Death toll hits 15 as clashes continue in Indian held Kashmir

  • Death toll hits 15 as clashes continue in Indian held Kashmir

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    SRINAGAR: The death toll from unrest in Indian-administered Kashmir climbed to 15 on Sunday, officials said, despite authorities imposing a harsher curfew on the restive territory in a bid to prevent new demonstrations.

    One protester was killed on Sunday when government forces fired on angry residents who defied the restrictions in the southern Pulwama area, and six died in different hospitals overnight after suffering gunshot wounds on Saturday, a police officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Authorities extended the curfew to the entire Kashmir valley, including the main city of Srinagar for the second day following Saturday’s wide-scale clashes over the killing of a popular rebel commander by government forces.

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    The clashes continued on Sunday despite mobile networks and internet remaining suspended for the second day running in most areas.

    Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old commander of the region’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) was killed in brief gunfight with government forces on Friday evening.

    His death sparked protests and clashes between government forces and residents angry over the killing across the disputed territory in which more than 200 were wounded, most of them from firearms.

    The injured included 96 police, a police statement said Saturday.

    At least three police stations were set on fire by protestors and three officers were missing, the statement added.

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    Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety.

    HM is one of several groups that for decades have been fighting around half a million Indian troops deployed in the region, calling for independence for Kashmir or a merger with Pakistan.

    Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting since 1989.

    Resistance groups opposed to Indian rule of Kashmir have called for three days of mourning and a shutdown in the territory after the rebel commander’s killing.

  • Pakistan strongly condemns killing of innocent Kashmiris

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    Pakistan Sunday (today) strongly condemned the extrajudicial killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and scores of other innocent Kashmiris in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) terming such acts as ‘deplorable and condemnable.’

    “Such acts are a violation of fundamental human rights of Kashmiris and cannot deter the people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand for the realisation of the right to self-determination,” the Foreign Office said in a press release.

    Pakistan also has serious concerns over the detention of Kashmiri leadership in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and called upon the Indian government to fulfil its human rights obligations as well as its commitments under the United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

    “Pakistan reiterates that the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is only possible by the realisation of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, as per the UNSC resolutions, through a fair and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices,” it added.

  • Just condemnation of this indian brutality is not enough.

    The government of Pakistan must raise this human rights issue at the UN and other global forums immediately otherwise these scumbags will keep killing innocent Kashmiris with impunity.

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  • Protests after the funeral:

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  • Stop This Nonsense

  • Stop This Nonsense

    Would you care to elaborate what is meant to be Nonsense here?

  • This is no nonsense. Previously, India had been blaming that occupied Kashmir were infiltrated by Pakistani mujahideen and their strong media and foreign policy affected the world opinion as make-believe of what India had been propagating against Pakistan. Not this time. Now the movement of Independence from the clutches of India is pure indigenous. The world opinion on Kashmir can be eclipsed for a short while by Indian jugglers but cannot be blinded for long.

  • جن وحشی درندوں اور کنجروں نے ریاض شہید کو اسطرح مار کر پھینکا ہے روز محشر خدا شہید سے کہے گا کہ ان جانوروں کو ایسا ہی کردو جنہوں نے تمہیں ایسا کیا اور پھر وہ ہمیشہ ایسے ہی رہینگے - یہ ایمان کا جزو ہے
    نفرت کی انتہا ہے ، اپنی طاقت کے بل پر درندگی میں چنگیز اور ہٹلر کو پیچھے چھوڑ دیا

  • Protesters try to storm airbase in held Kashmir

    ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Several hundred Kashmiri protesters tried to storm a military airbase in India-held Kashmir on Monday as the death toll in clashes between Indian security forces and demonstrators reached 30, while Pakistan and India traded allegations over the violent situation.

    Thousands of people again defied the curfew imposed across the valley to take to the streets and tried to storm the Indian Air Force base, about 25km south of Srinagar, as the worst civilian unrest since 2010 spread. The protesters also set police stations and vehicles on fire, according to AFP.

    Police said Indian security personnel fired live ammunition and tear gas to try to enforce the curfew. The deceased were mainly protesters killed by gunshot wounds, they added.

