Islamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday paid tributes to militant commander Burhan Wani, saying his death “infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom” in the Valley.
Sharif in a message on the first death anniversary of Wani’s killing said that India cannot suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir through use of brute force.
Wani, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces on this day last year.
“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,” he said.
Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan’s political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiri’s for their right to self-determination. He also emphasised the need for implementing the United Nation resolutions on Kashmir and asked India to accept their right of self-determination of Kashmiri’s.
Earlier, Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across Kashmir to handle any security challenges to foil the separatists’ plan to hold a rally on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.
Curfew was imposed in Tral, the native town of Wani, in Pulwama district as a precautionary measure to maintain peace in the valley, a senior police official said.
The joint separatist camp, including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik-led JKLF, has asked the people to march to Tral to pay tributes to Wani.