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Srinagar, May 26: The former Congress chief minister of Maharashtra, Prithvi Raj Chavan on Friday lashed out at the Government of India (GoI) as well as the state government for worsening the situation in the state.
“I have never seen such a brewed up situation in Kashmir before on my previous visits to Kashmir. There is lot of difference between the situations, at present the situation is very much bad,” Chavan said while addressing a presser here at local hotel.
He said that the central as well as the state governments are equally responsible for the current deteriorating situation in the state. “It is the responsibility of both the governments to normalize the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
While refusing to comment over Major Gogoi, the army officer responsible for Human shield incident in Budgam he said “I have heard that the Chief Minister has ordered inquiry into the incident. The investigation is yet to be completed and I believe it would be too early to speak over the issue and let the investigation complete first.”
Chavan said, “The government has adopted muscular policy over the resolution of Kashmir issue. The Congress party when in rule tried to reach out to the people of all shades to resolve the issue.”
He said that not even a single promise done with the people of Kashmir has been fulfilled so far. “The party in the government had promised several things but unfortunately they let down the people at all fronts,” he said. Alleging that various scams are coming to fore in this regime. He said that unemployment is on rise in every nook and corner of India. “PM Modi had promised two crore jobs in one year but after completing three years, the six crore jobs are nowhere.

With inputs from KNS

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  • Despite Several CASOs, Encounters, No Success Here- Know Why Khudwani is a 'No-Go Zone'

    April 15

    At around 11:45 a gunfight raged in South Kashmir’s Kulgam District late night on Tuesday, when three Militants opened fire on a party of Government Forces. More troops from 1 Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force were called in and a siege was placed around the Wani Mohallah in the locality. As soon as Gunshots reverberated in the area, Civilians in large numbers hit the streets to disrupt the Anti Militancy Operation, which is not new to this area, in fact, the chain of stone throwing at encounter sites commenced here In 2015 when civilians took out a march for the first to give a chance to two Trapped Militants to escape. One civilian Asif Ahmad Tantray was killed near the scene of encounter, allegedly shot dead by troops.

    Khudwani in South Kashmir not more than five Kilometers away from the District headquarters of Islamabad District has seen at least 80 deaths of locals since the explosion of an armed Militancy in 1988. The area has three Graveyards reticent for people killed by Government Forces (Shaheed), One in Redwani, in Rampura and in Hawoora. On Wednesday, Khudwani in Southern Kashmir’s Kulgam District again saw four civilian deaths, two of them natives of Khudwani.

    “This has been the only area where Government Forces have never been able to achieve any success, it is not due to the topography or location of this area, but due to the resilient people in the area,” a resident Bilal Ahmed told.

    Civilians in huge numbers came out on the Tuesday night to give a chance to trapped Militants to escape. Announcements were made on the loudspeakers asking others to come out and help the trapped Militants. Allegedly youth paid for a truck loaded with stones and got it unloaded near a bridge in the area. Massive Stone throwing clashes witnessing use of pellets, tear gas shells and bullets began. In the struggle to save Militants, four civilians, Faisal Allie (15 years), A class 9th Student Bilal Ahmed Tantray (17 Years old), a class 12th Student, Aijaz Ahmed Pala, 30 years old and a father of a 7 Month old girl. A youth namely Sharjeel Ahmed Sheikh who was scheduled to be married on the 15th of April was also shot dead allegedly when he was coming out post a morning bath.

    After the Killing of Burhan Wani in 2016 July, a storm of civilian uprising began in Kashmir with Southern part of Kashmir as its centre and without a doubt Khudwani as the centre in South Kashmir. A series of Pro Freedom rallies were held here which witnessed a mass participation of public. It was here that Militants openly addressed the crowds during a public rally on 14 August 2016.

    According to a senior security official, places like Khudwani Belt, Tahab Belt, Litter Belt, Koil belt, Heff belt have virtually become 'no-go' areas for Government Forces because of the hostility from the locals.

