Articles by Sameer Yasir
Feb 18, 2019
Kashmiri separatists say they never asked for security, but lack of police protection now leaves them open to mischiefAs a punitive action following the deadly Pulwama attack on 14 February, authorities have withdrawn the security cover of some of Kashmir's prominent separatists, including the moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Feb 16, 2019
Pulwama attack may popularise trend of 'rare' suicide bombings, fear security forces; locals call it un-IslamicIn Kashmir, the idea of suicide bombing has never gained social sanction as a means of political struggle. This perhaps explains why even the new age militants, mostly homegrown, have stayed away from it.
Feb 15, 2019
Pulwama terror attack: How radicalisation turned Adil Ahmad Dar, an introvert at school, into a deadly bomberThe message in Adil Ahmad Dar's video symbolises the lethality with which the Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit operates and how it can turn a shy village boy into a human bomb.
Feb 09, 2019
Jammu and Kashmir parties welcome separate division status for Ladakh; BJP's intentions questionedHowever, timing of the decision has lead to fears that the BJP was trying to erode the electoral foothold of Kashmir Valley, of which Ladakh was a part till now
Feb 02, 2019
Ishrat Muneer's murder by J&K militants lays bare intricacies of conflict in Valley, reminder of families devastated by fightingIshrat was pursuing a degree through Indira Gandhi National Open University. Her family described her as “chatty” and someone who “made people laugh”
Jan 28, 2019
Republic Day ban on Kashmiri journalists part of state government's longstanding effort to scare scribes into silenceOn Republic Day, several veteran journalists were denied entry into the stadium in Srinagar, where Khursheed Ganai, unfurled the National Flag and saluted it
Jan 25, 2019
Nazir Ahmad Wani: From militancy to Ashok Chakra, this soldier from Kashmir braved a hard life and bulletsIn 2002, when Ikhwan was disbanded by the state government led by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani was among thousands of Kashmiris who struggled to find a livelihood.
Jan 23, 2019
Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal launches crowdfunding campaign for corruption-free politics in Jammu and KashmirShah Faesal said he was asking for money from the people to give them a sense of ownership in his “political movement”
Jan 16, 2019
Crackdown on militants allows politicos to return to south Kashmir; mainstream seeks to reclaim space from separatistsWhile the National Conference seemingly lacks credible faces to give the Peoples Democratic Party a tough fight in its bastion, this election could throw up a surprise.
Jan 13, 2019
Al-Badr chief Zeenat-ul-Islam, killed in Kulgam encounter, acted like 'Pied Piper' to expand group's South Kashmir baseZeenat-ul-Islam, one of the longest-surviving leaders of new age militancy, joined Al-Badr in November last year, saying that other outfits were "doing well" and he wanted "to strength and popularise the group".