Inside Kashmir analyzes the situation of Karnah constituency

Kamran Ashraf Bhat | IK Senior Sub Editor | @journalistkab/



Introduction about Karnah

Karnah tehsil has a total population of 60,129 as per the Census 2011, of which 34,471 are males while 25,658 are females, giving a sex ration of 744 females per 1,000 males. In 2011 there were total 11,422 families residing in Karnah Tehsil. Paharis form a majority population in the tehsil and there are two villages Hajinar & Baghbella where kashmiri language is spoken

Introduction of Keran


Keranan is a village in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is in the Neelum Valley on the bank of the Neelum (Kishanganga) river. The village lies on the Indo-Pakistan border. The Keran block includes three villages: Keran, Mundiyan and Pathran.

(The details have been taken from Government Data)


Present Situation

The most beautiful and crowd puller areas are facing now worst period of ignorance .Karnah and Keran areas are known with their beautiful nature landscapes. The water, woods and their weather are forcing everyone to visit the area.
With all this potential, these two areas are alienated with rest of world .Accidents and deaths are daily norms. When humans living in these places realized that no one here is caring about their plight, they rushed as quickly as possible to find another places to live. Today thousands of residents living in these areas are forced by the poor development to move towards Srinagar and many other plan areas. Who is to be blamed off course political leaders , and own public who have been voting these politicians, who emerged as wealthy persons with political power without caring the common public

The roads are worst resulting many accidents. Political leaders of this area , are blamed for below the line development . It has a reason because those who were elected as representatives were having a close association with all top leaders of their government but never managed to get any separate development package for this area.

Following are the elected representatives of Karnah from 1962 till now who would have changed the destiny of these areas.

· 1962 Mohd. Yunis Khan (NC)

· 1967 M. Younas (INC)

· 1972 Mohd Yaseen Shah (IND)

· 1977 Ghulam Qadir Mir (JKN)

· 1983 Abdul Gani Lone (JKP)

· 1987 Shrief-Ud Din Shariq (JKN)

· 1996 Kafeel-U-Rehman (JKN)

· 2002 Kafil-U-Rehman (JKN)

· 2008 Kafil Ur Rehman (JKN)


Witnessing such high influential leadership from almost 60 years the Karnah and Keran are same as they were. The health system and emergency is not up to mark. A low snow fall becomes the reason of suspension of road and another communication activity .

Throughout last year, many deaths were reported because of unavailability of emergency facility.

In the starting of this year about eleven people died after a vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an avalanche, which triggered massive protests demanding tunnel for the area, but their so called political leadership were unable to develop a pressure on government. People are still waiting for any formal announcement.

Meanwhile its associated area Keran is yet to get any electricity. The area is without any telecommunication, despite Defence agencies gave NOC (No objection Certificate) to the administration for installing the telecommunication towers. The area is living as a example of stone age . Without any transportation, Students are forced to travel for more than 9 kms to get education.

There is no reason for residents, who before the partition were living a decent and normal life , to live in such harsh circumstances “, KD Maini writes in his article about the importance of Karnah.