Hurriyat Planning To Replicate The 2008 Summer Agitation

1 June 2009
The Indian Express


New Delhi: While the Valley is witnessing strict curfew restrictions over the mysterious killings of the two women in Shopian, Hurriyat sees it as a ray of opportunity for hurtling back to the centre stage. While the Valley is witnessing strict curfew restrictions over the mysterious killings of the two women in Shopian, Hurriyat sees it as a ray of opportunity for hurtling back to the centre stage. Both, the moderates as well as hardliners are working to replicate the agitation unleashed last year over the Amarnath land row. Incidentally, the downtown Srinagar in recent months has become a hotbed of the frequent stone-pelting protests which the police has found impossible to control. Similar kinds of protests have become a routine in north Kashmir towns of Baramulla and Sopore. Keeping these protests going are the periodic killings of a protester or an innocent civilian. The death of the two women has followed close on the heels of the killing of a downtown protester. Hurriyat chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in his speech on May 21, has already indicated the Hurriyat plans to launch a renewed political agitation if no 'serious and substantive' effort was made to start a fresh initiative on Kashmir by the centre. 'I warn New Delhi that if didnít initiate serious measures towards resolution of Kashmir in two months, Hurriyat will start a fresh agitation in Kashmir. We will ask people to hit the roads again and take out protests for their right to self determination,' Mirwaiz said in his speech. Geelani, on the other hand, has already started making noises about the soon-to-start Amarnath yatra. He has demanded that its period be curtailed, while saying that that the yatris were welcome. 'We have nothing against yatra. We respect the religious sentiments of our Hindu brethren. What we want is the curtailing of the period of the yatra which enhanced with a political design by the governor Sinha,' Geelani said. Meanwhile, government has already rescheduled the yatra on account of the snowfall in higher reaches of the Himalayas. It will now start from June 15. With all the ingredients of the potentially troubling inputs, Kashmir's political summer looks set to be sizzling one. That is if the NC-Congress coalition does not wake to the new unfolding reality and take remedial measures.