Netizens in Kashmir had a field day on social media with the unprecedented drama surrounding the national security adviser-level talks between India and Pakistan.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah led the pack with a series of tweets since Saturday morning. He started tweeting about two competing press conferences to look forward to in the day. “This #NSAtalks buildup has been like no other I’ve seen before. #NSATalks drama,” Abdullah wrote around 10am.
He criticised his successor Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, saying: “His jugalbandi with Prime Minister Modi, won’t let the talks happen.”
“Mufti-Modi jugalbandi - first I’ll detain them, then you detain them & together we’ll make sure these talks just don’t take place. Wah!!!,” Omar added.
Hurriyat and Shabir Shah were trending on social media all day. When the senior separatist leader was arrested, his name ranked number one in trends in India.
Some handles made like iKashmir ?@icashmir went for a humorous jibe. “Aao, dossier, dossier khelein,” the handle posted adding “Dear @SushmaSwaraj aap jab 2010 mei Kashmir padhari thi aapka swagat badi dhoom dham sei huva tha.“
THIRD PARTY SWIPE
After the press conferences of Pakistan national security adviser Sartaj Aziz and union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, there was disappointment as many Kashmiris took objection to being referred to as "third party”.
A senior journalist in Kashmir posted: “We are now third party.... Hilarious.” “We all must now go in for third party insurance which is commonly known as ‘liability insurance’,” wrote another.
“With that return of the Aziz lobby Ms Swaraj this match has gone into a tie-breaker & will now be played under lights #NSATalksDrama,” Omar Abdullah wrote after Sushma Swaraj's press conference.