Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's successor, 21-year-old Sabzar Bhat, was gunned down in an encounter in his hometown of Tral, Kashmir on Saturday.
People in Kashmir were horrified by the welter of killings, generally of non-combatants as prayers filled with pleas for release from this cycle of blood became the order of the day.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi listening, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked him to "give hope" to the Kashmiri youth about creating a new Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti says Uri attack aims at creating war-like situation; pays tribute to dead soldiers
The Uri terror strike is aimed at triggering fresh violence in Jammu and Kashmir and creating a "war-like" situation in the region, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said while strongly condemning the attack on the Army in which 17 jawans were killed.
Amid continuing unrest in Kashmir, the UN Human Rights chief has said it is crucial that an independent, impartial and international mission be given free access to Indian as well as Pakistan-administered Kashmir to assess the situation on both sides of the border.
Kashmir continued to witness casualties with one more youth getting killed and several others getting injured in a clash between protesters and security forces even as curfew was in force in many parts of the valley to thwart a planned march by separatists.
Pakistan sent two letters in a week inviting India for talks on the Kashmir dispute and India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar welcomed talks on “cross-border terrorism” and the status of “Pakistan-occupied Kashmir” before indulging in a discussion on the Kashmir violence.
All that we have done, faced with a coordinated attack in Kashmir, is to wring our hands and cripple the only apparatus that could have restored some sort of normalcy, paving the way for confidence-building measures in the future. Win the battle first, winning hearts and minds will follow.
Kashmir unrest: Arun Jaitley appeals to youth in Valley to shun violence, blames Pakistan for instigating them
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday appealed to youth in turbulent Kashmir to shun violence and at the same time said security forces will have to act in self-defense if they are attacked.
Two more civilians, on Tuesday, were killed in central Kashmir's Budgam district when CRPF personnel opened fire on a group of protesters in Aripanthan area of Beerwah.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met national party leaders on Friday to seek ways to end weeks of unrest in Kashmir, but a separatist group said there would be no peace until Indian politicians stop treating it as a purely internal issue.
However, this time around, even with the curfew in Kashmir extending for over a month, there is surprisingly no sign of fatigue among the Kashmiris.
Just as Kashmir was limping back to normalcy, on Friday fresh violence broke out taking the death toll to 54 while over 6,000 people have been injured
Curfew was on Tuesday lifted from all parts of Kashmir, except Anantnag town, after 17 days of unrest in the Valley in which 47 persons were killed and 5500 others injured in clashes following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Firing a fresh salvo at the Narendra Modi government, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday questioned the Centre's handling of the Kashmir situation and accused BJP of "failing" Hindus, while noting that a "hazy situation" was prevalent in the country.
CPI-M leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami on Sunday urged the central government to open an "unconditional dialogue" with all the stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, "particularly the voices of dissent", to bring peace in the violence-ravaged state.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti along with several ministers of her government on Sunday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is on a two-day visit to the Valley to take stock of the situation in the wake of deadly clashes that have left 46 people dead and 3,400 others injured.
Curfew was on Saturday lifted from four districts of Kashmir and parts of Srinagar city in view of the improving situation in these areas but remained in force in the rest of the Valley as a precautionary measure.
Life remained paralysed in the Kashmir Valley as curfew, restrictions and separatists called shutdown continued for the 15th day on Saturday.
The plea was mentioned before the bench by JKNPP who said that Jammu and Kashmir has been "under siege of the security forces for the past two weeks.