Hafiz Saeed praises Barkha Dutt for criticising state violence in Kashmir

Islamabad: A section of the Indian media has faced criticism by fellow journalists for speaking against the human rights abuses carried out by security forces in Kashmir, however, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed praised the Indian journalists for supporting Kashmiri people.
Hafiz Saeed praises Barkha Dutt for criticising state violence in Kashmir
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Islamabad: A section of the Indian media has faced criticism by fellow journalists for speaking against the human rights abuses carried out by security forces in Kashmir, however, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed praised the Indian journalists for supporting Kashmiri people.

India's senior journalist and consulting editor with NDTV, Barkha Dutt, spoke against the state's atrocities in Kashmir following which she was met with criticism by Times Now President and Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.

Goswami criticised the section of "pseudo-liberals" in his programme, without naming any, for "compromising national security" and "supporting Pakistan".

"How long will we be silent against these elements?" he thundered. "Do these people compromise our national security or not? Your and my security. And if they do, which we know they do, why do you think we let them get away, why don't we take on these people?"

Saeed, however, lauded Dutt for her stance on the recent wave of violence in Kashmir that has claimed at least 60 innocent lives.

Talking to a private TV channel, Saeed said: "India accuses me of wrongdoings to cover for its terrorist activities when I talk about Kashmir. But, there are good people like Barkha Dutt."

However, Dutt took to the popular social media site — Twitter — to criticise Saeed.

Repulsed by Hafiz Saeed trying propaganda points on my work. None of your business. You'e a terrorist. That you're free is Pakistan's shame

Hafiz Saeed-stop hiding behind Lashkar terrorists like a coward &using Indian journalists as bait. That you're not in jail is an abomination

In his Tuesday night's programme, Goswami hinted towards Dutt and demanded trial against "certain sections of Indian media".

"I agree bring them to trial," he said. "I say not bringing them to trial compromises my country further, and I don't care if some of these people are in the media. Bring them to trial too."

This time Dutt took to Facebook, which has been under severe criticism for blocking accounts of the people coming out in support of Burhan Wani, to respond to Goswami. (Courtesy Dawn)

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