AFSPA debate, grenade throwing and some deepening suspicions
WRITE HAND BY AJAZ UL HAQUE
When grenade throwing was almost a forgotten story, Kashmir suddenly witnessed a spurt. Though such incidents are nothing abnormal and have been defining Kashmir since 1989, but of late the situation has showed a gradual and perceptible change. Amidst a war of statements between the state government and the military agencies, Kashmir was expecting something pleasant. It was heartening to hear that AFSPA may possibly be revoked. Partially though, but any step taken in this direction always comes as a breather.
Dr. Mustafa Kamal's accusing army of being behind the attacks generated some heat this week. General Hussnain shot back a refutation, but couldn't put some suspicions to sleep. Well, statements from both the sides can be evaluated on their own merit and substance, but some questions remain unanswered. Some see it as a timely move to scuttle the AFSPA revocation process and the others mark it as a routine affair which Kashmir has been experiencing since long. It's not that easy to pin blame on a certain section of security agencies who want this law to continue in Kashmir. But it's equally difficult to rule out the possibility of a sabotage. Though there can't be evidences in favour or against, but circumstances make one think and think again. In the absence of a proof, a doubt based on some logic can make one draw some inferences, if not conclusions. Thankfully, it's been a calm year till now. Even in the last years tumult grenade throwing was unheard of. Sure stones were hurled, but grenades disappeared from the scene. And then suddenly one dark day this week, a chain of grenade blasts shake us out of sleep. Who is doing it? No answers, but why at a time when AFSPA has become a matter of debate. Is it because they want Kashmir always as a `terror zone'?. It's only an unprecedented presence of militants which, by military logic, explained granting of special powers to forces in Kashmir. But it doesn't need any security expert to assess the situation in Kashmir at present. What do you need Army for when there are no combatants? Those who see the recent grenade blasts nothing abnormal will have to answer this question before making us believe that they were actually normal. As they say had their been no God, there was a need to invent one. Similarly, if there are no gunmen, is there is a need to invent a few?
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