Bashaarat Masood

Articles By Bashaarat Masood

Major among five security personnel killed in J&K, three Jaish men dead

While police said they were investigating the role of the dead Jaish ‘commander’, Kamran, in Thursday’s attack, sources said the car bomber, Adil Ahmad Dar, was part of his module.

Hurriyat leader Mohammad Abass Ansari wants security cover withdrawn

The government had decided to withdraw the security cover of separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Bilal Gani Lone and Prof Abdul Gani Bhat.

Crackdown after attack: Four separatist leaders lose security

“The Hurriyat people are the real enemies of the Kashmiris and they are the ones who ruined the Valley. (That) their security has been withdrawn is a welcome step and I would like them to be arrested,” J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina was quoted as saying.

On NIA radar: Red car witnesses saw speeding along convoy

Sources said that the NIA has also recovered a portion of the bumper and the axel that were both likely parts of the red car. This has established that the car used in the attack was of a Maruti-make and not a Scorpio as believed earlier.

Jaish’s journey: Parliament attack to Pulwama

From 2004 to 2016, security forces believed they had pushed the Jaish-e-Mohammad against the wall. But in the past two years, every major attack in the Valley has had its fingerprint. The Sunday Express explains the rise, lull and revival of the terror group whose leader sits in a Pakistan safe haven with more than a little help from China.

Pulwama attack: NIA probes 15-km span, calls from Pakistan

The two teams visited the site of the attack at Lethpora, some 30 km from Srinagar on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, took photographs and videos and collected samples from the area for forensic examination.

Pulwama suicide bomber: A sawmill worker, he joined Jaish-e-Mohammad last March

In a pre-recorded video message released by the Jaish after the suicide attack on Thursday, Adil said he had joined its ‘fidayeen’ squad.

Pulwama attack: In worst terror attack in Valley, car bomber kills 37 CRPF men

Kashmir terror attack: The Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility and identified the bomber as a 20-year-old local boy from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Centre trying to break Muslim majority status of J&K: Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti put her weight behind the people of Kargil and demanded that the divisional headquarters in Ladakh should be based in Leh and Kargil on a rotational basis.

Article 35A in SC: Separatists call for two-day shutdown, state seeks adjournment till elected govt is in place

Calling it an “extremely critical issue of the very existence” of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the separatist leadership has warmed of mass agitation across the state if the special position of the state is tinkered with.

Divisional status to Ladakh: Kargil residents continue protest against naming Leh as headquarters

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has conferred divisional status to Ladakh and making it the third province of the state. The SRO also said Leh would be the divisional headquarters.

PDP MP writes to PM Modi: Return mortal remains of Afzal Guru, Maqbool Bhat from Tihar

Mir wrote to the Prime Minister on the 35th death anniversary of Bhat, who was hanged in Tihar on February 11, 1984, for murder of a policeman. Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013.

Ladakh division: Kargil demands rotation of headquarters

The decision to base the headquarters in Leh has united the people of Kargil across the religious and political spectrum. According to them, the demand for divisional status came from Kargil and not Leh.

Journalist among 10 chargesheeted for ‘harbouring militants’ in J&K

The case pertains to a gunfight between militants and a team of Special Operations Group on August 12, when police raided a house in Batamaloo. Militants had escaped after the initial exchange of fire, leaving a policeman dead.

Stand by citizenship Bill, tortured children of Maa Bharati: PM Narendra Modi

Targeting the Congress for its opposition to the citizenship Bill, Modi said when in power, it had not paid “attention to the pain of our brothers and sisters”.

J-K makes it mandatory for govt staff to attend R-Day events

The administration has warned that any failure will be “construed as dereliction of duty and disobedience of Government instructions”.

NIA seeks report on ex-MLA over his ‘soft corner for separatists’

When contacted by The Indian Express, Mir, who represented Wachi constituency of Shopian in the previous state assembly, said he is not afraid of any probe. “I am ready for any investigation,” he said.

South Kashmir sees political outreach after three years

While PDP president Mehbooba Mufti visited Anantnag, former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah addressed a workers’ convention in Kulgam.

Kashmiri who topped IAS quits, politics next

Faesal, who belongs to the 2010 batch, told The Indian Express Wednesday that he has already served notice to resign from the civil services to the government. “Yes, I might join politics,” he said, without mentioning the party he may join.

Two years after asking if youths killed were going to Army for toffee, Mehbooba apologises

Mehbooba Mufti on Monday apologised and said she had made the remark out of concern for the safety of the youth taking part in protests.