Monday, 2 September 2013

Zubin Mehta's Concert Scheduled on September 7 In Kashmir

Despite opposition from the separatists In Indian Administerd Kashmir the Zubin Mehta's concert in Shalimar Garden which is scheduled on 7th of September is on course. The security agencies are said to be busy with security arrangements. Zubin Mehta is landing on the Paradise on the 5th of September in a special plane. The horticulture department is refurbishing the Shalimar Garden which will be the venue for over 100 member instrumentalists (orchestra). Sources said the audiences would be strictly by invitation. There will be an arrangement of 1500 seats for only invitees. Moreover there will be no movement of local civilians allowed in Shalimar Garden, during 90 minute concert. The 14km long route from srinagar that leads to the Shalimar Garden will be sealed in the evening of September 7. Along with this  there will be strict vigilance by security forces in Dal Lake also. Security forces will monitor Dal Lake using security speed boats. At least 3 Km beyond the banks from Shalimar Garden no movement will be allowed.
In the response the separatist Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called to stage protest after the Friday Prayers (6 September) and complete shut down on the Saturday (7 september) against the decision of Germany to hold Concert in Srinagar.

Government of Jammu and Kashmir is allowing concerts and other related activities to attract tourists, meanwhile the locals of Jammu and Kashmir are deprived of their basic rights. State Government will endure the threats against the concert patiently by arranging security in well intelligent manner, but unfortunately the Ashura Procession which would mark the martyrdom of Hussain Ibn Ali has been banned openly infringing the fundamental rights of the People Inside the Kashmir. The Government endures security expenses on these concerts meanwhile Government of Jammu and Kashmir does not bother to provide security for Grand Ashura Procession which has been banned since the militancy broke out in the region.

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