Pakistan's glorification of Kashmir's Burhan Wani is condemnable, says Centre

Frederick Owens
July 10, 2017

Wani was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces a year ago on July 8 in 2016. The Indian security establishment considers Wani as a militant leader, who not only planned attacks against the security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, but was also a popular recruiter who lured Kashmiri youth to join militancy.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday slammed Pakistan for glorifying slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whose death in an encounter in Anantnag on July 8 past year sparked deadly unreast all across Jammu and Kashmir.

Over 80 young men from these areas had taken to arms since the encounter, official sources from the state had said earlier.

Currently, entire Kashmir is experiencing turmoil since April as clashes between civilians and security forces are witnessed in the Valley on a daily basis.

Internet services on both mobile phones and fixed landline broadband connection also remain suspended for the second day on Saturday.

Following the protest calendar, the separatists have called for protests after Friday prayers today.

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The joint resistance leadership has announced a week-long protest programme to observe the maiden death anniversary of Burhan Wani. Now Pakistan's COAS glorifies Burhan Wani.

All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road. "All these vehicles were on a night patrol when they were ambushed near Hajin hospital", said Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, senior Superintendent of Police, Bandipora.

Wani was a commander of the terror group Hizbul Mujahideen and was killed in an encounter by police on 8 July, 2016.

He said during the last one year "the way Kashmiri people braved the imposition of curfew, faced inhuman measures by the occupation forces, underwent state injustices, attended funerals of their martyrs and kept their banner of freedom high, is unprecedented in the current global history".

The officials said similar restrictions have been imposed in Anantnag town in south Kashmir.

The anniversary comes at a time of heightened tensions along the Line of Control, the de facto border that divides the disputed Himalayan territory between India and Pakistan. His killing by Indian police forces caused months of unrest in the valley which is at the heart of the territorial dispute between India and Pakistan.

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