shifted to include more young, middle-class Kashmiris, including Shortly after the outbreak of violence, the High Commissioner for Human Rights met .. ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate alleged. After Wani's death, young people, who constitute the largest chunk of the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, to meet some of those. He sought to take the conversation beyond Delhi to other cities, where (he hoped ) Kashmiris might meet with a more sympathetic, less.
Slowly opening another door, the three friends enter a pitch-dark room. Shahid turns on the lights.
In one corner, Pakistani flags lay spread on the bare floor. Shahid looking at the Pakistani flags made by him. The most controversial of these events was perhaps when Masarat Alam, a separatist leader, was arrested after allegedly raising a Pakistani flag on April Since then, there has been a rash of incidents where Pakistani flags have appeared in different parts of Kashmir.
Akbar claims that Pakistani flags were raised during protests in andbut went unreported. Although this has apparently been a feature of pro-freedom rallies in Kashmir for decades, the new government is having none of it. And a wider crackdown may be underway. Nowhatta has been an epicentre of resistance in Kashmir since the emergence of an armed rebellion that began in the late 80s.
He had a different view of things. When we all would agree to one thing he would come up with the most distinct opinion. I also remember him having beaten up our class headmaster for passing a lewd comment at a girl. He was the sort who would do something first and think later.
Zakir went on to join Hizbul Mujahideen under Burhan Wani, who himself had come into the ranks three years earlier in The two posed together in several photos.
There is a popular anecdote about Musa from these times. The local police were being humiliated almost on a daily basis by Burhan, Zakir and other Hizb militants through their photos and videos taunting the establishment. Everyone except the police seemed to know where they were.
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And just when the police, with egg on their face, were furiously looking for Burhan and his gang, Zakir Musa with another militant took a ride on a motorcycle down to Srinagar. From right under their noses, the two rode to the city, dressed up, clicked photos barely a few meters away from the offices of Inspector General and Superintendent of Police, and returned safely back to their hideout. Police officers are said to have come to know about the daredevilry of Musa only after he uploaded photos of himself and his friend on the internet.
On July 8, Burhan Wani was shot dead by security forces in Kokernag. Nobody had anticipated the unprecedented reaction.
In the ensuing violence between protestors and security forces, more than people died and several hundreds were blinded by pellet guns. In death, Wani became the most popular militant of and the face of militancy in Kashmir in the last 25 years. Within three years of joining militancy, Zakir Musa had become a commander, and the face, of the biggest terror outfit in Kashmir. Although in time, both would turn out to be contrastingly different from each other.
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While Wani talked about fighting a secular resistance, Musa talked of killing the secularists; Wani wanted independence for Kashmir and Musa dropped the idea of territorial fight to start a war for a caliphate starting from the Valley to the rest of India. The clip started doing the rounds on local WhatsApp and Telegram channels in the evening and within minutes spread across Kashmir like wildfire. Otherwise we will chop off their heads and will hang them at Lal Chowk….
We just want to ask these political hypocrites that if Kashmir is a political issue why are you raising slogans like Azadi Ka Matlab Kya. Why do you come and address people in mosques? It had never happened before. The separatists went into a huddle. Nobody knew what was happening. This was followed by another audio clip by Musa on May Hizb has disassociated itself from my statement, so I am disassociating myself from Hizb….
I never meant to chop off heads of every Hurriyat leader, but only of those who work for and support secularism.
In Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari was a bridge between young and old, militants and moderates
I again want to clarify that I am not against any particular leader like Geelani sahib. Over time, a feeling has percolated down that everyone from Lashkar to Hizb to Hurriyat is compromised in one way or another. Afterwards, Shujaat took me and the writer Omair Ahmad for dinner at a restaurant on a hilltop overlooking the city.
We had a long and for me most instructive conversation on Kashmir past and present.
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As the dinner ended and I prepared to return to the University Guest House, Shujaat gripped my hand and thanked me for honouring my promise and coming to Kashmir. When I said it was absurd for him to thank me, he dryly answered that Kashmiris had become used to the government of India disregarding the promises they had made to them.
It took less than a year for the window to be shut completely. Flood relief was both tardy and paltry, and then in July Burhan Wani was killed. The Valley was now rent by many months of strife and violence. In this awful period I followed what Shujaat said and wrote, but thought it improper to casually invade his Inbox.
Sometime in the summer of I was visiting Delhi, and ran into him naturally at Bahrisons in Khan Market. He was, as ever, tall and upright; but his brow seemed tinged with sorrow.Meet Saba Altaf! Kashmir Valley's emerging painter - ANI News
It was as if the bookshop, for so long a source of enlightenment and inspiration, was now a means of escape and consolation. Beyond Delhi By the autumn, the violence in the Valley had ebbed, and talk of dialogue was once more in the air. Shujaat now telephoned me in Bengaluru, saying he wished to bring a group to speak with citizens in my city. For too long Kashmiris had conversed only with people in Delhi, whose positions were often over-determined by either proximity or hostility to the Government of the day.