May 28, 2006 |
Thousands of people protested in a Kashmiri village and locked up a soldier, alleging he had raped a girl on her way home from school, witnesses said. Police were trying to persuade the villagers to release the soldier and promised an investigation after the alleged assault in Singhpora village, 15 miles north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state.
May 2, 2006 |
Islamic militants have killed 35 members of Kashmir's Hindu minority, police said Monday, days ahead of a planned meeting between the divided region's political separatists and India's prime minister. In one village, militants disguised as soldiers coaxed residents from their homes and then gunned down 22 of them -- the single deadliest attack by Islamic rebels in Kashmir since a 2003 cease-fire between India and Pakistan, police said.
April 15, 2006 |
At least eight grenade attacks blamed on separatists killed five people and injured 30 in Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state, police said. The victims, three women and two men, were civilians who died of their injuries at a hospital, said Mushtaq Ahmad, a police officer. The attacks targeted police patrols, the main bus station and a promenade frequented by tourists and lined with hotels and restaurants.
January 19, 2006 |
India and Pakistan entered their third round of peace talks this week with little sign of significant progress toward resolving their dispute over Kashmir. After two days of negotiations that kicked off the latest round of talks, the nuclear-armed neighbors on Wednesday were only able to repeat an old commitment to seek a peaceful settlement to the Kashmir conflict and announce the opening of a second bus link across the cease-fire line that divides the Himalayan territory.
November 18, 2005 |
Civilians crossed the disputed Pakistani-Indian frontier for the first time since the devastating Oct. 8 earthquake. About two dozen mostly elderly men who had been visiting relatives in Pakistan when the quake struck walked to the Indian side across a dry riverbed under a damaged bridge at the Chakothi-Uri checkpoint. No one crossed over from the Indian side into Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. Both countries claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.
November 16, 2005 |
The mailman delivered the first clues in the disappearance of Bushan Lal. They were written in a letter from someone claiming to be a member of the Indian army, who identified himself only as "a savior of humanity." The anonymous informant claimed that Indian soldiers had killed Lal, 25, along with three other porters hired to carry equipment and supplies for army troops fighting insurgents in disputed Kashmir.
November 8, 2005 |
For all of his life, Syed Taneer Hussain has waited to cross the de facto border that divides the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir and see relatives he has never had a chance to meet. But like every other day of belligerence between India and Pakistan, Monday ended in heartbreak. The 52-year-old teacher had thought his time had finally come. Following Oct. 8's magnitude 7.
October 19, 2005 |
Moved by an earthquake that unleashed death and destruction on both sides of divided Kashmir, Pakistani and Indian leaders agreed Tuesday to at least temporarily scale back barriers that have kept families apart for 58 years. During a visit to Muzaffarabad, the quake-ravaged capital of the region of Kashmir that Pakistan controls, President Pervez Musharraf appealed to New Delhi to allow Kashmiris to cross the de facto border and bring aid to suffering relatives.
October 9, 2005 |
More than 18,000 people were killed when a powerful earthquake struck northern Pakistan, a military spokesman said today, in a disaster that entombed hundreds of children in their schools, flattened a high-rise apartment building in the Pakistani capital and devastated an untold number of villages. The magnitude-7.6 quake struck just after 8:50 a.m. Saturday in the disputed region of Kashmir and reverberated across a swath of northern Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
September 11, 2005 |
Suspected Islamic rebels attacked a military convoy in the Indian-held portion of Kashmir, killing five soldiers and wounding three others. The attack on a highway linking the cities of Srinagar and Jammu came as the military convoy passed through the town of Awantipora. A Pakistani-based militant group claimed responsibility in a telephone call to a news agency.