Sacrifices rendered by Burhan Wani are testimony of Kashmiris' resolve: COAS

Social Media Sites Blocked In Kashmir Valley Ahead Of Burhan Wani's Death Anniversary

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday paid tributes to militant commander Burhan Wani, saying his death "infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom" in the Valley.

India has been struggling to restore normalcy in Kashmir, deploying thousands more soldiers, after Wani's killing appeared to breathe new life into the 28-year armed revolt that had ebbed and was drifting, with little worldwide attention.

Wani, who was the poster boy of the HM in Kashmir Valley, was gunned down in an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on July 8, 2016. The protests continued for more than three months which led to the deaths of around 100 civilians and left several others injured.

"Burhan made a place in our hearts as a hero", Kashmiri student Umair Farooq said ahead of the anniversary.

Local terrorist organization like the Hizbul Mujahideen refrain from attacking the yatra as more than one lakh Kashmiris earn their livelihood from the month-long event. "He is still alive in our hearts".

Separatist leaders - a lot of them in jail or under house arrest - have called for strikes and protests to mark Wani's death, prompting the Indian government to take drastic measures.

APHC General Secretary Shabbir Ahmad Shah at a meeting of Democratic Freedom Party at his Sanat Nagar residence in Srinagar, today, announced the posthumous title "Tamgha-e-Jurrat" for martyr Burhan Wani for his courage, steadfastness and vast contribution to the Kashmir freedom movement.

"The more they try to suppress us, the more we will rise up".

Authorities had imposed curfew in old city area of Srinagar and in Burhan Wani's native town Tral, while restrictions were also imposed in nearly all the district headquarters in the Valley where the paramilitary CRPF and police in full riot gear patrolled the areas.

Witnesses and police said clashes broke out when protesters tried to reach the family home on Saturday morning and were blocked by government forces.

"We should try and increase friendship between India and Pakistan now and understand the pain of Kashmiris", Soz added.

The mountainous region is home to dozens of armed groups fighting for independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan. The glorification of Wani comes on the heels of a G20 resolution on terror in Ha- mburg, where India played a big role in the final language of the document, according to Indian sherpa Arvind Panagariya. "The year gone by has seen the emergence of home-grown insurgency in Kashmir, particularly in South Kashmir".

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