PDP seeks Geelani's help over Kashmir issue

28 Aug 2016 | By Gaurav

Jammu and Kashmir's ruling PDP government sought help from hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani in calming the unrest that has gripped the valley.

The death toll from the violence has risen to 71, while over 8000 civilians and over 4000 security personnel have been injured.

PDP chief spokesman Mehboob Beg appealed to Geelani to cooperate and give CM Mehbooba an opportunity to rule.

In context: Burhan Wani encounter - Kashmir on the boil

IntroductionHizbul Mujahideen commander shot dead

Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen's prominent leader Burhan Wani was killed by the security personnel in Kashmir Valley on 8th Jul'16.

Following his death, violence increased in the state; separatist leaders called for people to join the protests leading to a curfew being imposed.

About 68 people have reportedly been killed in the clashes between security forces and protesting mobs during the curfew.

ProtestsClashes between protestors and security personnel rock Kashmir

Following Wani's death security force installations were attacked across Kashmir.

Several people protested against Wani's killing; many of them were killed and injured during protests.

To control the situation, a curfew was imposed, following which anti-India protests erupted.

The Indian Army was attacked; over 130 people including army personnel were killed.

Security forces started using pellet guns and ammunition to control mobs.

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Pakistan's InterventionHuman rights being violated in Kashmir, alleges Pakistan

Intervening into the Kashmir issue, Pakistan called Burhan Wani's death an "extrajudicial killing."

Alleging that human rights were being violated in Kashmir, Pakistan demanded a fair plebiscite to solve the issue.

Pakistan extended their moral, political and diplomatic support for Kashmiris in their struggle.

A resolution condemning the human rights violation and pellet-gun usage in Kashmir was unanimously passed in the Pakistani Parliament.

Alleged human rights violation

Pakistan had approached the United Nations Human Rights Council and requested the body to dispatch a fact-finding committee to probe the alleged human rights violation and killings of innocent people. Pakistani Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz said Kashmir wasn't India's internal affair.

28 Aug 2016PDP seeks Geelani's help over Kashmir issue

Most civilians died in retaliatory action, says Mehbooba

Mehbooba said 95% of civilian deaths (mostly youth) occurred while they were attacking security establishments. She questioned: "Did the children go to army camps to buy toffees? Was the 15-year-old boy, who attacked the police station at Damhal Hanjipora, going there to get milk?"
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05 Sep 2016Unrest continues, Hurriyat refuses talks with Delhi

As the unrest in Kashmir continued to worsen, protesters set fire to the District Magistrate's office in Shopian; however, nobody was injured.

Further, the Hurriyat refused talks with the Delhi delegation, after Syed Ali Geelani refused to entertain visitors at his residence.

Moderate leader Mirwaiz Omar Farooq also refused any meetings saying there can be no discussions under the Indian Constitution.

14 Sep 2016India denies UNHRC permission to visit to Kashmir

With Pakistan bringing up the Kashmir issue in various international platforms, the United Nations Human Rights Council requested India to grant access to the valley so they can assess the situation.

The Ministry of External Affairs rejected the request, saying "Indian democracy has all that is required to address legitimate grievances."

India reiterated that Pakistan sponsored terrorism was the greatest threat to the region.

20 Sep 2016Sharif discusses Kashmir with John Kerry

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif brought up the Kashmir issue during discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington.

Sharif urged Kerry to consider a US role in the "peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute" in light of the "human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir."

Sharif is in the US to address the UN General Assembly on 21 September.

29 Sep 2016Tekrik-e-Taliban Pakistan to join jihad in Kashmir

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, one of the deadliest terror groups operating on Pakistani soil, have called to wage a fresh jihad in Kashmir against Indian security forces.

In a video, the TTP called upon all "the mujahideen brothers to join hands and change the muzzle of our guns against the Indian army.''

This contradicts their long-standing claim that Pakistan's army was their prime enemy.