70 days on, prayers not allowed in historic Jamia Masjid

70 days on, prayers not allowed in historic Jamia Masjid

SRINAGAR: Since the start of the anti-India uprising in Kashmir on July 8, the government forces have disallowed prayers in the historic Jamia Masjid of Kashmir for 70 days at a stretch, including on Fridays. “We have not offered any prayers (in the mosque) since the anti-India uprising began. We offer Magrib prayers only when […]

An austere, grim Eid coming up

An austere, grim Eid coming up

SRINAGAR: The simplicity and austerity with which people in Kashmir are preparing for the festival of Eid-ul-Azha this year is unprecedented. In the worst years of counter-insurgency in the 1990s, after the massive street protests in 2008 and 2010, and after the devastating 2014 September floods, Kashmir had seen a 25-percent dip in business activity […]

Rangparistan: where troops cannot advance

Rangparistan: where troops cannot advance

SRINAGAR: Twice in a day, the residents of Rangparistan, a locality in Rainawari area of downtown Srinagar, booed away a large contingent of government forces – both CRPF and police — on September 6, the first time when the troops attempted to enter the locality’s mosque in the afternoon to catch a protestor, and the […]

Ambulance driver shot at with pellets

Ambulance driver shot at with pellets

SRINAGAR: Once again an ambulance driver was hit by pellets fired by government forces on Monday when he was ferrying patients home from SMHS hospital. The police and CRPF say they are unaware of the firing. Saqib Ahmad, 16 years old, a Class 10 student working as a volunteer with Social Reform Organisation (SRO) since […]

Silent protest awaited APD at SMHS Hospital

Silent protest awaited APD at SMHS Hospital

SRINAGAR: Had the visiting Indian parliamentarians visited the SMHS Hospital, they would have been greeted by half-blinded pellet victims holding posters that read: “Go India Go Back, We Want Freedom, Revolt Will Continue till Plebiscite”. Anticipating a visit by the All-Party Delegation of Indian MPs, the pellet victims admitted to the Ward 8 displayed posters […]

All-round boycott to meet all-party delegation

All-round boycott to meet all-party delegation

SRINAGAR: Except pro-India politicians, all prominent business organisations, civil society members, and pro-freedom leaders have decided to not meet the all-party delegation coming from New Delhi to defuse the anti-India uprising in Kashmir. Pro-India parties National Conference, Congress, CPM, PDF, and DPN have decided to meet the delegation. Rebel legislator of Awami Itthehad Party, Engineer […]

200 booked under PSA

200 booked under PSA

SRINAGAR: As many as 200 civilians have been booked under the draconian Public Safety Act. More than 2300 others have been arrested or detained. According to the data accessed by the Kashmir Reader from Kashmir divisional commissioner office, detention orders of 127 of the 200 persons have already been executed by district magistrates till Wedesday […]