Latest Kashmir News

Pakistan says test-fire of medium-range missile a success

Jan. 20, 2021 10:11 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,750 kilometers (about 1,700 miles), the military said. In a statement, it said the launch of the medium-range Shaheen-III missile was aimed at “re-validating various design and...

Indian tourists and locals ski on a slope in Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Snow this winter has brought along with it thousands of locals and tourists to Indian-controlled Kashmir's high plateau, pastoral Gulmarg, which translates as “meadow of flowers.

AP Photos: Snow fills Kashmir resort with tourists again

Jan. 19, 2021 7:38 PM EST

GULMARG, India (AP) — Snow lies knee-deep in the pastoral town of Gulmarg, or “meadow of flowers,” on Indian-controlled Kashmir's high plateau. With its blanket of white, the idyllic hill station is seeing tourists again fill its hotels and ski, sledge and trek its Himalayan landscape. The...

FILE - In this Monday, March 16, 2020 file photo, Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during an interview in Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, Khan reacted angrily to media reports of a text exchange between an Indian TV anchor and a former media industry executive that suggests a 2019 Indian airstrike inside Pakistan was designed to boost Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chances for re-election. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Pakistan PM angry over reports TV anchor knew about strike

Jan. 18, 2021 9:40 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister reacted angrily Monday to media reports of a text exchange between an Indian TV anchor and a former media industry executive that suggests a 2019 Indian airstrike inside Pakistan was designed to boost Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chances for...

Pakistani military says Indian fire kills soldier in Kashmir

Jan. 14, 2021 9:01 AM EST

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's military said Indian troops opened fire across the border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Thursday, killing a Pakistani soldier, the latest in continued tensions between the two South Asian nuclear rivals. A statement from the military condemned what...

Zarqa Mushtaq, center, shows on a mobile phone the 11th grade examination slip of her 16 -year old brother Athar Mushtaq, as her father Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, looks on while talking to the Associated Press in Bellow, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. On the last week of 2020, Indian government forces killed Athar and two other young men during a controversial gunfight on the outskirts of the Indian-controlled Kashmir’s main city. Police did not call them anti-India militants but “hardcore associates of terrorists.

In Kashmir, empty grave for teenager killed by Indian forces

Jan. 7, 2021 8:01 AM EST

BELLOW, India (AP) — On a recent chilly winter day in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmed shoveled the earth, laboriously digging a grave for his teenage son. There was, however, no body to be lowered inside. Stunned, a group of onlookers watched in silence. But Ahmed kept digging, now knee-deep...

Early morning light falls on Pir Panjal mountains between India-Pakistan Line of Control (LOC) of Balakot in Poonch, about 250 kilometers (156 miles) from Jammu, India, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. From sandbagged Indian army bunkers dug deep into the Pir Panjal mountains in the Himalayas, villages on the Pakistan-controlled side of Kashmir appear precariously close, on the other side of the Line of Control that for the past 73 years has divided the region between the two nuclear-armed rivals. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

AP Photos: Indian army patrols border with rival Pakistan

Jan. 6, 2021 9:21 PM EST

JAMMU, India (AP) — From sandbagged Indian army bunkers dug deep into the Pir Panjal mountains in the Himalayas, villages on the Pakistan-controlled side of Kashmir appear precariously close, on the other side of the Line of Control that for the past 73 years has divided the region between the two...

Supporters of the civil society group, Jammu Kashmir Forum, take part in a demonstration to mark, The Right to Self-determination Day,

Kashmiri activists rally in Pakistan, demand referendum

Jan. 5, 2021 8:24 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of Kashmiri activists rallied in Pakistan's capital Tuesday to urge the United Nations to ensure Kashmir's right to self-determination under a decades-old resolution on the disputed region. Chanting slogans including “we want freedom" they urged the world community to take...

Ahmad bin Qasim, left, the son of Aasiyah Andrabi, a prominent separatist leader from disputed Kashmir, and Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, give a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. The family of Andrabi, who is being held in an Indian jail for alleged anti-state activities, appealed Monday to the United Nations for help in securing her release. (AP Photo/Waseem Khan)

Family asks for help in release of Kashmir separatist leader

Jan. 4, 2021 10:31 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The family of a prominent separatist leader from disputed Kashmir who is being held in an Indian jail for alleged anti-state activities appealed Monday to the United Nations for help in securing her release. Ahmad bin Qasim, the son of Aasiyeh Andrabi, who heads an Islamic women’s...

Indian army soldiers walk near the site of a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. A gun battle between rebels and government forces overnight killed three rebels on the outskirts of Srinagar on Wednesday, officials said. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

Indian troops kill 3 in Kashmir; families deny militant ties

Dec. 30, 2020 2:05 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir said Wednesday that government forces killed three suspected militants in a gunfight in the disputed region’s main city, but families of the slain men alleged they were killed in a staged gunbattle. The families contested that the three were...

Activists of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference listen to their party president Farooq Abdullah during a meeting a day after the District Development Council elections results in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. An alliance of political parties opposed to New Delhi’s policies in Kashmir has won a majority of seats in local elections, the first since New Delhi revoked the disputed region’s semiautonomous status and took direct control last year. The alliance, which is pro-India but favors self-governance for Kashmir, won 112 out of a total of 280 seats in District Development Council elections. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

Kashmir parties opposed to Modi win seats in local polls

Dec. 23, 2020 4:28 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An alliance of political parties opposed to India's policies in Kashmir has won a majority of seats in local elections, the first since New Delhi revoked the disputed region’s semiautonomous status and took direct control last year. The alliance, which is pro-India but favors...