Author and columnist Shobhaa De on Monday refuted former Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit’s claim that in 2016 he had influenced one of her articles on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute that had asked for a plebiscite to resolve the crisis. The article was written after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
De called Basit’s statement “dangerous, malicious, and unfair to anybody who believes in the truth”, ANI reported.
On August 11, in an interview to Pakistani blogger Farhan Virk, Basit had claimed it was a challenge for him to convince an Indian journalist to write an article in favour of Kashmir’s “self-determination”. He alleged that he had managed to convince De, who “agreed” and in one of her columns wrote: “Now the time has come to resolve this issue once and for all through a plebiscite.”
The article, titled “Burhan Wani is dead but he’ll live on till we find out what Kashmir really wants”, was published in The Times of India.
Basit claimed that after Wani’s death, pellet guns were used on protestors and there was an economic blockade that no Indian journalist was writing about.
De responded that “it was very important to nail lies” as she would otherwise not react to such comments. “Especially when…
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