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By Fahad Shah A concrete clock tower stands still in this nippy winter of Kashmir. Ghanta Ghar has become a political crag which many political climbers want to ascent. Some energetic but anti-India youth succeeded last summer. They left a coloured tower like a blind dresses a doll. Different shades of political symbols; in which shade of Kashmir lost somewhere. A look to tower reminded me of houses in the H. G. Wells short story, The Country of the Blind. I quote some lines of the story about houses: “They were parti-coloured with extraordinary irregularity, smeared with a sort of

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By Fahad Shah Even though United Nations rapporteur on human rights violations Margaret Sekaggya visited Kashmir on January 19, India has failed to deliver justice to human rights violation victims in the Kashmir valley since the armed rebellion erupted twenty years ago. United Nations rapporteur on human rights violations, Margaret Sekaggya. The special rapporteur to assess the condition of ‘human rights defenders’ in the Kashmir Valley is appointed by the Geneva based Human Rights Council. She arrived in India on Jan 11 on the invitation of the central government. Margaret will file a report to the United Nations Human Rights

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By Farooq Nazki UMA Khosla, known to the world of radio and sound as Nikki Aapa, is no more. She died today at the age of 73. Uma as an artist was a star voice in broadcasting for more than two decades. She was the top most female Urdu voice of AIR who can be compared with the legendry Mohina Hameed of Radio Pakistan and remained heart throb for sub-continent listeners’ especially for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan. She was a great drama voice also. Vadi Ki Awaz, a popular programme was launched in 1965 from Radio

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By Fahad Shah In her fifties, Zamrooda Shah, mother of Peerzada Arshad Ahmed Shah, entered the room. The windows of the room were half-hidden behind red curtains while the floor was covered with carpets. Dressed in a Pheran (a long Kashmiri coat) and a head scarf, she is sat on my right. Resting herself against a cushion, she stared into emptiness as if searching for something imperceptible. Her son, nineteen-year-old Arshad Ahmed Shah, was killed only a few days ago in a shootout near the city borders. A resident of Alsafa colony, Sopore, 55 kilometres away from Srinagar city ,

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[Syndicated from: BBC South Asia] The International Committee of the Red Cross sent evidence to US diplomats about widespread torture by Indian security forces in Kashmir, according to cables obtained by Wikileaks. Visits to detention centres in the region in 2002-04 revealed cases of beatings, electric shocks, sexual abuse and other types of ill-treatment. The organisation concluded that India condoned torture in the region. There has been no comment from the US. The ICRC said it was investigating. The chief minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, told India’s NDTV channel that the allegations related to a

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By Fahad Shah “Did you see my beloved anywhere?” holding tears at the ends of her eye lids a forlorn mother asked in a dimly lit room with red curtains and black blankets on the floor. In her fifties, Zamrooda Shah, mother of Peerzada Arshid Ahmed Shah who was killed on Monday afternoon in Qamarwari chowk shootout entered the room. Wearing silver coated embroidered Pheran (long coat) and a head scarf she sat on my right side. Resting herself against a cushion, she looked here and there, searching for something invisible. ”]Nineteen-year-old Arshid was from Alsafa colony, Sopore, 55 kilometers

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Panelists keenly listening to Syed Ali Shah Geelani at LTG auditorium, New Delhi. Photo: Yasir Iqbal By Fahad Shah Sitting in an auditorium on a clammy afternoon of end-October, an enthusiastic audience chanting pro-freedom slogans after each praises to the speakers was the scene in New Delhi on Thursday. Little Theatre Group auditorium in central city, just three kilometers away walking distance from the higher house of Indian government, Parliament house was like a human-hive. It was six-hour long organized convention on the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Azadi: The only way by Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing people before Eid prayers at Eidgah ground. (Photo: Fahad Shah) By Fahad Shah After seven days of strict curfew in the Kashmir Valley state authorities gave some respite to the inhabitants of Srinagar city by lifting curfew for some hours in the late afternoon. People flocked towards shops to buy essential commodities as most of them are in difficult conditions like shortage of food items. Speech of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Eid During this relaxation no untoward incident was reported. One of the customers at a grocery shop in Soura, a young boy told Kashmirwalla India

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By Fahad Shah For an auto rickshaw driver hailing from the pro-freedom area of downtown city where curfew restrictions have become habit for inhabitants for last one month, the prevailing situation in the valley  is routine now, he lives it as any other normal days. Thirty eight year old, Muzaffar Ahmad Sofi of Nowhatta drives an auto rickshaw on city roads since the year 1994 when he bought it during the tense days of Kashmir politics. He says he has a loss of more than 2000 rupees in this prevailing unrest. “After remaining at home for five days I am

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A Dharna to register protest against killings of Innocent Civilians in Kashmir at Jantar Mantar was organised by ANHAD. The dharna was two hour long where representatives from various civil society groups gathered to demonstrate their solidarity with the people of Kashmir. Following people expressed their views in protest: Shabnam Hashmi (ANHAD), Harsh Kapoor (South Asia Citizen Web), Navaid Hamid ( member, NIC), Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy (JNU), Prof. Anuradha Chenoy (JNU), Tanveer Hussain Khan (ANHAD), Indu Prakash (IGSSS), Madhu Chandra (North Eastern Helpline), DivyavVinod (YWCA), Sanjay Kumar (AAA), Amitabh Pandey (Free Lancer), Ravi Himadri (The other Media), Prof. Rizwan

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