Pamela Constable's June 6 news story, "Pakistani Guerrillas Vow Revenge on India," is a singularly one-sided reporting of the news.
The reporter goes to a Pakistani village and writes about the plight of villagers whose lives are shattered by "Indian artillery shelling." Yet nowhere does she do a similar investigation into the lives of the villagers on the Indian side of the Kashmir.
I see no reporting of the shelling conducted by Pakistani troops who, under the cover of fire, are trying to keep the supply lines to the terrorists open and also trying to push through several hundred more terrorists in the Kashmir valley. Ms. Constable makes no mention of Kargil, which has become a virtual ghost town thanks to the Pakistani shelling. Nowhere is there a report on how people who have lived there for centuries have been uprooted overnight to flee for safer regions.
One good thing that Ms. Constable does is to expose the workings of various terrorist outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba, which trains youths into militancy in camps inside Pakistan. Here's hoping that the U.S. government takes notice of this reporting too and does something more than putting such outfits on its "list of terrorist organizations." This is the same outfit that has links to Osama bin Laden, whose camps the United States bombed in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The mantra of this administration seems to be reactive rather than proactive.
In her June 13 news story, "Indian Declares `Onus Is on Pakistan'; Foreign Ministers End New Delhi Meeting Without Agreement on Conflict in Kashmir," Pamela Constable stated that six bodies of tortured Indian soldiers were returned and "buried." Ms. Constable, who seems to have filed her report from India, still does not seem to know that Indians do not "bury" but "cremate" their dead.
The May 27 news story on escalating violence and the danger of nuclear war in Kashmir, "Kashmir Border Dispute Flares Again," neglects the following salient facts:
(1) The U.N. Security Council maintains that Kashmir does not belong to any member country of the United Nations and that Kashmir is a disputed territory.
(2) Security Council resolutions since 1948, which India now defies, were fashioned and accepted by both India and Pakistan. They prescribe a self-determination plebiscite in Kashmir under U.N. auspices to settle the now 52-year-old conflict.
(3) The Oct. 26, 1947, "Instrument of Accession" to India purportedly signed by Kashmir's Hindu maharaja has been proven bogus by British scholar Alistair Lamb.
(4) India's foremost political party, the Hindu fundamentalist BJP, features a nuclear mushroom cloud as the chilling emblem of its foreign policy.
(5) Kashmir has no military solution. It has to be resolved through peaceful negotiations among all parties -- the governments of India and Pakistan and the legitimate leadership of the people of Kashmir, who are the central and primary party to the dispute.
GHULAM NABI FAI
Kashmiri American Council