SRINAGAR: Internationally renowned American newspaper The New York Times on Friday said only a durable political solution can bring peace to the Indian-administered Kashmir. Its September 23 editorial – Rising Tensions in Kashmir – focused on Kashmir conflict and Indo-Pak relations.
“Indian security forces have been battling with civilians protesting India’s military presence in Indian-administered Kashmir since July, with more than 80 people killed and thousands wounded — including many blinded by pellet guns,” the newspaper reported.
The newspaper also demanded release of Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez, stating he was “detained on spurious charges.”
The daily said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “further inflamed the situation” in Kashmir by barring Parvez from flying to Geneva last week. He was scheduled to participate in a United Nations Human Rights Council Session.
Parvez was imprisoned on September 16 at border district Kupwara, around 100-kilometres from his residence in Srinagar. A Court ordered his release on September 20, but police again detained him outside the prison and next day booked him under PSA, which permits a minimum of six-month-long detention without any charge or trial.
It also raised concern over the ongoing tension between nuclear powers India and Pakistan following “deadly attack by armed militants” in Uri, and pitched for peace in the sub-continent.
The daily said, “Pakistan has denied involvement, but that rings hollow: Its military has long supported terrorist groups intent on attacking India.”
The newspaper said it would be disastrous if the current situation escalated into a full-fledged military confrontation. “A retaliatory strike by India against Pakistan risks doing just that,” it stated.
The daily rebuked the statement of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ram Madhav that said, “For one tooth, the complete jaw. Days of so-called strategic restraint are over.”
“As for reducing cross-border conflict between India and Pakistan, a lot depends on whether Pakistan, which receives military aid from the United States, can be persuaded to stop expanding its nuclear arsenal and sponsoring terrorist groups that threaten the region,” the daily concluded.
Correction: We had written ‘brief’ instead of ‘bring’ in the headline and the lead paragraph. We regret the error.