Sharif praises Wani
- Hits self goal
- Sushma to reply on 26
New York: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appears to have scored a self goal when he praised Burhan Wani, the slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander of Kashmir valley. Addressing the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Sharif described Wani as a young leader who has ’emerged as the symbol of the latest intifada, a popular and peaceful freedom movement.’ In s video released in August 2015, Wani was seen as an Islami fighter who wanted a global Islamic Caliphate. This attitude resonates with the terrorists fighting for Caliphate but not that of a militant fighting on behalf of Kashmiri community.
The 22-year old Wani was killed in an encounter on July 8. In the video Wani came across as a terrorist who hated pro-India Kashmiris. He threatened that anyone who informs the Indian authorities about their movements would be killed mercilessly. The tapes are available with the intelligence agencies working for western countries. Wani’s sympathies with the violent jihadist movement to make Kashmir a part of the Caliphate reeks religious fundamentalism.
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