October 2004 News

Students In J&K Protest During Pak Scribes' Visit

6 October 2004
The Asian Age

Srinagar: Visiting Pakistani journalists to Jammu and Kashmir spent a hectic day in the Valley on Wednesday, meeting leaders of various pro-India and separatist political parties, and people representing other schools of thought. The 16-member delegation hoped to nail the truth and reach out to the hearts of the local population during the remaining days of their week-long trip. Wednesday was the delegation's fourth day in the state. They had spent the first two days of their tour in the state's winter capital, Jammu. After holding a breakfast meeting with prominent separatist leader Syed Shabir Ahmed Shah at his residence, the delegation headed for the Kashmir University. But while they interacted with a select group of 16 students and some faculty members, a huge crowd of students gathered outside the venue and began raising pro-freedom slogans. Some of the agitators, while talking to reporters outside Gandhi Bhawan, questioned the wisdom of the Pakistani journalists visiting Kashmir on Indian visas. A banner carried by the students said 'U 2 R here for wazwan.' The visitors, on hearing the slogans, came out of the hall and asked the students to speak. The agitators told the Pakistani journalists that nothing short of 'azadi' for the whole of Jammu and Kashmir would be acceptable to them. They told the visitors that instead of holding indoor meetings with politicians, they should meet the common people to know how the Kashmiris feel. The slogan shouters also said that the 16 students and the faculty members were selected for the meeting by the university authorities and, therefore, might not speak out the truth.


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