There Is A Video War Being Played Out In Kashmir

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE HINDUSTAN TIMES)

Video vs Video: The other war playing out in Kashmir

INDIA Updated: Apr 17, 2017 07:39 IST

Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Kashmir unrest

Protesters clash with police and paramilitary soldiers during a protest after Friday prayers in Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

A grainy short video shot with a cellphone shows Wali Mohammed Bhat, a supporter of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), apologising profusely and shouting anti-India slogans at gunpoint.The petrified Kashmiri man is heard saying he has long quit all political activities.

In another similar video, a group of security men are seen pinning a youth in a red vest to the ground. His hands are tied behind his back, and the men are beating his legs with sticks.

He screams: “Paani … maafi (water… mercy).”

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The two clips were uploaded on social media on Sunday and quickly became the most shared, watched and commented items online in militancy-riddled Jammu and Kashmir as well as the rest of India.

These are from a long line of videos showing the two stark realities of Kashmir — alleged atrocities of a hardnosed establishment trying to bulldoze the insurgency, and the threats, brickbats and stones that people on the non-separatist side of the political divide face in the Valley.

This is Unacceptable ! Cant do this to our CRPF jawaans .This rot has to stop. Badtameezi ki hadd hai.

The troubled region’s pro- and anti-separatist battle is fought through videos — a quick-reaction psychological weapon that is exploding on social networks more often lately, especially after the protest-blighted by-elections to the Srinagar parliamentary seat on April 9.

At least eight people died in the unrest and hundreds were wounded as security forces fired at and caned crowds that tried to disrupt the bypoll in response to a separatist call to boycott the democratic process.

The video of an armed CRPF trooper being kicked and booed by a group of youth when he was returning from bypoll duty with his colleagues became a nationwide television debate.

Another Socking & Outrageous Video from occupied . Indian Brutality & oppression on its peak

The men in uniform do nothing to the hecklers. They walk on. Their action is peddled on the loop in national television as an epitome of restraint shown by the armed forces.

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The tide turns on April 13 as another explosive clip surfaced. It shows security forces firing at a group, mostly children, throwing stones. The soldiers are seen moving behind a wall, bending, locating the position of the stone-throwers, and firing at a boy. Netizens called it targeted killing.

A day later, a video showed a Kashmiri youth tied to the bonnet of a military jeep as a human shield against stone-throwers. The background audio warns people that “this will be the fate of stone-pelters”.

Here’s the video as well. A warning can be heard saying stone pelters will meet this fate. This requires an urgent inquiry & follow up NOW!!

The video was supposedly shot in Budgam district on April 9 during the bypoll.

Another clip emerged, showing Kashmiri youth protecting a security man who allegedly fell behind from the rest of his troop.

It rained videos last Saturday. One of them shows a child screaming his lungs out as four men in army fatigues beat him mercilessly with sticks. Another one has three Kashmiri youth shouting “Pakistan Murdabad”, allegedly at the behest of a security man, half-visible in the video.

Hindustan Times could not authenticate where and when these videos were shot. But these are having an effect.

Kashmir: Chief Minister Wants J & K To Be A Bridge Of Peace Between India And Pakistan

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE KASHMIR TIMES NEWS SERVICE)

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JAMMU, Dec 1: Peoples Democratic Party president and the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today asserted that the fundamental objective of the party had been to work for making Jammu & Kashmir a bridge of peace between India and Pakistan and build trust between the state and the Centre.

She asked the party cadre to work for achieving the said objectives with all seriousness.

Addressing the General Council meeting of the party here today, Mehbooba said people of Jammu & Kashmir had seen worst of times and PDP, ever since its inception, had been striving for creating a congenial atmosphere to ensure a durable peace, stability and development in the state besides ensuring dignity and honour of its people.

The Chief Minister said the people of the state had been the biggest beneficiaries of peace process between the two countries and unfortunately worst victims of hostility between the two countries. Terming dialogue as the only way forward for minimising hostilities, the Chief Minister said, “We have to go back to the vision and roadmap of late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed which underscores the need for dialogue and discourse for taking Jammu & Kashmir out of the present situation and building a permanent bond of amity between the two neighbouring countries.”

Mehbooba said PDP committed itself to the vision of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and the agenda of peace and dignity set by him for the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. She said the party would continue to carry forward his mission for dignified place to the people of J&K living in all its region and ensuring peace, justice, development and reconciliation.

The party president said PDP reiterated its resolve to once again create an atmosphere congenial to the revival of political process to take Jammu & Kashmir out of the present turmoil. She hoped that from the events of the recent past the state would re-emerge with its trademark resilience and would soon be firmly back on the track of economic reconstruction and strengthening of democratic institutions, which the party had always deemed essential for the solution of state’s problems.

The Chief Minister said her party condemned and rejected use of violence in any form as a means of achieving any goals. She said the recent unfortunate happenings not only resulted in the loss of many precious lives and destruction of property but had also given set back to the process of reconciliation and dialogue. The Chief Minister said the party, however, valued maintenance of communal harmony throughout the state even in moments of provocation and termed it as a land mark addition to the state’s history of tolerance and mutual respect.

She expressed deep concern at the violence along the LoC and the International Border which resulted in tremendous loss to life and property and caused dislocation to large section of the population living in border areas and called for de-escalation on both sides to give peace a chance. She hoped the national leadership, especially the Prime Minister would continue to spearhead the movement for peace and reconciliation started by him in spite of the unfortunate disruptions in the follow-up and attempts to derail it.

The PDP president reiterated her commitment to creation of an atmosphere which would help reconciliation and engagement of all the stake holders of the state and cooperation of all the well wishers of the state including political parties, community leaders, intellectuals and the youth in the larger interests of the state and the region.

Earlier in his welcome address, general secretary, Mohammed Sartaj Madni asked the party cadre to work with zeal for fulfilling the party’s agenda of development and political reconciliation in the state.

In his speech, general secretaries Nizamuddin Bhat and Mehboob Iqbal also addressed the meeting and highlighted the role of the party. The meeting was also addressed by several ministers, legislators, district presidents and zonal presidents.

News Updated at : Friday, December 2, 2016