Kashmir Views & Analysis - Archive
- Normalization of Situation on LoC
The violation of ceasefire upon Line of Control (LoC) led to serious skirmishes between the two countries. The situation caused in the wake of repeated violations gave rise to various adverse effects upon various ongoing issues.
- Pakistan: The Danger Signals
More people were killed and more material damage was caused by the quake in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) and some parts of the North-West Frontier Province ( now called Khyber Pakhtunkwa ) in 2005 than by the recent floods, but the fatalities and damages were confined to a small geographic area. Moreover, there was no long-term damage to Pakistan's economy.
- Pakistan's New Generation of Terrorists
As an increasing number of suicide attacks rock Pakistan's major cities, concerns for the country's security are rising. In recent years, many new terrorist groups have emerged, several existing groups have reconstituted themselves, and a new crop of militants has emerged, more violent and less conducive to political solutions than their predecessors.
- Af-Pak or Indo-Pak?
THREE days, 13 working groups, countless delegates. They came from across Pakistan to Washington to strengthen the bilateral relationship. They came to talk of water, energy, women`s empowerment, and much else. What they really discussed — whether inadvertently, or inevitably — was India.
- Karachi is Burning, Pakistan is Tottering
The latest audacious terror attack on the CID Police Headquarters in Karachi on the night of November 11 is a telling commentary on the state of affairs in Pakistan’s biggest city and financial capital. The continuing spiral of violence in Karachi in a way signals the slow but gradual melting of a nuclear-armed State controlled by a military allied with global terrorist networks.
- Freedom from whom?
Majority voice in Kashmir valley is in favor of total freedom from Indian system. It has been observed by the Kashmir study panel constituted by Prime Minister of India. But at the same time they also observed and witnessed that majority of people in three districts of state like, Jammu, Samba and Kathua want Azadi from the rulers of Kashmir valley.
- Why Azad Kashmir be called Pakistani Occupied Kashmir
‘Azad’ means free and freedom for the people means exercise of their right to self- determination, self-rule and sovereignty.he rulers of Pakistan controlled part of Kashmir call Azad Kashmir meaning “Free Kashmir”. Let us examine whether it is really free and thus entitled to be called Azad Kashmir?
- So called Azad Kashmir and security zone
Presentation made by Abbas Butt on behalf of Kashmir National Party in a seminar arranged by NGO at the UN Human Rights Council Geneva on 22 September 2010.
- Winter schooling in Kashmir is a punishment
Terming winter schooling as “punishment” to the students, the coaching centre operators on Sunday castigated the state government’s decision of keeping schools open during winter and appealed to the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah to reconsider it.
- Prospects for Indo-US relations after President Obama’s visit.
US President Barack Obama visited India on 6-8 November 2010. Before the visit, there was lack of public enthusiasm since no one expected any big ticket announcements like the Indo-US civil nuclear deal. However, the visit was assessed in the media as highly successful. The Indian media was bowled over by the young president’s charm, grace and enthusiasm.
- Mumbai-Attack 'Handlers' Identified.
David Headley, the Pakistani-American who pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to aiding the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, identified voices of some key conspirators in the gruesome shooting spree, a top Indian official said. Indian investigators played intelligence phone intercepts for Mr. Headley during an interrogation this year, said the official, Home Secretary G.K. Pillai.
- Al Qaeda's Operation Haemorrhage.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has already claimed responsibility for the failed attempts to send two parcel bombs to Chicago by courier planes of the FedExpress and the UPS on October 29, 2010, has come out with a detailed account of its operation code named Operation Haemorrhage in its online magazine titled "Inspire".
- Haqqani Network in Parachinar.
According to the Ahlul Bayt News Agency of Iran, 25 Shias have been killed and 80 others injured In the Parachinar area in the Kurram Agency of the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan during the last two weeks following attacks by members of the Haqqani network of the Afghan Taliban on the Kheyvas village in the Shaluzan Mountains.
- Wishing prosperous Kashmir.
India is a big Country and like other States Jammu & Kashmir happens to be a part of the said country which is absolutely correct. But, some of the people especially in the valley have freely developed a notion that Jammu & Kashmir stands separated from the rest of the Union of India which is not correct.
- Will the relationship between India and Pakistan will ever improve.
India and Pakistan, the two most important nations of the great Indian subcontinent, which is so called due to a large uniqueness and similarity in the morphological structures of the people living here, born out of animosity of furnace, the twin brothers, have a history of unique relations.
- Life in Kashmir Valley.
