Burhan Wani’s father Muzaffar Wani on Sunday revealed that his son had wanted to join the Indian Army at the age of 10. Speaking to reporters, he said that Burhan had told an Indian army officer during a raid at the village for the search of militants that he wanted to join the army when he grew up. Speaking of Burhan’s interest in joining the army to TOI, Muzaffar said that his son had a strong liking for camouflage outfits.
He also added that had Burhan chosen a sporting career, he would have played for India and not Pakistan. He said that the family had talked about Burhan’s childhood aspiration during a discussion to stop him for joining militancy. Talking about the Uri attacks, he stated his disbelief that that Pakistani terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammad or Pakistan had anything to do with it. He said that any Muslim from Hindustan could have also carried out the attacks. It could even be an attack by Kashmiri militants,” he added. Though, he also said that if any evidence was found on the matter, it must be probed. Praising Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech about his son, he agreed that Burhan’s killing had brought a new light in “in this movement of freedom”.
He also talked about his displeasure at Pm Modi’s response to the Kashmir unrest and said that even though more than 100 people have been killed in Kashmir, the Pm had not shown any grief. He accused the Prime Minister of showing grief only over the killing of soldiers. Meanwhile, since the killing of Burhan in an encounter by the security forces on July 8, earlier this year, peace has finally reigned in the valley after 79 days of violent clashes between protesters and Indian army, that saw the death of nearly a 100 people.