    There were also reports of injured protesters being targeted, as one local doctors association said tear gas canisters had been fired inside a hospital emergency room.

    Another group, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition for Civil Society, alleged that police had attacked ambulances taking the wounded to hospital.

    While the authorities cut off internet and mobile phone networks in a bid to quell the protests, those leading the demonstrations said the protests be extended by two more days and called a rally in Srinagar on Friday, according to AFP.

  • Storming an airbase is a new beginning in the freedom movement of Kashmir. The indian security forces are feeling the heat from the protesters and have been confined to their cantonments and camps. So far 33 innocent Kashmiris have been killed by the indian forces. Still there are no signs of these protests ending any time soon.

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  • This is the doing of world greatest and largest democracy! Since Modi has US support he can go to any extent.

  • May Allah (swt) our brothers and sisters in Kashmir. Indeed, military problems have military solutions, but looking at the cowardice of the ruling elite of Pakistan there is almost no hope that they will do something except shallow statements.

  • An article with the courtesy of Daily Times, General Gracey disobeyed Quaid e Azam to Fight for Kashmir....

    Did Jinnah know about the Kashmir War?

    In Pakistan History on June 29, 2010 at 8:02 amBy Ishtiaq Ahmed

    Those who want us to believe that an obscure colonel forced Pakistan into a war without the knowledge of the top political leadership, especially someone of the stature of Jinnah, are insulting common sense
    In his comment, ‘Jinnah’s role in the Kashmir War’ (Daily Times, March 24, 2010) on my op-ed a week earlier, ‘The 1947-48 Kashmir War’ (Daily Times, March 16, 2010), Yasser Latif Hamdani writes: “There is no evidence, let alone ‘overwhelming’ one, of Jinnah’s knowledge of the tribal invasion.” In the next paragraph he quotes Alastair Lamb who writes, “The Governor General, M A Jinnah was kept ignorant of all the details, though naturally he was aware that there was trouble of some sort brewing in Kashmir…” Lamb speaks about Jinnah being kept ignorant about details, not about the event itself.

    The relevant portion from NWFP Governor George Cunningham’s quote Hamdani invokes strengthens the inference I draw above. Cunningham remarked, “Apparently Jinnah himself heard first heard of what was going on about 15 days ago, but said, ‘Don’t tell me anything about it. My conscience must be clear’.” In plain English, one can only read it to mean that Jinnah did not want others to know that he knew about the Kashmir campaign. Hamdani calculates that Jinnah first learnt about it around October 10, 1947.

    That means 14 days before “tribal warriors backed by Pakistani regulars and irregulars entered Kashmir in the last week of October”, as I wrote earlier. Fourteen days is long enough to put a stop to a misadventure. It was distinctly separate from the uprising in Poonch in August that comprised mainly Poonchis who had served in the Indian and Kashmir armies. The issue at debate is the invasion that started on October 24, 1947, that precipitated the decision of the Maharaja to accede to India. The events that preceded it are not relevant.
    Hamdani claims that Major (retired) Agha Humayun Amin makes no claim about Jinnah being in the know about theKashmir tribal incursion. In his book, The Pakistan Army till 1965 (1999), Amin writes, “The Muslim League’s high command had tasked Mian Iftikharuddin, Minister for Refugees, to prepare a plan aimed at ensuring that the Muslim majority state of Kashmir should join Pakistan. Brigadier Akbar Khan then serving in the Pakistan GHQ wrote an appreciation ‘armed revolt inside Kashmir’ on Mian Iftikharuddin’s request. It appears that Mr Jinnah had tasked Iftikharuddin to plan/handle the Kashmir business” (p 89). Further down, Amin talks of three principal parties that were involved in the whole invasion affair. Of the three, “One side was the Muslim League leaders like Shaukat Hayat (an ex-major), Iftikharuddin and Khurshid Anwar who had been ordered by Mr Jinnah to do something to help the Kashmiri Muslims…” (p 89).

