Latest Kashmir News

2nd phase of Indian elections ends amid Kashmir lockdown

Apr. 18, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Voting in the second phase of India's general election on Thursday remained largely peaceful amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Indian officials said the turnout was over 60% across 13 Indian states where voting took place....

Poll workers journey to reach India's most remote voters

Apr. 13, 2019 5:52 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The figures involved in India's general election are staggering: 900 million voters, 83 million first-time voters, 11 million poll workers, nearly 4 million electronic voting machines, 1 million polling booths and 570 special trains for migrant laborers and security personnel. Such numbers...

4 killed in Indian election violence as voting kicks off

Apr. 11, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least four people were killed in clashes Thursday on the first day of polling in India's general elections, a six-week process that's seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, officials said Thursday. Police said two workers...

Jobs, castes and other issues in India's general elections

Apr. 10, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 promising big-ticket economic reforms. But with unemployment rising and signature policies getting panned, Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has adopted a nationalist pitch ahead of a general election that begins this week. The last...

India bans key highway in Kashmir for 2 days a week

Apr. 7, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities in India's portion of disputed Kashmir on Sunday began enforcing a ban on the movement of civilian vehicles on a key highway to keep it open exclusively for military and paramilitary convoys two days a week. Soldiers patrolled the highway and erected barricades by steel...

Mountain road crash kills 7 in Pakistan

Apr. 7, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a vehicle tumbled off a mountainous road into a river, killing seven people. Senior officer Raja Akmal said Sunday the vehicle was carrying passengers from Neelum Valley to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, when it veered...

India political rivals join hands in bid to top ruling party

Apr. 7, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Political archrivals in India's most populous state rallied together Sunday, asking voters to support a new alliance created with the express purpose of defeating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. The low caste-dominated Bahujan Samaj...

Pakistan announces release of 360 Indian fishermen

Apr. 5, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign ministry announced Friday that authorities will release 360 Indian prisoners detained for fishing illegally in the country's territorial waters in the Arabian sea, a move aimed at easing tensions with New Delhi. Mohammad Faisal, ministry spokesman, told reporters that...

Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over Kashmir killings

Apr. 3, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned an Indian diplomat to lodge a strong protest over what it says was this week's intentional targeting of civilians by Indian troops in disputed Kashmir that killed four. India says two of its civilians and a soldier were killed in Monday's...

Pakistan, India trade fire in disputed Kashmir: 7 people die

Apr. 2, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan and India traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, leaving seven people dead — three Pakistani soldiers, a Pakistani villager, an Indian woman and a girl and a member of the Indian paramilitary troops, officials said Tuesday. The fatalities were some of the...