Srinagar, January 14: The people of Pulwama district has finally seen open markets today as the standoff between the administration and local residents over the installation of a militant memorial ended last evening.
As reported by a local daily, the news has been confirmed by the Divisional Commissioner of Pulwama, Asgar Samoon who said that the standoff is over and the local traders have agreed to open the shops. But he did not specify anything about the decision whether the militant memorial will be installed or not.
However, it is local sources who have been saying that the demand of locals has been agreed upon by the district administration with a condition that the sign board will carry ‘Martyrs’ Memorial’ and some couplets in Urdu language. The demand for the pictures of the slain militants on the memorial board has been declined by the district administration.
The demand for the militant memorial board has also been supported by hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani and Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Geelani had even given a call for protests after Friday prayers in order to favour the demand and Farooq termed it as a “genuine demand”, “people’s right”. He also said that the restriction imposed by the district government to put off the demand was “undemocratic.”