    As the encounter that raged on Tuesday night between Militants and Government forces was called off after massive search operations and bombardment, people in droves of hundreds and thousands shouting pro Militancy Slogans reached the encounter site and allegedly rescued the Militants from the basement of a house. Later Militants on two wheelers appeared to the crowds chanting slogans and thanking the General public who rather than mourning the death of four civilians, shouted in Joy and whistled and cheered at a mere glimpse of three Militants.

    “We are fighting for Allah, there is no mourning in our death, we fight for truth, Truth never dies from any land,” Aaqib Malik, a Redwani resident who is among a huge group of youth who have gathered near the encounter site said.

    The ground reality in Kashmir is changing slowly but surely and it can be gauged even from plain statistics. If in 2013, 31 local youths joined militancy, the number for 2015 (till September-end) jumped to 63, in 2016, around 90 and in 2017, 124 Local youth joined Militancy.

    As per stats, the heightened militancy this year is receiving ground support with the local people posing maximum resistance to the forces, especially during the Anti Militancy operations. As many as a dozen Local youth have flanked the Militant ranks In the first three months of 2018 as per records while as 415 local youth have  joined militancy in since 2014. From Khudwani Belt, more than 20 Youth have joined Militant ranks which include known slain commanders like Majid Zargar, Dawood Sheikh, Junaid Matoo and the presently active Altaf Kaczroo. Altaf is an A++ category militant who carries cash bounty of Rs 12.5 lakh on his head. For two years repeatedly he featured in the List of Army’s most wanted Militants.

    Shakoor Ahmed Ganie is the latest one from the Khudwani to join Militancy among 15 others who have joined Militancy post the killing of Burhan Wani of Tral. Shakoor joined the Militant ranks on the 30th day of March.

    The region post 2016 has seen a massive eruption of support for Militancy as well as the resistance movement. “Youth here in this area support Militancy, support the resistance Movement and they are cordially connected to both,” Junaid another youth from the area said.

    A Security Official said that people in these areas support Militancy and many of them are over ground workers (OGW) to Militants. These OGW groups forewarn the militants about the movement of troopers, helping them to easily slip into adjoining regions like Shopian, Budgam or Islamabad (Anantnag). Most youth are first inducted as over ground workers (OGWs) before they are inducted into the ranks, a police official said.

    “Immediately after we hear the news of Movement of Government Forces in the area, crowds spontaneously hit the streets, throwing stones on them,” Aaqib said.

    Aaqib also claimed that last year there was a flood scare and the Administrative officials visited the area, Locals chased them with axes, Stones and sticks. Disruption of Cordon and Search Operations has been a norm in the area. “Most number of Cordon and Search Operations have been launched here,” Bilal said.

    “Many youth have been injured during clashes here since 2010, hit with bullets, pellets and Tear Smoke Shells,” said Adil Ahmed  (Name Changed on Request), 23 years who was bullet wounded during post encounter clashes in 2017 at Arwani adding that his family is mentally prepared that they will send their son to Militant Ranks.

    The most ‘volatile’ areas in South Kashmir are Heff-Shrimal in Shopian, Tral of Pulwama district, Khudwani in Kulgam and Samboora, Lelhar of Pulwama. These are the areas which are dotted with apple orchards and lead to dense forests where militants are holed up, a security official posted in South Kashmir said.

    The intelligence network of the militant groups, which had ended in mid-1990s, is understood to have revived again and the terrorists come to know about the advancement of security forces, giving them an advantage to flee the area, he added.

    “You may imprison a person, but you cannot imprison his mind. According to me they are fringe elements but we have to fight the idea,” the late Mufti Sayed had once said.

    On ground in Kashmir, it is definitely not the reality. More Bunkers popping up, new camps established, civilian killings, extra CASOs, and frequent internet bans, the struggle of people to dignity and justice never ends.

    The tragedy over the past two decades though has been that neither the Regional Government nor New Delhi is earing the new reality and looking at Kashmir beyond an issue of Security and more tragically unemployment.

    “Modi cannot throw money at us. If he thinks that a package will help people forget the blood of Kashmiris, that will never happen,…”Ghulam Nabi Dar, an old aged man from Khudwani says.

