India vexed by Nawaz hailing of Wani

Published: September 23, 2016
Glorifying Burhan Wani in UN shows Pakistan’s ‘continued attachment to terrorism, says Vikas Swarup. A file photo of Burhan Wani.

Glorifying Burhan Wani in UN shows Pakistan’s ‘continued attachment to terrorism, says Vikas Swarup. A file photo of Burhan Wani.

India poured venom on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday over his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in which he not only condemned the Indian crackdown on recent protests in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), but also hailed separatist leader Burhan Wani.

Addressing the media, India’s junior foreign minister MJ Akbar said, “It is shocking that a leader of a free nation can glorify a self-declared terrorist (Burhan Wani). This is self-incrimination by Pakistan.”

Peace talks impossible with gun in Pakistan’s hand, says India

Responding to prime minister’s statement that Pakistan had “gone the extra mile and repeatedly offered dialogue”, Akbar said, “We haven’t seen the first mile, where is the question of the extra mile?” Pakistan, he added, wants dialogue while “holding a gun in its hand”. “Talks and guns don’t go together.”

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup also tweeted that glorifying Burhan Wani in the UN showed Pakistan’s ‘continued attachment to terrorism’.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Indian
    Sep 23, 2016 - 10:20AM

    Burhan’s was a terrorist even the picture showing him holding ak-47.Recommend

  • Ramesh
    Sep 23, 2016 - 10:44AM

    God knows what Sharif thinks about Osama Bin Laden.Recommend

  • Salman Nisar
    Sep 23, 2016 - 11:28AM

    I am Pakistani and i still think it was wrong of our PM to name WANI as a hero in his speech, diplomatically speaking its a blunder, we should have rather stressed focus on 100 of innocent kashmiries martyred and injured in pellet gun attacks by indian army forces.

    Wani was a freedom fighter for us and kashmiries but its very easy for india to potray him as a self-proclaimed terrorist which would weaken our stance. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 23, 2016 - 1:15PM

    @Salman Nisar:
    NS did absolutely the right thing. Besides, there are far smarter people than you sitting in our foreign service who i am sure had gauged the diplomatic implications of such a move. Also, i doubt you even have anything to do with foreign service or ever came close too, so your inference of it being a blunder is to say the least, is nothing but a lousy joke.Recommend

  • leela4fun
    Sep 23, 2016 - 9:42PM

    Burhan Wani’s photo is similar to another ‘peaceful intifada’ leader holding an AK-47 – ‘OBL’, who was fighting for ‘freedom’ from Pakistan!Recommend

  • Cshah
    Sep 24, 2016 - 12:35AM

    And worst is the AK47 he is holding has Pakistani marking on it that was displayed after his death on the media Recommend

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