Bashaarat Masood

Articles By Bashaarat Masood

Army scours LoC hills for militants 15 days after Ganderbal encounter

Every summer, hundreds of trekkers take a high mountainous mule track that goes through thick forests and barren plains to reach Gangabal, a famous fresh water lake in the foothills of Harmukh.

J&K Govt ad urges people to shed fear as Valley works out its own open-and-shutdown schedule

The Valley though remains sullen over the loss of the state’s special status and the lockdown.

PDP leader freed in J&K, Mehbooba daughter says he was forced to sign bond

While Sheikh was released from Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), that has been declared a sub-jail, Mir and Lone were allowed free movement after security forces deployed at their houses were removed.

First south Kashmir encounter since August 5, two militants killed

This was the fourth gunfight in two months since the communication blackout has hampered anti-militancy operations in the Valley.

Cancer patient held under PSA: cops cite ‘threat’, kin ask how

The police dossier on Parvaiz Ahmad Palla, 33, from Matibugh village in Kulgam, calls him a “threat to safety and security of general public and sovereignty of the nation”.

After war of words at United Nations, protests in Kashmir Valley, curbs back

The CRPF issued a release on the attack, making it possibly the first militant strike acknowledged by the forces since the August 5 scrapping of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status.

A bite of the apple

Mainstay of the state’s economy, three-fourths of India’s total production, Kashmir apples have survived spot-less through the Valley’s 30-year insurgency. Is this about to change, as the Centre takes over procurement in its bid to restore ‘normalcy’, militants strike back with threats, and growers watch their fruit rot? An Indian Express report

Nine months after J&K panchayat polls, Panches, sarpanches stay put in hotels, fear visiting villages

In the video, the militants asked Dar to stay away from elections and force his son, a special police officer (SPO), to resign. Dar agreed and apologised.

Centre banks on J&K panchayats but sarpanchs are restive and wary

Many put up in hotels, militant fear keeps them away from home.

Win PoK not by war but by making Jammu and Kashmir prosperous: Governor Satya Pal Malik

“If we give respect to the people of Jammu and Kashmir... make, demonstrate a bright future for the children here, bring businesses here... I guarantee that in a year, there will be a revolt in PoK and you will get PoK without war," Governor Malik said.

Yashwant Sinha stopped, sent back by ‘court’ at Srinagar airport

Sinha’s three associates — senior journalist Bharat Bhushan, civil society member Kapil Kak and Sushoba Bharve — were allowed to enter Srinagar.

Explained: What is Jammu and Kashmir’s Public Safety Act?

The PSA, under which former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has been detained, allows for detention for two years without trial. How is the stringent Act enforced, and what are the options for appeal?

After plea seeks presence of Farooq Abdullah, Govt slaps PSA, prolongs his detention

Police sources said before the PSA charge was slapped, two NC leaders met Abdullah who told them he was in no mood to relent.

J&K: Shopian villagers line up at DC’s office to ask about their young men

While the J&K Police has not officially released any data on such detentions and subsequent release, many high-ranking police officials in Srinagar confirm that the numbers could be as high as 4,500.

Wheel of history doesn’t turn back, says J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik

He said Delhi would give “whatever you ask for” and there is no need for the people to worry.

Militant build-up across LoC, border; many attempts to infiltrate: J&K Police

Lashkar militant accused of targeting fruit-grower killed in Sopore: DGP

No black banners, big processions: A muted Muharram in Kashmir

It is a muted Muharram in Kashmir, particularly in Srinagar city, where even the customary processions were not allowed this year.

J&K: Child injured as militants fire at fruit traders in Sopore

Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary said efforts were being made to arrange an air ambulance to fly the wounded child, Asma Jan, to New Delhi for treatment.

Desperate Pakistan is pushing infiltrators into Valley: Army

The Army also played confessional videos of the two men arrested, who were seen saying that they are affiliated to Lashkar. While one identified himself as Mohammed Nazim, the other said his name was Mohammed Khalil.

Team Kashmir: Meet officials who have been holding the fort since lockdown

Since the Centre revoked J&K’s special status on August 5, Kashmir has been under a lockdown, amidst anticipation of violence. The Indian Express profiles the officials, of Centre and state cadre, in-charge of both security and administration, who have been holding the fort for nearly a month