RAWALPINDI – As the first death anniversary of Hizabul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani is being observed in both sides of Kashmir, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Kashmiri people have right of self determination.
ISPR Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor took to Twitter on Saturday and quoted the Army chief as saying, “Sacrifices of Burhan Wani & generation against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve”.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 8, 2017
Burhan Wani, a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen famous for appearing on social media in military fatigues to attract young people to join the fight against Indian forces, was martyred in southern Kashmir on July 8 last year.
His martyrdom ignited widespread protests across the Kashmir valley with furious locals demanding an end to a spree of hostility and oppression from Indian forces.
Rallies in Occupied Kashmir
On first anniversary of his martyrdom, the situation of the restive region is tense as scores of Kashmiris organised rallies to pay homage to their leader who became a symbol of resistance in the face of brutality.
Indian troops have sealed all roads leading to Wani’s hometown in Tral area of south Kashmir to prevent people from going there. However, clashes erupted between police and public when efforts were made to reach the family home.
Earlier, Indian authorities had shut down the internet services in occupied Kashmir to bar activist from motivating the general public.