Bashaarat Masood


J&K police, govt face twin challenges: On margins of protests, spurt in militancy
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

J&K Police records show that less than 70 local militants were active in south Kashmir before the protests began. The number has doubled in three months.

UN experts demand immediate release of Kashmir rights activist Khurram Parvez
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Authorities charged Parvez under the Public Safety Act, which allows detentions of up to six months without trial.

100 days of Valley ferment: Over 400 detained under PSA
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Defending the arrests, J&K government spokesman said that this was done because they found themselves in an "unprecedented situation".

Pampore: Militants holed up inside EDI building, encounter underway
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Police sources say that two to three militants could be present inside the multi-storey concrete building.

Kashmir witnesses biggest crackdown in two decades, more than 446 arrested in a week
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

The official figures show that in the four districts of south Kashmir – Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama – the epicenter of current protests, more than 1821 civilians have been arrested and more than 500 detained under preventive detention.

Valley journalists protest against ban on Kashmir Reader
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

The Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG), which termed the ban as “against the spirit of democracy and freedom of press”, sought intervention of the Press Council of India.

Amid LoC heat, peace bus continues to ply in Srinagar
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

The bus hit the Srinagar-Baramulla-Muzaffarabad road despite a militant attack in Baramulla on Sunday evening, in which a BSF constable was killed.

J&K govt bans Kashmir Reader, calls it a threat to ‘public tranquility’
Mon, Oct 03, 2016

The Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone on Sunday evening issued the order asking the newspaper to stop its publication forthwith.

J&K govt bans Valley newspaper Kashmir Reader, calls it threat to peace
Mon, Oct 03, 2016

The Deputy Commissioner in his order invoked Section 144 of CrPC, Section 3 of Newspapers Incitement of Offences Act 1971 and Section 10 Press and Publication Act of 1989.

Kashmir: At least 20 injured in protests over crop-burning
Mon, Oct 03, 2016

While villagers in Hawoora, Mishpura, Redwani and Khudwani alleged that cowsheds, several houses and shops were ransacked by security forces, a police spokesman said “miscreants” were behind the incidents.

Surgical strikes: Open channels of communication, J&K has greatest stake in peace, says Mehbooba Mufti
Fri, Sep 30, 2016

“New Delhi and Islamabad must open channels of communication and realise the dangerous consequences of any escalation of the ongoing confrontation along the border,” Mehbooba said.

150 govt employees under J&K police scanner, PSA against six
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Sources said that district police chiefs in the Valley have prepared lists of government employees who, they believe, are part of protests or are “instigating” protesters.

PDP stock-taking huddle: ‘Thought all was fine but scene changed overnight’
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

The PDP president admitted that she is in a “difficult” situation and sought people’s trust and assured the party leaders that the situation will be overcome.

Rights activist Khurram Parvez booked under PSA, but FIRs do not name him
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

The PSA warrant issued by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone refers to four cases registered by police saying that “your role as instigator has surfaced” in these cases.

Militant killed in Bandipore
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

A joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off a village in Aragam on Wednesday night after receiving a “specific tip-off about the presence of militants”.

Another youth rally in Valley — this time for jobs as Special Police Officers
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

The recruitment rally began soon after the state government put out an advertisement for SPOs in the first week of August, when the Valley was witnessing massive protests over the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Day after court ‘sets free’ activist Khurram Parvez, J&K govt books him under PSA
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

The Public Safety Act was slapped against Khurram after the Principal District & Sessions Judge Srinagar Rashid Ali Dar set aside his detention orders and directed police to release him.

Day after his release, Khurram Pervez slapped with Public Safety Act, taken to Jammu jail
Wed, Sep 21, 2016

While the J-K government had recommended PSA against 205 persons in the first two months of the massive street protests, the number of recommendations has increased to 483 in past 15 days.

Kashmir: Militants snatch weapons from cops guarding PDP leader’s house
Mon, Sep 19, 2016

Police sources said that militants fired several rounds in the air to create panic and then barged into Sheikh’s house, where they over-powered the policemen guarding him.

