Kashmir may be a prison, but it cares not for prisoners

Kashmir may be a prison, but it cares not for prisoners

Srinagar: Until news came of the death sentence given to Muzaffar Ahmad Rather, there was hardly a thought spared for him in Kashmir Valley. Condemnation galore of the death sentence given by a Kolkata court came from prominent faces of the resistance camp; civil society and Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association (JKBA) offered legal help; […]

Kashmir: For owners’ sake, militants leave houses during gunfights

Kashmir: For owners’ sake, militants leave houses during gunfights

SRINAGAR: During an encounter, militants in north Kashmir prefer to flee from the house in which they have been trapped instead of fighting the troops from within, because they don’t want harm to come to the person who provided them shelter, top army sources told Kashmir Reader. In south Kashmir, where local militants are most […]

Her brother in jail, young woman falls ill, dies at home

Her brother in jail, young woman falls ill, dies at home

SRINAGAR: The sister of an incarcerated youth died on Tuesday. She had fallen ill after her brother was arrested by JK police in November last year, a family member said. Humair Yaseen, the brother, was first arrested by police in October at Jammu, brought to Srinagar and then booked under ‘draconian’ public safety act. Humair […]

Speaker’s expunge-CM’s-remarks order illegal: Experts

Speaker’s expunge-CM’s-remarks order illegal: Experts

SRINAGAR: Speaker assembly Kavinder Gupta overstepped his brief by adjourning the legislature sine die after his order to expunge chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement on Article 370 created pandemonium in the house, legal experts say. Former advocate general Ishaq Qadri told Kashmir Reader the speaker adjourned the house because “he had no answers to the […]

‘Study leave’ cancelled, officers ordered back to work

‘Study leave’ cancelled, officers ordered back to work

SRINAGAR: The state government has issued an order recalling to duty all officers/officials who have gone on ‘study leave’ in violation of norms. The departments of general administration and finance, which sanction study leave for an officer/official, have said that proposals for study leave were received ‘belatedly’ and hence the leaves are unauthorised. The two […]

Government unable to recover cost of electricity from Baglihar II

Government unable to recover cost of electricity from Baglihar II

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC), a fully-owned government company, is facing a tough time in getting buyers for electricity produced in its 450-MW Baglihar II power project. The rate of its power unit is much higher than the available market rate in India, Kashmir Reader has learnt. One of the […]

Over 900 days in courts, no justice for Wamiq’s father

Over 900 days in courts, no justice for Wamiq’s father

Srinagar: Farooq Ahmed Wani has spent 904 days in the grind of the justice system since 2010 when police killed his 13-year-old son Wamiq Farooq. During this time, he had to sell off a plot of land and his entire savings to fund his fight for justice. Wamiq was killed when a teargas shell fired […]

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