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Remembering Burhan Wani

Seven people were killed on Saturday in the disputed Kashmir region in cross-border shelling. According to a report, the violence occurred as protesters clashed with police in Indian-controlled Kashmir as they marked the first anniversary of the death of Burhan Wani. Indian authorities shut down the internet in Kashmir and sealed off his hometown after Wani’s supporters said they would stage demonstrations to mark the anniversary. Five people died on Pakistan’s side of the disputed border and 10 were wounded in the cross-border shelling. Pakistan summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh over unprovoked ceasefire violations. The Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter of Hurriyet leaders organized a rally in Islamabad to commemorate the first martyrdom anniversary. The protesters on the occasion were carrying portraits of martyred Burhan Wani and banners and placards inscribed with anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. They also raised high-pitched slogans in favour of freedom and against the Indian bondage. The Hurriyet leaders addressing the rally said that martyr Burhan Wani had added a new page in the ongoing freedom movement. They said by killing people and committing crimes against the humanity in the occupied Kashmir, the India cannot stop the peaceful movement of the Kashmiris. They added the way Burhan Wani highlighted the freedom struggle of Kashmir across the world and gave a new direction to the movement is a guide for our coming generations. The Hurriyet leaders said that the killing of Burhan Wai triggered a mass uprising that continues till now. During the period, 156 civilian protesters have been killed, 19,456 have been injured and the eyesight of over 3,000 youth has been damaged by the pellets fired by Indian forces, they deplored. A mammoth rally was also held in Muzaffarabad to mark the first martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Muzaffar Wani. The rally was organized under the auspices of United Jihad Council which was participated by thousands of people who raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. The Chairman of United Jihad Council, Sayed Salahuddin addressing the participants of the rally, paid tributes to Burhan Wani, and said that his martyrdom united the people of Kashmir. He said that India tried its best to break the resolve of Kashmiri people but did not succeed. He said that India could not suppress the ongoing liberation movement through its military might. Burhan Wani has become an icon of Kashmiri freedom struggle and People’s love for him is a referendum against India. On the occasion of his first death anniversary, India has imposed undue restrictions on people’s movement, arrested resistance leaders and activists and deployed additional forces. India and its collaborators cannot succeed in stopping people from remembering their hero. Kashmiris are not scared of bullets and suppressive measures. Shaheed Burhan lives in the hearts of Kashmiris and it is impossible to stop people from paying tributes to him. India needs to accept the disputed nature of Kashmir and this dispute should be settled in the light of the UN resolutions. Killings, tortures and severe human rights violations cannot suppress the ongoing liberation movement and the people of Kashmir would continue it till its logical end.

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