Niloofar Qureshi

Hartal Politics: Back to Square One!

Hartal Politics: Back to Square One!

Last month there was a report in the media that about the likelihood of the Hurriyat doing away with its hartal politics. This news was widely welcomed as shutdowns were putting the people of Kashmir through extreme hardships and untold miseries. Hopes were very high because while speaking on different occasions, separatist leaders had individually […]

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The Looming Threat

The Looming Threat

Incidents involving multiple players are often very difficult to resolve due to conflicting interests of the parties involved. However, one such incident that had happy ending concerns 20 year old youth resident of Khanyar in downtown Srinagar named Ehtesham Bilal. Studying Radiography in Noida, he left the university premises without telling anyone after he was […]

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Of Killings and Protests

Of Killings and Protests

Killings and protests are a routine affair in Kashmir.  Probably that’s why the protest held by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) activists in Srinagar two days ago against the “continuous human rights violation in Kashmir,” or news of the dead body of 18 year old Nadeem Manzoor of Safanagri village in Shopian district (who […]

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‘Mules’ in Kashmir?

‘Mules’ in Kashmir?

Recovery of arms, ammunition and grenades is nothing unusual in Kashmir. However, the recovery of 20 grenades alongwith a sizeable amount of ammunition by the police on Tuesday is not a normal seizure for three reasons. One, it is the largest single recovery of grenades from  person in recent memory; two, this deadly consignment was […]

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Shades of ‘Jihad’

Shades of ‘Jihad’

At a time when educated boys picking up guns are being brandished as ‘trophies’ by both the Hurriyat as well as militant groups in Kashmir, news of Khanyar resident of downtown Srinagar Ehtesham Bilal who was pursuing his Bachelor of Imaging Technology course from Sharda University in Noida should have taken social media in the […]

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JRL’s “Comprehensive Joint Strategy”

JRL’s “Comprehensive Joint Strategy”

After six months of protests sparked off by the death of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani in a gunfight with security forces, joint resistance leadership of the Hurriyat issued a statement in December 2016 informing the people that “Now it is time to consolidate our gains and build upon them in order to move […]

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Politicising Human Tragedy

Politicising Human Tragedy

Every death is a monumental tragedy in itself but the intensity of the shock and enormity of  grief that it causes increases many times over when one realises that the accident which claimed multiple lives could have been avoided. And in this week alone we witnessed two such unfortunate incidents; one on last Friday in […]

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Of Pens and Swords!

Of Pens and Swords!

Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant Manan Wani is no more. A promising scholar pursuing his PhD from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Manan shocked everyone when he decided to quit studies and become a militant in January this year. In an emotional letter his AMU colleagues implored him to reconsider his decision of giving up the pen […]

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‘Tit-for-Tat’ Policies can ‘Kill’ Ideological Struggles

‘Tit-for-Tat’ Policies can ‘Kill’ Ideological Struggles

At a time when both Islamabad and Hurriyat are doing their best to convince the world that the ongoing militancy in Kashmir is a “legitimate struggle for the internationally acknowledged right to self-determination” and thus equating it with terrorism is wrong,” reports of militants kidnapping a dozen family members of policemen isn’t good news. And […]

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Better to Plan Kashmir’s Future than Lament the Past

Better to Plan Kashmir’s Future than Lament the Past

Like all the others pieces written by Secretary General World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr G N Fai, the one titled “The ostensible accession of Kashmir to India is a fiction: Ambassador Yusuf Buch” too makes a sensational claim which if true would change the entire discourse on Kashmir. Unfortunately, just like all his other claims […]

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