Hundreds of militants and political activists took to the streets in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir to commemorate Burhan Wani's death. Photograph: (ANI)
India on Sunday criticised Pakistan for glorifying Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, and said Islambad's support and sponsorship to terrorists should be condemned by everyone.
On Twitter, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay hit back at Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for glorifying Burhan Wani, who was killed by Indian security forces on July 8 last year in an encounter Kashmir's Anantnag district.
First @ForeignOfficePk read frm banned LeT's script. Now Pak COAS glorfs Burhan Wani. Pak's terror suprt&spnsr'p need 2b condmnd by 1 & all— Gopal Baglay (@MEAIndia) July 9, 2017
"Kashmiris have the right of self determination. Sacrifices of Burhan Wani and generations against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve," Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor quoted Gen Bajwa as saying on Twitter.
On Burhan Wani's death anniversary yesterday, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his death "infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom" in Kashmir, and also reiterated Pakistan’s political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.
"The blood rendered by Burhan Muzaffar Wani has infused a new spirit in the freedom movement. The Kashmiri people are steadfast to take their movement to logical conclusion," Nawaz Sharif said.
Last year, the Pakistani prime minister had called the Hizbul Mujahideen militant a "martyr".
Pakistan-based Kashmiri terrorist Syed Salahuddin, who Washington last week added to a list of global terrorists, called for a strike on Saturday to mark Wani's killing and led the protest in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
Syed Salahuddin's United Jihad Council, an umbrella body of anti-India militants based in Pakistan-held Kashmir, vowed to continue its struggle to liberate Kashmir and called upon Islamabad to support their efforts "militarily."
"Diplomatic, moral and political support will not work anymore," he said, addressing a large crowd gathered in an open space in Muzaffarabad.
Burhan Wani was held responsible for several attacks against security personnel in Kashmir. After his death, widespread protests erupted in Kashmir, leading to a 53-day curfew. The unrest continued for about five months after Wani's death leading to the death of about a 100 civilians.