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  1. Indian troops martyred one more Kashmiri youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's (IoK) Pulwama district on Monday, the Kashmir Media Service reported. Photo: KMS file SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred one more Kashmiri youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's (IoK) Pulwama district on Monday, the Kashmir Media Service reported. The troops killed the youth during a cordon and search operation in Chopan Mohalla of Tral area. The martyred youth was identified as Adil Rashid Chopan, a resident of Larow village of Tral. The operation was launched jointly by the Indian army, police, and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force, KMS reported. The cordon and search operation in the area was underway when reports last came. IoK observes complete shutdown in protest over search operations The call for strike was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership A complete shutdown was observed in Indian occupied Kashmir on Sunday against the cordon and search operations and subsequent killings by Indian forces across the Kashmir Valley. All shops and business establishments were closed, while traffic remained off the road. The call for strike was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik. Strict restrictions, including suspension of train, internet, and mobile services, were imposed in Srinagar to prevent anti-India protests. The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Pakistan?s permanent envoy to the United Nations, Dr Maleeha Lodhi?s stand on Kashmir, expressed by her in the World Body, was in accordance with the historical and ground realities of Jammu and Kashmir. He added that Pakistan had been making its all-out efforts to implement the UN resolutions for settlement of the Kashmir dispute for the past many decades. He urged the international human rights organizations to take cognizance of the worsening situation in Kashmir. A large number of women held pro-freedom protests in Hajin area of Banidpora district against the killing of six youth by Indian troops. The protesting women raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Funeral prayers-in-absentia for the martyred youth were held in Chandergaer area. Indian troops martyr six Kashmiri youth in Hajin The operation continued till reports were last received Indian troops had martyred six Kashmiri youth on Saturday in a siege and search operation at Chadergeera in Hajin area of the Bandipore district. Earlier, a commando of the Indian Air Force was killed and an army man was injured in an attack in the same area, the KMS reported.
  2. In what appears to be a major boost for Majid Khan, former Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia has offered full support to the Kashmiri footballer-turned-terrorist after he gave up arms and surrendered to the authorities on Friday. The Indian football legend has written to Jammu and Kashmir's football association extending his support to the youngster in pursuing his football dream. Considered one of the top talents in football from the Valley, Majid had reportedly joined terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). However, the talented goalkeeper had recently returned to his hoemtown and surrendered to the local police following his mother Ashiya Begum's emotional pleas on the social media. Reacting to the positive outcome, Bhutia has offered Majid a training stint at the Bhaichung Bhutia Football School in New Delhi. I felt concerned reading this news and hence I have spoken to J&K Football Association President to Reach out to him and convey my offer that he can train with @BBFSchools in Delhi which will give him an opportunity at becoming a pro footballer. I hope #Majid accepts my offer. pic.twitter.com/ZGkjBPraRr — Bhaichung Bhutia (@bhaichung15) 18 November 2017 Taking to Twitter, the 40-year-old said: "I felt concerned reading this news and hence I have spoken to J&K Football Association President to Reach out to him and convey my offer that he can train with @BBFSchools in Delhi which will give him an opportunity at becoming a pro footballer. I hope #Majid accepts my offer". "I was very sad to read reports of Majid joining a terrorist organisation. Football has provided solace to many over the years and I felt he requires a platform to play the 'Beautiful game' again" Bhutia was quoted as saying by the HT. Majid Khan in voluntary work b4 joining the Mujahideen ranks. “Who would translate the ground Sentiments into best words? Who? pic.twitter.com/Xq8NUJumVY — Mir Ada (@MirAda94) 13 November 2017 “I have already touched base with the J&K Football Association offering him to train with Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi. I want him to train under my Coaches and then we can decide where he stands as a player. I believe he deserves an opportunity and hence, felt best to open the doors for him,” Bhutia revealed. “I also read that he has been a promising footballer since his childhood and has even won quite many trophies. Once you start kicking the ball again, you never know, your lives may just kick-off again. We want Majid to come back to normal life eat the earliest,” Bhutia concluded.
