articles by Ishfaq Naseem

India

Slew of attacks in J&K points to Pakistan increasing infiltration attempts since Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

Indian and Pakistani troops in February reasserted their commitment to uphold the ceasefire agreement and hold fire along the LoC, which was welcomed by both the separatist and mainstream leaders

India

Kashmiri Hindus, Sikhs who withstood 90s exodus, now pack their bags after spate of attacks on minorities

The Sikh employees, working across various private and government positions, decided to suspend work while several Kashmiri Hindus moved out of the Valley to other parts of India.

India

In Kashmir, wave of fear spreads among minority community after militant attacks

An estimated 5 lakh Kashmiri Pandits migrated from Valley after the rise of armed militancy and are living in different parts of India with a majority of them settled in the Hindu majority Jammu region

India

In Kashmir, Syed Ali Shah Geelani's quiet burial prompts shutdown, triggers memories of 5 Aug 2019 curbs

Across Kashmir the markets remained shut while a heavy number of government force personnel deployed on the roads prevented both vehicular and pedestrian movement during the day.

India

Jammu and Kashmir's COVID-19 vaccination drive sluggish due to hesitancy; businesses bear brunt

Nearly 16.5 lakh people who have received the second vaccine dose form only 13 percent of Jammu and Kashmir’s population. The authorities have not been able to fully vaccinate their own healthcare workers and the government employees

India

In COVID-19 shadow, Jammu and Kashmir women queue up for police recruitment, break social taboo

The Jammu and Kashmir Police said that the recruitment was being held for two battalions of police, one each for the Jammu and Srinagar regions

Politics

Differences emerge among Jammu and Kashmir politicos as Narendra Modi extends olive branch

Jammu and Kashmir: Differences emerge among Jammu and Kashmir politicos as Narendra Modi extends olive branch, including necessitating the restoration of Article 370 as a condition for the resumption of any political engagement with the Centre on Kashmir read all about it on Firstpost

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COVID-19 in Kashmir: Amid pandemic surge in Valley, negligent handling of samples for virus test sets alarm bells ringing

In view of the poor sample collection, the health authorities have been asked to ensure a better testing procedure and to improve the testing rate across Kashmir

India

COVID-19 vaccine shortages hit Kashmir Valley but inoculation drive on track in BJP-dominated plains

In Kashmir, the supplies are now running dry at nearly all the health centres in the last few days and none got vaccinated in most of the districts including the capital Srinagar

India

COVID-19 grips Kashmir as authorities limit testing, allow tourists, markets remain chock-a-block ahead of Eid

Medical experts have flagged the issue of the fast spread of COVID-19 in Kashmir which they said could further flare up

India

COVID patients in Srinagar struggle to get ICU beds as toll rises; UT govt warns against spreading 'rumours'

COVID-19 cases have seen a sharp rise in the last one month in Jammu and Kashmir with the number of active positive cases having crossed 30,000 on Saturday. The Srinagar district remains the worst hit with over 8,872 active cases and 546 deaths

India

COVID-19: Shortage of oxygen, ventilators, poor testing mar pandemic management in Kashmir

The work on the oxygen plants at the government hospitals has been going on at a slow pace

Politics

Despite India-Pakistan 'engagement', Kashmiri separatist leaders still under lock and key

Despite the talks, in Kashmir the curbs persist on separatist leaders, with some of them who are lodged in New Delhi's Tihar Jail even complaining of being denied medical attention

India

Seven militants, including Ansar Ghazwatul Hind chief, killed in two gunfights in Kashmir's Shopian, Pulwama

Incidents such as the February attack and Friday's twin encounters highlight that militancy has now spread all across Kashmir and more youngsters are picking up guns and joining new militant groups

Politics

Kashmir's DDC winners see election results as mandate for development, restoration of Article 370

Several of the candidates from smaller parties and independents won the District Development Commission (DDC) polls in Jammu And Kashmir on the promise that they were the right candidates to resolve the developmental issues

India

Govt assurances fail to convince J&K residents as law makes conversion of farmland for non-farming activity easy

Through the amendments in the Land Revenue Act, the government has made it possible to convert the agricultural land for any other purpose through the payment of a fee to the authorities.

India

Faulty tests, poor contact tracing: COVID-19 fight in Kashmir faces myriad stumbling blocks

Officials who have been testing the coronavirus samples of patients in different hospitals said in Kashmir that the staff was not fully trained to test the patients.

India

Centre halts probe in over 10,500 allegations of human rights violations against security forces in Kashmir

The authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have halted the investigation in tens of thousands of cases alleging human rights violation against the government and security forces before the region was converted into a Union Territory (UT) last year August.

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Overcrowded prisons in Kashmir turn into COVID-19 epicentres: 35 fresh cases reported in Srinagar jail

The new 35 COVID-19 positive cases at one of the biggest prisons in Kashmir has come weeks after more than 90 inmates were found positive at the Anantnag jail. Capable of holding not more than 3,234 inmates, prisons in Jammu and Kashmir currently have 3,700 inmates.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: In Kashmir, health surveys seeking phone numbers, Aadhaar details lead to privacy concerns

Efforts to collect phone numbers and Aadhaar numbers have met with resistance in Kashmir, and there have been several cases of health teams being attacked by people.