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Pulitzer Prize Promoting Journalism & Photography Of Lies: Open Letter Against Pulitzer Prize

The three Jammu and Kashmir based Associated Press photojournalists – Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin bagged the prestigious award in Feature Photography category.

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After the announcement of Pulitzer Prize 2020 on May 5, more than 100 personalities including 16 vice-chancellors of Indian universities, retired defence personnel, former senior bureaucrats, Olympians and five Padma Shri awardees have signed an open letter addressed to the administrator, board and jury of the Pulitzer Prize 2020.

Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand

They have slammed the photojournalism prize awarded to Jammu and Kashmir based photographers arguing that the photographs are ‘endorsing terror’.

The three Jammu and Kashmir based Associated Press photojournalists – Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin bagged the prestigious award in Feature Photography category.

The signatories have objected to the citation of the photographs which mention the words “contested territory” for Kashmir which is “an attack on the sovereignty and integrity of India.

Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and there is no dispute about it”. The letter further adds that Instrument of Accession (IOA) signed by Maharaja Hari Singh, the then ruler of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and the inclusion of the territory in the Indian Constitution.

The letter particularly attacks Khan and Yasin for promoting photos “full of venom against their own country, people and police”.

“The letter states such work is an example of biased journalistic work. “We have not included the name of Channi Anand here because his photo does not malign India and unlike the other two photojournalists, it does not use the term ‘Indian-controlled Kashmir’.

What we find more shocking is that before conferring this prize, you did not even bother to check whether these reporters/photographers have been telling the truth to the world!!,” states the letter.

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The letter is a strongly worded condemnation of the Pulitzer Prize as “deliberate attempt to project India in a bad light”. It also quotes a report by Yasin on March 22, 2019, when Ali and Hubaib, “both Pakistani terrorist were killed in an encounter in Kashmir region of J&K when they held a man and his 12-year-old nephew hostage in their own house”.

According to the letter, Dar’s report is an attempt to blame the Indian forces for the death of the young boy, besides propagating misinformation by calling Jammu and Kashmir as ‘India controlled portion of Kashmir’.

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Indian Army Could Vent Out ‘Chinese Frustration’ By Attacking Pakistan – Pak Army

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As India-China border standoff takes media limelight, what is being ignored is the growing tensions between Pakistan and India and Islamabad’s continuous warning over limited war or false flag operations.

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The DG of Pakistans Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has reiterated the comments of Pakistan PM Imran Khan and Foreign Minister – Shah Mehmood Qureshi that India is planning a false flag operation against Pakistan.

In an interview with Geo News, Maj-Gen Iftikhar described the reason for the Indian operation, claiming that lately, the Modi government has faced great embarrassments on several fronts. Iftikhar said that India has border disputes with many of its neighbours including China, Bhutan and Nepal.

Iftikhar claimed that India faced great disgrace in the recent border standoff with China and even with Nepal, “India is meddling in issues where it doesn’t even have a border.”

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Besides border disputes, India is also facing many internal including coronavirus which has dented its economy. “The deadly virus is taking its toll on the Indian economy.”

He said that many issues have arisen in India after the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir “There is an emergence of Islamophobia in India. Even many nations including the US has opposed to this issue. Now they [India] think the best way out of this crisis is to divert the attention towards Pakistan.”

The DG-ISPR acknowledged that the situation along Line of Control (LoC) is very concerning and India has dishonoured the ceasefire accord many times during recent times. “This year 1,229 ceasefire violations took place and seven civilians were martyred.”

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The Pakistan Army shot down many Indian quadcopters, he said, adding that any Indian aggression will be countered in an appropriate manner. He went to warn that there will be severe consequences of any military adventurism against Pakistan and cautioned India: “Let’s not play with fire.”

As EurAsian Times reported earlier, the three militants neutralized in Pulwama yesterday which added to the 13 terrorists that Indian security forces claimed to have eliminated recently.

As earlier reported by EurAsian Times, Indian armed forces eliminated three terrorists in the Naushera Sector and an additional 10 heavily-armed terrorists in Mendhar along the Line of Control (LoC).

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The armed forces also recovered arms and ammunition including 2 AK assault rifles, a US-made M-16A2 rifle, a 9MM Chinese pistol, a UBGL with 6 grenades, 5 hand grenades and knives. Medicines, Indian currency amounting Rupees 17,000 and food packets were also recovered from encounter sites.

Ever since the dastardly attack in Pulwama in 2019 in which more than 40 CRPF soldiers were killed, the Indian armed forces maintain extra vigilance in Kashmir. Near the end of May, Indian security forces foiled Pulwama 2.0, a plot to recreate the fatal attack of 2019.

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Amidst India-China Standoff, India-Pakistan ‘Limited War’ Over Kashmir Remains High: Experts

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As India-China standoff in Ladakh grabs worldwide attention, the Indian Army continues to engage – what Delhi terms as ‘Pakistan-backed militants’ in Kashmir with many experts speculating a ‘limited war’ between two nuclear-armed nations.

