Srinagar. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) have called for state wide celebrations in Jammu and Kashmir as a baby boy was born with a stone held in his hand this morning in a government hospital here. Hurriyat leaders have hailed the development as a divine sanction of their stone pelting movement, which has now become an integral part of the Kashmiri culture, also known as Kashmiriyat.
“This is marvelous. At a time when security agencies were accusing us of funding and orchestrating stone pelting incidents in the state, the almighty has come to our rescue. This clearly proves that even god wants the Kashmiri youth to take up stone pelting. Subhanallah! This calls for celebrations!” hardliner Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani declared and claimed that the debate over whether stone-pelting was un-Islamic was settled for ever now, even as the Grand Mufti of J&K had opposed it earlier.
This is for the first time when APHC has called for any celebrations in the state, which has only experienced and witnessed calls for protests, strikes, rallies, marches, demonstrations, and stone pelting by the conference hitherto.
The 25-year-old woman, Shazia Mir, who gave birth to the now famous baby boy, was not available for comments as Hurriyat leaders put her under closed surveillance and virtually under house-arrest citing ‘security reasons’.
Hurriyat leaders also rejected reports that an Army doctor had attended to Shazia in the hospital as her scheduled delivery was delayed due to the valley shut-down called by Hurriyat on the eve of Martyr’s Day yesterday.
“These are all misinformation being spread by the Delhi agents to bring disrepute to APHC and Kashmiri people. Kashmiris will not tolerate such attacks on our dignity.” Geelani averred.
But reports of an Army doctor attending to Shazia have been gaining momentum in the valley, with some people claiming that the doctor was hit with the stone as soon as the baby boy came out.
“Army will have no option but to go back. Our future generations would always have stone handy with them and would attack any army-man the moment they spot them.” hoped another Hurriyat leader.
When contacted for comments, the hospital authorities declined to corroborate the turn of events, but a few of them were shocked by the whole development.
“His mother was originally a Bengali who got married to a Kashmiri man last year. She was a regular patient and had been facing many physical and psychological complications ever since due to change in habitat. She was pregnant but I never saw any stone during her regular checkups. But somehow her relatives were rejoicing and showing a stone in the boy’s hand after delivery.” informed a doctor on conditions of anonymity.
Meanwhile, the father of the baby boy, Omar Mir, is hopeful that his days of penury could be over after being blessed with such a gifted child.
“He can earn at least 10 times what I currently earn.” said Omar, a professional stone-pelter, who doesn’t see the situation improving in the state for another few generations.