  3. Indian troops, in occupied Kashmir, martyred five more Kashmiri youth in Bandipore district today (Saturday), according to the Kashmir Media Service (KMS). Photo: Geo News file SRINAGAR: Indian troops, in occupied Kashmir, martyred five more Kashmiri youth in Bandipore district today (Saturday), according to the Kashmir Media Service (KMS). The troops killed the youth during a siege and search operation at Chadergeera in Hajin area of the district. Earlier, a commando of the Indian Air Force was killed and an army man was injured in an attack in the same area, the KMS reported. The operation continued till reports were last received. Two youth martyred in IoK The youth were killed in Uri area of the district during a siege and cordon operation in the area: KMS Indian troops martyred had earlier martyred two youth in Baramulla district of occupied Kashmir on November 5. The youth were killed in Uri area of the district during a siege and cordon operation in the area. An Indian army spokesman in a statement in Srinagar had claimed that the youth were killed during a gunfight. However, the identity of the martyred youth could not be ascertained, immediately.
  4. The troops killed the youth during a siege and search operation at Mir Mohallah in Hajin area of the district, media reports said. Photo: Geo News file SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred two Kashmiri youth in Bandipora district of the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Sunday, the Kashmiri Media Service reported. The troops killed the youth during a siege and search operation at Mir Mohallah in Hajin area of the district, media reports said. The operation was underway till the last reports were received. Earlier today, an Indian policeman was killed and two others were injured in an attack in the same area, the KMS said. Forceful demonstrations have erupted in Hajin against the operation and the killing of the youth. People have taken to the streets raising high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian police and troops continue to use brute force and firing teargas shells to disperse the protesters, as clashes between the demonstrators and the forces? personnel continue.
  5. Photo: Indian Express Alia Bhatt is all set to appear in Meghna Gulzar?s movie based on Harinder Sikka?s book ?Calling Sehmat.? Vicky Kaushal will play the male lead opposite her in Raazi. Bhatt will play a Kashmiri girl married to a Pakistani army officer in this intelligence thriller, which is set during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. The role is different from the ones Bhatt has played in the past, and it appears as if she has worked hard to get into character. Fans have gotten to see sneak peeks of her look for the movie on Instagram. When asked about how her shoot is progressing, she said, ?I won?t lie. Yes, it has been very challenging. The shooting [of the film] is still on, and I still have a month left [before its completion]. We have been shooting in almost a non-stop manner, barring a few days when the shoot got disrupted [due to the recent unrest in the region].? She continued to say, ?But overall, it has been a good and an interesting journey ? creatively as well as mentally. I am in Patiala right now, and I feel that when you are shooting outdoors, it?s always lovely because you are only with your film dedicating all your energies and attention to it. Plus, it?s lovely being in Patiala.? Discussing her role, Bhatt shared, ?I?m going through one of the most extensive preparations for this film. The last time I did something like this was for Udta Punjab. But that also was only with the dialect.? The young actress also said, ?Raazi is about dialect, body language and things like driving a big heavy jeep? Shifting those gears is a different ball game for me altogether. I am learning Urdu so it?s also going to help me in the longer run. I?m playing with the language for over a month now and every day, I am sitting with it for hours. I know most of my dialogues by heart right now because I have been reading them over and over again. I am having a lot of fun with it.?
