Kashmir editor summoned for ‘seditious’ article in magazine published when he was 12

Yasraj Sharma, the interim editor of ”The Kashmir Walla” has been summoned by the Jammu and Kashmir Police counter-intelligence wing for questioning him about an article published in the online magazine in 2011.

The article was written by research scholar Abdul Aala Fazili and was published in 2011. Yashraj was 12 years old when the article was published and he was not a part of magazine’s editorial team.

The Kashmir Walla Editor-in-Chief and founder Fahad Shah is already in the custody of the State Investigation Agency in connection with the article that authorities claim is “highly provocative and seditious”. Fazili was also arrested on April 17.

Yashraj who joined The Kashmir Walla in 2018, has taken over the editorial affairs after Shah’s arrest.

The State Investigation Agency has asked the 23-year-old Yashraj to come to the Joint Interrogation Centre in Jammu by Thursday.

The summons issued to Sharma, according to Kashmiriyat web portal, alleged that “contaminated and compromised media persons” are covertly working to present a “false and distorted account of events in Kashmir” to persuade their readers that “nothing good can happen and should happen as long as Kashmir is part of India.”

It went on to say: “Guided from across, select anti-India elements within the media, many of whom are on the payroll of ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] have formed media platforms, especially digital platforms, that are inexpensive but have a wider reach, and screen their connections with and funding from hostile foreign agencies and terrorist and secessionist entities.”