Pakistan declares Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani a ‘martyr’, to observe July 19 as black day


For Nawaz Sharif, Burhan Wani a terrorist was a freedom fighter..

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Further needling India on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday declared slain Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani a “martyr” and said July 19 will be observed as a “black day” to express solidarity with people of Kashmir.

Addressing a special cabinet meeting in Lahore to discuss the situation in Kashmir, Sharif termed the “movement of Kashmiris as a movement of freedom”.

“Pakistan would continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support for Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination,” the Prime Minister said.

“The Prime Minister termed Burhan Wani as martyr of independence movement,” Radio Pakistan reported.

He said, the “Indian brutalities will give impetus to the freedom struggle and Kashmiri people will get their right to self-determination for which the whole Pakistani nation is standing behind them.”

The Prime Minister directed all the relevant departments to highlight the Kashmir issue at international fora.

Pakistan fanning discontent in Kashmir: India

India on Thursday said Pakistan is not only pushing in terrorists but also fanning discontent within the Kashmir valley by providing support to terrorist outfits.

Asserting that Wani issue was internal to India, external affairs ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Pakistan has no locus standi in the matter and asked it to refrain from interfering in it.

 Asked if there was a shift in Pakistan strategy vis-a-vis Kashmir where one sees increase in number of ‘home-grown militants’, he said, “It is part of the continued strategy of Pakistan of not only infiltrating terrorists from across the border but also fanning discontent within the valley by providing various support to terrorist outfits.”

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