Islamabad: In yet another attempt to tick off India, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday once again glorified Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani who was killed by the Indian security forces during an encounter last summer. Sharif also reiterated Pakistan’s moral, political and diplomatic support to the militant separatist movement in Kashmir.
While emphatically claiming Pakistan’s territorial right over Kashmir, Sharif asked the world to put the squeeze on India to “free” the Muslim majority state that has been the bone of contention between India and Pakistan for the last 70 years.
The remarks were made by Sharif during his address to the inaugural session of a two-day International Parliamentary Seminar on Kashmir in Islamabad, organised by Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan in collaboration with the Young Parliamentarians Forum of the National Assembly and government of Azad Jammu Kashmir (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir).
Referring to Burhan Wani as a “vibrant and charismatic leader”, the Prime Minister said that his “martyrdom has become a rallying point for the freedom loving people of the territory (Kashmir).”
Wani was killed by the Indian security forces in July 2016 during an encounter. His killing triggered massive violence in Kashmir Valley that left around 90 people dead through the five months of unrest.
“The oppressors’ (India) efforts to silence that one voice has unleashed a thousand more,” Sharif said.
Earlier in September, Prime Minister Sharif invoked Wani’s name during his speech at the 71st United Nations General Assembly meet in New York, inviting widespread condemnation from India.
The Prime Minister said, “Seventy years of brutal repression and Kashmiri struggle in the face of that oppression have shown cries of freedom cannot be stifled by sounds of bullets.” “The continued suffering of generations in Kashmir must end. Our hearts beat and sink with our Kashmiri brethren,” he said asking the world to tell India, “enough is enough”.
Earlier, Sartaj Aziz, PM’s adviser on foreign affairs, said during his address that Kashmir and Palestine were the two longest unresolved items on the UNSC agenda.
Dignitaries comprising around 20 international parliamentarians and experts from European Parliament, UK, Canada and North America besides 400 national delegates comprising members of parliament, academicians, social scientists, think tanks, students and foreign journalists participated in the seminar.