Muzamil Jaleel


Third man from Lakhvi family is in J-K, 10 top Lashkar men return
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Around 10 Lashkar militants and commanders who had “ex-filtrated” after spending years in Kashmir are also back and the area in the outskirts of Srinagar city, the Harwan-Dhara belt, has been “activated again”.

In Constitution, a range of ‘special provisions’ for states other than J&K, too
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

Part XXI of the Indian Constitution, ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’, includes, apart from Article 370 — Temporary Provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir — special provisions for 11 other states, listed under Articles 371, 371A-H, and 371J.

Petitioner against Art. 35A says she has ‘anecdotal’ proof that she is from Kashmir
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

haru Wali Khanna, a lawyer and former member of the National Commission for Women, filed the petition against Article 35A in the Supreme Court after the J&K government refused to identify her as a permanent resident because she didn’t have any documentary evidence to prove her claim

Why justice eludes the victims of Pathribal fake encounter?
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The inside story of three intertwined incidents - Chittisinghpora massacre, Pathribal fake encounter and Brakpora firing - that shook Kashmir in a fortnight in the spring of 2000.

Four top J&K ministers in Delhi Friday to firm up support for Article 35A
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

“We are going to Delhi on 18th (August) to see what can be done to put up a strong defence to our case,’’ state Law Minister Abdul Haq Khan said. “We will meet people and seek further legal opinion.”

J&K special status: In Supreme Court, an old matter back in a new context
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

The first such Presidential Order was issued on January 26, 1950. This was replaced by another Presidential Order (the ‘mother’ order), which applied several provisions of the Indian Constitution to J&K with substantial changes, amendments and provisos.

Broken vows, court wars on ‘special status’
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

A petition of enormous significance to Jammu & Kashmir and its relationship with the Indian Union is currently before the Supreme Court. Under what terms and conditions did the former princely state accede to India? How was that agreement overridden? A look at the past and present of a fraught relationship.

Plea against Article 35 A cites gender bias, sent to larger SC bench
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

The plea by Seema Razdan Bhargav and Charu Wali Khanna, which came up before a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar, was tagged along with another petition challenging the Constitutional validity of Article 35A which has already been referred to a three-judge bench.

How Hizbul Mujahideen’s Yaseen Yatoo was trapped
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

The killing of Yatoo at this juncture is a major setback to Hizbul Mujahideen because the outfit is trying to prevent Zakir Musa – a breakaway HM militant who has set up Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind – from taking the centrestage of militancy in the valley.

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.

Special status for J&K: Mehbooba Mufti meets PM Modi, says happy with assurance
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Sources in the PDP, however, said that "an assurance isn't enough, because the people who are petitioning courts against J&K's special status are all directly or indirectly affiliated with the Sangh".

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.

Hearing on Jammu & Kashmir’s Muslim minority status in Supreme Court today
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

J&K Advocate General Jahangir Ganai said that the Union minority affairs ministry had constituted a committee after the court had asked the Centre and the state government representatives to together take a stand on the issue.

Why Kashmiris want a fair probe into the killings of Pandits, prosecution of guilty
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

A J&K Police survey found 209 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by militants since 1989, leading to the registration of 140 cases in police stations across the Valley. Years later, chargesheets had been filed in only 24 cases. The festering wound of Pandit migration has remained a reason why even genuine political demands of Kashmiri Muslims continue to be viewed through a communal prism.

Article 35A: NC for J&K Opposition meet, slams Centre’s call for ‘larger debate’
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said that “questioning the special status of Jammu and Kashmir will in fact put a question mark on the accession itself”.

Machil killings: Tribunal cites location, attire of victims to suspend sentences of Armymen
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

The Tribunal said that the fact that “the accused persons were terrorists who have infiltrated across the border or were crossing over to the other side cannot be ruled out because they were wearing pathan suits which are worn by terrorists’’.

You cannot kill an idea, you cannot jail an idea: Mehbooba on arrest of separatists
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Using her party’s 18th raising day rally to send across a rare and stern message to the Centre, Mehbooba Mufti warned that her government would not allow any move to close cross-LoC trade and the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road link.

Macchil killings: Tribunal suspends life sentence of five Army personnel
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The fake encounter was exposed by J&K police investigation after the families of the victims filed a missing report. This triggered massive protests across Kashmir. The government constituted a high-level inquiry commission while army too ordered a high level probe.

