30 September, 2020

'Inshallah, Kashmir Will Become Part Of Pakistan'

In her first major interview to the mainstream Indian media, the Dukhtaran-e-Millat leader reveals the Talibanesque mindset of a woman who's known as Malka-ul-Maut (Angel of Death)...

'Inshallah, Kashmir Will Become Part Of Pakistan'
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It is in downtown Srinagar that I meet Asiya Andrabi, leader of the separatist Kashmiri women's group Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of the Nation). One has heard stories about her spraying paint on women who do not wear burkhas. She is known to have sent burkha-clad activists to burn Valentine's Day cards and posters, raid liquor shops, and restaurants boasting special seating arrangement for couples. Her organisation was banned in the '90s and Asiya was underground till 2004. Meanwhile, she married a mujahideen, currently serving life sentence in an Indian jail. Yet, despite this record, when she takes off her veil, Asiya looks like a middle-aged woman who'd be more comfortable in a kitchen rather than painting anti-America and anti-Israeli placards. In Asiya's first major interview to the mainstream Indian media, she reveals the Talibanesque mindset of a woman who's known as Malka-ul-Maut (Angel of Death) and represents the extreme Islamist fringe of the homegrown militancy in Kashmir. Excerpts from an interview to Aditi Bhaduri:

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