articles by Sameer Yasir

India

Al-Badr chief Zeenat-ul-Islam, killed in Kulgam encounter, acted like 'Pied Piper' to expand group's South Kashmir base

Zeenat-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".

Politics

Shah Faesal set to join politics: Fresh from slick virtual world, real political terrain in Kashmir will test mettle of former IAS topper

Shah Faesal became the first Muslim to top the civil services in 2009, but his performance in grassroot politics will see many a test.

Politics

Mehbooba Mufti's visit to militant's family sparks row in south Kashmir; locals accuse her of 'playing politics over people's miseries'

Mehbooba Mufti said in Pulwama that if harassment of families of militants is not stopped, it will have "consequences leading to further alienation in the Valley."

India

New Year flushed with promise world over, but Kashmir stares at another period of gloom amid gunfights and clashes

The first week of 2018 began with a gunfight between Kashmiri militants and security forces, and the last week also witnessed killings in the same pattern. Both gunfights and deaths were followed by clashes between security forces and protesters.

India

Alienated and radicalised, J&K youths who grew up under shadow of violence find conflict pervades daily life

Tragically, for decades India has allowed itself to be represented in Kashmir by the barrel of a gun

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Catalysed by Kathua rape-murder case, communal polarisation in Jammu and Kashmir reached new heights in 2018

Jammu feels neglected by Kashmiri leaders and Kashmir blames Jammu for its underdevelopment. The communal sentiments feed into this perception

India

Mehbooba Mufti in 2018: Fallout of Burhan Wani death and 'thoughtless' BJP alliance damaged PDP prospects in Kashmir

Disintegration of Mehbooba Mufti and her party PDP began in the summer of 2018 after BJP pulled the rug from beneath the so-called Kashmir-centric coalition government. Analysts argued that Mehbooba lacked her father's skills to take everyone along.

Politics

Once a non-figure in Kashmir politics, Sajad Lone now most sought-after leader, makes rivals PDP, NC quiver

A few years ago, no one would have taken Sajad Lone seriously, but today, his machinations in Jammu and Kashmir have brought back memories of when New Delhi engineered defections in the National Conference, the only regional party at the time, to divide the Kashmir vote.

India

Militant killings in Jammu and Kashmir this year rose 70%; a steady network of informers allowed spike

Since June, hardly a week has gone by in Jammu and Kashmir without a militant casualty. Till 23 December, at least 247 militants were killed, nearly all of them too poorly trained to understand the intricacies of guerrilla warfare.

Politics

Basharat Bukhari joins National Conference, signals winds of change blowing in Kashmir Valley ahead of polls

Basharat Bukhari is a former PDP MLA from north Kashmir's Sangrama, who held the important portfolios of law and revenue in the BJP-PDP coalition government

India

Pulwama civilian deaths result of free hand Satya Pal Malik gave forces in Kashmir; volatile situation may worsen

Since the day Malik assumed office in August, the casualty graph of militants, civilians and security forces alike has witnessed a sharp increase

India

Indonesian who lost husband to army bullets in Pulwama to leave 'heaven' Kashmir; 'I won't venture into danger' his last words

Wiwiek Widiasati's husband Abid, father of their three-month-old baby girl, Adeefa Lone, was one of the seven civilians killed in the army firing when unruly protesters clashed with the security forces at the encounter site.

India

Pulwama encounter demolishes facade of normalcy in J&K; politicians, separatists denounce civilian killings

The sequence of events at Pulwama on Saturday morning derailed the "normalcy" facade which Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik has been trying to put up

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Kashmir Administrative Services row: Candidates up in arms against JKPSC over irregularities in evaluation

In August 2017 the commission again declared a revised result wherein the cut off was increased from 270 to 277.77.

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Mudasir Rashid Parray killed in Hajin encounter: 15-year-old's death paints a grim picture of how the gun has gripped J&K's youth

In Kashmir’s brutal war, the phenomenon of ‘child soldiers’ who sign up voluntarily to join militants and get killed in deadly gun battles is not new.

Politics

PDP, NC threaten mass protests against J&K governor's 'divisive' policies, ask not to trifurcate state on New Delhi's orders

PDP, NC have threatened to launch mass street agitations if Jammu And Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik goes ahead with his plans of granting divisional status to Ladakh region while ignoring the Muslim majority region of Pir Panjal and Chenab Valley

Politics

Haseeb Drabu quits PDP after a taste of 'principles, pledges, to perfidies' in politics; puts Mehbooba Mufti in deeper turmoil

Haseeb Drabu's rise to becoming number two in the PDP was primarily because of the trust imposed in his capabilities by former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

India

Budgam encounter: In Naveed Jatt's death, LeT loses its poster boy as a chapter of terror ends in Kashmir

Jatt spent most of his time in Kashmir emphasising on Jihad but his mission was cut short when he was arrested in 2014 from Shopian by Kulgam police.

India

Kashmir militancy: Huge setback for Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba as forces almost wipe out their top brass in Valley

The strategy to neutralise the top leadership of the biggest outfits operating in the Valley, partially in south Kashmir, was adopted by Jammu and Kashmir Police earlier this year.

India

J&K: Mysterious civilian killing near Rashtriya Rifles camp sparks protests; army blames terrorists as police begin inquiry

Relatives of the deceased, Ishfaq Ahmad Ganie, are blaming soldiers of a Rashtriya Rifles camp at Chattergam for his death.