Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is continuing with his rant on Burhan Wani, and has now glorified the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who was killed by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, earlier this year. Calling Burhan Wani a “freedom fighter”, Sharif discussed the Kashmir issue at his party’s meet. Sharif’s meeting comes amidst growing infighting among PML-N members following Pakistan’s growing global isolation. Sharif is under attack for not being able to counter India’s aggressive stance post the Uri terror attack. The fact that no one paid heed to Sharif’s Kashmir rant at the UN General Assembly last month, has added to growing anguish in Pakistan.
Sharif had glorified Burhan Wani during his speech at the UNGA as well. “A new generation of Kashmiris has risen spontaneously against India’s illegal occupation – demanding freedom from occupation. Burhan Wani, the young leader murdered by Indian forces, has emerged as the symbol of the latest Kashmiri Intifada, a popular and peaceful freedom movement, led by Kashmiris, young and old, men and women, armed only with an undying faith in the legitimacy of their cause, and a hunger for freedom in their hearts,” Sharif had said, devoting most of his speech to Kashmir. However, Sharif’s pitch found no takers, with UN refusing to take up the issue altogether.
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on her part replied strongly to Sharif’s comment, naming and shaming Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism on Indian soil and bluntly stating that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India. “My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so,” she said. Slamming Pakistan Swaraj said, “Mr. President, On 21st September, the Prime Minister of Pakistan used this podium to make baseless allegations about human rights violations in my country. I can only say that those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan. The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of State oppression.”