Life remained paralysed in the Kashmir Valley as curfew, restrictions and a shutdown called by separatists continued for the 15th day on Saturday – the impasse brought about in the Valley since July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed along with two of his associates in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Stone pelting by youths who are seen as “alienated” from India and “radicalised” by the “jihadis” is one of the most defining images coming out of the state – everyday.
These youths are radicalised and sent out on the streets of Kashmir by home grown separatist leaders or terrorist groups operating out of Pakistan.
Kashmiri separatist leader Hashim Qureshi has been in and out of Pakistan since he was 16 years-old when he first went to receive arms training to ‘liberate Kashmir’. He has now denounced terrorism. In 2015, while publishing his memoirs – ‘Unveiling of Truth’.
“Obviously azadi is a sham in Azad Kashmir,” Qureshi told The Quint. He is convinced, Pakistan wants to obliterate all memory associated with undivided Kashmir’s history and geography. And that agenda is being aided and abetted by all the self-proclaimed leaders of Kashmir, who he believes are misguiding the Kashmiri youth with ‘false propaganda’. So does his son Junaid, whose interview to ETV Network, unravels a story of lies and deception and rips off the mask of these leaders propagating violence in Kashmir.
Ironically, the children of these leaders or terrorists have never picked up a stone, let alone the gun. Have you or for that matter, any of the Kashmiri youths supporting the shutdown ever thought why Syed Sallahuddin or Asiya Andrabi’s children never go out pelting stones . Forget picking up a gun! Lets have a look at what their children are up to.
Backed by Pakistan’s ISI, Syed Salahuddin also heads the United Jihad Council (UJC), a Pakistan-based umbrella organization of Kashmiri militants groups. But all his 5 sons are living peacefully in Kashmir.
Hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Geelani, who drives Kashmiri youth onto the streets against India, himself stays in Malviya Nagar in New Delhi for three months during Kashmir’s winter.
Asiya Andrabi was married to Ashiq Hussain Faktoo (a founding member of the Hizbul Mujahideen, biggest militant organization in Kashmir) 1990 who is in jail since 1992. Andrabi is a household name as head of Kashmir’s biggest network of women jihadis – Dukhtaran-e-Millat. Andrabi is hugely influenced by the teachings of the neo-fundamentalist Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, and that is what she indoctrinates the Kashmiri youth with.
Her older, 22-year-old Muhammad bin Qasim, is an Information technology student living with Andrabi’s elder sister in Malaysia. He is captain of his university cricket team.
Her younger son, 15-year-old Ahmed bin Qasim, is studying in Srinagar.
Most of Asiya’s relatives have shifted to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, England and Malaysia.
One of her nephews, Zulqarnain is a captain in the Pakistan Army and another, Irtiyaz-un-Nabi is an aeronautical engineer and lecturer in the International Islamic University, Islamabad.
His sister Rubina is a doctor in America and wife Sheba Masoodi is an American citizen and by virtue of his marriage to her, Umar is rumoured to be a green card holder.
Farida Behenji, Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement (JKMM), has a son – Ruma Maqbool, who is living a settled life of a doctor in South Africa.
Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, another Hurriyat leader, has sent his son, Abid, out to settle in Dubai and study computer engineering.
Ghulam Nabi Sumji. Many call him Hurriyat’s unsung leader and he is Geelani’s right-hand man. His son Jugnoo is completing his management studies in the Indian capital New Delhi.
Hurriyat Conference (g) Spokesperson, Ayaz Akbar’s son Sarwar yakub also studies management in Pune.
And then there is the poster boy of ‘stone-pelters’. Separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat, chairman of Muslim League, a constituent of hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Geelani and is widely seen as the latter’s heir apparent.
Alam was earlier convicted for organising anti-India protests, raising of pro-Pakistan slogans and hoisting Pakistan flags at a rally in Srinagar resulting in the death of 112 people in stone pelting across the Valley in 2010.
Both his sons study in Srinagar but have never been seen joining the ‘protestors’ on the streets.
Abdul Aziz Dar, another Hurriyat leader is commonly know as General Musa. Both his sons, Umar and Adil live in Pakistan.
Kashmir, its youth and the world needed a fact-check. And all of you have been briefed.