“He was not a militant. He was innocent. Innocent! Innocent! My brother was innocent, and they killed him.”
When the troops raided their neighbours, “my father and I locked our door, and hid in the attic,” says 12-year-old Muntazir Ahmad Mir. “The forces kept saying, ‘Saalo, baahar niklo!’”
The trademark move of communication gag came after the operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Riyaz Naikoo, was killed in a gunfight in Pulwama.
Nobody knew his name. His bandaged face was soaked in blood; he couldn’t speak either—the blood had dried up and sealed his lips.
The families of two militants, who were killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Shopian, south Kashmir, on Friday, will be traveling...
Less than a week later, his body returned home in a shroud, along with a caravan of hundreds of young men.
Last year, on 14 February, a 19-year-old Kashmiri militant, affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad, rammed an explosive-laden Maruti Eeco into a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy of seventy-eight vehicles in Lethpora, Pulwama.
The story of Madhosh Balhami, a poet who lost the work of his lifetime in a gunfight in March 2018, is a journey of a Kashmiri, and Kashmir together.
“At first, I was really ashamed. But now, I have accepted that I’m doing this. I'm begging. It is for my children.”
On the outskirts of downtown Srinagar, in Zaldagar, Waseem Ahmad Balla’s family of five lives in one room and a kitchen. Sitting at the...