Birmingham City Council has withdrawn permission for a rally for slayed terrorist Burhan Wani to mark “Burhan Wani Day” on Saturday after India lodged a protest against the glorification of terrorists.
The rally was planned by Kashmiris settled in the UK to mark the first death anniversary of Hizul Mujaheddin leader, Burhan Wani. Wani was killed by Indian armed forces last year on July 8 in a fierce gun battle.
A representative of Brimingham City Council said,
We took a booking for a peaceful rally highlighting the human rights abuse in Kashmir. However, we are now aware of concerns raised about the promotional leaflet and, having assessed the material, have not given permission for the use of Victoria Square.
Indian Deputy High Commissioner, Dinesh Patnaik, had sent a ‘note verbale’ on Monday to the Foreign Office opposing the planned rally and mentioning Wani’s crimes and terror activities. Patnaik wrote,
A rally on Kashmir is a different matter but to glorify and eulogise a terrorist is unacceptable. The UK itself has suffered at the hands of terrorism in the last few months and lives have been overturned as a result. How can law and order allow such a glorification of terrorists and propagation of violence.
Patnaik also questioned if the UK government would allow rallies to mark the death anniversaries of terrorists like Khurram Butt who was involved in the terror attack on London Bridge. He wrote,
If the same people celebrating Wani were to plan a similar glorification of Khuram Butt and the other London Bridge terrorists, would this country s law and order allow that to go ahead as well.
In November 2016, British PM, Theresa May, on her visit to India, issued a joint statement where she stated her full support to combat terrorism of all forms.