Kashmir

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  • India-India 2018-10-03 18:06

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Indian govt ‘red-flags’ visit of Iranian clerics to Kashmir: Report

    TEHRAN - In a startling development, the government of India is reportedly monitoring the speeches delivered by religious leaders at mosques and congregations in Kashmir.

  • kashmir 2018-10-01 21:15

    Ceasefire violations in Kashmir on rise

    TEHRAN - At least 109 people, including 56 security personnel, were killed in 2,855 incidents of cross-border firing and ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces along the border in Jammu and Kashmir between January 2016 and July this year, an Right to Information (RTI) response has revealed.

  • Pakistan-India 2018-09-29 22:10

    War with India is not an option; only solution is dialogue: Pakistan’s FM

    TEHRAN - Following the war of words between India and Pakistan last week, the prospects of peace and reconciliation between the two estranged South Asian neighbors have again dimmed.

  • Shia Muslims of Kashmir 2018-09-25 12:47

    By Sarbaz Roohulla Rezvi

    Five episodes from the Shia Muslims of Kashmir

    Episode 1; 1988 TEHRAN - We all rushed into the house of Sheikh Sahib. Elders with women and children. A big house that had access to different alleys from the back door to exist if Sunni mob was going to enter the house and we were able to escape.

  • India-Pakistan 2018-09-23 10:06

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Major blow to peace efforts: India cancels FM-level talks with Pakistan

    TEHRAN - The recent peace overtures between New Delhi and Islamabad, since the formation of new Pakistani government led by Imran Khan, had briefly rekindled hopes of peace and reconciliation between the two estranged neighbors. But the thaw didn’t last too long. The hopes have been dashed again.

  • Muhrram 2018/09/17

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Karbala to Kashmir: Brief history of ‘Azadari’

    TEHRAN - It’s that time of year again when the campaigners of truth and justice, cutting across ethno-sectarian and ideological lines, rally to pay homage to the ‘master of the martyrs’, a 7th century revolutionary historical figure who redefined the ideas of resistance and resilience on the desert plains of Karbala (Iraq) 1400 years ago.

  • Muharram 2018-09-17 21:48

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Ban on Muharram procession in Kashmir mockery of religious freedom

    TEHRAN - Muharram is the month of bereavement and remembrance. Every year, around this time, massive processions are taken out across the world to pay glowing tribute to the martyrs of Karbala. Reciting soul-stirring elegies and hymns, mourners wear black dresses and beat their chests in a spirit of devotion. They carry replicas of Imam Husain’s mausoleum in Karbala and parade the streets.

  • Syed Mohammad Anis Kazmi 2018-09-16 00:16

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘Islamic revolution in Iran paved new course for Muharram commemorations in Kashmir’

    We are again in the month of Muharram, the month in which blood triumphed over sword and truth prevailed over falsehood. In this month, the campaigners of truth and justice across the world reaffirm their pledge to the principles exemplified by Imam Hussain (as) and his companions in the desert plains of Karbala 1400 years ago.

  • Kashmir 2018-09-13 10:59

    New UNHRC head calls for action on Kashmir report

    TEHRAN - In her first address to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged India and Pakistan to take meaningful action on addressing issues highlighted in the UN report on human rights violations in Kashmir.

  • Kashmir 2018-09-06 00:38

    Number of militants in Kashmir crosses 300

    TEHRAN - For the first time in over a decade, the number of militants in volatile Kashmir valley has crossed 300, triggering alarm among security and intelligence agencies, according to a report in The Tribune.

  • India-Pakistan 2018-09-02 10:37

    Despite recent peace overtures, India, Pakistan trade barbs over Kashmir at UN

    TEHRAN - Despite recent peace overtures and rekindled hopes, the fragile relationship between India and Pakistan, the two South Asian estranged neighbors, was again on display at the United Nations this week. The representatives of the two countries traded barbs over Kashmir during the world body’s session on the ‘merits of mediation’.

  • Pakistan Independence Day marked in Tehran 2018-08-15 11:08

    Pakistan Independence Day marked in Tehran

    TEHRAN – A Pakistani community in Iran celebrated Independence Day at the residence of their envoy to Tehran on Tuesday.

  • The Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) 2018-08-14 11:21

    J&K to have new governor later this month

    TEHRAN - The Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) state is expected to get a new governor later this month as the incumbent’s 10-year term comes to an end, reports in Indian media said, quoting the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Kashmir pointsman Ram Madhav.

  • Abid Hussain 2018/08/12

    Dr. Abid Hussain

    An open letter to the brave people of Iran from Kashmir

    TEHRAN -This letter is addressed to the brave people of Iran and comes from Kashmir – a place known as ‘Iran e Sagheer’ (little Iran). Your country is again going through a difficult phase because of the draconian economic sanctions imposed by the ‘Big Satan’. You have been here before and you not only managed to survive but emerged stronger. As your outspoken Foreign Minister recently tweeted, you have been around for millennia and seen fall of empires, including your own, which lasted more than the life of some countries.

  • Takfiri 2018-08-12 11:00

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘Takfiri groups can’t establish strategic presence in Kashmir but they have a small sympathetic base’

    TEHRAN -The shadowy forces of takfirism pose the biggest danger to Islam and Muslims today. They are hell-bent on destroying the fabric of Islam and sow seeds of discord among Muslims. Groups like ISIS, Taliban, Al-Qaeda are products of this very ideology that breeds on hatred for ‘others’. This wave of neo-Salafism and takfirism has reached Kashmir as well, and is increasingly threatening to tarnish the rich syncretic Sufi culture of Kashmir.

