Niloofar Qureshi

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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Of ‘Resistance’ and ‘Cruel Jokes’

Of ‘Resistance’ and ‘Cruel Jokes’

Two years ago the joint resistance leadership (JRL) of Hurriyat refused to meet an all-party parliamentary delegation without assigning any reasonable explanation and thus missed a golden opportunity to put across their point of view, but we didn’t complain. And neither did we raise any objection when the JRL recently called the center’s Ramadan ceasefire […]

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 ‘Killing’ the ‘Self Determination’ Movement

 ‘Killing’ the ‘Self Determination’ Movement

Our leaders may put up a brave front and claim that the struggle for ‘self determination’ in Kashmir is making rapid progress and well on its way to fructification. However, the reality is quite different as despite the humungous loss of human life and countless number of hartals since the nineties, the ‘self determination’ movement […]

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Hurriyat and the Ramadan Ceasefire

Hurriyat and the Ramadan Ceasefire

Ceasefires concern warring factions and thus, when the center announced the Ramadan ceasefire one had expected that it would be the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) which would respond and either accept or reject this proposal. However, while the HM remained silent on this issue, it was the joint resistance leadership (JLR) of the Hurriyat that immediately […]

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The Day ‘Kashmiriyat’ Died

The Day ‘Kashmiriyat’ Died

A tourist from Chennai being killed by a rock hurled at him by a Kashmiri is something that should have never happened but unfortunately it did. However, those who claim being surprised by this tragic occurrence or saying that they never imagined that a thing like this  could happen are outrightly lying because there were […]