articles by Sameer Yasir

India

Tourists, non-residents left in lurch as advisory directing visitors to leave Kashmir Valley owing to 'terror threats' fuels chaos

Chaos erupted on Friday shortly after the Home Department issued an advisory asking tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to curtail their stay in the valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible

Entertainment

Zaira Wasim quitting Bollywood isn't a surprise; disillusioned by showbiz, former actor felt cut off from her faith

Even as her film was yet to hit the theatres, Zaira Wasim became the subject of online trolling and bullying.

India

In chilling warning to LeT, HM in Kashmir, Islamic State affiliate warns it 'will feel no weakness in slaying these enemies of Islam'

A militant outfit linked to Islamic State has declared a war on pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

India

Kashmir girl lauded for climbing Everest now at centre of row over 'doctored' photo atop summit

Nahida Manzoor, a resident of Zewan in Srinagar, was part of an 11-member expedition to Mount Everest led by Gurinder Singh.

Politics

Rivals denounce Shah Faesal-Engineer Rashid-led PUF as anti-Kashmiri, BJP plan to divide mandate in Valley

The creation of Peoples United Front (PUF) has upset the mainstream political parties in Kashmir, who are accusing the Engineer Rasheed and ShahFaesal-led alliance of helping the BJP by dividing votes in the Valley

India

Death of 9 security personnel in 5 days in Kashmir alarm officials as militants 'hit back' against counter-insurgency ops

Expressing concern over the increase in the number of security personnel killed in Kashmir, a senior police officer said that rise in attacks shows that militants in the Valley have started hitting back against counter-insurgency ops

Politics

Former MLA Engineer Rashid to join Shah Faesal's JKPM; move likely to hurt PDP, NC's fortunes in upcoming J&K Assembly polls

Former independent MLA Engineer Sheikh Abdul Rashid is set to join former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal's JKPM ahead of Assembly polls in the state of Jammu and Kashmir

India

Kathua rape and murder case: Most now see disease, but symptoms of communal strife were always there in Jammu and Kashmir

Many Gujjar and Bakarwal activists allege that some Right-wing elements in Jammu, particularly in Hindu-majority areas of these parts, have been systematically trying to force the Muslim population out of their residential areas.

India

Kathua rape and murder case: Mehbooba Mufti, activists laud J&K Police for 'professional' handling of crime

The Kathua rape and murder case had exposed the communal fault lines in the state, as many groups in Jammu and Kathua had come out in support of the accused persons.

India

Two ex-SPOs among four militants killed in Pulwama encounter: Duo had joined militant ranks only 24 hours earlier

What prompted the SPOs to shift their loyalties is still a matter of investigation. Their grief-stricken families and villagers are equally clueless.

Politics

As rumours of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly delimitation loom, state politicians warn of major negative impact

The power shift in New Delhi, especially the appointment of Amit Shah as new Home Minister of India, has stayed true to speculation in the Kashmir Valley

India

Death of Zakir Musa has curbed militant mobilisation in Kashmir Valley, says J&K DGP Dilbag Singh

Last month, during Ramzan, Kashmir witnessed 13 gunfights, which left 28 militants dead. The forces credit the non-implementation of NICO (non-initiation of combat operations) for their major combat success

India

Bihar teenaged labourer, in search of livelihood in Kashmir, becomes victim of pellets; 17-year-old boy fighting losing battle against blindness

The victims of pellets in Kashmir have also formed an association to press the state government to abandon the use of the deadly weapon which sparked the ‘epidemic of dead eyes’ in 2016.

Politics

Engineer Rashid emerges as Kashmir's biggest winner after Lok Sabha election, makes mockery of 'joker' tag

Rashid, 51, a former MLA from Langate constituency in north Kashmir, stunned everyone by polling 1,01500 votes as an Independent candidate from Baramulla parliamentary constituency

India

Islamic State Jammu Kashmir chief Zakir Musa shot dead after encounter with security forces in Kashmir's Tral

A joint team of army’s 42 Rashtriya Rifles and Jammu and Kashmir Police cordoned off the Dadsara village on Thursday evening as people were busy preparing to break the fast as the Muslim holy month of Ramzan is going on.

Politics

Lok Sabha Election 2019: Murder of PDP's Mohammad Jamal Bhat allegedly for casting vote underlines Kashmir's grim political crisis

Since the new age insurgency struck the imagination of youth in the south Kashmir after the killing of Burhan Wani, more than a dozen mainstream political workers, cutting across the political spectrum, have been killed.

Politics

Exit polls divide opinion in Jammu and Kashmir: NDA’s predicted return to power fills locals with fear as well as hope

With the Lok Sabha election drawing to a close on Sunday, most exit polls expect the NDA to return with a clear majority

Politics

Lok Sabha Election 2019: South Kashmir sees dismal turnout of around 2% till 3 pm as people seethe over civilian killings

While the situation remained largely peaceful in south Kashmir during the first two phases, the third phase has witnessed violence.

India

BJP leader killed in Anantnag: Absence of many politicians from Gul Mohammad Mir's funeral angers party workers

After the killing of the BJP's vice-president of Anantnag district unit, hardly any prominent party leader turned up for his funeral.