“All the children of these leaders are tucked away in safe environments in schools in Malaysia, America, London or India, and poor people's sons are dying on streets and they are glorifying it. The Kashmiri youth need to understand and need to ask this question to these leaders if Jihad, if this gun is so pious why don't you pick it up, why don't your children pick it up? ”
—Junaid Qureshi, son of Kashmiri separatist leader Hashim Qureshi & Human Rights activist,http://www.aninews.in on July 10, 2016
Burhan Wani was an ideologically committed militant associated with a terrorist organisation openly in war against Bharat. A bounty of Rs 10 lakhs was carried on his head. He effectively used social media to recruit youth in his version of Jihad so his death was inevitable. His whereabouts came from somebody close to him and he cried before facing death. What happened after the elimination of this dreaded youth, along with his two associates, is a scripted story.
The valley that has a history of unrest on petty issues erupted in cycle of violence. Stone pelters exhibited their skills. Security forces were attacked and Hindu-Sikh houses were ransacked. Temples were desecrated and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra were assaulted. The separatists are obviously trying to show their presence by instigating the common masses. Their masters in Pakistan, as usual, tried to internationalise the issue. The Hizbul Mujahidin, a terror outfit Burhan represented, has named the most appropriate successor in the name of Mahmoud Ghaznavi.
The customary propagators of human rights toed the Pakistan cum terrorists’ line on the so called ‘extra-judicial’ killing of the ‘mis-guided’ youth. ‘Secular’ intellectuals and the typical celebrity journalists openly started attacking the security forces for their alleged high handedness. Their blackening of blatant killings of Kashmiri policemen and making Burhan Wani a hero, everything is on expected lines.
But, and there is a big ‘but’ that is worrying Pakistan and its unofficial stooges on this side of the border. The State and Centre governments are on the same page. The cross-border infiltration bids are ruthlessly foiled by the security forces. Tactically, army is taking care of the border, CRPF is dealing with the armed elements within the valley and the state police are handling the miscreants on streets. The J&K police are showing unprecedented valour in normalising the situation. That is the reason Separatist leaders have issued a joint appeal to Jammu and Kashmir police requesting them not to use live ammunition against common Kashmiris, conveniently missing the fact that police personnel who were pushed in the Jhelum River by the so-called protesters, with their vehicle, were also Kashmiri brethren. The State government has appealed to separatist groups for help in bringing peace, which is also unusual.
The most spectacular incident occurred when pilgrims from other states of Bharat defied the threat and decided to continue with the Amarnath yatra. Local Muslims of Bejbehara exemplified real character of ‘Kashmiriyat’ when a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims rammed into a truck on the Pahalgam-Jammu National Highway. Without letting the protests or curfew come in their way, residents of Sangam and Halmula, rushed to help the victims.
In another exceptional development a group of Imams, under the leadership of Umer Ilyasi, President of All India Imam Organisation, met the Home Minister and offered help to stop violence in the Valley.
If this was not enough, Pakistan got a befitting reply in the UN. The US Congressmen have started questioning financial aid to the troubling South Asian ally. British MP Bob Blackman in an interview to a news paper took a stand and clarified that Jammu and Kashmir must be reunited with India, including the parts illegally occupied by the Pakistani forces.
The crux is the turbulence in the valley is no longer a limited concern of people in the state but of entire Bharat. The aspiring youth of the state want to get rid of a life of uncertainty. The separatists are exposed and losing their credibility on ground. Of course, sustainable and coordinated efforts are required to normalise and then stabilise the situation in the valley. Till then, all nationalist voices in and outside the valley should be strengthened enough, so that in future no Burhan would be allowed to take Kashmiri youth for ride.