  6. Screenshot of Raees' video message. A police constable in Indian-occupied Kashmir announced his resignation in protest against the brutalities being committed by the Indian army in the valley. In a video message circulating on social media, police constable Raees said that he cant continue with his job due to the state-sponsored brutality as half of the Kashmiris have been jailed and the other half have turned blind due to the use of pellet guns. ?I am working as a police constable from last seven years. When I joined police I promised myself to serve the civilians,? he said. ?The law and order situation in Kashmir has turned worst for an unending period because the people in the area are demanding their due rights.? In his over six-minute video, Raees said that the root cause of unrest in Kashmir is that the plebiscite promised to the Kashmiris never materialised. ?My conscience asked me every time that as a policeman is it right for me to see pool of blood of fellow Kashmiris. The solution I have come up with is that I will leave the job so that my conscience does not question me as I can tolerate anything but I cant silence my conscience.? The latest wave of unrest started in the occupied valley with the killing of Burhan Wani, a commander of the Kashmir-based militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen, by Indian security forces on 8 July 2016. After his killing, anti-Indian protests started in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley. Protesters defied curfew with attacks on security forces and public properties. jammu and Kashmir Police and Indian paramilitary forces used pellet guns, tear gas shells, rubber bullets, resulting in the deaths of hundereds of civilians, with over 15,000 civilians injured and as the result of pellet guns, many people also got blind.
  7. In the last week of August 2017, a photograph of a sobbing, eight-year old girl went viral. The reason behind her uncontrollable tears was that her father, Abdul Rashid Peer was killed by militants in Anantnag on August 28. Anantnag, which is one of the highest conflict-afflicted districts of Kashmir, witnesses the death of hundreds of security personnel and civilians every other day. © Reuters The photograph that captured the entire nation's attention has now elicited a response from Indian Cricketer, Gautam Gambhir. Gautam, who has always voiced his feelings in support of the Indian Security forces, was moved by the heartbreaking photo of Zohra and took to his Twitter to make an announcement that has taken the internet by storm. In a series of tweets, he first expressed his disheartenment on seeing Zohra's picture and pledged to help her achieve her dreams by providing support to Zohra' education for lifetime. His tweet read, “Zohra,I can't put u 2 sleep wid a lullaby but I'll help u 2 wake up 2 live ur dreams. Will support ur education 4 lifetime #daughterofIndia” Zohra,I can't put u 2 sleep wid a lullaby but I'll help u 2 wake up 2 live ur dreams. Will support ur education 4 lifetime #daughterofIndia pic.twitter.com/XKINUKLD6x — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 5, 2017 In his next tweet, the cricketer paid his respect to the martyred cop by saying, “Zohra,plz don't let those tears fall as i doubt even Mother Earth can take d weight of ur pain. Salutes to ur martyred dad ASI,Abdul Rashid.” Zohra,plz don't let those tears fall as i doubt even Mother Earth can take d weight of ur pain. Salutes to ur martyred dad ASI,Abdul Rashid. pic.twitter.com/rHTIH1XbLS — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 5, 2017 Within four hours, Gautam's tweets have gained thousands of likes, retweets and comments by the citizens of the country who are elated by his decision to support Zohra's education. God bless you Guatam Gambhir. Hope other folks take a cue. — Mannsi (@Manasi_myview) September 5, 2017 Such a great human you are ! Always ready to give wings to people's dreams ! Always ready to help others ! Man with golden n purest heart ! — Gautam Gambhir Fans (@champggfans) September 5, 2017 I remembered this quote from my school days, 'Service to mankind is service to God'. Appreciate your efforts from the bottom of my heartð — RAjat (@Catalan_RajAT) September 5, 2017 Great Gautam Gambhir. You have tremendous concern and very humane approach for society. Proud of you. More than cricketer, you r Gentleman — BN Sharma (@bholasharma1955) September 5, 2017 Previously, Zohra's pictures touched the heart of the Kashmiri Police as well as the department responded with a heart-felt message (http://www.mensxp.com/social-hits/news/39201-moved-by-the-tears-of-martyred-cop-s-daughter-kashmir-police-writes-a-heartfelt-letter-to-her.html) on the Facebook page of DIG of Police, South Kashmir. This is not the first time that Gambhir has come forward to perform a noble gesture like this one. He had earlier decided to support the children of the 25 CRPF men, who were killed in a Maoist attack in Chattisgarh's Sukma district. He had announced that his foundation would pay for all the education expenses for those children. In April this year, he announced on his Twitter page, “The Gautam Gambhir Foundation will take care of the entire education expenses of the children of these martyrs," "The Gautam Gambhir Foundation will take care of the entire education expenses of the children of these martyrs." https://t.co/nUlKnB5dwz — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 28, 2017 We can now only hope that other public personalities and citizens take inspiration from Gautam and reach out to people who are in dire need of help.
