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Kashmir journalist wins AFP's Kate Webb Prize

Feb 20, 2020 - 2:03 PM

The award, named after one of AFP's finest correspondents, recognizes journalism by locally hired reporters in Asia operating in risky or difficult conditions

AWARDED. File photo of Kashmiri journalist Amer Khan from his personal Twitter account. twitter.com/ahmermkhan

Indian government ends internet blackout in restive Kashmir

Jan 25, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Internet access is restored but only to 301 government-approved websites

Kashmiri journalists protest against internet blockade put by India's government in Srinagar on October 12, 2019. Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP

Indian police officer arrested for helping Kashmir militants

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:35 PM

The arrested police officer is decorated, having worked for the police for decades and being a member of an elite counter-insurgency force in Kashmir, a disputed territory equally claimed by India and Pakistan

CONFLICT. Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard at a road checkpoint during a lockdown in Srinagar on October 30, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Restive Kashmir marks 100 days since India stripped autonomy

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Journalists hold a silent demonstration against the internet ban, holding their laptops with open with blank screens or held placards with the words '100 days no internet' and 'stop humiliating Kashmir journalists'

BLOCKADE. Kashmiri journalists protest against internet blockade put up by India's government in Srinagar. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Indian Kashmir formally ceases to be a state

Oct 31, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hails a 'bright future' for the blood-soaked Himalayan region

LOCKDOWN. Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard at a road checkpoint during a lockdown in Srinagar on October 30, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

India eases mobile phone shutdown in Kashmir

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal says the decision comes after a security review was done

A man walks past security personnel guarding a street during a lockdown in Srinagar on August 11, 2019, after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP)

Pakistan slams India over Kashmir remarks

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:15 PM

India and Pakistan are locked in an escalating war of words since New Delhi stripped Indian-administered Kashmir of its autonomy last month, imposing a security lockdown on the area

Pakistan's Khan calls Modi 'cowardly', vows to raise Kashmir at U.N.

Sep 13, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan insists that Pakistan does not want to go to war with India again – but says Islamabad will respond to any hostility

ON KASHMIR. Pakistani Kashmiri shout slogans as they listen to Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan during a rally in Muzaffarabad on September 13, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan calls for U.N. probe of India actions in Kashmir

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:53 PM

'For the last 6 weeks, India has transformed Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into the largest prison on this planet,' says Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

UN PROBE? Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves after addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 10, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

India tightens Kashmir lockdown over Muslim processions

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:16 PM

Police officers drive around the city, announcing through loudhailers that 'residents are informed not to venture out of their homes'

India says lifting of Kashmir restrictions 'depends on Pakistan'

Sep 07, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Mobile phone networks and internet remain cut off in Indian Kashmir after nearly a month of the region's special autonomy being stripped

DEPENDS ON PAKISTAN. People wave national Pakistan flags and the flags of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on the arrival of Prime Minister Imran Khan before his address the nation outside the Prime Minister Secretariat building in Islamabad on August 30, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan PM Khan leads nationwide protests over Kashmir

Aug 30, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the nation and vows to continue fighting for Kashmir until the disputed Himalayan territory is 'liberated'

PROTEST. People wave national Pakistan flags and the flags of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on the arrival of Prime Minister Imran Khan before his address to the nation outside the Prime Minister Secretariat building in Islamabad on August 30, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

Pakistan PM Khan calls for nationwide protests over Kashmir

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:45 PM

India reacts angrily to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's call for nationwide action

NATIONWIDE ACTION. In this file photo, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on August 14, 2019 to mark the country's Independence Day. File photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

500 protests, hundreds injured in Kashmir lockdown

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Nearly 100 civilians have been injured so far, with a further 300 police and more than 100 paramilitary troopers hurt, a senior government source says

PROTEST. Pakistani Kashmiri students march during an anti-India protest rally in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, on August 27, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Qayyum/AFP

India defends blocking politicians from visiting Kashmir

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Authorities say the move to block opposition Indian politicians was to 'avoid controversy'

