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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.

The new hardline in the Valley: South Kashmir their roots, new militants tap into local anger
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

The Indian Express travels across the Valley to find that militancy, a year after the killing of militant Burhan Wani, has acquired new dimensions, both local and foreign

J-K security set-up leans towards Governor’s Rule
Sun, May 14, 2017

Centre can do it, but it has not worked earlier, warns PDP

‘Ummer was sitting with the bride. They pulled him, many others were waiting outside’
Thu, May 11, 2017

Ummer Fayyaz was kidnapped and killed by suspected militants in Shopian district where he was attending a marriage ceremony of some relative.

PDP old guard looks beyond Mehbooba Mufti, she digs her heels in
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

With the political grey zone carefully created by the PDP disappearing and support for the party dwindling, its leadership is “looking at ways to keep the alliance afloat” and “stay in power” because other options appear to be running out.

Crisis on ground, Delhi needs to respond: PDP’s Tassaduq Mufti
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, Tassaduq Mufti said: “PDP will have to be firm to push forth its agreed agenda of alliance."

Mehbooba Mufti to Army Chief: Videos of troop excesses undo progress made
Sun, Apr 16, 2017

J&K CM calls for action against guilty, warns of national, international fallout

In top courts, tussle over Article 370
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Sharp words in the J&K House by CM Mehbooba Mufti underscore tensions between the PDP, BJP over special status for state. Article 370 and other aspects of special status have been challenged in 6 important cases in SC and Delhi HC.

Tap Kashmiris young so they are not spoiled, MoS Jitendra Singh tells RSS Muslim wing
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

The conference was attended by around 300 Kashmiri students from various educational institutions in Rajasthan, Noida and Delhi.

RSS Muslim wing will host Kashmiri students to ‘bring them on right path’
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

The conference has triggered unease in the Valley with the BJP’s alliance partner PDP saying they were not aware of “any such activity” and the separatists describing it as a “campaign to fragment our society”.

‘CBI said charges false, I thought there would be an outcry… But we won’t get even a sorry’
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Out of jail, Ali says, they lead a life ostracised by neighbours, relatives, friends. Will that ever change, he wonders.

After 3 months, J&K to lift ban on Kashmir daily
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

The J&K government had banned the publication of English daily Kashmir Reader on October 2, calling it a threat to the “public tranquility”.

Fighting terror tag, ex-informers get court clean chit after 11 years
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

The Delhi Police’s Special Cell claimed they were arrested with arms and ammunition on February 9, 2006, at Mukarba Chowk in Delhi, as soon as they got off a bus from Jammu.

Interview | Independence has changed its meaning. It is more about globalisation, economy, says Mehbooba Mufti
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

It was such a feeling that I can't even express because I had never imagined that there is going to be a day when I am going to be at the helm of affairs and something like this can happen.

Protests set us back, can we even talk of AFSPA now, asks J-K CM Mehbooba Mufti
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

Mufti has said that the solution to Kashmir lies in making borders “irrelevant” and increasing connectivity to and from PoK, China and Central Asia.

Tribunal on Terrorism cases: Govt must act against cops responsible for false implications, says report
Mon, Dec 12, 2016

The tribunal also blamed the “draconian architecture of anti-terror legislation” for “false implication of scores of youth on charges of terrorism” because the laws grant “excessive powers to the investigating agencies”.

Make police officers criminally liable for malicious acts: People’s Tribunal
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

The report of the Tribunal points out that “the depositions (of the falsely implicated people) explicitly make clear all that is wrong with the criminal justice system when it comes to dealing with cases of terrorism”.

Over 1,200 children among 9,000 injured in crackdown on protesters: J&K health dept data
Fri, Nov 11, 2016

The data does not specify the nature of “other injuries” but an official told The Indian Express that these were people who had been beaten by police and security forces in the crackdown.

J-K activist’s detention: How can anybody believe such a concocted story, asks Khurram’s family
Sun, Sep 18, 2016

“This police report is a complete lie. If they (policemen) saw him and spoke to him as they have claimed, why didn’t they arrest him there,’’ Khurram’s wife Sameena Mir said.

J-K: Kashmiri activist, Khurram Pervez, under ‘preventive detention’, transferred to Kupwara jail at midnight
Sat, Sep 17, 2016

In 2006, Khurram received the Reebok Human Rights Award, a prestigious international prize that "recognizes young activists who have made significant contributions to human rights causes through nonviolent means”.