EU MPs visited Kashmir to study terror impact- Govt

A group of 27 member of European Union Parliament were allowed to visit Kashmir during the lockdown as they wanted to ‘get a sense’ of the impact of terrorism on people’s lives in Kashmir, the central government informed the Lok Sabha today. At the same time, said the Home Ministry, Indian MPs were prevented from […]

BSF asked to cultivate Kashmir’s “silent minority,” ace “hybrid warfare”

A “silent minority” in the Kashmir region favours complete integration with India and back Centre’s decision to change Article 370, the top commanders of the Border Security Force have been told during a specially-arranged closed door meeting addressed by a former Indian Army general. “The BSF should identify and empower these people,” a former three-star […]

Congress secretly wants Article 370 gone- Subhash Chandra

Zee Group Chairman Subhash Chandra, an independent Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana, today said all parties, including the opposition Congress, are secretly in favor of the abrogation of Article 370, but political compulsions force them to adopt a different stance in public. Delivering his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha, the independent member from Haryana […]

Next is Baluchistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir – Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena

The move to the abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to the state of Jammu & Kashmir, seems to have won over BJP’s bickering ally Shiv Sena. Sanjay Raut, one of the prominent leaders of the Maharashtra-based party and a member of Rajya Sabha, even went to the extent of saying that the Narendra […]

Congress to explore PDP alliance in meeting tomorrow?

Congress party leader Ambika Soni said a meeting of 100 prominent political leaders from Jammu & Kashmir has been called tomorrow to decide on the party’s future course of action. “We have called 100 prominent people (of the party) from all five regions of the state, including MLAs, former MLAs, MLCs and others. We will […]

Omar Abdullah meets J&K Governor; sets off alliance speculation

Omar Abdullah, leader of National Conference party, is currently holding talks with Jammu & Kashmir governor N N Vohra, leading to speculation that a ‘mahagatbandhan’ or grand alliance of non-BJP parties could be on the cards. The PDP government in the state can continue to rule if the National Conference lends its support. Traditionally, National […]

BJP pulls out of PDP alliance in J&K over terrrorism, law and order

The Bharatiya Janata Party has pulled out of the ruling coaltion with People’s Democratic Party or PDP, days after prominent journalist Shujaat Bhukhari was gunned down by suspected terrorists. BJP spokesperson Ram Madhav pointed to three factors that prompted the party to pull out — rising terrorist incidents, poor law and order and an imbalance […]

Explore autonomy for Jammu & Kashmir – P Chidambaram

Former union home minister P Chidambaram today said India should ‘seriously consider’ giving autonomy to the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Chidambaram, who was in charge of maintaining law and order in the hill state for several years as part of his role as India’s home minister, is the head of his party’s standing committee […]

Pakistan Army shares video of Kashmiris celebrating cricket victory

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the official spokesperson of Pakistan’s armed forces, shared a video of some people in Kashmir celebrating the victory of his country’s cricket team in the final of ICC Champions Trophy. “And this is… Srinagar,” Ghafoor said. His tweet came shortly after another that he said showed some people in Baluchistan celebrating […]

Bhim Singh supports Yasin Malik’s stand in India Today scuffle case

Jammu & Kashmir politician Bhim Singh has sided with separatist leader Yasin Malik in the controversy surrounding a scuffle between journalists of India Today group and Malik. India Today claimed that Yasin Malik assaulted its crew and destroyed their gadgets when they it went to get a reaction from Malik on a story that they […]

Did the army really use a Kashmiri as ‘human shield’ as Omar Abdullah claims?

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah created a flutter when he tweeted the photograph of a person forced to sit on the spare tyre of an army jeep, claiming that the Indian army was using him as a ‘human shield’ to protect itself from stone pelters. However, a subsequent video of the […]

Jammu & Kashmir saw big jump in terrorist infiltration in 2016

The number of militants who have successfully crossed over into Kashmir via the Indo-Pak border is estimated to have risen almost four fold in 2016, according to data released by the home ministry today. Against 33 estimated successful infiltration in 2015,119 militants are estimated to have crossed over in 2016, the numbers show. The rise of successful […]

No plans to impose Indian constitution on Jammu & Kashmir judiciary – Govt

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the government of India had no plans to force judiciary in the state of Jammu & Kashmir to take their oath of office on the Indian constitution instead of the state constitution. Prasad was responding to a question on why judges of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court take […]

Bank robberies increased in J&K, Haryana after demonetization: RBI data

The demonetization of high-value currency notes saw a rise in the number of bank robberies towards the end of 2016, but all of the increase came from just three states — Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar and Haryana. Overall, cases of theft, robbery and loot of on bank properties increased by 11% in the last three months […]