Zakir says Kashmir banega Dar ul Islam; praises Al-Qaeda, rejects Pakistan’s support

Zakir says Kashmir banega Dar ul Islam; praises Al-Qaeda, rejects Pakistan’s support

Srinagar: In yet another audio message, former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Bhat aka Moosa offers his thanks for Afghanistan Al-Qaeda “who have in their Navae Afghan Jihad (Al-Qaeda magazine) concurred with our slogan: Shariah or martyrdom.” In a seven-minute audio clip released on Monday, Zakir says that his struggle will continue for the “establishment of the […]

Zakir disassociates from Hizbul Mujahideen; says threat was not aimed at those fighting for Islam

Zakir disassociates from Hizbul Mujahideen; says threat was not aimed at those fighting for Islam

Srinagar: After Hizbul Mujahideen distanced itself on Saturday from its south Kashmir commander Zakir Bhat aka Moosa’s recent statement in which he threatened of death those Hurriyat leaders who fight for a secular state, the latter has also disassociated himself from the militant outfit. “From today on, I have no association with any outfit. I am […]

Will hang you in Lal Chowk if you call K-struggle political: Zakir to Hurriyat leaders

Srinagar: Burhan Wani’s successor and present Hizbul Mujahideen commander for south Kashmir, Zakir Bhat alias Moosa has threatened Hurriyat leaders of death if they continue to call the Kashmiri struggle as political rather than Islamic, and “hinder the way of mujahideen”. “Hum kuffar ko chooud kar pehley aap ko latkayain gay… Lal Chowk mein in kay […]

From rhetoric to ‘tutorial’ videos, militants upload everything

From rhetoric to ‘tutorial’ videos, militants upload everything

Srinagar: Going beyond rhetoric, militants have started posting ‘tutorial’ videos on social media in Kashmir, offering weapon using tips. Though the government has banned popular social media sites in the Valley, militants manage to show their virtual presence. The ban has completely backfired on the government, as seething anger is visible both on streets as […]

‘Language is the collective property of a nation. It doesn’t survive by poetry or literature alone’

Prof Shad Ramzan teaches cultural history of Kashmir, Sufi poetry and folk literature at Kashmiri Department, Kashmir University. In a detailed conversation with Aasif Sultan, Prof Shad talks of the issues facing Kashmiri language and tells us why he is optimistic about its survival Q Everybody talks about promoting our mother tongue, but the ground situation […]

‘Banning a newspaper unmasks the fakery of being a democracy’

‘Banning a newspaper unmasks the fakery of being a democracy’

Soon after the July 2016 uprising, the State found a soft target: the media. The Internet and mobile connectivity was snapped for several months. Printing presses of some leading dailies were sealed and these papers couldn’t be published for several days.  Later, English language newspaper Kashmir Reader was banned by a written government order. All […]