Kashmir stares at long shut down as separatist trio unite against Pandits

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New Delhi, May 25: After a gap of 8 years, the separatists from Kashmir have come together once again and this time it is to prevent the rehabilitation package for the Pandits.

The trio of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Shah Geelani who normally do not see eye to eye have called for a shutdown in the Valley on Thursday after the state government planned to rehabilitate the Kashmiri Pandits and ex-servicemen who have served in the state.

Kashmir stares at long shut down

It was quite rare to see the three coming together and calling for a shut down. They have accused the government of attempting to change the state's demography. They even issued a joint statement in which they have said that the plans of the RSS in the state must be countered.

United in 2008:

The last time that the three separatists united was in the year 2008. In that year the trio came together to protest the transfer of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. It is a well known fact that the trio are not on the same page where the Kashmir issue is concerned.

There have been reports of ideological differences and also talk that the three do not see eye to eye. However when it comes to issues such as the Amarnath Shrine or the Kashmir Pandits, they seem to be finding common ground.

While the decision by the trio to unite may not change the plans of the government, the problem is regarding the problems that could be caused in the valley. In 2008 when they came together, they had shut down the state for several months. The government could be well staring at a similar situation.

Officials say that the task ahead for the state government is a tough one. A lot would depend on the state handles the issue. The state has already been facing trouble thanks to a renewed effort by militant groups who have carried out a series of attacks on security officials in the recent months.

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