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Jakarta Post

Letter: On Jammu and Kashmir issue

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, August 14 2010   /  10:17 am

I refer to the article by Laura Schuurmans in The Jakarta Post dated Aug. 12.Schuurman makes a specious argument linking the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to the spread of extremism across South Asia.The fact of the matter is that Jammu and Kashmir are victims of Pakistan’s dangerous policy of using radical Islamist militants as a tool of state policy ever since 1947. In other words Pakistan’s cynical manipulation of religion predates the Kashmir “dispute”. Second, as borne out by numerous statements by leaders of Pakistan-based militant organizations such as Hafeez Saeed, leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the extremists’ goal is not limited to the liberation of Kashmir, but extends to the dismemberment of India, which is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious nation which is very similar to Indonesia.In fact, while Schuurman regurgitat...