New Delhi: Pakistan has once again made headlines for all the wrong reasons after their postal department published 20 ‘commemorative’ stamps titled ‘Atrocities in Indian-occupied Kashmir’, in which one of the stamps was a fake.

In a letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, an organisation founded by a Kashmiri Pandit group that goes by the name ‘Roots in Kashmir’ (RIK) claimed that one of the stamps issued had an image from their protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in 2014.

“While the issuance of postage stamps was a malicious attempt to raise the bogey of Kashmir, we have found one stamp from a protest carried by us to protest against the forced exodus and exile of Kashmiri Pandits, the perpetrators of which are terrorists and subversives supported by Pakistan,” RIK said in the letter dated October 1.

Calling out Pakistan for the concocted information, the group said the stamps were a “spiteful attempt at denying the victims of ethnic cleansing a right to protest by appropriating symbols of protest”.

While one of the stamps glorified Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, who was killed by Indian security forces in 2016 in Jammu and Kashmir, the new revelation corroborates the duplicity on the part of the Imran Khan government in Pakistan in the way they deal with cross-border terrorism.

The RIK has urged the UN to intervene in the matter and demand Pakistan to withdraw the stamps. They have also sought for a formal apology from Pakistan, addressed to the Kashmiri community, for the crimes inflicted on them and the false representation they have resorted to by using the image.


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