  8. Srinagar: Protesters argue with a police officer after they defy restrictions and taken out a protest rally. PHOTO: KMS File SRINAGAR: Three Kashmiri youth were martyred in Indian occupied Kashmir?s (IoK) Shopian district on Sunday, the Kashmir Media Service (KSM) reported. Indian troops, during a siege and search operation in Awneera area of the district, martyred the civilians. The martyred youth were identified as Kathpora Yaripora?s resident Umar Majid Sheikh, Malikgund Shopian?s local Adil Malik, and Malldaira Shopian?s resident Irfanul Sheikh. The Indian troops blasted a mosque and four residential houses during the operation that began late last night in Awneera area. Personnel from 55 Rashtriya Rifles, special operations group of police and Central Reserve Police Force are jointly taking part in the ongoing operation, the KMS said. Earlier, two Indian army men were killed and several others injured in an attack on the force?s personnel who are part of the joint operation in the area. The violent operation by Indian troops led to forceful protests in the area. Many civilians were injured when troops resorted to pellet firing on the protesters. The injured were shifted to District Hospital Kulgam for treatment. Three Indian forces? personnel were injured when a patrol party came under attack in Hajin area of Bandipora district, today (Sunday). The injured personnel were taken to a hospital for treatment, an official said.
  9. Indian troops pictured in Indian occupied Kashmir. PHOTO: KMS SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred five Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district on Tuesday, the Kashmir Media Service (KMS) said. Indian troops killed the youth during a violent military operation in Macchil area of the district. The bullet-riddled body of one Ishtiaq Ahmad Wagay was recovered from Aalam Gunj area of Shopian. Gunshots were heard on Sunday night and residents later found a man lying in a pool of blood in the village, the KMS reported. Several people were injured in violent Indian forces? action at Somber in Pampore. As a mark of protest against the Indian police, journalists from print as well as electronic media staged a sit-in outside the office of the SSP Handwara carrying placards with the slogan, ?Stop harassing media.? Journalists were protesting against the thrashing of a reporter, Javed Zargar, by Indian police. Javed Zargar was stopped by Indian police at Watergam and manhandled after he told the police that he was a journalist.
  10. SRINAGAR: Indian troops, in a fresh act of 'state terrorism', martyred three Kashmiri youth in Sopore area of Baramulla district in occupied Kashmir today. The Kashmir Media Service reported that Indian troops killed the youth during a siege and search operation at Amargarh in Sopore. Two of the martyred youth have been identified as Javaid Ahmad Dar and Abdul Hameed Mir. The troops also damaged a residential house in the area. The operation continued till this report was filed. Earlier, an Indian soldier and a policeman were injured in an attack in the same area. Meanwhile, authorities have imposed restrictions and deployed a heavy contingent of Indian police and paramilitary personnel in Sopore and other areas of the district to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations over the killings. The authorities have also suspended mobile and internet services and announced the closure of educational institutes in many areas of north Kashmir, including Sopore, Handwara, Hajin and Sumbal.