  • The "D" Addiction


    Drug addiction, a chronic brain disease often leads people who are with drugs to use it more and more, despite of knowing it that it will damage their brain system and won’t let a person to work in a conscious manner.There are people who don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and those they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to stop it. But In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make cuitting hard, even for those who want to. Their brain is who they are. It’s what allows them to think, breathe, move, speak, and feel. It’s just 3 pounds of gray-and-white matter that rests in our skull, and it is your own personal “mission control.” which deals with everything we do in our daily life when drugs enter the brain, they interfere with its normal processing and can eventually lead to changes in how well it works. Over time, drug use can lead to addiction, a devastating brain disease in which people can’t stop using drugs even when they really want to and even after it causes terrible consequences to their health and other parts of their lives.


    It is a type of disease often leads people to lose their control on their daily life, and in its lust they try to do it repeated times which led a person to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a "relapsing" disease, people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug.


    Whether a person does it or not but everybody has a consciousness about it that it ultimately leads a person to death, but most of the drugs affect the brain's reward circuit by flooding it with the chemical messenger dopamine. This reward system controls the body's ability to feel pleasure and motivates a person to repeat behaviors needed to thrive, such as eating and spending time with loved ones. This overstimulation of the reward circuit causes the intensely pleasurable high that can lead people to take a drug again and again. As a person continues to use drugs, the brain adjusts to the excess dopamine by making less of it and/or reducing the ability of cells in the reward circuit to respond to it. This reduces the high that the person feels compared to the high they felt when first taking the drug—an effect known as tolerance. They might take more of the drug, trying to achieve the same dopamine high. It can also cause them to get less pleasure from other things they once enjoyed, like food or social activities. Long term use of drugs also causes changes in other brain chemical systems and circuits as well, affecting functions that includes, Learning: a person won’t be able to learn anything normally like normal people do.

    Judgment: won’t be able to judge even if a person wants to.

    Decision-making: becomes very hectic for them to take any decision no matter how simple it is.

    Stress: one of the common symptoms, frustrated mind

    Memory: a person forgets basic things, which probably are very easier for normal people.

    Behavior: people can make out from far only that person behavior has been changed.



    There are number of reasons of getting attached with drugs, except from stress and mental trauma and environment structure there are other reasons too such as, Heredity, Genes with which a person is born with account for about half of a person's risk for addiction. Gender, ethnicity, and the presence of other mental disorders may also influence risk for drug use and addiction.

    Environment. One of the most observed reason, a person’s environment includes many different influences, from family and friends to economic status and general quality of life. Factors such as peer pressure, physical and sexual abuse, early exposure to drugs, stress, and parental guidance can greatly affect a person’s likelihood of drug use and addiction.

    Surroundings:  Genetic and environmental factors interact with critical developmental stages in a person’s life to affect addiction risk. Although taking drugs at any age can lead to addiction, the earlier that drug use begins, the more likely it will progress to addiction. This is particularly problematic for teens. Because areas in their brains that control decision-making, judgment, and self-control are still developing, teens may be especially prone to risky behaviors, including trying drugs.



    As everyone knows today’s world is full of technologies and is growing with it day by day, it could have been an incurable disease before but now it’s not. Millions of people have come to their normal life from drugs. However, addiction is treatable and can be successfully managed. People who are recovering from an addiction will be at risk for relapse for years and possibly for their whole lives. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medicines with behavioral

    therapy ensures the best chance of success for most patients. Treatment approaches tailored to each patient’s drug use patterns and any co-occurring medical, mental, and social problems can lead to continued recovery. Now everyone is aware of it that it leads a person for harm consequences, Although personal events and cultural factors affect drug use trends, when young people view drug use as harmful, they tend to decrease their drug taking. Therefore, education and outreach are key in helping people understand the possible risks of drug use. Teachers, parents, and health care providers have crucial roles in educating young people and preventing drug use and addiction. When we talk about the people who are with drugs “The Kashmiriyat” during its visit to different spots of it and analysis its inner meaning and cause. Where ever we look we find every type of people around us, Kashmiriyat during its research on couple of the places of south Kashmir has found out that, scores of people from south Kashmir and particularly from district Islamabad who have been taken out from the trauma by rehabilitation centers of the valley.

