Kashmir: 8th July to Now

It all started with Burhan Wani (well actually it all started with Nehru and 1947 but if I got into that it wouldn’t be current affairs anymore). Now, Burhan Wani was a militant commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen which is a Kashmiri separatist group founded by Ahsan dar and active since 1989. A popular youth leader especially on social media, Wani was killed by the Indian security forces on 8th July. An estimated 12 to 15,000 people attended his funeral.

The Aftermath: Following his death a series of protests erupted in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley and on 15th July curfew was imposed. Mobile network and Internet services were suspended and a press emergency was declared whereby all the newspaper agencies were shut down. Since then the Kashmir Valley has remained in intermittent curfew for over a 100 days now.

Human Rights Violation: During the period of unrest, reportedly the worst since 2010, over 13,000 civilians were injured and 85 plus killed. The injuries were largely caused by the Indian Army’s indiscriminate use of pellet guns. Tear gas, rubber bullets and assault rifles were also used.

(Refer : http://scroll.in/article/819142/100-days-of-unrest-in-kashmir-curfew-pellets-shutdown-and-death if you want to know more).

Now Coming to Uri: On the 18th of September, four militants attacked the Indian Army headquarters in the border town of Uri near the Line Of Control (LoC). 19 soldiers were killed. Militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, lead by Masood Azhar and active since 2000, is suspected of having been involved.

Uri Aftermath:

  1. India announced it’s decision to boycott the 19th SAARC summit which was to be held in November in Islamabad. Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka also pulled out, leaving only Nepal, Maldives and Pakistan.
  2. Then on the 29th of September the Indian Army claimed to have conducted “Pre-emptive Surgical Strikes” across the LoC, targeting seven “terrorist teams”. However, Pakistan later claimed that there was no such strike, but merely cross-border firing. 
  3. The Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) then announced a ban on Pakistani artists working in India, causing much controversy over the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Fawad Khan (he’s so beautiful ughn my heart aches!). Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was also targeted while the Indian television channel Zindagi then announced discontinuation of all Pakistani serials. Similarly the BCCI and the Badminton Associated decided to rule out revival of bilateral ties in the future.
    Good news? Abhay Deol (god bless his soul) gave it to the government nicely : http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/10/21/abhay-deol-calls-out-the-hypocrisy-of-the-ban-on-pakistani-artis/

Now the latest news: apparently, yesterday seven Pakistani rangers attempted a sniper attack at Hiranagar and were killed in the Border Security Forces offensive that followed. Details are still kinda sketchy, here’s the Hindu’s report: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/bsf-kills-pakistan-rangers-in-hiranagar/article9252158.ece

Okay cool, I think we’re done.

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