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Designed to fail

23 December 2018 | Ershad Mahmud
Sustained street protests by people in AJK have brought the CPEC-funded Kohala Hydro Power Project to a grinding halt People in Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, have taken to the streets for the last few months and are running a sustained protest campaign against 1124 MW Kohala Hydro Power Project, seeking drastic changes in its design.

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Line that knows No Control

04 November 2018 | Ershad Mahmud
Poonch has been divided between India and Pakistan for the last seven decades but a yearning for togetherness is fast growing among the communities on both sides of the barbed-wire fence. A personal journey from Poonch to other parts of Kashmir.

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Devolution of power in AJK

10 June 2018 | Ershad Mahmud
The promulgation of Jammu and Kashmir Interim Constitution Act, 1974 on June 1, 2018 enables the government in Muzaffarabad to take major economic decisions and is being widely celebrated.

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Ceasefire in Kashmir

The Indian government has finally instructed its forces to halt military operations in Kashmir and observe a ceasefire during the month of Ramazan, which is a welcome development. A unilateral ceasefire was previously announced during the Vajpayee government in 2000, but it was short-lived.

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Study on divided families of Kashmir launched amidst sobs and tears

15 May 2018 | Islamabad
Amidst sobs, tears and nostalgic reverberations; a study on divided families of Jammu & Kashmir titled ‘Tales of Separation and Reunion’ was launched here in Islamabad yesterday.

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Power, projects and promises

22 April 2018 | Ershad Mahmud
Finally, the 969-MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydroelectric Project (NJHEP), which is one of the largest public sector power projects in Pakistan, has begun supplying electricity to the national grid. The run-of-the-river project located in the picturesque Neelum Valley of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 200 kilometres northeast of Islamabad, has been built by a Chinese company. Amazingly, 90 per cent of 68 kilometre long tunnels have been constructed underground in the mountainous region which is considered a wonder of engineering.

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