Peace returning in Kashmir, resentment brewing against separatists

JK News Today

Saleem Qadri

Srinagar, December 1

Despite continues shutdown and protests, public activity picked up in Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir however other business activities continues to remain affected due to the separatist- sponsored strike.

Kashmir valley witnessed protracted protests since the elimination of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8 along with his two other associates in South Kashmir’s Kokernag.

“We spent four and half months staying idle because of continues shutdown and curfew and we could not feed the family members. I resumed work at my shop to support my family as we faced many difficulties in four months and suffered a colossal loss” said Ali Mohammad Dar who runs Bakery shop in the old city of Srinagar.

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Srinagar city was abuzz with public transport which has significantly improved in since last couple of days despite continues shutdown calls by joint Hurriyat amalgam. Apart from cabs and auto-rickshaws, a large number of buses can be seen plying in the city.

While most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut across Kashmir, many of these outlets were open in few areas of interior city as well as in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city.

“The situation has improved a lot. Shops are now opening and there is more transport with each passing day. The vendors are doing business as usual. We lost 97 people and several others got injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley. What have we achieved so far and without any hindsight Hurriyat leaders are issuing calendars,” Said vendor who sells Shoes in Lalchowk .

Commenting on Hurriyat’s decision of boycotting the All Party Delegations in the month of August an auto driver Mohammad Aslam said that it was a total stubbornness from the Hurriyat leaders side and locked the doors is not a sign of Insaniyat.

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