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  Before landing in Kashmir this year, I thought I had more or less of an understanding of what loaded words as conflict or occupation implied. I always tried to keep myself informed. However, when I went to the valley two months ago, I realised how little I knew about the place. Most of my certainties vanished. One in particular did, which has drastically changed my way of looking at the occupation now. I used to believe that the way of resistance through non-violent artistic, cultural and intellectual activities could exist in such places, and that the youth was not

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Rejecting Army’s compensation offer of Rs 10 lakh, the parents of the slain youth Friday said they would not accept any relief from the government. “The blood of my 14 year old son is not so cheap that I could barter it. I reject this compensation. I will pay Rs 20 lakh to army in return if it handovers us the killers,” said Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, father of Faisal. He said that Faisal was studying in class 7th and was also under the course of Hafiz-e-Quran. “He had memorized thirteen chapters of the Quran and was much zealous to recite

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It was early morning on Tuesday, a lorry enters in the courtyard of Mohammad Yusuf Bhat’s house carrying a makeshift tent that will be pitched in the courtyard where dozens of women have gathered to mourn the killing of his son. “Oh brother, are you hungry? Do you want tea? Oh groom, we are not crying, we are singing,” screams a woman. “He was a kid and they pumped bullets in his body. They are killing us in front of the whole world. We are innocents. We are being killed and then given a bad name. We want blood for

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After two civilians were killed by army last evening here in Nowgam area of Kashmir, today early in the morning both the bodies were buried. The funeral prayers were attended by hundreds of men, as several people couldn’t reach due to the curfew imposed by the authorities in the area. Burhan Yusuf Bhat, 14, and Mehraj ud Din Dar, 21, were shot dead when they were on way to see a Muharram procession in the nearby area. According to the eyewitnesses, both of them including two more friends were in a Maruti 800 car and were showered with bullets at

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The movement of traffic on Islamabad – Kulgam road was affected on Thursday for the second consecutive as people observed shutdown in Qaimou area against the random nocturnal raids and subsequent arrests of youth on charges of stone-pelting. Locals reported that Kulgam police during a nocturnal raid arrested two youth Altaf Hussain Sheikh son of Muhammad Akbar and Showkat Ahmed Dar son of Muhammad Yaqoub from the area. The arrests also sparked protest and all the shops and business establishments remained closed. Locals while demanding the immediate release of the duo said that shutdown would continue till their demands are

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Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Yasin Malik, in an election boycott in Kashmir. As the whole India is electing the next government, in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir, the process of elections is once again seeing less enthusiasm and violence. While it has been three years since the region, Kashmir, witnessed a major mass uprising, the people are divided whether elections are beneficial to them or not. The majority, as seen on ground, is staying away from the polls. In South Kashmir constituency, 72% voters preferred to stay away from the polls while only 28% voted. There have been

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Thousands of mourners defied curfew in the Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday to join the funeral procession of a teenager who was killed by the Indian forces. Eighteen-year-old, Farhat Ahmed Dar, was shot dead during a protest on Friday, while injuring two. After the killing, the government has ordered a probe and imposed curfew restrictions in various parts of the region to stop further protests. Zuhaib Mohammad Khan covered the funeral procession. In these pictures, Farhat’s friends, family, relatives, and neighbors can be seen shouldering his body in the coffin, to bury him in the nearby graveyard.

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Funeral procession of Hilal Ahmed Rather, a militant from Palhallan village, who was killed by Indian forces on 23 May, 2013. “Future of the great nation,” reads a hoarding of the Operation Sadbhavana project in a military base lawns near the Palhallan village in the northern Indian-controlled Kashmir. As per the project “the Indian Army undertakes various campaigns to develop literacy, women empowerment, public health and relief and rehabilitation in Jammu & Kashmir.” The project has been under criticism from the civil society and the people of the Valley that it is used as a tool of propaganda by India

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Farooq Azam Khan Srinagar, Kashmir: Twenty-two year old youth, who was arrested on charges of stone throwing in past, was found dead in mysterious circumstances today in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Farooq Azam Khan, who was working as Data Operator, has gone missing three days ago. His body was fished out from river Jehlum in the outskirts of the summer capital, Srinagar, police said. Farooq was arrested in 2009 on stone-throwing charges. “He had many cases and had to appear in court. We went to court to get his bail because he didn’t appear in the court a few days ago in

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The passage of time changes the perspectives of societies, driven by the gaining of knowledge, it takes them out of the caliginous dark into illuminating light. Time, however, can also change an opulent and prosperous society into a corrupt and despicable slum when core values of morality and conscientiousness are relinquished, leaving that society in the depths of nothingness. I fear that our society, the society of the Grand Saints, is following this latter order of time. With the sudden influx of money and with it, technology, our society, particularly our youth have failed to sensibly utilize this technology. They

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