Facebook removes Hamza Ali Abbasi's post praising Burhan Wani

Published: July 19, 2016
Hamza Ali Abbasi. PHOTO: FILE

Hamza Ali Abbasi. PHOTO: FILE

Facebook removed on Tuesday actor Hamza Ali Abbasi’s recent post in which he praised the slain Kashmiri rebel Burhan Wani.

“My FB account deactivated for talking about Kashmir,” claimed Hamza in a Tweet, although his Facebook account was accessible.

Hamza had supported Wani in his post, saying the assassinated leader was not an ISI agent but a Kashmiri who had joined the rebellion after his brother was killed by Indian army.

“If Kashmir issue is not resolved according to the will of Kashmiris and UN Resolutions, we have another Palestine in the making right in our backyard,” he wrote.

11 killed as clashes erupt after iconic militant’s death

Wani, a 22-year-old commander of the region’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in a brief gunfight with Indian forces on July 8.

His death sparked clashes in which over 38 people have so far been killed, and more than 3,000 people, including about 200 police officers, injured.

Kashmiris’ voice muzzled – both offline and online

Hamza is not the only one, however, whose post was deleted.

Facebook has been accused of taking down content posted by Kashmiris as well regarding events unfolding in the region. Even some renowned voices were temporarily blocked and had their posts taken down by Facebook ‘for violating community standards.’

Earlier in January, 2015, Facebook removed Hamza’s post on the Paris attack. However, in a rare apology, the website’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, admitted his team may had have made a mistake, and hence apologised.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Rustam
    Jul 20, 2016 - 12:08AM

    @ Mark Zuckerberg, – You need to check who are the ones in your organization that are suppressing genuine voices. Kashmiris are struggling for plebiscite as mandated by UNO and Face Book is suppressing it !!! If Face Book community standards conflict with UNO charter, you need to re-evaluate its standard or its misuse.Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Jul 20, 2016 - 12:39AM

    FB doing this because India threaten to ban it in entire India if they allowed the content which support Kashmir freedom. So Mr. ZB cannot loss the huge market and doing this to appease largest (un)democratic country in the world.Recommend

  • abcn
    Jul 20, 2016 - 12:50AM

    There is no plebiscite “mandated” by UN for Kashmir. It WAS merely an advise. UN has no authority to tell India what to do with its territory. India is in the process of withdrawing the petition which led to that advice. Thus the advice will also become invalid…Recommend

  • zizpong
    Jul 20, 2016 - 1:01AM

    For the world apart from Pakistan, a person belonging to terror organizations, holding automatic guns advocating violence is a terrorist.
    The countries and people supporting such terrorists are terrorist sympathizers. There is no question of freedom of speech here. What Pakistanis demand is freedom of violence.Recommend

  • Rehan
    Jul 20, 2016 - 1:52AM

    At the time when terrorists are seeking inspiration from several on the social media this was bound to happen. Can’t blame Facebook for this.Recommend

  • wb
    Jul 20, 2016 - 2:07AM

    So, buffoons think they can praise terrorists and the world will believe their garbage. Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jul 20, 2016 - 3:14AM

    it seems a lot of poisonous indians are workin at facebook…Recommend

  • Commentator
    Jul 20, 2016 - 3:57AM

    To All talking about freedom of speech for Kashmiris what about the ban on Hamza’s show when he wanted to talk about Ahmadis being declared non-muslim.

    Not saying that what Facebook did was right but stop your hypocrisy, crying for other nations first clean your own house!Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jul 20, 2016 - 4:16AM

    No-one cares about Kashmir Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Jul 20, 2016 - 4:26AM

    @ahmed: We pretty much own the rig. Do what you can? Keep telling yourself ‘Soon, Very soon, near future’ or whatever floats your boat. Kashmir, was, is and will always remain in India, Facebook knows it and you better learn it too.Recommend

