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At a protest in front of the office of the Washington Post in Washington, D.C., Kashmiri Pandits slammed what they called the “biased” media coverage on Kashmir. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — An overseas Indian American Kashmiri Pandit body Sept. 7 held a protest outside the office of the Washington Post newspaper in Washington, D.C., over what they called its "biased" and one-sided articles following the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora organized a protest march outside the Washington Post offices where several hundred Kashmiri Pandits demonstrated peacefully.

The protest was held due to the "unbearable" series of articles in the Washington Post following the revocation of Article 370.

The protesters said Kashmiri Pandits are victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing and pointedly asked the newspaper: "Why choose Jihadi news?" and challenged the Washington Post to "Hear our Voices. Tell our Stories.”

Mohan Sapru, chief coordinator of the rally, said: "Washington Post's biased reporting ignores the inconvenient truth that Article 370 and 35A have denied democratic rights to minorities, women and weaker sections of the society while throttling Kashmir's economy.

"The Kashmir valley became a breeding ground for rampant corruption, separatism and Islamic terrorism that resulted in the worst form of human rights violation due to rape, murder and eventual ethnic cleansing of the native Kashmiri Pandits.

"Revocation of Article 370 and 35A enables addressing the menace of cross-border Islamic terrorism, empowerment of women, and restoration of justice to minorities and economic opportunities for all. We fully support and endorse revocation of these repressive articles."

Vijay Sazawal, international coordinator of the Indo American Kashmir Forum, said, "Western journalists, including the Washington Post, should be ashamed of their reporting on Kashmir. The Post by stating the changes introduced by the Indian Parliament on the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir as a 'victory of Hinduism over Islam' is disgraceful, disgusting, and disingenuous."

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