January 25, 1990: When BSF gunned down 25 in Handwara

Handwara: The memory of the Border Security Force (BSF) killing 25 people in this north Kashmir town sends shivers down the spines of survivors, even 24 years later. On January 25 , 1990, two BSF patrolling parties opened indiscriminate fire upon thousands of peaceful and unarmed people, who were protesting against the massacre of 52 […]

‘Extremely disappointed’ Omar to petition Manmohan

Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday said he was “extremely disappointed” by the Army’s decision to close the Pathribal fake encounter case and said the matter would be taken up with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he visits the state early next month for the National Science Congress. “The Prime Minister will be here […]


Srinagar: Pro-freedom groups have termed the decision of the Army to close the Pathribal fake encounter case as “murder of justice”, saying till the time the security forces have powers under laws like AFSPA, such killings cannot be stopped. Calling the closure “a slap” on the face of the people of the state, Hurriyat Conference(G) […]

Conning the Narrative

It is good to be positive, to believe in people, to believe in the sincerity of the spoken word. But one needs to draw a line between optimism and gullibility. The recent statement by a mainstream politician, by none other the leader of the ruling coalition and the CM of the state, about January 21 […]

PDP came to power by exploiting azadi sentiment: Geelani

PDP came to power by exploiting azadi sentiment: Geelani

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference(G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Monday said there was not even an “iota of difference” among pro-India parties as all of them were “strengthening the Indian occupation in Kashmir.” “ Whether it is the National Conference, Congress or PDP, the common goal of all pro-India parties is to cause harm to the freedom […]

Security heightened across Valley ahead of Jan 26

Security heightened across Valley ahead of Jan 26

Srinagar: Security was tightened Monday in this summer capital and other major towns of the Valley in run up to January 26 . Paramilitary CRPF personnel and police have been deployed in strength for R-day functions across the Valley, official sources told Kashmir Reader Monday. A contingent of troopers and policemen carried out day long […]

Now, cross-LoC bus service suspended

Srinagar: Authorities in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) on Monday suspended the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road to press for the release of a Pakistani driver arrested by Indian authorities in connection with alleged smuggling of narcotics worth Rs 100 crore. “We were informed by PaK authorities that the Karavan-e-Aman (Peace Caravan) bus […]

CET scam: Court extends jail stay of 6 students till Jan 28

Srinagar: A local court on Monday extended judicial custody of six students identified by the Crime Branch of police to have fraudulently obtained papers of Common Entrance Test and got selected for MBBS at Government Medical College here in 2012. The students were produced by the Crime Branch before the Special Judge Anti-Corruption Kashmir, Mohan […]

Give Us a Smile, Please

What is it about Kashmir that makes you smile? What is the one thing you talk about with pride about Kashmir? What makes you happy? What is that one thing that you boast about when sitting next to someone on a plane or on a long journey in a train? Guess it is the beautiful […]

Omar meets Shinde, says UPA needs to be combative

Omar meets Shinde, says UPA needs to be combative

New Delhi: Suggesting an offensive policy for UPA, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today defended Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s blistering attack on BJP and said the Centre has been “defensive for too long”. Emerging from his 30-minute meeting with Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde here, Omar said Rahul’s speech was timely and added that […]