A rebuff for the Kashmiri separatists from China and EU.
Mir Waiz Umar Farooq really seems to be landing himself into trouble. First, he had to stave off internal problems in the Hurriyat by dissolving his executive and governing council, and issue a gag order on media interaction. All this while he is also being targeted by the hardline separatists under Syed Ali Shah Geelani and opposed by the mainstream soft-separatism of the Muftis.
On the international front, China issued a clarification quashing all speculation about Chinese fishing in Kashmiri waters. But the hardest blow has come from the European Union. A few years ago, the EU was more concerned about Human Rights in Kashmir and international nature of the Kashmir dispute. Now, it comes out with an explicit statement which says:
We consider Kashmir [to be] an integral part of India.
A seemingly friendless Mirwaiz could end up repeating his tactical mistake of the past. He would again gravitate towards Geelani and other hardliners in the Hurriyat to reaffirm his separatist credentials. That is a fail-safe option compared to the far riskier proposition of being seen as sitting across the table discussing a solution for Kashmir with the Indian government. There is not much that India can do to help matters. Except WaW — Wait and Watch!