India rebuffs Pak for glorifying Burhan Wani

India on Sunday hit out at Pakistan for glorifying Burhan Wani on his death anniversary stating that Islamabad’s “terror support and sponsorship need to be condemned by ‘one and all’.’’

In a strongly worded tweet, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “First @ForeignOfficePk read frm banned LeT’s script. Now Pak COAS (Pakistan army chief) glorifies Burhan Wani. Pak’s terror support and sponsorship need to be condemned by one and all.”

Baglay was referring to a tweet from the official twitter handle of Pakistan Army spokesperson Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, who said army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had reportedly eulogised Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8, the day he was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces in Kashmir last year.

Baglay’s comments came a day after Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa praised Burhan Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed in an encounter with security forces last year.

To commemorate his death anniversary Joint Resistance Leadership had called for march on Saturday to Tral in order to pay homage to Burhan. However, authorities had imposed strict curfew to thwart the march. Many rallies were taken out in Pakistan and Pakistan Administered Kashmir.

The Pakistan Army chief said that Kashmiris have a right to self-determination and that Burhan Wani had made a sacrifice that is “testimony” of his and his generation’s “resolve” against “Indian atrocities

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif too paid tributes to Wani on Saturday and said his death had galvanised Kashmir’s movement for self-determination saying his death “infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom” in the Kashmir Valley. Sharif said that Burhan Wani’s “martyrdom” is a “is a testimony of the fact that Kashmiris have completely rejected the Indian occupation.”

Earlier this month, Pakistan dismissed the US designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a “global terrorist”, saying it was not a UN decision but a move by the Trump administration to “appease” India.

At the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted Pakistan in a veiled attack. “Some countries were using terror as a tool to achieve political objectives and pressed for “deterrent” action collectively by the G-20 members against such nations,’’ he said.

Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged leaders from the BRICS nations to show leadership in fighting “terrorism and boosting global economy,’’ even as he asked the G20 nations to collectively crackdown on terror financing, safe havens, “support and sponsors” of terrorism.


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