In this picture taken on August 9, 2019 security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout remained in place after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy.  Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

Empty classrooms as some schools reopen in Indian Kashmir

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Authorities say they are reopening 190 primary schools in the city yet few children could be seen at half a dozen places visited by Agence France-Presse

CLOSED. School buses are seen parked in the campus of a closed school in Srinagar on August 19, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

4,000 detained in Kashmir since autonomy stripped – gov't sources

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:21 PM

A magistrate says most of the detained were flown out of Kashmir because prisons have run out of capacity already

In this picture taken on August 9, 2019 security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout remained in place after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy.  Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

Clashes in Indian Kashmir as U.N. begins landmark meeting

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Police fire tear gas and pellet-firing shotguns to disperse residents who tried to march down the main road in the main city of Srinagar after Friday prayers

TENSION. Protesters shout slogans at a rally against the Indian government's move to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy and impose a communications blackout, in Srinagar on August 16, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

India says some Kashmir restrictions eased

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:24 PM

'You need to understand that restrictions and relaxations are area-wise. You can't generalize them,' says senior police officer Munir Khan

RESTRICTIONS. Security personnel stand guard on a deserted road during a lockdown in Srinagar on August 15, 2019, as India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

BBC expands shortwave radio news coverage in Kashmir

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:23 AM

A BBC statement says, 'given the shutdown of digital services and phone lines in the region, it's right for us to try and increase the provision of news on our short wave radio services'

BBC Scotland building, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland, UK; November 4th 2017: Glasgow headquarters building of the British Broadcasting Corporation at Pacific Quay.

5 killed in India-Pakistan border clashes

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:09 AM

Skirmishes are frequent across the so-called Line of Control, but the latest deaths comes after Pakistan warns it was ready to meet any Indian aggression over Kashmir

Indian Border Security Force personnel (wearing brown) and Pakistani Rangers (wearing black) take part in the Beating Retreat ceremony at the India Pakistan Wagah border post some 35 kms from Amritsar, on August 15, 2019. Pakistan observes a 'Black Day' on India's Independence Day over the recent removal of Indian-administered Kashmir's autonomy. The Indian Prime Minister hailed on August 15 his 'path-breaking' move to strip Kashmir of its special status, as his Pakistani counterpart warned of possible 'ethnic cleansing'. NARINDER NANU / AFP

India's Modi hails 'path-breaking' Kashmir move

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:43 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says 'fresh thinking' was needed after 7 decades of failure to ensure harmony in the former Himalayan kingdom, where tens of thousands have died in the past 30 years

MODI. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech to the nation during a ceremony to celebrate country's 73rd Independence Day, which marks the of the end of British colonial rule, at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Pakistan vows to respond to any Indian aggression in Kashmir

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:06 PM

'We have decided that if India commits any type of violation we will fight till the end,' says Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan

PAKISTAN RESPONSE. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on August 14, 2019 to mark the country's Independence Day. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

India says easing Kashmir restrictions 'in phased manner'

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:16 AM

Normal communication in the more peaceful Jammu division of the region "has been restored after assessment by relevant local authorities", an Indian home ministry spokesperson says

Participants walk together following a full dress rehearsal of the Indian Independence Day celebrations in Jammu on August 13, 2019, as the country prepares to celebrate its 73rd anniversary of independence from British rule on August 15.  Rakesh BAKSHI / AFP

India imposes Kashmir clampdown to head off Eid protests

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:52 AM

(UPDATED) The Himalayan region's biggest mosque, the Jama Masjid, is ordered shut and people are only allowed to pray in smaller local mosques so that no big crowds could gather, witnesses say

KASHMIR. A man walks past security personnel guarding a street during a lockdown in Srinagar on August 11, 2019, after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Pakistan PM says world inaction on Kashmir like appeasing Hitler

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says the Kashmir issue will lead to 'the suppression of Muslims in India and eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan'

