Bashaarat Masood

Articles By Bashaarat Masood

Landlines back in parts of Kashmir Valley, some movement curbs relaxed

Kashmir has been under an unprecedented communication blackout since August 5, the day the Centre moved to end the special status of the state.

J&K Congress chief in house arrest, when will this end, asks Rahul Gandhi

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Javed put out copies of a letter addressed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, asking him why she has been detained at her home and is not allowed to meet anyone. In the letter, Iltija asked if it is a crime to speak for her people.

Your identity not on the line, nor fiddled with: J&K Governor on I-Day

In his speech, Malik said: “In the last 70 years, common people of the state had deviated from basic issues of development, peace and prosperity. Instead of paying attention to these issues, people were misled by issues which had no meaning in their life.

Alert in Valley for I-Day, Governor will hoist Tricolour in Srinagar

Independence Day in Kashmir: “We are ready for the main function tomorrow. It will be held in Srinagar where the national flag will be hoisted by the Honourable Governor. In Jammu, the celebrations will be led by the Advisor to the Honourable Governor,” Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal said.

Restrictions to be eased in phased manner: J&K administration

Sources said the MHA is taking a serious view of people who are trying to create mischief through social media platforms.

Sorry girls, no new dress, no ice cream. Eid Mubarak

Today is Eid. It has been 10 days since I left home last. I couldn’t buy a new dress for Nouma nor did I get ice cream for Sameeha. I couldn’t even call them and wish them on Eid.

Eid cheer missing in Valley, people pray at local mosques, movement curbs remain

Although prohibitory orders were relaxed to allow people to offer prayers, the security lockdown and downing of communication lines continued for the eight consecutive day. Police and paramilitary personnel had placed barricades on all roads and there were strict curbs on movement of civilians.

Meet the man in Ajit Doval Shopian video: ‘Didn’t know it was NSA’

“If I had known that I was to meet Doval, I would not have gone, even if they had dragged me along," Mangray, the man in the video, said.

In separatist stronghold Sopore: ‘Do not misunderstand our silence as surrender’

“We are quiet but don’t misunderstand our silence as surrender,” says Altaf Ahmad, 38, a resident of Noorbagh in Sopore. “This silence is strategic. They want us to react. But we know; it is a long battle ahead.”

Notes via TV, letters via strangers: cut-off Valley seeks news of families

With TV channels and newspaper reporters limited to a small perimeter in Srinagar, news from other parts of the Valley, both from north and south, and even peripheries of the city, is only trickling in through patients and their attendants travelling to Srinagar hospitals.

Under cover of night, ailing try to find way to Srinagar hospitals

The Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, usually packed with patients and attendants every night, now receives a trickle. Its corridors and wards are more or less empty and ambulances are stationed outside, in a row.

Amid crackdown on leaders in Kashmir, Engineer Rashid arrested in terror funding case

Engineer Rashid was being questioned by NIA for more than a week in relation with the case, where it is alleged that Kashmiri separatists received funds from Pakistan, including from LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, to foment trouble in the Valley.

Jammu & Kashmir: Youth drowned trying to escape security forces, says family

According to residents, four persons were injured when security personnel stopped his funeral procession on Monday afternoon, and fired bullets and pellets.

Kashmir Valley has seen many a lockdown but why this time it is so different

The Kashmir Valley’s connection with the inside and the outside world has been cut — all internet connectivity, cellular, landline, and cable TV services have been snapped.

Srinagar hears midnight knock: Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti under arrest, internet snapped

While ruling out curfew, the order also said public meetings or rallies would be disallowed and there would be “no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed”.

Global travel alerts, Opposition urges caution: Valley still grapples with what next

However, Governor Malik said there was no need to panic as the deployment of additional paramilitary forces was purely for security reasons.

Days ago, J-K Governor said no need to panic but series of orders did just the opposite

People are queueing up at petrol pumps, outside grocery shops and ATMs, to stock up on supplies fearing the unknown.

Article 35A ‘abrogation’: Shah Faesal, Rashid seek all-party meet

The joint forum, formed by the bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal’s Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement and Engineer Rashid’s Awani Ittihad, has said it is ready to “erase its identity and existence” if all the political parties join hands.

JeM militant involved in Pulwama attack killed in Anantnag encounter

As the joint team were zeroing in on the target house, militants hiding in the village opened fire, triggering a gun battle. In the encounter that lasted several hours, the two JeM militants were killed.

SSP in J&K applies for voluntary retirement

He was likely to be promoted as Deputy Inspector General Police over the next two years.