Kash­miri news­men ousted from func­tion

Not stand­ing for In­dian an­them

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—In oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, an In­dian army of­fi­cer asked two jour­nal­ists to leave an event for not stand­ing up when the In­dian na­tional an­them was played and the In­dian flag was un­furled.

The an­them was played dur­ing the pass­ing out pa­rade of re­cruits at the Ran­greth cen­tre of Jammu and Kash­mir Light In­fantry Reg­i­ment. “Army had in­vited us to cover the event, not to par­tic­i­pate in it. When the In­dian an­them was played, I was jot­ting down notes for my story. Af­ter the an­them fin­ished, one Colonel Burn came up to us and said ‘all peo­ple here stood up for the an­them and the flag ex­cept you. We don’t need peo­ple like you here so leave’,” said Ju­naid Bazaz, who re­ports for English Daily Kash­mir Reader. The other jour­nal­ist who was asked to leave was a cor­re­spon­dent of Ris­ing Kash­mir.—KMS

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