Kashmir: New Islamic State Backed by New York Times, BBC

by Vijeta Uniyal
August 2, 2016

Indian security forces are again waging pitched battles with violent Islamists on the streets of the Muslim-majority province of Kashmir. Mobs began congregating in towns on July 9, after the customary Friday prayers, to protest the killing the previous day by Indian security forces of a prominent Islamic terrorist, Burhan Wani. The protestors waved black ISIS flags and pelted stones at riot police. The riots have so far claimed 49 lives, including 2 policemen.

The mainstream media in the West have been quick to point the finger of blame on India for using — as BBC puts it — “excessive force.” “Allegations that the forces are trigger happy in the region have been a common criticism for years,” the BBC said. The mainstream media, however, did not take into account that more than 1,500 members of the Indian police and army were injured by the mobs.

Germany’s state-run Deutsche Welle featured a Pakistan-based social media campaign that criticised the use of BB guns by Indian riot police against stone-throwing mobs of Islamists.

The New York Times criticised the Indian Army for “escalating” the situation by confronting the armed Islamic terrorists in the first place:

“A dozen boys with a few guns — they were no threat to the Indian army, one of the largest in the world. There is no record of Burhan and his crew waging any attack. Their rebellion was symbolic, a war of images against India’s continuing occupation of Kashmir, where about half a million of its soldiers, paramilitary and armed police are still stationed.”

What New York Times did not say is that these “boys with guns” are members of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, a group designated as a terrorist organisation by both the European Union and the United States.

India is not “occupying” Kashmir, which is already part of India. They are waging a war against Islamic terrorism which has claimed the lives of more than 4,800 Indian civilians and more than 2,400 Indian security personnel.

The New York Times styled the dead terrorist, Burhan Wani, as if he were an affable gun-rights activist with a large Facebook following: “He built up a following on social media, posting pictures of himself and his associates in combat fatigues, often carrying arms.” After being at the forefront of gun control campaigns in U.S. for decades, the New York Times finally supports “open carry” — but only for terrorists waging jihad against “infidels.”

With reverence, the New York Times describes Wani, the “internet sensation” who had put “together a small band of Kashmiri militants. Barely out of their teens, they had taken to the forest and social media.” Elsewhere they called him a “22-year-old separatist who wanted an independent Kashmir and had built up a following on social media among disaffected Indian Kashmiri youth.”

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