Altaf Hussain Wani

Islamabad, April 08 (KMS): The recent ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan took many in New Delhi and Islamabad by surprise. The joint statement released on 25 February after a special hotline call between the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries stated, “In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two Directors General of Military Operations agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence”.

This renewed pledge reaffirmed the commitment of the historic truce agreement in November 2003, initiated by Pakistan and subsequently endorsed by India. After years of living in a climate of constant fear, over a million Kashmiris living in remote areas adjacent to the Line of Control (LoC) then enjoyed a brief respite from violence. The 2003 ceasefire introduced an unprecedented acceleration of economic development followed. Unfortunately, it did not survive for long. A terror incident in Mumbai in 2008 triggered a downward spiral of violence and instability. »

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Muhammad Raza Malik
India witnessed a deadly Maoist attack in Bajapur area of the central state of Chhattisgarh on Sunday which killed at least 22 soldiers.

The Maoists, also known as Naxals, have waged an armed struggle against government forces for decades. They say they are fighting for the poor who have been left behind economically.

On Saturday, the Teklagudem village found itself at the centre of the raging battle between Maoists and Indian forces as some of the villagers were beaten up by the cops. »

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Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai

One of the darkest chapters of Indian judicial partiality was left hanging half closed and banging in the wind when Major Avtar Singh, the killer of internationally known human rights activist and Chairman of Kashmir Commission of Jurists, Advocate Jalil Andrabi, was found dead after he killed his wife and two children, and finally himself on June 9, 2012, in Selma, California. Avtar Singh, a fugitive from justice, who lived in the hot dry central California community, a suburb of Fresno, was clearly haunted by his past, a past that had seen the blood spilled of more than one man by his own hands. He had killed four others to hide the murder of Andrabi, and then he had killed his own family.

In killing Jalil Andrabi, Avtar Singh certainly did not act on his own volition. He was only a major. His act was no doubt a response to orders from above and occurred in a longstanding climate of impunity that the Indian army enjoys in Kashmir. The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives any Indian soldier the right in Kashmir to take a Kashmiri’s life under any circumstance, has enabled such a climate for decades. And Jalil Andrabi had become a hated, despised man by the Army, a man dangerous to the status quo of continued murder and torture that had been taking place in Kashmir’s jails, interrogation centers and detention facilities for many years. »

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Resetting Kashmir priorities

April 03 (KMS): It is a hard reality that the political landscape of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir is undergoing rapid changes, unparalleled in scale and impact, since the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A on August 5, 2019. In this context, an honest and objective discussion should begin about Pakistan’s priorities associated with the dispute.

India is gradually but consistently trying to alter the ground realities in IOK. As a result, the economic, political and administrative domination of Kashmiri Muslims is diminishing swiftly, and fast demographic change is becoming a reality. On top of this, an intense cultural assault is also being pursued which is meant to change the ages-old Kashmiri Muslim identity. »

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Humayun Aziz Sandeela

On 5 August 2019, the Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, repealed article 370 of the Indian constitution which for 70 years, had given Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) special powers over issues such as jobs and residency. In one fell swoop, everything changed. With a swift presidential order, the Himalayan region was brought under the full control of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and split into two union territories, no different from any other Indian state. Its politicians were imprisoned, phone services were suspended, an internet blackout was imposed and thousands of Indian military troops moved into the region to enforce a strict crackdown. »

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Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai

Once again, the United States Department of State, 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, issued on March 30, 2021 has reproached India on its human rights record.

The country report contains graphic documentation of human rights violations being committed by the Indian military and paramilitary forces in Jammu & Kashmir. This is a significant step towards greater international recognition of the serious abuses committed against Kashmiris at the hands of Indian army. This report may take the veil of secrecy off of India’s crimes against humanity. »

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Chattisinghhpora massacre scar on face of India

By Arshad Hussain

Indian Hindu fascist forces, who always have been enjoying deep rooted influence in almost every facet of the government and institutions like Army, have left no stone unturned to suppress the Kashmiri people and crush their genuine struggle for inalienable right to self determination. They not only do use brute military might to crush their freedom movement but also avail every opportunity to communalize it.

These Hindu fascist forces systematically carried out Jalianwala Bagh like massacres in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir ever since the Kashmiris took to the arms in 1989 after failing to achieve their goal of self determination through peaceful means while being in Indian political system for 45 long years. »

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Chattisingpora massacre masterminded by RSS


Humayun Aziz Sandeela

On a cloudy evening of March 20, 2000, Chattisingpora, a hilltop hamlet in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir’s (IIOJK)’s Islamabad district, became the site of a massacre that claimed the lives of 35 men and children of the region’s minority Sikh community.
It happened close to then US President Bill Clinton’s visit to India. The assailants in disguise, lined up the Sikhs from the village, and shot them to death.
Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed several carnages since 1931 during the Kashmir agitation against Dogras and Jammu and Rajouri massacres in 1947 after the partition of sub-continent and later at the hands of Indian forces in the 1990s including Gawakadal, Handwara, Zakoora, Tengpora, Hawal, Bijbehara, Sopore and Kupwara massacres in which hundreds of thousands of innocent Kashmir were butchered by Dogra forces, Hindu militants from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Indian forces, but in the year 2000 when the then President of United States Bill Clinton was due to visit India, India through its Hindu extremist organisation, RSS, turned its attention towards the Sikhs of the IIOJK to not only suppress the freedom movement in Kashmir but also create an impression upon the visiting US president that the Kashmir liberation movement was of a ‘communal nature’. »

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Dr Shagufta Ashraf

New York, March 19 (KMS): Kashmiri women are the biggest victims of the ongoing conflict. They have suffered human rights abuses under the impunity of the suffocating Indian military presence in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). According to statistics from Jammu and Kashmir state commission from women, a now defunct government institution is established to protect women and children rights to ensure quick prosecutions. Cases of domestic violence and general violence have been rising more than three thousand a year during the previous clampdowns in 2016 and 2017. »

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Quratulain Rehbar

Srinagar, March 12 (KMS): Independent journalist Shakir Mir was interviewing people about a gunfight on 17 September 2020 in Srinagar’s Batamaloo, when the family at whose house the gunfight had occurred and neighbours accused soldiers of stealing jewellery.

Mir intended to begin the story with this allegation of theft, but he was worried about the repercussions. Eleven months earlier, The Kashmir Walla, an independent website, reported a similar theft of valuables during a firefight. Shortly after, editor-in-chief Fahad Shah was summoned by the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) police and questioned about his organisation’s reporting. »

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