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Akther seeks separatists help; Geelani obliges, Mirwaiz ridicules
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Jammu, July 10: A few hours after the government spokesman and Education Minister urged the separatists to help the government to restore calm and peace in Kashmir, the Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a surprising development obliged the government and asked protesters not to pelt stones and attack Police stations.
After attending the cabinet meeting here, Akther addressed a hurriedly called press conference and appealed Hurriyat Conference to assist the government in its efforts to restore normalcy in the Valley, which has been rocked by violent protests following the killing of self-styled Hizbul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. "We appeal all political forces who have expressed concern for people's lives -- be it National Conference, Congress, CPI(M) or other components of the mainstream or those people who are not in the mainstream to help us restore peace."
A few hours after Akther sought the help from separatists, the Hurriyat hawk
Syed Ali Geelani appealed people to "maintain discipline" and don't indulge in damaging police stations. He also appealed people to maintain communal harmony.
Geelani while talking to a local news agency over phone said: "I appeal people of Kashmir not to damage police stations and posts as it can be an excuse for the government to prove that they are not guilty."
On the other hand Hurriyat dove Mirwaiz Umar Farooq took to the social networking site twitter and ridiculed Akther fo seeking help from them. "@Mehbooba Mufti Strange! Those who cage, confine &gag us& label us as threat to peace R-2day asking 4help 2 restore so called peace & normalcy," Mirwaiz tweeted.
The Jammu and Kashmir government seeking help from separatists to restore peace in the Valley has not gone well with the nationalist forces, a defence analyst while talking to Early Times said, "It's unfortunate that state government has given importance to separatists and has made them relevant. The government should have allowed the security forces to handle the situation on its own. It's the separatists who are adding fuel to the fire and are making every possible effort to ensure that cycle of violence continues."
He said, "Soon after Burhan was killed Geealni and others called for shutdown and instigated people to hit the streets. The henchmen of separatists left no stone unturned to offer funeral prayers in absentia for Burhan and his associates and provoked the people to attack Police stations and forces camps which led to the killings."
A Kashmir watcher said, "It's unfortunate that government is seeking help from the same people who are responsible for vitiating peace and pushing Kashmir towards the edge."
He said, "It's high time for Government of India to send a strong message to anti-national forces that their activities are unacceptable."
 
 
 
 
 
 
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