Burhan Wani was different, popular and icon for Kashmiris, says ex-RAW chief

11:29 AM | 29 Aug, 2016
Burhan Wani was different, popular and icon for Kashmiris, says ex-RAW chief
NEW DELHI (Web Desk) - In an unexpected statement, India's former spymaster has said that Burhan Wani (a Kashmiri separatist killed by Indian security forces last month) was different, popular and icon for the people of Kashmir.

“You may call him a terrorist, but you can’t ignore that he was some sort of an icon for the people there, he was different and popular. So, when he got killed, it created the situation for the flood of anger to come out” AS Dulat, a former head of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), told The Economic Times in an interview.

The officer also detailed the decisive factors behind the Kashmir mayhem.

“There has been anger simmering for a long time and we [India] did not take cognisance of it. That anger just needed a spark, and Burhan Wani did that,” said Dulat, who was also adviser on Kashmir during Vajpayee stint.

The official went on to claim that the Kashmir unrest could only be resolved through dialogue both with Kashmiris and Pakistan. Last year, Dulat stirred controversy when he claimed that RAW bankrolled Kashmiri separatists.

Widespread protests erupted after the unlawful killing of Burhan Wani on July 8. Authorities in Kashmir have decided to lift restrictions from the Valley on Monday, except for some areas, after a 51-day- continuous curfew. The International community is continuously pushing India to resolve the longstanding conflict.


The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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