After 51 days of unrest in the valley finally it is coming to an end. Authorities lifted curfew from Kashmir valley on Monday since the protest began on 9th July after the death of Burhan Wani. Sources said the decision to lift curfew was taken at a high level security meeting on Sunday.
According to a senior police officer, on Monday curfew was lifted from all over the valley except Pulwara town and the areas which are under jurisdiction of Nowhatta and M.R. Gunj police stations in the valley. Curfew in those areas will remain in force.
The development came after J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s joint meeting which announced an all party delegation will visit Kashmir in an attempt to talk with the people. Singh gave the assurance of an alternative to pellet guns.
An all party delegation including senior leaders of political parties will visit Kashmir on 3rd September. Rajnath Singh is likely to go along with the delegation.
Despite lifting of the curfew separatists asked the people to continue shutdown until 1st September, this was issued in a statement last week. All senior separatist leaders have been placed under confinement.
On Sunday PM Narendra Modi in his radio address Mann Ki Baat said that “ekta” (unity) and “mamata” (compassion) could be the two mantras to bring normalcy and peace in the valley.
Mufi who met Modi on Saturday in New Delhi addressed the protesters and spoke, “I may have got angry with you and you may be angry with me, but give me a chance”. She appealed to the Hurriyat to stop the killings and help in getting peace back on the streets.
In these 51 days continue unrest in the valley 68 civilians, three policemen have been killed and more than 11,000 including civilians and security personnel were injured.
The valley is returning to its regular normalcy. So just hope that the Eid festival on September 13 will not see any blood or turbulence in the valley.