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Today on the International Day of the Disappeared, several families of the enforced disappeared persons of Kashmir today observed a sit-in Srinagar. Below is the statement issued by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP). Today, on 30th August 2015, The International Day of the Disappeared, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons [APDP] assemble to commemorate the more than 8000 disappeared persons of Jammu and Kashmir who were subjected to enforced or involuntary disappearances since the outbreak of conflict in 1989.Moreover, APDP also memorializes hundreds and thousands of disappeared from Punjab (between 1984-1992), Assam, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra

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Senior pro-freedom leader and Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman – Syed Ali Geelani – on Saturday hosted an Iftar party at his Hyderpora residents in which pro-freedom leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik participated among others including lawyers, doctors, students and representatives from the trade federation.

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A S Dulat (Photo: India Today) On Thursday evening in an interview to India Today’s Karan Thapar, former chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) A. S. Dulat revealed some untold stories about Kashmir politics. Dulat’s book – Kashmir: The Vajpaye Years – is set to be released this month. Here are the seven major points about Kashmir that he shared:   Former Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted to make former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah Vice President of India but reneged on the promise. “However, Farooq always had doubts whether Vajpayee would fulfil

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Ashiq Hussain Ganai’s (29) brothers have vowed to fight for justice till their last breath. Ashiq was allegedly tortured and killed by the army in 1993.shmir Twenty-five years after the introduction of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir, the human rights body Amnesty International today said the law continues to feed a cycle of impunity for human rights violations, in its new report – Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights violations by security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. The report is based on in-depth research in Jammu and Kashmir, including interviews with 58

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The National Conference (NC) Working President and former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, today led a massive protest rally against the PDP-BJP coalition government in the heart of Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar. Abdullah recently criticized the government after it completed its 100 days in office. At Regal Chowk, Abdullah addressed the rally and alleged the government of complete failure on all fronts. .@Abdullah_Omar arrives at Regal Chowk to address massive protest march pic.twitter.com/8xH892UC7n — Junaid Azim Mattu (@Junaid_Mattu) June 13, 2015 Former JK CM @abdullah_omar leading a rally against the "failure" of bjp-pdp govt in the state @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/3Xtyidtxl7

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Kehwa Talk session at Amar Singh College. Photograph by Rising Kashmir The author of “Kashmir Conflict and Muslims of Jammu,” Zafar Choudhary on Friday said that Jammu and Kashmir could not have been part of India without Sheikh Abdullah’s consent. The author was speaking during a session of Kehwa Talk – organized by Centre for Research and Development Policy( CRDP) in collaboration with the Amar Singh College Srinagar. Choudhary also said that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is in constant state of conflict. “Despite large scale killings of Muslims in Jammu region in 1947. The 1965 war created more divides

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Father of Tufail Ashraf Mattoo, who was killed on 11 June 2010 by police forces in Srinagar, addressing the gathering. Tufail’s killing started the mass uprising that went on for months. Kashmiri students today gathered to remember more than 120 people, mostly teenagers, who were killed during the mass uprising in 2010 in Kashmir. The gathering was organized by the Kashmir University Students’ Union (KUSU) in the campus. A gathering of students from the campus and outside marked the day by assembling near Iqbal Library Lawns in afternoon. The university authorities, however, had shown stiff resistance against the event which

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At least two people have been killed on Friday in a blast at Kalima Chowk outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore where an ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe was ongoing at the time. Pakistan’s information minister Pervaiz Rashid has said the blast that killed two people, including a police officer, near the Gaddafi Stadium here was a suicide attack. Rashid told Geo News, “An attempt to attack the Gaddafi Stadium was foiled by the gallantry of a police official, who lost his life while trying to stop the attacker near Kalma Chowk.” The provincial police’s inspector general of operations, while addressing a press

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The Palestinian Football Association is asking the world football governing body, FIFA, to suspend Israel from world football for violating rules relating to racism. A member of FIFA since 1998, Palestine has complained that Israel restricts the movement of its players and opposes the participation of clubs originating from Jewish areas of the West Bank. The vote is scheduled for Friday and needs a two-thirds majority of the 209 members to succeed. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is strongly against the vote and has held talks with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a bid to

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Death toll in soaring heatwave sweeping across India has crossed 1,400, CNN reported. With temperatures nearing 50C, nearly 12, 00 people have died in the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Deaths have also been reported in Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat and some other parts of the country. “The heat wave is likely to subside marginally on Thursday and Friday, when stray dust storms or thundershowers are expected. But maximum temperatures will not fall substantially,” B.P. Yadav, the director of the India Meteorological Department, told the Times of India. In New Delhi, forecasters believe the high temperatures will continue into next week.

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