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Harinder Baweja anchors special projects for Hindustan Times. She has been a journalist for three decades and has focussed on covering conflict zones, including Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Until trust is rebuilt, Kashmir will not become the Union’s territory

New Delhi must forge an emotional bond with the Valley, and realise that it, too, is guilty on several counts

The Centre has clamped down, but for how long will the Valley remain under a security blanket?(AFP)
Updated on Aug 06, 2019 08:11 PM IST
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Terrorists moved by Pak ahead of Imran Khan’s US visit are back at LoC

Imran Khan met US President Donald Trump last week on July 22. For the first time, a Pakistani prime minister was accompanied by the country’s army chief, General Qamar Bajwa and spy agency Inter services Intelligence’s chief, Faiz Hameed.

Fresh intelligence reports now indicate that 200 to 250 terrorists are back at the launch pads waiting to infiltrate into India. (AP File Photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2019 09:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Complainant in CJI harassment case withdrew appeal in one day

The withdrawal came after the intervention of a top government functionary, who called the former SC employee and her husband for a meeting at his residence.

According to the affidavit, the CJI behaved inappropriately with the complainant twice, on October 10 and 11, 2018(PTI)
Updated on Aug 01, 2019 12:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Opinion| 20 years later, lessons for India from Kargil conflict

For my generation of journalists, Kargil was the first taste of war.

(From left) Wives of slain soldiers Kuldeep Singh, Prem Singh (C), Karnal Singh hold their husbands’ photos before paying homage at a war memorial, on the outskirts of Amritsar on Friday.
Updated on Jul 27, 2019 07:28 AM IST
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Time to end the charade around Hafiz Saeed | Opinion

The Hafiz Saeed arrest comes at a time where the Pakistan PM Imran Khan is headed for a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

The arrest of Hafiz Saeed comes at a time where Pakistan PM Imran Khan faces the risk of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Imran Khan-Donald Trump summit.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 21, 2019 07:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Time to end the charade around Hafiz Saeed | Opinion

The Hafiz Saeed arrest comes at a time where the Pakistan PM Imran Khan is headed for a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

The arrest of Hafiz Saeed comes at a time where Pakistan PM Imran Khan faces the risk of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Imran Khan-Donald Trump summit.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 21, 2019 07:37 AM IST

Time to end the charade around Hafiz Saeed

The Hafiz Saeed arrest comes at a time where the Pakistan PM Imran Khan is headed for a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

The arrest of Hafiz Saeed comes at a time where Pakistan PM Imran Khan faces the risk of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Imran Khan-Donald Trump summit.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 21, 2019 01:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Why justice matters in Jammu and Kashmir

Violations breed alienation and violence. India must address it, by reaching out and recognising the past

Pakistan has for long sponsored terrorism in Kashmir. But is it enough for India to point to “causality”, without introspecting on the fact that Kashmir has a long litany of documented human rights violations that have gone unpunished?(AP)
Published on Jul 16, 2019 06:47 PM IST

‘Talks on Kashmir can be held only at highest level’: Hurriyat

Sharma is former director of the Intelligence Bureau. The Vajpayee government had made headlines for several rounds of talks with the Hurriyat Conference in 2004, when it even granted leaders of the separatist group passports and signalled that they could simultaneously hold talks with the Pakistani establishment.

Mirwaiz maintains that only a political approach will work and not an “iron fist, muscular policy”, but home minister Amit Shah, who recently visited the state, gave no indication of a likely peace process.(HTfile)
Updated on Jul 04, 2019 07:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Kashmir mosques that blared ‘azadi’ slogans will now launch war on drugs

Alarmed at the spike in figures and the easy availability of heroin, the Mirwaiz has called for a meeting of non governmental organisations, Imams and doctors next week.

Drug consumption has seen a surge among adolescents and young adults in the state.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 03, 2019 11:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

‘Will push to resolve Kashmir problem’: Hasnain Masoodi

“We have a right to our identity and I am glad that I have got a chance to voice this in Parliament,’’ said the new MP of Anantnag, who feels politics is the best medium to serve the people.

Hasnain Masoodi, National Conference leader and Member of Parliament from Anantnag constituency, in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 24, 2019 07:54 AM IST
ANANTNAG/SRINAGAR | By

Exclusive | ‘Have no axe to grind’: Ashok Lavasa on Election Commission row

The rift within the three-member commission came into the open after this paper reported on May 18 that Lavasa recused himself from all meetings to discuss MCC issues.

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa(PTI file photo)
Updated on May 21, 2019 12:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Complainant against CJI Gogoi set to file appeal — to the CJI

An employee, who was posted at the home office of the CJI, detailed charges of sexual harassment and persecution in an affidavit that was sent to 22 judges of the apex court on April 19.

The former Supreme Court who charged Ranjan Gogoi will soon be filing an appeal, to the CJI, against her dismissal from.(Reuters/File Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2019 01:11 PM IST

CJI case: Not part of any conspiracy, says complainant

The former Supreme Court staffer who levelled sexual harassment charges against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said in her first interview since her complaint that she is not part of any conspiracy to defame the institution.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi seen during the book launch of Beyond The Name by Justice V K Sabharwal, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, January 14, 2019.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 09, 2019 08:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Opinion | On Pragya Thakur, some questions for the BJP

Terrorism is a serious charge even if you have not been convicted for it. The fact of the matter is that the courts refused to let the 2008 Malegaon blasts accused Pragya Thakur off the hook

The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur(PTI file photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2019 02:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Opinion| Why Priyanka Gandhi contesting from Varanasi is not a smart idea for the Congress

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has the ability to give back as good as she gets. She proved the ability even before her formal entry into politics this year.