  11. An Indian soldier in Srinagar. Photo: Reuters SRINAGAR: Indian troops, in a fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Kulgam district of occupied Kashmir on Thursday. The troops killed Aqib Ahmad Itoo and Suhail Ahmed during a cordon and search operation at Gopalpora in Damhal Hanjipora area of the district. Meanwhile, authorities have again suspended mobile internet services in south Kashmir. Two officials of the Indian Army, including Major Kamlesh Pandey, were killed and two other personnel critically injured in an attack at Matribugh Zaipora area in Shopian. Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gilani and Hurriyat forum chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have expressed grief over the killing of one more youth, Aqeel Ahmad, saying that trigger-happy Indian troops are resorting to unjustified force against peaceful civilians. Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar, termed the killing highly condemnable. He extended his condolences to the bereaved family. Mirwaiz in his statement said the people of Kashmir were paying a huge price for standing up for their just cause and resolution of the Kashmir dispute. ?It is a crucial phase that we are going through in our struggle as India is using all methods and ploys to crush our political movement,? he said. ?Even the hospitals are not spared where a nurse and young girl were shot at and injured,? the Mirwaiz said, adding, ?While the people of the entire Valley are a target of Indian forces, the people of south Kashmir are bearing the maximum brunt of state repression and the people of Srinagar are specifically subjected to physical and mental torture.? Ahmad, a resident of Gabarpora, Pulwama, was injured in firing by Indian troops in Pulwama on Tuesday and succumbed to his injuries in a Srinagar hospital on Wednesday.
  12. Indian soldiers pictured assaulting Kashmiri protestors. Photo: File SRINAGAR: Two Kashmiri youth were martyred by Indian troops in Pulwama district on Sunday, the Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported. The youth ? identified as Irfan Ahmad Sheikh and Abid Magray ? were martyred by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in the occupied valley. Authorities suspended internet services in Pulwama district following the killings, KMS reported. Soon after the incident took place, people took to streets in Samboora and Tahab to protest the killings. Indian troops resorted fired at the protesters to disperse the crowd.
  13. SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred three Kashmiri youth in Tral town on Saturday the Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported. The youth were killed in a violent siege and search operation in Wantiwen area of the town. The operation was underway at the time of publication, the KMS reported. Citizens took to the streets in Satoora area of Tral to protest against the Indian army?s operation. Indian police and troops used teargas to disperse the protesters clashing with the Indian army personnel.
  14. Protests had erupted after the troops of Indian Central Reserve Police Force thrashed a driver, Firdous Ahmad, on Monday morning. Photo: Reuters/file SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district on Monday. According to Kashmir Media Service, the troops killed the youth during a brutal military operation in the Naugam area of the district. An Indian army officer has reportedly stated that the youth were militants who were killed after clashing with the troops. On the other hand, in the Pantha Chhoke area of Srinagar, several people, including two women were injured after Indian forces? personnel fired teargas shells on protesters. The protests had erupted after the troops of Indian Central Reserve Police Force thrashed a driver, Firdous Ahmad, on Monday morning. The protests led to a massive traffic jam on Srinagar-Jammu highway, leaving thousands of vehicles stranded. The Indian police also arrested Kashmiri leader, Hussain Wagay, from Islamabad town. Earlier today, Syed Ali Gilani, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, expressed concern over the growing tension along the Line of Control and stated that the Kashmir dispute had threatened peace in South Asia.
  15. WASHINGTON: The US State Department imposed sanctions Monday on Syed Salahuddin, the senior leader of the Kashmiri militant group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. The move means the United States now considers Salahuddin, also known as Mohammad Yusuf Shah, a ?Specially Designated Global Terrorist,? the State Department said in a statement. Salahuddin in September vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, officials said, threatened to train more suicide bombers, and turn the disputed valley ?into a graveyard for Indian forces.? The designation slaps sanctions on ?foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States,? the statement read. The new sanctions mean American citizens are generally barred from doing business with Salahuddin, and all his assets subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is one of several homegrown militant groups that have for decades been fighting around half a million Indian troops deployed in the region, calling for independence or a merger with Pakistan. The State Department said that under Salahuddin, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for several attacks. Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety. The designation was announced just before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due at the White House for his first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump.
