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Imtiaz Ahmad,Islamabad: A visit to areas along the Line of Control arranged for journalists by the Pakistan
Army dominated the front pages of newspapers in that country on Sunday, with military officials saying there was “no evidence” of India’s surgical strikes.
The Urdu Daily Jang, the country’s largest circulated newspaper, led with the headline “India’s drama exposed”, while the headline of another paper, the right-wing Daily Ummat, screamed “Bharat’s lies and falsehoods exposed”.
English newspapers too led with the same story. The Express Tribune headlined its report, “Journalists flown to debunk Indian myth”.
Journalists were shown different points at the LoC and given a briefing by the Inter-Services Public Relations, after which many reported that they were satisfied, based on their interviews with local residents and military officials, that no surgical strikes had taken place as claimed by India.Other commentators focussed on the larger picture. In his column on Sunday in the influential Dawn newspaper, human rights defender IA Rehman wrote that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has perhaps done all that he could to draw the international community’s attention to the Kashmiri people’s ordeal.
Sharif and members of his large entourage spoke of the situation in Kashmir to whoever they met in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. By all accounts offered by Pakistan’s media, the Kashmir mission, carried out with unusual vigour, went off well — this despite a slight slip while drafting the press release on the meeting with US secretary of State John Kerry, and the attempt by Pakistan’s enemies to sabotage its efforts by attacking the Indian military camp at Uri, Rehman wrote.
Rehman added, however, “But was the world listening?” He said the question is unavoidable in view of, among other things, the world community’s decision some years ago to delete the Kashmir issue from the list of its concerns.