The man who sold his son, and lived to tell the tale

The man who sold his son, and lived to tell the tale

ANANTNAG: In 1993, when Karim-ud-din Khan was about to welcome home his wife and their newborn son, he told his aged father, “Now everything will improve and all our miseries shall cease.” His father laughed at his remarks, and replied, “God help us.” Living on the edge of a mountain on the Pahalgam-Chandanwari road, Karim-ud-Din, […]

Of holes in the heart that others cannot see

Of holes in the heart that others cannot see

Tral / Khrew: Her husband, Shabir Ahmad Mangoo, a college lecturer, was beaten to death by soldiers of the army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Shershali, Khrew, on August 18 last year. Shabir Ahmad and his younger brother were forcefully dragged from their rooms to out on the road, as were other villagers, during a […]

Pulwama villagers decry night raids, harassment; police deny

Pulwama villagers decry night raids, harassment; police deny

Pulwama: ‘State terror’ has returned to haunt villages in Pulwama, after a brief respite in the winter. Midnight knocks on doors, noises coming from the darkness outside, and men in uniform with guns dragging away boys from their beds, are happening all over again across this south Kashmir district. Living next to a graveyard in […]

A home ruined by one act of rebellion

A home ruined by one act of rebellion

NADIHAL, BARAMULLA: Seventy kilometres from Srinagar city, Nadihal village in north Kashmir looks irresistible to eyes with its beautiful sun-soaked mountains and golden rice fields. This charm, however, is overshadowed by the presence of hundreds of soldiers alongside its border. The people of Nadihal have alleged that these soldiers have killed a number of the […]

In service of humanity, a life ends of a sudden

In service of humanity, a life ends of a sudden

ANANTNAG: On the evening of September 12 when some injured policemen and civilians were rushed to district hospital Anantnag, the officials in the hospital laboratory on night duty started phoning their colleague, Bilal Ahmad Dar, who had left the hospital at 4pm as usual. After getting no response to their repeated calls they gave up […]

‘While my son was battling for life, I was offered a million rupees to speak against Hurriyat’

‘While my son was battling for life, I was offered a million rupees to speak against Hurriyat’

Akhran Nawpora (Kulgam): A few days before Rasiq Ahmad was declared dead at the SKIMS, Soura, on 15 September, his father Mohammad Yusuf Bhat was called into the office of the Director SKIMS and told that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s uncle Sartaj Madni and her cousin Sajjad Mufti wanted to meet him. The duo had […]

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