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Monday, November 2, 2015

Narendra Modi's visit on November 7 will be definitely, in Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s words, a "turning point in the history of Jammu and Kashmir", if he holds the rally at Sonwar without banning Syed Ali Shah Geelani's so-called "million march at TRC"; if 1,000 "potential troublemakers" across valley are not held captive in jails and Police stations; if Modi announces PDP's promises of "Self Rule", double currency, joint control mechanism, opening of Kargil-Skardu, Jammu-Sialkote and other trade and travel routes with Pakistan; if borders are made irrelevant and people of both sides permitted to travel across LoC and IB with just a State Subject certificate in hand; if Modi announces withdrawal of AFSPA and recalling all armed forces back to their barracks; if Modi accepts Jammu and Kashmir a disputed State and invites Pakistan for talks on its resolution; if Modi announces to punish delinquent troops and Police, particularly those identified in Pathribal massacre and 2010 summer turmoil killings; and, if Modi condemns the killing of Zahid in Udhampur and Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri and punishment to theie killers within a timeframe. Let us wait and watch what exactly is behind Mufti’s unprecedented optimism: Modi's word of making these historic announcements or just promise of mutation of power in Mehbooba's name in exchange for arranging a huge conquest rally in Srinagar in the worst of hostile ambience?

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