SEPARATISTS

  • Kashmiris join insurgency against India at highest rate in two decades February 25, 2015

    Srinagar: Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir is increasingly dependent on homegrown, educated fighters with the highest number of local youth joining in two decades, according to Indian army data seen on Tuesday. The trend represents a new threat in the region where Muslim separatists have been fighting Indian forces since 1989. At...
  • J&K: Security clampdown on second anniversary of Afzal Guru's hanging February 9, 2015

    Srinagar: Several separatists leaders were detained or put under house arrest and prohibitory orders clamped in the city in the wake of protests called by them on the second anniversary of execution of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru on Monday. Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar,...
  • Deadly clashes rage in east Ukraine after peace talks fail February 2, 2015

    Kiev: Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as pro-Russian separatists used artillery fire to try to dislodge government forces from a strategic rail hub after peace talks collapsed. Hopes of easing the situation evaporated on Saturday with Ukraine's representative and separatist envoys accusing each other of sabotaging negotiations. "Fighting continues across...
  • Separatists, Hizbul exert pressure on PDP against going with BJP in Jammu and Kashmir January 8, 2015

    Srinagar: Even though the People's Democratic Party is the single largest in the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, yet it is no where near forming the next government in the state. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 25 seats to emerge as the second largest party in the state...
  • J&K government formation: PDP, Separatist leader meeting likely to spark row January 2, 2015

    Srinagar: The People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday got embroiled in row after party patriarch Mufti Mohammad Sayeed met separatist leader Abdul Gani Bhat. The meeting between the two leaders is likely to invite criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as PDP is in talks with it for a...
  • 71% voting in the second phase of J&K elections but slight dip in the valley December 2, 2014

    Srinagar: Just like the first phase, voters on December 2 came out in large numbers ignoring the boycott call given by separatist leaders and cold weather conditions to exercise their franchise in 18 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir. Several seats recorded a remarkable voter turnout, continuing the positive trend set...
  • No formal Modi-Sharif meeting in Nepal but India doesn't rule out informal talks between the PMs November 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are unlikely to have a formal meeting during his visit to Kathmandu in Nepal. However, according to sources, an informal meeting can be held between the two ministers at the sidelines of the SAARC summit. The Indian government has...
  • Russia is providing heavy arms to the separatists in Ukraine: Barack Obama November 16, 2014

    President Barack Obama said that Russia would face isolation if it continues to violate international law. "Russia is providing heavy arms to the separatists in Ukraine," said Obama. ...
  • There is no proposal for an alliance with the BJP yet, says Sajjad Lone November 11, 2014

    In an interview with CNN-IBN, former Separatist Sajjad Lone has said that his meeting with Narendra Modi was only to discuss Kashmir development. "There is no proposal for an alliance with the BJP yet. Once elections are over we will look at the question of alliance. I am extremely impressed...
  • Pro-Russian rebels vote for leaders in eastern Ukraine November 3, 2014

    Donetsk: Pro-Russian rebels elected a separatist leadership in eastern Ukraine on Sunday in a vote President Petro Poroshenko called "a farce." Mining electrician-turned-rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko won over 81 percent of the vote, according to the rebels' exit polls of an election that has worsened a standoff between Russia and the...
  • Modi, Sharif likely to meet at SAARC summit in November: Government sources September 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at SAARC summit in November, sources said on Tuesday. This comes after Pakistan's National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Sunday admitted that the meeting between Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit and...
  • PM talks tough, says Pak made a spectacle of talks by holding meetings with 'secessionist elements' August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had some tough words for Pakistan on Friday. In an interaction with the Japanese media ahead of his Saturday visit to the country, Modi said that he was "disappointed that Pakistan had sought to make a spectacle of talks" and went ahead...
  • Separatists say will allow "trapped" Ukrainian forces to withdraw August 29, 2014

    Moscow: ProMoscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled. It was not clear how the government in Kiev would react to the offer, suggested first by...
  • Russia responsible for violence in eastern Ukraine: Obama August 29, 2014

    Washington: Blaming Russia for the escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, US president Barack Obama has said that Moscow was deliberately and repeatedly violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. "If there was ever any doubt, that Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine. The violence is encouraged by...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha's take on India Pakistan relations August 24, 2014

