Shutdowns may go off Hurriyat calendar soon

JK News Today

Srinagar,  December 12

Kashmiri separatists  are all set to release a new brand of protests  in place of the routine shutdowns and call for marches , as  per a new  understanding that  the secessionist leadership has arrived at following public pressure and the economic distress .

This  Wednesday’s calendar would be having some indications in this, or there could be some startling  announcement that would change the whole concept of the protests.  One thing is certain, the sources said that there would be either no shutdowns or limited to one  or two odd days

The “ resistance leadership” as Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and  Mohammad Yasin Malik, call themselves , have found that the wide section of Kashmiri society, including those inclined to separatism,  is opposed to the shutdowns and the  street protests.

Sources said that the  top leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani  who is commanding the general strikes for the past over five months after the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen Commander  Burhan Wani in early July, is finding it difficult to convince  people about the  rationale of the perennial shutdowns as the only means of registering their anger against India.

In fact, the separatist leadership, has been told that  the modulations and modifications are  part of the “ larger struggle”. There also is anger about the rigidity of the shutdowns which places bar on the  normal  way of living and  scotches economic and  social activity, the sources said.

The separatist leadership is also afraid of  getting consumed in the  process.

The separatists are having no answers as to how their invitation to tourists to the Valley gels with the  general strikes and  non-availability of  public transport and closed hotels and restaurants.

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