ISLAMABAD: Paying homage to Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani at his first death anniversary, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Wani’s martyrdom had exposed the Indian propaganda about foreign interference and proved that the freedom “movement in held Kashmir is indigenous”.
“The indigenous Kashmir movement for freedom is progressing without any foreign influence and Wani’s martyrdom has exposed Indian propaganda about foreign interference,” a strongly-worded statement from the PM House quoted Nawaz as saying.
He said such freedom movement in India was imminent should it failed to mend its ways.
“If India fails to stop its atrocities in the occupied valley, a movement in support of Kashmiris and against such oppression is imminent on her soil as human nature cannot accept such gross repressions,” he added.
Burhan Wani – an icon of Kashmir’s freedom fight
The PM said Wani had reminded the world that if such a large-scale human rights violation – including blinding of innocent Kashmiris with horrible firing of pellets – continued unabated in the occupied valley, peace could not be guaranteed in the world.
“Wani’s martyrdom pressed the international community and world powers that they could no longer condone the grave human rights violations by the Indian occupation forces,” he said.
He added that his sacrifice had posed a question whether Kashmiris were not human beings or did not enjoy basic human rights and whether they were entitled to exercise their right to self-determination as ensured under the UN charter.
The premier warned the UN that if “such discrimination with its resolutions is not stopped, it will affect stature of the world body” and reminded the international community of its moral and legal obligations towards the Kashmiri people.
Nawaz also ‘advised’ India to accept Kashmiris’ right to self-determination under the UN resolutions. He reiterated Pakistan’s moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and called upon the international community to honour its commitment for early resolution of the issue.
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He said during the last one year “the way Kashmiri people braved the imposition of curfew, faced inhuman measures by the occupation forces, underwent state injustices, attended funerals of their martyrs and kept their banner of freedom high, is unprecedented in the current global history.”
Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa also paid tribute to the martyred Hizbul Mujahideen leader and said sacrifices of Kashmiris were a testimony of their resolve.
“Kashmiris have right to self-determination. Sacrifices of Burhan Wani and generations against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) quoted General Qamar as saying in a Twitter post.
Wani, an icon of the freedom movement in held Kashmir, was killed by the Indian troops on July 8 last year, leading to a surge in the calls for separation. The Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control on Saturday commemorated his death anniversary to express their right to self-determination.