Hafsa Kanjwal from Srinagar

From Foreign Policy: “Voice from Kashmir

“The media coverage I’ve seen focuses almost entirely on the “stone-throwing” of the young men and allusions are made to the suspicious role of Pakistan in sponsoring this “rogue, extremist” behavior. A journalist who is particularly disliked in Kashmir is Barkha Dutt from India’s NDTV, who recently interviewed the head of a faction of the Hurriyet conference, the alliance of major pro-independence groups in Kashmir. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asserted, “No military will be able to break the will and the resolve of the people of Kashmir,” and called for a political solution to the conflict. Anchors like Dutt seem to have no idea, or don’t want to have an idea, about the aspirations and wishes of the people here in Srinagar. Nearly everyone in Kashmir wants independence.”


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