1952: Washington Cables US Embassy in India

“(The) British Embassy with (the) UK Foreign Office are in agreement that the following message should be conveyed by you to (the) GOI (Government of India) The UK High Commissioner will receive similar instructions:

·         1. We understand that Dr. Graham is returning to NY (New York) this weekend and we further understand that on arrival before submitting any report, he wishes to hold further discussions with the representatives of the parties (India and Pakistan) in NY.

·         2. We hope that the Government of India, recognizing the great importance of continuing their efforts to reach agreement, will be ready to resume negotiations  in this way, particularly in view of the advantage of avoiding public debate at this stage.


1996: Dreaded Government Gunman, Associates Killed

Dreaded government gunman Sikander Ganai was found dead in a private taxi near Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu highway along with four other persons. Three of them were his close associates who allegedly helped Avtar Singh eliminate Jalil Andrabi. The fifth man killed that day along with Sikandar and his associates was later identified as Muhammad Amin Malik, the driver of the taxi.

Jalil Andrabi a noted lawyer and human rights defender was abducted by a party of soldiers led by Major Avtar Singh near Rawalpora in March 1996. His body was recovered from the Jhelum after two weeks later.

Jalil had taken up the abuse of human rights by the armed forces in Kashmir at a UNHRC meet. This is believed to have been the reason for his arrest by the army. A few days before his arrest, Jalil had photographed Sikander and his associates when they appeared at his house with the intention to kill him. He later addressed a press conference, saying that he might be killed by renegades.

2012: Izhar Wani Dies of Cancer

Senior journalist and Kashmir bureau chief of international news agency “Agence France-Presse” (AFP) Izhar Wani, 46, passed away after battling cancer for nearly two years. He was laid to rest at the Sonawar graveyard. Thousands attended his funeral.