Articles by Sameer Yasir
Dec 14, 2015
Did PDP consult Hurriyat Conference before forming J&K government with BJP?On New Year's Eve in 2014, much before the PDP formed an alliance with the BJP to come to power in Jammu and Kashmir, Abdul Gani Bhat, one of the top-rung Hurriyat leaders, had a late night meeting with the PDP patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, at his upscale Gupkar residence in Srinagar.
Dec 08, 2015
India, Pakistan get back to the dialogue table, but people of Kashmir have little hopeIndia and Pakistan may have finally ended their diplomatic deadlock with the meeting of NSA's in Bangkok, but, in Kashmir, the news has been met with little enthusiasm.
Dec 05, 2015
More desperate bids at infiltration from Pak side this winter, say security forcesAlthough some militants might have managed to sneak in given the porous nature of the border, but crossing over to the Indian side has become difficult now.
Nov 30, 2015
'We stayed back and suffered': J&K-resident Pandits resent the govt's primary focus on their migrant kinThe feeling of insecurity and loss is deeply embedded among Kashmiri Pandits, who preferred to stay put in their homes, braving the threats and political uncertainty, at the height of political unrest in the Valley. According to many Kashmiri Pandits, the Centre's package, which has divided the community as ‘migrants’ and ‘non migrants’ is tantamount to "rubbing salt on wounds".
Nov 26, 2015
Tangdhar encounter: Desperate to make presence felt, is JeM trying to regroup in the Kashmir Valley?At the break of dawn on Wednesday, three militants from Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) outfit attacked a Gorkha Rifles Camp along Kalsuri Ridge in Tangdhar area near the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, leaving a military contractor dead before all the attackers were gunned down
Nov 24, 2015
Frequent hartals making Hurriyat unpopular: Kashmir separatists look for alternate means to be heardHartals and protest calendars are losing traction among the masses of Kashmir. And frequent shutdown calls are only alienating them from the people they want to address. Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir have woken up to the reality rather late.
Nov 17, 2015
Mehbooba Mufti’s long walk to Kashmir CM’s chair begins, but it won’t be a smooth journeyThe transition of power in the PDP is set to happen soon, with CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed hinting that his daughter and PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti, may take over the reins of the state.
Nov 13, 2015
In J&K, Modi has a chance to emerge as a statesman, says Muzaffar Baig, the man who stitched PDP-BJP allianceCredited with scripting the 'Self Rule' document of the Peoples Democratic Party, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Lok Sabha member from Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla and the state's former deputy chief minister, now finds himself left out of the political process of the state.
Nov 07, 2015
Five reasons why PM Modi's Kashmir address today will be closely watchedChief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed expects Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, his first since the PDP-BJP coalition took over, to be a "turning point in the history of Jammu and Kashmir". He compares it with then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s visit to the state 2003 which generated a lot of goodwill. There indeed are high expectations among people from this visit. Here are five reasons why Modi’s address is important:
Nov 02, 2015
First foray into the Valley: Hope and scepticism in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of PM Modi's rallyPrime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Srinagar’s Sheri-e-Kashmir Stadium on 7 November — his first after the Peoples Democratic Party and the BJP stitched an alliance in the state in March early this year.