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Print edition : March 08, 2013

Activists of the JKLF staging a protest in the Maisuma area of Srinagar on February 8, holding pictures of Maqbool Butt, its founder who was hanged in 1984 in the Tihar Jail. They demanded that his remains be returned to the valley for a proper burial. Photo: NISSAR AMAD

Paramilitary troops patrol a deserted street on the seventh day of the curfew imposed in Srinagar following the hanging of Afzal Guru. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

Omar Abdullah: “The execution has reinforced the point that there is no justice.” Photo: Mukhtar Khan/AP

Newspapers are back on the stands on February 13, after a break of three days following Afzal Guru's hanging. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

In Islamabad, Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed (left) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik at a hunger strike to protest against the hanging. Photo: A.H. Chaudary/AP

Independent MLA Engineer Rashid. He had wanted to move a resolution in the Assembly against hanging Afzal Guru. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

Mehbooba Mufti: “If Omar Abdullah says he was not consulted, New Delhi is disempowering Kashmir again.” Photo: ROUF BHAT/AFP

The rise of militancy and the alienation of people in Kashmir can be traced back to the hanging of JKLF leader Maqbool Butt in 1984. Although an uneasy peace prevailed in the valley in the past two years, the hanging of Afzal Guru has reopened old wounds.

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