Niloofar Qureshi

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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On Pakistan’s Independence Day Promise!

On Pakistan’s Independence Day Promise!

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain’s Independence Day speech was both reassuring and frustrating. Reassuring because he said that “Pakistan cannot forget Kashmiris and would continue to support them to get right of self-determination in light of the UN resolution” and frustrating because this is what every President, Prime Minister and Army Chief of Pakistan has been […]

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Celebrating ‘Rejuvenation’ of the ‘Armed Struggle’

Celebrating ‘Rejuvenation’ of the ‘Armed Struggle’

In January this year a piece appeared in the media in which the author described Aligarh Muslim University research scholar Mannan Bashir Wani’s joining Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant group “a major setback to the efforts by security forces to wean away youngsters from the path of militancy.” What the author has stated reflects the collective sentiment […]

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UK and the UNHRC Report on Kashmir

UK and the UNHRC Report on Kashmir

Discussion on the first ever UNHRC report on Kashmir in the British parliament may have given Hurriyat the hope that the UK will finally intervene on this issue. And by saying “we encourage all states, including India and Pakistan, to respond positively to the request by the UN in this case, the UN High Commissioner […]

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Learning from Others

Learning from Others

Though the habit of comparing comes naturally to all of us, it has its own drawbacks and is thus best avoided. However, there are occasions when eluding comparison becomes practically impossible even despite the best of efforts and I faced such a situation while going through the newspaper on Monday morning. While there was nothing […]

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Investigating Human Rights Violations in Kashmir

Investigating Human Rights Violations in Kashmir

For over three decades Islamabad has been complaining about the inaction of United Nations on human rights violations in Kashmir. And now that the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released its report on human rights violations in Kashmir and called for an international investigation, it was expected that Islamabad […]

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Why Center-Hurriyat Talk is a Must

Why Center-Hurriyat Talk is a Must

“Let us never negotiate out of fear; but let us never fear to negotiate”- John F Kennedy

By hinting at extension of ceasefire in Kashmir the center has taken the first step of creating an atmosphere that is conducive for dialogue. The joint resistance leadership (JRL) may have its own reservations on whether the Hurriyat should or shouldn’t start dialogue with the center but if this issue is viewed rationally and not […]

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Ideological Obligations versus Individual Rights

Ideological Obligations versus Individual Rights

Having been an ex-MLA, Hurriyat (G) General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji is well within his rights to ask the state administration to revise his pension and release arrears due to him. However by saying “We are at war with India against its military presence here. But pension and arrears are my right and why should […]

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