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Where Does Future of Jammu and Kashmir Lie?

By Abdullah al-Ahsan | ISTAC | 28 Oct 2013

Kashmir has not only suffered from Indian democracy, it has also suffered from American democracy. (Reuters)

On his way back to Islamabad after meeting President Obama in Washington, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has renewed his call for US mediation between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. Earlier, just days before the scheduled meeting between them, Sharif had made similar call which had met with colossal opposition from India.

Tourists flock to Pakistan Kashmir valley in rare boom

Source : AFP | 20 Jul 2013

Success stories can be rare in Pakistan, but business is booming in one Kashmir tourist spot as the region rebuilds after a devastating earthquake and shrugs off associations with violence.

Hundreds of thousands of Pakistani tourists drawn to the lakes and glaciers of the Neelum valley are injecting desperately needed money into one of the poorest parts of the country.

Kashmiri leader accuses India of planning Israeli-type settlements

Source : Agencies | Srinagar | 03 Jul 2012

Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Gilani on Monday accused New Delhi of trying to “create a state within a state" by coming up with settlements in the valley, saying that the plan had been finalised with the consultation of the Israeli government.

“In the garb rehabilitating Kashmiri Pandits, New Delhi is planning to create Israeli-type settlements in Kashmir,” said Gilani during a press conference at his residence in Srinagar.

Clashes erupt in Indian Kashmir after shrine fire

Source : Aijaz Hussain | AP | Srinagar | 25 Jun 2012

A fire destroyed a revered Muslim shrine in India’s portion of Kashmir on Monday, prompting anti-government protests by residents angered over what they said was a slow response by firefighters.

Normalization of India-Pak relations a hurdle to Kashmir struggle: Salahuddin

Source : Arab News | Islamabad | 30 May 2012

Recent developments with regard to Pakistan's normalization of relations with India have made Kashmir's struggle for the right of self-determination disenchanted as this new approach of the Pakistani political leadership has stunned top Kashmiri leaders.

Deaths of 400 infants send shock waves in Kashmir

Source : Mukhtar Ahmad | Srinagar | 18 May 2012

The death of 400 infants since January this year has sent shock waves through the Himalayan Muslim majority Kashmir Valley already reeling under two decade old separatist violence.

The government admitted to the deaths at the G.B.Pant hospital setting off a social, political and administrative commotion.

Confirming the tally of mortalities in the hospital, the minister for medical education, R.S.Chib ordered a high level enquiry into the causes of the deaths.

UN says India should scrap ‘excessive’ security law in Kashmir

By Reuters | New Delhi | 30 Mar 2012

India should scrap a controversial law which gives security forces battling militancy in the troubled regions of Kashmir and the northeast sweeping powers to search, arrest or shoot people, the United Nations said on Friday.

Human rights groups say the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is a draconian law which the military arbitrarily uses to violate civilians’ rights.

Kashmir scientists clone rare cashmere goat

Source : Reuters | Srinagar | 17 Mar 2012

Scientists in Indian-controlled Kashmir have cloned a rare Himalayan goat in hopes of boosting the number of animals famed for their coats of pashmina wool, used to make cashmere.

Lead project scientist Riaz Ahmad Shah says the March 9 birth of a cloned female kid could lead to breeding programs for cashmere-producing goats in other Himalayan regions and mass production of the silky soft wool.

Indian Kashmir shuts to protest killing of student

By AP | Srinagar | 06 Jan 2012

Thousands of shopkeepers in the Indian portion of Kashmir have gone on a daylong general strike to protest the killing of a student and frequent power cuts.

Police and security forces took positions to prevent any street protests after Friday afternoon prayers in Srinagar, the region’s main city, and other towns in the Kashmir valley.

On Monday, a student was killed when government forces fired on villagers who were protesting outside a power plant near Baramulla town against frequent power cuts in the region.

Amnesty International asks lawmakers to debate Kashmir graves

By AP | Srinagar / 27 Sept 2011

An international human rights group says lawmakers in the India-controlled portion of Kashmir should discuss the recent discovery of unmarked graves containing more than 2,000 unidentified bodies.

Amnesty International said late Monday that the disputed Himalayan region’s assembly should demand the state government set up an independent panel and provide resources to identify the bodies.

The single and mass graves located in three northern districts contain 2,156 unidentified bodies and 574 known to be those of local residents.

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