Sharma’s Visit May Have Triggered War Of Words In Kashmir

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Srinagar—The maiden visit of the Centre’s point-man on Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma may not have been much successful, but his visit has virtually kick-started a war of words between the mainstream politicians and separatists here blaming each other for the current situation in Kashmir.

Although they were not on one-page since decades, the current row between the separatists and mainstream politicians, began with the commencement of the six-day visit of Sharma to the state on November 6 as the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani held National Conference founder and former Chief Minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah responsible for the “situation in which Kashmiris find themselves trapped”

The National conference lost no time in reacting to the statement of Geelani and a war of words between the two started. The statements and counter-statements were issued by the warring groups since then. Even the ruling PDP and Congress did not escape the wrath of the separatists and the premier political party of the state (NC).

Reacting to the statement of N C spokesman Junaid Mattoo asking Geelani to formally join PDP, Spokesperson of Hurriyat (M) and JKLF, two of three parties spearheading the ongoing movement, strongly condemned the “abusive” language allegedly used by NC spokesman against Geelani.

Mattoo in his statement had said that Geelani should formally join ruling PDP. “Geelani is accountable to the people of Kashmir for his failure to convert thousands of sacrifices into a concrete, acceptable resolution”, Mattoo had said.

In a joint statement, the spokesperson of separatists outfits, castigated the N C for using a junior “turncoat like Junaid Mattoo” on the job of hurling invectives on a respected senior politician and resistance leader (Geelani) which reflects the moral bankruptcy of such people.”

They said that since out of power for too long “NC like fish out of water is writhing and hence employing its signature underhand and malicious ways and means of realizing their cherished ambition, displaying total insensitivity and disregard for the suffering and sacrifices of the people and their sacred freedom struggle”.

They said that “unfortunately” the “hunger for the chair” and it’s entailing “aash o aaram “(life of comfort and luxury) of this” opportunistic and unscrupulous group”, has since 1947 been the enemies of the people of Kashmir when they were first backstabbed, and since then are in continues grind of subjugation and occupation, paying dearly each day.

They said that as part of their single point “kursi Wapsi” (return of power) agenda, NC is once again playing “dirty politics” to gain some space, part of which is to divert attention from the main issue and the consequent repression on people, by maligning and defaming leadership representing and associated with the resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the people’s will and based on principles.

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