  • Jude
    Jul 20, 2016 - 4:30AM

    Just mark my words. Pakistan will never ever get Kashmiri land. Pakistanis can take as many Kashmiri Muslims who love Pakistan as they want. India clearly knows that emotional Pakistanis will self destruct their country in the name of Kashmir. There are so many poisonous and non-poisonous Indians not only working at Facebook but also at all prestigious American companies. Pakistan has become one of the most hated and friendless countries in the world because of their own self destructive policies. World doesn’t give a damn about Muslim issues. Welcome to the new world order. It is India’s century now. Recommend

  • pk
    Jul 20, 2016 - 5:44AM

    80000 Pakistanis are killed since last 10 years due to terrorism. Still they are supporting good terrorist. Recommend

  • Prada
    Jul 20, 2016 - 8:15AM

    Now let him try to apply for a visa to travel to EU or the US.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Jul 20, 2016 - 8:17AM

    @pk: In Pakistan a person carrying and using a gun is not considered a terrorist. Recommend

  • Brekhna
    Jul 20, 2016 - 8:45AM

    There is absolutely nothing controversial in this post. I am really shocked at the Facebook reaction. The post only points to the fact that there is an issue going on in Kashmir which is pushing youth to the extremism and that this issue requires resolution. Clearly, Facebook is looking at the business interests. Recommend

  • Unknown
    Jul 20, 2016 - 9:29AM


    You are describing Modi to me. Recommend

  • Pakistani Muslim
    Jul 20, 2016 - 9:40AM

    @ my Indian friends.. the pictures coming in from Kashmir tell us how much you hate terrorism. End the war and just hold a refrendum and decide where Kashmir wants to go. Why not you Indians prove how much freedom loving nation you are!Recommend

  • Jerry
    Jul 20, 2016 - 11:21AM

    FB employ large number of Indians whose job is to sanitize FB of any negative news about India. So what do you expect. Recommend

  • Ahmed Pasha
    Jul 20, 2016 - 11:40AM

    Dear Indians,
    Pakistan doesn’t want Kashmir. We, Pakistanis, only want Kashmiris to have their right to choose their future whatever it maybe. I will be so happy if Kashmiris choose to be free and independent and we could unite Azad Kashmir with Indian-occupied Kashmir back again. India’s human rights record will always be tainted as long as it oppresses Kashmiris.Recommend

  • Pawal1983.
    Jul 20, 2016 - 11:55AM

    @Pakistani Muslim: Why should we hold the referendum, If any one has any problem in india. We are happy if he leaves this country for ever. Don’t need any opinion from outsiders especially pakistanis should shut up. Kashmir belongs to india and india belongs to Kashmir.Recommend

  • Sidjeen
    Jul 20, 2016 - 12:46PM

    good step by FB. its about time we stop glorifying terrorists and their sympathizers Recommend

  • azmat
    Jul 20, 2016 - 1:08PM

    Does that include Bhagat Singh, and all the freedom fighters that fought against the british Raj?Recommend

  • azmat
    Jul 20, 2016 - 1:10PM

    The ban on Hamza’s show was opposed by the the free thinking Pakistanis in the same spirit. Although i myself did not agree with his views at timesRecommend

  • Pakistani Muslim
    Jul 20, 2016 - 1:19PM

    @ Pawal1983: That is the problem – ‘shut up’. This is only what is being done to justify your country’s actions. Kashmir belongs to the Kashmiris only. Let them live!Recommend

  • john
    Jul 21, 2016 - 12:59AM

    this is the reason why millions of Kashmiris shout this slogan everyday ‘ Kashmir belongs to Pakistan and Pakistan belongs to Kashmir’ and also ‘ hum Pakistani hain Pakistan hamara hai’ Recommend

  • Sumeet
    Jul 21, 2016 - 9:00AM

    @Pakistani Muslim, Why don you practice What u r preaching? Let say that even you can show the way to us by freeing POK and Baluchistan. First handle ur own country and then start giving advice. Recommend

  • Sid
    Jul 22, 2016 - 3:37PM

    Thankfully Zuckerberg is more educated then all Pakistanis put together. He knows exactly how to read UN resolution and see which country is violator. There was never a UN mandate on Kashmir. Keep yourself deluded.Recommend

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