As Anukriti Ranjan try to reflect on the life in the Kashmir valley, Anukriti is inevitably drawn to the images of its serene snow covered peaks, clear waters of Dal, its distinct delicious cuisines, the tenderness of Pashmina shawls. The valley has a lot to offer in terms of its culture and landscape.
- Terrorism: Why Travel Advisories?
In the Western countries, victim activism in taking their Governments to task for not protecting them from terrorism is very strong after the Lockerbie incident and 9/11. The Governments have, therefore, to be very careful and keep their public informed. In India, despite the fact that it is one of the worst victims of terrorism, there is no victim activism even today.
- Obama’s visit and Strategic Trade Management.
The India visit was the first halt in US President Barack Obama’s Asian journey. It resulted in several tangible and intangible outcomes. Developments on export controls, now also known as Strategic Trade Management, pleased the policy making community and at the same time made it ponder over the end product. The visit has thrown both opportunities and future challenges.
- Can Obama make his India visit substantive.
The first leg of United States President Barack Obama’s India visit (November 6-9) in Mumbai demonstrated the American priorities. The Americans sewed up US exports deals totaling $ 10 billion that would generate 50,000 jobs in the US. Obama himself minced no words when he said in his speech at the US-India Business and Entrepreneurship Summit in India’s commercial capital on November 6 that "For America this is a jobs’ fair".
- How ISI terrorises Pakistani Journalists.
Well-known Pakistani investigative journalist Umar Cheema’s abduction and torture by Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) officials recently in Islamabad may have come as a surprise to many but is in fact part of the strong arm tactics employed by the Pakistan Army and its intelligence wing to force journalists to fall in line.
- An Attack On Sufism.
On 30 May, 1995, the notorious Pakistani terrorist, Mast Gul, set fire to the revered Sufi shrine of Sheikh Noorudin Rishi, popularly called Baba Rishi, in Charar-e- Sharif, 35 kms from Srinagar. For hundreds of years, thousands of Hindus and Muslims sought solace at this shrine. This writer has prayed at this shrine, and seen the emotions on the faces of its simple village folk.
- Performing Hajj without mistakes - Holy Pilgrimage.
During the journey hajis normally do certain things which cause a huge inconvenience to them. This book will serve a good guide to those who want to get properly educated so that all goes well, reviews Dr. Farooq Ahmad Peer.
- Pakistan: The Danger Signals
The soldiers, whose families have been affected by recent floods in Pakistan, are unhappy for failing to force the civil administration to help their families. The seeping unhappiness would also add to the sympathy for the Talibans, thereby possibly sowing the seeds for the Talibanisation of the Army..
- Pakistan and Militant Groups in Kashmir: Musharraf’s admission
Der Spiegel: Why did you form militant underground groups to fight India in Kashmir? Musharraf: They were indeed formed. The government turned a blind eye because they wanted India to discuss Kashmir.
- Challenge for Leaders in J&K: Restore Shrinking Political Space
The most worrying factor in the recent turmoil in Kashnur was the re-emergence of separatists and consequent shrinking of space for the mainstream parties. This is a serious development, which needs immediate attention.
- A Kashmiri Education
Neerja Mattoo connects a momentous past to a possible future for the present generation of J&K's students, who encounter terror at every steps.
- Indus Waters Governance : Political Consensus vs Provincial Legislations
- Save Gilgit-Baltistan from Pakistani Jackboots
- Will Xinjiang erupt again
- China's soft underbelly
- Move on, Call of the Hour
- Why is Kashmir Burning?
- Use of Motor-Bikes for Terrorism
- Chinese Activities in PoK: High Time for India to Put its Act Together
- Commonwealth Games: Spin & Security
- A Kashmiri Education
- Sat Lal Razdan - A Ray of Light through the Darkness
- Education Loses to Strikes in Kashmir
- Another Debate On “Saffron Terror” By Barkha Dutt
- The new form of militancy in Kashmir
- My Thoughts on 9/11
- Stone pelters of Srinagar and the Walnut Tree
- Attacks on Shias in Pakistan, A message to Iran too
- Western Blue Print for Kashmir ... by Mohammad Ashraf
- Paths of terrorism lead but to Pakistan ... By Ardeshir Cowasjee
- The Afghanisation of Pakistan ... By B. Raman
- Pakistan's divides grow ever-deeper ... By Syed Saleem Shahzad
- Politics of Terrorism ... By Kuldip Nayar
- When the state becomes a mob, good lives are at risk ... By Jawed Naqvi