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September 23, 2010
Photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale delivers this multimedia slideshow report on the recent increased violence in Kashmir due to threats by a US pastor to burn the Koran.
The Kashmir Conflict arises from the Partition of India in 1947 into modern India and Pakistan. Both the countries have made claims to Kashmir, based on historical developments and religious affiliations of the Kashmiri people.
In Jammu and Kashmir, India, the violent Islamic insurgency has specifically targeted the Hindu Pandit minority, violated their human rights and 400,000 have either been murdered or displaced. US Congressman Frank Pallone stated "The conflict in Kashmir cannot be separated from the global war against terror; over the past fifteen years militant forces have used violence against the Pandits."
Recently the violence increased due to an American pastor's public statement to burn the Koran. The plan was called off but it heightened tensions in the Muslim world and subsequently tension in the Kashmir Valley and the protests led to 18 being killed and hundreds wounded.