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Jul 7, 2010

Army posted in Kashmir capital as violence spirals

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – The government deployed the army in Srinagar for the first time in nearly two decades on Wednesday to quell huge anti-India protests that have killed 15 people and threaten to destabilise the region.

The soldiers were called in after police failed to control weeks of street protests in a disputed region whose peace is crucial for relations between India and Pakistan. Most of the deaths were in police firing.

Jul 7, 2010

Troops fire on protesters in tense Kashmir, 3 dead

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Police fired at hundreds of stone-throwing protesters in Kashmir on Tuesday, killing three civilians, authorities said, the latest violence in a region at the core of a dispute between India and Pakistan.

The deaths of at least 14 people, mostly protesters, in the last three weeks have triggered the biggest anti-India demonstrations in two years across Muslim-majority Kashmir valley. Many locals blame security forces for the deaths.

Jul 2, 2010
via India Insight

Is Lashkar-e-Taiba behind Kashmir protests?

India has blamed the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group for violent anti-India demonstrations sweeping across the Muslim-majority valley in which 11 people have been killed so far.

In Indian Kashmir, authorities extended a curfew on Friday and deployed thousands of troops to quell fresh protests that have spread to other parts of the disputed region.

Jun 30, 2010

Q+A – What’s happening in Kashmir?

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – India extended a curfew on Wednesday across most of the part of Kashmir it controls and deployed thousands of troops to quell fresh anti-India protests that are spreading to other parts of the disputed region.

The latest round of demonstrations was sparked by the deaths of at least 11 people blamed on government forces in less than three weeks and were among the biggest anti-India protests in two years. Here are some questions and answers on the crisis:

Jun 29, 2010

Three killed as anti-India protests spread in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India, June 29 (Reuters) – Indian troops fired at
anti-India protesters, killing at least three people in
troubled Kashmir, police said, as tensions rose in a region at
the core of Delhi’s dispute with nuclear-armed neighbour
Pakistan.

The latest round of demonstrations wase sparked by the
deaths of at least 11 people blamed on government forces over
the past two weeks and was among the biggest anti-India
protests in two years.

Jun 29, 2010

Curfew imposed in Kashmir as protests spread

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – The government imposed a curfew in parts of Kashmir and deployed thousands of troops on Tuesday to quell huge anti-India protests in a region at the core of its dispute with nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan.

The latest round of demonstrations was sparked by the deaths of eight people blamed on government forces over the past two weeks and was one of the biggest anti-India protests in two years.

Jun 28, 2010

Troops fire at Kashmir protesters, two killed

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Two teenagers were killed and at least 20 people wounded on Monday when troops in Kashmir fired to disperse thousands of anti-India protesters across the disputed Himalayan region, police said.

The deaths were the eighth in the past two weeks blamed on government forces and have escalated anti-government demonstrations in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley.

Jun 19, 2010

In season of optimism, Kashmir Hindus dream of return

KHIRBHAWANI, India (Reuters) – Two decades after they were forced to flee Kashmir, thousands of Hindu Pandits seek to return to their ancestral homeland, their hopes lifted by a fall in Islamist rebel attacks against New Delhi’s rule.

Exiled Pandits gathered on Saturday by the green chinar trees and sparkling streams at the Khirbhawani shrine for an annual festival, chanting hymns to the goddess of peace who is the deity in this holy spot 30 km east of Srinagar.

Jun 17, 2010
via India Insight

Killing of civilians fuels Kashmir anger

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Just days ago, scenic Kashmir, torn by two decades of war, was near normal.

Thousands of tourists were flocking to the region and honeymooners were once again gliding in shikaras, small Kashmiri boats, across the mirror-calm Dal Lake.

The disputed Himalayan region has seen a significant drop in violence between Muslim rebels and security forces.

Jun 5, 2010
via India Insight

Put Kashmiris first, says Crisis Group

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Any dialogue between India and Pakistan aimed at a solution to the decades-old Kashmir problem will fail if the two rivals do not first include people living on both sides of Line of Control (LoC) that divides the region, the International Crisis Group says.

New Delhi and Islamabad appeared willing to allow more interaction across the LoC but failed to engage Kashmiris in the process, the Crisis Group said in a report titled, “Steps Towards Peace: Putting Kashmiris First.”