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Thursday, November 08, 2007


The emergence of Islamic fundamentalism all over the world, this theo-fascist brand of political philosophy accompanied by hatred, intolerance, and terrorism was pushed into and peddled in the peaceful Kashmir valley by Pakistan. And now the rapture of birdsong and murmur of gentle streams of yesteryears is replaced by the misery of physical and psychic violence instigated by the terrorists. 

The goals of the bigoted religious terrorists in Kashmir whose vision of Azadi (independence) is to use religious dogma to exclude women, religious minorities, and secular-minded people from every kind of freedom in social and political life. 

On May 18, 2002 , India asked the Government of Pakistan to recall their High Commissioner in New Delhi in view of Pakistan’s continued support to cross border terrorism. Under pressure, General Musharraf responded in his speech of May 27, 2002 with a commitment to stop cross border infiltration and terrorism on a permanent basis. 

Despite Gen. Musharraf’s commitments, cross border infiltration and related terrorist violence increased from July 2002 onwards. On July 13, 2002 Pak-based terrorists attacked a low-income neighborhood in Qasimnagar. 

Attacks on soft targets calculated to inflame sentiments have continued . These include the attacks on temples at Akshardham, and in Jammu and on women in J&K. 

As recently as on March 20, 2003 , Kashmiri Hindus living in Nadimarg, Jammu were targeted in which 24 Pundits, including 11 women and 2 children were massacred in cold blood. 

These incidents underscore once again that there has been no respite in terrorism from Pakistan . They also underline the need for Pakistan to take decisive steps to end infiltration on a permanent basis and wind down the infrastructure of support to terrorism. 

Cross border infiltration and linked terrorist violence reached a height in the run up to the Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly election. 


 State Government

 Divisional Commissioner

 High Court

Constitution, Law

• Article 370

• Human Rights Protection Act


• Chronology of Events 

• Tashkent Declaration 1966 

• Lahore Summit 1999 

• UN Resolution on Kashmir 

Human Rights

 National Human Rights Commission

• Kashmir International Relief Fund 

• Kashmir Council for Human Rights 

Indian Muslim Relief Committee 


• Kashmir Virtual Library

• Kashmir Stamps

• Mirwaiz of Kashmir


• India Today on Kargil 


• Jammu and Kashmir Tourism 

• Government Arts Emporium 

• Waterways Development Authority 

English Papers

• Kashmir Herald 

• Kashmir Observer 

• Kashmir Times 

• Daily Excelsior

• List of English, Urdu papers  


• Association of British Kashmiris 

• J & K Shia Association 

• Kashmir University Alumni


However, the successful conduct of elections to the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly with a voter participation of 43.70% in the face of terrorist threats and intimidation, and public satisfaction with the results, was seen as a vindication of the desire of the people of Jammu & Kashmir for peace and of the credibility of the elections.

India remains firmly committed to the path of dialogue and reconciliation in keeping with the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration and has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to end its sponsorship of terrorism in India so that a conducive environment can be created for the resumption of bilateral dialogue.


Warning that terrorism could trigger disasters across borders, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asserted that the modern societies must prepare to come together to deal with manmade disasters, be they industrial disasters or disasters caused by terrori (Pm: Terror Threat Can Trigger Disasters, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Branding terrorism as a "man-made" disaster, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the scourge was looming large over Asian countries and could trigger disasters across the borders. (Pm Says Terrorism Is A Man-Made Disaster, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose Emergency in Pakistan looks like his last desperate effort to restore a semblance of order in a nuclear-armed, jihad-supporting nation propped up by an imagined identity and foreign aid (General's Last Gambit, Pioneer, Wilson John, Nov 07, 2007)

The Indian government, relieved that for the first time it is not being perceived or blamed as a part of the problem during an internal crisis in Pakistan, is hoping for the process of ‘democratisation’ to begin as it closely monitors the evolving . . . . (India Seeks Peace, Stability In Pakistan, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Is Pakistan’s sickness terminal? To determine this one needs to diagnose. And what does a diagnosis reveal? Consider, first, the Pakistan army. (Special Article, Statesman, Rajinder Puri, Nov 07, 2007)

The situation in Pakistan is ominous, and reads much like a chapter from the pages of the last century. (Spinning Out Of Control , Telegraph, Malvika Singh, Nov 06, 2007)

Strong and sustained international pressure will be needed to defuse the present crisis. An unstable, volatile, radicalised, and nuclear-armed Pakistan is in no one’s interest. (Pakistan: Having A Tiger By The Tail, Hindu, Ramesh Thakur, Nov 06, 2007)

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf seemed to be one of the Bush administration's most valuable foreign friends after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when he denounced al Qaeda and the Taliban and joined the U.S.-declared war on terrorism. (Will Pakistan Turn Out Like Iran?, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Turkey’s Kurdish dilemma offers salutary lessons for strategic thinkers. It enables them to take a rare peep into the actual world of politics and the pitiless ravines of international diplomacy. (Turkey’S Kurdish Problem: Lessons For India, Hindu, M.K. Bhadrakumar, Oct 31, 2007)

Pakistan has hired controversial the former US assistant secretary of state for South Asia, Robin Raphael, to push its case on Capitol Hill and with the White House. (Pak Hires Delhi Thorn To Lobby Us, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

If there is a “natural alliance” between India and the United States, it arises to the extent that both are large democracies and more or less free societies that happen to be placed half way across the globe and pose no perceptible military threat . . . (India-Usa Interests , Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Oct 30, 2007)

If there is a “natural alliance” between India and the United States, it arises to the extent that both are large democracies and more or less free societies that happen to be placed half way across the globe and pose no perceptible . . . . . (Special, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

Accusing successive Congress governments of "inept handling" of internal security, senior BJP leader L.K. Advani on Sunday said the "faulty" policies of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru are responsible for the Kashmir problem. (‘Nehru’S Policies Caused Kashmir Problem’, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

Notwithstanding the increasing threat of jihadi terrorism in the country, we still do not have a coherent strategy to deal with the menace. (The Ostrich And The Storm, Pioneer, Sunita Vakil, Oct 27, 2007)

There was solid basis for New Delhi's response to the blasts in Karachi. The two countries are in the process of evolving a mechanism for police cooperation against terrorism and it is in India's interest to make Benazir conform to the . . . . (India Should Not Be Cynical, Pioneer, Radha Kumar, Oct 27, 2007)

After last week's suicide bombing in Karachi, a sympathy wave is sought to be manufactured in favour of the 'daughter of the East' even here in India. But does the lady deserve a second chance? (Know Your Benazir, Pioneer, Wilson John, Oct 27, 2007)

Intelligence inputs available with the Government indicate the possibility of imminent jihadi attacks on country's "economic and iconic targets". (India Threatened By 'Failed States': Nsa , Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 27, 2007)

Expressing commitment to the Indo-US nuclear deal, the US has said the historic agreement is an important part of the bilateral relationship and is beneficial to both countries. ('Nuke Deal Important Part Of Indo-Us Relationship', New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

Since the Inter-Services Intelligence chief is an important man, the unprecedented appointment of Ashfaq Kayani as the army chief in Pakistan evokes interest. (Holding On To The Reins , Telegraph, Abhijit Bhattacharyya , Oct 25, 2007)

The defence minister, Mr AK Antony, today urged the Army top brass to change their mind-set and called for transparent and simplified defence procurement procedures. (Antony Calls For Change In Army’S Mind-Set, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)


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