Kashmir separatists, arrest and release: What really happened?
There was enough drama on Thursday, Aug 20 morning and all of us witnessed the house arrest and release of the Hurriyat Leaders in Kashmir.
The move by the government to place the separatists under house arrest was being hailed as a brave move, but then in a matter or two hours the three separatists were released.
Pakistan has already said that meeting with the Hurriyat leaders is a common practice.
India now says that this was a strong message to Pakistan to refrain from talking with the Hurriyat.
The arrest was only to show Pakistan that we are not in favour of the National Security Advisor of Paksitan speaking with the Hurriyat leaders, an Indian official informed OneIndia.
Were the arrests necessary?
There was a great deal of confusion regarding the house arrest and release of the Hurriyat leaders this morning.
Barely two hours after their arrest they were released and this would mean that the separatists can hold talks with the NSA of Pakistan when he visits India this weekend.
The question, however, is whose decision was it to order the house arrest of the separatists?
Sources say that it was a collective decision. The decision to carry out the arrest was not intended to stop them from talking to Sartaj Aziz but aimed at sending across a warning to them. This was the way of telling Paksitan that we are not in favour of them holding talks with the separatists.