News, analyses and pictures from the conflict-ridden region at the heart of more than 70 years of animosity between nuclear powers India and Pakistan.

India suspends cross border trade in Kashmir in new crackdown


NEW DELHI India suspended cross-border trade with Pakistan-controlled Kashmir because it was being used to funnel weapons and drugs, the government said on Thursday, in a further crackdown in the volatile territory.


Inside the Pakistani madrasa where India said it killed hundreds of 'terrorists'

11 Apr 2019

JABA, Pakistan A madrasa, or Islamic school, on a remote hilltop in northeastern Pakistan that was the target of an Indian air strike just over six weeks ago is still not ready to give up its secrets.


Attacked by both sides: journalists caught in the crossfire of Kashmir conflict

09 Apr 2019

SRINAGAR Most nights in recent weeks, journalist Asif Qureshi’s phone vibrates with a message from a known number of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a Pakistan-based militant group that killed 40 Indian paramilitary policemen in a suicide attack in Kashmir in February: "Allah always keeps you in safety and security".


Ahead of election, BJP vows to strip Jammu and Kashmir of special rights

08 Apr 2019

NEW DELHI India's Hindu nationalist ruling party vowed on Monday to strip decades-old special rights from the people of Jammu and Kashmir, making an election promise that provoked warnings of a backlash in the country's only Muslim-majority state.


Pakistan says it has intelligence of new Indian attack this month

07 Apr 2019

KARACHI Pakistan has "reliable intelligence" that India will attack again this month, its foreign minister said, drawing condemnation from New Delhi which described the claim as irresponsible.


Pakistan PM Imran Khan accuses India of war hysteria over downed F-16 claim

06 Apr 2019

KARACHI, Pakistan/MUMBAI Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan blamed India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for "whipping up war hysteria" over claims that India shot down a Pakistani F-16 during a standoff in February, saying the truth is always the best policy.


Article 35A is discriminatory, says Arun Jaitley

28 Mar 2019

NEW DELHI A legal restriction that bars non-residents from owning property in India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir is "constitutionally vulnerable" and discriminatory, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.

Traffic restricted on Kashmir highway to dissuade attacks

03 Apr 2019

SRINAGAR Jammu and Kashmir is to restrict civilian traffic on a main state highway for two days a week in a bid to ward off militant attacks on security convoys as a general election nears, state authorities said on Wednesday.


Pakistan dismisses Indian terror dossier as mostly 'social media content'

28 Mar 2019

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI Pakistan on Thursday dismissed a dossier handed over by India in the wake of a suicide attack that nearly sparked a full-blown conflict earlier this month, saying the allegation that Pakistani groups were involved was unsubstantiated.


A man rows his boat in the waters of the Dal lake on a cold winter morning in Srinagar February 8, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Scenic Kashmir at the heart of India-Pakistani animosity

The scenic mountain region is divided between India, which rules the populous Kashmir Valley and the Hindu-dominated region around Jammu city, Pakistan, which controls a wedge of territory in the west, and China, which holds a thinly populated high-altitude area in the north.   Full Article 


Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti speaks during an interview with Reuters at her residence in Srinagar March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Q&A: Mehbooba Mufti on the crackdown in Kashmir and its impact

Kashmiri politician Mehbooba Mufti has urged India to start a dialogue with Pakistan and separatists in Kashmir to defuse tensions raised by February's attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama that was claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan-based militant group.  Read