Jump in infiltration attempts since Kashmir unrest
Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Infiltration attempts by armed men had been falling steadily for several years before rising sharply this year. As the security setup is focused on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, a number of militants have crossed over.

CM Mehbooba Mufti calls Uri attack attempt to create warlike situation, reviews security jointly with governor
Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Besides the state police heads including DGP K Rajendra Kumar and the top brass of the BSF and CRPF, chief secretary Brij Raj Sharma and financial commissioner Bharat Vyas were present at the meeting.

Uri terror attack: Injured brought to Srinagar hospital, 7 said to be critical
Sun, Sep 18, 2016

Both Parrikar and Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag, who arrived in Srinagar and later flew to Uri to take stock of the situation on the ground, were briefed on the attack.

Protests in Kashmir Valley after body of 11-year-old found with pellets 
Sun, Sep 18, 2016

The boy, Nasir Shafi Qazi, a Class VII student, was reported to have gone missing after protests on Friday evening.

Kahsmir protest: 25-year-old stabbed, relatives blame cops
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

The victim, Rameez Ahmad Ganai, was taken to the district hospital in Anantnag, from where he was referred to Sher-i Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar.

Kashmir protests: Youth killed, villagers allege custodial death
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Lone, a resident of Hardushiva village in Sopore, reportedly went missing on Tuesday, after clashes between protesters and Army personnel following Eid prayers in the village.

First time, shrines, mosques out of bounds for Eid prayers in Valley
Wed, Sep 14, 2016

For the first time in the Valley, the J&K government, which clamped curfew across Kashmir Tuesday to pre-empt trouble on the streets, barred people from offering Eid prayers at major Sufi shrines, mosques and Idgahs.

Four militants killed in Kashmir
Mon, Sep 12, 2016

Army foils three infiltration bids across the LoC — stretching from Nowgam to Gurez

Kashmir unrest: Toll 77 as 2 more killed in Valley, over 60 injured
Sun, Sep 11, 2016

The Shopian youth died after police and paramilitary forces raided Tukroo village, where people were planning a “freedom” rally.

Syed Geelani accuses J&K govt of ‘formulating kill list to eliminate people’
Fri, Sep 09, 2016

Geelani released an ‘address to nation’ and the text of his scheduled press conference after J&K government didn’t allow him to address the media at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.

Kashmir unrest: Youth killed in protest, toll 75
Wed, Sep 07, 2016

Naseer Ahmad was killed and more than 100 people injured when the police and paramilitary forces fired pellets to control protesters in Seer Hamdan village of Anantnag district.

Hurriyat cold shoulder isn’t Kashmiriyat, says Rajnath Singh, repeats we are open to talks
Tue, Sep 06, 2016

Terming the talks with different delegation as “marvelous”, Singh said they met around 30 groups that included “approximately more than 300 people” from different political parties and civil society groups.

What political leaders of Kashmir told the all-party delegation
Mon, Sep 05, 2016

After a briefing from the chief minister, leaders of NC, Congress, PDP, BJP and smaller parties interacted with the all-party delegation.

Kashmir unrest: Police get nod for 174 arrests under Public Safety Act
Mon, Sep 05, 2016

Since protests erupted in the Valley, the J&K Police have arrested 1,888 protesters and kept nearly 600 people in preventive custody.

Srinagar: As all-party delegation arrives, many pellet injured patients discharged from hospital
Sun, Sep 04, 2016

On Saturday, the ophthalmology department of the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital discharged 24 injured who were hit by pellets in their eyes.

Kashmir: 23-year-old killed in pellet firing; Mehbooba Mufti faces angry protests
Sun, Sep 04, 2016

The victim, Basit Ahmad Ahanger, 23, of Qazigund’s Vessu village, was declared dead on arrival at District Hospital, Anantnag.

Targets for first time in Valley’s unrest, policemen walk faultlines in Kashmir
Sun, Sep 04, 2016

Militants see them as traitors, protesters as stooges, while many allege they are not nationalist enough. Photographs by Shuaib Masoodi