In the opinion piece “Dispelling the myths of Kashmir” by Brahma Chellaney in the Sept. 10 issue, the author incorrectly claims that the violence in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir has been perpetuated by Salafist- oriented “jihadists” while conveniently overlooking the fact that the actual perpetrators of violence and human rights violations are the more than 900,000 Indian security forces in the most militarized region in the world.

The Kashmir freedom movement is an indigenous struggle, whereas the Indian government repeatedly uses the bogey of “cross border terrorism” to legitimize its draconian actions in the region and to divert world attention from its own failings and its pledges to the United Nations to grant right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir.

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