By Waqas Farooq Kuttay
Most of the militants active at present are around twenties; with limited experience of life they seem to operate without any code and purely out of passion on many occasions. It looks like they can kill anybody they want. The problem is that a 14-year-old, killed in an encounter at Bandipora was called a martyr, and no one dared to call him a child soldier.
By Syed Mujtaba Hussain
Where India had reacted sharply to the UN report, at the same time Pakistan accepted the report and officially announced that it was ready to facilitate the Commission of Inquiry as proposed in a recent UN report to Pakistan-administered Kashmir if India gives a similar access to the UN team to Jammu and Kashmir.
By Muzafar Ahmad Dar
While talking to each other, I could sense his vast knowledge related to various contemporary issues, apart from his subject of specialization. He was much worried about the present situation in Kashmir as well as the broader Shia-Sunni conflict in the Arab world.
By Zaboor Ahmad
Losing the only Muslim majority state to Pakistan would have sounded the death knell to the Nehruvian vision of a multi-religious state. India essentially saw the Kashmir conflict through a Hindu- Muslim prism and sought to keep Kashmir as a counter-narrative to Jinnah’s two nation theory.
By Faakirah Irfan
While I write this, the Internet connections of various service providers have been shut down. The social media services have been banned, and the only thing working in the state of Kashmir is the ongoing conflict.
By Arif Khan
The main factors contributing to a decline in the attainment of quality education in Kashmir include destruction of infrastructure, fear of sending children to schools, incorporation of youth in armed groups, repetitive strikes/curfew, etc.
By Arif Khan
The use of pellet guns is among the most contentious issues in Kashmir today. We didn’t witness the use of pellet guns during the Jat agitation in Haryana, the Cauvery agitation in Karnataka, the Patel agitation in Gujarat or any other agitation anywhere else in India for that matter.
By Muneeb Yousuf
There is a belief that the policemen are involved in various atrocities and civilian killings and such activities have made them the centre of this guerilla strategy. Moreover, it is also believed that the militants are in need of arms and the policemen become soft targets for weapon snatching.
By Arif Khan
The problem gets compounded when educated youth from the Valley join militant ranks. This is something over which the government needs to think. The PDP-BJP govt has miserably failed to bring “peace” in the Valley. Instead, the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti reiterated her view that the violence is the handiwork of “5%” of the people.
By Yasir Altaf Zargar
It happens only in Kashmir where a father shoulders his son’s coffin. It only happens in Kashmir, where the old live while the young offering resistance against illegal occupation are killed.
By Basarat Hassan
Would Indian citizens of any big city like Bombay, Delhi or Bangalore imagine living under curfew-like conditions for even a single week? A complete blockade, with basic amenities and communication lines completely cut off. No, they would not. We experience it, and only we can understand it. This is what occupation is!
By Iftikhar Gilani
Situation in Kashmir is worsening by the day. Narendra Modi’s Government is dreaming to browbeat and exhaust the masses with the use of brazen force, through security forces and imposition of continuous curfews and engulfing the masses in utter sense of defeat and disappointment.