articles by Sameer Yasir

India

Post Pulwama attack, Kashmir witnessing one of the biggest counter-insurgency ops to eliminate JeM militants

After the Pulwama attack, the Kashmir Valley is witnessing one of the biggest coordinated counter-insurgency operations focussed at eliminating 70-80 JeM militants operating in the Valley

Politics

Lok Sabha election: Kashmir plunges into political uncertainty over President's Rule, crackdown on separatists

While the crackdown on separatists in Kashmir is likely to help the ruling party in upcoming general elections, political analysts here argue that it will have a ripple effect on the voter turnout in the Valley.

Politics

New Delhi must come clean on rejecting simultaneous LS, Assembly elections in J&K, say parties: 'Security reasons' an eyewash

On 4 March, when the team of the Election Commission visited Srinagar all mainstream politicians had urged to them to hold the Assembly elections simultaneously. "It becomes necessary to have popular government when the Governor's constitutional interference is growing day by day and which can create far-reaching consequences for the state," the visiting delegation had reportedly told the ECI team.

Politics

Uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir over simulaneous polls after DPN chief Ghulam Hassan Mir claims guv not in favour

Like other regional parties, the National Conference has been batting for the simultaneous elections in Jammu and Kashmir for a while now.

India

Winter break extension for schools in Kashmir seen as Centre's way to thwart campus protests over harassment of students outside Valley

Amid speculations, the extended winter break in Kashmir schools is majorly seen as the government’s way to thwart the possible campus protests over harassments of Kashmiri students outside the Valley and the ban on the Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI)-run Fala-i-aam Trust schools

India

Jamaat-e-Islami JK leaders detained, properties sealed; politicos, separatists in Valley condemn Centre's ban

Since last week, leaders and activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) have been detained in a mass crackdown across the Valley.

India

Security forces step up offence against militants in Jammu and Kashmir, over 10 JeM operatives killed since Pulwama attack on 14 Feb

The suicide bombing that rattled Kashmir in the afternoon of 14 February was carried by a local recruit of Jaish-e-Mohammed.

India

Pakistan puts all Khyber Pakhtunkhwa hospitals on alert, asks them to stock up on medicines, emergency supplies

Amid rising hostilities between India and Pakistan and an imminent rise in cross-border tensions, the government in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has asked all public hospitals to stay alert.

India

Kulgam encounter: Senior J&K Police official, army jawan killed in gunfight during counter-insurgency operation

Aman Kumar Thakur, a senior official in the Jammu and Kashmir Police, was killed after being hit by a bullet in the head during an encounter in Kulgam.

India

Protests, stone-pelting in Valley after rumours spread of SC getting ready to 'strike down' Article 35A

Dozens of protests and incidents of stone-pelting were reported from the major districts of the Valley, with people thronging the markets to stock up on essential supplies in apprehension of the longer period of shutdown and curfew.

India

Jammu and Kashmir government pulls advertisements from two prominent English dailies, draws ire of state editors guild

Greater Kashmir, the state’s largest circulated English daily, its sister publications and Kashmir Reader, another prominent English daily, have stopped receiving advertisements from the state information department for the past five days.

India

Kashmiri separatists say they never asked for security, but lack of police protection now leaves them open to mischief

As 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.

India

Pulwama attack may popularise trend of 'rare' suicide bombings, fear security forces; locals call it un-Islamic

In 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.

India

Pulwama terror attack: How radicalisation turned Adil Ahmad Dar, an introvert at school, into a deadly bomber

The 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.

India

Jammu and Kashmir parties welcome separate division status for Ladakh; BJP's intentions questioned

However, 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

India

Ishrat Muneer's murder by J&K militants lays bare intricacies of conflict in Valley, reminder of families devastated by fighting

Ishrat was pursuing a degree through Indira Gandhi National Open University. Her family described her as “chatty” and someone who “made people laugh”

India

Republic Day ban on Kashmiri journalists part of state government's longstanding effort to scare scribes into silence

On Republic Day, several veteran journalists were denied entry into the stadium in Srinagar, where Khursheed Ganai, unfurled the National Flag and saluted it

India

Nazir Ahmad Wani: From militancy to Ashok Chakra, this soldier from Kashmir braved a hard life and bullets

In 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.

India

Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal launches crowdfunding campaign for corruption-free politics in Jammu and Kashmir

Shah Faesal said he was asking for money from the people to give them a sense of ownership in his “political movement”

Politics

Crackdown on militants allows politicos to return to south Kashmir; mainstream seeks to reclaim space from separatists

While 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.