On the third death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, who was eliminated by the Indian Armed Forces, separatist elements appeared to have joined hands with Pakistan in glorifying him. Wani was eliminated on July 8, 2016, in the Kokernag area of the Anantnag district.
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) July 8, 2019
In an attempt to lionize Wani, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Army, Asif Ghafoor tweeted “Nothing comes without commitment, dedication, and sacrifices.” In addition to this, Ghafoor further deluded his followers that Wani’s sacrifice was for the better tomorrow of the next generation.
They call them terrorists, I call them freedom fighters.#BurhanWani
— Syed Ali Geelani (@sageelani) July 8, 2019
In line with his Pakistani masters, Hurriyat stalwart Syed Ali Geelani posted a tweeted implying that Burhan Wani was not a terrorist, but a freedom fighter.
Mushaal Mullick, the wife of Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin Malik, who is currently lodged in jail for his anti-India activities, echoed similar sentiments raised by Pak Army spokesperson. In hackneyed rhetoric, she urged the world to resolve the long-standing dispute of Kashmir and asserted that more Burhan Wanis will emerge to claim what is rightfully theirs.
— Mushaal Hussein Mullick (@MushaalMullick) July 8, 2019
Meanwhile, the Indian Armed Forces fully aware that Burhan Wani’s death anniversary might be used by inimical elements to stoke passions in the valley, pre-emptively beefed up the security in the region. Popular separatist leaders like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hilal War among others are kept under house arrest. Internet services have been suspended in some areas, while in other areas the speed is reduced to 2G.
Wani’s death had triggered a Kashmir-wide unrest that continued for four months. Uncontrollable mobs indulged in arson, stone pelting, and vandalism. There were clashes between the security personnel and mobs, resulting in the death of 98 protesters while around 4000 protestors were maimed by pellet guns.
There is a shutdown in Kashmir. The Indian Armed Forces have been offered enhanced tactical freedom by the Narendra Modi government to take punitive action against the terrorists and miscreants indulging in creating unrest in the valley. The Army operations are in full swing and many terrorists, including Zakir Musa, have been eliminated.