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Farooq Abdullah should be tried for crime against humanity

Daughter of late Lt Gen PS Bhagat👇: What a wonderful & Unbiased write up about the Crook Abdullah. *By Ashali Varma* Narendra Modi was on track when he *blamed Farooq Abdullah for the genocide of Kashmiri Pandits*. I have written about Abdullah’s culpability before and it is criminal that he was never taken to task for this. Dr. Abdullah abdicated his duty as the Chief Minister in 1990. *At least five lakh Kashmiri Pandits, whose ancestors lived in the valley for 5000 years were ethnically cleansed and it is horrifying that this happened in a democratic country under the nose of an elected Chief Minister. It seems that he was the CM only for the Muslims, he obviously did not care a fig about the Pandits.* Then he has the gall to tell those who have voted for PM Modi that they should drown themselves in the sea! It is time he looked at his own past and take responsibility for what happened *under his tenure when a peaceful valley became akin to the Islamic State.* Anyone who w

Farooq Abdullah should be tried for crime against humanity

Daughter of late Lt Gen PS Bhagat👇: What a wonderful & Unbiased write up about the Crook Abdullah. *By Ashali Varma* Narendra Modi was on track when he *blamed Farooq Abdullah for the genocide of Kashmiri Pandits*. I have written about Abdullah’s culpability before and it is criminal that he was never taken to task for this. Dr. Abdullah abdicated his duty as the Chief Minister in 1990. *At least five lakh Kashmiri Pandits, whose ancestors lived in the valley for 5000 years were ethnically cleansed and it is horrifying that this happened in a democratic country under the nose of an elected Chief Minister. It seems that he was the CM only for the Muslims, he obviously did not care a fig about the Pandits.* Then he has the gall to tell those who have voted for PM Modi that they should drown themselves in the sea! It is time he looked at his own past and take responsibility for what happened *under his tenure when a peaceful valley became akin to the Islamic State.* Anyone who w

India’s Move in Kashmir: Unpacking the Domestic and International Motivations and Implications

By  C. Christine Fair  Monday, August 12, 2019, 11:10 AM Police confront protestors in Kashmir in December 2018. (Source: Tasnim News Agency/Seyyed Sajed Hassan Razavi, CC BY 4.0) On Monday, Aug. 5, the  Indian government announced that the “special status” accorded to the state Jammu and Kashmir —which includes Ladakh—was no more. The government also split and downgraded the status of the erstwhile state into two  union territories :  “Jammu and Kashmir,” which will have a local legislature  while Ladakh will resemble other union territories . I was in India when this move was announced, and in the run-up, it became increasingly clear that something was afoot in Kashmir. First, the central government had airlifted an extraordinary augmentation of security forces.  By Aug. 1, 2019, the center had dispatched an additional 35,000 security forces to the state ,  which already has hundreds of thousands of security forces in place. (The actual number has not been disclosed.) It also a

Kandahar from Razeq to Tadin (1): Building the ‘American tribe’

Kandahar from Razeq to Tadin (1): Building the ‘American tribe’ Author:  Thomas Ruttig  and  Ali Mohammad Sabawoon Date: 12 August 2019 Kandahar's Kherqa-ye Mubarak shrine, holding a cloak of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Photo: Thomas Ruttig (2005) After the assassination in October 2018 of Kandahar’s powerful police chief and ruthless anti-Taleban strongman, General Abdul Razeq, it was feared that the security regime he installed in central parts of the province might break down without him and the Taleban might capitalise on it. Although fighting has since increased, the feared collapse has not happened. In this two-part dispatch series, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and Ali Mohammad Sabawoon ask why. In part one, they map the shifting balance of power between pro-government and Taleban forces in the province in the last years under Razeq. They look back at the reasons for his initial success in pushing the Taleban away from the provincial centre, much of Middle Kandahar and parts of