• 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.

  • Kashmir 2018-07-08 11:49

    Complete shutdown in Kashmir on rebel commander’s anniversary

    TEHRAN - Authorities have imposed restrictions in Indian controlled Kashmir ahead of slain rebel commander Burhan Wani’s second death anniversary on Sunday, while the strike call given by the separatist leadership on Saturday evoked decent response in the valley.

  • Kashmir 2018-07-05 13:14

    In Kashmir, 74% increase in disabilities in 3 years due to conflict

    In three years – between 2015 and 2017 – when the BJP-PDP coalition government was in place in Jammu & Kashmir, 31,085 people were certified as disabled in different districts, marking 74 percent jump from 17,898 people in three preceding years, according to a report published by India Spend, a data-driven, public-interest news website.

  • Kashmir 2018/07/03

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Understanding Iran’s traditional position on Kashmir

    Almost two months ago, the Supreme Leader of Iran, during a meeting with top government functionaries and foreign emissaries, spoke of myriad problems facing the Muslim world and emphasized the importance of resisting against the arrogant, oppressive powers. He referred to conflict-marred states like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Myanmar and Kashmir.

  • India 2018-07-01 11:00

    Kashmir pull-out part of BJP’s grand strategy for general election, says report

    The decision of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) to pull out of an alliance with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu & Kashmir was part of a “grand strategy” for parliament election, says a report by the Concerned Citizens Group (CCG) led by veteran leader and former minister Yashwant Sinha.

  • Nitasha Kaul 2018-07-01 09:17

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    “India’s energy needs would imply not giving up on close relations with Iran under U.S. pressure”

    Nitasha Kaul is a Kashmiri economist, poet, academic and novelist, based in the U.K. She teaches Politics and International Relation at the University of Westminster, London.

  • Muslim 2018-06-28 12:28

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    “Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities like Muslims”

    Prof. Dibyesh Anand is an Indian analyst, author and academic, based in the UK. He teaches at the University of Westminster, London. He is the author of book ‘Hindu Nationalism in India and the Politics of Fear’.

  • Modi 2018-06-28 12:22

    Modi government has no policy on Kashmir or Pakistan, says former minister

    Taking a dig at the Narendra Modi government, former Union Minister and seasoned politician Arun Shourie on Monday said it was a “one-trick horse” with no concrete policy either on Kashmir or Pakistan.

  • Afghanistan 2018-06-26 10:56

    By Syed Zafar mehdi

    U.S. war machine has found a convenient scapegoat in the shape of Pakistan to hide its failures in Afghanistan

    Raza Rumi is a leading Pakistani journalist, political analyst, and author, currently based in the U.S. He is the editor of Daily Times, Pakistan and the Visiting Faculty at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, U.S. and Scholar in Residence at Honors Program, Ithaca College, U.S.

  • Kashmir 2018/06/26

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    UN report opportunity for India, Pakistan to reboot Kashmir policy

    A fortnight ago, the United Nations released its first ever report detailing human rights violations in Kashmir, across the Line of Control (LoC), highlighting a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces.

  • Kashmir 2018-06-24 15:52

    Pakistan to facilitate UN enquiry in Kashmir if India reciprocates

    Welcoming recommendations made in the recent UN report on Kashmir, Pakistan has said it was ready to facilitate the Commission of Inquiry as proposed in the report to Pakistan-controlled-Kashmir, if India gives a similar access to the UN team to visit Indian-controlled-Kashmir.

  • A scene from “It Rains Slowly” by Saeid Nejati 2018-06-20 19:18

    Iranian movies picked to screen at intl. festivals

    TEHRAN – A number of Iranian films has been selected to screen at two festivals in Kashmir and Italy.

  •  ‘Pakistan welcomes Iran’s mediation to resolve Kashmir issue’ 2018-04-08 11:57

    ‘Pakistan welcomes Iran’s mediation to resolve Kashmir issue’

    TEHRAN – Pakistan’s Ambassador to Tehran Asif Ali Khan Durrani has said that his country would welcome Iran’s offer to help resolve the Kashmir conflict.