Activists of the 'Youth Forum for Kashmir' group shout slogans as they burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian flag during a protest in Lahore on August 7, 2019. - Pakistan announced on August 7 that it is expelling the Indian High Commissioner and suspending bilateral trade with its nuclear-armed neighbour, days after New Delhi stripped the disputed Kashmir region of its special autonomy. (Photo by ARIF ALI / AFP)

Call waiting: Kashmiris queue for two-minute phone access

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Under the watchful eye of Indian paramilitaries, the calls and conversations are tightly controlled, and simmering frustrations often boil over

LOCKDOWN. In this picture taken on August 9, 2019, security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout remained in place after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Kashmir capital readies for Eid after protest broken up

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Huge numbers of troops remain in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city as people prepare for Eid al-Adha

LAST THAR EXPRESS TRAIN. In this photo taken late on August 9, 2019, police personnel check luggages of travelers of the Thar express at Bhagat ki Kothi railway station in Jodhpur. Photo by Sunil Verma/AFP

Pakistan rules out military option in row with India over Kashmir

Aug 08, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) Delhi has dismissed Pakistan's 'alarmist' reaction and warned against interfering in what the foreign ministry insisted is 'entirely the internal affair of India'

A SEETHING KASHMIR. Activists of the 'Youth Forum for Kashmir' group shout slogans as they burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian flag during a protest in Lahore on August 7, 2019. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

Pakistan downgrades ties with India as Kashmir row deepens

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:49 PM

The government releases a statement declaring that Pakistan will suspend trade with India and review its bilateral ties with Delhi

KASHMIR. In this picture taken on August 6, 2019 an Indian national flag flies next to a Jammu and Kashmiri flag on top of civil secretariat building during a curfew in Srinagar on August 6, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

India hails 'historic' Kashmir rule, Pakistan vows to back region

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan vows to challenge India's decision at the UN Security Council and accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating international law in pursuit of an anti-Muslim agenda in India

'HISTORIC.' A security personnel stands guard on a street during a curfew in downtown Srinagar on August 6, 2019. India's home affairs minister hails 'historic' legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct contro. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Uproar as India abolishes Kashmir's special autonomy

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Pakistan's foreign ministry condemns the move as 'illegal'

MODI. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) at the Parliament house in New Delhi on August 5, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Anxious tourists flee Indian Kashmir after 'terror' warning

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Thousands of military reinforcements arrive in the Himalayan territory, claimed by both India and Pakistan, where a 3-decade old insurgency has left tens of thousands dead

TERROR THREAT. A tourist looks on as he waits for a bus to leave Kashmir in Srinagar on August 3, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Deployment of 10,000 fresh troops sparks fear in Indian Kashmir

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:28 PM

A senior security official says the deployment was to guard against possible protests about a decision or event

Fury in India as Trump claims Modi asked for Kashmir mediation

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar insists the conflict can only be settled bilaterally and that Pakistan has to end 'cross-border terrorism' before any talks

MODI AND TRUMP. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) attends a meeting with US President Donald Trump during the G20 Osaka Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Security high in restive Kashmir as India votes again

May 06, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The world's biggest poll has been plagued by violence with militants throwing a grenade at a voting booth and shooting dead a local politician in south Kashmir

SECURITY. An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard at an empty polling station during the fifth phase of India's general elections in Kashmir's Shopian district, south of Srinagar, on May 6, 2019. File photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The cross-border trade is based on a barter system, with traders exchanging goods including chillies, cumin, mango and dried fruit

India goes on high security alert ahead of mega polls

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right wing Bharatiya Janata Party is seeking a second term, defending a landslide win over the opposition Congress party in 2014

Pakistan foreign minister claims India planning military aggression

Apr 07, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'We have reliable intelligence that India [plans] another aggression against Pakistan and according to our information this action can take place between April 16 and 20'

'Key conspirator' of Kashmir attack shot dead – Indian police

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Authorities describe Mudasir Ahmed Khan as a top commander with Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant group behind the deadly February 14 bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir

