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Author Rahul Pandita on Kashmir's Islamist agenda that banned the historical Kousar Nag Yatra PDF Print
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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

[From The Hindu]

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My neighbour, the environmentalist

What does the Kashmiri separatist machinery achieve by preventing 40 persons from undertaking an ancient pilgrimage?

RIGHT TO PRAY: The exiled Kashmiri Pandits have been trying to retain their connection with their homeland by visiting their shrines. Picture shows them offering prayers at the Kheer Bhawani temple in Kashmir Valley.

Photo: APRIGHT TO PRAY: The exiled Kashmiri Pandits have been trying to retain their connection with their homeland by visiting their shrines. Picture shows them offering prayers at the Kheer Bhawani temple in Kashmir Valley.

If you ever happen to drive towards Srinagar airport in Kashmir Valley, and if you have a little time to spare, take a little detour towards your left. Go to the posh Hyderpora colony off the airport road, and ask any passer-by for directions to the house of the pro-Pakistan separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani.

Chances are that he will meet you. He is an extremely polite person — he never raises his voice and the expression on his face hardly changes. If he likes you, he will, after instructing his staff to get you tea, hold your hand and ask you to be the ambassador of Kashmir in “Hindustan.” As you leave, he will gift you a few books on Islam and tell you that it is not a religion but a “way of life” of which politics is an essential part.

You will love him.

Mr. Geelani often visits Delhi, mostly to seek medical treatment from some of India’s best doctors, including a Kashmiri Pandit. When he speaks to journalists, he refers to exiled Kashmiri Pandits as “brothers.” Without batting an eyelid, he says Kashmir is incomplete without them.

But besides his false avowal, Mr. Geelani, in practice, is opposed to the idea of sharing Kashmir with non-Muslims, especially the Pandits. A few days ago, owing to his strong opposition, the State government withdrew permission to a small group of Pandits to undertake the historical Konsar Nag yatra in south Kashmir. The group comprising 40 people, including women, had to halt its journey midway after Mr. Geelani’s supporters resorted to stone pelting and blocked the road leading to the pilgrim site. The pilgrims took shelter in a temple and were then forced to return to Srinagar.

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Fanning tentacles of terror PDF Print
Written by K.N. Pandita   
Monday, 03 September 2012 00:00

[As published in Daily Excelsior]: Karnataka police have arrested eleven persons for alleged links with premier Pakistani terrorist organizations, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Harakatu'l-Jihad-i- Islami. Disclosures made by the arrested persons are significant. Firstly, they have revealed that vital nuclear, naval, army and industrial installations in the country were the targets they had identified for their planned attacks. Secondly, they have revealed that terror sponsored from across the border is designed to spread its tentacles far and wide in Southern India. Their accomplices have been picked up from Naded in Maharashtra and from Hyderabad in Andhra for interrogation and further investigation.

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Passing on the buck PDF Print
Written by K.N. Pandita   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 00:00

State Finance Minister says Chinese penetration in Gilgit-Baltistan is New Delhi’s concern and he would not therefore comment on it. This is the official line of the Omar Abdullah-led government. Strangely, we do not know whether this is also the reaction of its major ally Congress. We are aware of New Delhi’s reaction to the rumoured lease of Gilgit-Baltistan region by Pakistan to China for 30 years. It is an issue of national concern and India has already conveyed to Pakistan its displeasure and indicated that it is a security concern with the government of India.

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Fai, my beleaguered friend PDF Print
Written by K.N. Pandita   
Friday, 22 July 2011 17:23

It was the summer of 1992.  An African NGO at the UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva had given me accreditation, and I spoke usually on IDP issues at the UN. I sat sipping coffee in the lounge. A neatly dressed person of rather smallish height, carrying a portmanteau, came to me, introduced himself as Ghulam Nabi Fai, pulled the chair and sat down. I leapt, and fetched him a sizzling coffee, and we both sat down to speak in chaste Kashmiri. We felt, or I felt, relaxed. In response to his inquisitive probing, I said that I was a Kashmiri Pandit and a RAW agent. He chuckled, but had no courage to say he was ISI agent. 

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Pakistan Must Act Against Network That Shielded bin Laden PDF Print
Written by Lisa Curtis   
Saturday, 25 June 2011 00:00

[From The Heritage Foundation's Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow for South Asia in the Asian Studies Center]: New information has revealed contacts between members of Pakistani terrorist group Harakat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and Osama bin Laden’s courier. These revelations show that Pakistan’s segmented approach to terrorism contributed to bin Laden’s ability to live undetected in a military town deep inside Pakistan.

Pakistan has long sought to distinguish between Kashmir-focused terrorist groups—which it allows to operate freely in Pakistan as a buffer against India—and al-Qaeda. U.S. officials should reject this distinction and make clear that they view any individuals who facilitate al-Qaeda as threats to America. If Pakistan fails to take action against terrorist organizations affiliated with al-Qaeda, Washington should withhold security aid to Islamabad.

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