Bashaarat Masood

Articles By Bashaarat Masood

Civilian curbs on J&K highway to be lifted next week

The order means that traffic restrictions would be observed for the last time this Sunday.

UGC warns against taking admission in PoK institutes

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, described the UGC directive as “politicisation” of education and said it “violates” the fundamental right of students to take education anywhere in the world.

Do ‘Russian poplar’ seeds cause May illness in Kashmir? The fears, the science

Over the years, people in the Valley have started to prefer the “Russian poplar” over the native Kashmiri poplar for its quick growth — 10-15 years to reach full size compared to 30-40 years for the Kashmiri poplar.

IS claims India ‘province’, J&K police say dead militant last member

“This (IS claim) is all rubbish. There is nothing of that sort,” J&K’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh told The Sunday Express. “Everybody would like to claim the person killed and put him on their list of martyrs,” J&K police said.

Lok Sabha Elections Phase 5: Pulwama stokes poll heat, itself cold on voting day

In Rohmoo, a grenade was hurled at another polling station. Another grenade thrown at a polling station in Tikken failed to explode. No casualties were reported from both these incidents in Pulwama district.

This Ramzan in Valley, sermons on women’s rights, and wrongs

This time, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), a conglomerate of religious bodies, has decided across the Shia-Sunni and Sufi-Salafi divide to dedicate their Ramzan sermons to women.

Polling in Pulwama: ‘Toughest time is evening when forces withdraw’

Monday’s election in Shopian and Pulwama districts was a nightmare for polling staff.

Ground zero: Pulwama a poll issue across country, but elections far from it in Pulwama

Here, at ground zero, people are talking of anything but polls.

Ladakh: One more religious schism as largest seat heads to polls

Spread over 1.73 lakh sq km, with 1.71 lakh voters, Ladakh is the country’s largest parliamentary seat by size as well as the third smallest in terms of voters.

J-K police refuses to share documents related to arrest of school principal killed in police custoday

Calling the application “vague”, the police have also refused to provide a copy of the FIR filed after the arrest of the school principal.

Anantnag: Less than 13% turnout, near-boycott in Mufti town

The elections were conducted peacefully amid heavy security deployment barring a few minor incidents of stone-throwing protests at Anantnag, Bijbehara and Dooru.

Lok Sabha Elections: Response to boycott call to decide poll result in Anantnag

This election in Anantnag, which saw a turnout of 29 per cent in the 2014 elections, is likely to be defined by the call for boycott by the Hurriyat and militants.

Citing terror, India puts LoC trade on hold

On Friday, 35 trucks carrying fruit were scheduled to cross over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from Poonch, said Fareed Kohli, custodian, LoC Trade. “However, these will not be allowed to cross the LoC tomorrow in view of the Home Ministry order,” he said.

Jammu and Kashmir: Turnout in Srinagar dips, Udhampur clocks 70% polling

Polling was conducted amid unprecedented security. Barring some incidents in Budgam district, the polls were peaceful.

J-K: Families protest, demand meeting with their jailed relatives

The families demanded an immediate meeting with their jailed relatives. Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the government wants to turn "jails into Guantanamo (Bay)".

J&K: Mehbooba Mufti’s convoy pelted with stones, one injured

Later, speaking to reporters in Bijbehara, Mufti termed the Balakot air strike as a “drama”, and claimed preparations were being made for another “Balakot-like attack” on Pakistan.

Confusion, frustration over J&K highway travel curbs

Although there was no convoy movement on Srinagar-Baramulla stretch of the highway, public transport was mostly off road.

Srinagar: PDP ex-MLA Ajaz Ahmad Mir summoned in weapons’ loot case

On September 28 last year, a Special Police Officer, Adil Bashir Sheikh, posted with Mir, escaped with seven rifles and a pistol from the legislator’s official residence at Jawahar Nagar in Srinagar.

Movement of convoys chokes highway traffic, NC questions ban logic

Nothing proves the mindlessness of the order more than Army movement on ‘unsafe’ days, NC leader Omar Abdullah said.

Free J&K from Article 370, free it from the country: Parties in Valley warn BJP

Mehbooba Mufti warned the BJP against “playing with fire”. “Jammu and Kashmir is sitting on a pile of explosive, a glimpse of which you saw in Pulwama.