Priyanka has the ability to give back as good as she gets. She proved the ability even before her formal entry into politics this year.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Mar 31, 2019 04:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Opinion| The Congress plan for 2019 needs to go beyond one-liners

The party stayed focussed on the Rafale defence deal alone – after its wins in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in December last year – and believed the Narendra Modi government’s end was near.

The arithmetic of alliances is the only way to counter Modi’s chemistry we were told, but even in that department, the Congress has not been able to tick the right boxes.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 29, 2019 09:43 AM IST
New Delhi | By

Opinion | Dear netas, stop the abuse, women politicians are here to stay

Elections generate heat and political rivals often trade charges but some of our netas are unabashed. They don’t even put up a pretence of being civil.

Congress party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Varanasi. On March 27, Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and BJP leader Mohsin Raza said, “Priyanka is a Siberian bird, who migrates from one place to another after seeing the weather conditions”.(AP)
Updated on Mar 28, 2019 09:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Jacinda Ardern: A true practitioner of ‘sab ka saath, sab ka vikas’

On February 14, when a bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into a Central Reserve Police Force convoy at Pulwama and killed 40 troopers. India’s response – echoed through members of the ruling party and the Opposition – stood out in complete contrast to that of New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met representatives of the Muslim community at Canterbury refugee centre in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 16, 2019.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 22, 2019 03:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

‘Smoke began to fill our coach, I couldn’t breathe’: Samjhauta Express blast witness

Rana Muhammad Shaukat, one of the three victims, who moved the special court on the day it was to deliver a judgment on the Samjhauta Express blast case, remembers the night of February 18, 2007, very clearly.

The next date of hearing in Samjhauta Express blast case has now been fixed for March 18.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 15, 2019 08:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Masood Azhar: Inside the mind of a global terror merchant

The man who brought India to the precipice of war twice may never have turned his attention to the country if it wasn’t for the demolition of Babri masjid, the officials said.

Maulana Masood Azhar, head of Pakistan's militant Jaish-e-Mohammad party.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 15, 2019 08:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

J-K interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma helping Afzal Guru’s son to get passport

Afzal Guru’s son, Ghalib, hit the headlines last year after he secured 88% marks in the school-leaving exam conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education. He had scored 95% in the Class 10 examination.

Centre’s special representative to Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Mar 14, 2019 10:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

UN rejects Hafiz Saeed’s plea on removal from terror list

The UN has rejected a petition by Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), to be removed from a list of sanctioned terrorists.

Hafiz Saeed, chief of Pakistani religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, addresses a rally for Kashmir Day in Lahore, Pakistan.(AP FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 08, 2019 08:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Washington | ByHarinder Baweja &Yashwant Raj

Separated during Partition, reunited after 7-decade search

As a four-year-old in 1947, Amir Singh Virk held on to a tender memory — that of his older cousin bandaging his toe after he’d slipped and fallen.

Major Dalbir Singh Virk (L) and his cousin Amir Singh Virk were reunited, in New Delhi on March 5, after 72 years.(HT Photo/Raj K Raj)
Updated on Mar 06, 2019 10:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

The last time Pakistan captured an Indian pilot was in 1999

While it is not clear how Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, flying a MIG 21, landed in Pakistani territory, what is clear, from official statements from Pakistan and Indian officials who asked not to be named, is that he is in Pakistan’s custody.

India condemned Pakistan’s treatment of the pilot, calling it “vulgar display” and demanded his immediate return.(AFP/Picture for representation)
Updated on Feb 28, 2019 06:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

OPINION | The weapon is now in the minds and bodies

The eruption of anger after Burhan Wani’s killing in 2016 was a consequence of 2010. If 2010 was a long period of unrest, 2016 saw an uprising that gave birth to new-age militants, including Adil Ahmad Dar.

People attend a candle light vigil organised by NDMC to pay tribute to CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack, New Delhi, India, on Sunday, February 17(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 21, 2019 08:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Let Pakistan Army chief come through government for talks: Gen Bipin Rawat

The chief of the Indian Army, Gen Bipin Rawat, on Wednesday said that his Pakistani counterpart Gen. Qamar Bajwa will have to make any approach for talks only through the Indian government, dismissing reports that an overture was made to him by the Pakistan Army chief last year.

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat(PTI file photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2019 07:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal likely to join 9-day dharna at Jantar Mantar to protest govt policies

Each day will focus on a fresh issue and the organisations plan to red-flag pressing issues such as the lack of jobs, the ongoing agrarian crisis, crimes against women and hate crime.

Each day will focus on a fresh issue and the organisations plan to red-flag pressing issues such as the lack of jobs, the ongoing agrarian crisis, crimes against women and hate crime.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 23, 2019 08:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

If General Rawat can talk to Talibs, why not to Kashmiris

General Bipin Rawat rejects unconditional talks with separatists and militants, asserting that any talks in the Valley will be ‘on our terms’. That is plain hypocrisy

General Rawat’s reasoning that India ‘can’t be left out of the bandwagon’ because India has ‘interests in Afghanistan’ is right. Doors for dialogue must always be kept open(Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 13, 2019 02:19 PM IST

Delhi high court judgment will serve as much needed balm for victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots

If today, Sajjan Kumar stands convicted for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, it is because the CBI and not police was the investigating and prosecuting agency.

Eyewitnesses say they saw Sajjan Kumar, and heard him instigating the crowd to kill Sikhs.(AP/File Photo)
Updated on Dec 17, 2018 11:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
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