Gurez Violence Vindicates My Stand: Shah Faesal


SRINAGAR: At a time when a section of the Indian media is under fire for misrepresenting facts about Kashmir, 2009 IAS topper Dr Shah Faesal Friday said that Gurez violence had ’vindicated’ his stand that some Indian TV channels were distorting facts about Kashmir.

Shah Feasal, who had threatened to resign last week, is currently in the United States and his latest Facebook post reads “vindicates my stand” posting a link entitled “‘Distorted’ News Channel Report on Kashmir Triggers Protests in Gurez Region”

Peeved at some news channels for drawing his comparison with slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani, Dr Faesal, currently holding the charge of Kashmir Education Department, had severely criticized some TV channels for unleashing a propaganda thereby adding more fuel to the fire. “At a moment when Kashmir is mourning its dead, the propaganda and provocation being dished out from red and blue newsrooms is breeding more alienation and anger in Kashmir than what Indian state can manage,” Dr Faesal wrote in his Facebook post.

People in the Gurez region of Kashmir took to the streets to protest against the New Delhi-based news channel Zee News for ‘falsely portraying’ their region as one that is opposed to the current agitation in the state following the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani.

The trigger for their protest was a report on the news channel on Tuesday in which a group of people – described by residents as ‘contractors and porters, working with the army’ – were interviewed and their ‘anti-protest’ views passed off as representative of the local population.

According to a local businessman, Muhammad Maqbool Samoon, the news channel had ‘picked up” a group of people and “provoked them to speak in a way that fit their narrative’.

“We are all Kashmiris. We are with Kashmir in these trying times; for the first time in past 26 years, Azadi slogans reverberated in Gurez market on Wednesday.




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