    Achabal village of district Anantnag: poppy straw 14.500kgm, charas 5kgm, fuki 97kgs, brown sugar 22 packets, corex 10 bottles with 960 sedative tablets, codeine 28 bottles, charas powder 1.650 kgs. Mattan village of district Anantnag: charas powder 1.650kgm, charas 500kgm, Bhung powder 900 kgm. District Islamabad:  fuki 4.500kgm, liquor 24 bottles, 72 spasmo proxivan capsules, 2400 tablets, rexcof 18 bottles with 72 sedative strips, corex 10 bottles, Bang bosa 5kg 600gms , coedine 19 bottles with 721 sedative tablets, corex 10 bottles,  spasmoproxavan 136 tablets, corex 08 bottles. Kokernag village of district Islamabad: 41 bottles of liquor, acres of land with Bhung destructed.

    In this regard the Jammu kashmir police of district Islamabad has already set up a rehabilitation center for the those people who have been with drugs from decades and wants to come back to their normal life, when visited the spot, average number of the people inside was youth in their early teen age. Rehabilitation center of district Islamabad senior Psychotherapist Dr Mudasira, while talking to The Kashmiriyat said, she treats people who are with drugs their as a senior psychotherapist, and her message to all the people who are directly or indirectly inter linked with it, that drug is a silent killer which blindly kills a person from inside, while briefing about the usage of drugs she said Life is not easy the strong survive of life is mental strength , It’s not just about physical strength always ; it is more about mental strength.  Later while assembling together with drug seekers who are under treatment inside the rehab center.

    Two boys (name with held) as they found it bit embarrassing to display their names. They were with drugs from last 14 years and other one from 5 years, which use to cause to lack a moral power and kind of to be separate from the community, not only this there were a lot of problems like memory loss, frustration all the time, no satisfaction about anything they do, but now after they started getting treatments from Rehabilitations from past fifteen days they feel much better as compared to past life they use to live. One of the boy inside rehabilitation while sharing his personal experience with The Kashmiriyat said, "during drugs once when he was drunk and coming back from a drug party towards his home he heard some whispers from his own clan whispering about his behavior and drugs which led him to realize that whatever he is doing is wrong from every aspect we see and won't even get a respect from younger around, since that movement of life he said, had a promise with himself that he won't touch it again" as it leads him always to lose his self esteem.

    Both the boys enthusiastically while ending up their conversations with “The Kashmiriyat” proudly gave a message to people around who are with drugs and said, “Our message to all the people who are with drugs is that, whatever they do they think it’s right and probably enjoys it but at the end of the day they are harming themselves, we shared personal experiences to you how we were ashamed of it. People who are not able to cope up with their personals problems faced by drugs, on behalf of every one we two as a present example request all of them do visit rehabilitation centers around them which ever corner live they live. They can proudly build up their new profile of life and live their rest of the life in natural peace and harmony.


     Umar Khursheed freelance writer and a journalism graduate. He can be reached at

  • Shutdown in Islamabad (Anantnag) tomorrow

    "A call for complete shutdown has been issued by Traders Union Islamabad (Anantnag)"

    June 3

    The traders association has called for a complete shutdown for the second consecutive day tomorrow against the police excesses.

    In the wake of Shutdown call today, a complete shutdown was observed in the town. In conversation with 'The Kashmiriyat' Sajjad Hakeem, spokesperson Traders Association accused the Police of highhandedness in the town. He said excesses were committed against the shopkeepers and the civilian population which is highly condemnable. Mr. Sajjad demanded that till tomorrow evening, the shopkeepers must be paid compensation for the losses, which includes the structures that caught fire at Reshi Bazar, Islamabad (Anantnag) yesterday allegedly because of the smoke shells fired by Police. Mr. Sajjad demanded the personal intervention of the Chief Minister. He also said that the union has spoken to Transporters and they are also included in tomorrow's strike.


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