Pava shells a fig leaf for continuing use of pellet guns?

Pava shells a fig leaf for continuing use of pellet guns?

SRINAGAR: There has been no discontinuation of the use of pellet guns in Kashmir despite media reports from New Delhi suggesting that the expert committee constituted by the Indian Home Ministry has called for their replacement with “Pava” grenades. Even Rajnath Singh, the Indian Home minister during the second of his three visits to Srinagar […]

Divorced mother of 5-yr-old blinded by pellets

Divorced mother of 5-yr-old blinded by pellets

SRINAGAR: A mother who went out looking for her only son, a five-year-old, now lies blinded in the ophthalmology ward of SMHS hospital. Shakeela, from Sheeri Fatehgarh in Baramulla district, is the only woman in the ward, the others all males, mostly youngsters aged between 15 and 35 years, who have all been hit with […]

12-yr-old with two bullets in groin

12-yr-old with two bullets in groin

Srinagar: “He was hit with bullets by government forces on Eid,” said one of the four cousins of 12-year-old Yasir Ahmed Bhat at SMHS hospital where the boy lay flat on a bed with bandage over his private parts. Unable to wear trousers because his private parts are bandaged, Yasir was hit by two bullets […]

Brothers who had gone to pray

Brothers who had gone to pray

  Srinagar: “Neither there were any protests in our area nor our sons had participated in any protests,” say the grief-stricken family members of the brothers Mohammad Ayoub Khan, 32, and Nisar Ahmed Khan, 27, hit with pellets in their native town of Khanpora in Baramulla on the day after Eid. The brothers lie on […]

Mustafa became the first martyr of Kashmir Uprising in his village

Mustafa became the first martyr of Kashmir Uprising in his village

Dachigam, Bandipora: The wails grow louder with every passing minute as the people from curfew-bound areas start to pour in, some in load carriers and others through rice fields in the small tent erected at the neighborhood of Mustafa. Inside the tent her mother is motionless with tears rolling down her eyes and the few […]

‘Whole of Nawab Bazar’ looking after injured Verinag youth

‘Whole of Nawab Bazar’ looking after injured Verinag youth

Srinagar: In Ward 1 of SKIMS Soura, 19-year-old Abid Ahmad lies reclined on a bed. An elderly woman, Maryam, brings to him a freshly peeled apple. “Khea Khea sorui, Kamzoor chukh gomut (Eat the whole of it, you have turned weak),” she tells him. A youth named Suhail feels his arm and another youth, Adil, […]

Gates set up in downtown lanes to block police raids

Gates set up in downtown lanes to block police raids

Srinagar: Residents of downtown Srinagar have set gates at the entrance of lanes to prevent police and paramilitary troops from entering residential areas during the night. In the years of militancy in the ’90s such gates were set in lanes of Srinagar to avoid military crackdowns. Residents say that nocturnal raids and ransacking by government […]

India to raise Pak support to Kashmir militancy with Russia, USA

India to raise Pak support to Kashmir militancy with Russia, USA

New Delhi: Ratcheting up pressure on Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Russia and the United States next week to highlight the issue of the neighbouring country sponsoring ‘terrorism’ in India and discuss efforts to counter ISIS activities in the region. Singh will visit Russia for five days beginning September 18, where he will […]

The boy who demanded nothing

The boy who demanded nothing

Wadan, Budgam: When Javed Ahmad Dar was a child, he dreamt of studying hard and earning respect in his village. He was still a child when he gave up the dream. He left studies after Class 9 and started to work as a tourist guide. After working as a guide for two years, he gave […]

Law student dragged from home, shot with pellets

Law student dragged from home, shot with pellets

Srinagar: The testimony of 21-year-old law student Umar of what happened in Karimabad area of Pulwama on Sunday morning explains why the uprising in south Kashmir is intensifying by the day. At Srinagar’s SMHS hospital where he was brought on Sunday with pellet injuries in his face and body, Umar said that he first became […]