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Old 7th May 2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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Kashmir hostage conspiracy theory

Just came across this article in Bloomberg. It struck me as too diabolical to be true, but that's just a gut reaction. Does this seem plausible?

Kashmir Is Killing India’s Military and Democracy

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By Pankaj Mishra May 7, 2012

In July 1995, an Islamic fundamentalist group called Al Faran kidnapped six foreign tourists, including two Americans, in Kashmir. For a few weeks, the world’s attention was fixed on the Himalayan valley as the allegedly Pakistan-backed militants negotiated with Indian security officials and foreign diplomats.

Eventually, one of the Americans escaped. Another hostage, a Norwegian, was beheaded. The other four were never found.

“The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 -- Where the Terror Began,” a staggeringly well-researched new book by two respected journalists, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, concludes that the hostages were killed by local mercenaries funded and controlled by Indian army and intelligence.

The authors argue that the drawn-out negotiation, during which Indian intelligence allegedly knew the hostages’ whereabouts, was a charade, part of India’s larger effort to portray Pakistan as a sponsor of Islamist terror, thereby delegitimizing the Kashmiri struggle for freedom.
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Old 8th May 2012, 03:54 AM   #2
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"The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 -- Where the Terror Began,” a staggeringly well-researched new book by two respected journalists, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, concludes that the hostages were killed by local mercenaries funded and controlled by Indian army and intelligence."

I spent 3 months in Kashmir in 1991. There was/is a huge tendency to blame any evil doing on the Indian army. Just an anecdotal comment, but I hope to look into this further.

ETA I met Kashmiri "freedom fighters" who had trained in Pakistan.

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