Intelligence officials want the government to highlight the hypocrisy of Kashmir’s separatist leaders, who while playing with the careers and lives of the ordinary Kashmiri youth, keep their own children and relatives in safe havens where the latter lead normal lives.
The security agencies have prepared a dossier in which they have detailed how the children and close relatives of separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Ali alias Ashraf Sehrai and Asiya Andrabi, head of the radical Dukhtran-e-Millat have been shifted out of India.
“These so called voices of Kashmiri youth have been playing this game for long. On the one hand they provoke the Kashmiri youth to stop everything and take part in the struggle to make ‘Kashmir free’, while on the other hand they make sure that their close relatives do not become a part of this “revolution”. You will not find a single close relative of these leaders taking part in these protests. Most of them are working in ten-to-five jobs outside Kashmir or studying in schools and universities,” a senior official with the security establishment who has recently been to Kashmir said.
The two sons of Hashim Qureshi, the leader of the pro independence Jammu Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party, who is presently undergoing treatment in New Delhi, are settled outside India. Muhammad bin Qasim, the 23-year-old son of Asiya Andrabi, is a college going student in Malaysia.
The 28-year-old grandson of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Tabush Gilani works with a Dubai based marketing and communication company. When he was in India, he worked as a cabin crew with Spice Jet until 2012.
The son of Mohammad Ashraf Ali, alias Ashraf Sehrai, who studied computer engineering, too joined a company in Dubai.
Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is married to Sheeba, who is the daughter of a Kashmiri doctor settled in Buffalo, United States. His wife has not renounced her US citizenship.
“Geelani, who has destroyed the future of so many young people of the valley, has made sure that his future generation is kept out of this so-called fight for freedom. Geelani, because of his perceived hold on the Kashmiri youth, manages to arm-twist the government every now and then, so much so that he spews venom against the same police which provides him all round protection. They are treated like privileged guests, allowed to go to foreign countries whenever they want and yet they leave no chance to fan violence in the valley”, the official said.
The intelligence agencies want that a “focused information disseminating operation” should be carried out to make ordinary Kashmiris aware of the double standards of these leaders by using the mainstream and social media.