  16. The incident happened late Thursday after two Kashmiri youth were martyred in Baramulla district earlier during the day. Photo: Reuters SRINAGAR: Indian forces martyred three unarmed Kashmiri citizens in Pulwama district of Indian occupied Kashmir on Thursday, the Kashmir Media Service reported. The three citizens were martyred in Pulwama district's Kaakpoora vicinity where Indian forces used explosives to destroy a house. Abdul Hameed, Shariq Ahmed, and Irshad Ahmed lost their lives in the explosion, the KMS reported. Earlier during the day, Indian troops martyred two Kashmiri youth in Baramulla district of Indian Occupied Kashmir on Wednesday, the Kashmir Media Service reported. The victims, identified as Gulzar Ahmed and Basit Ahmed and said to be members of Hizbul Mujahideen, were martyred during a siege and a search operation at Pazalpora in Rafiabad area of the district by Indian forces. Ever since the death of Burhan Wani, a top commander with Hizbul Mujahideen in July last year, Kashmiri freedom fighters have increasingly met Indian forces in armed encounters across the valley.
  17. Indian troops take positions outside Srinagar on February 21, 2016 during a gun battle. Photo: Reuters SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Baramulla district of Indian Occupied Kashmir on Wednesday, the Kashmir Media Service reported. The victims, identified as Gulzar Ahmed and Basit Ahmed and said to be members of Hizbul Mujahideen, were martyred during a siege and a search operation at Pazalpora in Rafiabad area of the district by Indian forces. Ever since the death of Burhan Wani, a top commander with Hizbul Mujahideen in July last year, Kashmiri freredom fighters have increasingly met Indian forces in armed encounters across the valley. Indian troops martyr 11 youth in Indian occupied Kashmir: KMS The deceased included a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander On June 11, Indian troops martyred a Kashmiri youth in Bandipora district, raising the number of killed in fake encounters in the territory to seven since June 9. The Kashmiri youth was martyred by Indian troops during a military operation in Bandipora?s Gurez area. The troops had killed six youth during a similar operation in Uri area of Baramulla district on June 9.
  18. In a tournament where they were tipped as favourites to win, the Indian cricket team's title defence came to a crushing end following a heavy 180-run loss against Pakistan in the all-important ICC Champions Trophy final. And, while Indian fans were coming to terms with the bitter reality, preposterous celebrations across the Kashmir Valley rubbed salt in their wounds. From south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama to the northern districts of Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara; youth were seen dancing and bursting firecrackers, while the women, too, joined the chorus before taking to the streets singing to express joy at Pakistan's massive victory against the defending champions. Video: Massive celebrations in Srinagar city of #Kashmir after Pakistan beat India in championships trophy final. #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/6OvKz6OwHl — Ahmer Khan (@ahmermkhan) June 18, 2017 Apart from the locals, Kashimiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also cheered for arch-rivals Pakistan. The 44-year-old took to Twitter and said: "Fireworks all around, feels like an early Eid here. Better team took the day. Congratulations team #Pakistan". Fireworks all around, feels like an early Eid here. Better team took the day. Congratulations team #Pakistan — Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) June 18, 2017 Irked by Farooq's celebratory tweet, Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir retaliated with an explosive reply. "A suggestion @MirwaizKashmir why don't u cross the border? U will get better fireworks (Chinese?), Eid celebs there. I can help u wid packing," Gambhir tweeted. A suggestion @MirwaizKashmir why don't u cross the border? U will get better fireworks (Chinese?), Eid celebs there.I can help u wid packing — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 18, 2017 Gambhir's tweet has so far garnered over 28,000 likes and almost 12,000 retweets. While the Indian fans joined Gambhir to slam Farooq, the Pakistani cricket fans turned their guns against the Indian batsman. Deciding to field first, the Indian bowlers were hammered all around the park by a spirited and fearless Pakistani batting unit who eventually notched up a formidable total of 338 runs. In reply, the star-studded Indian batting line-up was shredded into pieces by the sheer genius of Mohammad Amir. © Reuters In the end, the tournament's strongest batting unit collapsed to a mere 158 runs as India lost the final by a staggering 180 runs - the biggest margin for any team in the final of an ICC tournament.
