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Mirwaiz Qazi Ahmed Yasir leading a protest march in South Kashmir. Photograph by Sajad Muniwardi

Since July 8, when popular rebel commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Burhan Wani, was shot dead, a never before civilian uprising has been going on in Kashmir. Mass public demonstrations, rallies and a series of shutdowns responded by curfew, ban on internet, gag on media and bullets, pellets and teargas shells fired by the government forces. More than 90 civilians have been killed by the government forces, more than 13000 injured among whom around 1000 have been hit by pellets in their eyes. It has been a worst force used against civilian uprising by any government in Kashmir. To crush the

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The Azad Jammu and Kashmir also called as Pakistan administered Kashmir is going through regional elections next month. Being a divided part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir state, the issues faced by the region are multilayered. From political to economic exploitation, the region’s pro-independent parties, who don’t accept it accession with Pakistan, see these elections as “a black spot on the face of democracy.” The Kashmir Walla spoke to one such pro-freedom group, the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front’s (JKLF) Zonal President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, Dr. Toqeer Gilani. He says that if Pakistan removes the accession

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David Barsamian, one of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, has altered the independent media landscape. His weekly award-winning program Alternative Radio, now celebrating 30 years, is broadcast on more than 200 stations around the world. He has books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book of interviews with Noam Chomsky is Power Systems. His best-selling books with Chomsky have been translated into many languages across the world and he lectures on international affairs, imperialism, capitalism, U.S. foreign policy, propaganda, the media, the economic crisis and global rebellions.

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Syria is going through one of the world’s deadly conflicts – this civil war, which began as the “Jasmine Revolution” Arab uprising started in March 2011 it spilled over from Tunisia, the countrywide protests against president Bashar al-Assad’s government began. The Arab uprising was instigated by the dissatisfaction by populations of the ruling governments, dictatorships, corruption, and monarch rule.  Assad’s regime which has been in power for over 40 years, responded with deadly crackdowns against the armed rebellion. The Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front, both have been fighting the regime’s troops. Last year, Hezbollah also stepped in to

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In this interview, The Kashmir Walla, speaks to the Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Kabul Times Daily, Hamidullah Arefi, who is based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Arefi speaks about the recent elections, effect of Pakistan’s internal conflicts on the country’s political scenario and also the rising threats of foreign invasions, in past or in future. Hamidullah Arefi Can you tell us about this year’s elections, its current standing and about the acceptance of political Taliban members being in the parliament? We have passed two rounds of elections successfully with the high turnout of voters. It was a move toward institutionalization of

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    Mir Urfi Lawyer Tell us your journey to become a lawyer? I joined the legal profession as an advocate in the year 2003 when I joined the Law Firm M/S Mir Shafkat Hussain and Associates after completing post-graduation in Law from University of Kashmir. Prior to my joining the profession, I was ignorant about the socio-political scenario of Kashmir. I had a perception that situation in the Kashmir is absolutely normal and the people are living peacefully, but after I joined the bar, I realized that the people of Kashmir are the worst sufferers of the political subjugation

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  Mehraj ud Din Kalwal Tehreek-i-Hurriyat / Hurriyat G  Tell us about your journey to joining Tehreek-i-Hurriyat? Bismillahie rehman ne Raheem . Before joining Tehreek-e- Hurriyat, I was with Jamaat-i-Islami, which works for spreading peace across the globe through our religion Islam. Later due to an ethical strife with them, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat was formed under the leadership of Geelani sahib [Syed Ali Shah Geelani]. For structuring a system you need a basic ground and our country, but as our county is under occupation thus creating hindrance to our goals so I joined this Tehreek-e-Hurriyat firstly because its manifesto includes spreading the

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  Tahir Syeed People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Can you tell us about your journey to joining politics? When I was a student I was involved with political activities all-around and my mind set was clear that I have to be a politician when I grow up. Then, this year on 28 March [2014] I joined PDP [People’s Democratic Party]. Before joining politics, I used to be a journalist working for a local Urdu newspaper as a Sub-Editor. Because of that I knew many mainstream politicians and then I decided to go in mainstream politics, moreover my family background also belong to

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  Mushtaq Ahmad Dar Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Tell us about your journey to joining the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)? I was in sixth standard and my cousin brother would teach me. One day I went in the room and saw a group of people sitting. They were quiet. I asked them what had happened and they showed me the newspaper, which said the JKLF’s chief commander Ishfaq Majeed’s had been martyred by Indian Forces. I was in a shock. My life took U-turn and I got involved in the movement and as days passed I started taking part in

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  Ifrah Butt Human Rights Activist Tell us how did you decide to become an activist, working for the people? After I completed my under-grad in social work studies, I joined JKCCS [Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society] as an intern. I, along with other female activist, was working on a report about sexual violence against the women. While working on this report we came to know about an incident of mass rape and torture in twin villages of Kunan-Poshpora in Kupwara district of North Indian Occupied Kashmir. A support group was formed for justice to Kunan Poshpora survivors and then we filed a PIL [Public

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