Strikes may go off Hurriyat protest calendar soon


Srinagar: Kashmiri separatists are all set to release a new brand of protests in place of the routine shutdowns and call for marches via protest calendar, 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.

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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.

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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. (KNO)

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