Srinagar 29 march: In Jammu and Kashmir, a small event is enough to disturb the tenuous calm in the state. And the passions accompanying a cricket match between India and Pakistan has the potential to both revive the peace process as well as to trigger another wave of protests.
Nervous government agencies fear the match and, especially the rising passions across the subcontinent, could be a trigger for another angry summer.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, however, dispelled fears that the match and its result could lead to any problem and said he would not assume anything at this point of time. “But if any hot-headed people will try to do something and disturb peace, we are here to prevent that,” Abdullah warned and emphasised that “the most important thing is that it is just a cricket match and at the end of the day, somebody will win and somebody will lose and life will go on”.
The police, however, are taking no chances and a senior police officer in charge of the volatile downtown Srinagar city has already appealed for calm.
Sources in the security agencies say a slight confrontation between the forces stationed in bunkers and across Kashmir and cricket fans has a serious potential to go horribly wrong, threatening another wave of agitation.
SP Showkat Shah said: “We want the people to watch the game, not the teams.”