Kashmir Conflict

Indian Kashmir shuts down as police, rebel killed

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard near a barricade in a closed market during a strike in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

Indian Kashmir largely shut down on Monday and hundreds of police were deployed in the troubled region’s main city after the weekend shooting of two civilians by the army, a police chief said.

Monday, 1 July, 2013, 9:20pm

Kashmiri militants kill three soldiers in ambush outside Srinagar

Indian army soldiers take up their positions outside a residential building during a gunbattle in Buchoo Balla, about 40 kilometres south of Srinagar, India, on Friday. Photo: AP

Armed militants killed three soldiers on Friday in an ambush outside Srinagar, the main city of Indian Kashmir, an army spokesman said. The soldiers were searching for militants during a patrol when they were ambushed in the village of Hardu Buchoo, 30 kilometres southeast of Srinagar near the forested area of Tral, the spokesman said.

25 May 2013 - 1:26am

'Non-lethal' weapons add to the terror in Kashmir

Tariq Gojri at home in Baramulla, Srinagar. The 18-year-old lost his eye to a pellet gun allegedly fired by Indian police. Photo: AFP

Gasping for breath and confined to her bed, Bilqees Khan winces as she recalls the moment a pepper gas grenade exploded by her home during a curfew in Indian Kashmir's summer capital.

2 Apr 2013 - 2:12am

Indian troops kill Pakistani soldier near Kashmir border

Indian policeman guard a deserted street on the seventh day of curfew in Srinagar on Friday. Photo: AFP

Indian troops shot dead a Pakistani soldier along the de facto border in the disputed Kashmir region in the first deadly exchange since a truce was agreed a month ago.

15 Feb 2013 - 4:56pm

Pakistan accuses India of 12 Kashmir beheadings

Joint Action Committee for Peoples Rights activists holds placards during a vigil for peace between Pakistan and India in Karachi on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Pakistan has accused India of decapitating 12 soldiers in cross-border attacks since 1998 and registered a protest with a UN watchdog.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:28pm

India and Pakistan must untie Kashmir knot

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers riding on camels patrol along the India-Pakistan border. Photo: Xinhua

Kashmir has emerged as the nuclear flashpoint in South Asia. Officials in Indian-administered Kashmir have recently warned residents to begin building underground bunkers in preparation for a possible nuclear war, which created hysteria amid the backdrop of skirmishes between Pakistan and India on the Line of Control in the disputed territory.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:28am

India's Singh warns Pakistan over Kashmir violence

Indian Army General Bikram Singh inspects a guard of honour during the Army Day parade in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned on Tuesday that there “cannot be business as usual” with Pakistan after last week’s flare-up along the Kashmir border.

15 Jan 2013 - 8:47pm

China and US can use influence to ease tensions in Kashmir

China can play role in the India-Pakistan conflict in Kashmir. Photo: AFP

If the Middle East is a flashpoint for conflict that sparks diplomatic clashes among international powers, flare-ups on the hotly disputed India-Pakistan border in Kashmir have the potential to make the world's heart skip a beat. Both countries, after all, possess nuclear weapons, and neither is party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear arms.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am

Arab-style revolt unlikely in strife-torn Kashmir

A huge voter turnout throughout Indian-administered Kashmir, coupled with spontaneous voting in the recently held polls to elect village-level administrative bodies, must have made the Indian government heave a sigh of relief. After all, New Delhi has been interpreting such substantial voter participation in elections as the Kashmiri affirmation of faith in Indian democracy.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Cool heads needed in wake of Mumbai attacks

Evidence of a Pakistan link to the Mumbai attacks is mounting, inevitably leading to tension between New Delhi and Islamabad. Passions are high, with Indians understandably baying for justice and Pakistani officials, while denying involvement and promising to support the investigation, ready to send troops to the border if necessary.

1 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Marking the changes in Kashmir

The high turnout in the Kashmir elections has left jaws gaping. The politicians, experts, and separatists were all proved wrong. No one had predicted the long lines of bleary-eyed men and women rising at dawn and braving the snow and biting wind to cast their votes.

25 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Thousands riot over fatal beatings at timber firm

Thousands of people rioted in Tonggu county, Jiangxi province , after two villagers were beaten to death by staff of a lumber company, and police were struggling to control the situation last night, a human rights group reported.

25 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

'Orphans' of Kashmir whose mothers can't afford to keep them

Altav Khan, a slight 13-year-old with sorrowful, hazel eyes, cannot remember his father. But he knows all about his death; how the young militant from the Hizbul Mujahedeen separatist group was shot by soldiers when Altav was two.

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

The benevolent dictator

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf gets a bad press; Benazir Bhutto a too kind one. Which of them is the real rogue?

5 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Kashmir longs for lost sons

The moments before lives are destroyed are usually filled with everyday things.

Shabnam Abdul Rashid Wani's head swam with excitement as she looked forward to her niece's wedding a little over 10 years ago. But what should have been a day of celebration unfolded into a living nightmare for the 40-year-old.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am