JK News Today
Srinagar, December 07
The Hurriyat Conference has emerged as the “ real government” in Kashmir, where its writ runs, while the elected government is dependent upon the separatists to wriggle it out of the crisis in which it finds itself.
During all these five months of unrest in Kashmir, apparently a fall out of the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen Commander Burhan Wani, the state government could not offer even a single word of safety or free movement to the intending tourists. Tourism is not just a money spinning economy for the Valley on which at least one lakh families are dependent directly or indirectly .
The moment “ joint resistance leadership” comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik , announced “ welcome for the tourists and assured them of their safety, the Mehbooba Mufti government was all smiles , as if it had accomplished something that it had been struggling for long.
Indeed, there was an intense public pressure on Geelani and others to exempt the tourism industry from the violent cycle of shutdowns , which had become an excuse for the miscreants to target any establishment that dared to open during the day time .The hotels, houseboats could not have operated, and taxis could not have been on road with stones flying in all directions .
There were some feeble voices urging the separatists to think of inconvenience to public , especially the daily-wage earners , but Geelani and others were also facing a scenario where their own writ was under threat from miscreants. The masked men would appear at Hyderpora residence of Geelani , and warn against any break in the shutdown . The usual threat was that they would hoist Indian tricolor on his residence, if he broke the cycle of the general strike .
On Tuesday, when Geelani’s headquarters declared that Kashmiris would welcome, ensure safety and safeguard the tourists and pilgrims, the separatist leadership told the tourism operators and the would be tourists that who was in command in Kashmir. “ Is Syed Ali Shah Geelani running the government in Kashmir?” This question has been asked and affirmative answer it has got over the years has confirmed that there was something amiss between the elected government and the people . Separatists were getting into the lead role because of the agitations- 2008, 2010 and 2016 .
Whether tourists will revisit the Valley or not would be known in the days to come, but the fact that has surfaced so firmly is that the political government is subservient to the wishes of the separatists or whosoever is behind them .
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