Wani’s killing brings out real faces in J&K

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation - NOOR-UL-QAMRAIN SRI­NA­GAR

The elim­i­na­tion of ter­ror­ist Manan Wani has brought to the fore the real faces of many po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in the state with ousted Chief Min­ster Me­hbooba Mufti de­scrib­ing it as an “en­tirely our loss”. While in­de­pen­dent leg­is­la­tor En­gi­neer Rashid claimed that by killing Wani, New Delhi has “lost to his ar­gu­ments on sep­a­ratism”, a few po­lit­i­cal par­ties chose to pay “trib­utes” to the slain ter­ror­ist and went to the ex­tent of even de­scrib­ing him as a “bud­ding in­tel­lec­tual”.

Mean­while, the se­cu­rity agen­cies are tak­ing all pos­si­ble mea­sures in North Kash­mir so that Wani’s killing does not be­come the fo­cal point for the lo­cal youth to join ter­ror­ist ranks. Po­lice has filed an FIR against a lo­cal news­pa­per and its por­tal for shar­ing an ar­ti­cle on the ter­ror­ist who was killed along with an­other in an en­counter with the se­cu­rity forces at Hand­wara in North Kash­mir.

Right at the be­gin­ning of the en­counter it­self, the agen­cies de­cided to close down all the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, es­pe­cially the uni­ver­si­ties in Kash­mir so that stu­dents could not go for ral­lies in favour of Manan Wani. “We have tried to con­tain the mis­chief mon­gers from spread­ing lies and also the mis­in­for­ma­tion in North Kash­mir post-Manan Wani killing,” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer op­er­at­ing in North Kash­mir told The Sun­day Guardian.

In the re­cent past, Me­hbooba’s Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) and Na­tional Con­fer­ence (NC) have tried to com­pete with Pro-Pak­istan out­fit Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence in pay­ing trib­utes to the young ter­ror­ists who were slain in dif­fer­ent gun­fights with the se­cu­rity forces.

Af­ter Wani was killed, Me­hbooba wrote on Twit­ter: “To­day a PhD scholar chose death over life and was killed in an en­counter. His death is en­tirely our loss as we are los­ing young ed­u­cated boys ev­ery day.” In the past too, she had pitched for di­a­logue with Hur­riyat and even Pak­istan ar­gu­ing that it was the “only so­lu­tion to save Kash­mir from present blood­shed”.

Rashid ridiculed Gover­nor Satya Pal Ma­lik for giv­ing “con­fus­ing and con­tra­dic­tory” state­ments on how to han­dle ter­ror­ism. He claimed that on one hand, Ma­lik claims that he was to elim­i­nate ter­ror­ism and not ter­ror­ists, but on the other hand, he is killing even the most ed­u­cated ter­ror­ists on ground. He claimed that New Delhi re­sponded to Wani’s “thought-pro­vok­ing” write-ups with bul­lets and thus “sur­ren­dered” to his ar­gu­ments.

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