After two months of insisting that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is normal, the territory’s government finally made this admission on the front pages of ten local newspapers on Friday – in the form of full-page advertisements. The ad asked Kashmiris to think about “who benefits” from this situation.
“For over 70 years now, the people of J&K have been misled,” the ad declared in text of red and blue. “They have been victims of a vicious campaign and motivated propaganda that has kept them trapped in an endless cycle of terrorism, violence, destruction and poverty.”
Since August 5, both the Central government and Jammu and Kashmir government have maintained that the situation in Kashmir has been more or less peaceful since the territory’s special status was revoked.
Blaming separatists for pushing the children of “common people” into “violence, stone pelting and hartals”, the advertisement stated, “Today, militants are using the same tactic of threats and coercion.” It added that the “separatists sent their children to exotic lands to study, work and earn” and “used threats of terrorists, coercion and misinformation to beguile the people”. It asked: “Are we going to tolerate this?”
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