Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that the new generation of Kashmiris will identify with 2001 Parliament Attack accused Afzal Guru because the latter belonged to their generation, and added that every generation of Kashmiri has his or her symbol.
He said that to understand this phenomenon or feeling, there was need to have a deep knowledge of the Kashmiri history and developments.
"Kashmiris have always looked for symbols whether in the mainstream or in the separatist camp. They have always identified with people. They identified with Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, they have identified with other leaders from time to time. Make no mistake, ask the generation of separatist leadership represented by those in their 40s and 50s, they will tell you they identified with Maqbool Bhatt. I have said not every Kashmiri will identify with him, but make no mistake a new generation of Kashmiris will identify with Afzal Guru because he belongs to their generation. Maqbool Bhatt was a name, Afzal Guru is a face," said Abdullah.
Abdullah also said that he had been consistent in repeatedly stating that he had serious apprehensions about the fallout from Afzal Guru's execution, and that he made no attempt to hide this view. (ANI)