Think Why PhD Scholar Chose Death Over Life: Mehbooba   

SRINAGAR — PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said Thursday that PhD scholar-turned militant preferring death in an encounter over life should make political parties realise the gravity of the situation and facilitate dialogue with all stakeholders to end the bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir.

Manan Bashir Wani, who was pursuing PhD in Allied Geology at Aligarh Muslim University, quit studies and joined ranks of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit in January this year.

He was killed, along with another associate, in an encounter with security forces in Handwara area of Kupwara district this morning.

“Today a PhD scholar chose death over life & was killed in an encounter. His death is entirely our loss as we are losing young educated boys everyday,” Mehbooba wrote on her Twitter handle.

“It is high time that all the political parties in the country realise the gravity of this situation and try to facilitate a solution through dialogue with all the stake holders including Pakistan to end this bloodshed,” she added.

Killing Negates Governor’s Claim: Er Rashid  

Er Rasheed said: “The killing of Manan Wani negates Governor Satpal Malik’s claim that, “we should focus on eliminating militancy rather killing militants”.

“Rather than celebrating the killing and using bullets and pallets to disperse thousands of protesters at the encounter site, the government should introspect what forces masses to play with their lives,” said Er Rasheed.

“New Delhi responded to Manan Wani ’s thought-provoking write-ups with eliminating him through bullets and has thus surrendered to his valuable arguments. No matter Manan was holding a gun in his hands, but his powerful pen has been silenced by the bullets, however, it may take longer for the deep state to defeat his arguments,” Er Rasheed.

Er Rasheed reiterated that violence is not a solution to the problem but unless Delhi doesn’t show a commitment to resolve the political dispute through purposeful dialogue in light of UN resolutions, nothing may change.

He said “After killing every top commander security forces have been claiming it a big success but nothing has changed on the ground, except more educated youth joining the armed struggle and thus resulting in a continuation of the loss of precious human lives. Let nobody forget that without talking to militant leadership all steps taken to restore normalcy are bound to fail as militants are not fighting for getting a place in power corridors but want a resolution to Kashmir dispute and are enjoying popular support.”

Er Rasheed added that Delhi’s constant denial and oppression has made not only political leadership but other saner voices irrelevant as youth are fed up with the cosmetic measures to resolve Kashmir issue.

We Lost Budding Intellectual: Mirwaiz

Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while reacting to the killing of Hizb commander and PhD scholar Manan Wani “lost of a budding intellectual.”  

“Alas! heard the tragic news of #MananWani’s martyrdom and of his associates! Deeply pained that we lost a budding intellectual and writer like him,fighting for the of cause of self-determination.JRL appeals to people to observe a complete #Shutdown tomorrow to pay homage to him,” Mirwaiz tweeted.  

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