP, an ally of PDP, has yet not officially extended support to Mehbooba for the Chief Ministership after Mufti's demise.

Mufti got India, Pakistan closer, says separatist leader Abdul Gani Bhat
Sun, Jan 10, 2016

Bhat said Mufti had his “hand on the pulse of people” of Jammu and Kashmir. “He gauged it well. He knew in which direction it goes,” he said.

Out of the cold: Kashmir’s ‘free tutorials’ for students during long winter vaccation
Sun, Jan 10, 2016

For the first time in the Valley, schools have opened their doors for tutorials during the winter vacation. While children like the idea, teachers aren’t so sure

The new, young Kashmir leaders
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

When Mehbooba Mufti takes over as CM, it will complete the transition from one generation of J&K politics to the next, observes.

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death: The political challenges Mehbooba will face
Thu, Jan 07, 2016

Mufti's demise is a major challenge for his daughter and party president Mehbooba, who is going to be the new chief minister of the state.

Islamic State does not represent Islam, says Hurriyat chairman Geelani
Wed, Jan 06, 2016

“Islamic State is a terrorist organisation that kills innocent people,” Geelani said while addressing a seminar at his Hyderpora residence.

J&K: 2 Armymen held for ‘posing as Hizbul Mujahideen militants, extortion’
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

The Armymen were arrested after the doctor’s sister, also a doctor, identified one of the gang members at the hospital where she works.

An initiative to reclaim lost social spaces completes a year
Fri, Jan 01, 2016

“The government has used democracy to control people (in Kashmir) while democracy was for people to control the government,” said professor and writer Dr Dibyesh Anand.