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Protesters hold signs demanding justice for the deceased. (The Indian Express archive) With the Supreme Court admitting the plea challenging the army’s decision to exonerate its officers and men accused in the Pathribal fake encounter, relatives of those killed in the encounter hope their 17-year-long struggle for justice will soon come to an end. Earlier the J&K High Court had summarily dismissed a plea of the victim families against the army’s decision. The men were earlier chargesheeted by CBI for abduction and murder of five civilians in a fake encounter and destroying the evidence. There have been several attempts to

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When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi recently visited Kashmir, there was hardly any hope that they would bring along a fresh political initiative. The official aim of this visit, too, was administrative: to inaugurate a railway tunnel and a power project. A deadly militant attack on an army convoy inside Srinagar that killed eight armymen on the eve of the visit had brought it into focus. Singh condemned the attack, vowed that the country is united in the fight against terrorists, and emphasised the need for peace to ensure development. The prime minister is right to

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Based on year long consultations, the interlocutors report – made public last month – has come as yet another imprudent exercise aimed at further complicating the problem rather than a making a serious step towards resolving Kashmir.  Muzamil Jaleel While Kashmir was simmering with anger and protests for the third consecutive year in 2010, the Centre appointed a group of three interlocutors – Dilip Padgoankar, M M Ansari and Radha Kumar “to interact with all shades of political opinion” and “suggest a way forward that truly reflects the aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir”. Based on yearlong consultations,

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Book; The Meadow Author: Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark Publisher: Penguin Pages: 536 Price: Rs 499 By Muzamil Jaleel “India and Pakistan fought each other in the Valley by manipulating the lives of others. Everything that happened here involved acts of ventriloquism, with traitors, proxies and informers deployed by both sides, and civilians becoming the casualty.” This is how a senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer, Mushtaq Sadiq, explains what he calls “the Game” in Kashmir in The Meadow. Sadiq was an officer in the Crime Branch of the J & K Police which investigated the kidnapping of five western

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By Muzamil Jaleel In the first such report compiled since the outbreak of militancy in the Valley, a Jammu and Kashmir Police report says that 209 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by militants since 1989. Chargesheets have been filed in 24 cases while killers in 115 cases remain unidentified or untraced. The police report — a copy of which is with The Indian Express — says that 140 cases of killing of Kashmiri Pandits by militants have been registered at police stations across the Valley. The police have booked 31 local militants for the killings in 24 cases in which the

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