Delhi halts ‘operation all-out’ after 475 deaths, announces Ramazan ceasefire

Delhi halts ‘operation all-out’ after 475 deaths, announces Ramazan ceasefire

By Aasif Sultan Srinagar: As the month of Ramazan is starting tomorrow, 17 May, the government of India has announced a unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir, taking many people by surprise. The move comes as government forces operating in Kashmir are busy with the ‘Operation All Out’ that was launched in 2017. Since 2017, 290 militants, including […]

Day before his death, Sameer Tiger had this message for Army Major: Let’s fight it out

Day before his death, Sameer Tiger had this message for Army Major: Let’s fight it out

By Aasif Sultan Srinagar: A viral video showing an alleged Army informer interrogated by Hizbul Mujahideen rebel Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer Tiger, who was killed today at Drabgam village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district along with another rebel Aqib Khan, had sent a message for his chaser through the ‘informer’: “Tell Shukla, let’s fight […]

When a dying rebel wrote ‘Kalima’ with his blood in Shopian’s Kachdoora

When a dying rebel wrote ‘Kalima’ with his blood in Shopian’s Kachdoora

By Aasif Sultan Shopian: As government forces pounded Niyaz Ahmad Lone’s two-storey house with mortar shells at Kachdoora village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday, a dying rebel was writing on the wall as to what he was fighting for.  As the dust settled and people rushed to clear the debris, they found the […]

Destroying history, the Kashmir University way

Destroying history, the Kashmir University way

By Aasif Sultan The most effective way to destroy people,” says George Orwell, “is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” When the authorities decided to cage the Valley after Mohammad Afzal Guru was hanged in Tihar jail on 9 February 2013, the Kashmir University authorities, it appears, had decided to obliterate […]

Sehrai’s son used to say: ‘Yeti kutaah zulum’ after ‘police harassment’  

Sehrai’s son used to say: ‘Yeti kutaah zulum’ after ‘police harassment’  

By Aasif Sultan Srinagar: The son of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai who joined Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit today was “regularly harassed” by the police, his family alleges. Junaid Ahmad Khan, 26, went missing since yesterday after he left his home to offer Friday prayers. Junaid was “regularly called by the police who had lodged an […]

‘Activism kills journalism’ 

‘Activism kills journalism’ 

Nissar Ahmad, 53, has been telling the story of Kashmir through his lens since the onset of insurgency in the Valley in 1990. A veteran photojournalist, Nissar is an eyewitness to the horrors of the ‘90s. He shares his thoughts with Aasif Sultan When did you start your journalistic journey? I have worked for more than three […]

Finally, Geelani passes on Tehreek baton to lifelong aide Sehrai

Finally, Geelani passes on Tehreek baton to lifelong aide Sehrai

By Aasif Sultan Srinagar: Veteran pro-freedom leader Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai was on Monday elected as the chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, a powerful constituent of Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference faction. “The TehreeK-e-Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Geelani today held a meeting at its office in Srinagar and elected senior member Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai as the party chairman”, […]

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