articles by Sameer Yasir

Politics

Lok Sabha polls in Kashmir: Midnight arrests and Hizbul Mujahideen threats cast shadow on last leg of polling in Valley

On the night of 30 April, government forces showed up as part of what appeared as a normal midnight showdown to hunt for militants in the Sheikhpora area of Muran village in south Kashmir's Pulwama district. But the raid and subsequent detention ended up dragging a howling minor, Shahid Reyaz Thoker, 12, out of his bed

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Lok Sabha election: In Kulgam, vacant polling booths and deserted streets tell the story of a disgruntled people

Kulgam district recorded a 7.5 percent voter turnout till 2 pm. The highest votes were cast in Noorabad, the National Conference bastion — 11,854 (15.5 percent), followed by Devsar — 11,870 (13 percent). Meanwhile, 1,313 (1.3 percent) votes were cast in Kulgam and the lowest turnout was witnessed in Hom Shalibugh where 591 (0.8 percent) votes were cast till 2 pm

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Jammu and Kashmir state administration's move to delay Assembly polls scheduled in June sparks political row

The announcement has disappointed the regional political parties, including NC and PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Lok Sabha election in J&K: In Mehbooba Mufti's hometown of Bijbehara, fear, hopelessness and reluctance grips voters

The lanes of Baba Mohalla, the Bijbehara neighbourhood of the Muftis, wore a deserted look. But a well coordinated network of workers managed to pull voters out of their homes

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As Mehbooba Mufti eyes Lok Sabha berth, Anantnag voters question her previous stances on Article 35A, stone-pelting

The government led by Mehbooba Mufti had maintained silence over the Article 35A issue when cases were filed against it in the Supreme Court.

India

Srinagar LS polls: Poor roads, infrastructure spur Budgam residents to vote following years of unfulfilled promises

The concept of India's, or even Kashmir's, urban development has still not reached Budgam, just 27 kilometers from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. That’s why Begum said she left early in the morning to vote. But she is not sure, who can deliver.

India

Lok Sabha Election: In Pulwama's Karimabad, youngsters refuse to vote claiming they won't 'sell blood of their brothers'

"India uses the participation of people in elections to show that all is well in Kashmir. And it is our responsibility to educate people about these sinister designs," claims a local.

Politics

Lok Sabha Election 2019: Ignoring calls to boycott polls, residents of Kashmir's Uri line up to cast their votes

While the recent elections in Kashmir have been marred by violence or low voter turnout, Uri in the poll-bound north Kashmir's Baramulla constituency saw long queues of voters exercising their franchise

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Lok Sabha Election 2019: Drab contest in Srinagar constituency lacking actual competition gives edge to Farooq Abdullah

Unlike the previous election where Farooq faced his first defeat in his 42-year-long career at the hands of Tariq Hameed Karra, who was then part of the Peoples Democratic Party, the upcoming contest looks like a walk in a park for Farooq. He goes around these days seeking votes while exhorting voters to turn to religion 'for some inner solace'.

India

Ban on Jammu and Kashmir Highway is 'unprecedented', 'dictatorial': Locals, political parties protest against Centre

Setting aside their differences, political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have come together in their opposition to the ban on civilian traffic for two days a week on an important highway that came into effect on Sunday

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Faced with almost no competition, Mehbooba Mufti likely to win Anantnag Lok Sabha seat despite voters' anger against PDP

While BJP’s Sofi Yousuf is almost a nonentity in this region for his lack of political sway over masses, Mehbooba’s only contest seems to come from Congress’ state president GA Mir.

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Civilian traffic barred for 2 days a week on Kashmir highway: 'Turning Kashmir into Palestine', allege politicos

Jammu and Kashmir has been hit with the controversial decision to ban movement of civilian traffic in for two days a week (Sunday and Wednesday), for free movement of convoys

India

Five-year-old, BSF sub-inspector killed in shelling along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch; 14, including 9 civilians, injured

A five-year-old girl and a BSF sub-inspector were killed on Monday as Pakistan Army resorted to mortar shelling and firing of small arms on villages and army posts while 14 others were injured in the cross-border firing

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BJP rally in north Kashmir sees attendance of 78 people; party leaders focus on Vajpayee rather than Modi

The BJP, which got its highest vote share in Jammu and Kashmir ever in the last Lok Sabha election, is fighting on all seats in the state.

India

Arjumand Majid Bhat, shot dead by 'unidentified gunmen', was a de-addiction campaigner who helped many youth

Arjumand Majid Bhat was seated on a revolving chair at his chemist shop when ‘unidentified gunmen’ shot five bullets at his head.

India

‘Article 35A didn’t damage Jammu and Kashmir, militancy did,’ says Omar Abdullah after Arun Jaitley’s blog triggers row

Arun Jaitley’s remarks that Article 35A is 'constitutionally vulnerable' and 'has denied Jammu and Kashmir a booming economy' has triggered a fresh row in the state.

India

LeT militants kill 12-yr-old after holding him captive in Kashmir's Hajin; 'it's not jihad, but ignorance' says boy's family

LeT militants killed a 12-year-old boy after taking him hostage when security forces chanced upon them during a search and cordon operation Hajin area of Kashmir

India

Custodial death of Kashmir teacher Rizwan Pandit likely due to his affiliations with Jamaat-e-Islami, claims family

Rizwan Asad Pandit was picked up on Sunday night from his residence in Awantipora for questioning in a "terror case". The local police in Awantipora area of Pulwama had handed him over to the dreaded Special Operations Group, the counter-insurgent group of Kashmir police, where he died on Tuesday

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With Lok Sabha polls in sight, Jammu and Kashmir's political parties begin election campaigns in full earnest

Electoral politics is gradually returning to the Kashmir Valley, despite its political landscape being still fraught with danger and the intermittent killings of party workers

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Afraid of social boycott, BJP workers hide their faces at Kashmir rally; despite recent gains, backing saffron party still a taboo in Valley

At a BJP rally in Kashmir's Sher-e-Kashmir Park in Srinagar City, party supporters hid their faces or ran out of the venue as soon as photographers arrived