SRINAGAR, India, Nov 25, 2006 (Reuters) – Four Indian soldiers and two suspected Islamist militants were killed on Saturday in a fierce gunbattle in restive Kashmir, an army spokesman said. The exchange of fire between the militants and Indian troops broke out late on Friday and was still continuing in the Shopian area, 55 km (35 miles) south of Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital, he said.” On a tip off, (the) army laid siege to a hideout and asked militants to surrender, the militants opened fire which resulted in an encounter,” Lieutenant-Colonel A. K. Mathur said.
A separatist revolt against Indian rule has killed more than 45,000 people since 1989 in Kashmir. But authorities say violence involving militants and Indian security forces has declined in the Himalayan region since India and Pakistan started a peace process in 2004.Both Islamabad and Pakistan claim the region in full and have fought two wars over it. (Read the rest of this news on reuters.com).
Writings from K.N.Pandita about the Kashmiri situation and the 350′000 Internal Deplace Persons – IDPs (Pandits) – of this conflict, about whom nobody cares since 15 years (because Pandits do not kill themselves on public places like Palestinians):
- Rehabilitating the displaced Pandits;
- Kashmir – the monster of ‘status quo’;
- Does the valley’s fate hang in balance?
- Kashmir Diversity, of Christian Science Monitor;
- Afzal Guru will never be hanged;
- Kashmir issue: a pragmatic not idealistic approach;
- Revisiting Indo-Pak Negotiations on Kashmir 1962-63;
- Threatening to Pandits: Conflict within, and the answer to this letter;
- What is a Kashmiri Pandit;
- Kashmir conflict: the lingering trauma;
- Method in madness;
- … and many other former texts on this Kashmir blog.
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