Indian Media Reporting of Lashkar-e-Taiba
The Indian media has been much more aggressive than Pakistan in covering LeT, which is perhaps unsurprising given that India is LeT’s primary target. From broadcast media to op-eds in major Indian newspapers, the Indian government has pushed for more action against Pakistani militant groups like LeT.Suhasini Haider, “Ignoring the ‘Other Osama’,” Hindu (Chennai), January 28, 2015, http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/ignoring-the-other-osama/article6827966.ece. India has criticized the international community and Pakistan for failing to take LeT seriously and curb the group’s militant activities.Gaurav C. Sawant, “India furious as UN calls Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Saeed 'Sahib' and fails to counter terrorism,” Daily Mail (London), December 20, 2014, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2881985/India-furious-calls-Lashkar-e-Taiba-founder-Saeed-Sahib-fails-counter-terrorism.html#ixzz3ZIVWJJDu.
Since the April 2015 release of one of LeT’s top leaders, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, both Western and Indian media have anticipated increased tension in Pakistan-India relations.Tom Rogan, “A new crisis is brewing between two nuclear-armed neighbors,” Reuters, April 14, 2015, http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/14/a-new-crisis-is-brewing-between-two-nuclear-armed-neighbors/; Amit Agnihotri, “Lakhvi Release: India Lodges Strong Protest With Pakistan,” India Today, April 11, 2015, http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/lakhvi-released-pakistan-court-india-protest-pakistan-mumbai-attacks/1/429594.html.