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Cross-border infiltration and militancy have been on a sudden rise in the along the LoC and Kashmir valley and at the same time, Pakistan has consistently warned the international community of an Indian ‘false flag’ operation.

Despite being heavily involved in the conflict between India and China in Ladakh, the Indian Army remains proactive in Kashmir. The valley has not seen any drop in the engagement level of the Indian armed forces as they continue to batter militants and foil infiltrations bids.

In their latest mission, the security forces eliminated three militants of the Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) in an encounter. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert was also identified amongst the slain militants.

According to sources, a joint contingent of police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Indian Army laid siege around Kangan village of Pulwama district after receiving intelligence reports highlighting the presence of militants in the area.

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As the armed forces conducted door to door searches, the militants opened fire and later died in the heavy gun-battle which ensued. Defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said in a statement that the militants were offered an opportunity to surrender but decided not to do so.

The three militants neutralized in Pulwama add to the 13 terrorists that Indian security forces claimed to have eliminated recently. As earlier reported by EurAsian Times, Indian armed forces eliminated three terrorists in the Naushera Sector and an additional 10 heavily-armed terrorists in Mendhar along the Line of Control (LoC).

The armed forces also recovered arms and ammunition including 2 AK assault rifles, a US-made M-16A2 rifle, a 9MM Chinese pistol, a UBGL with 6 grenades, 5 hand grenades and knives. Medicines, Indian currency amounting Rupees 17,000 and food packets were also recovered from encounter sites.

Ever since the dastardly attack in Pulwama in 2019 in which more than 40 CRPF soldiers were killed, the Indian armed forces maintain extra vigilance in Kashmir. Near the end of May, Indian security forces foiled Pulwama 2.0, a plot to recreate the fatal attack of 2019.

False Flag Operation

While the Indian military is busy engaging infiltrators and militants in Kashmir, Pakistan is raising concerns about a ‘false flag’ operation. The concerns are led by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who has on several occasions tweeted about an impending ‘false flag’ operation by India.

The allegations from Khan came at the heels of reported ceasefire violations by India following its counter-insurgency operations.’’I am reiterating again that a false flag operation is imminent from India in order to divert world attention away from its ongoing genocide in India Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJK),’’ Khan had earlier tweeted.

Khan’s warning of a ‘false flag’ operation was later echoed by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Qureshi not only supported Imran Khan but also urged the United Nations to block any military confrontation between New Delhi and Islamabad and offered UN Observer Groups to visit the LoC.

Qureshi also highlighted the intentional targeting of innocent civilians by India during cross-border shelling.

India claims that Pakistan is involved in harbouring terrorists who train militants to infiltrate the LoC and wreak havoc in Kashmir. The Indian army has recognized 15 terrorist launch pads across the LoC which are used for the purposes mentioned above.

Pakistan refutes these allegations and believes that India plans to conduct a ‘false flag’ operation under the disguise of these claims. Qureshi had also rejected the ‘launch pad’ allegations as baseless.

While India and China lock horns in Ladakh, experts at EurAsian Times believe that the international community should keep a close eye on Kashmir. Nitin J Ticku, an expert on Kashmir, says while tensions with Beijing will not escalate into a  war, however, the possibility of a ‘limited’ military conflict with Islamabad remains high.

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Imran Khan Calls Italian PM Over Soaring Tensions Between India & Pakistan

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Pakistani PM Imran Khan reiterated his apprehensions for regional peace and security to Italian PM Giuseppe Conte after India expelled two officials of the Pakistan high commission on charges of espionage.

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According to reports, three officials of the Pakistani mission were detained while allegedly trying to obtain classified information on the Indian security establishment. The Indian move came as tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours are already high.

The three men initially reportedly insisted that they were Indians and even displayed fake Aadhar cards, the officials said. “Later, during interrogation, they admitted they were officials at the Pakistan high commission and worked for the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI),” according to reports in the Indian media.

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A case was registered against them under the Official Secrets Act. Consequently, the government ordered the expulsion of Abid and Khan, who both work for the visa section at the Pakistani mission.

“The government has declared both these officials persona non grata for indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission and asked them to leave the country within twenty-four hours,” read an official handout issued by the Indian foreign ministry, which also summoned the Pakistani chargé d’affaires on the issue.

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But within hours of the Indian move, Pakistan reacted sharply and denounced the expulsion of its diplomats. “The Indian action has been accompanied by a negative pre-planned and orchestrated media campaign, which is a part of persistent anti-Pakistan propaganda,” said a foreign office statement.

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PM Khan, in a telephone call with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte said that Modi government’s tactics in the region were dangerously endangering peace and security in South Asia, the PM’s office said in a statement.

PM Khan also communicated his anxiety over the continuing lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir and changes in domicile law, which would enable non-Kashmiri to settle in the volatile region. He said that India was changing the demographic composition of the region in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, including the 4th Geneva Convention.a

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