NEW YORK - The unrest in Indian occupied Kashmir has threatened to breathe new life into the "old and treacherous" dispute between India and Pakistan over Jammu and Kashmir, The New York Times reported Friday. The fresh impetus is provided by a new generation of young Kashmiris who poured into streets by the tens of thousands over the past several weeks, "with stones in their fists and an old slogan on their lips: 'Azadi,' or freedom, from India," according to a dispatch from Srinager. These young people were born and reared during the bloodiest years of insurgency and counterinsurgency and are inheitors of the rage, the paper pointed out. "Their protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir were part of an unexpected outburst of discontent set off by a dispute over a 99-acre piece of land, which has for more than two months been stoked by both separatist leaders in Muslim-majority Kashmir and Hindu nationalists elsewhere in India," The Times correspondent Somini Sengupta wrote. "Disastrously for the Indian government, Kashmir has burst onto center stage at a time of growing turmoil in the region " with the resignation this week of Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, who had sought to temper his country's backing for anti-Indian militancy here. "Even though the two countries have been engaged in four years of peace talks, India has grown nervous that the disarray in Pakistan has left it with no negotiating partner. From New Delhi's perspective, that power vacuum has allowed anti-Indian elements in Pakistan's intelligence services and the militant groups they employ to pursue their agenda with renewed vigour', the dispatch went on to say. It said: "The latest unrest here has only added to the difficulties of renewed dialogue. "How long this agitation will continue depends on both India's capacity to assuage Kashmiri separatist leaders, and their ability in turn to control the sudden eruption of rage among the young." The Kashmiri protesters come in motorcycle cavalcades, and on the backs of trucks and buses, waving Pakistani flags. "Some shouted praise for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the banned Pakistan-based militant organization that India blames for a series of terrorist attacks in recent years. 'India, your death will come,' they chanted. 'Lashkar will come. Lashkar will come'," according to the dispatch.