  • India 2018-08-12 10:51

    New political alliance in J&K on cards

    TEHRAN - Almost two months after the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir abruptly broke up; a new political alliance is on cards to end the governor’s rule in the troubled Indian state, according to reports.

  •  India-Pakistan border 2018-08-09 09:10

    Ceasefire violations along India-Pakistan border touch new high this year

    TEHRAN- In a latest case of ceasefire violation, the Pakistani border rangers allegedly fired on Indian Army posts along the border in Jammu and Kashmir's Gurez sector on Monday night, leaving at least four Indian soldiers dead, according to reports in Indian media.

  • kashmir 2018-08-07 11:28

    Tension growing in Kashmir over citizenship rights law

    TEHRAN - Tension is growing in Indian-controlled-Kashmir over a law that gives exclusive citizenship rights to people there under special provisions of the Indian constitution.

  • David Devadas 2018-08-05 10:41

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘Kashmiri youth are fed up of violence in which they grew up’

    TEHRAN - Security situation in Indian controlled Kashmir continues to be volatile with the new wave of home-grown militancy, cross-border fighting between India and Pakistan, and collapse of the provincial government. The incidents of violence have increased over the past few years and the peace process between India and Pakistan has virtually been put on the backburner.

  • Kashmir 2018-08-02 12:15

    Trade bodies in Kashmir protest to protect special status

    TEHRAN -The business community in Indian controlled Kashmir, representing at least 27 trade organizations, has announced a week-long protest program beginning Wednesday to oppose moves that seek to abrogate the state’s special status under Article 35-A of Indian constitution.

  • Imran Khan 2018/08/02

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Can Pakistan’s new PM resolve the Kashmir issue?

    TEHRAN -After his thumping victory in Pakistan general elections, Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, known for his articulateness and razor-sharp political acumen, delivered a lengthy speech, outlining his vision for Pakistan, his foreign policy and how he plans to combat the scourge of corruption. He also spoke about his desire to improve ties with India and resolve the long-standing dispute over Kashmir.

  • Al-Qaeda 2018-07-31 12:18

    Amid deteriorating security, 110 Kashmiri youth join militant groups this year

    TEHRAN - In an alarming trend, at least 110 young local Kashmiris took up arms and joined militant groups in Indian controlled Kashmir between January and July this year, according to officials. The restive Shopian district in south Kashmir alone accounted for 28 young recruits.

  • Imran Khan 2018-07-29 11:32

    'Situation in Kashmir biggest failure of BJP government in New Delhi'

    TEHRAN -The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah has termed the situation in Kashmir as one of the biggest failures of the BJP-led NDA government in New Delhi, saying the situation in the valley has alarmingly deteriorated since the Narendra Modi-led government came to power in 2014.

  • kashmir 2018-07-26 11:32

    Al-Qadr militant outfit new threat for India in Kashmir, says Intel report

    TEHRAN - According to latest intelligence reports cited in Indian media outlets, Pakistan’s intelligence agency is allegedly making efforts to strengthen Al-Badr, a little-known terror organisation, to carry out attacks in Indian controlled Kashmir

  • India-Pakistan 2018-07-23 13:29

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Causes and consequences of India-Pakistan border flare-ups

    Last week, Pakistan claimed that India has committed over 1,300 ceasefire violations this year along the line dividing the two countries, resulting in the death of 52 Pakistani nationals. In response, India alleged that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire over 600 times this year, the highest in the last one decade.

  • UN human rights chief 2018-07-19 13:28

    UN human rights chief hits back at India over Kashmir human rights report

    TEHRAN - Denying any collusion with Pakistani activists in preparing the first-ever report on the human rights situation in Kashmir, across the dividing line, UN human rights commissioner has said he is “deeply disappointed” by the reaction of the Indian authorities

  • Kashmir 2018-07-17 11:06

    Kashmiri journalists register strong protest against ‘government harassment’

    TEHRAN -A day after a Kashmiri journalist Hakim Aaqib working with a Srinagar-based daily Kashmir Observer was summoned by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) to New Delhi, journalist bodies in Kashmir expressed shock and anger over what they termed ‘continued harassment’ by government agencies.

  • Zafar Meraj 2018-07-15 10:32

    ‘Groups like ISIS have got no public support in Kashmir’

    Zafar Meraj is a Kashmir-based senior journalist and political commentator. He is the founder editor of Kashmir Monitor and has reported from Kashmir for many leading Indian news organisations.

  • Kashmir 2018-07-15 10:25

    India’s Defence minister rejects UN report on Kashmir, terming it ‘baseless’

    TEHRAN _ India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, rejecting the recently-released United Nations (UN) first-ever comprehensive report on human rights situation in Kashmir, has dubbed it “baseless”.

  • Kashmir 2018-07-12 13:05

    Militant recruitment increasing, 2018 could be worst year for Kashmir: report

    TEHRAN - The militant groups in Kashmir have stepped up the recruitment of local youths following the end of Ramazan ceasefire, according to a report published by Indian Express. As many as 82 local youths have joined the militant groups this year till June-end, including 27 in June itself.