    On this episode of 'The Week That Wasn't', Cyrus Broacha comments on India Pakistan relations. With India demanding unequivocal apology from Pakistan, the news channels seem to be most affected by the tiff. ...
  • India talks tough, tells Pakistan there are only two stakeholders on Jammu and Kashmir August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Just hours after the Pakistan High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, defended his meeting with the Kashmiri separatists, India hit back saying there were only two stakeholders on Jammu and Kashmir India and Pakistan, asking the neighbouring country to respect past accords on truce. "After 1972 and the signing of...
  • Separatists continue meetings with Pakistan envoy, say Modi shouldn't have called off talks August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: It is back to square one for India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue. If it comes down to a contest of wills, neither India nor Pakistan is blinking yet. Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit continued to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders despite the Narendra Modi government's opposition and cancellation...
  • US in touch with India, Pakistan over resumption of talks August 20, 2014

    Washington: The US, through its embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad, is engaging with the Indian and Pakistani governments on bilateral talks, which the Narendra Modi Government called off while objecting to Pakistan consulting Kashmiri separatists ahead of the meeting. "We are engaging with the governments of both India and Pakistan...
  • Despite cancellation of talks, Pak High Commissioner meets J&K separatists August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Unfazed by India's decision to call off Foreign Secretarylevel talks, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Tuesday went ahead with his talks with moderate and hardline Kashmiri separatist leaders including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani. After their meetings with the envoy, the separatist leaders attacked Prime...
  • US expresses regret over India calling off talks with Pak, separatists say Modi must reconsider stand August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The United States has expressed regret over India calling off Foreign Secretarylevel talks with Pakistan. "It is unfortunate that planned talks between India and Pakistan have been cancelled. Irrespective of why either side says the talks were canceled, what matters now is that both sides take steps to...
  • Pakistan says India's decision to call off talks a setback, to continue talks with Kashmiri separatists August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: India has called off Foreign Secretarylevel talks with Pakistan, slated for next week, after Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit reached out to Kashmiri separatist leaders in Delhi. The Pakistan High Commissioner will meet separatist Syed Shah Geelani on Tuesday. Pakistan has called the Narendra Modi government's decision a...
  • Cancellation of talks with India setback to ties: Pakistan August 18, 2014

    Islamabad: Describing the cancellation of next week's Foreign Secretarylevel talks as a "setback" to IndoPak ties, Pakistan today defended its consultations with Kashmiri separatists, saying it was a "longstanding practice" to hold such meetings prior to bilateral parleys. "The Indian decision is a setback to the efforts by our leadership to...
  • India demands apology, warns of noncooperation after Pak envoy meets separatists August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The Pakistan High Commissioner to India's meeting with separatist leaders from Jammu & Kashmir has definitely not gone down well with India. Not just has it cancelled secretary level talks with Pakistan over the matter, it has also demanded an apology, say sources. "Government expects unequivocal apology from Pakistan,...
  • Some incidents of Pakistan's meeting with separatist leaders August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: As Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit meets separatist leaders from Kashmir just ahead of the Foreign Secretary level talks between the two countries, hers is a look on previous such incidents. April 2014: Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on April 2 met J&K separatist leaders...
  • Parties condemn Pakistan envoy meeting with J&K separatists, question Centre's diplomatic plan August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Political parties condemned the meeting between Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and the separatist leaders from Kashmir on Monday just ahead of the Foreign Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan. The Congress criticised the Narendra Modi government saying it showed that the Centre has no diplomatic plan...
  • Pakistan envoy to meet J&K separatists leaders ahead of diplomatic meet with India August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit will meet Kashmiri separatists Shabbir Shah, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani before attending foreign secretary level talks with India scheduled later this month, a move that has sparked outrage across party lines. Basit will meet Shabbir Shah on Monday evening and Mirwaiz...
  • Political parties condemn Pak envoy's move to invite J&K separatist leaders for talks August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of the secretary level talks between India and Pakistan scheduled for August, Pakistan envoy to India, Abdul Basit, has invited separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir for talks to New Delhi on August 1819. Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Pakistan wants feedback from the separatists...
  • Ukraine announces halt to offensive over MH17 probe July 31, 2014

    Donetsk: Kiev on Thursday announced a daylong halt to its deadly offensive to oust proRussian rebels in east Ukraine after fighting had stalled efforts by international investigators to kickstart a probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. International fallout from the crisis tearing apart the exSoviet nation rumbled on...
  • Russia contributing to instability in Ukraine, US alleges July 22, 2014

    Washington: Noting that in the last several months Russia has not used its influence to encourage the separatists to abide by a ceasefire in Ukraine, the US on Monday alleged that Moscow in fact is taking steps that could be actually contributing to the instability in the region. "In the last...
  • Russiabacked separatists shot down MH17 plane: Barack Obama July 18, 2014

    Washington: The United States began building a case on Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia, a disaster that could dramatically escalate the crisis in Ukraine. President Barack Obama said evidence so far indicates that Malaysia Airlines...