Free Press Journal
  • Pakistan demands international probe into Uri attack

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday demanded an international probe to “unearth the facts” into the terror attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri earlier this month, terming India’s allegations that the militants were from Pakistan as “baseless”.

  • Uri Attack: Pakistan will not change

    The set-piece address by Nawaz Sharif in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday was on expected lines. There was no way he was going to say anything else. Raking up Kashmir, talking about the alleged human rights violations, celebrating the jihadi commander Burhan Wani, seeking third-party intervention in Kashmir were all on predictable lines. Poor fellow! Those who saw him read out the script could not help but feel that he was

  • India under Narendra Modi means business

    There is no mistaking the steady worsening of relations between India and Pakistan in recent months with both sides taking strong positions on various issues, especially Kashmir. Riled by Pakistan’s global outreach on Kashmir with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announcing plans to dispatch special envoys to 32 countries to proactively put forth their standpoint on Jammu and Kashmir, India has decided to keep Islamabad out of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China

  • Varying hues of the Kashmir Valley imbroglio

    There are many themes that define the ongoing troubles in the Kashmir Valley and it is important to acknowledge the different strands.

  • Green shoots of political realism and spine in Kashmir

    Over the last fortnight or so, it appears as though the initial fluster that characterised the response of both the state and central government to the unrest in Kashmir is giving way to a more equanimous and collected policy response to the challenges posed by the situation in the state. The roadmap is still inchoate, and the political, economic/development, and security policies that are going to be put in place remain a

  • Barring three police station areas, curfew lifted in Valley

    Srinagar: Life in Srinagar city today started limping towards normalcy as authorities lifted curfew from entire Kashmir Valley except three police station areas after 51 days of continous curfew following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.”Curfew has been lifted from Kashmir except from Pulwama town and the areas in Srinagar falling under the jurisdiction of police stations M R Gunj and Nowhatta,” a police official said.


    Kashmir Issue: Give no quarter to secessionists  

    Normalcy still eludes Kashmir. Several weeks after the death of Burhan Wani, the local commander of a terrorist outfit, in an encounter with the security forces, locals continue to target police and other security personnel.

  • Modi sees red over Pakistan’s double standards

    For over two and a half decades Pakistan has been provoking India by fuelling insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir, training, arming and infiltrating terrorists and potential terrorists into the troubled state. India has been complaining about it with breath-taking regularity but there has been little effect on either Pakistan or the US which has in the past had some leverage with Islamabad and used to earlier profess that it would bring Pakistan

  • Tact and toughness needed in Kashmir

    The  Prime Minister in his first public comment on the continuing spell of violence in the Kashmir Valley sounded conciliatory, offering talks and accommodation to the people if they returned to the path of peace.

  • Clashes in Anantnag, Shopian; Curfew in many parts of Valley

    Srinagar: Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in Anantnag and Shopian districts of south Kashmir today even as curfew continued in many parts of the Valley and normal life remained paralysed for the 29 consecutive day.

  • Rajnath Singh at SAARC: Not even a talking shop

    A ministerial meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Islamabad on Thursday ended, as usual, in acrimony, with no tangible gain flowing from it.

  • International Relations: India losing its neighbors

    New Delhi : In signs that India’s relations with its two significant neighbours –Pakistan and China — do not conform to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s favoured description of good times – ‘acche din’ — there have been two separate developments.

  • China links ouster of its journalists to blocking of NSG bid

    With three India-based Chinese journalists representing the State-run Xinhua news agency being denied permission to extend their stay by a few months till their successors arrive, the Chinese official media has warned of ‘serious consequences.’ The visas of the three journalists, Delhi-based Bureau Chief Wu Qiang and two reporters in Mumbai – Tang Lu and Ma Qiang, are expiring at month end, and India’s refusal to extend their stay is being  seen

  • Kashmir Violence: Romanticising the idea of ‘azadi’

    At the risk of some mild exaggeration, let me make an observation that is certain to make me thoroughly unpopular with a section of my former professional colleagues. In recent years, I have noticed that control and decision-making in the newsrooms and the umpteen online news portals that have mushroomed since 2014, has passed to a breed of individuals whose Indian-ness is emotionally at variance with the rest of the country. Some

  • Curfew, restrictions in Kashmir, separatists call for a march

    Srinagar: Curfew and other restrictions continued in Kashmir as authorities today stepped up security in view of a march called by separatists to Anantnag district, which has seen the highest number of deaths during the unrest in the Valley.

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