  19. SRINAGAR: Indian troops, in Indian occupied Kashmir, martyred a Kashmiri youth in Bandipora district on Saturday, raising the number of killed in fake encounters in the territory to seven since Friday. The Kashmiri youth was martyred by Indian troops during a military operation in Bandipora?s Gurez area. The troops had killed six youth during a similar operation in Uri area of Baramulla district, Friday evening. Occupational troops also launched a siege and search operation in Vessu area of Islamabad district following an attack on the convoy of Indian paramilitary force. One person was injured during the exchange of firing between the attackers and the troops. Indian forces conducted a cordon and search operation in Srinagar?s Lal Chowk area, causing huge inconvenience to the people. Indian army personnel damaged several residential houses in Shopian?s Narpora area following youth pelting stone on their vehicles.
  20. Adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz Adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz condemned violence against Kashmiris by Indian forces, saying the country is making claims about the presence of Daesh in the valley to suppress Kashmiris? struggle. In a statement issued by the foreign office, Aziz called upon the international community, United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the members of UN?s P-5 group to help end the slaughter of the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK). The adviser condemned the ban on media in the valley, saying India has banned social, electronic and print media in the country to stop reports of its brutality from surfacing. India has also resorted to flaring tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) to divert attention from its crimes against Kashmiris, Aziz said. He said that India is continuously violating LoC ceasefire agreements and expressed reservations about targeting of civilian populations along the LoC. ?Thousands of men and women in India have started a movement against the country; India is trying to frame these Kashmiri men and women as terrorists,? said Aziz. He said that the Indian forces are killing Kashmiri youth in fake encounters. Aziz added that Pakistan has taken up the issue of attempts to convert the Kashmiri populace into a minority in the UN.
  21. NEW DELHI: The Indian army has honoured its officers who had tied a Kashmiri man in front of a jeep as a human shield during a protest, according to Indian media reports. Ironically, Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles was awarded commendation for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations by Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat during his recent visit to occupied Kashmir. Street protests flared in recent weeks as thousands of Kashmiris vented anger against abuses by Indian forces after the video emerged of the incident. Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal has also triggered a storm on social media with his outrageous remarks that renowned Indian writer and human rights activist Arundati Roy should be tied to an army jeep. Rawal, a ruling party lawmaker, tweeted ?"Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie up Arundhati Roy!" Arundhati Roy is known for her has been a vocal critic of the army's role in occupied Kashmir.
  22. MUMBAI: Indian activists who rely on social media to share information in times of tension are being frustrated by a wave of internet shutdowns, with 22 sites closed in Kashmir this week alone. The clampdown in India - only Iraq closes as many sites each year - has hit doctors who treat rural patients via WhatsApp, and silenced journalists covering street protests. "It impacts crisis response and fuels rumours that can trigger further violence," said Ramanjit Singh Chima at Access Now, an advocacy group that is backing a global #KeepitOn campaign against the wave of internet shutdowns. "At the same time, it prevents journalists from freely reporting, and citizens from sharing information." Chima said a whole new way of information sharing was hit by the clampdown, citing examples of ordinary people offering shelter to their peers or relief agencies sourcing information from the ground during terror attacks and disasters. Human shield This week, the northern state of Kashmir ordered the shutdown of 22 social media sites, mobile phone message applications and video sites following street protests against alleged abuses by Indian forces.. The ban includes Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Skype, Reddit and YouTube. The home ministry says shutdowns help check violence. "Messages and images that are spread through social media platforms during communal tension and ethnic conflicts can lead to such situations spiraling out of control. There is no option but to suspend the internet," an official said. Street protests have flared in recent weeks as thousands of Kashmiris vent anger against alleged abuses by Indian forces after a video emerged of a local man tied to the front of an army jeep and used as a human shield. The video circulated widely on social media, as have images of students throwing stones at security forces. While Kashmir has often shut mobile internet services during previous times of unrest, banning social media is a first. "It's a dangerous trend," Chinmayi Arun, executive director at advocacy Centre for Communication Governance in Delhi, said. Switchoff Besides Kashmir, where shutdowns have sometimes lasted weeks, internet clampdowns have also hit Gujarat, Haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. Few countries rely so heavily on the internet, be it to conduct business, share information or socialise. India is the world's largest internet consumer base after China, and a majority of its 450 million subscribers access the internet through a mobile handset. Along with Iraq, India had the most internet shutdowns in the world last year, according to the US-based Brookings Institution. Economic losses from shutdowns in the year to June 2016 totalled $968 million, the most for any country, it said. But the clampdown also hurts free speech, denies poorer citizens access to health advice and curtails online educational opportunities, said Mishi Choudhary, legal counsel at advocacy Software Freedom Law Centre in Delhi. "With an increasing number of services being pushed online, and the preference for a cashless economy, internet shutdowns hurt small businesses and poorer individuals most," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Doctors are cut off from chatting online with patients and are unable to access patient data or seek second opinions on cases, said Lubna Khan, a physician and activist. "We are unable to provide care when and where it is needed. We are in a pathetic state," she said.
