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Separatism, anti-India campaigns things of past in Kashmir
Geelani, Mirwaiz prefer stoic silence
7/9/2020 11:21:23 AM

Early Times Report

Jammu, July 8: Separatists not issuing any strike call on July 8 in Kashmir is a clear indication that the separatism and anti- India campaigns are now a thing of past in the Valley.
July 8 since 2016 used to be marked as a strike day in Kashmir as Hizbul militant Burhan Wani was killed by the security forces on this day in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kokernag area. This year however, for the first time, no strike call was issued by any separatists, including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Even the strike call purportedly issued by Hurriyat hawk Geelani for July 8 and 13 was termed baseless and farce by the police, declaring that Geelani’s family sources have confirmed that no such call has been given by the aged separatist. A case in this regard has also been registered. Interestingly, Geelani too didn’t react to Police’s statement, thus vindicating the claims of the security agencies.
Hurriyat dove, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also maintained silence on the matter. He also didn’t issue any strike call on the occasion. After 2016, Geelani, Mirwaiz and so-called JKLF Chief Yasin Malik used to call for the strike on this day. “Separatism in Kashmir is now a gone case. Strike calls that till last year were hallmark of separatists in Kashmir have ended. No one has been left to give a shutdown call. Concrete measures are needed to further streamline the entire process,” said an official wishing not to be named.
He added that the separatists are now busy finding an escape route as all the money has dried up.
On June 29, this year, Hurriyat hawk, Geelani, who spearheaded several anti- India demonstrations in Kashmir shook everyone with his audio message in which he declared that he is quitting Hurriyat Conference which he himself founded and headed for about two decades.
The reason which Geelani gave for leaving the amalgam was the lack of discipline within its ranks and silence maintained post abrogation of Article 370.
Such a major development has hinted at a very tectonic shift in Kashmir’s separatist landscape and could usher in a new era of moderate politics and an end of stern and stubbornness within the separatist ranks. Meanwhile, if there is one thing that has come out as a crux of the entire development it is an end of the separatism in Kashmir.
The Hurriyat Conference losing its grip and control over the Valley was evident from the fact that last year even ahead of the abrogation of Article 370, when home minister Amit Shah visited Valley, the separatists including Geelani for the first time since the eruption of militancy in 1990, issued no strike call on his visit. Post Abrogation of Article 370, separatists issued no strike or chalo calls.
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