Concern as Kashmir violence continues


His apples are ripe for plucking but Abdul Shakoor is resigned to this year’s crop becoming another victim of a 50-day explosion of violence in Kashmir that shows no sign of abating. “My main crop will be ready soon for harvest but buyers from outside are nowhere to be seen,” said Shakoor, who runs an orchard in the Himalayan territory’s southern town of Shopian. “We had a meeting of growers recently and we ended up pledging that we would be willing to forgo this year’s harvest in solidarity with the separatist cause.” The rose-red apples are one of the divided…

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