Pakistan Observer

Kashmir

NC asks PDP to clear stand on Article 370

Srinagar—Provincial President National Conference and MLA, Devender Singh Rana, today asked Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to clear its stand on Article 370 of Indian Constitution which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “BJP used Article 370 to provoke and divide people on regional lines but PDP, which enjoys power in collaboration with saffron brigade, needs to clear its stand on this sensitive issue,” Rana told reporters here. ... Thursday, May 28, 2015 Details

Kashmir: The fallouts of urbanisation

Agriculture, being the most diverse sector, is an important bridge between mankind and ecosystem. It provides the only reliable source of sustenance. Pages of history are full of occasions where under most challenging situations agrarian economy proved to be the only support for distressed people. Beyond this agriculture is the mainstay of majority of population of most of the nations. India, rather the whole subcontinent mostly has agriculture driven economy where Agriculture contributes to GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) significantly. Until mid-fifties of the last century even with the biggest limitation of single cropping season in maximum parts of Jammu and Kashmir, the farming and its allied sectors were the only source of economic activity with very little contribution from handicrafts and tourism sector. ... Thursday, May 28, 2015 Details

APHC greets Pandits on Mela Kheer Bhawani

Srinagar—All Parties Hurriyat Conference has extended warm greetings to Pandit community on the eve of Mela Kheer Bhavani. The Hurriyat has also welcomed the huge participation of members of Pandit community in the Mela, adding, occasions like Mela Kheer Bhawani have always promoted communal bonhomie in the state. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

Zafar, JI, TeH pay tributes to martyred youth

Srinagar—Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt, Tehreek-e-Hurriyet, Jamaat-e-Islami and Chairman of Islamic Political Party, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash have paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth, Atta Ullah Butt killed by Indian forces during a siege and search operation, yesterday. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

India supports terrorism: TeM

Srinagar—Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has said that Indian Defence Minister’s statement is the announcement of the beginning of a dangerous plan of target killing of the pro-freedom people by the unknown gunmen and this announcement is enough to expose the communal government in the New Delhi. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

22 ‘stone-throwers’ held in Khanyar

Khanyar, Ihk—Police have arrested 22 youth in old city here for their alleged involvement in stone pelting. “We have arrested 22 youth and hunt is on to arrest others,” a senior police official told Greater Kashmir. “They (youth) are involved in stone pelting incidents and disruption of peace in old Srinagar.” ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

Omar lied, kept Guru’s execution secret

Sopore—Family of Muhammad Afzal Gurou has asked former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah to stop shedding crocodile tears on the ‘martyrdom’ of Afzal and urged people not to take any of his comments seriously regarding Afzal’s execution. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

KF head raises HR abuses in int’l moot

Brussels—Mr Latif Bhat, director Kashmir Foundation, (KF) participated in an international conference on human rights here Tuesday and raised the massive abuses of rights by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

Kashmir: Eco-sensitivity, Eco-fragility, Eco-balance

ZANASKAR reports blossoming and bearing fruit—apricots, never heard before in a place with forty degrees minus temperatures in winters. Global warming could have strikingly contradictory effect. Zanaskar symbolises the contradictions. Localities like Stongdy enjoy a boom, as water for irrigating agricultural fields has increased. Another locality—Kumik barely 2 km away spells the contradiction. Inhabitants had to be relocated, as water slowed down to a trickle. Shakeel Ramsho of Kashmir University’s ‘Earth Sciences Department’ reports two thirds of Zanaskar’s 212 glaciers losing eight percent of their area from 1963 to 2003. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

Tangdar attack: Hizb claims killing 11 Indian soldiers

Srinagar—Claiming the responsibility of Tangdar attack in frontier district Kupwara, militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen Tuesday said a group of militants from Hijazi Squad of the outfit gunned down at least 11 Indian Army soldiers. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

‘Target killing through terrorists sheer frustration’

Srinagar—Senior Hurriyet leader, Shabir Ahmad Shah, the Syed Ali Gilani-led forum, Jamat-e-Islami of the territory and the Chairman of Islalic Politcial Party, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash have termed the statement of Indian Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar regarding target killing through terrorists as sheer frustration.Shabir Ahmad Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar said that such statements exposed intentions of Indian government against the Kashmiri people. He said that all doubts regarding puppet Chief Ministe of the territory Mufti Sayeed of signing a deal with the BJP to murder the people of Kashmir became clear to masses. ... Sunday, May 24, 2015 Details

Pellets maim teenage student

Srinagar—A teenage student suffered severe injuries in his face when Indian police and troops fired pellets at peaceful protesters in Palhallan area of Baramulla district. People staged demonstrations in Palhallan to pay tributes to the victims of Hawal massacre of 1990. A 10th class student, Hamid Ahmed Butt, who was on his way to meet his friend in the neighboring locality, was injured when the troops and police personnel chasing the protesters fired indiscriminately from their pellet guns near the Higher Secondary School, Palhalan, witnesses told media. Hamid Ahmed was hit by scores of pellets in his skull, forehead and face. He was rushed to the Sumbal hospital, where doctors referred him to Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar for specialized treatment. ... Sunday, May 24, 2015 Details

Geelani’s forum protests against Morsi verdict

Srinagar—The Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani today staged protests against the awarding of death penalty to ousted Egypt president Mohammad Morsi, an amalgam statement issued to media said. ... Sunday, May 24, 2015 Details

BJP committed to revocation of Article 370: Rathore

New Delhi—BJP is committed to “revoke” Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and whenever the party has majority in the state, the special status will be scrapped, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said Saturday. ... Sunday, May 24, 2015 Details