    Later Amin writes, “It may be noted that Mr Jinnah had ordered General Gracey the British Acting C-in-C…to attack Kashmir.” Gracey refused because Field Marshal Auchinleck, who was the Supreme Commander of both India and Pakistan, overruled British officers to take part in a war between India and Pakistan. Amin goes on to develop an argument that the Kashmir war was winnable. That is the opinion of a military officer and an author. One need not concur with that.
    Hamdani latches on to Amin’s belief in victory in Kashmir and makes this interesting remark, “Jinnah tried to assert himself when he ordered [on October 24 or 25, 1947] the Pakistan Army to mobilise against the Indian Army’s movement towards Srinagar, but he was dissuaded from doing so by what can legally only be called ‘mutiny’ and nothing else.” How very interesting and original indeed! Instead of charging Gracey with mutiny, Jinnah promoted him as Pakistan’s second commander-in-chief in February 1948, which is several months after he allegedly mutinied. Gracey was C-in-C till 1951 when Ayub Khan took over.

    Professor Ayesha Jalal has the Kashmir war in her book, The State of Martial Law: The Origins of Pakistan’s Political Economy of Defence (1990). She observes: “One has perforce to conclude that the government of Pakistan with the connivance of the Frontier ministry was actively promoting the sentiments that had encouraged the tribesmen to invade Kashmir. Admittedly, the Pakistani leadership refrained from officially committing the army in Kashmir. But they did so because of the severe shortage of arms and ammunition, not because this was the preferred course of action. If they had been in a position to do so, the Muslim League leaders, with Jinnah’s blessings, would have thrown in the army behind the tribal effort…The commander-in-chief of the Azad forces was a Pakistani army officer, colonel Mohammad Akbar, who went under the pseudonym of ‘General Tariq’ [legendary conqueror of Spain in the 8th century] and was known to be in close contact with Qayum Khan and through him with Jinnah and the League leaders in Karachi” (pp 58-9).

    Hamdani and others who want us to believe that an obscure colonel forced Pakistan into a war without the knowledge of the top political leadership, especially someone of the stature of Jinnah, are insulting common sense. If that were true, then why did Jinnah not order Akbar Khan to be tried for gross insubordination that was tantamount to treachery? Akbar Khan should have been court-martialled. He was not, because he had acted only after clearance from the very top. Before he became really ill in June 1948, Jinnah exercised real power and authority and made key decisions. Liaquat Ali Khan was practically his sidekick.

    In April 1948, Gracey was convinced by Jinnah to send troops into Kashmir. By that time some arms had been procured from Britain, writes Brian Cloughley in his book, A History of the Pakistan Army: Wars and Insurrections (2000). Thus officially Pakistan and India were at war from April 21, 1948. Cloughley notes that May 1948 onwards, India began to enjoy the upper hand, but the war remained stalemated with neither side scoring victory (pp 20-21). Major-General (retired) Shaukat Riza reached the same conclusion, that neither side could win the war in Kashmir in his book, The Pakistan Army 1947-1949 (1989). Under the circumstances, it was not extended to Punjab, but would have had India felt it needed to checkmate Pakistan. That is what I concluded in my previous article.

    Jinnah was a poker player who projected invincibility even when he was dealt a bad hand by fate, asserts Hamdani. It is a peculiar way to sum up Jinnah’s politics, to say the least. I am convinced that if the Kashmir gamble had succeeded, Miss Jinnah, Soraya Khurshid, Yasser Hamdani and many others would have described it as yet another marvellous poker gambit of Jinnah. Our heroes never make a wrong move. If they do we feign ignorance about it.

    Ishtiaq Ahmed is a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and the South Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore. He is also Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Stockholm University. He has published extensively on South Asian politics. At ISAS, he is currently working on a book, Is Pakistan a Garrison State? He can be reached at

    This is an article, enough to prove reality between civil and military tug of war in Pakistan. So called Commander in Chief Pakistan Army General Gracey set a precedent, still going on after 70 years of Independence. Pakistan was unfortunate as Founder of Nation Quaid e Azam and First designated Pakistani Commander in Chief of Army General Iftikhar died before taking over command. Army Command came in hands of General Ayoub, who was declared unfit for promotion by the Quaid e Azam, all pictures in than East Pakistan, General Ayoub was UN PAID shoulder promotion Major General commanding a Brigade Size Force as his promotion was stalled. British played well as both hurdles (Quaid e Azam and General Ifitkhar died in most unfortunate manner, Her Majesty Queen made Ayoub Khan Commander in Chief, who started term "Bloody Civilians" and continued with four USA sponsored Martial Laws. In brief General Ayoub soon after Martial Law gave Air Base of Badabhir to USA, which Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan refused besides he was given historic reception during his first visit to USA.

