India: Crime Pays in Kashmir

Crime Pays in Kashmir

"Our agony has ended," said a relieved Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the Home Minister in India's newly elected government, as he was reunited last week with his daughter Rubia. The 22-year-old medical intern had been kidnaped five days earlier by Muslim extremists agitating for the secession of Jammu and Kashmir state.

The government won the woman's freedom by capitulating to the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, which had demanded freedom for five comrades detained under antiterrorism measures. As news of the settlement spread, supporters of the pro-Pakistan J.K.L.F. thronged the streets of Srinagar, the state's summer capital, hoisting Pakistani flags and shouting...

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