The killing of Wani, a close aide of Hizbul Mujahideen’s operations chief Riyaz Naikoo, is a setback to Hizbul as the security establishment in the Valley feared he could attract more educated youngsters to the militancy with his writings.
On Monday, Malik had said that Srinagar will have a “foreign-educated” mayor, seen as alluding towards former NC leader Junaid Azim Mattu, who quit the party to contest the municipal polls from the city.
A spate of resignations by Special Police Officers, triggered by militants specifically targeting them for the first time, has left an uneasy calm in the Valley as civic polls begin tomorrow. The Indian Express on a force that is battling on multiple fronts — poor pay and esteem, and now, fear
Officials cite “security reasons” for the veil of secrecy over the conduct of the “faceless” poll process, especially in the troubled south of the Valley. They say disclosure of candidate details will make them vulnerable to threats, even endanger lives.
The most volatile regions of the valley, especially Shopian and Pulwama district in south Kashmir, and Sopore and Hajin in north Kashmir are going to polls in third and fourth phases and the participation in these areas is expected to lower.
For most of the day, the officials at the District Election Offices were waiting for the candidates to receive and submit their nomination forms. But no one turned up except at Bandipore, where nomination forms were issued to four candidates.
Omar was addressing the media after an all-party meeting convened by his father and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah to deliberate on the “political and security” situation of Jammu and Kashmir.