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Feb 11, 2011
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Kashmir seeks return of hanged separatist leader’s remains

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Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, the pioneer of Kashmir’s separatist struggle, was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 11, 1984.

Bhat, also the founder of Kashmir’s influential separatist group Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), was executed on the charge of killing an Indian intelligence officer. His body was buried in the jail.

Dec 9, 2010

Q+A: What are the issues in troubled Kashmir?

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – India’s government said on Thursday the contours of a political solution to violent protests against Indian rule in the disputed Kashmir region were likely to emerge in the next few months.

The statement comes two months after New Delhi announced an eight-point conciliatory package in response to violent protests against Indian rule that killed over 100 people.

Nov 29, 2010
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Kashmir calms down, but peace still distant

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Winter has come to Kashmir, a scenic valley deep in the Himalayas, cooling tensions in the disputed region after months of violent anti-India demonstrations.

At least 110 people have been killed since June. Dozens were wounded, mostly by police bullets, during the protests – the biggest since a revolt against Indian rule broke out in 1989.

Nov 2, 2010

Kashmir violence flares ahead of Obama trip

SRINAGAR (Reuters) – Troops shot dead six separatist militants in firefights across Kashmir, police said on Tuesday, raising concerns militants may have stepped up violence ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to India this week.

Kashmiri militants have staged attacks across India in the past and officials voiced fears they could use violence during Obama’s visit to draw global attention to the region, where separatists have fought a two-decade-old revolt against India.

Nov 2, 2010

Indian Kashmir violence flares ahead of Obama trip

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Indian troops shot dead six separatist militants in firefights across Kashmir, police said on Tuesday, raising concerns militants may have stepped up violence ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to India this week.

Kashmiri militants have staged attacks across India in the past and officials voiced fears they could use violence during Obama’s visit to draw global attention to the region, where separatists have fought a two-decade-old revolt against India.

Oct 18, 2010
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Why is Kashmir upset over choice of new interlocutors?

Last week, New Delhi appointed three new mediators to find a solution to the decades-old dispute over Kashmir where popular protests against Indian rule have mounted in recent months.

The appointment of the three-member non-political team of interlocutors – journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and government official M. M. Ansari – is also aimed at defusing simmering anger in the disputed region.

Oct 12, 2010

India seals off Kashmir to fend off fresh protest

SRINAGAR, (Reuters) – Police on Tuesday sealed off residential areas and reimposed a round-the-clock curfew in the Kashmir valley to pre-empt the first anti-India rally since authorities announced concessions to end violent protests.

A new protest with a wide following would have been interpreted as a setback for New Delhi’s peace initiative launched three weeks ago and obliged the government to pursue other ways to deal with the unrest in the disputed region.

Sep 26, 2010

Hope and cynicism in Kashmir over India security review

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – India’s decision to try to defuse pro-independence protests in Kashmir is a step forward but needs a broader political initiative to make progress in the long term, the region’s main opposition party said on Sunday.

India’s only Muslim-majority state has been in a siege-like state of strikes, protests and curfew since June, the largest pro-independence demonstrations in two decades. More than 100 people have been killed, most of them in police firing.

Sep 26, 2010

Hope, cynicism in Kashmir over govt security review

SRINAGAR (Reuters) – India’s decision to try to defuse pro-independence protests in Kashmir is a step forward but needs a broader political initiative to make progress in the long term, the region’s main opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) said on Sunday.

India’s only Muslim-majority state has been in a siege-like state of strikes, protests and curfew since June, the largest pro-independence demonstrations in two decades. More than 100 people have been killed, most of them in police firing.

Sep 20, 2010
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Is Kashmir’s protest leader gaining popularity?

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Separatist militancy has waned over the years in Kashmir, but now a radicalised young generation which has grown up in over two decades of violence and strife is driving the massive anti-India demonstrations across the disputed region.

Who is leading months of freedom demonstrations in Kashmir, a fresh unarmed uprising that is proving a huge political challenge for the Indian government?