Burhan Wani's martyrdom infused new spirit in Kashmir's freedom movement: PM Nawaz

Glen Mclaughlin
July 10, 2017

Disputed Kashmir has seen an explosion of protests against Indian rule since government forces shot and killed militant Burhan Wani a year ago. Security forces and State Police personnel, who were deployed around the historic Jamia Masjid, have also been withdrawn.

Paying homage to Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani at his first death anniversary, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Wani's martyrdom had exposed the Indian propaganda about foreign interference and proved that the freedom "movement in held Kashmir is indigenous". I am a realist and this will take a long time."He added, "We have relied on the military situation too much".

On Friday, police halted people's movements in his hometown of Tral, in a bid to forestall gatherings and demonstrations, witnesses said.

All shops, business establishments and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport was off the roads.

Curbs on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed in Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir and in Baramulla district in north, they said.

Pakistan said two of its civilians had been killed in firing from the Indian side, one of them a 22-year-old woman.

Restrictions had also been imposed in parts of Kashmir, including in five police station areas of Srinagar? the summer capital of the state? on 7 July as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.

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Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa also paid tribute to the martyred Hizbul Mujahideen leader and said sacrifices of Kashmiris were a testimony of their resolve.

The official, however, said only 2G services were working on mobile networks. Wani along with two of his aides was killed by security forces in an encounter at Bamdoora village of Anantnag on July 8, 2016.

Burhan's killing, which sparked violnet unrest across the Valley, spawned a "new-age militancy" with young, educated Kashmiris joining terror outfits.

Given the massive unrest triggered past year due to Wani's killing, authorities have beefed up security to ensure that situation remains under control.

Almost 100 people died in the months that followed and many more sustained serious eye injuries from the pellet guns used by government forces to quell the protests.

Muzaffar Wani, Burhan's father, said that the protest movement in the region can not be suppressed by the authorities.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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