What is cooking up in KU after 2 structures catch fire

What is cooking up in KU after 2 structures catch fire

Srinagar: A fortnight ago, Kashmir University’s Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) in Naseem Bagh caught fire during the night and no newspaper reported the incident. Even though the hungry flames inside the cafe devoured its furniture and machines, the owner wants the news to be buried under the fire debris.  “I will get its compensation from […]

Forces lay siege in twin Pulwama villages, detain five youth, vandalise property

Forces lay siege in twin Pulwama villages, detain five youth, vandalise property

Srinagar: Five youth were detained by government forces during a siege in Kareemabad, a village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, during the intervening night of 16 February and 17. The forces conducted door-to-door searches and vandalised property.  A local from Kareemabad told Narrator over phone that the forces detained five youth on Saturday morning after a siege […]

Kashmir University: Ailing at 70

Kashmir University: Ailing at 70

As the KU turns 70 this year, Kashmir Narrator digs into the deep mess the varsity is mired in In 1948, when Kashmir’s revered saint Meerak Shah Kashani laid the foundation stone of Kashmir University — then known as Jammu and Kashmir University — in anticipation of giving Kashmiris an educational platform to excel, not […]

The other picture of first fidayeen attack in Srinagar

The other picture of first fidayeen attack in Srinagar

Fayaz Ahmad Latha, a video journalist, saw death up close when he was caught in the crossfire between the army and militants in Badami Bagh cantonment in 1999 in the first fidayeen attack in Srinagar. Seventeen years down the line, he narrates his story Journalism is always a tough job. It becomes tougher in a […]

‘My son chose to fight oppression’

‘My son chose to fight oppression’

Mugees Ahmad Mir, a young militant commander of Kashmir, was killed in a shootout on the city outskirts on 17 November, according to the police, more than a year and a half after he left home. Aasif Sultan speaks to Mugees’s mother Hajra Banu about her son Q Did you ever ask him to return home? […]

How Bakshis keep the memory of their dead son alive

How Bakshis keep the memory of their dead son alive

Srinagar: Human rights activist and lawyer Parvez Imroz recently made an important point in his speech at the Rafto Conference in Norway: Kashmiris need to institutionalise their collective memory. As time moves ahead, it is difficult for the oppressed people to marshall their thoughts as layers and layers of forgetfulness make the memory foggy. Even though, […]

FACT CHECK: Did Burhan pick up gun after his brother was killed?

FACT CHECK: Did Burhan pick up gun after his brother was killed?

General officer commanding of Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lieutenant General JS Sandhu, has told a local daily that “family background of militancy in some cases” was one of the possible reasons why youth join militancy in Kashmir. “Burhan’s brother Khalid was killed and then Burhan decided to pick up gun,” he was quoted by the […]

Jaish chief bashes FM for saying ‘mujahideen are liabilities’ to Pakistan

Jaish chief bashes FM for saying ‘mujahideen are liabilities’ to Pakistan

Srinagar: Jaish-e-Muhammad’s supremo Maulana Masood Azhar lambasted the Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif for saying that Lakshar-e-Taiba (LeT), its leader Hafiz Saeed and the Haqqanis are liabilities to them. Writing in Al-Qalam, Jaish’s online web magazine, Masood said that India is celebrating as the foreign minister has termed “Kashmiri mujahideen as liabilities”. Masood writes the […]