GST, Article 35A and special status: A complex story unfolds in Jammu & Kashmir
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

PDP is talking up ‘riders’ in the extension of GST to J&K, but it seems clear that the state’s special status has been encroached upon. Meanwhile a Presidential Order from 1954, which also forms the basis of the GST Order, faces a legal challenge. Jammu & Kashmir and India are at a constitutional crossroads of critical importance.

Kashmir so vulnerable even China now raising it: Mehbooba Mufti to Rajnath Singh
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

While she has earlier blamed Pakistan for the unrest in the state, this is the first time that Mufti has pointed a finger at China. Her statement comes at a time of tension between India and China over the Doklam border issue.

Yatra attack effect: Even minor accidents prompt quick response
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The bus that was attacked in Anantnag had been delayed because of a flat tyre and was plying after sunset, violating standard operating procedures. Seven pilgrims were killed in the incident.

Shape up or ship out, Mehbooba Mufti tells her Ministers
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Sources said PDP zonal and district presidents complained that Ministers aren’t responding to the demands of political workers to alleviate the problems people face.

Shadow over tourism in Valley: 30 per cent pilgrims visit other sites too
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

“The Amarnath pilgrimage affects our tourist season in a positive way,” said president, Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir. “We don’t know the exact economics of the Yatra as there’s been no study of it. But certainly 25-30 per cent of these pilgrims would double as tourists.”

Amarnath Yatra: A long, up-and-down journey
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The Amarnath Yatra symbolises the best of Kashmir’s old syncretic ethos. It has had its moments of crisis, but a militant attack on pilgrims remains unacceptable to the Valley at large. The Indian Express tell the story.

Amarnath Yatra attack: Massive outrage shows Kashmir rejects such acts, says Mehbooba Mufti
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Amarnath yatra attack: Speaking to The Indian Express over phone from Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti said she had “no words to describe the pain and anguish” when she “met the survivors of the attack” on Monday night in Anantnag.

Amarnath yatra attack: Bus was delayed due to a flat tyre, attacked twice within seconds, J&K Police tells MHA
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Amarnath Yatra attack: Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 15 injured when militants attacked a bus carrying at least 56 passengers at Botengo village near Anantnag, on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, in South Kashmir on Monday evening.

Why Amarnath Yatra terror attack signals crossing of a red line in Kashmir
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The first attack on this pilgrimage took place in 1993, when Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Ansar announced a ban on the annual yatra. The militant outfit claimed that the attack was in protest against the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Raghunath temple attack: Arrest, bail, rearrest… 15-year ordeal for 6 men ends with discharge
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

These observations came in a judgment on March 15, 2017, when the court dismissed a revision petition by the state against the discharge of the six accused by principal sessions judge, Jammu, Subhash Chandra Gupta on October 30, 2006.

Extension of 101st constitutional amendment to J&K: Final nail in coffin of special status, says former minister Rather
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

“The resolution that they passed today in the Assembly is vague and a ploy to hoodwink the public, which will not accept this substantial breach in our special status,’’ said Rather, the former chairman of the Empowerment Committee of State Finance Ministers on GST.

The new hardline in the Valley: The angry young Kashmiri, not deterred by parents or police cases
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Jammu and Kashmir: While Hassan admits marriage “made me more careful”, he says he doesn’t agree with his parents when they tell him to stay out of the streets.

J-K alliance hurt by war-like zone remark, its failure will hit the country: PDP leader Nayeem Akhtar
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Without naming Defence Minister Arun Jaitley who last month said “when you are in a war-like zone, we should allow our Army officers to take a decision”, Akhtar said: “There is no war-like situation in Kashmir."

Nayeem Akhtar interview: Kashmir gave credibility to secular credentials of India… now our history is being written with breaking news brigade
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Senior PDP minister speaks to Indian Express about the situation in Kashmir, the party’s alliance with BJP and the need to engage separatists

The New Hardline In The Valley: Overnight lock-up, 5 days in custody for this 10-year-old
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

At the Safakadal police station, Suhail says he was kept inside a lockup. “There were two more people. There was a man who had done some “galat” with a girl (accused of sexual assault)”. There was a blanket on the floor and I sat there and I cried”.

From PhD and MPhil to BTech and BE: New local militants are young and educated
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Of the new recruits, only three have never been to school

The New Hardline in the Valley Part 3: Who’s shattering the calm in central Kashmir
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Before his arrest Tuesday, Tufail was being counted as the sixth local militant in Srinagar city — the latest case of young men leaving the comfort of home to become militants.

The New Hardline in The Valley Part 2: North Kashmir is home to foreign militants, witness to deadly strikes
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

In North Kashmir, the militants are well-trained and equipped, and the major attacks have been reported in this region.