Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani has issued a warning to the state government of Kashmir that there could be a return of violence in the valley if the government stuck on to its policy of denying political space to the separatists. He made it clear that it is obvious that the current situation will lead to a return of the 1990 scenario, when militancy was at its peak.
“If this continues, our youth will opt for other ways,” said Geelani as he addressed a group of journalists at his residence in Hyderpora residence. “There is no need of a hint…it is obvious.”
“Our youth understand what is happening. They ask me how long they will continue to tolerate this,” he said adding that the youth who come to meet him constantly ask him if there remained any other alternatives.
The government has taken Geelani’s warnings as sufficient indication of warring situations as he had all long been calling for peaceful solutions since 3 years. He even advocated that the “movement doesn’t require guns”.
The first departure made by Geelani from the hardline stand he took earlier was during the 2008 agitation over the Amarnath land row. Distancing himself from Pakistan he necessitated the need for a peaceful struggle. “Our struggle would be peaceful. We neither need the gun of the Mujahideen now, nor the support of Pakistan or its media,” he said in 2008. However, recent times have sen him change stand.
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