TRIBUTE. Indian school students light candles as they pay tribute to the Central Reserve Police Force personnel killed on February 14, during an attack on a CRPF convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir, in Amritsar on February 15, 2019. File photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

Pakistan navy says it stopped Indian sub from entering its waters

Mar 05, 2019 - 11:43 PM

The development comes days after a rare aerial dogfight between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir ignited fears of an all-out conflict, with world powers rushing to urge restraint

TENSION. A Pakistani journalist watches a video released by Pakistan's Navy that allegedly shows an Indian submarine, on a smartphone in Islamabad on March 5, 2019. Photo by Aamir Qureshi AFP

Pakistan, India say shot down each other's warplanes

Feb 27, 2019 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) In a sign of the deepening crisis, Pakistan closes its airspace 'until further notice.' At least 6 airports are shuttered in India, and a vast area north of New Delhi is closed to civilian flights.

STRANDED. Passengers queue at airline counters following the shut down of the airspace for commercials flights north of Delhi as tensions increase with Pakistan, at Jammu airport in Jammu on February 27, 2019. Photo by Rakesh Bakshi/AFP

India says many militants 'eliminated' in anti-Pakistan air strike

Feb 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) The raid on the Jaish-e-Mohammad camp was launched because India believed suicide attacks were 'imminent,' foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale tells a media briefing

AIR STRIKE. Indian residents hold flags on a model of a military plane to celebrate the Indian Air Force (IAF) strike launched on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp at Balakot, in Bikaner in the Rajasthan state on February 26, 2019. Photo by Dinesh Gupta/AFP

Pakistan accuses India of launching strike across Kashmir border

Feb 26, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Indian news reports say air force jets hit multiple targets including camps run by Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Islamist group that claimed the February 14 suicide attack in Kashmir that sent tensions soaring

Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The promise comes as fallout from a suicide bomb attack that India has blamed on Pakistan overshadows the latest leg of the crown prince's tour aiming to boost his country's image

AGREEMENT. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks on during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 20, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offer

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:00 AM

'The prime minister of Pakistan has offered to investigate the matter if India provides proof. This is a lame excuse,' says an Indian foreign ministry statement

TENSION. An Indian student lights a candle to pay tribute to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed, in Chennai on February 18, 2019, following an attack on a CRPF convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Pakistan 'ready to talk' on Kashmir, warns India against attack – PM

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan uses a nationally televised address to demand Delhi share proof of Islamabad's involvement in last week's suicide blast

IMRAN KHAN. In this file photo, Pakistan's Imran Khan speaks to the media on July 25, 2018. File photo by Aamir Oureshi/AFP

9 dead as deadly Kashmir battle heightens India-Pakistan tensions

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:18 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The confrontation piles more pressure on the Indian government, which has blamed Pakistan for the suicide attack last February 14 on a convoy that killed at least 41 paramilitaries

TENSION. A house in which militants are suspected to have sheltered is in flames after a gunfight happened between rebels and Indian security forces that killed 4 soldiers, in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, some 10 km away from the spot of recent suicide bombing, on February 18, 2019. Photo by STR / AFP

Death toll hits a new peak in Indian Kashmir

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Rights group Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society lists 586 dead in its annual 2018 toll: 267 militants, 160 civilians – including 31 children – and the rest, state police and Indian armed forces

MILITANT. In this file photo taken on March 16, 2018, Indian soldiers take part in a search operation after a gunbattle between suspected militants and government forces in the Balhama area of Khanmoh district near Srinagar. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Leopard kills, decapitates 3-year-old in India

Dec 18, 2018 - 7:43 PM

A report says the child was in the kitchen with his mother when the animal snuck inside, pounced on the child and took him deep into the woods

JAVAN LEOPARDS. A female leopard explores its cage as seen at a zoo in Batu, Malang, East Java province, on February 9, 2017. Photo by Aman Rochman/AFP