And a Pakistani newspaper succumbs to an April fool gag
The Daily Times of Pakistan actually fell for this!
Kashmir, the bone of contention between India and Pakistan for over 50 years, belongs to the United States, claims Dan Brown in his soon to be released book â€˜The Secret of the K-wordâ€™. Brown, the author of international bestseller â€˜The Da Vinci Codeâ€™, said that by using spectroscopic analysis he discovered the original document over which the Instrument of Accession, signed by Kashmirâ€™s Maharaja Hari Singh and preserved in the National Archives New Delhi, was superimposed. The secret document reveals that Hari Singh was apprehensive of joining both India and Pakistan and covertly ceded Kashmir to the US. According to Brown, when the map of Kashmir is reversed it becomes similar with the US southern state of Kentucky. Talking to The Times of India by telephone, Brown said that he had employed an ancient Kabbalistic form of numerological interpretation to discover, â€œamazing co-relatives between Kashmir and Kentucky which could not be coincidence.â€ [DT/Original article from TOI]
Not content with scaring off bloggers with lawsuits, the Old Lady is now wilfully distorting history, and yes, ‘internationalising the Kashmir dispute’