    Request to all Gracey and Britishers are gone, we all are Pakistani, lets put Gracey Culture of "Bloody Civilians" in trash. Lets get united, as in even old Islamic history their is no concept of Martial Law, this martial Law theory is given to Muslims by USA/UK nexus think tanks. None of us is closer to Sahaba Akram, but Caliph Umer RZ removed Hazrat Khalid Bin Waleed RZ from military command, he obeyed and besides most professional general with love in troops did not make coup. Even till fall of Ottoman Empire Martial Law term was unfamiliar to Muslims. Number of complaints occurred even during Kulafat Rashida period, all aware of the history of four Great Caliphs, but such military coups were not thought off, civilians fought with each other Battles of Sufian is example.

    If General Gracey has obeyed orders of Quaid e Azam in time, today we would not have weeping on Kashmir.

    Salute to Pak Army, great sacrifices of motherland, but bloody civilians also gave sacrifices and all of us must do our duties with ambit of the constitution of Pakistan.


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    Nice share of a valuable piece of write by Ishtiaq Ahmed. The author has taken pain to filter many facts from dictions and has tried his best to put two plus two together of the past history of conflict of Kashmir.

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    Interesting article about the uprising in Jammu & Kashmir during the partition. There are some indisputable facts that cannot be denied

    The rebellion in Gilgit-Baltistan by Gilgit Scouts was 100% local uprising against the Dogra rule. It was led by a British soldier William Brown. The Gilgit Scouts had first liberated Gilgit and then proceeded to capture Skardu and they even captured Kargil during the rebellion but were then stopped by the invading Indian army and pushed back to the present day line of control.

    In Azad Kashmir the uprising was also initiated by the locals and one of first freedom fighter was the late Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan. Then later on people from Hazara and Tribal areas also joined in and marched towards the capital Srinagar. Upon this the Maharaja panicked and hastily singed the fraudulent accession document with India to seek help from Indian troops.

    During all these events, there was no official or unofficial support to these rebels either from the Government of Pakistan or the Army. Infact we didn't even have a properly equipped army to fight a war in 1947. All we had was the remains of North Western Command of the British Indian Army led by a British general who even refused to join the rebels as he didn't want to pitch British troops against the British. This was the case with the Army while Airforce and Navy were virtually non-existent. Now if you look at these facts and then look at the size of the area that was liberated from the Dogra and Indian troopers by the poorly armed locals, it is quite remarkable achievement.

  • 17 soldiers killed as suspected militants attack army base in India-held Kashmir

    SRINAGAR: Seventeen Indian soldiers were killed during an attack by suspected militants on an army headquarters in India-held Kashmir (IHK) on Sunday, the army's northern command said.

    “Four terrorists killed in counter-terrorist operation at Uri,” the command said on Twitter, referring to the Uri area, about 100 kilometres west of the troubled northern region's main city of Srinagar.

    An unknown number of heavily-armed suspected militants snuck before dawn into the army's infantry base that houses hundreds of soldiers.

    Earlier, a witness in Uri town said he could see smoke billowing inside the nearby infantry headquarters and continuous rounds of heavy gunfire could be heard.

    The suspected militants first attacked a frontline base close to the Line of Control (LoC) before moving onto the headquarters, army spokesman Colonel S. D. Goswami said.

    Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a series of tweets that he had spoken to the region's military and political leaders about the attack and had cancelled planned trips to Russia and the United States.

    The Himalayan region has been in the grip of deadly unrest for more than two months, with protesting residents clashing almost daily with security forces, in the worst violence to hit the region since 2010.

    At least 87 civilians have been killed and thousands injured in the protests against Indian rule, sparked by the killing of a popular Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani in a gun battle with soldiers on July 8.

  • Befitting reply from Kashmiri freedom fighters to the occupation forces.

    Enough is enough.

  • anoter topi darama of Indian