  23. While the separatists are trying to bring down Kashmir, the Indian Army stands its ground relentlessly, in the valley. They are the strength that gives us Indians hope. It is their hard work and honour that protect our borders from our enemies and it is because of them that we lead safe and happy lives. (c) Twitter Sometimes though, we do forget that the Army is there to protect us and we tend to turn a blind eye to their heroic actions. But, we must never fail to remember that they Indian Army are our last and only line of defense. With so much hate all around, here’s a story that will touch your heart. Maj Gen Mohd Amin Naik, a Kashmiri Muslim started his Indian Army as a engineer. His passion for sports and mountaineering was undying. A master of accomplishing targets, he made sure that everything under his command was always in order to make India stronger as a nation. (c) Paper Weight Entertainment His achievements are many- from winning an Asian Games Bronze Medal to leading a successful Nanda Devi Ecological Mountaineering Expedition, to setting up the Army Sports Institute from scratch, to nation building services at Corps of Engineers, Gen Amin has excelled as a soldier and as a noble human being. His efforts not only brought laurels to the Army and the country but also created large scale job prospects in Kashmir. (c) Paper Weight Entertainment This helped fight the ideology of militancy from the grass root level. He has always been on his feet when it comes to not letting the Kashmiri youth tread on the path of terrorism. As a chairman at Salwan School for girls, to inspiring Kashmiri Youths to join Indian Army, General Amin is a man each of us should be proud of and look up to. The guys at Paper Weight Entertainment have outdone themselves with this amazing piece of work. They took the time to tell the story of General Amin and made this video that you must watch. Check it out below.
  24. Violence in Kashmir was at the centre of attention again as the start of this month saw a spike in protests and violent crackdown by Indian forces. International media questioned India’s claim of being a democracy when multiple videos emerged showing security forces using violence against protestors. Now, fearless young girls have also joined the protest. While protests by women against the killing and rape of Kashmiri women is not new, young teenage girls in college uniforms has once again reminded the world of the atrocities being committed in the region. “Why should we fear? Things can’t get worse than what has already happened in Kashmir. We have seen dead and mutilated bodies. We have seen many of our brothers and sisters defaced by pellets. At the most we will also die,” said a 21-year-old arts student of Women’s College in Srinagar told Indian media. The images show girls, some in white uniforms, some in burqas and others in traditional shalwar kameez pelting stones at security officials. Several videos have emerged lately showing the brutality of Indian forces on common citizens of Indian-occupied Kashmir. About ten days back, a video clip emerged showing an Indian army vehicle using a Kashmiri youth as a human shield by tying him against the jeep’s bonnet. Yet another video showed India army personnel beating unarmed young students of Government Degree College Pulwama and demanding them to voice anti-Pakistan slogans.
  25. SRINAGAR: Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two Kashmiri youth in Budgam district on Saturday evening in occupied Kashmir. According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth were martyred during a siege and search operation at Hayatpora area of Chadoora in the district. Locals said that during the operation innocent civilians were beaten by Indian troops, leading to clashes between Indian troops and the youth.