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More than fifty women from different walks of life sat together on Sunday and expressed their idea of Being a Woman in Kashmir. The event celebrated the resilience, achievement and individual struggles of women. Among the speaker,s academician Neerja Mattoo spoke about the cultural and historical context and how the times have changed in Kashmir. While as the Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), Parveena Ahangar, recalled her journey from being a housewife to becoming a Human rights defender. “I had not moved beyond Lal Chowk but the disappearance of my son took me beyond mental and

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On the third death anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru, his family has appealed pro-freedom organizations, legal experts and civil society members of Kashmir Valley to impress upon the government of India to return the belongings of Guru lying with the Tihar jail authorities. The lone son of Guru, Ghalib told CNS – a local news agency, both he and his mother Tabasum is aware of this fact that India is not interested in returning the mortal remains of ‘Baba’ (as he calls Muhammad Afzal Guru) but they wish that his belongings that includes the Holy Quran, his spectacles, a radio

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Atta Mohammad (75) of Bimyar, Chahal, Uri died last night after prolonged ailment. Atta Mohammad is one such brave Kashmiri who despite an atmosphere of militarization and repression, continued to speak truth. In the last 25 years of violent repression, Atta Mohammad in his village received 235 unidentified bullet ridden dead bodies, most of whom the armed forces claimed are militants killed in encounters. This included the dead body of a six-moth old baby girl. According to Atta Mohammad, he felt the forces that killed these unidentified persons, would not have paid respect to the dead; therefore he chose to

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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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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 forcible eviction of students from hostels sparked a protest in Kashmir University on Friday. Amid pro-freedom slogans, the students accused University authorities of harassment and mental torture and said that the authorities as well as police not only thrashed girl students but also dragged them forcibly out from the hostels. Soon after the violent protest that rocked University on Thursday against the arrest of varsity student Muzamil Farooq Dar, the authorities after suspending class work in the varsity till June 27 had directed all the students to vacate all hostels till Friday 9am. “After overnight threats from KU officials,

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On the very first day of the holy month of Ramazan, Jammu and Kashmir Government imposed curfew in most parts of North Kashmir and old Srinagar city on Friday to thwart the march to Sopore called by separatist leaders to protest and express solidarity with the families of six persons gunned down by unidentified gunmen in different areas of Sopore town. After 1984 and 1990 this was the third time when the first day of Ramazan coincided with strike, shutdown and curfew in Old Srinagar city and Sopore. Curfew remained imposed in old city here, Sopore town, Palhalan and Baramulla

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Complete shutdown in Kashmir Valley on 17 June 2015. A complete shutdown was observed on Wednesday against the mysterious civilian killings in Sopore town of North Kashmir. Six civilians have been killed in last three weeks by unknown gunmen in Sopore. The joint shutdown call was given by the separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Shabir Ahmed Shah, while it was supported by militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and other separatist organizations also. Markets and other business establishments remained closed and public transport did not ply in Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley. Attendance

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File photo. Hours after another killing incident shook the apple town Sopore on Monday; separatist leader in Kashmir exhibited a united face, issuing a joint strike call and a protest program. According to KNS correspondent,  a meeting was held at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid on Monday afternoon wherein Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, representatives of Geelani’s faction of Huriyat and of JKLF took part. It was decided in the meet to issue a joint strike call for Wednesday against the killing spree taking place in North Kashmir’s Sopore since past few days.  The meeting besides condemning such incidents expressed serious concern over

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