Despite home minister Rajnath Singh’s call to not glorify terrorists as “martyrs,” Pakistan has put up Burhan Wani’s posters on the walls of its ‘Azadi Express’ train.
The train will go to Karachi from Peshawar on August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day.
Besides Wani, the train is also covered with photos of Kashmiri civilians who were left injured during protests that broke out after Wani’s death.
Photos of the train with the posters were shared by a Twitter account, @sageelani, purported to be the handle of separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani.
‘Burhan is the movement. He is the sentiment,’ reads one of the graffiti in Kulgam.
— Syed Ali Geelani (@sageelani) August 8, 2016
On July 15, Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif had declared slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as a “martyr” and announced that July 19 would be solemnised as black day to express solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistan stands with the Kashmiris in every hour of trial and this relation is not only based upon religion, civilisation and humanity but also related to blood,” Sharif has said, adding that: “We will never leave Kashmiris alone and their case would be fought at all the diplomatic, political and human rights fora.”
Earlier, Syed Salahuddin, head of Hizbul Mujahideen, had threatened a nuclear attack on New Delhi. “Pakistan is duty bound, morally bound, politically bound and constitutionally bound to provide concrete, substantial support to the ongoing freedom struggle on the territory of Kashmir. And if Pakistan provides this support, there is a great chance of a nuclear war between the two powers,” Salahuddin said.
He said that he can predict a fourth war with certainty because the Kashmiris are no longer willing to compromise under any circumstances. He further said the Kashmiri people have reached this conclusion that they have no second option except to go ahead with an armed struggle and an armed jihad.
Violent protests rocked Kashmir a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8. More than 50 persons including two cops have been killed and several thousand others were injured in the clashes between protestors and security forces.