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Kashmir Today Jammu, Thursday, 23 September 2010, 10.55 p.m.

About 105 deaths of precious human lives have occurred during last 105 days in Kashmir valley amidst curfews, stone pelting, encounters, shooting and bomb blasts etc. About four persons died when all party team’s visit took place on 18/19 September 2010. On the one hand cry is for “aazadi” while, on the other hand, Panun Kashmir leaders express, “Opposing the voices demanding withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the Valley, an organisation of Kashmiri Pandits favours that the army should instead be given more power "to quell the turmoil" triggered by separatists. We reject the demands of autonomy and revocation of AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir. The army should instead be given more powers to quell the turmoil triggered by separatists and their supporters" Curfews are clamped and relaxed but it remains most of the time. It seems as if violence has become an industry and business for a handful of people while they exploit the common masses and Kashmiri youth. Youth demands freedom but they do not know what this freedom and autonomy means. They are apparently getting money to raise such slogans. Top leaders from all political parties within Kashmir and outside do not lose anything of their own. Only common masses suffer. It is a piquant situation. Kashmir was never an issue or a problem till 1946. After 26 October 1947, it has become a problem and it is becoming ever more complex. Who is the looser -- Masses, Politicians or separatists/terrorists/militants? Pakistan occupied large parts of Kashmir in 1947 when tribal raiders attacked India from Pakistani territory. United Nations then asked Pakistan to vacate this territory. Pakistan has not done so till today. Yet Pakistan asks India not to regard Kashmir as an integral part of India!